"Are you nervous?" they asked each other as they exchanged wedding gifts around a corner just before the wedding ceremony. Their hands were a little shaky, but Kacy and Jason were all grins. As the sound of the boys' choir practicing their performance echoed through the halls of the church, Kacy and Jason began their journey through a day that they had been looking forward to for many months. Jason opened his gift--a pair of custom converse shoes--and Kacy opened hers--a pandora bracelet, with a hot air balloon charm that symbolizes an earlier part of their story--the proposal. Here's the sneak peek of their wedding video that we're currently crafting: Jason is a musician who also happens to drive a Tesla and teach robotics at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and Kacy is a Texas A&M graduate (whoop!) with an independent, committed, and kind personality. We had been looking forward to filming this wedding since we first heard from Jason, the groom. Not only is he a model of a thoughtful groom who has diverse hobbies and a hilarious personality (love the comic timing on that speech!), but he's also got a keen understanding of filmmaking aesthetics. From the moment he started talking to us about the artistic qualities he envisioned for his wedding film, we knew we'd have a blast putting one together for this precious couple. During Kacy's preparation for the wedding day, her ring bearer and flower girl wandered about the bridal room at the church while the adults cheerily sang them songs. Her bridesmaids joked and exchanged stories. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate as her aunts gathered around to admire the dress as the last few buttons were being fastened. Here are some screen-shots from the video: "Get that dress on, pucker up, and let's get married!" -from Jason's note to Kacy The reception was held in the rustic Safari Lodge, whose patio and gazebo rest on the edge of a pond that overlooks fields filled with wild animals, including zebras and peacocks. Guests were able to stroll past this field as they entered the lodge for cocktail hour, where Kacy and Jason had an assorted Tex-Mex buffet and DJ Johnny Bravo from Houston to keep the music pumping. I love the little dots of icing scattered across the lines on the cake tiers of this groom's cake. They remind me a little of sheet music--like small notes & a melody, even without staff marks. The getaway car--a TESLA. Did you know that you can have Chuck Taylor shoes customized? If you're a huge fan of the classic converse shoe, you'll love what Kacy put together for her wedding day present for Jason, her groom. She had a special pair of the spunky sneakers embroidered with their wedding date, and Jason was so pumped to wear them for the wedding reception that he busted out some amazing dance moves: And--you guys---the dancing just didn't stop. This crowd was so fun, we were sorry to see the night end. All generations crowded the dance floor with their smiles and fearless dance moves. We loved so many things about this wedding, but as we were driving home to Austin on Sunday, the thing that kept coming back to our minds were the beautiful and hilarious toasts from the Father of the Bride, the Matron of Honor, the Best Man, and the groom himself. Each speech was filled to the brim with hilarity and respect. Humor, honor, love. This is what makes a wedding special, and it is what makes a life together wonderful. Wedding Details: Ceremony: First United Methodist Missouri City3900 Lexington Blvd Missouri City, TX 77459Reception: Safari Texas Ranch11627 FM 1464 Rd Richmond, TX 77407 Photographer: Daniel Colvin Videographer: Mason Jar Films Florist: Floriography; Ines Negrin DJ: Johnny Bravo Wedding Bands: Tiffany Wedding Gifts: Converse & Pandora Soundtrack: "And Then Came A Sudden Validation" by Austin, TX band and national darling, The Quiet CompanyMusical track licensed through The Music Bed
Every father is probably nervous about the moment he'll meet the young man who wants to marry his daughter. At Kelcee and Andrew's rehearsal dinner, we were treated to the story of the moment that Kelcee's dad met Andrew for the first time: Kelcee & Andrew met after Andrew graduated from college, and we were thrilled to film their wedding video in West Texas recently. We had already filmed the wedding of Andrew's older sister Elizabeth several years ago, and when Andrew's mother contacted us about filming her youngest son's wedding weekend, we were so thrilled. First, it is an honor to be brought back to film more than one event for a family, but secondly, the Webb family is a treasure, and they have great stories worth keeping! Under the West Texas skies, the two families gathered to celebrate with a rehearsal dinner at the rustic CapRock Winery, where its historic-looking architecture and interior hall with barrel-lined walls echoed with laughter and well-wishes long into the night. As the staff sauteed up a raspberry sauce to top small chocolate dessert cakes and vanilla icecream, Andrew's siblings told stories of his adventurousness and wild tricks from growing up. Kelcee's family spoke of both her open heart and her determination to serve others through the profession of nursing, just as nurses had been such a comfort to her own family when she was young and they lost her younger brother. In fact, Kelcee's reputation for compassion so strongly preceded her that the groom's mother told Kelcee, "see, we loved you before we even knew you." The next day, the groom and his groomsmen began the day with a round of golf, and the girls got ready at the church. Andrew's friends and groomsmen got a special surprise at the reception--because Andrew ran track while studying at University of Texas, his groom's cake was made as an almost exact photo-replica of the track field at the Texas college. The gothic limestone features and ornate stained glass windows were a perfect setting for the event, and Andrew's mother drew her inspiration from the church for a special gift she had made for the bride. Andrew's family has a tradition of gifting a unique piece of jewelry to each bride in their family and that marries into it--a cross bracelet that reflects the style of their wedding. The cross on Kelcee's bracelet was designed to look just like the cross that sits in the sanctuary at First United Methodist. Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church Lubbock1411 Broadway Lubbock, TX 79401Rehearsal Dinner Venue: CapRock Winery408 E Woodrow Rd Lubbock, TX 79423Reception Venue: The Historic Baker Building1211 13th St Lubbock, TX 79401Florist: Box of Rain FloralReception Entertainment Band: The AtlanticsPhotography: Helen ByrdWedding Videographer: Mason Jar Films p.s. join us on facebook! We'd love to hear from you.
Once in a lifetime. That’s how Kellye’s dad, Lowry, described the experience of walking his daughter down the aisle. As he stood on the pier next to his lake home, surrounded by friends and family, Lowry gave a toast to the newly married couple celebrating their lives together. As the scent of the hydrangeas mixed with the delicious smells of the down-home cooking from Sissy’s Southern Kitchen, we were mesmerized by this family’s appreciation of each other, their cowboy humor, and the beauty of the night. Enjoy this preview of their wedding film. Don't you just love the confetti guns they gave their guests to use during the ceremony kiss? It looked so gorgeous in the early evening light! Click here to see the perfect rustic wedding photos that Genya from Vue Photography took at the event.When we arrived at the lakefront house, the band members from ATX band The Good Nights were tuning their instruments and practicing sweet tunes like ‘Landslide’ on acoustic guitars. The sunlight bounced brightly off of the lake, and as we peeked around at what Tara Wilson’s team had set up, we were met with visions of hanging lights and garlands of magnolia leaves. The dining table was stationed on the waterfront deck with a solid row of hydrangea arrangements that cascaded onto the floor at each end as if it were a luxurious curtain made of flowers. The team had also brought the indoors outdoors by setting up a faux living room arrangement next to the dance floor. The antique furniture in white and burlap provided a fun place in the party area for guests to lounge and chat during both cocktail hour and into the late hours of the night when not dancing the night away. Inside the house, family members (and several doggie friends) bustled about, and Kellye, the bride, was peering out the window watching "Vaa," the officiant, practice outside in the backyard. When we noticed that Kellye had air plants mixed into her bouquet of succulents, she told us that when she was dreaming up her ideal bridal bouquet, she told the designers at Branching Out Events that she was flexible with her vision and fun, and so to please "put something wacky in it." We love it, too! Kellye told us how she and Dustin met. She said, “Dustin and I have known each other since I was 3 and he was 6, we actually were next door neighbors. It seems crazy to think back then we would have been together. We started officially dating when I was a senior in high school in 2007, we have been together now nearly 7 years."Kellye & Dustin have such a precious story of how their lives have been interwoven through childhood, and it was such a joy to film their family celebrating all the good things that are to come in the future. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Home Event Design, Styling & Coordination: Tara Wilson & Lee Anne Jackson of Tara Wilson Events Photographer: Vue PhotographyCatering: Sissy's Southern KitchenFlorist: Branching Out Reception Band: The Good Nightscake: Cake Walk Bake Shoppaper goods: Blue Eye Brown EyeBride's Dress: Monique LhuillierBride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin
We were nodding our heads in agreement when Alex's father opened the rehearsal dinner with that magical description of what a wedding is like--the handshakes, the hugs, the rekindling of friendship and fraternity that reminds us why we've gathered together. The families of Alex and Tara gathered on friday night at Maggiano's to eat, share stories, and reminisce. We heard tales of Tara's world travels, and of the banquet where Tara met Alex. One groomsman even used his toast as an opportunity to confess to a prank he'd pulled on the groom over two years ago. Uproarious laughter ensued. The story of the wedding proposal was just as surprising--Alex had hired a photographer to take some photos with Tara while they were on a trip, and he proposed to her there on the shores of the river overlooking the Chicago skyline. We spent most of the wedding day at The Westin La Cantera. The talented team lead by Morris Goen had put together the most stunning display of flowers, crystalline candelabras coupled with purple florals and textured green moss. Each corner of the room was flanked by an enormous chandelier overhanging a lounge set of white leather sofas. The lounges were surrounded by tall glass votives with floating candles and purple orchids. As filmmakers, we can gush even more about why we like Morris Goen's design: he has a background in photography, and because of his unique understanding of photographing events, he knows how to design lighting that allows for beautiful, well lit shots all throughout the ballroom, and he also lights the cake in such a way that the bride and groom's faces aren't too dark while they're cutting the cake (this can happen if the spotlight on the cake is too harsh, leaving the bride and groom's face in shadows). Needless to say, not only was the ballroom gorgeous to the eye, but it translated on to the camera really well! After spending the past weekend filming with Tara and Alex, we were struck by how prepared Alex and Tara were to shower their guests and their families with love. The bride and groom are cheerful and adventurous, but what really stood out to us was how openly they express their gratitude and love to those around them. From the gorgeous monogrammed necklaces that Tara hand-selected for her bridesmaids to the Cartier LOVE bracelet that Alex had bought for his bride, the weekend was full of meaningful tokens to honor their joy. Tara's dad even joked about tucking an entire tissue box into his jacket pocket to be prepared for all of his happy tears. The wedding band shown with the Cartier bracelet that Tara would wear as a bridal accessory. Tara, Alex, and all of San Antonio were definitely good to us. Here's a list of the vendors from the weekend: Reception Venue: San Antonio Resort Westin La Cantera16641 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256Ceremony Venue: Trinity Baptist Church319 E. Mulberry | San Antonio, TX 78212 | 210-733-6201Officiant: Dr. Leslie Hollon Design: Morris Goen with Goen South WeddingsPhotography: David SixtReception Entertainment: SauceWedding Videographer: Mason Jar Films p.s. join us on facebook! We'd love to hear from you.
The wedding weekend began with a private rehearsal dinner banquet at one of Houston's finest locations in historic downtown--The Corinthian. Within its roman colonnade, the tables were laid in gold and crystal with orchid centerpieces of varying height. Each place setting was set with a petite bomboniere bag of chocolate covered almonds (five for luck!). At traditional Italian weddings, five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. As the guests dined on a fantastic feast, they were treated to a surprise serenade of roaming violinists. The toasts were perfectly timed, witty, and doting, as friends and family gathered around Natalie and Adam to recognize and honor the love that the two of them shared. A recurring theme through the weekend began to emerge as we watched this couple celebrate, and it has made me re-think the truest meaning of the term "love at first sight." Often, "love at first sight" means that a person knows he/she is in love as soon as they see the other person for the first time. But what we began to notice was that Adam's love for Natalie grows stronger and stronger every time he lays eyes on her--their friends often referred to his continual, daily, moment-by-moment praise of her beauty, her kindness, and her character. For Adam, it is love at first sight and every sight of Natalie. Natalie's something blue: a Judith Ripka bracelet with beautiful pale aqua blue jewels. Natalie's wedding gown (JLM Couture) had sheer back panels blocked out in sparkles. She hand selected the stunning belt with its gauzy bow to be added to the dress. We can't wait to share more details from their story and their wedding with you-- One of my favorite moments that already sticks out in my mind happened just after Natalie and Adam exited the wedding ceremony. As Natalie happily exclaimed that she was now Adam's wife, he couldn't contain his joy either--and they shared high-fives and hugs with everyone. And, as you can see from this highlight clip of their wedding video, Adam's got some stellar dance moves, and Natalie's mom had the Omni Hotel ballroom decked out in truly elegant decor. You'll love Adam's University of Houston groom's cake (complete with a cowboy hat on top!) and their amazing reception band. Natalie and Adam, thank you for trusting us with your precious memories and allowing us to share in your day. Here's to love at first sight, forever and ever more! -kourtney amelia Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Corinthian Rehearsal Dinner Catering & Fine Dining Service: Jackson and Company 202 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas Wedding Ceremony Venue: Memorial Drive United Methodist Church 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079 Wedding Reception Venue: The Omni Hotel Four Riverway, Houston, Texas 77056 Phone: (713) 871-8181, Fax: (713) 871-0719 Event Planner & Design: Lynn Lary McLean Florals: Lary's Florist Videographers: Mason Jar Films Photographers: Archetype Studio Photobooth: Image Cinema Wedding Dress: JLM Couture Jewelry: Judith Ripka
Erin and Andrew almost didn't have a wedding cake. Not that they didn't want one--Erin was just interested in other desserts--maybe pie, or an assortment of treats. As they planned for the wedding, Erin made many selections for the party that were incredibly unique, from an off-shoulder wedding gown to a Kongming Chinese Sky Lantern release at the reception...but her brother jokingly begged for a traditional cake--Erin mentioned to me that he said "it can't be a wedding without a cake"--so she chose a traditional white tiered cake, and included a cake topper with a quote from their favorite childhood book (Where the Wild Things Are) in honor of his request. In this way, Erin and Andrew's hilltop wedding in the Fredericksburg countryside was full of surprises and special touches that were themed around not only their love, but their family as well. In fact, they had a gorgeous painting that held all the dinner placecards, and one of Erin's brothers painted that, too. Also, guests sipped from these cute little soda straws during the cocktail hour as they watched the sun set. Erin selected florals for the wedding that were very reflective of the wedding's location in the rustic and wild Texas countryside. The men's boutonnieres had both succulents and other hardy plants native to the region. If you haven't visited Fredericksburg before, it is one of those special towns nestled into the hill-country where people love to spend the weekend--You can wander through streets filled with quaint little bakeries, wineries and breweries, toy-shops boasting the skills of the town's german/european heritage, and of course, many restaurants overflowing with German food and good Texas eats. Just before the ceremony, some of Andrew's friends remarked at the beauty of the short drive from the little town to the hills where Boot Ranch resides. The road, filled with twists and turns, ends at the gorgeous hilltop lodge, a perfect party venue with craftsman architecture and a terrace made of natural stone overlooking the hills. Erin and Andrew had a private moment in a hillside garden just before the ceremony. Photographers commonly refer to this as a "first look." We were thrilled to work alongside noted fashion photographer Christianne Taylor at this wedding. She's based in California, but she often returns to her native state of Texas to document special projects. We've worked with her before at Sarah & Colby's ranch estate wedding, and it was delightful to work with her again. Both Erin and Andrew's fathers gave touching speeches at the wedding, and I look forward to editing their final film. Congratulations to you all! -kourtney amelia Ceremony and Reception Venue: Boot Ranch 77 Boot Ranch Cir, Fredericksburg, TX 78624(830) 997-6200 Photographer: Christianne Taylor Videographer: Mason Jar Films Band: Matchmaker Band Music by Holly Maher Licensed through The Music Bed
Lindsay is an avid athlete and award-winning UT Longhorn swimmer--and Steven, her aggie husband, brought many Canadians from his side of the wedding party down to Texas. The bride told us that they love to spend time on the lake, go bowling, and running together. Lindsay also described herself as traditional and told us that Steven is laid back. After attending their wedding, we can tell this is totally true about them. Everything from the location, decor, and the activities at their wedding reflected this dichotomy between them--including their sweet passion. You can see from the footage of their first dance that although Steven claims to be shy, he doesn't hold back the smiles when it comes to looking into the eyes of his bride. Jones and I happily packed up our gear to head out to Lindsay & Steven's wedding at the gorgeous Escondido Golf and Lake Club. It's been almost a year since we filmed Sidni & Jay's wedding there, and just over six months since filming Laura and Marcus. (Both of those weddings still make me cry when I watch them!) We were so excited to be teaming up with the folks at DFW Events and Petal Pushers for this event--The ladies at DFW Events know how to keep a party alive and they're so organized and friendly. Also, Petal pushers always stuns us with their heady, romantic displays that should be considered more art than arrangement. The day started out bright and full of sunshine with 0% chance of rain. Zero. Although that changed as soon as the ceremony began, the ceremony continued under a light shower. As Lindsay's dad gave her away to her groom, Steven, he whispered, "she's spent all this time in the water, so why not now?" They laughed, and although the clouds hovered nearby, the rain couldn't keep the happy spirit of this family down. After the ceremony, cocktail hour was held on the back balcony of the Club house, and the Dallas String Quartet continued performing while the food was being laid out onto the buffet. A cute little guest entertained everyone around him while pretending to be the conductor of the quartet--even the violinists were cracking grins. Quail was a meat option....Quail! Yum! Steven and Lindsay danced their first dance to a song by a Texas band--Green River Ordinance--called "Dancing Shoes." There's a lyric in the song that says: Forget about all the things thatWe can't make rightPut on a little EmmylooAnd we'll dance into the nightSinging, hold my loving armsMy loving arms are for you All we need is time, honeyall we need is time And they did dance into the night. The band Suede from Austin entertained the crowd of Canadians and Americans late into the night, ending with a powerful rendition of "God Bless Texas" and "Don't Stop Believin" The officiant (Father Ruben Patino) began the ceremony with a description of why marriage is sacred, and how Lindsay and Steven's marriage is supposed to be a reflection of love that guides those who witness it toward having more love in their own lives. Lindsay and Steven, thank you for the reminder that no matter how plans go "all you need is time." Time with friends, with family, and forever with each other. -kourtney amelia Reception: Escondido Golf And Lake Club Chargers: POSH Couture Rentals Officiant: Father Ruben Patino Musicians: Dallas String Quartet Soloist: Addison Myrick (who also happens to be a local ATX photographer) Photographer: Jennifer Lindberg Weddings Videographer: Mason Jar Films Band: Suede Austin Florist: Petal Pushers Lighting: Groove Labs Cakes: The Cake Plate Hair and Make-up: Rae Cosmetics Cigar Roller: BOBALU CIGAR COMPANY Whiskey Tasting: Rebecca Creek Whiskey Music by Humming House Licensed through The Music Bed
This past weekend, we packed up our team and headed out to Jones' hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. We were filming the wedding of Callie and Reid, who met in college (hotty toddy!) on the same fraternity house steps where Callie's parents had first laid eyes on each other. Pretty sweet, huh? Their rehearsal dinner was impeccably designed by Wendy Putt, and Callie was radiant in a grecian-style dress that was an homage to the art deco period (Or we could say very Great Gatsby, for the Baz Luhrmann fans out there). While Texas is filled with southern politeness, while in Mississippi, we really got to experience true southern hospitality in the capable hands of Callie and Reid's mothers. They welcomed our small team into their homes and shared their stories with us--I can't wait to finish this edit so that you can hear a refreshingly historical and interesting story behind wallpaper (you'll really be surprised), see Callie's grandfather's elephant collection, hear the stories from the amazing rehearsal dinner, and see the gorgeous dog that never left Callie's side during preps. There was also some seriously kind sibling affection--Reid's sister was sweetly tearful throughout both the rehearsal and the wedding as was Reid when he returned words about her. Callie was also kindly affectionate towards her siblings, and boy, is their extended family fun! When I say fun, I mean, the kind of family that puts on skits and musicals for each other at Christmas kind of fun. See, I told you--there's going to be a lot of story to tell in this film. Did I also mention that alligators inhabit the pond behind Callie's house? Yikes! The lake-top was serene on the wedding day, though, and although the Father of the Bride (who is often mistaken for Dennis Quaid) pointed out some alligators in the far off grasses, I was unable to find them with my long range lens. The reception was held at the Country Club of Jackson, and Callie had two whole rooms devoted to their hobbies--classic films and Nascar/Memphis food. Reid's "tire stack" cake sat atop an actual tire signed by Jeff Gordon, and the movie room screened great films like Casablanca, Sound of Music, and more. Guests were greeted at the door with a Parisian buffet of artisan candies, and candles hung overhead from invisible wire, giving the feeling of floating firelight everywhere. Did I mention the bacon bar at the reception? The Atlanta based band "Party on the Moon" put on a rockin show --and they were hilarious, too. When Reid's groomsmen just let the garter fall to the ground at garter toss, they had him re-toss it--claiming a rule that "it has to be caught." I've never heard that rule before, but it had everyone laughing. This is one of Callie's favorite rings perched atop a Tiffany's box for her earrings. She said that even though it's a casual ring, it meant a lot to her, so it was a "must have" for her wedding day ensemble. Her belt, if you've been wondering, was designed by the team at Vera Wang. Thanks to Callie and Reid for spoiling us with delicious food to eat, smiling people to film, and great story-telling material to work with. I'm excited to head into the editing bay! -kourtney amelia P.S. Although we did not see alligators (whew!), we still got an interesting shot of some wildlife-- Elizabeth managed to snag some footage of a hopping squirrel. Yes, hopping. You'll have to tune back later when we post the full film to check it out. Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church Jackson Reception: Country Club of JacksonRehearsal Dinner: The SouthEvent Design: Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and FloralEvent Coordinator: Crisler Boone Event Styling: Shanna Lumpkin Events Photographer Bryan Johnson Reception Band: Party On The Moon
Annlyn & D.A. had a beautiful spring outdoor reception at The Argyle club--at the ocean-inspired reception party, guests were treated to a diverse buffet that include a shrimp bar, sushi bar, and taco bar. The flower girls and ring bearer ran from place to place enjoying the discovery of the different ice sculptures scattered throughout the party--including a mermaid and a dolphin. As if that weren't enough, Cheesy Janes (http://cheesyjanes.com) food truck showed up to feed the party crowd some late night sliders. Yum, oh! We left the party so energized, because the band plowed through hit after hit, switching members in and out so that they played continuously without a break, keeping the party going all night long. Earlier in the day, we met up with Annylyn as she arrived at the ceremony site, St. Mark's Episcopal Church. St. Mark's is a beautiful building, filled with history. Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson were married there! Outside the gorgeous stone cathedral, family calmly gathered to begin taking photographs before the wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids floated in Grecian blue gowns and the ring bearers had their checkered bow-ties straightened. The stone and stained-glass building towered over the group, but the day seemed to have no shadows as Annlyn and D.A. prepared for their first look before the ceremony. (Tradition tip: a "first look" is a modern tradition that allows the bride and groom to see each other about an hour before the wedding ceremony in a private setting. This allows them to see each other without distraction, to exchange private words, to get out any jitters, and to take their portraits before the ceremony so that they can head straight to their party afterwards.) D.A. was completely smitten when he saw Annlyn for the first time in her wedding dress. Every few seconds he stopped to tell her how beautiful she looked, and before their portraits were done, he had declared himself to be "the luckiest man alive." Here are a few still-frames from the wedding video we are putting together for this amazing bride and groom: Ceremony: St. Mark's Episcopal Church 315 E. Pecan St. San Antonio, TX 78205Reception: The Argyle ClubEvent Planner: The French Connection with Tracy FrenchCeremony Coordinator: Jody KellyPhotographer: JeanAnn WilkinsonFlorist: Steven Pizzini with Pizzini DesignsCaterer: The ArgyleReception Band: Area Code Simply Irresistible and Julian MercadoHair & Makeup: Amar Cosmetics artists: Valerie Perez and Johanna WoodfinLate Night Snacks: Cheesy Jane'sBridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Meet Emily & Kearney, our latest Mason Jar couple. Their wedding was dripping with high-style design and the whole event was lovingly narrated through speeches by their dearest friends and family. Jones traveled to their destination wedding in New Orleans to not only film their wedding day, but also their rehearsal dinner. Filming at the rehearsal dinner allows us to capture all of those stories and toasts that your family can cherish for years to come. Emily grew up in New Orleans, but she moved to Boston during her teenage years. NOLA has always remained dear to her family, and so, with joy, their new extended family travelled to New Orleans to enjoy both its charm and the celebration of love. This short sneak peek of their wedding video features a snippet of a speech by Emily's brother, who had everyone rolling with laughter. Their wedding celebration was exquisite--a true homecoming for all involved. Emily joined organizational forces with Kearney's mother and they designed an elaborate feast for the rehearsal dinner. We must say that the toasts were equally well-crafted by all the family members, friends, and siblings involved. The Elms Mansion (where the rehearsal dinner was held) is a luxurious and regal location in New Orleans full of southern charm. A jazz band played both indoors during cocktails and outdoors during dinner. The father of the groom welcomes his guests to the rehearsal dinner. Comic timing and tender stories are definitely this family's specialty. While they are the first to mention that they all speak their mind, and speak it loudly, we have to be the first to say that we enjoyed their speeches and as always, we are so thankful to be a witness to the love this family shares. Here are some screen grabs from the wedding video we are working on for them: Kearney, the ever-eloquent groom, sent his loving Emily some gifts to open before the wedding. Among a parade of lovely notes and cards, he gave her a necklace he had made from one of his grandmother's rings, saying that although his grandmother had never met Emily, they would have been great friends if she were still alive. We had the pleasure of working with these fine vendors during the wedding day: Photographer Paul Morse. You can view his official images from Emily & Kearney's wedding here.Event Design by Linda Matzkin & Alexandra Kappel of Hopple Popple Events. Ceremony and Reception at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Reception Band: Jimmy Church BandMakeup: Tisa from Tisa’s Beauty Bar Florist: Urban EarthSecond Line Band: The Storyville Stompers
You've just watched a sneak peek of our full film for Mary & Aaron, a New Orleans Celebration. The couple planned their reception around a theme of southern hospitality and home comfort. Their party had family photos scattered throughout the venue--a constant reminder of love, history, and the joy of family and friends. Even the bathroom doors were decorated with pictures of Mary and Aaron as children to identify the "men's" room and the "women's" bathroom. Montegut house is a truly intimate place to have a reception or party. While filming, we were struck by the beauty of the courtyard--the gurgling lion water fountains, lush tropical plants, stucco architecture, and chandeliers hanging from the canopy branches of a single tree. It felt like a quiet little world in the middle of the French Quarter. The inside of the building has an even more home-style feel--with cozy rooms for visiting, balconies for fresh air, and plenty of space for dancing around historic fireplace hearths. Mary, the bride, had told us that she wanted her reception to feel like she had just stepped into her mother's home--and it certainly did--her family had brought their own heirloom crystal, milkglass vases, and mercury glass votives to adorn all of the tables. The vintage cake topper had even belonged to Mary's grandfather. Pictured below: Montegut House courtyard, magnolia leaves, & candles along the fireplace, the gorgeous seven-tier wedding cake, the first dance, and roses in the courtyard. Montegut House 743 Royal St New Orleans, LA 70116 The exclamation point on the evening was the second line parade led by a Grand Marshall and Jazz Brass Band. Ceremony: Christ Church CathedralReception: Maison MontegutEvent Planner: Elyse Skansi, Tying the Knot Wedding CoordinationPhotographer: Mark EricCatering: Joel'sFlorist: Iris Floral and Event Design StudioCocktail Hour Music: John Royen Band2nd Line Band: The JaywalkersReception Entertainment: Crystal Clear Band
Bailey & J.R. couldn't have had better weather for their outdoor wedding and reception in Kerrville TX. The Mansion at Riverhill is a historic site in Texas, built in 1901, and it has been a social setting in the Kerrville community ever since. Bailey is a UT grad, and while in school, her friends said they knew something must be really special about that Baylor guy (JR) when Bailey kept skipping out on events in Austin to go spend time in the little town of Waco. The energy in the room was simply precious when we arrived to film with Bailey & JR before the ceremony. Bailey was quietly putting the finishing touches on her dress & veil, and her mom was just glowing. After they went outside to take pictures, her brothers stood nearby, proudly taking pictures of their sister as a bride. Many of their good friends took part in the day--the wedding party was made up of many friends and siblings, and friends even played instruments in the ceremony. We hope you enjoy the preview of their full film--and feast your eyes on stills from their complete video below. Tricia Hamil with Viridian Design did a great job putting together a beautiful event--complete with wine barrels, vintage light bulbs descending from the oak trees, rustic painted wooden signs, white florals, antler chandeliers, and even a deer theme silhouette streaming down onto the dance floor. As a Baylor University Alum, I was personally really happy to see JR's Baylor Football helmet cake. Sic 'Em, and congratulations to you both! -kourtney amelia VENDORS Wedding Coordination & Florals: Viridian Design with Tricia Hamil Photography: Ashley Garmon Photographers Hair: Erin Jantzen Makeup: Donna Bruns Linens: Marquee Rentals Lighting: Ilios Lighting Cakes: Sophie's Choice
The room where Celina began her wedding day was all smiles as girls had their hair done, and chatted about the toasts from the rehearsal dinner, remembering kind and fun speeches. Encouraging words motivate us, too, and so when deciding how to begin Celina's wedding film, her father's toast at the wedding seemed perfect. Celina and Wes, we hope that as you watch your video from your wedding day for years to come, you hear the voices of those who support your love and remember that your relationship is a part of a bigger community, and brings blessing to your family. Celina's dress: Satin, fitted, mermaid style skirt line, strapless with a sweetheart neckline, and beaded belt. The wedding cake was covered in white flowers and had a pearl string theme cascading down the side of the tiered dessert. Can we just say we're also in love with the clover-shaped architectural details on the ballroom ceiling at Sonterra Country Club? Pretty! Wes and Celina as they left their ceremony. The Aggie "Whoop!" that erupted as they shared their first kiss was just a hint of the school pride that was to follow at the reception. We might be Baylor graduates at Mason Jar, but our love for the Aggies in our own families had us in the 12th man spirit as we have been editing the full version of their film. Gig 'Em, Aggies! Stay tuned for Wes & Celina's full film, coming soon on the blog. Prep: The Westin La Contera 16641 La Contera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 Ceremony: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church 223 East Summit Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 Reception: Sonterra Country Club 901 Sonterra Boulevard San Antonio, TX 78258 Event Design & Florals: Melissa White with Botanika Photographer: Heather Rowland Caterer: Sonterra Reception Entertainment: The Pictures Band
Rebecca's dad unashamedly admitted to being an emotional guy in his speech--his description of a young Rebecca sitting in her high chair eating cheerios reminds us how quickly time can pass. This Father of the Bride is in the same boat as us here at Mason Jar Films--we are always chatting about how the blessing of family relationships seems to blur the passage of time. That's one of the reasons we love filming your families and capturing your special life events on video. One of my favorite quotes about the value of memories is in an often unread novel--it was said by a character to his dearest friend, “A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered. .… when you and I met, the meeting was over very shortly, it was nothing. Now it is growing something as we remember it. But still we know very little about it. What it will be when I remember it as I lie down to die, what it makes in me all my days till then - that is the real meeting. The other is only the beginning of it. “ (by C.S. Lewis, from Out Of The Silent Planet) Rebecca's dad reminded us that each fleeting moment in life can be enjoyed forever as we watch new moments unfold, just as his memories of his baby girl are made even sweeter by his new memories of her as a "very grown up" bride. If you'd like to visit, you can locate the San Antonio Country Club here: 4100 N. New Braunfels Avenue San Antonio, TX 78209 Event Planner: Betty Parish Photographer: Catherine Hornberger with Peacock Photography Catering: San Antonio Country Club Florist: Trinity Flowers with Danny Cuellar Reception Entertainment: Matchmaker Band Officiant: Rabbi Barry Block Dress: Julian Gold Cakes: Cathy Young Invitations: Invitations, etc. Tuxedos: Heights Tuxedo Linens/Rentals: Illusions Rentals & Design Hair: Veronica Hughes Make up: Jena Massarello-Obregon
<screen grabs from the wedding video> Event Planning: Kristin McShane, Keely Thorne EventsFloral: RosetreeLighting and Sound: Filo DesignsReception Entertainment: SaucePhotographer: Nancy AideeQuartet: Brazos Valley StringsCatering: BestyettVintage Rentals: Bourbon and BloomTent Rental: MarqueeDeparture Transportation: Legacy Carriage Company
The day began grey, cool, and very, very cheerful. Laura & Marcus brought a lot of the Baylor community together for their wedding--and everyone was so pleased to be celebrating the bride and groom that no one minded pouring rain on the wedding day. Although the Christian ceremony had been planned for outdoors, the crowd of family members and friends happily snuggled in tight in a gorgeous naturally-lit hall with a cathedral ceiling for the ceremony. The rain was soft as the ceremony hymns began, as often do most obstacles seem diminished when you're with dear ones and friends. Marcus, the groom, is so visibly mesmerized with Laura during their first dance--you can easily see his awe at her beauty as he twirls her around the dance floor, her lace dress swishing. We truly enjoy moments like these. Escondido, the location, means "hidden" in Spanish. Laura and Marcus both love being outdoors, and their family felt it was fitting that, since guests would have to travel from all over the Texas map, they chose a venue for the wedding that is so beautifully tucked away into the Texas Hill Country. Although traveling isn't always easy for an event, everyone agreed that the treasured celebration was worth it. Marcus' brother, the officiant, pointed out that life can be like that--although we may have to work harder for something that seems hidden, the gem that you will find is worth it. Laura's natural sense of style is evident in the watercolor signs, peonies in coral, blush, and citron, and naturally textured succulents, birch, and "lace" icing on the cake. Visit Escondido: 9090 Farm to Market 2147 Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657 (830) 598-6311 Event Planning and Design: DFW EventsCeremony and Reception: EscondidoPhotography: Taylor LordMakeup: Rochelle RaeReception Entertainment: Top Floral: Petal PushersLighting: FILOBride's Cake: Cocoa Paloma DessertsGroom's Cake: Creme de la CookieLinens: BBJRentals: Outback RentalsCeremony Sound: Groove LabsCocktail Musician: Danny ShoemakerTransportation: R&R Limousine and Bus
Kristy & David's first dance at their wedding was over-the-moon high energy and FUN. Up til then, the day had been relaxed and low-key----girls getting ready and laughing, family visiting at the Barton Creek bar, and children skipping around. All of that quietness changed after the ceremony and vows, when everyone hit the dance floor with energy and tons of smiles. Kristy's colors of pale pinks, creams, and white were a lovely contrast with her bridesmaids in blue and the cool lighting on the dance floor. Barton Creek's grand ballroom is fitted with perfect details for an elegant wedding reception--crystal chandeliers, damask wallpaper in blush & gold hues, and gorgeous wainscoting. The resort is filled with Historic Texas decor, and so the classic feel of the ballroom really set the tone for the punching rhythm jazz tune that David and Kristy chose for their traditional entrance and first dance. Kristy and David found a wonderful way to make their first dance even more memorable than most--David's father played the trumpet to in the original recording of a soulful blues band hit in the 60s. David's parents have both passed away, and so David & Kristy chose to dance to that song in remembrance of them. As Kristy's father said in his toast, "now, that's a tribute." We are also big fans of Kristy's accessory style--- the gorgeous silk ribbon belt with rhinestone accents is a stunning addition to her ivory gown. Wedding Band Set of Bride's Engagement ring and band plus Groom's wedding ring. Kristy and David's rings together on the big day. The bride and groom were so sweet and treated us like visiting dignitaries. We were honored by their compliments of our work, and even more humbled to watch the way their love for each other and for their families was so evident. When we post their full film, you'll see hearts so big, it is a wonder that they fit in the Texas borders at all. Barton Creek Resort & Spa: 8212 Barton Club Dr Austin, TX 78735 If you're planning on hiring a wedding planner, Austin photographer, or any other kind of vendor, you'd be working with some upstanding folks if you hired any of the companies listed below. It was a true pleasure working with them. Ceremony and Reception: Barton CreekEvent Planning: Aimee Villa, Lizze Belle EventsPhotography: InTandemCeremony Music: Barton StringsReception Entertainment: Professor DLighting: IliosFloral: Bouquets of AustinGetaway Car: Antique Limousines
Bridesmaids bustled through the mahogany classical living room as they finalized their makeup the morning of Heather and Beau's wedding. Outside, the humidity gathered on the windows and the petals of the honeysuckle outside the front door, as if it wanted to peek in on the house's festivities. A grand chandelier loomed over the dining room table where a lace-covered umbrella waited to find if it would be required to shield the bride in the event of rain. "It's good to be Heather!" said her mother as Heather opened presents from Beau and family right before she slipped into her wedding dress. Smiling in agreement, Heather nodded her head. And it is good to be loved by Heather, we must add. By the time you finish reading this, you'll agree, too! Heather and her parents created an event with Tod Viator (designer) that would knock the socks off of everyone in town. It was filled with heavenly surprises for the guests around each corner. For example, Heather had handkerchiefs made for each bridesmaid to remind them of her love for them. Below is pictured the one she carried along with her own bouquet. <screen grabs from the wedding video> Truly, the details of this wedding will stun you--but the love of this family will also leave your heart feeling so full. Heather made sure there was room for both her photographer and for me, her wedding videographer, to ride with her family to the wedding ceremony from her home where she got ready. I loved the anticipation in that limo--the air was thick with joy and excitement. This still is from the moment when Heather and her father caught sight of the church, where a harpist played under a canopied entrance to greet the guests. Gasp! That steeple is gorgeous! The pink roses (in shades of Steel Magnolias blush and bashful) adorned the aisleway of the cathedral and the front. For the ceremony, Beau wore a cream tux jacket, and he slipped into a darker coat with white bow tie for the evening party. Very formal, and very fashionable! Their magical entryway. Below, Beau had a parrot-themed cake. His mother explained that he loves parrots and chose that animal as a part of his email as a young man, and has never changed his personal email account since. Quite fantastic! One of my favorite moments occurred when Heather's mom shed a happy tear as she watched Heather and Beau cut the wedding cake. It never fails--every parent has a moment during their child's wedding where the blessings of the gathering of friends and family is so overwhelming. We're just happy to be there to help you remember those blessings in the future. Heather and Beau, thanks for choosing us to document your day. -kourtney amelia Event Design and Floral: Ted Viator, Viator and AssociatesCeremony: St. John the Evangelist Reception: Lafayette Petroleum Club 111 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503Photographer: Elizabeth DondisReception Entertainment: Jesse's GirlsCakes and Favors: SucrePhotobooth: Freeze Frame Photobooths
You've just watched a preview to the wedding film of Jennifer and Matt. Matt proposed to Jennifer on a mini-vacation to South Padre--Jennifer told us she had been so busy with school that she was "oblivious" to the proposal even as it was happening, and when Matt was down on one knee on the beach pouring his heart out. In her words she told us, "So I am thinking he is joking :) I tell him that this is not funny and is he serious. He then says, 'Jennifer will you Marry Me?' and with that question he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a box with the most beautiful ring. It was exactly what I always dreamed about :) Of course I said yes!" On the wedding day, we arrived to the Austin Museum of Art ready to go--it is a gorgeous place, and practically in our backyards in Austin, TX. It has this timeless hollywood glamour that wraps around your party til the only thing you'll remember is twinkling stars, grecian statues, and the sound of your dearest ones laughing around the dance floor. The building itself is a stucco building with Spanish Tiles, hardwood floors, and latticed windows. As you drive through the gates, a circle drive leads around the grassy lawn, lined majestically with palm trees (often a ceremony site). The museum sits on a small rise next to the lake, and there's also a deeply shaded space for ceremonies on the sharply tier-cut hillside. Walking paths wind through the wooded areas. Gardens with sculptures, fountains, and columns scatter across the grounds, and giant oak trees swoop gracefully overhead, swaying in the summer heat. Evergreens, tall and slim, spiral into the sky like guardians around the musuem. The bridal prep room has black and white checkered tile flooring, with sunlit windows on all sides peering down at the grounds. Jennifer chose an array of purples, pinks, and fuscia for her bridesmaids to carry, as seen here next to her bridal Jimmy Choo heels. The First Look Jennifer and Matt chose to have a first look, which is a tradition where the bride and groom see each other privately before the ceremony. This allows them to let go of a few of those pre-wedding jitters, have a private conversation before the big day really kicks off, and (BONUS) get most of the formal photography out of the way before the ceremony. This ensures that the cocktail hour will be filled with more visiting with friends and less posing for portraits. Ceremony and Reception: Laguna GloriaEvent Planner: Aimee Villa, Lizze Belle EventsPhotographers: The NicholsMakeup: Maris Malone CalderonCeremony Music: Barton StringsReception Entertainment: The ArgylesCatering: PrimizieCakes: Simon Lee BakeryFloral: Last PetalLighting: IliosTent, Generators, and A/C: J Squared and Marquee Tents Getaway Vehicle: Antique Limousines of Austin
Sarah & John's wedding day started off very calm--while the girls got dressed, the guys played soccer in a courtyard outside before making their way to the hotel bar. Sarah's bridesmaids were very helpful in taking care of everything Sarah needed as we headed out from the hotel to the Bell Tower on 34th. The venue is pretty cool--with ballrooms, atriums, and rustic inspired spanish architecture. The warm colored walls and columns are inviting and regal, the perfect setting for a classy event. Sarah and John very sweetly visited each table during their reception, and their friends stayed til the wee hours dancing their hearts out, as you can see in the preview. <some screen grabs from the wedding video> A Tiffany engagement ring nestles in with the set of wedding bands. The groom & his groomsmen played poker to wait out the final minutes before the ceremony. Sarah & John kiss in an open courtyard just before the evening's end. Behind them was a beautiful waterfall that spanned the entire exterior wall of the courtyard. Sarah & John, your day was sweet and spunky, and we wish you many more years of fun to come! Thanks for having us to Houston to help capture your memories.