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Cypress Falls Event Center /// Forever Young /// Jaime + Ryan, the Locket

Wading barefoot in a creek while wearing your wedding dress...buckets and buckets of Shiner...watching a waterfall as you say your wedding vows...cap guns and sparklers as you exit your reception... this, my friends, is what a Texas wedding is all about.  But perhaps the best part of all is the sincerity between this bride and groom as they look into each other's eyes.  Jaime and Ryan had a sweet, family-focused wedding at Cypress Falls Event Center in Wimberley, Texas.  Between the string lights and the Texas night sky, the evening sparkled with memories of their courtship in Chicago, and the laughter that brought this couple together. Enjoy their film! Venue:  Cypress Falls Event Center / 1 Woodcreek Cir Suite #A, Wimberley, TX 78676 Coordinator: Lynnsey Hastie of CFEC Photographer: Lauren Reynolds Photography Caterer: Linda's Fine Foods Restaurant & Catering Florist: Robin Carpenter DJ:  Fred Bishop


We’ve been featured! Wedding Video Press Coverage

We are excited to announce that we were recently featured on love24FPS, a leading style blog that features the best of wedding filmmaking in the industry.   The story the editors selected to feature was the sneak peek we put together to introduce Kacy & Jason's film.  Of course, they were as smitten by Kacy & Jason's personalities as we were, and they gushed about it in their coverage of the film, saying,  "it’s hard to take your eyes off the screen because you know this couple is going to be worth watching." ...and we agree!  When we first heard from Jason about filming his wedding to Kacy, we were enamored with their passion for our craft and for one another.  This bold groom held our attention with stories about his proposal in a hot air balloon, how zebras would be wandering the grounds at their wedding reception, how he drives a Tesla, works for the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and with stories of how much he loves his bride, Kacy.    You can read our full post about their wedding and watch their wedding video in its entirety here. Wedding Vendor Details: Ceremony: First United Methodist Missouri City3900 Lexington Blvd  Missouri City, TX 77459Reception: Safari Texas Ranch11627 FM 1464 Rd  Richmond, TX 77407Photographer: Daniel ColvinVideographer: Mason Jar FilmsFlorist: Floriography; Ines NegrinDJ: Johnny BravoGetaway Car: TeslaWedding Bands: TiffanyWedding 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  


Safari Texas Ranch || Pucker Up and Let’s Get Married! || Kacy + Jason, the Full Film

Did you know that you can have converse tennis shoes specially personalized by the company?  Kacy took this awesome idea, and she had their wedding date embroidered on the back of a pair of converse sneakers for Jason, and even cooler, she was able to select the shoes in the colors of the wedding!  It was a great idea for a modern gift from a bride to a groom.  In our introduction to Kacy and Jason's story,  we talked about their proposal, and here, we are sharing their full film. Enjoy. "Most importantly, I want to thank you for marrying me. You make me feel like the luckiest person on this earth, and I thank you for that."    Although we only spend a day (or a few days) filming a wedding, these stories of love become deeply etched on our hearts.  The many hours we spend as a team at Mason Jar Flms discussing what we've filmed and the time we spend editing and weaving together the story are almost like a meditation on the core values of marriage.  Kacy and Jason's story is no exception: Watching their wedding film is a reminder of that when you love someone, the sky's the limit for how far you'll go to let them know it (literally--Jason proposed in a hot air balloon). Their story is a reminder that heritage and tradition are most meaningful when shared by people who treasure their community (Kacy's garter was worn by every woman in her family over the past 50 years on their own wedding days).   Their affection is a reminder that those who share love always delight in seeing each other blossom in their own personal pursuits and hobbies (Kacy is a NICU respiratory therapist, and Jason teaches both music and robotics).  And lastly, no matter how surprisingly your story may begin, it does not compare to the surprises that await you in your future together.   The exterior of First United Methodist Church, where the ceremony took place.  The interior is a combination of modern architecture with key classical components, like ornate stained glass windows, and carved wooden pews. The reception site at Safari Texas hosts plenty of wild animals for guests to enjoy viewing during cocktail hour, and among its many dance halls and party rooms, Kacy and Jason chose this beautiful rustic lodge for their wedding reception, with string lights, branches, and rustic iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Wedding Vendor 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  


Safari Texas || Pucker Up and Let's Get Married! || Kacy + Jason, the preview

 "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


Dallas Union Station || The Gift of Another Sister || Ann + Andrew, the full film

The opening shots of this film really highlight the beauty of First United Methodist Church Dallas.  Nestled into the heart of urbanite downtown Dallas,  The bell-filled steeple juts into the skyline with gothic-influenced mini-spires at each corner.   Inside, the green and golden stained glass windows create a warm glow for the golden organ that fills the entire sanctuary. This is where Ann and Andrew chose to have their wedding ceremony.   While Jones had communicated with the couple before the wedding, I met Ann just as she was putting the finishing touches on her gown and jewelry.   Although she was calm and quiet while she put her earrings on in just the company of her mother, her hilarious personality immediately peeked through as she paraded out into the room where her bridesmaids sat.  They began to cheer as they saw her in her wedding gown for the first time, and Ann, without missing a beat, began to smile and wave like a debutant or queen, graciously greeting each one of them in an imaginary parade right there in the room.  It was so funny.  From that moment I knew that while that night would be emotional (as all weddings are), it would also be an evening filled with humor, kindness,  and the kind of family goofiness that makes kids say "ta-dah!" when they show their parents what they've done. If you didn't read our post with Ann & Andrew's preview, you need to know how the couple met.  In college, Ann became best friends with Andrew's sister, and everytime Andrew's sister would return home from the dorms she told her brother, "you have to meet my new friend, she is just like you."  What a fairy-tale, to have a best friend become your family member.  While the night was filled with cheerful toasts, and hilarious dance moves, certain moments really stick out in my mind: Andrew's brother gave a toast thanking Andrew for bringing Ann into their lives, bringing "the gift of another sister." Ann and Andrew had a surprise birthday cake for Ann's mom, and had the entire crowd sing happy birthday to her! Ann's dad not only blessed Andrew as a part of their family, but he told Ann that no one could have ever been a better daughter than what she'd been. ...and that, my dear friends and readers, is why we love making wedding films.  These are the moments of  your life, carefully captured and lovingly pressed for you into an artistic video, so that you can enjoy those looks, the sounds, and the kindest words from your dearest loved ones over and over and over again. Ann & Andrew, it was truly a treat to watch your family enjoy themselves on such an important day.  Thanks for choosing us as your dallas wedding videographer! -kourtney amelia   Ceremony: First United Methodist Church, DallasReception: Union StationEvent Planner: Caroline Fair, Caroline EventsPhotographer: Lauren LarsenReception Entertainment: Professor DFloral: Garden GateCake: Jackie SprattDress: Stanley KorshakLighting: Beyond     


Super 8 Film: A Vintage Wedding Movie | "You Add to His Life" – Mara + James, part 1 of 2

Filmed by Chris P. JonesEdited by Kourtney Amelia Schopper Your wedding day is both something you look forward to, enjoy the experience, and remember with great fondness.  Personally, I recommend that you try to approach all three phases surrounding your wedding with the same level of care and consideration that you give to the actual wedding day experience.  That being said, the ways you plan to help yourself remember the day are truly important.  Whether that is through tokens and gifts that you exchange on a wedding day or your wedding film and photography, it is important for you to be true to yourself and select things that reflect you as a couple.  If you're looking for a unique idea for your wedding video, maybe you should consider having it documented on actual FILM. There are several choices that filmmakers like us can offer to you--from 8mm, super 8, to 16mm, the images will take your breath away.  My goodness! No matter how long we have been filming on Super 8 film, I am always amazed at the beauty of the images we get back from the developers.   This video is beautiful! (I can get away with bragging about the footage because I didn't film it, Jones did.)   We love the look of film--we always have.   It gives both a rustic and timeless quality to a wedding film--a vintage style that can't be replaced.   Film handles light differently and more organically than the way that digital cameras do, and because of that, the quality of the moving images is always breathtaking and surprising. If you're not familiar with super8,  the process is simple, but different than digital filmmaking: with digital, we have all the footage that instant--which is what allows us to do fun things like same-day-edit films on site at a wedding.  But film takes time.  After we come and film with you on your day, the film has to be processed at a developer (just like the old days!), who then digitizes it at the highest quality so that we can put together a video that has the true look and feel of film, but doesn't require you to own a projector. Win-win.  Another bonus that you'll have over your parents 1960s film is that we can record audio during your day and sync it up--so you still get to hear your vows, toasts, and other moments that matter to you.  Win-win-win.  So, if what you like is the vintage look and the feel of film,  this is for you! The couple left in a sparkler exit.  Make sure to watch this moment in the video---sparklers produce a really cool effect on film. Some couples are best reflected in an energetic, fast-paced HD video, and others in a reflective, personal film on super8 film, and still more enjoy a mixture of both. We do our best as filmmakers to honor your personality and your community in the artistic style that we edit your film, but the format and style in which we actually film your wedding are up to you in many respects--you only need to share your vision with us. -kourtney amelia


Super 8 Vintage Wedding | "You Add to His Life" – Mara & James, the full film

Filmed by Chris P. JonesEdited by Kourtney Amelia Schopper Being hired by a family more than once is truly an honor.  We filmed the groom's brother a few years ago when he got married, and so we were so pleased to come out and celebrate with this family again as James married Mara.  In college, Mara's sister was friends with James; that was how Mara met and fell in love with him.  Mara's sister was also the maid of honor, and all of the bridesmaids wore grecian inspired pink gowns.  The best man, James' youngest brother, played guitar and sang for their first dance at the wedding, and the father of the groom, James' dad, prayed over the couple at the ceremony.  It was truly intimate:  an event that celebrated family and love. Thoughts on film from the editor: My goodness! No matter how long we have been filming on Super 8 film, I am always amazed at the beauty of the images we get back from the developers.   This video is beautiful! (I can get away with bragging about the footage because I didn't film it, Jones did.)  If you're not familiar with super 8,  the process is simple, but different than digital filmmaking: with digital, we have all the footage that instant--which is what allows us to do fun things like same-day-edit films on site at a wedding.  But film takes time.  After we come and film with you on your day, the film has to be processed at a developer (just like the old days!), who then digitizes it at the highest quality so that we can put together a video that has the true look and feel of film, but doesn't require you to own a projector. Win-win.  Another bonus that you'll have over your parents 1960s film is that we can record audio during your day and sync it up--so you still get to hear your vows, toasts, and other moments that matter to you.  Win-win-win.  So, if what you like is the vintage look and the feel of film,  this is for you! -kourtney amelia             The afternoon light is gorgeous reflecting on all those ruffles in the skirt! James in white bow tie and boutonniere before the ceremony. The tiered wedding cake had a very 1920s glamour with the blue ribbon on every tier and gold seal accent. Almost a little Great Gatsby! This is the other side of the sign that was carried down the aisle during the ceremony. On the way into the ceremony, we saw the side of the sign that says "here comes the bride" and on the way out of the ceremony, it was carried by the ring bearer with the "introducing Mr & Mrs." side facing out.  Mara did a great job making sure the sign fit with her gold & elegant decor. Mara's engagement ring. The couple left in a sparkler exit.  Make sure to watch this moment in the video---sparklers produce a really cool effect on film.


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