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Dallas Petroleum Club || #hitchedtoafinch || Audrey + Roy, the full film

"If I'm a bird, you're a bird" On a recent saturday afternoon, the sounds of cellos and violins swelled in the rafters of First United Methodist Church.  The crowd stood for Audrey to enter the sanctuary, escorted by her doting, smiling father.  Roy, her groom, stood smiling and trembling at  the front of the altar.  As Audrey made her way toward the front, on the first row of pews, Audrey's grandmother leaned close to her mother, leaning to catch a glimpse of her granddaughter.  Brimming with joy, Audrey's mother turned to her own mother and said, "isn't she beautiful?" Moments like these are why we love capturing the story of a wedding day.  Enjoy the glamorous wedding of these two lovebirds here: Musical Soundtrack: "Hold Onto Hope Love" by Amy Stroup "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" by A New Normal,  licensed through The Music Bed Just before the ceremony began, all of the bridesmaids and house party girls swirled around the bride.  With Roy's last name being "Finch" there were many bird-themed ideas being tossed around for the wedding's hashtag, and they all settled on #hitchedtoafinch. Even the wedding cake played to the bird theme: This Aggie Ring cake was decked out to all of the groom's specifications. The bride and groom exited their wedding to a line of sparklers, and they left the wedding in a classic car that belonged to Roy's great grandfather. WEDDING VENDORS: Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church Dallas 1928 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201   (214) 220-2727 Reception Venue: Dallas Petroleum Club - Chase Tower 2200 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201   (214) 871-1500 Wedding Planner: Katie McCann Crow  Collins Coordination Floral / Decor: Jackson Durham Lighting: Beyond Lighting Caterer: Dallas Petroleum Club Bride and Groom's Cakes: Dallas Affaires Cake Company Wedding Videographer:  Mason Jar Films Wedding Photographer: Averi Blackmon Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings Cocktail Hour Quartet & Three Pianists: Petroleum Club Musicians Reception Entertainment: Emerald City Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals Draping: Quest Drape Paper Goods: Ellis Hill Calligrapher: Laurie Harper Wedding dress: Warren Barron Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Tuxedoes: Culwell and Son Hair & Makeup: Beauty and the Blush, Contact: Rayyen


We’ve been featured! Rustic Lake-side Wedding || Once In A Lifetime

What an honor!  An online German bridal magazine (similar to Style Me Pretty) has featured Kellye & Dustin's wedding video & story as an example of true romance.  Who could argue with that when they see that these childhood sweethearts exchanged personalized vows like these? "I promise to kiss you first thing each morning, and last thing each evening, so long as we both shall live." Click here to see the perfect rustic wedding photos that Genya from Vue Photography took at the event.  The famed Tara Wilson (who has been featured on morning shows like the TODAY show and many more!) of Tara Wilson Events coordinated and designed this backyard soirée. Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private HomeEvent Design, Styling & Coordination: Tara Wilson & Lee Anne Jackson of Tara Wilson EventsPhotographer: Vue Photography Catering: 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  


Possum Kingdom Lake || Once In A Lifetime || Kellye + Dustin; the full film

The story of Kellye and Dustin is absolutely precious.  They've known each other their entire lives, and grew up near each other as next-door neighbors.  When we witnessed their wedding day, we walked away with certain stories echoing in our minds:  this is a family and a couple that truly delights in showing affection toward each other, and that is what we tried to capture in this film.  "I promise to kiss you first thing each morning, and last thing each evening, so long as we both shall live." From the relaxed atmosphere with dogs roaming around to the luscious cocktails and food spread, Dustin & Kellye's day was full of fun stories, smiling conversations, and sassy dancing late into the night.  We'll never forget Kellye's expressive kindness to everyone that she saw, or the way she choked up during their (incredibly) unique vows.   If you haven't read our introduction to Dustin & Kellye, read about their modern eclectic backyard wedding here.   Also, click here to see the perfect rustic wedding photos that Genya from Vue Photography took at the event.  Genya and her husband are a photography team duo, and they were such a treat to work alongside.  They're based in Atlanta, Georgia, so we enjoyed their southern charm. Austin-based band The Good Nights really helped to set the tone for the film with their performances of their original tunes (they also have a band called The Roosevelts, and two of the songs in Kellye & Dustin's film are going to be on their new album this next year).  So, you are getting the sneak peek here! The famed Tara Wilson (who has been featured on morning shows like the TODAY show and many more!) of Tara Wilson Events coordinated and designed this backyard soirée--complete with an indoor furniture lounge set up out doors, reversed magnolia leaf garlands, and a large grey & white striped background for the dance floor. Guests were also treated to jalapeno cocktails, chicken-fried steak, and fried okra strips from Sissy's Southern Kitchen.   Perhaps our favorite part of the film is the moment at the end where Kellye tears up during the speeches and suddenly exclaims, "it doesn't get any better than this!" We agree, and we wish Kellye and Dustin many, many more years of love, happiness, and lots of dogs, too.  Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private HomeEvent Design, Styling & Coordination: Tara Wilson & Lee Anne Jackson of Tara Wilson EventsPhotographer: Vue Photography Catering: 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  


Escondido Golf and Lake Club | "High Expectations" – Lindsay + Steven, the full film

If I could sum up Lindsey and Steven's wedding video in one word, that word would be "adoration."  Every moment is filled with meaningful facial expressions and stories that show how much this group adores each other.   Those moments of sincerity--as Lindsay's mom talks about picking out her dress, as her father gives a speech expressing hope, and as Steven beams with smiles during the first dance--those moments are filled with pure love. 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 becoming a truly special place that has housed some of our favorite events---including the weddings of Sidni & Jay,   Laura and Marcus and Whitney & Geoff.  (all of those wedding films still make me cry when I watch them!) You know you're going to have a good day of filming when you walk into a bridal prep room and the bridesmaids are singing showtunes from the Glee soundtrack.  I knew from the moment we walked in the door that these girls like to have fun and make each other laugh.  As the girls finished getting ready in their navy lace & peplum bridesmaid's dresses, Lindsay's mom pulled us aside to share the story of the wedding dress search for the film.  She had picked out and found Lindsay's wedding dress, and Lindsay loved it!  And, funnily enough, Lindsay had also picked out a dress for her mother that she loved.   Anyone who knows much of anything about women will know that is the mark of a mother and daughter who know each other's tastes very well! Not many of our films have cameo appearances made by a dinosaur.  In fact, only this one does.  Apparently, one of the bridesmaid's young daughters was a little distraught to not be along for the day with her mother, and so the entire group of bridesmaids were consoling her by taking her plastic toy dinosaur on an adventure, and texting pictures back all day long.  Like the gnome in the movie Amelie, P. Rex had quite an adventure at Lindsay and Steven's event, but you'll have to watch the film to find out what he was up to before the wedding. Steven's family and friends had quite an adventure themselves, too.  Traveling all the way from Canada, many of them experienced Texas for the first time, and I'm glad that Austin and the hill country where Escondido rests was their first taste of Texas. Escondido is gorgeous, in rain or sunshine, and we definitely had both on the wedding day!  Lindsay wore a stunning beaded lace wedding gown with a scalloped edging, and her cathedral length veil had lace trim as well.  Her 'something old' and 'something borrowed' was the same item--a gorgeous bracelet that her father had given to her mother.   As the party carried into the night, fresh cigars were being hand-rolled right there on site next to a toasty fire pit on the back porch.  Guests who weren't dancing out on the dance floor set up on the golf green could relax in the rocking chairs surrounding the fire. While their wedding cake was very classical, with tiers of white scrollwork and blue ribbon, Lindsay & Steven also had a pretty unique groom's cake.  It was topped by two little elephants leaning back and enjoying margaritas in a tropical paradise.  Well, let's be honest, what little elephant wouldn't enjoy living on an island made of of chocolate-covered strawberries?   The song we selected to end their film is definitely a favorite of mine--called "Fly On" by Humming House, it reminds me of Mumford and Sons with its soaring melody, folksy instrumentation, driving drum beat, and echoing chorus of singers that gives the song a bigger feel.  The father of the bride ended his toast by talking about all of the people that would be there to support Lindsay and Steven, and I felt like this song both reflected that community of hopeful people, and it also fit the style of their first dance during the wedding reception. Lastly, It was only fitting that a wedding day filled with showtunes, panoramic views of the hill country, dinosaurs, live string players, and rocking out under the stars would end with a bang--specifically, fireworks! As Lindsay and Steven drove their getaway golf cart through a sea of friends holding sparklers, Lindsay's dad had one last surprise set up for them--the driveway was lined with pyrotechnics that made everyone ooh and ahh.  What a great way to end a party, and to start a new family!  Congrats to Lindsay and Steven! -kourtney amelia   Event Design & Coordination: DFW EventsReception: 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


St. John the Evangelist | "It's Good to be Heather!" – Heather & Beau, the full film

  The air was so thick with humidity, the clouds finally let loose with rain right before Heather had to head out for her wedding ceremony.  Just as we had resigned to figuring out how to get Heather to the Limo through the light patter of drops under a lace umbrella, the shower ceased and we swept out the door of her parent's estate home and hopped into the limo. Heather's mom had exclaimed that "it's good to be Heather!" earlier that day as she opened gifts from family and groom, and we agree.  Not only did she look gorgeous in her luxuriously hand-embroidered wedding dress, but the joy her parents expressed as they headed toward the cathedral truly set the tone for the day--I could see it as Heather's mom chatted with Beau, the groom, on the phone from the limo and as Heather's dad smiled with joy that things are just going to continue to get better and better for Heather and Beau.  Heather's parents truly doted on Beau throughout the day, crying during the cake cutting, and as Heather and Beau hugged friends and family goodbye at the end of the evening, her parents danced together cheek to cheek, wiping away happy tears.   My heart felt like it was being squeezed, and it was hard not to cry a happy tear just watching not only this bride and groom, but the entire family as they erupted with joy during this celebration. <screen grabs from the wedding video>                        St. John the Evangelist, where the ceremony was held, is a catholic cathedral in the Dutch Romanesque architectural style.  The interior nave consists of a series of arches supported by columns, a blind story, and a clerestory.  Oil paintings of Christ the King and Apostles decorate the vaulted ceiling.  The Italian marble main altar displays mosaic representations of wheat and grapes, symbolizing the bread and wine of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  Heather smiles brightly at her groom as she is escorted down the aisle by her loving father.    Her floral colors were creams and dusty rose.     Beautiful flambeau stained glass, made in Munich, Germany, portray the life of Saint John the Evangelist, the patron of the Cathedral.             -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 


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