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Brazos Hall /// TCU College Romance /// Sarah + Ryker, the full film

A Special Father-Daughter Moment When Sarah joined her father, Jay, on the dance floor for their traditional father-daughter dance, they were serenaded by Sarah's maternal grandfather (Jay's father-in-law). This was not the first time Sarah's grandfather had sung at a wedding; he had also serenaded his daughter, Nancy, when she danced her first dance with Jay a generation earlier. On this night, Nancy stood on the edge of the dance floor and lovingly watched as Jay danced with Sarah, and the words of "Walk With You" by Edwin McCain floated through the chandeliers overhead. I'll take this slow sweet walk with you You'll let go of my hand to say I do And he will discover just how blessed a life can be I know 'cause all those years ago your mom handed you to me." As Sarah leaned her head on her dad's shoulder, she said to him, "I'm so glad we get to do this," and he said to her, "Look all around. Take it all in; it will be over in a second." So true.  We are so glad that we were able to film these beautiful moments so that you can look around and take it all in over and over again. These are the kind of moments that give us #OneMoreReasonToBelieveInLove    Enjoy! From their Texas style BBQ rehearsal dinner feast at County Line on 2222 to their Hill Country ceremony and downtown reception at Brazos Hall, this wedding was a sweet buffet of the tastes of Austin. We always love the moment a bride sees her father for the first time on the wedding day.  It is truly precious!  Jay later told Ryker that he could barely keep from crying when Sarah came up and tapped him on the shoulder. Sarah and Ryker were the first ones to be married at this church--renovations had just finalized at 2am the night before!  The father of the bride commended Becky Brock, Kacy King, and the entire Brock + Co. crew for their expert communication with the construction team for making sure the church was finished on time. Sarah + Ryker met at Texas Christian University (Go Horned Frogs!), and so the couple was quick to celebrate TCU at their wedding  any chance they had!  The groom wore a secret TCU shirt under his tuxedo, and because he competed as an athlete on the swim team, his groom's cake was the envy of any TCU pinterest board---a custom cake of a TCU horned frog with swimming goggles.  (Credit:  Sweet Treets Bakery) The Fairy-Tale Proposal in Venice: After graduation from Texas Christian University, Sarah and Ryker both went with their families on a 10 day celebratory Mediterranean cruise to Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Italy, ending up in Venice. They were celebrating three graduations and milestone birthdays. Sarah had given up on Ryker proposing on this romantic trip. They told us, "We spent one extra night off the ship in Venice exploring the city. Ryker kept hinting at a gondola ride but Sarah thought they were extremely touristy and said she didn't want to go. She was totally surprised when on the family's walk to dinner Ryker's dad had arranged gondola rides "for the whole family."  The two of us went first, and so we went off through the canals of Venice with our gondolier singing to us in Italian (romantic cheese central). As we came out of the side canals into the Grand Canal and approached the Rialto Bridge (the 'bridge of love') Sarah saw both families with camera in hand standing at the top of the bridge. Just then, Ryker stands up and pulls the ring out of his jacket pocket and asked Sarah to marry him. As soon as she said yes and they kissed the entire bridge erupted into an Italian chant/song. It was absolutely breathtaking in so many ways! Sarah didn't care about the cheesy tourists anymore-she couldn't believe what a perfect proposal Ryker had waited so patiently to put together! Afterwards we celebrated alone at an Italian cafe drinking champagne before meeting our families for dinner on the grand canal. Seriously a fairy tale!" Sarah+ Ryker, You truly have found something special in each other. We hope you always keep being silly, "snarf-snarf"-ing to your dog, and entertaining your families with your hilarity. Thank you for allowing us to capture these precious memories of what is really the beginning of your fairy-tale, with many more adventures to come. We wish you the best! xoxo, the Mason Jar Team Ceremony // Westlake Hill Presbyterian - 7127 Bee Cave Road Austin // Venue // Brazos Hall – 204 E 4th St. Austin //  @brazoshall Event Coordinator // Brock + Co. 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Protected: Villa Del Lago /// #sewellmates /// Josie + Carl, the sneak peek

All of Your Tomorrows Brazos Hall was filled with laughter and sweet tears the night of Josie + Carl's rehearsal dinner. The expansive renovated warehouse was completely transformed by the Jackson Durham team into an elegant, intimate garden oasis. Greenery was draped from the ceiling in such a magical way that it looked as though it had grown there naturally. The tables were covered with royal blue linens and accented with vivacious orange and red floral. Surrounded by candlelight, guests were treated to engaging stories about Carl and Josie -- including the story of how they met, which, Carl admitted, is his favorite story of all. soundtrack: "Lucky" by Kat Edmonson, licensed through MusicBed The sunlight was stunning in Austin as Josie + Carl's families gathered on the lakeside lawn of Villa Del Lago to celebrate their marriage. As the sounds of a nearby waterfall drifted through the air, Jackson Durham prepared a ceremony aisle for Josie that was lined with majestic sprays of roses, drawing everyone's eyes up toward the peaceful blue sky. Carl gathered with his groomsmen for photos and they all sported crushed velvet loafers that would soon be used for some serious dancing in the Driskill's ballroom later that night. As Carl greeted his family and guests, it became very clear the kind of sweet support that their loved ones have for Josie and Carl. Josie + Carl, Thank you for inviting us to film your wedding video.  We have loved editing the hilarious and sweet toasts from your rehearsal dinner, and we can’t wait to show you the full film once it is finished! xoxo, the Mason Jar Team Wedding Planners: Sara Fay Egan, Jackson Durham Floral and Décor: Heath A. Ray, Jackson Durham Photographer: Stephen Karlisch Videographer: Mason Jar Films Rehearsal Dinner Location: Brazos Hall 204 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Ceremony Location:  Villa Del Lago 12400 Cedar StreetAustin, TX 78732 Ceremony Music:  Hill Country Strings Reception Location: Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701 Reception Music: Party on the Moon, East Coast Entertainment Rentals: Marquee Rentals Set Design: StageWorks Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors Cake: Driskill Hotel Grooms Cake: Gambino’s Transportation: Transportation Consultants Departure Car:  4 Leaf Limo + Austin Antique Limos Hair: Pam Vasko Makeup: Dolores Villanueva Rehearsal Dinner Calligrapher: Laurie Harper Wedding Calligrapher: Susie-Melissa Cherry Calligraphic Arts


Lubbock Wedding || In Joy and In Sorrow || Kelcee + Andrew, the full film

Kelcee and Andrew are the kind of people who are known for "bringing spice" to everyone's lives.  They are smiling adventurers who delight in their friends; they are never short of being entertaining, and they are reliable allies.  Their West Texas wedding is filled with the kind of fun details that, while not common, are consistent with the cutest of weddings -- they had a University of Texas "track-and-field" themed groom's cake, quirky photo-booth props, a buffet with southern delights like pickled okra, a surprise choreographed mother-son dance, and a whole troupe of adorable flower girls accompanied by one tuxedo-clad, flag-waving ring bearer.    What might surprise you about their story is the sheer strength of their love, because while Kelcee and Andrew are both bold, witty people, their boldness is matched by their kindness.  In fact, Andrew's mother Sharon stood in front of the crowd at the rehearsal dinner, and in her speech, she confessed that several years ago when she found out Andrew was dating someone she didn't know, she "researched" Kelcee among her friends and relatives to find out what this young lady was like.  What she learned of Kelcee's compassion and character was so overwhelming that it caused her to say, "we loved you before we even knew you." Several months ago, Jones was initially contacted by Andrew's mother Sharon to film this event.  We are often contacted by parents, so what made her call unique was that we had already filmed her daughter's wedding a few years ago, and she was now interested in having us film her youngest son Andrew's wedding.  We already consider this job to be an honor and a privilege, but it is truly humbling to be invited into the life of a family repeatedly and see their legacy bloom to the next generation over the years. The weekend began with a hunting-themed rehearsal dinner at Caprock Winery, just outside of Lubbock, TX.  Andrew and his groomsmen had spent the afternoon getting their final fittings for their tuxes, and joined the whole party for the rehearsal at the church.  As guests rushed inside to escape the (unseasonably) wintery West Texas wind,  they found the comforts of a crackling fire, sweet potato soup appetizers, a live guitarist strumming love songs, and wine stored from ceiling to floor.  Their menu included a top tier signature salad with goat cheese coulis, micro field greens, spiced pecans and mandarin oranges with roasted maple syrup, followed by a grilled beef tenderloin with Texas Tech signature sauce and cedar planked salmon garnished with fresh dill and rosemary, roasted potatoes and winter vegetables.  The dinner was capped off with toasts, a molten lava cake, and gifts of boots for all the groomsmen. The surprise wintery weather met the groomsmen on the golf course the next morning, but nothing could squash the men's happy spirits as they played golf and enjoyed one another's company.   Jack-rabbits sprinted in and out of the scramble as the sun melted the frost off of the greens, and the Cash Foundation clubhouse staff was quick to deliver coffee and hot chocolate to keep the group warm. Kelcee, on the other hand, spent her morning getting ready at the church. Amidst the bridesmaids in gold dresses and flower girls learning how to use their petal wands (see the video, it's pretty cute!), Andrew's mother and father had a special gift they presented to their new daughter-in-law: a bracelet with heirloom gold and jewels from Andrew's family heritage. The jewels were set in a cross charm that was modeled after the cross that stands on the altar at the church where the ceremony was happening.  They had done the same thing for their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, and for their second son's wife, too.   This bracelet and many other details were specifically chosen to honor their loved ones and friends who had passed away.   The groomsmen each wore a special lapel pin in remembrance of Kelcee's brother who had died when Kelcee was young from a congenital heart defect, and Kelcee also gave Andrew a special pocket-watch and coin to honor one of Andrew's close friends who had passed away.  Andrew and Kelcee shared with us that this was how they chose to represent that even though these special people couldn't be at the wedding, their love for them was very present and very real.    Kelcee & Andrew's story of how they have cherished & supported each other by giving honor to their loved ones who have passed away is affirmation of the power of love.  In their wedding vows, they promised to support each other in joy and in sorrow, and in many ways, they already have.  Their love is a strong reminder to us all that grief and loss can be comforted with compassion, and that life is fullest when we live purposefully, taking every opportunity to share joy, tenderness, and affection with each other in a close-knit community.   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! 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Tony’s Restaurant – Houston || I Can Show You The World || Erin + Steven, the same-day edit

Erin (one of our most recent brides) is known for her uncanny resemblance to Princess Jasmine when dressed up like the favored Disney Princess.  The running joke of the wedding weekend was that she'd finally found her "Aladdin."  Although they actually went to the same high school while growing up, it wasn't until they were adults that Erin and Steven met in a wine bar while with friends, and so it was only fitting that their wedding happen in a restaurant known for it's wine selection and delicious food: Tony's, in Houston.  The restaurant happens to be owned by a family friend, and so the celebration took up the entire facility for the weekend. We love capturing the experience of a wedding day on film, and what makes it even more fun is when our couples allow us to be a part of that experience, too.  Erin & Steven chose to have our team film AND edit their video right on-site at their wedding reception, and what followed was a big reveal at the middle of the evening where we screened this "instamatic" video for their guests.  It shows everything that happened over the weekend, from rehearsal dinner all the way to the bride and groom's first dance! This choice of having an "instamatic" film to display during the wedding reception was a wonderful one for Erin and Steven--they were having a very private Jewish ceremony, and sharing the ceremony in the Instamatic video allowed them to show the large group of guests at the reception the beautiful ceremony that had occurred in the wine cellar just hours before. As you can imagine, it also was really fun for us to watch the guests' and the family's reactions to the video.  It was a total surprise for all of the guests that we were editing the film together right there, and it was even more fun because we normally don't get the opportunity to watch their faces at the moments that make them tear up, cry, and laugh.  So many people were wiping away sweet happy tears, so we know that the experience was fun for Erin and Steven to share with their guests.  Erin's mother found us before we left to let us know how wonderful it was to be able to share the Instamatic film that very day, and she said it was her favorite thing from the wedding.  That is a huge compliment that we don't take lightly--we are so honored to be allowed into each family's life for a day to document their most special occasions. An heirloom from the families of the bride and groom, this hand representing blessing, strength, power and protection hung in both the reception room at Tony's and another one was placed hanging among the candles under the couple's chuppah. Chic, modern, and classic, the beautiful celebration weekend began with a rehearsal dinner at Brenner's on the Bayou, and the story-telling carried on into the night -- one of our favorite moments being when Erin's siblings joked that they were so glad to toast the happiest couple in the room ....Erin's mom and dad.  Erin apparently had very high expectations while dating!  And, of course, Steven came along and exceeded those expectations.  Erin began her wedding day at her parent's home.   We love when brides find special ways to honor their families in their wedding traditions.  Erin and her mother had lace taken from her mother's wedding dress and applied to her very long, dramatic veil.  It was absolutely stunning in person. Erin's dress also had intricate detailing, too:  with beautiful folds specifically made in the translucent layers under a top layer of delicate lace, her dress had a modern silhouette, but up close, had the kind of stunning attention to structural detail that made art nouveau popular again. We spent the day working with the talented event design crew from Something To Celebrate.  Not only are they immensely talented in designing beautiful spaces and organizing efficient schedules, but Resha Zazueta, the lead coordinator, is an absolute gem of a person and a delight to be around.  We are thankful for her leadership behind the scenes at this wedding helping us to secure information on every last detail so that the screening of the instamatic film was able to happen without a hitch! Wedding Details:Ceremony/Reception Venue & Caterer: Tony's Restaurant, 3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77046, (713) 622-6778Florist: Blooming Gallery Live Band: Matchmaker BandEvent Designer: Something To Celebrate Wedding Photographer: Akil BennettSoundtrack: "Celeste" by Les Enfants"Someone" by Future of ForestryAll musical tracks licensed through The Music Bed                


First United Methodist Church Lubbock || Keep Her! || Kelcee + Andrew, the preview

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.    


Memorial Drive United Methodist Church /// Love at First Sight /// Natalie + Adam, the full film

Some people want to entertain you.  Some will encourage you.  Others want to go on adventures. Adam will do all of these things, and the person who he loves to do these things for (more than anyone else in the world) is Natalie. One thing we learned about Adam during their rehearsal dinner (gorgeously planned and executed by his parents) was that he is known for many things: goofy feats with his buddies, planning elaborate birthday adventures for others, and using adjectives like they're free.  But one thing that he's most known for is the way he dotes on Natalie.  He tells anyone in earshot how gorgeous she is at every second that he can.  You can read about how the wedding weekend began with a private rehearsal dinner banquet at The Corinthian (one of Houston's finest locations in historic downtown) and how the wedding day began at the Omni Hotel in our first blog post about Natalie and Adam. On the day of the wedding, the bustle and flurry of the morning's activities was just calming down as Natalie put the final touches on her outfit and Adam handed out gifts to his groomsmen in the Omni Hotel.  Just before they left for the church, Adam received an envelope from Natalie. The letterpress card that he opened read "for my groom" in bold cursive on the front, and as his groomsmen realized what was happening, they gathered around him.  "You're makeup's going to come off!" some teased as they watched Adam, the groom, begin to tear up.  Watch here to see the story unfold:      Memorial Drive United Methodist Church is a towering grey brick church in Houston, TX.  Its modern, expressionist stained-glass windows line the sanctuary, and they cast a golden glow over everyone when the sun is just right in the late afternoon and early evening.   Natalie and her mother arrived from the hotel by limousine to this sunny view of the church steeple. Natalie and Adam broke tradition and kept it at the same time---they chose not to have a first look, but they did want to have a brief second to meet for a quiet moment alone before the ceremony began.  The church has a prayer garden with gorgeous stained-glass sculptures that form a privacy wall.  Natalie waited there for Adam while he was blindfolded for their meeting.   A wedding day can often be filled with a flurry of activity, and it is important to us to allow our clients to feel they have room to breathe in any moment where they have an opportunity to be quiet.  We love to film these kind of moments from a little ways back to give the couple a sense of privacy while they speak to each other for the first time.  Our microphones and long-range lenses pick up those sweet words that are said and close up images perfectly for the edited film, and this allows us to keep the more quiet and intimate experiences of the day feeling very precious for the couple.   "Dry all your tears now," Natalie smiled as she said, "I can't wait to see you up at the altar."  "I'm the luckiest man alive," Adam replied to his bride.    Before we arrived for the weekend, Lynn (their wedding coordinator) told us how much we would love Adam, Natalie, and both sides of their families-- and she was right.  We can't get enough of how Natalie's dad kept mentioning how much he not only approved of but also very much loved his son-in-law, and Adam's parents just beamed with smiles all weekend as they looked at their son.  Natalie's mom had the Omni Hotel ballroom decked out in truly elegant decor, and when Adam and Natalie walked into the ballroom before the guests were allowed in, they walked around in amazement.  Natalie teared up with gratefulness as she thanked her mom for how beautiful the flowers and candles looked. Landry's florist in Houston designed the stunning floral arrangements:   Adam's cake featured a rope lasso border and the logo of  University of Houston, plus it had a cowboy hat on top!  They also had a photobooth provided by Image Cinema to grab some fun and quirky images of their guests, too.    At the wedding reception, Natalie's maid of honor spoke of how she had traveled the world with Natalie on many adventures.  She congratulated her on having a new partner for adventures, and we join her in that sentiment! -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


Trinity Baptist Church /// The Day You Found Out Why /// Tara + Alex, the full film

All Texans grow up learning the significance of the battle for the Alamo. Here at the Mason Jar Films studio, we have a special tie to it that goes beyond being Texans. Jones participated in the filming of Baylor Alum John Lee Hancock's The Alamo for several months, and he co-produced a documentary about how the extras in the film researched so much Alamo history in their spare time on set that they unearthed previously unknown portraits of Alamo defenders. The battle is so engrained into the public psyche of Texans that an entire series of festivals and parades has grown out of remembrances of the event.  In 1891, a group of citizens decided to honor those who fought and died in the battle for the Alamo and San Jacinto with a battle of flowers, and the tradition of Fiesta in San Antonio was born.   For friends of Tara and Alex, 2010 was the year that the celebration took on a new meaning.  Enjoy their full film below, and find out why.   Tara's the kind of girl that a lot of guys were going after, according to reports from her brother, but when Alex came along, her entire family was thrilled that he was the one she ended up dating.   After getting to know them, it is obvious that they are a generous and extremely thoughtful pair of people who like to go above and beyond normal expectations to truly express their love and friendship.  The entire weekend was filled with very personalized gifts for family and friends, and a panoramic view of the Texas hill country. The Westin La Cantera is perched on top of one of the highest hills in Northern San Antonio, and despite being pretty close to the city, it manages to feel very remote, with its modern, minimalistic take on mission style architecture and very wooded surroundings.  Tara and Alex both began their day with friends in separate casitas on the ranch resort.  Tara gave her sweet bridesmaids monogrammed bags filled with many goodies, including the extra-large silver monogram necklaces that they can be seen wearing with their bridesmaid outfits in the wedding video. Alex gave us a little preview of what he had written in his note to Tara about their future, and he had a surprise for her--a Cartier love bracelet that she had wanted for many years.   She also surprised him with a gift--a Montblanc pen.  Its significance is very powerful--Tara wrote to Alex that when she looked at the pen, she could envision the future milestones they would go through together as a married couple--buying their first car or house together, signing children's report cards, and more. Tara also had very special gifts for her mother and father.  For her mother, she had purchased a diamond cross necklace from Moretti's in San Antonio, and each diamond represented a person in their family.  For her father, Tara knew how much he loved taking the family on trips, so she surprised him with the promise to take him on one last daddy-daughter trip to anywhere in the world that he would want to go. ------Later that night, the band put on the most amazing party--one of our favorite moments was the fun, upbeat & impromptu dance circle that gathered around Alex and his mother.  There was also a fun group that made a "limbo pole" out of napkins tied together, and everyone got in on the act! Editor's notes: Within their film, I chose to edit these gift-giving moments within flashbacks during the ceremony, because I felt that these gifts are tokens similar to a wedding ring--although they will not be worn on the hand, they are symbols that the bride and groom chose to honor the powerful impact that those relationships have had in their lives. I think my favorite moment in the entire film is when Tara walks down the aisle, and as she walks toward Alex, the story flashes back to the moment that they first saw each other at their private first look.  Often, during  the ceremony as a bride walks down the aisle, she is at first smiling and nodding to the people around her, but then her eyes are quickly drawn to her groom, and both of them will lock focus onto each other.  All else fades away as they walk towards one another, just as their hearts are united as one during the wedding ceremony.    Because of how precious that moment can be, I wanted Tara and Alex to be able to simultaneously remember the emotions they felt during both the walk of the first look and the walk of the aisle during the ceremony.  For those of you who are Jane Austen fans, I'll confess that the way I chose to edit this part is a little bit of an homage to the dance scene in Pride & Prejudice between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, where at the height of emotion in their conversation, the scene suddenly shifts as all others in the room suddenly disappear. "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you found out why." Alex' father opened the rehearsal dinner with these words, and throughout the weekend, we truly learned what it meant to this family. Reception Venue: San Antonio Resort Westin La Cantera 16641 La Cantera Pkwy  San Antonio, TX 78256 Ceremony Venue: Trinity Baptist Church 319 E. Mulberry | San Antonio, TX 78212 | 210-733-6201 Officiant: Dr. Leslie Hollon Design: Morris Goen with Goen South Weddings Photography: David Sixt Reception Entertainment: Sauce Wedding Videographer: Mason Jar Films p.s. join us on facebook! We'd love to hear from you.


The South Warehouse | Nascar + Casablanca – Callie + Reid, Part 3 of 3: the full film

Peyton Manning.  Alligators.  The Michelin Man.  An accountant with an alter-ego as a wrestler.  A Mid-drift wearing Pink Power Ranger.  A skit set to the Sound of Music.  Southern Gentlemen in White Tie dress code.  The Gossip Girl “100 button” Vera Wang wedding dress.  Jackie Kennedy’s wallpaper.  A Bacon buffet filled with bacon delicacies.  A party band with a stamp of approval from Donald Trump. Why aren’t you watching this film yet? You’ve just watched the full film from Callie & Reid’s entire wedding documentary. Their documentary includes coverage of both their exquisite rehearsal dinner banquet and their wedding extravaganza the next day.  If you haven’t read our first post about this lovely couple, you should definitely get acquainted with them here, and watch the highlight film we created for them here. The weekend began with an elegant banquet designed by Wendy Putt of Fresh cut Catering and Floral with silver candelabras, succulents as table placecards, and soft dusty roses set in gold vases.  The chargers were crystal and lined with gold rims.  It was certainly a treat for the eyes, but even more goodness was to come as we sat down to listen to the toasts delivered by Callie and Reid's witty and loving families.  We knew we were in for a treat as soon as we walked in the door of the rehearsal dinner.   With the decadent display of flowers, curly willow, and string lights hanging from the ceiling over the main banquet table and the goofy pictures of the bridal party hanging on the wall, we knew we were going to be experiencing a weekend festivity hosted by a family with both a bold style and personality.  The dashing groom and gorgeous bride lead their merry party in some zany poses with moustaches and red lips. Callie's bridesmaids planned a really funny shoe game where the bridesmaids asked questions like "who will be the one to take out the trash?"  Callie and Reid had to answer by holding up the shoe that best fit either the bride or groom. Although plenty of stories were told claiming that Callie was a tomboy growing up, her grandfather exclaimed "you can tell she's a girl now!" as he boasted about her beauty.   We can't get enough of this family, their humor, and this couple's passion to honor their family and friends.   We are so excited to be sharing this film, but we are sad to be closing the project down on our computers, because every minute of this edit is just so rich with love. Callie and Reid, we truly wish you the best in life.  Many people would be blessed to experience the love that you have and the family that you two share.  We hope to hear some more of your funny stories in person again someday soon. -kourtney amelia     Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church Jackson Reception: Country Club of Jackson Rehearsal Dinner: The South Event Design: Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral Event Coordinator: Crisler Boone Event Styling: Shanna Lumpkin Events Photographer Bryan Johnson Reception Band: Party On The Moon  


First Presbyterian Church Jackson | “Nascar + Casablanca” – Callie + Reid, Part 2 of 3: the highlight

You’ve just watched the highlights from Callie & Reid’s entire wedding documentary. Their documentary includes coverage of both their exquisite rehearsal dinner banquet and their wedding extravaganza the next day.  If you haven’t read our first post about this lovely couple, you should definitely get acquainted with them here.  Calle's sister (her maid of honor) is a distinguished vocal performer, and she sang with the orchestra during the wedding ceremony. I love how Callie and Reid filled their wedding day with so many items that were steeped in the history of their own families. For example, Callie and Reid met in the exact same place that her mother met her father on the Ole Miss campus, on the steps of his fraternity house.  Callie and Reid also happen to share the same birthday.  Callie's gift to her groom for their wedding day was a set of sapphire and gold studs and cufflinks--blue and gold for the colors of the fraternity, and the sapphire is special because it is their shared birthstone.  Reid's gift to his bride was a set of sapphire and diamond earrings, for her birthstone, and the diamonds came from the same ring which had once belonged to Reid's grandmother, which Callie now wears as a part of her wedding band set. Pretty sweet, right?  Reid's brother, the best man, holds the gift that Callie would open minutes later.        The lovely florals at the church were designed by Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral. If you're wanting to see the full film we created for Reid and Callie, head back to our blog on Tuesday, July 30.  But you better make sure you have some tissues handy! -kourtney amelia Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church Jackson1390 N State St Jackson, MS 39202 Reception: Country Club of Jackson345 St. Andrews Drive  Jackson, MS  39211Rehearsal Dinner: The South627 East Silas Brown Jackson MS 39201Event Design: Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and FloralEvent Coordinator: Crisler Boone Event Styling: Shanna Lumpkin Events Photographer Bryan Johnson from A Bryan Photo Reception Band: Party On The Moon  


Westin La Cantera | “Handshakes and Hugs” – Tara + Alex, the intro

  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.


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