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Red Corral Ranch /// #kissinlogs /// Jessie + Taylor, the full film

What we truly love about Jess and Taylor is the way they appreciate sweet, intimate moments - quality time spent together going to the dog park with their pups and simply catching up with one another on the couch at the end of the day. They spent time on little details for the wedding day as well, from handmade road signs directing guests to different locations to the lovingly handwritten letters that they wrote to their wedding party. You’re as sweet as Tennessee Whiskey. When asked about musical preferences and genres they would like represented in their final film, Jessica and Taylor didn’t hesitate in their response: anything similar to Chris Stapleton. A musician known for his deep voice and highly relatable songs referencing the simple things in life like whiskey and love, we can see why Jess and Taylor enjoy his music so much. For their edit, we chose music by Matt McCloskey and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Drew Holcomb is a well known Nashville artist who often sings duets with his beautiful wife, Ellie Holcomb. Their style is lilting, simple, and pure country. Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley is like an oasis in the desert - filled with rolling hills, lush greenery, spectacular views, and twinkling lights that would make the night sky jealous. It was here that Jess and Taylor chose to say “I do” amongst their closest family and friends. The sunset filled ceremony was punctuated with a visit by some local peacocks who only squawked at some pretty perfectly timed moments—as if they were cheering in agreement with Jess and Taylor being announced husband and wife! Afterwards, guests gathered at the big red barn to eat dinner. They were surprised to find they had to compete against other tables of guests and sing for their supper—in order to be released to the buffet, they had to serenade the bride and groom with a song about love. Their fun songs and animated performances only served to prove that Jess and Taylor are surrounded by a whole cloud of joyous friends who reflect their own humor and love for life. Jessica and Taylor, We hope your film helps you re-live these moments with joy and delight, and that the memory of this moment when you shared your vows will continue to stir your affections and strengthen you for all of your future days together. love, the Mason Jar Team Ceremony/Reception: Red Corral Ranch ||  || @redcorral Planner: Westcott Weddings ||  || @westcottweddings Photographer: Mint Photography ||  || @lovemintphotography Florist: Bristol Lane ||  ||@bristollane Caterer: Gourmet Gals || || @gourmetgalscatering Ceremony Music: Better Halves || Tables/Chairs: Premiere ||  || @premiereeventsaustin Napkins: Marquee ||  || @marqueeatx Vintage Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals ||  || @lootvintage Makeup: LoLa ||  || @lolabeautyatx DJ: Altared Weddings ||  || @altared_weddings Cake: Sweet Treats ||  || @sweettreetsbakery


Barton Creek Resort Wedding /// That's a cake!?!?! /// Kathryn + Hunter, the full film

Austin is a city unlike many others in Texas.  Nestled within a deeply-wooded hill country, it bustles with life, live music, technology, art,  and incredible food.  It's only fitting that in this live-music capital of the world that Kathryn and Hunter would choose a rehearsal dinner setting that honors all the things they love about the city they love. As the setting sun danced and glimmered over Town Lake on the Colorado River,  their families gathered to eat great Texas meats, tell hilarious stories, and two-step to live music performed by the Drew Fish Band.  It was the perfect way to start the weekend for a couple that loves Texas. Enjoy Kathryn & Hunter's full wedding film below: "I love you, I do" by Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors; Licensed through The Music Bed "Fly On" by Humming House; Licensed through The Music Bed "Thanks for Coming" by Josh Woodward; licensed through Creative Commons "Always Be" by Holly Maher, licensed through The Music Bed "New Earth" by Zerbin; licensed through The Music Bed Including live performances by the Drew Fish Band and Matchmaker Band The bride gave her groom a gift of Texas A&M tailored cufflinks to wear on their wedding day. The couple included many Texas details in their wedding---Hunter wore a Texas flag bow tie, and gave a gift of the Texas flag to each of his groomsmen along with a certificate from the state Senate of Texas thanking each one for their service as a witness in his wedding. In addition to the advice given through toasts throughout the night, the couple invited their guests to share advice on custom letterpress cards to keep in a keepsake box as an heirloom for years to come. The Drew Fish Band performed live and kept the party going through the night.  The lead singer in the band just happens to be the younger brother of the bride's maid of honor, so the families had a personal connection to the band! The gorgeous Kyle Field cake at the wedding the next day---Aggie fans were very proud! Kathryn and her father performed an amazing surprise dance during the father-daughter dance at the reception. It was so fun to see her dad cut loose and the two of them put on an awesome show for their guests--people were screaming with excitement to see them as they performed their jazzy choreography. Just outside the Barton Creek Resort Ballroom, the Photo Booth team kept everyone having a good time, and the pictures were placed in a scrapbook as a unique guest book idea.  Tiff's Treats (an Austinite foodie's favorite dessert maker!) were served to guests as a favor as they left.  It was a stunning party! Wedding Coordinator: Samantha Rosenberg Ceremony & Reception Venue: Barton Creek Country Club Band: Matchmaker Band Cake: Bride's Table Ceremony Musicians: Monte Vista Strings Favors: Tiff's Treats Florist: Westbank Flower Market Hair: Jen Hoover; Adore Salon Iron Cross Rental: Mancino Iron Rentals Makeup: Denise Vasquez Officiant: Mac Richard Photo Booth: Live Oak Photo Booth Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals Lighting/Stage/Drapery: Strong Events Transportation: Transportation Consultants Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Lindberg Wedding Videographer: Mason Jar Films


Barton Creek Resort Wedding /// That’s a cake!?!?! /// Kathryn + Hunter, the preview

It's not very often that we start telling you about a couple by describing their cake, but when it comes to Kathryn and Hunter, who are both Aggies, huge fans of cake, and totally committed to wowing each other with surprises, well, then, the cake is almost as perfect a symbol of their relationship as the wedding rings! We've seen Aggie cakes before.  We've seen Field Cakes before.  ....but we've never seen a cake like this one.  It was so amazingly large and ornate that when Hunter, the groom, first saw it after the wedding ceremony, he exclaimed incredulously, "that's a cake!?!?!" This groom's cake was a perfect model of the new Kyle Field that is currently under construction, and it was so large that it filled up almost a whole wing of the Barton Creek Resort Ballroom, and the rest of the room was filled with wonder, awe, and of course, lots of laughter.  All of the Texas A&M fans in attendance beamed with pride when they saw it! Enjoy Kathryn & Hunter's preview to their full wedding film: "I love you, I do" by Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors; Licensed through The Music Bed Barton Creek Resort, where the wedding was held, sits perfectly nestled on the edge of the capital city of Austin and the rolling hill country that lies to the west of this Texas metropolis. The suites have a lovely view of one of the greenest areas in Texas, and that's where Kathryn got ready with her bridesmaids and family on the wedding day. The Proposal: "On a Tuesday in December I decided I wanted to get my very own Christmas tree to have in my apartment where I lived alone. I expressed my interest to Hunter and he was a bit overly excited about this idea.  So, later that night we got a Christmas tree and I decorated it with gold and silver stars.  After placing what I thought was the final ornament, Hunter handed me a little stocking and said there was one more for me to hang. I glanced down at the stocking to see a brown box. Hunter took the box out of the stocking got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!" --Kathryn Wedding Coordinator: Samantha Rosenberg Ceremony & Reception Venue: Barton Creek Country Club Band: Matchmaker Band Cake: Bride's Table Ceremony Musicians: Monte Vista Strings Favors: Tiff's Treats Florist: Westbank Flower Market Hair: Jen Hoover; Adore Salon Iron Cross Rental: Mancino Iron Rentals Makeup: Denise Vasquez Officiant: Mac Richard Photo Booth: Live Oak Photo Booth Rentals: Monarch Event Rentals Lighting/Stage/Drapery: Strong Events Transportation: Transportation Consultants Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Lindberg Wedding Videographer: Mason Jar Films


Austin Country Club //// High School Sweethearts + Lifetime Loves //// Christine + Blake, the full film

On a sunny day in early summer, the clouds wandered through the sky as bridesmaids in gold and groomsmen in white tie tuxes gathered around Christine and Blake, high school sweethearts saying their vows after 8 years of dating.  Throughout high school and later as they were attending Texas A&M, their love blossomed.  As the crowd gathered in the sanctuary to witness their promises of love, their officiant, who also is married to his own high school sweetheart, had this to say: "The up to marrying your high school sweetheart--you know one another so well. you will have known one another's mistakes, but you will also know one  another's first joys and first celebrations.  You have shared your growing up together.....Having a witness of those years in your life, not only of the years past but also years to come, is such a gift--you have someone to share the narration of all your joys...a narrator--and what you'll narrate by word and by action together in this life, we pray is nothing less than love.  On this day, this life, and every year to come." Chevron sequins in pink and gold, hydrangeas, and mercury glass decked out the tables in the reception designed by Samantha Rosenberg.  The reception was also filled with fun--a stunning & tall tiered floral cake by the Cake Plate for the bride, a Photo Booth provided by Say Cheese, outdoor visiting areas lit with crystal chandeliers in the garden,  and an enormous groom's cake in the shape of a class ring.  It was decorated to be an exact replica of the groom's Texas A&M senior ring, and it really was breathtaking in person--both because of it's sheer size and because of the quality craftsmanship in the decor!   One of the sweetest moments came when one of Christine's grandmothers went out on the dance floor in her wheelchair and several women in her family and friends gathered round to dance together for a song.  The love on all their faces was so very apparent, and they were all filled with joy. Christine & Blake, Thank you for choosing us to film and edit a wedding video of your special day--Blake made us laugh with all of his jokes, and Christine's smile was full of pure joy.  We loved seeing how excited both sets of your parents were, and we were inspired by the love that Mr. Timmerman radiated as he spoke of his approval and love for Blake as a son-in-law.  We join all of your friends in wishing you many happy years together, and most of all, a lifetime full of love. Venue: Austin Country Club 4408 Long Champ Dr. Austin, TX 78746 Event Planner: Samantha Rosenberg with Samantha Elizabeth Events, LLC Wedding Officiant: Morgan Allen Ceremony Musicians: Arundel Ensemble Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Lindberg Weddings Wedding Videographer: Mason Jar Films Cake & Confections: The Cake Plate Florals: Westbank Flower Market Photo Booth: Say Cheese Rental Linens: La Tavola Rental Chairs: Marquee Rents Event Production: Beth & Shonda with Townsley Designs Transportation:  Austin Classic Limo & Uptown Valet Lighting: Howard Fletcher with FILO Productions Reception Entertainment: Blind Date Hair: Cassaundra Redman & Sandra Thornhill Makeup: Christy Edlin


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


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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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.    


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  


Escondido /// You Have My Heart For The Rest Of Our Lives /// Laura + Marcus, the full Heirloom film

  Marcus and Laura travelled from the Dallas area to the hill country of Austin for their wedding celebration. If you haven't seen our first post about their wedding, you're welcome to check out here.  Marcus' older brother performed the ceremony, and he told Laura that she should know how much she was loved by Marcus--as a golf enthusiast, it was a big sacrifice to miss the tournament that was happening that weekend.  We could tell he wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else, though--as soon as Marcus saw Laura, he was enraptured with her from the start. Laura had a neat little surprise for Marcus, though--Check out this groom's cake! Can we just say this is the cutest use of cake balls that we've ever seen?  Nice work!   One of their dear friends sang in the ceremony, and it seemed to be a fitting way to begin their film.  Their day began very quiet and reserved as the rain came down outside--and the amazing team at DFW events and Escondido Golf Club were on the spot with a rain plan to sheild the reception under a tent and bring the ceremony indoors.  The indoor location for the ceremony was no let-down, though--it was a cathedral style room with a large fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out across the green landscape--so plenty of outdoor light still fell on the family as they gathered to watch Marcus and Laura say 'I do.' The party cranked up afterwards with Top, a band from DFW. The family put out a super cute sign encouraging girls to ditch their high heels for flip flops and have a good time.   The glow-sticks came out about 10 o'clock, and some very creative guests created some crazy glow-hats like we've never seen before. "You have my heart for the rest of our lives" Editor's note: One of my favorite moments in this film comes as Laura was getting ready.  Marcus had written her a note, and he agreed to read it out loud for us to add as a voice-over narration for the moments where Laura prepared to walk down the aisle.  I also used the narration to finish the film.  While I love using officiant narration for our films, I think that using the voice of the bride and groom resonates so strongly in the story.  It is my hope that when Laura and Marcus sit together watching this film as they grow older that they would continue to not only reflect on the love they shared that day while hearing each other's voice, but that they would continue to be encouraged and strengthened to love each other with confidence and purpose as they move forward.  I want Laura and Marcus to see the faces of the people who have loved them so well--parents, siblings, friends--and be refreshed as they remember being loved with such kindness by so many people.   I also want their children to grow up watching this film and hearing how fiercely and tenderly their father spoke about his love for their mother, and for that example of love to be passed down for generations as they share this story with their kids and grandkids.   That's one of the reasons I love filmmaking--photographs are meant to be studied in-depth and at length, but films can help you re-live not just the sights, but also the sounds of these important moments. I can't forget to mention that the slo-mo of Laura and Marcus running through their line of friends during the sparkler exit has me in tears every time I watch it, especially when Laura hugs her bridesmaid & then Marcus hugs his father-in-law and you can see him mouthing the words "thank you." -Kourtney Amelia   Visit Escondido: 9090 Farm to Market 2147 Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657 (830) 598-6311   Event Planning and Design: DFW Events Ceremony and Reception: Escondido Photography: Taylor Lord Makeup: Rochelle Rae Reception Entertainment: Top Floral: Petal Pushers Lighting: FILO Bride's Cake: Cocoa Paloma Desserts Groom's Cake: Creme de la Cookie Linens: BBJ Rentals: Outback Rentals Ceremony Sound: Groove Labs Cocktail Musician: Danny Shoemaker Transportation: R&R Limousine and Bus


Rough Creek Lodge | “Florida visits Texas” Allison & Ryan, the full film

   Look at those smiles.  Just look at them.  This image is a still shot from the moment when Allison and Ryan stepped out of the rustic hall where they were married. They were met by the pealing of bells, the sweet scent of lavender as it was being tossed, and the cheers of their family members.  To me, this says "sheer bliss." See it for yourself.  In our previous post, we featured their wedding video preview, so here is their wedding film, from the sweet beginning to the rock'n'roll end.  Allison and Ryan were married in early June 2012 at the gorgeous and sprawling Ranch resort called Rough Creek Lodge, just outside of Glenrose, Texas.   Allison and Ryan are Florida Natives, but they chose this rustic setting for their wedding partially because of all the fun recreational and relaxing activity options it provides for families, couples, and children.   Allison also mentioned to me that day that she had attended a friend's wedding there previously, and from that point on she and Ryan had been charmed by the complete sense of peace surrounding the setting.  We could tell that their family had an amazing time, and the way they sweetly doted on Allison and Ryan.  One of the most heartfelt moments of the evening culminated in Allison's parents' presentation and speech during the reception where they shared the importance of the history of their family and how proud they are of their children who are all very intelligent, successful, and kind individuals.  We can't get enough of this moment from Allison's wedding where her mother and sister helped her finalize her bridal detals.  Their love and outward displays of affection for Allison were simply precious.  Allison and Ryan, Thank you for letting us be a part of capturing these kind and tender moments in your family's life.  We wish you all the best that life can offer, and we already know you have the drive and passion to find it.   We paused to briefly capture some sunset shots before entering the reception. The light was gorgeous.  Kym Skiles from F8 studios in DFW/Addison, TX was there to photograph the day.  We can't say enough great things about Kym's work or her amazing sense of humor.  We love working alongside her.   The lodge has a great hall with a grand fireplace just off-center.  This shot shows only 2/3 of the room.  This scene would later hold the moment where Allison's grandmother catches the bouquet and gets a kiss on the cheek from her own grandson, who caught the garter. It was pretty hilarious.   The talented people at Blue Lotus Floral did a stunning job with the table centerpieces.  As you can see, they put together a mixture of high and low arrangements that complemented Allison's color choices very well, incorporating the lavender of the bridesmaid's dresses with pink accents.   This candy table was taken up a notch from normal candy tables, filled with a mixture of homemade versions of store-famous brands and delicate artisan-created dessert snacks.  The groom's cake was a sports themed cake with a baseball cap on top.  While the cap design and construction is expertly put together by the decorators at Frosted Art, my favorite detail is the baseline with bases running around the top part of the first tier of this square, or, rather diamond-shaped cake.     Allison & Ryan also had a cute idea for how to make their photobooth photos a part of their party favors. At each table was an envelope that read "Thank you for making our day picture perfect."  The good folks at Snapzsnapz made sure that Allison & Ryan got a keepsake copy of each print out, but they sent the guests home with their own copies in these cute envelopes.                        Don't miss out on any other scrumptious details from their day:   The Enchanting wedding ring set.   Amazing floral bouquets from Blue Lotus Floral.   And if that wasn't enough for you, make sure you sneak a peek at their letterpress invitations.  If you're having invitations made, and you're not sure about whether you'd like letterpress, you  should know that the texture is both very visible and very physically beautiful:  Thanks for reading! If you want to see more of what we've been doing, please join us on facebook-- we would love to hear from you.   As Jones always says, "don't be a stranger." -kourtney amelia Ceremony and Reception: Rough Creek LodgePhotographer: Kym Skyles, f8StudioReception Band: The Annagrey BandHair and Makeup: Joanna HathcockCakes: Frosted ArtFloral: Blue Lotus Floral Chairs and Glassware: Ducky Bob'sLinens: BBJPhoto Booth: SnapzSnapzCeremony Acoustic Guitar: Bruce CanafaxFavors: Totally SugarCeremony Rabbi: Rabbi Barry DiamondCeremony Protestant Minister: Rev. Arianna Gray, Alternative Wedding Services Transportation: Limo Valet


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