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Four Seasons Hotel Dallas /// #AintNoMountainHighEnough /// Lexi + Ben, the full film Heirloom

We're excited to share another fabulous wedding coordinated by DFW Events in Dallas.  We've been working with them for almost a decade; so, when they introduced us to Lexi and Ben, we knew we would love working for these clients!  From their mountaintop proposal story to their passion for their (super cute) puppies, Lexi + Ben's wedding was everything a Spring wedding should be:  joyous, relaxed, and filled with laughter.  Lexi and Ben are originally from different cities, and through a series of events, separate hurricanes brought each of them to live in Austin, TX.  On the wedding day, rain clouds gathered overhead late in the evening, but no one was alarmed.... the outpouring of the heavens was like a rainfall of joy celebrating the love of this couple. When we arrived at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas, it was obvious that everyone in the bridal party felt pretty relaxed--even with all the buzz about the Music awards being held in Dallas.  Jones ran into Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) while he was out filming landscape shots. He's like a magnet for celebrity run-ins! Keeping the entire wedding day in one location allowed for the day to unfold in a very relaxed way--as they got ready, the girls could look out their windows to the lawn where the ceremony would happen.   The bridal party only had to walk a few hundred feet to the ceremony site that looked out over a beautiful pond on the Four Seasons golf course.  Even better, the bride's parents were able to arrange for a seriously cool surprise for the bride and groom:  a second line brass band met Lexi + Ben as they exited the ceremony, and they danced their way straight up to the reception pavilion.  What fun! If you want to see more second line goodness, watch this second line tradition from a wedding in New Orleans.  We just love filming those fun traditions! Lexi and Ben, We are so honored to have created your wedding film for you--we keep talking about how pleasant your family is, and how refreshing it is to be around so many smiling people.  Ben, the story of Nardos Imam creating an entirely new dress for your mother two days before the wedding (amazing!!!)  is such a great example of how your community knows how to turn lemons into even better lemonade and enjoy every second of life.   We hope you always enjoy even the darkest rainstorm, keep riding that fast train, and zing-zing-boom-boom-bam forever! xoxo the Mason Jar Team Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Dallas 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd Irving, TX 75093 Planner & Designer: DFW Events, Hannah Kohler Photographer: Stephen Karlisch Ceremony Music:  Dallas String Quartet Lighting:  Beyond Lighting + Design Makeup:  Lenore Downey Florals: Garden Gate Florals Reception Entertainment + Second Line Band:  The Project Band with Absolute Entertainment Officiant: Judge Michael Chitty Catering: Four Seasons Specialty Food: Ruthie's Food Truck Cakes:  Fancy Cakes Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Suite 206, DFW Dance Floors Photo Booth:  Love Runs Deep Transportation: Premier Transportation

Featured by Glamour and Grace || Romantic, Vintage Wedding at Maison Montegut

Designing her wedding reception to "feel like coming home" to her mother's house, Mary made sure to select decor details that spoke to her heart.  All the crystal, lace, silver, mercury glass, and family photos were brought in by her mother for this truly romantic event at Maison Montegut.  We are excited to announce that our film has been featured alongside the  work of their  fantastic New Orleans photographer, Mark Eric, in the blog for brides who love vintage and handmade details, Glamour and Grace. Enjoy their full film below.  Mary's personal touches and gifts for her groom and family will have you misty-eyed in minutes, I promise!  Plus, every location seems like a scene out of Downton Abbey, between the historic venue locations and the classic Victorian outfits worn by the bridesmaids and ring bearers.  For a full look at the beautiful photography from the event, you must check out Mark Eric's blog.  Here's a little sneak peek at why we think he's one of the best wedding photographers around: Bridal Prep & Groom Prep: The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans123 Baronne St  New Orleans, LA 70112(504) 648-1200Ceremony: Christ Church CathedralReception: Maison MontegutEvent Planner: Elyse Skansi, Tying the Knot Wedding CoordinationPhotographer: Mark EricCatering: Joel'sFlorist: Iris Floral and Event Design StudioCocktail Hour Music: John Royen Band2nd Line Band: The JaywalkersReception Entertainment: Crystal Clear Band

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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Second Line Tradition – Moments from weddings at The Roosevelt + The Ritz-Carlton

If you've never experienced a NOLA celebration, well, then let me tell you something - they do weddings right in New Orleans.  Weddings are already unique amongst parties in that they are always a cheerful celebration of the joining of two circles of families, friends, and communities, and then adding the tradition of a second line just amps up the celebration level.  What is a second line?  A basic description would say that it is an informal parade of wedding guests lead by a live brass band through the streets of New Orleans.  But those words don't do it justice, because what a second line does is something bigger. Imagine, for a minute, that it's the end of a wedding reception.  You've spent the day being pampered with close friends and family, sipping mimosas, getting ready in leisure, taking portraits with everyone from your closest college friends to your great-great aunt, making sincere wedding vows, enjoying cocktails and home-style cajun cooking, and dancing the night away to live jazz, and now it's time to leave.  But just because it's time to leave the wedding doesn't mean it's going to be over so soon.   As you gather your things to leave, the sounds of a trumpet, tuba, and trombone are wafting through the halls to the ballroom.  Suddenly, a whistle guides you to handkerchiefs, and you're dancing down the street following this band, waving your handkerchief to the beat of the music.  As you dance through the french quarter streets with your wedding party, other NOLA residents wave and join in to dance with you for a few minutes.  Some of them will join your parade for the entire time!  Half an hour later, you can't wipe the smile off of your face from the fun that you've had.  Everyone you pass by cheers along with you, because everyone knows: this is special, and worth celebrating. Here are some scenes from second lines we've filmed in the past: Bridal Prep & Groom Prep: The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans123 Baronne St  New Orleans, LA 70112(504) 648-1200Ceremony: Christ Church CathedralReception: Maison MontegutEvent Planner: Elyse Skansi, Tying the Knot Wedding CoordinationPhotographer: Mark EricCatering: Joel'sFlorist: Iris Floral and Event Design StudioCocktail Hour Music: John Royen Band2nd Line Band: The JaywalkersReception Entertainment: Crystal Clear Band   Photographer Paul Morse.   You can view his official images of the wedding here.Event Design by Linda Matzkin & Alexandra Kappel of Hopple Popple Events. Ceremony and Reception at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Reception Band: Jimmy Church BandMakeup: Tisa from Tisa’s Beauty Bar Florist: Urban EarthSecond Line Band: The Storyville Stompers

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  

Houston Backyard Wedding || Never Too Late To Live Happily Ever After || MaryEllen + Rob, the full film

The romance!  The dogs!  The Art!  Get ready for a sweet film. Rob waited a long time to find MaryEllen--in fact, he gave his bride a ring on the wedding day with a diamond for each decade that he waited for her. Between Rob's sweet romantic gestures, MaryEllen's stunning beauty, their flower girls' antics, and the ways they incorporated their love for art and for their dogs into their wedding day, their story is sure to make you smile. When we arrived at MaryEllen's Crown Plaza hotel room, photographer Taylor Lord was also just arriving to document the day.  We've worked with Taylor before, and she's always great to work alongside.  Edric's crew from Vanity Lounge was already in the midst of styling MaryEllen's hair and makeup.  Her flower girls scampered about like little fairies, bringing delight with each sparkle in their eye and each grin.  Meanwhile, at the house, the bartenders, chef, and waitstaff were already prepping a food course that just to describe will make your mouth water--including bite size smoked sausage with spiced poached apple, potato truffle waffle duck confit, tomato water shooters with buffalo mozzarella and basil foam, bacon wrapped jalapeño, and quail with sweet potato hash (and that's not even half of the hors d' oeuvres list).  Mouth watering yet?   The dessert table towered with a variety of cookies and cakes, including cookies designed to look like Gracie and Barcley, the furry pups that are owned by MaryEllen & Rob.  As the flower girls marveled at the dog-shaped cookies, adult guests were able to enjoy signature cocktail drinks named after Gracie and Barcley.  Seated on wooden pews in the backyard, friends and family gathered together all dressed in cream and buttery soft hues to celebrate the happiness of the bride and groom. Gracie and Barcley looking dapper and sitting patiently for portraits after the wedding. This white wedding cake by 'Who Made the Cake' has frills for days, and peonies to match.  Custom water-color style script signage by Houston creative studio Papellerie beckoned guests to leave their mark on the large oil painting being created at the wedding reception. The bride commissioned the groom's favorite artist (Taft McWhorter) to create an oil painting on site at the wedding, and it was an awesome surprise gift for the groom. The bride and groom have already collected several pieces of Taft McWhorter's abstract work, including a large typographical style painting with the lyrics to one of their favorite songs by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.  It seemed to make perfect sense to us that we had to license that particular song for  MaryEllen & Rob's wedding film once we saw what a beautiful vision its lyrics were casting for their home.  (P.S. Fun Fact about our crew: both Jones and Kourtney Amelia got to participate in the filming of Drew Holcomb's music video for "The Wine We Drink" in Jan 2012 through a workshop with The Music Bed.  We love that band!)    The lyrics say: If I had a great big mansionI'd rather live in a shot gun shack with you If I drove a red ferrariI'd rather ride in an oldsmobile with you If I won a million dollarsI'd give it away to spend more time with you If I had a million loversI would trade 'em all for just one more night with you With you I can be myselfWith you I don't have to be somebody elseIt's like putting on my favorite pair of shoesI like to be me when I'm with you Their officiant told the couple during the ceremony:  "The bible says, 'you saw me before I was born, every day of my life was recorded in your book, every moment was laid out before a single day has passed."  The ceremony is over in a few moments, but what really matters is the lifetime that you're going to spend together."   We couldn't agree more!  Congratulations to MaryEllen & Rob, and thank you for choosing us to create an heirloom artwork to help you remember each moment of your very special day for a lifetime.   Venue: Private Houston HomeCoordination:   Paul Pritzen with Keely Thorne EventsPhotographer:  Taylor LordCaterer:  The Forest ClubBaker:  Who Made The CakeFlorist & Stylist:  Events In BloomStationery & Signage:  PapellerieSupply:  Aztec Events & TentsRentals:  Swift + CompanyValet:  First Impressions Valets Pianist: Hank TaylorString Quartet: Chamber Music UnlimitedOil Artist: Taft McWhorterCaricature Art:  Satirical Effect Caricature Co.  Soundtrack:"Nirvana"  by Chris Zabriskie chriszabriskie.comLicensed by CC-BY-3.0"I Like To Be With Me When I'm With You"  by Drew Holcomb and the NeighborsUsed through licensing by 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

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.    

Magnolia Hotel Houston | One More Reason To Believe In Love – Brea + Trevor, the full film

By the time you finish watching this film and reading this post, you will understand what we mean when we say that Brea and Trevor will give you one more reason to believe in love. Trevor surprised Brea with the wedding proposal on a beach while they were on vacation.  Brea & Trevor are people who not only love to travel, but they also have such a deep and abiding passion for literature that their favorite quotes about love adorned all the tables at their wedding (including quotes from Oscar Wilde!).  And perhaps even greater evidence that 'great minds think alike' is found in one of our favorite details of the story of their wedding day:   both the bride and the groom separately planned the exact same surprise gifts for each other. They each secretly had the same bootsmith design and create a custom pair of boots for each other without knowing it.  That boot craftsman must have had a hard time keeping the secret for all of those months leading up to the wedding! You may have noticed that Brea & Trevor's film looks a little different from how we normally film.  It was created in a wider "aspect ratio" (as we say in the biz), which simply creates a more wide-screen feel for the film.  Brea, the bride, expressed a desire to us for a very cinematic film that would feel more epic & romantic than simple.  Historically, Hollywood films with sweeping landscapes were shot in this wider aspect ratio to draw attention to the grandiose setting, so we chose this style to incorporate those elements of filmmaking that the bride loves. We spent the day working with the talented photography crew from Thomas and Penelope.  You can click through these links to see the beautiful wedding photos they created for Brea & Trevor on their blog. Part 1: Holy Rosary Catholic Church &  Part 2: The Magnolia Hotel Houston Brea's magical Maggie Sotterro gown. The moment that Brea was overwhelmed with emotion as she opened her card from Trevor was just precious.  As she marveled at the jewelry set he gave her to go along with her wedding gown, she joked, "He's good.  The kid's real good."  Her beautiful smile shows her utter delight! If you thought that Trevor looks strikingly like Daniel Craig in the video, you're not alone.  His groomsmen even joked about it as he put on his  tailored suit for the wedding, and even more when Trevor opened his gift from Brea, which, in addition the custom handmade boots, included an incredible OMEGA  watch that Daniel Craig promotes to raise money for charity. The reception took place at The Magnolia Hotel Houston, and Brea and Trevor had a choreographed first dance that set the stage for the glamour of the evening.  Here, you can see that Trevor's cake was shaped like a classic dart game.  Brea also had single girls take part in the wedding tradition of a victorian cake pull instead of a traditional bouquet toss. I can't begin to express how I deeply appreciate Father Juan's description of marriage and the wedding ceremony as a miracle.  No matter how many weddings we film, I am always amazed by how precious, tender, and powerful a wedding ceremony is to experience, and it it is truly for the reasons that Father Juan describes.   He said, "we all rejoice while looking at you.  You are, to us, a sign of hope. Your presence says to us (in a society that many times is afraid of commitment), "we want to be faithful. we are not afraid. in our commitment, we find our peace."  So you, Brea and Trevor, become a concrete symbol that love is real.   We (and especially you) are witnesses tonight of a miracle not too many people are fortunate to have: a permanent companion on your journey through this life.  Yes, for many of us who know you well, you are one more reason to believe in love." Brea and Trevor, thank you for giving us one more reason to believe in love by allowing us to witness your commitment to each other.  We wish you all the best! Wedding Details: Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam Street Houston, TX 77002 Reception Venue: Magnolia Hotel Houston 1100 Texas Ave  Houston, TX 77002 Wedding Photographer: Thomas & Penelope Florist: Events in Bloom (Rob/Denica) Cake Artist: Who Made the Cake Bride's Gown Designer: Maggie Sotterro Bride's Gown Boutique: Ventura’s Bridal (Jessica) Bridesmaid Gown Designer: Bill Levkoff Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo Hair/Makeup: The Perfect Face Groom's suit: Armani Groom's Watch: Omega Soundtrack: "Bookends" by Adam Agin, a member of Neulore "Best Day of My Life" by Candlepark Stars All musical tracks licensed through The Music Bed

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