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.  

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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."

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...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 City
3900 Lexington Blvd  Missouri City, TX 77459
Reception: Safari Texas Ranch
11627 FM 1464 Rd  Richmond, TX 77407
Photographer: Daniel Colvin
Videographer: Mason Jar Films
Florist: Floriography; Ines Negrin
DJ: Johnny Bravo
Getaway Car: Tesla
Wedding Bands: Tiffany
Wedding Gifts: Converse & Pandora

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Soundtrack: “And Then Came A Sudden Validation” by Austin, TX band and national darling, The Quiet Company
Musical track licensed through The Music Bed

 

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

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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.

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wedding video package heirloom

 

"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." 

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safari texas ranch rustic elegant wedding video picture 07

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.  

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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.

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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.

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safari texas ranch rustic elegant wedding video picture 16 copy

Wedding Vendor Details:

Ceremony: First United Methodist Missouri City

3900 Lexington Blvd  Missouri City, TX 77459

Reception: Safari Texas Ranch

11627 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 Company

Musical track licensed through The Music Bed

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

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first united methodist church wedding video picture 07b

 "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 wasrelaxed 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:

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"Get that dress on, pucker up, and let's get married!" -from Jason's note to Kacy

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    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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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safari texas ranch rustic elegant wedding video picture 10

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 City

3900 Lexington Blvd  Missouri City, TX 77459

Reception: Safari Texas Ranch

11627 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 Company

Musical track licensed through The Music Bed

Laguna Gloria || Elope to Austin || Caroline + Christopher, the full film

Every so often we get the opportunity to film something off-beat and utterly unique.  Thanks to Caroline and Chris, we got that opportunity this past weekend.  You see, they eloped....and they invited us to create their wedding film.  Caroline & Chris met thanks to their collegiate swim team in Florida, and the athletes also share a passion for culinary skills, and dogs.  Caroline came home one day to discover an engagement ring taped to the wall calendar, and the rest is history. 

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wedding video package memory tin

Although Caroline & Chris joked about being competitive about who would have the best vows and make the other one cry more, I have to say I think it is a tie--their vows were so personal, honest and touching.  We worked alongside Sean Hsueh withDay 7 Photography for the day, and we loved his approach to our shared work--he truly allows for events to unfold naturally without intervention, and the results are beautiful. Click through the link to see the beautiful wedding photos he created for Caroline & Chris on his blog.

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Although they currently call San Antonio their home, these two athletic, dog-loving foodies decided to have their destination wedding & elopement weekend in Austin because of its centrality in Texas, and its amazing urban atmosphere. On the way to the ceremony, they talked about all the awesome eateries they planned on visiting throughout the weekend.  After getting to know them, I had to wonder how they're not Austinites already! (For those not in the know, Austin is not only the live music capitol of the world, but it also boasts some of the fittest citizens, most finely muraled communities, the prettiest hill country, the finest foods, and the most pro-canine businesses. We even have a pub with a dog park attached!)

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Naz

Gentle and friendly, Nas followed Caroline throughout the house all day.

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laguna gloria destination wedding photo 02
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laguna gloria destination wedding photo 03

So, these two lovebirds cooked for a week to prep the food for their reception, rented a cottage for the reception, and headed over to ATX.  Caroline shares my mutual affection for the lovely garden and amazing architecture at Laguna Gloria, and they couldn't have picked a prettier spot for a small private ceremony.  Despite the rain that alternated between sputtering and pouring, we had a paradise of sunshine at sunset--which was right as we walked out for the ceremony, and Jones even caught a hint of a double rainbow for the video.

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The solarium was filled with sunlight despite the rain, thanks to the sun being low in the sky at sunset.

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Caroline wore Alex Marie champagne pink peep-toe heels with her frilly-skirt wedding dress.

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laguna gloria destination wedding photo 11
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After the ceremony, the crew loaded up and drove back to the house where they hand-tossed their own homemade pizzas and chatted into the night.

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If you're loving the uber-hip bungalow that Caroline & Chris rented, you're not alone.  The kitchen remodel was featured in HGTV's magazine, and you can check it out on their site, too.  In addition to the stunning industrial lighting and sunny retro feel of the interior, the backyard is a tiny paradise of raised bed gardens, an urban chicken coop, an outdoor stone oven, and it is available for rent through air bnb.

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Wedding Photographer: Sean Hsueh with Day 7 Photography

Ceremony Venue: Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St Austin, TX

Reception Venue: Private Home in Highland Neighborhood 6710 Esther Dr Austin, TX 78752

Flowers - Central Market

Bride's Wedding dress - Watters

Shoes - Alex Marie

Makeup - LucieMarie

Groom's suit - Joseph A. Banks

Rings - Lee Michaels 

Instrumental Music by Chris Zabriskie used through creative commons

Music "With Wings" by Amy Stroup licensed through The Music Bed

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!

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escondido groom cake golf sport

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.'

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Escondido Horseshoe Bay Wedding Pic 22a
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Escondido Horseshoe Bay Wedding Pic 04 marriage certificate

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.

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Escondido Horseshoe Bay Wedding Pic 13a DIY dance flip flop sign
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Escondido Horseshoe Bay Wedding Pic 20

"You have my heart for the rest of our lives"

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Escondido Horseshoe Bay Wedding Pic 02

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