What Love Really Looks Like: confessions of a wedding videographer

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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 11

With Valentine's day, the talk of love is in the air, and I've got something to let you know:  

I'm still surprised how often I meet strangers who, after finding out that I film weddings, often lean in and whisper to me in some sort of pseudo-confession:  "I have never watched my wedding video in the past 30 years."  In contrast, our own clients have been known to watch their wedding films on repeat until they are basically suffering from sleep deprivation--all in the first day of receiving their film!  

Now, I know what you're thinking when you hear the word "wedding video" too--but these aren't your Aunt Pam's wedding videos--with those heart-shaped frames around the edges  & star wipes between each shot, so bad that they are never watched---our films of weddings are time capsules of some of the greatest moments in a person's life.  The stories in our films will make your heart skip a beat, and they will make your face hurt from laughing so much.

Like when a wasp got caught in this bride's dress during the ceremony.   Or, when she cried sweet, happy tears as she spoke her vows.

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Tara Wilson modern rustic possum kingdom wedding video photos 07

What's the difference between the films we make  and the stereotypical wedding videos from the 1980s?  I'll tell you:

We know that love is made up of both big moments and small moments.   We know that a wedding day isn't just about the DIY accents--it's also about a community of people getting to celebrate together---a community that has supported the couple as individuals over the course of their entire lives, and they're all coming into the same town and the same room for a week, or a weekend, or a few hours-- and they're cheering as they get to witness the start of a new chapter for this couple.  We also know that a wedding is not a finish line--it's a party celebrating the beginning of the biggest adventure and the bravest self-sacrifice two people could ever make.   Love is a continuing story, passed down generation to generation.

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 25 here comes the bride

Over the course of each year, we get to witness special moments as we make wedding videos for our clients, and it might sound crazy, but we walk around our office quoting wedding films more than we quote hollywood movies.   In fact, as much as I love romantic movies like Thoroughly Modern Millie, The New World, and Ever After, I'm going to be so bold as to say that not only are our wedding films better than 80s wedding videos--but I like them better than hollywood films because, seriously, y'all.  These love-birds are REAL.  These people are really, really real.  And knowing that these stories are true as day is extremely encouraging and refreshing--sure to soften the heart of even the most hardened cynic. 

Just to prove it, here are some special wedding moments from the past few years that make my heart skip a beat or my face muscles hurt from laughing each time I think about them:

How History repeats itself:

We found out that this bride met her husband in front of the exact same building where her parents met each other 20 years before.  Not only that, this bride and her groom share the exact same birthday.   ...watch the story here

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country club wedding video pic 01

When this groom is amazed at his bride's jaw-dropping beauty.

When this groom saw his bride in a private "first look" right before their wedding ceremony, his jaw LITERALLY dropped when he saw her beauty!  I also love how the bride's dad SANG during the wedding reception as Jackie and Chance danced their "first dance" in front of friends and family.  ...watch the story here

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jackie-and-chance-first-look3

When a family friend officiates the wedding: 

It always cracks me up when I think about this hilarious moment  where the officiant in this wedding is handed the rings for the vows, and he looks at the bride's ring for a minute, then turns to the groom and says, "well, there goes your boat payment."  Keeping your wedding personal always makes weddings more memorable!  ...watch the story here

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Texas Museum Austin Wedding Pic 13

When dads make grand gestures:

During the reception at this wedding, the father of this groom announced that he just donated money to support the museum where his son, Andrew, met Erin, the bride-to-be.    ...watch the story here

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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 49

When a groom exclaims, "I'm the luckiest man alive!"

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san antonio wedding video pic 35

When the best man explains why he chose the groom as a godfather for his own children.

...because he knew that in the event that Scott would need to raise his daughter, she would grow up seeing a great example of what it's like for a woman to truly be loved by a man.  Oh, man, you better grab your tissues before you watch the full story here.

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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 19

When this father surprises his daughter with fireworks at the wedding reception.

....watch the full film here

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escondido-wedding-pic-fireworks4

When this groom cries.

....And he does, multiple times.  In fact, he's so expressive that his groomsmen gently tease "your make-up's gonna come off!"  This good-natured groom takes it all in stride, even though the tears well up multiple times--and he's got some impressive moves on the dance floor, too! ...watch the story here

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memorial united church houston wedding video photo03

When this groom jokes about improvising more and more wedding vows.

The custom wedding vows this couple shared are better than any hollywood script: "Every day spent together with you is the best day of my life," wrote the bride as she prepared for the ceremony.  On the way to the ceremony site, the groom teased "If your vows are better than mine, I'm going to improvise more vows!"  This bride and groom were both collegiate-level athletes, and their competitive spirit was super cute--but we have to admit that both of their vows still bring us to tears. Chris & Caroline decided to elope---but they still took along some family and friends--watch the film here or read more about it on style me pretty.

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laguna gloria destination wedding photo 11

When these childhood sweethearts prove that young Love CAN be a Forever Love. 

This bride and groom have known each other since the bride was 3.  They grew up as neighbors, dated for seven years as adults, and the groom still CRIED when the bride walked down the aisle.  In their vows, they say, "I promise to kiss you first thing each morning and last thing each evening."   ...watch the story here

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Tara Wilson modern rustic possum kingdom wedding video photos 31

When this bride cries happy tears:

After being pronounced man and wife, Morgan turned to the crowd and CRIED as she showed off her wedding ring.  And then they way that they look at each other.  Pure adoration!   ...watch the story here

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showing-off-ring

When this father-in-law tells why he first approved of his son-in-law:

The Bride's dad tells a story about when he met his future son-in-law for the first time that has us in stitches each time we hear it.  In Texas, wearing cowboy boots is a good way to impress your future father-in-law!  ...watch here

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2013-10-19-kelcee-&-andrew-first-look2

When Love lifts us up where we belong:

When this bride opened a gift from her husband on her wedding day, she found a bracelet with a Hot Air Balloon Charm to remind her of the moment he proposed in a hot air balloon.  ...watch here  Kacy & Jason's story is a reminder to put things around us that remind us of important moments.

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first united methodist church wedding video picture 07b

When this couple reminds us that it's Never Too Late For Good Things to Happen:

This groom got his bride a ring with a diamond for each decade of his life that he had to wait to find her.  (She's pretty thoughtful, too--she hired his favorite artist to come and create a "live painting" on site at their wedding reception, and managed to keep it a secret from him 'til the wedding day!) ...watch the story here

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houston backyard wedding23

When this groom makes a promise to his father-in-law:

I'm telling you, there wasn't a dry eye in the house when Mark stood up at the rehearsal dinner to promise his father-in-law that he would take care of Liz for the rest of her life.  We've filmed both Liz' wedding and her sister Sarah's wedding, and this family has truly shown us that love is filled with both a deep sense of honor and a generous sense of humor.  ...watch this film.

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Houston-ranch-wedding-groom-promise

When this couple is told they are a sign of hope. 

The priest at this wedding is a wordsmith, seriously. ...watch the story here

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web_magnolia hotel houston wedding video photo 11

It's a beautiful thing when two people promise to care for one another unconditionally. Love has the power to shine a light into the world, to encourage and surprise us, to carry us through difficult circumstances, and to teach us to cherish the big and the small moments.  The love that we witness at these weddings is a strong reminder of what is good in life, and we hope that as you have read these stories, you've been reminded of good things in your own life.

xoxo,

kourtney amelia

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.

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Houston rehearsal dinner - aladdin jasmine disney princess wedding_1

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!

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wedding video package instamatic

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.

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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 12

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.

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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 11

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. 

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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 02
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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 03
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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 04
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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 05
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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 06

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.

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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 08
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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 07

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.

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Houston Wedding Pic Video Event Planner Something To Celebrate 10

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) 622-6778

Florist: Blooming Gallery

Live Band: Matchmaker Band

Event Designer: Something To Celebrate

Wedding Photographer: Akil Bennett

Soundtrack:

"Celeste" by Les Enfants

"Someone" by Future of Forestry

All musical tracks licensed through The Music Bed

San Antonio Country Club | "Deep In the Heart of Texas" Rebecca & Scott, the full film

"Rebecca is urban, and Scott's suburban. She's organized--he's....well, he's less so."  Chuckles and laughter rippled through the crowd as the Rabbi happily described Rebecca & Scott's distinct personalities during their Jewish ceremony under a silken chuppah.  When Rebecca had approached us about filming her wedding video, she had told us with great joy about coming back to her hometown of San Antonio and bringing all of her dear friends and Scott's family to experience it. 

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san antonio wedding downtown 02
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san antonio wedding downtown 01

Rebecca also raved about how good the food would be at the San Antonio Country Club. As we chatted with the photographer, Catherine Hornberger of Peacock Photography on the wedding day, we found out that even her husband was jealous that she and her assistant were getting to eat the SACC food--and let me tell you--even the bread served with the appetizers could have stood alone as a treat. 

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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 21a grooms cake

What struck me as we were filming both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding was Rebecca's impeccable sense for design, the deep love she shares with Scott, and the extremely close knit love and affection shared by each side of their families.

The 'I DO' Barbecue

The weekend opened with a rehearsal dinner complete with cowboy hats, bread pudding dessert, live country music, and handkerchiefs.   The Pearl Stable is a historic building that once housed horses for a brewery.  Now, it has been repurposed as a ballroom, and it features plenty of gorgeous wrought-iron work throughout the entire ballroom, as well as rustic chandeliers built from multi-colored antique glass bottles.  As Scott's groomsmen walked around in 10-gallon hats, they told Rebecca  with a grin that they were "taking this Texas thing very seriously." 

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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 12

This family knows how to entertain each other, and we were treated to several poems, songs, and toasts that brought tears to our eyes.  Scott is from a large family, and so with so many sisters, they joked that they didn't know he could even walk until the age of three because someone always wanted to carry him.  One of the groomsmen spoke about why he had chosen Scott to be the godfather of his daughter.  He said that he knew that if something ever happened to his wife or to him, that Scott would be the kind of man who would raise his daughter showing her the example of how a woman should be loved by the way that Scott loves Rebecca.

And yes, I may have been crying behind the camera as I was filming.  And as I was editing the video.  And as I was doing quality control viewings of the film.

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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 01
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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 06
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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 08
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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 10

It wouldn't have been a real Texas "shin-dig" without the talented live band that Rebecca found for that night--and the Ben McPeak Band kept the spirit lively with the twang of country rhythm and plenty of toe-tapping as everyone jumped onto the dance floor.   Their musical performance had everyone from children to grandparents two-stepping.

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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 19

The Wedding Day: San Antonio Country Club

Rebecca and Scott celebrated their wedding with a traditional Jewish ceremony, which includes the signing of a ketubah, a marriage document, and the ceremony under the chuppah.  As the family and bridal party gathered in a private room for the signing of the ketubah, Rebecca and Scott stood among multiple generations of married couples in their families.  As Rabbi Block honored their presence, it was hard to not get chills as he spoke of the day when Rebecca and Scott would be watching their own children sign ketubahs in the future.

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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 10 ketubah ceremony
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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 11 ketubah ceremony
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san antonio bbq rehearsal dinner wedding pic 02
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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 04 flower girls
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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 05a bridal gown
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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 06 bridal gown

As Rebecca was being zipped into her gown, her flower girls (Scott's nieces) exclaimed "You look like a princess."  Adorable!...and she did, indeed, look like a princess.

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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 18a reception band
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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 20 hava nagila

Rebecca and Scott,

We were so pleased to film your wedding, and honored to be given the task to make you this artistic film.  We hope that this video is a reminder for years to come of the joy that you shared as you made your vows to each other in front of the community you hold so dear.

-kourtney amelia

If you'd like to visit, you can locate the San Antonio Country Club here:

4100 N. New Braunfels Avenue

San Antonio, TX 78209

and the Pearl Stable here:

303 Pearl Pkwy

San Antonio, TX 78215

(210) 212-7260

Event Planner: Betty Parish

Photographer: Catherine Hornberger with Peacock Photography

Catering: San Antonio Country Club

Florist: Trinity Flowers with Danny Cuellar

Wedding Reception Entertainment: Matchmaker Band

Rehearsal Dinner Entertainment: Ben McPeak Band

Officiant: Rabbi Barry Block

Dress: Julian Gold

Cakes: Cathy Young

Invitations: Invitations, etc.

Tuxedos: Heights Tuxedo

Linens/Rentals: Illusions Rentals & Design

Hair: Veronica Hughes

Make up: Jena Massarello-Obregon

San Antonio Country Club | "Deep In the Heart of Texas"; Rebecca & Scott, Part 1 of 2

Rebecca's dad unashamedly admitted to being an emotional guy in his speech--his description of a young Rebecca sitting in her high chair eating cheerios reminds us how quickly time can pass.  This Father of the Bride is in the same boat as us here at Mason Jar Films--we are always chatting about how the blessing of family relationships seems to blur the passage of time.  That's one of the reasons we love filming your families and capturing your special life events on video.

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San Antonio Country Club Wedding Pic 01 father daughter dance

One of my favorite quotes about the value of memories is in an often unread novel--it was said by a character to his dearest friend, “A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered. .… when you and I met, the meeting was over very shortly, it was nothing. Now it is growing something as we remember it. But still we know very little about it. What it will be when I remember it as I lie down to die, what it makes in me all my days till then - that is the real meeting. The other is only the beginning of it. “ (by C.S. Lewis, from Out Of The Silent Planet)

Rebecca's dad reminded us that each fleeting moment in life can be enjoyed forever as we watch new moments unfold, just as his memories of his baby girl are made even sweeter by his new memories of her as a "very grown up" bride.

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San Antonio Country Club Jewish Wedding Pic 02

If you'd like to visit, you can locate the San Antonio Country Club here:

4100 N. New Braunfels Avenue

San Antonio, TX 78209

Event Planner: Betty Parish

Photographer: Catherine Hornberger with Peacock Photography

Catering: San Antonio Country Club

Florist: Trinity Flowers with Danny Cuellar

Reception Entertainment: Matchmaker Band

Officiant: Rabbi Barry Block

Dress: Julian Gold

Cakes: Cathy Young

Invitations: Invitations, etc.

Tuxedos: Heights Tuxedo

Linens/Rentals: Illusions Rentals & Design

Hair: Veronica Hughes

Make up: Jena Massarello-Obregon

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

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 43 bride groom

 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. 

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 46

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.

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bride lace gown wedding video pic
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here comes the bride sign

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.

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 28 bride groom

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.

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 29 table decor
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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 32 table decor
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rough creek lodge wedding video pic candy table

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.

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rough creek lodge sports groom cake wedding pic

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.

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 46 guest favor

Don't miss out on any other scrumptious details from their day:

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 26 engagement ring

The Enchanting wedding ring set.

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rough creek lodge jewish wedding video pic 12 bouquet

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:

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rough creek lodge letterpress invitation wedding video pic 04

 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 Lodge

Photographer: Kym Skyles, f8Studio

Reception Band: The Annagrey Band

Hair and Makeup: Joanna Hathcock

Cakes: Frosted Art

Floral: Blue Lotus Floral

Chairs and Glassware: Ducky Bob's

Linens: BBJ

Photo Booth: SnapzSnapz

Ceremony Acoustic Guitar: Bruce Canafax

Favors: Totally Sugar

Ceremony Rabbi: Rabbi Barry Diamond

Ceremony Protestant Minister: Rev. Arianna Gray, Alternative Wedding Services

Transportation: Limo Valet