Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg, TX || Arrows in the Sky || Erin + Andrew, the full film

We are so thrilled to share this wedding film with you.  Their wedding was both a touching experience and imaginatively designed to create a delightful soiree for all of their friends and family.  Not only do Erin and Andrew have a delightful sense of style that is both tailored, preppy, and bohemian all at once, but their joyful spirits are extremely infectious.  In fact, while I was editing their film, my face was sore from smiling so much.  And now that we're sharing the film, your face can be sore because of extended amounts of smiling, too!

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wedding video package heirloom
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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 45

Erin's dress was stunning--mermaid cut with a fluted skirt that extravagantly trained behind her.  Not only did she wear a dress made of the most luxuriously draped gauzy tulle that we've ever seen, but her accessories were stunning-- something bleu shoes accented by white feathers.

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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 53

The hill-top Christian ceremony was breath-taking, and Erin descended through a stair-case linked arms with her father.  The modern, romantic music selections for the wedding ceremony included songs by The Arcade Fire.  Listening to the songs they chose for their wedding day heavily influenced the music we selected for the film--the opening song is a lilting, hopeful song by  siren singer-songwriter Holly Maher filled with soaring tones of violin and cello with lilting melody created by a light piano.

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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 42

Erin's mother is doting, and her father is hilarious--which created that same combination in her siblings, who totally ham it up with Erin throughout the photography sessions.

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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 44
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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 56

Matchmaker Band kept the party hopping through the night!  They have several 'front singers' to cover a variety of musical styles, and their growling vocals and energy is always top notch!  Watch it here.

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boot ranch matchmaker band wedding reception band

As we mentioned in a previous post, we were thrilled to work alongside noted fashion photographer Christianne Taylor at this wedding.  She's based in California, but she often returns to her native state of Texas to document special projects.  We've worked with her before at Sarah & Colby's ranch estate wedding, and it was delightful to work with her again.

In our first post about Erin & Andrew's wedding,  we told you the story of how they almost didn't have a wedding cake, which is a precious story, but now, I want to tell you about what Andrew's dad said.

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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 32
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Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 33

As guests sipped from glass soda bottles with these adorable DIY soda straw flags, Andrew's dad gave a heartfelt speech thanking the people who brought Erin and Andrew together, and how he felt that Erin and Andrew were like arrows shooting through the sky.  Psalm 127 speaks of how children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior's hands, and how they will return to bless their parents.

"we also feel excitement at watching these two young people start their flight together," he said.

We could tell that Andrew's dad was already so thankful for the blessing of his son, and of his new daughter-in-law.   Congratulations to you both, Erin and Andrew.  We hope you are always able to reflect back to the joy of this celebration and how it was just the beginning of new laughter and adventures in your life.

Ceremony and Reception Venue:

Boot Ranch

77 Boot Ranch Cir, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) 997-6200

Photographer: Christianne Taylor Videographer: Mason Jar Films Band: Matchmaker Band Music by Holly Maher & Amy Stroup licensed through The Music Bed

The Argyle | Luckiest Man Alive- Annlyn + D.A., the full film

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Hearing a groom say "I'm the luckiest man alive" when he sees his bride for the first time seems like it would be something out of a movie--but it isn't.  Those were the very words that D.A. uttered when he saw Annlyn for the first time underneath the canopy of a wandering wild oak tree on their wedding day. 

Annlyn's dad was just as sweet and doting, too--his comments during the Father of the Bride toast were just precious, and when he walks out on the dance floor to shake hands with D.A., his son-in-law, his smile is as big as Texas.  We hope you enjoy their wedding film--we certainly enjoyed making it!

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Annlyn & D.A. love to spend time boating and out on the water.  They love to travel, and they brought this sense of adventure to their wedding reception.   During cocktail hour, guests  enjoyed perfect Texas weather as they mingled on the lawn; also, they were treated to performances by one of New York City's favorite party bands--Area Code.  Annlyn & D.A. descended the grand staircase of the building onto the lawn to cheers and whistles, and they showed off their new monograms on their leather cowboy boots to friends and family who gathered around them.

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D.A.'s groom's cake was a german chocolate cake with an oil rig tower made entirely of chocolate on top of it, decorated with their monogram initial and chocolate scrollwork.  That's not the only treat--Annlyn's cake was covered in white chocolate sculpted to look like coral.   Their table centerpieces captured both a traditional and eclectic look simultaneousely--classic bundles of white hydrangea, lilies, and roses were accented with white-kissed sea fans, and blue light floated over-head as the night faded over the lawn.  This lagoon of blue light was made even more romantic as guests danced the night away under the stars--the canopy top of the tent was clear! So lovely!

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Guests could take a break from dancing to wander about the colonial porches of the Argyle, tasting shrimp and sushi from buffet lines lined with aquatic muses--including ice sculptures of swordfish and mermaids.

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By the end of the wedding reception, several cute kiddos had already called it a night on some of the lounge furniture that was scattered around the dance floor: a sure sign that these kids had been having such a good time, they just couldn't have a good time for one second longer!

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San Antonio Wedding The Argyle Club
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P.s. if you're loving this ocean decor, you should check out some other sweet ocean-side video footage from destination weddings we've filmed.  It's like a little mini-vacation to Maui, Hawaii while at your desk!

Ceremony: St. Mark's Episcopal Church 315 E. Pecan St. San Antonio, TX 78205

Reception: The Argyle Club  934 Patterson Ave  San Antonio, TX 78209

Event Planner: The French Connection with Tracy French

Ceremony Coordinator: Jody Kelly

Photographer: JeanAnn Wilkinson

Florist: Steven Pizzini with Pizzini Designs

Caterer: The Argyle

Reception Band:  Area CodeSimply Irresistible  and Julian Mercado

Hair & Makeup: Amar Cosmetics  artists: Valerie Perez and Johanna Woodfin

Late Night Snacks: Cheesy Jane's

Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg, TX | "We'll Eat You Up, We Love You So!" - Erin & Andrew, the preview

Erin and Andrew almost didn't have a wedding cake.

Not that they didn't want one--Erin was just interested in other desserts--maybe pie, or an assortment of treats.  As they planned for the wedding, Erin made many selections for the party that were incredibly unique, from an off-shoulder wedding gown to a Kongming Chinese Sky Lantern release at the reception...but her brother jokingly begged for a traditional cake--Erin mentioned to me that he said "it can't be a wedding without a cake"--so she chose a traditional white tiered cake, and included a cake topper with a quote from their favorite childhood book (Where the Wild Things Are) in honor of his request.

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In this way, Erin and Andrew's hilltop wedding in the Fredericksburg countryside was full of surprises and special touches that were themed around not only their love, but their family as well.  In fact, they had a gorgeous painting that held all the dinner placecards, and one of Erin's brothers painted that, too.  Also, guests sipped from these cute little soda straws during the cocktail hour as they watched the sun set.

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web_Boot Ranch Fredericksburg Wedding Pic 52

Erin selected florals for the wedding that were very reflective of the wedding's location in the rustic and wild Texas countryside.  The men's boutonnieres had both succulents and other hardy plants native to the region.

If you haven't visited Fredericksburg before, it is one of those special towns nestled into the hill-country where people love to spend the weekend--You can wander through streets filled with quaint little bakeries, wineries and breweries, toy-shops boasting the skills of the town's german/european heritage, and of course, many restaurants overflowing with German food and good Texas eats.   Just before the ceremony, some of Andrew's friends remarked at the beauty of the short drive from the little town to the hills where Boot Ranch resides. The road, filled with twists and turns, ends at the gorgeous hilltop lodge, a perfect party venue with craftsman architecture and a terrace made of natural stone overlooking the hills.

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Erin and Andrew had a private moment in a hillside garden just before the ceremony.  Photographers commonly refer to this as a "first look."  We were thrilled to work alongside noted fashion photographer Christianne Taylor at this wedding.  She's based in California, but she often returns to her native state of Texas to document special projects.  We've worked with her before at Sarah & Colby's ranch estate wedding, and it was delightful to work with her again.

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Both Erin and Andrew's fathers gave touching speeches at the wedding, and I look forward to editing their final film.  Congratulations to you all!

-kourtney amelia

Ceremony and Reception Venue:

Boot Ranch

77 Boot Ranch Cir, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

(830) 997-6200

Photographer: Christianne Taylor

Videographer: Mason Jar Films

Band: Matchmaker Band

Music by Holly Maher

Licensed through The Music Bed

Riverhill Country Club | "Hook 'em and Sic 'em Forever" Bailey & JR, the full film

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Bailey and JR are the kind of people who keep a room lit up with smiles and laughter.  We were thrilled to travel from Austin, where we are based, to the Texas foothills north of San Antonio to create this wedding video for such a precious couple.   Beyond their absolutely SWEET love for each other, they kept their family and friends entertained at their wedding with multiple surprises--their outdoor sunset ceremony ended with a gospel choir serenading the crowd and guiding them to the location of the dancing reception.  Their first dance transitioned from serious to sassy in a heartbeat, and boy, can they dance!   Later on that night, JR's family also surprised him in turn with a funny flashmob dance.  Here is their entire wedding film, in full:

Ashley Garmon, the wedding photographer,  chose a lovely location under the trees for the portraits before the wedding.  The soft light coming through the leaves looked beautiful with the bridesmaids' pale green sundresses.

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bridesmaid green white wedding dress pic 01
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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 19 flower girl

The flowergirls were in similar dresses all in white.  What angels!

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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 38a wedding ring set
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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 24 DIY wood sign

Their decor included a stag-head theme.  Each reception table centerpiece was set with a silhouette of a deer head laser-cut into pine slices. 

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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 36a deer
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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 25 deer dance floor

Talented event designer Tricia Hamil (Viridian Design) even had a deer silhouette pattern made for the lights that projected the antler silhouette onto the dancefloor.  Surrounded by wine barrel tables, old-fashioned light bulb chandelieres, live oak canopies, rustic signs, white florals, and warm lighting, the guests were happy to dance the night away and feast on such greatness as the avocado buffet and even sneak inside to watch portions of the Baylor football game between songs.

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wine barrel at wedding decor video pic 1
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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 10 steampunk bulb
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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 33a cake

The Tip-Top band were excellent performers, inviting the bride and groom onto the stage and even letting some guests sing into the mic during some of the songs.

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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 27 reception
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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 40 sparkler exit

Editor's note:

My favorite shot in the wedding video is the slow-motion shot where J.R. stops to kiss Bailey as they ran through the sparkler exit line.  So pretty!  -kourtney amelia

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Riverhill Country Club Viridian Wedding Pic 39 just married sign

Riverhill Country Club

Address: 100 Riverhill Club Ln, Kerrville, TX 78028

Phone:(830) 896-1400

VENDORS

Wedding Coordination & Florals: Viridian Design with Tricia Hamil

Photography: Ashley Garmon Photographers

Hair: Erin Jantzen

Makeup: Donna Bruns

Linens: Marquee Rentals

Lighting: Ilios Lighting

Cakes: Sophie's Choice

New Orleans Weddings

New Orleans is a hub of beautiful culture, and it is one of the world's most fascinating cities.  Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, it is home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. When strolling through town, you'll find bowls filled to the rim with gumbo, late nights in dark jazz clubs, historic neighborhoods, and tantalizing festivals throughout the year. 

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Every time we visit for a wedding, Jones seems to find the best local spots for us to eat when we're not filming.  For example, Cafe Du Monde, which is famous for its cafe au lait and delicious fluffy powdered donuts served in a Parisian open air cafe setting.    Excuse us as we share an obligatory photo of our food, solely intended to make you jealous, but unintentionally causing ourselves to now be hungry in the office.

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cafe du monde

And we ALWAYS get excited to see the word "sucre" involved with any event we're filming!  They are a sweet boutique, and they are often called upon to create the most delightful macaroon cookies and other delicious treats for weddings--both as desserts served and sent as "to go" gifts with guests.

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sucre dessert boxes louisiana wedding
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sucre macaron

As a Texan, the most obvious thing that sticks out about experiencing the city of New Orleans is both the grandiose architecture and the natural sounds--live musicians play jazz on every corner, from troupes of young teens using everything (including buckets) as drums all the way to classy, uniformed groups like the ones we see at our wedding events--like The Jaywalkers and The Storyville Stompers.  French Quarter weddings (a downtown area of New Orleans) often see the bride and groom reach their reception venue by a horse drawn carriage or by leading a “second line” preceded by a jazz band.

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A second line parade at a wedding signifies the beginning of the life between the bride and groom. The second line band leads the wedding party and guest from the church to their reception venue or it may take place at the reception venue itself. The second line stems from the African American jazz funerals and has evolved to become part of all New Orleans celebrations.

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Roman Catholic weddings or very traditional religious ceremonies are also very popular and deeply ingrained into NOLA culture.  Just stepping foot into any of the cathedrals in town helps you to see why--the architecture of the cathedrals is very European, and a good reminder of the sanctity and majesty of the wedding ceremony.

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 Magnolias, jasmine and gardenias are popular choices for flower arrangements.

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 Here are some of our favorite people, places and spaces that we've filmed during our New Orleans events.  Whether you're planning an event in NOLA or simply visiting, be sure not to miss these historic landmarks!

The Roosevelt New Orleans

Particularly, visit this place during the holiday season, when all the trees and indoor plants are strung from ceiling to floor with christmas lights and trees, creating a magical winter wonderland within the marbled foyer.

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Academy of the Sacred Heart

4521 St. Charles Avenue  New Orleans, LA 70115

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Christ Church Cathedral

Located just near the French Quarter, this cathedral's pale pink granite exterior contrasts with its darkly wooden interior and gorgeous blue ceilinged front altar.

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This image from the wedding video reminds me a lot of of the beautiful colors in the images from PBS' popular TV show, Downton Abbey.  They often keep their colors confined to a minimized hue spectrum.

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Storyville Stompers

A faithfully Jazzy second line band.

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The Ritz Carlton Hotel & Grand Ballroom

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The Elms Mansion & Gardens

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Maison Montegut House

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Want to know more?

You can watch our films of these NOLA brides and their southern weddings:

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