Liz & Mark
Liz & Mark have the kind of love that seems like something from a fairy tale or a movie--but it is even more encouraging because it exists in real life! It is probably every girl's dream to hear a man promise her father that he will do his best to take care of her, and Mark did exactly that.
At their rehearsal dinner, Mark, the groom, took the stage at the end of the night andgave the most heartfelt speech to thank his parents, to make vows to his community of friends and family that he would love Liz forever, and to especially thank his in-laws for their blessing. "I'm going to be making vows to Liz tomorrow, but tonight I'm making a vow to you all," he told them.
Because we had filmed Liz's sisters wedding just 6 months earlier--we had already known to expect speeches that would inspire both laughter and tears from Liz's dad (the father of the bride) and from Liz' brother (an extremely skilled wordsmith), but we were floored by Mark's honesty and vulnerability toward his family, friends, and to Liz. Liz is a gorgeous bride (as you can see!), and her parent's homestead, Montesito Ranch, is breathtaking to look at in a wildflower-filled spring, but to work with such a kind and loving family was truly an honor. We were thankful to be given the task of creating an artistic wedding film for this couple.
You can watch their full film here (be prepared to laugh and cry!)
On top of all of the romance at this wedding, there were some hilarious moments (& amazing decor details):
The BBQ rehearsal dinner (a texas wedding tradition) was held at a historic auction house in New Ulm, Texas, complete with pies for dessert. This was where family members told wild and crazy stories of Liz and Mark's hilarious antics from growing up and from college. Liz' Dad had us rolling with his Steve Martin-themed Father-of-the-Bride toast.
While the guests enjoyed cocktail hour under a linen-wrapped white tent, the wedding party took pictures in the field where horses stood grazing nearby.
The bride and groom danced their first dance during what filmmakers refer to as "golden hour" (sunset). This can create lovely golden colors in the images on your video and in your photos! If you decided to do this at your wedding, make sure to check the exact times that golden hour happens, because right after the sun dips below the horizon, even though it is still light, the colors of light turn an ashy blue. If that kind of hazy grey light is exactly what you'd like for your dance, have at it! Just make sure that you understand what your light will look like at different times of day, and you'll be able to set your schedule to fit the kind of imagery you want. (Your wedding coordinator will know just what to do!)
Again, if you haven't watched the dance sequence in Liz & Mark's wedding video,
you're 100% missing out on amazing dancers and old school hip hop. Get to it!
CONGRATULATIONS, LIZ & MARK
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