Wedding Tips

Cara & Major | American Village Wedding

We are over the moon to get to share Cara and Major's wedding. We were lucky enough to meet them 3 years ago while filming a promo for a free wedding contest. So when Major called to talk about their wedding film, we were overjoyed to capture their story. Cara and Major are amazing people, with amazing spirits and an amazing love for each other and life.

We loved ...

... their "first look"!! This is one of the sweetest "first looks" we have captured. Major's emotion as he walked to Cara. Cara's nervous giggle in anticipation of seeing Major. As they stood there with each other, they were at a loss for words. Simply beautiful!

... their quiet anticipation! As it got closer to seeing each other for the first time, Cara and Major both became quieter and began to anticipate the moments that lie ahead.

... the groomsmen's belts! Major carved a leather belt for each groomsman. Each belt had a scene carved into it that represented an experience with Major and the groomsman. What an amazingly thoughtful gift that each of them will treasure!

... Cara and Major's love for each other! Love is hard to describe, but with Cara and Major you don't need to use words. Just watch the look on their faces as they talk about each other. See the way they hold each other. And when they were in the same room, they never took their eyes off of each other. It's a pure and beautiful thing!

Congratulations Cara and Major! We are beyond excited for you both!

Cara & Major's Vendors:

Venue // American Village - Montevallo, Alabama Coordinator // Engaging Celebrations - Beverly Andrews Photographer // Eric Chapman Photography Florist // Stephanie Drake DJ // Andy Reid Hair // Mallory Anderton Makeup Artist // Louise Bridal Salon// The White Room  Bridal Gown Designer // Watters Groom & Groomsmen // Saks Caterer // Michelle Johnson Cake // Dreamcakes

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Ginny Rae & Brad | Georgia Wedding Video

As we pulled up to Ginny Rae and Brad's wedding ceremony site, I {Ashley} instantly got excited. It was over the top gorgeous! We walked down to the reception site and our excitement grew. We could not wait to start filming! Matt headed to hang out with the guys as they got ready at a cabin down the road and I headed to hang out with Ginny Rae. She was so excited about her wedding day and it was contagious!

We loved ...

... the words the pastor spoke! The film opens with the pastor speaking some of the most beautiful words I've heard. His wisdom is a challenge and a reminder.

... the sand! Because sand is such integral part of Ginny Rae's family, they integrated it throughout the wedding. You'll notice the sand holding the sign, sand in vases and sand bag seating at the Cigar Bar. We even grabbed a few shots at the sand mine.

... the first dance! Ginny Rae and Brad's first dance song began sweet and romantic then quickly changed into Baby Got Back. They Baby Got Back dance was hilarious and so fun! They let their personalities shine through. {I have a secret obsession with Baby Got Back, so I was flipping out!}

... the styling! There is no way I could blog this wedding and not mention the amazing styling by Molly at Chancey Charm. Every thing was beautifully designed and let Ginny Rae and Brad's personality shine through every detail. It was a gorgeous wedding!! And everything went perfectly!

Thank you Ginny Rae and Brad for letting us be a part of your amazing and gorgeous wedding! Congratulations!!

Ginny Rae & Brad's Vendors:

Planning & Design // Chancey Charm Weddings Photographer // Kaitie Bryant Photography

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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Videography

We love talking to newly engaged couples! Couples often have a lot of the same questions. This is a short video that answers the top 5 frequently asked questions about wedding videography. The questions we cover are:

1. What is your style?
2. What are your prices?
3. What is a Feature Film?
4. How many cameras do you use?
5. Who will be filming my wedding?

This year we will be delivering a ton of content to you via videos. We will be answering questions, showing you behind the scenes and talking about our favorite gear. So, there will be a little bit for everyone. Stop by our blog frequently, follow us on Twitter, and fan us on Facebook to stay in the loop!

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Marcy & Chris | Atlanta Wedding

Marcy and Chris had an amazing wedding at The Reid Farm barn, north of Atlanta, in Cumming, Georgia. Everything was amazing: Marcy and Chris, all the details, their wedding party and their guests.

We loved …

... their "surprise" first look! Chris knew he and Marcy were going to have a "first look", but he thought it would the traditional "first look". However, Marcy wanted to catch Chris off guard. So, we carefully orchestrated with the photographers to have Marcy walk through the barn doors while Chris was having his photo made. It went perfect!! Chris was completely taken by surprise and was in awe of his beautiful bride!

... their walk down the aisle! Marcy entered the ceremony through barn doors, then slowly started walking. At the same time, Chris took her bouquet from the Maid of Honor and started walking towards her. As they met in the middle, he gave her the bouquet and they walked to the front together. I loved this moment! It was beautiful and symbolic of "we're always in this together ... side by side".

... their personalized details! They served various flavors of whoopie pies instead of cake. The guest favors were jars of Maine jelly (Marcy's from Maine) and a glass bottle Coke with peanuts (Chris is from Georgia). These were just a few of our favorite details.

... their Wedding Day Edit reaction! While we were filming all day, Matt was also editing a short film that we played at the reception. There are a lot of pieces of the puzzle that have to come together for a Wedding Day Edit to happen. I loved watching Marcy and Chris as they watched the film. To see Marcy and Chris laugh, cry, smile and whisper to each other as it played, made all of the planning so very worth it!

Take a moment to watch their Wedding Day Edit that was played at the reception.

Congratulations Marcy and Chris! We loved hanging out with you and getting to capture your wedding!!

Marcy & Chris's Vendors:

Venue // The Reid Barn Planning & Design // Signature Weddings and Events & Swoon Designs Photographer // Brita Photography - Brittany & Nick Florals // Bedazzled Flower Shop Bridal Gown Designer // Essense Bridal Gown Salon // Elite Bridal Makeup & Hair  // Rhonda McLain Invitations // Moore Custom Creations

5 Real Wedding Tips from The Five Year Engagement

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Several people over the past few weeks have mentioned the movie The Five-Year Engagement to us. Last week, we finally decided to watch it. We thought the movie was hilarious! I (Ashley) actually stayed awake during the whole movie. Which is rare, if we are watching it at night. I believe this movie is full of tips to apply to any engaged couple's life. The engagement period can be kind of weird. It begins on an emotional high. Two people who are madly in love decide to spend the rest of their life together. Then ... the wedding planning begins, everyone has an opinion on when/where/how, budgets are decided on and sometimes it can get a little complicated. So what are the the 5 things you  (the bride and groom) can learn from The Five-Year Engagement that will make your engagement and wedding less complicated.

1. Everyone will have an opinion on your wedding. Your parents, your friends, random people you meet in the grocery store ... they all will have an opinion of where or how you should plan your wedding. Listen to all of the advice given, especially from your parents, and then decide which advice fits into your vision for your wedding. If you and your fiance have your heart set on getting married outdoors, do not get married in a church because your parents pressured you into it. You should respect their opinion, but they also need to respect your decisions.

2. Don't compare your wedding to other people's weddings. When all of your friends are getting married at the same time, it's easy to begin comparing your wedding to theirs. Is their band better than yours? Should you have chosen a different location? Will people have fun at your wedding? Comparing your wedding to others and trying to win an invisible battle, will simply take the joy and excitement out of wedding planning and getting married. You must remember that your wedding is a reflection of you and your fiance and your love for each other. Your friends and family will love your wedding as long as you and your fiance are having fun and are happy. The energy for a wedding day is not dependent solely on the band, caterer or venue but comes from the bride and groom and their love for each other. The people who surround you are there for the sole reason of watching the two people they love get married.

3. Love will not always be easy. There are many conversations you should have before you get married, about future kids, goals, money, etc. But waiting until everything is "perfect" is not realistic. There will be many things you figure out along the way. Whether or not you should take a job, where to live, how to be a wife/husband, how to forgive and how to love unconditionally. Part of marriage is the pact that no matter what, you're in this together. I loved the quote from Violet (Emily Blunt),  "I don't think we can figure out all of our problems before we get married, ... but I promise you that I will just love you every step of the way."

4. Both the bride and groom should be a part of the planning. A wedding day should represent the bride and the groom and therefore both should be involved in the planning. The groom may not care exactly what flowers are chosen, but the location and band may be really important to him. Brides, make sure you include your future husband in the decisions and make it fun. Maybe he would do a great job choosing the wedding filmmaker, give him that task. Including him in the planning, also makes it a lot less stressful for you.

5. It's all about getting married. Ultimately at the end of the day your wedding is all about marrying the person you love more than anyone in the world. Do not get wrapped up in the little details. At the end of the day, it does not matter what centerpieces you decided on, the only thing that matters is the love between two people. Do not let wedding planning and details you saw on Pinterest, overshadow the most important part of the day ... that two people have fallen madly in love and want to spend the rest of their life together.

If you have not seen The Five-Year Engagement, it's a fun flick and you should check it out.

-Ashley

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