Wedding Cinematography Blog

Wedding Film :: Kelsey + Jason :: “So Easy & So Cool” :: Charleston, SC

 

All day, it was cloudy…. But the rain held off…. Until the worst possible moment…..

Everyone kept talking about how it looked like it was going to rain, but throughout the day, it all managed to stay away, which was great, because it allowed us to capture prep footage with Kelsey and Jason, Photos with the wedding party, and even an epic first look in downtown Charleston.

Everything was set up for the ceremony and all was going well.  Sure, people were preparing for the rain and it had sprinkled a little bit here and there, but we’d been lucky so far, so no worries.  Then it happened.  As everyone was lining up for the processional, it started to rain a little bit. No problem.  But then, by the time Kelsey and her father walked down the aisle, it had turned into a full-bore, no-mercy kind of rain.   The wedding coordinators sprang into action and started handing out umbrellas, and while most couples would have freaked out, I never saw Kelsey and Jason’s attitude damper. The whole time, they kept smiling and kept going.  The rain didn’t matter.  The officiant kept going, even making light of the situation, the guests kept smiling and Kelsey and Jason couldn’t be happier to be standing there with each other.  In fact, it even worked out perfectly for one of the lines in their vows, as you’ll see in the video. You really couldn’t have written a better line for Kelsey to say in that moment and everybody else even found the humor in the irony. Just watching this couple and seeing the way they looked at each other during their vows, despite the craziness going on was truly awesome.  As unexpected as the rain was, it really couldn’t have worked out in a more perfect way.

Of course, it stopped raining almost immediately as they began their recessional, because that’s how things work out sometimes :) But it paved the way for an amazing night for their reception.  Between the toasts and the dancing, it was one heck of a celebration for these two and we are so glad we were able to be a part of telling their story.    

Kelsey and Jason, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day.  Looking back on it has been such a joy and i hope the two of you enjoy reliving that day for years to come.

Bride: Kelsey Ruden
Groom: Jason Davis
Ceremony Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens – Charleston, SC
Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens – Charleston, SC
Bride Prep: The Nicholas Trott House – Charleston, SC
Groom Prep: The Restoration – Charleston, SC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Calli + Taylor :: “Passing the Edisto Test” :: Edisto Island, SC

As a father to four boys, I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand the father/daughter dynamic.  I’ve seen it hundreds of times while filming weddings, and t’s one of those beautiful things that I never get tired of seeing.  Some dads are nervous and quiet, some cry, some don’t show any emotion at all… But it’s something that we always try to capture since it’s such an important part of the day.  Calli’s dad did it right.  During his speech, he held it together most of the time… Until it came time to talk to Calli.  The minute we heard his speech at the reception, we knew we wanted to build their wedding film around his words.  Not only did he give an amazing tribute to his daughter, but he welcomed Taylor into the family with open arms and made sure Taylor knew how much he appreciated the love he has shown for his daughter since the time they met.

It was the perfect way to cap off an already amazing wedding day.  From the prep and beautiful scenery at Cassina Point Plantation to the wedding ceremony at Edisto Island Presbyterian Church, it was an absolutely perfect day for Calli and Taylor…. although a little hot for October!  Edisto Island has a huge history with Calli’s family, which you’ll soon see in the video, so it means even more that they were able to share the experience with all of their friends and family on their wedding day in one of their favorite places that holds such an important place in their family history.

Calli and Taylor, thank you so much for letting us be a part of telling your story.  We had so much fun at your wedding and we hope you enjoy re-living this beautiful day for many years to come.

Bride: Calli Lawson
Groom: Taylor Santifort
Ceremony Venue: The Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island – Edisto Island, SC
Reception Venue: Cassina Point Plantation – Edisto Island, SC
Wedding Photographer: Jenna Marie Weddings – Charleston, SC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Megan + Colton :: “My Hand, My Heart, and My Love” :: Charleston, SC

 

This wedding might have been a LITTLE emotional :) 

The thing we love most about weddings is that our films are literally a blank canvas when we start filming and we are able to let the couples and their friends and family guide us in the direction the film needs to go.  Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry.. It all just depends on the day.  For Megan and Colton… We definitely had a clear vision on where we needed to go with this film. 

From Megan and Colton’s vows to each other to the speeches given by their friends and family, everyone, and I mean everyone was in tears at some point throughout the day.  Megan and Colton have a truly amazing story and have been through so much and having them tell their story during their ceremony was absolutely beautiful.  

It didn’t stop there though.  Their friends and family absolutely nailed their toasts and told such poignant stories about Colton and Megan and their relationship.  It really made for a moving and emotional day for everyone from start to finish.  After their toasts and dinner, they spent the rest of the evening celebrating with their friends and family at Boone Hall Plantation before making their exit into the night.

Megan and Colton, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day.  You had such and amazing story, filled with so much emotion and we appreciate you inviting us to capture the memories.

Bride: Megan Douglas
Groom: Colton Spross
Ceremony Venue: Boone Hall Plantation – Charleston, SC
Reception Venue: Boone Hall Plantation – Charleston, SC
Wedding Planner: Beautiful Bride Events – Charleston, SC
Wedding Photographer: Jolie Connor – Charleston, SC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Spencer + Kristen :: ” Most Certain Thing I’ve Ever Known” :: Asheville, NC

 

Kristen and Spencer were married at the Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, NC.  It was a fantastic wedding celebration with Spencer and Kristen surrounded by their friends and family.

Before their ceremony, Kristen and Spencer decided to do a first look, which meant we were able to capture some great photos of the two of them together before the ceremony.  We decided to drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway to get some photos and video of the two of them and that led to a very memorable encounter with a baby bear when he decide to wonder out of the woods, just feet away from where we were filming Kristen and Spencer.  Definitely not something you see every day!  After that, we headed back to Biltmore Forest Country Club for their ceremony.

One of our favorite parts of Kristen and Spencer’s wedding was their vows.  They wrote their own vows to share with one another and each of them had their own unique approach to telling their story.  It was a nice blend of laughter and serious, sentimental moments that made for some really awesome dialog for us to use in their film.  Combine that with the toasts their friends and family gave at the reception and you have some really memorable speeches about their life and love for each other. It all just came together perfectly to make for one amazing day for the two of them.

Kristen and Spencer, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day.  We had so much fun being with you and your friends and family and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of sharing your story.

Bride: Kristen Jackson
Groom: Spencer Almy
Ceremony Venue: Biltmore Forest Country Club – Asheville, NC
Reception Venue: Biltmore Forest Country Club – Asheville, NC
Wedding Planner: Events For You – Asheville, NC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Danielle + Jacob :: “Always Remember to Love and Laugh” :: Greenville, SC

 

You really couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day for this couple.  The weather was perfect, the setting was beautiful, the guests were awesome… From start to finish, it was the most ideal day any bride could have ever hoped for.

Danielle and Jacob were married in the Larkin’s courtyard in downtown Greenville and it was quite the ceremony.  Danielle Baker always does a terrific job as officiant in making every ceremony personal and feel special and this time was no different.  As she read their letters to each other that they had written beforehand, there was a complete mixture of laughter and tears in the crowd.  It was a perfect testimony to the type of relationship Danielle and Jacob have.  You could see it even more during their reception when their friends and family got up to deliver their speeches. As everyone told their stories about Danielle and Jacob and how they were impacted by their relationship, it gave you a unique glimpse into the type of people they are and the love they have for each other.

They finished the day off with Steel Toe Stiletto bringing the house down at the reception.  It was a tremendous celebration with all of their friends and family and a great way to end their wedding day.

We are so thankful that we got to be a part of sharing this amazing story with everyone.  Such a great group of people and we hope you enjoy reliving the day as much as we have!

Bride: Danielle Car
Groom: Jacob Brown
Ceremony Venue: Larkin’s Courtyard – Greenville, SC
Reception Venue: Larkin’s – Shirley Roe Cabaret Room – Greenville, SC
Wedding Planner: Amanda Cox Weddings – Greenville, SC
Officiant:Danielle Baker – The Wedding Lady – Greenville, SC
Reception Entertainment: Steel Toe Stiletto – Greenville, SC
Hair & Makeup: Cotton Rouge – Greenville, SC
Wedding Photographer: Red Apple Tree Photography – Greenville, SC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Mika + Emily :: “The Best Ride Ever” :: Magnolia Plantation :: Charleston, SC

 

Man, we loved this wedding.  It literally had it all.  From the beautiful church location to the epic reception at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, it couldn’t have been a more perfect setting. As if that wasn’t enough, Mika and Emily were surrounded by their friends and family at the reception, and there, they were treated to some very emotional speeches given by those that know and love them the most. 

As we were sitting there filming all of the speeches, we looked around the room multiple times and noticed there were very few dry eyes in the room.  It’s such a great testament to their relationship and the love they have for each other when you hear so many people getting up and telling story after story about them and their relationship. It was really amazing and I’m so glad we were there to capture them so we could feature some of those speeches in their highlights film.

Emily and Mika were such a special couple and we had so much fun hanging out with them and their friends and family all day. From the time we arrived to film their prep until the time we left, we didn’t stop smiling… and as you can see in the highlights film, we weren’t the only ones!

Emily and Mika, thank you again for inviting us to capture your day.  We had such a great time and hope you enjoy reliving the day through your highlights film.

Bride: Emily Boren
Groom: Mika Alexoudis
Ceremony Venue: Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity – Charleston, SC
Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens – Charleston, SC
Wedding Planner: Cruz Coordination – Charleston, SC
Wedding Photographer: Cameron Faye Photography – Charlotte, NC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Jeff + Lala :: “Deeper & Surer” :: Biltmore Estate :: Asheville, NC

 

Jeff and Lala’s wedding on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate was nothing short of breathtaking.  The entire day we were laughing and having fun with Jeff, Lala, their friends and their family. 

We always love when a couple decides to do a first look on the day of their wedding, but this one definitely took the cake.  Their photographer, Jill, found the perfect location near the Inn on Biltmore Estate that had the most amazing view of the mountains surrounding the area.  Despite the overcast day, it was a beautiful moment watching Jeff and Lala as they had a private moment seeing each other for the first time.

After that, we headed down to the Biltmore Estate for some photos with their wedding party and we took full advantage of the views and the estate grounds. Of course, their ceremony and reception at the Lioncrest was the perfect culmination of their day.  Surrounded by their friends and family, Lala and Jeff said their vows before spending the rest of the evening celebrating their new life together, surrounded by the people that love them most.

Lala and Jeff, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your day.  We are so happy with how your highlights film turned out and hope you enjoy reliving the day for years to come.

Bride: Lala Zhang
Groom: Jeff Garmon
Ceremony Venue: Lioncrest at the Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC
Reception Venue: Lioncrest at the Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC
Wedding Planner: Mary Bell Events – Asheville, NC
Photographer: Realities Photography – (View Photos Set 1 || View Photos Set 2) – Asheville, NC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Brittany + Alex :: “Marriage is a Gift” :: Bluffton, SC

 

From the time I first met Brittany and Alex during a site visit at their house on Belfair Plantation and they treated me to BLTs at their house, I knew these two would be a fantastic couple.

They picked one of the most beautiful locations in the lowcountry for their wedding.  The setup on Belfair Plantation couldn’t be more perfect.  With their ceremony location overlooking the water and rental houses just beside their ceremony location, the entire day couldn’t have gone better.

One of the things I remember most vividly from their ceremony was the officiant.  When we were putting together their wedding film, we had so much great content from their ceremony because their officiant simply nailed it.  Hands down one of the best wedding messages we have ever heard.

Of course, the day didn’t stop there.  After the ceremony, we all went to the entrance of the plantation and took sunset footage under the old moss covered oak trees.  The time we had with Alex and Brittany under the trees at sunset was simply gorgeous.  Then came the reception.  From the time the speeches ended, the party didn’t stop. Their band kept the party going all night long until the big finale….. A huge fireworks display over the water.  You simply couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

Brittany and Alex, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day.  We are so happy to share your wedding film with you and your friends and hope you enjoy reliving the day as much as we have!

Bride: Brittany Howse
Groom: Alex King
Ceremony Venue: Belfair Plantation – Bluffton, SC
Reception Venue: Belfair Plantation – Bluffton, SC
Wedding Planner: Beth Baldwin – Hilton Head, SC
Photographer: Kenzie Shores – (View Photos) – St. Petersburg, FL
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC

Wedding Teaser Film :: Megan + Colton :: Charleston, SC

We spent this pas Friday in Charleston at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation with some pretty incredible people.  This is a teaser film we created for their wedding.  Be sure to check back soon for their full highlights film.

Wedding Highlights Film :: Kate + Lukas :: “Stories of the Past, Dreams for the Future” :: Salem, SC

 

I think it goes without saying that Kate was one of the happiest brides we have ever worked with.  It was evident on the day of the wedding, but as soon as we got back and started editing their footage, it became very clear.  We were hard pressed to find any footage throughout the day that she wasn’t smiling.  And with a wedding as amazing as hers, it is clear to see why.

Kate and Lukas had a very intimate backyard wedding at the Hettinger home in Salem, SC. With the lake as their backdrop, Kate and Lukas said their vows in front of their friends and family. You really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting.  After that, their friends and family followed them to the Keowee Key Country Club for the wedding reception. Allie and her team at I Do did an amazing job making sure the reception area was absolutely perfect.  It was truly a stunning celebration as Lukas and Kate spent the rest of the evening celebrating their new marriage with their friends and family.

Be sure to check out their video.  I bet you can’t get through it without smiling :) 

Bride: Kate Hettinger
Groom: Lukas Grob
Wedding Planner: I Do Wedding Planning, Coordinating & Consulting – Greenville, SC
Wedding Venue: Hettinger Family Home – Salem, SC
Wedding Reception: Keowee Key Country Club – Salem, SC
Reception Entertainment: Collective Music Solutions – Greenville, SC
Wedding Videographer: Artifice Films – Greenville, SC