Wedding Cinematography Blog

Wedding Highlights Film :: Elliot + Chara :: “For the Rest of Time” :: Biltmore Estate :: Asheville NC

Elliot and Chara’s wedding was simply amazing. They were married at the Lioncrest at Deerpark on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC. Even though there was an overcast for most of the day, we managed to hold off the rain and have their beautiful ceremony.

Chara and Elliot spent the morning in downtown Asheville with their friends and family while they were doing their prep. This is always a fun time for us to capture, because the bride and groom are so excited about their day and have so much fun with the people around them. We had a great time spending the day with them and laughed quite often with everyone.

Once the ceremony started, the emotion started pouring over every one. From the moment Chara walked down the aisle and Elliot caught a glimpse of her, you knew the ceremony was going to be full of emotion. The vows that the two of them read to each other were some of the most heartfelt emotional words we have heard. As we looked around, everyone in the crowd was completely in the moment with them and it was a truly awesome sight to see. Needless to say, it was a memorable event that we were so thankful to be a part of.

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Bride: Chara Dubin
Groom: Elliot Calhoun
Ceremony Location: Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC
Reception Location: Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Brittany + Drake :: “Yours, and Only Yours” :: Isle of Palms, SC

Brittany and Drake had an amazing wedding at The Citadel Beach Club at Isle of Palms, SC. The weather was perfect all day and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting. They decided to rent a beach house close to the wedding venue where they did all of their prep with their friends and family. It gave us a great time to capture Brittany and Drake enjoying the day with their friends and also gave us a chance to spend time getting to know their friends and family and we had a great time hanging out with all of them.

Their ceremony was beautiful and it definitely gave us a great time to bring the drone out to capture some aerial footage of their wedding location. All of this was made even more special when Brittany and Drake broke out their own wedding vows and began speaking them to each other. It was a seriously moving experience and there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen. It just goes to show that when you throw 2 people madly in love with each other into a beautiful setting and they have the freedom to exchange vows in their own words, magic can really happen.

Brittany and Drake, thank you for letting us be a part of your beautiful wedding. Be sure to watch their video below and leave a comment for them if you enjoyed the video

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Bride: Brittany Eubanks
Groom: Drake Enloe
Ceremony Location: The Citadel Beach Club – Isle of Palms / Charleston, SC
Reception Location: The Citadel Beach Club – Isle of Palms / Charleston, SC
Photographer: Linda Conner Photography – Spartanburg, SC

Same Day Edit with Bride and Groom Reaction :: Carter + Ellison :: Sea Island, GA

Back in January, we had the opportunity to create our very first Same Day Edit for Carter and Ellison’s wedding in Sea Island, Georgia.  Since then, we have had a lot of interest in Same Day Edits, especially from people wondering what the benefits of having a Same Day Edit might be. The special thing with Carter and Ellison’s Same Day Edit was that it was a total surprise for them. Their parents decided to have us do the Same Day Edit without them knowing. The plan was to have everyone gather on the lawn near the beach at the end of their reception to watch the Same Day Edit just before an amazing fireworks show.

As the time neared, we set up everything on the lawn and had it ready to play. As soon as we pressed play, I stood to the side and just watched the crowd’s reaction while the video played. The amazing thing for me was watching Carter and Ellison’s reaction as they realized what was going on. We purposefully structured their video to start off with the rehearsal dinner the night before and then flow into the wedding day just so they would be shocked to see just how far we were able to show into their wedding day. Every time a new segment would play, there were gasps from the crowd… The aerial footage of the wedding day played, the crowd gasped… the vows played, the crowd gasped… The ceremony footage played, the crowd gasped… The reception footage played, the crowd gasped. It was an amazing experience to be there to witness not only Carter and Ellison’s reaction, but also the reaction of their friends and family.

Most importantly, I watched as Carter and Ellison enjoyed reliving their day in that moment. I watched as all of the emotion of the day came back to Carter and Ellison and it was honestly a moment I will never forget.

Below is a video we created to show people just why Same Day Edits are worth the investment. We shot Carter and Ellison’s reaction to the video as the video played that night and put it side by side with their Same Day Edit so you can see what they saw. You can see the emotions from the day coming back to them. It was truly an awesome moment and I am so glad we had the chance to share this time with them.

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Bride: Carter Harrison
Groom: Ellison Glenn
Event Designers & Planners: Walton Events – Charlotte, NC
Photographer: Jarrad Lister Photography – Greenville, SC
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Frederica Boat House – Sea Island, GA
Welcome Party Location: Bennie’s Red Barn – Sea Island, GA
Ceremony Location: Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica – St Simons Island, GA
Reception Location: Sea Island Beach Club – Sea Island, GA
Event Lighting: Get Lit – Charlotte, NC

Same Day Edit :: Carter + Ellison :: “No Time at All” :: Sea Island GA

In 2010, when I started this company after leaving the TV Show, “One Tree Hill,” there was one thing that completely eluded me. Back then, we heard rumblings of wedding cinematographers doing these things called “Same Day Edits” where they would shoot your wedding day and have the video ready to view by the end of the reception. At the time, I couldn’t fathom being able to pull something like that off, but I knew at the time it was something I wanted us to strive for and work towards and that day finally came with this wedding.

For starters, we did have a little bit of a head start on the Same Day Edit since they brought us in to town to cover the Rehearsal Dinner. Since they weren’t planning on having any speeches at the Reception, we made the decision to pull Ellison’s speech from the rehearsal dinner because he nailed it and it gave us the perfect bookend to the film. Everything past that moment was shot the day of the wedding. When we first talked with the event planner for this wedding, Walton Events, we knew this wedding was going to be unlike anything we had done before. They literally pulled out all the stops on this wedding and it was incredible to say the least. After talking with them a few times, they told us Carter’s parents were interested in doing a Same Day Edit as a surprise for Carter and Ellison. The plan was to have everything ready by 10:30 that night and show the video out on the beach just before their fireworks finale. Knowing this was a surprise to Carter and Ellison just pumped us up even more. This video also featured the debut of our drone camera for aerial footage. We worked weeks in advance to set everything up and have it ready for this wedding and we were able to incorporate some of our drone footage into the Same Day Edit as well which we feel added an even bigger “Wow” factor.

When we entered the planning phase for this wedding, we decided to call in our friend Lee Morton from Clickspark in Baltimore. We met Lee a year ago when we went to film in Baltimore for Steve and Meg. He was a friend of theirs and we had a great time talking to him and getting to know him. When we left Baltimore, Lee was just beginning his wedding cinematography business and now he has grown it into one of the best, so we figured what better time for a reunion than this wedding. Kent and Lee handled the shooting that day while I set up an editing station at the reception venue and we began a constant unloading of footage from cameras to computer. One of the biggest decisions we had to make was where to cut off the shooting for the Same Day Edit. Originally our plan was to end all filming for the edit just after the First Dances. However, after talking with Carter and Walton Events, we decided to include some dancing in the edit as well. Carter had told us that the one thing she was most excited about for her wedding was seeing all of her friends together in one place. Her guests were literally there from all over the United States, so we talked with Kelly and Kristen with Walton Events and they too agreed that it would be awesome to have some footage of the guests dancing at the reception in the video. And that is just what we did. Just before our cutoff time, we were able to load footage of them dancing into the edit and it was the perfect way to end the video. Hands down one of our most memorable experiences.

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Bride: Carter Harrison
Groom: Ellison Glenn
Event Designers & Planners: Walton Events – Charlotte, NC
Photographer: Jarrad Lister Photography – Greenville, SC
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Frederica Boat House – Sea Island, GA
Welcome Party Location: Bennie’s Red Barn – Sea Island, GA
Ceremony Location: Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica – St Simons Island, GA
Reception Location: Sea Island Beach Club – Sea Island, GA
Event Lighting: Get Lit – Charlotte, NC

Wedding Film :: Kent + Natalie :: “Laying the Foundation” :: Moore SC

2013 was a banner year for all of us here at Artifice Films. We got to tell some amazing stories, meet awesome people and visit some pretty incredible places. But, I think it is safe to say that one of us had a more eventful year than others. Kent has been here since the beginning and this past November, he decided that after years of filming weddings, it was finally time to have one of his own.

In Kent’s “other” life, he sells dental supplies and that is how he and Natalie met. She worked for a dentist and one day when Kent went to call on that dentist, Natalie began talking to Kent about a dental supply called a “245 carbine bur” that they were having issues with. Kent took care of the issue and they never thought much more about it. Then, 8 months later when Kent was making a routine trip to Home Depot, he happened to see Natalie and her son there. They talked and the rest is history. The cool thing about this is that for a wedding gift for Natalie during their first look, Kent gave her a #245 carbide bur” that he had placed on a necklace and gave it to her since that is where their story began.

Kent and Natalie decided to have their ceremony on land that Kent’s family owns. They knew it would be beautiful in November and they were right. Month and months of planning and preparation went into making the farm land suitable for a wedding venue. Every last detail was planned and Kent being the “do-it-yourselfer” was making last minute site preparations right up until the day of the wedding. The result was a stunning wedding held on the land where Kent and Natalie hope to build a house one day. Everything about the day was perfect. Even though the rain started to creep in, it held off pretty much the entire day and they were able to have the ceremony they had dreamed about.

A great thing about being in the wedding business is that you get the opportunity to “borrow” ideas from weddings you work and you also get to meet a lot of vendors. Kent and Natalie took a lot of ideas from weddings we have shot over the last 4 years and put them into his wedding. If you’re a former bride, there is a chance you may see an idea from your wedding here. Not only that, but when it came time to select a photographer, Kent was able to dig all the way back to a wedding we shot in 2011 and find the photographer that we worked with in Delaware on that wedding. It was nice having a reunion with our friend Hooman from Vesic Photography who always makes sure a wedding day is full of fun.

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Bride: Natalie McCall
Groom: Kent Chastain
Ceremony Location: Poplar Springs Angus Farm – Moore, SC
Reception Location: Poplar Springs Angus Farm – Moore, SC

Wedding Highlights Film :: Jeff + Kathryn :: “You and Me Against the World” :: Asheville NC

Kathryn and Jeff had a beautiful ceremony at The Farm near Asheville, NC. Even though the entire day was a struggle with the weather, in the end, Kathryn and Jeff won and they were able to enjoy their beautiful wedding outdoors as planned. This video is one of our favorites, because it shows Kathryn and Jeff’s personality throughout the day. We had such a great time getting to know their family and wedding party throughout the day and needless to say, this was hands down one of our favorite golf outings to film; so much fun. By the end of the day, we had laughed and loved so much with these two and I am so glad that the joy of their wedding day came through in the video. These two love adventures and you can easily see this is a great start to a new adventure in their lives.

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Bride: Kathryn Ferchau
Groom: Jeff Knotts
Wedding Planner: Occasions By Emily – Asheville, NC
Ceremony Location: The Farm – Asheville, NC
Reception Location: The Farm – Asheville, NC
Photographer: Jennifer Stuart Photography – (View Photos) – Greenville, SC

Wedding Film :: JT + Angela :: “#bestweddingever” :: Chicago IL

As you would imagine, there is indeed a story to go along with the title of this wedding highlights film. As you will see, Angela and J.T. had quite the wedding party. It was literally one of the craziest groups of people we have ever been around and they kept the laughs coming all day long. One of the running jokes throughout the day was the deliberate overuse of hashtags in general conversation.  So, in keeping with that tradition, we decided to give the wedding highlights film a name that followed that trend.

We love having the opportunity to travel and Chicago is one of our favorite cities to visit. Every time we are there we have a great time and J.T. and Angela’s wedding was no exception. Their day was one of the most entertaining we have been a part of in a very long time. One of the best things about their wedding was that since Chicago was such an important part of their lives, they really wanted to showcase the city in their pictures and film. They had an early ceremony in the city and following that, they got on board a bus with their wedding party and we spent the next 3 hours going to various locations throughout Chicago capturing J.T and Angela at some of their favorite landmarks. It was truly an adventure we will never forget. When you couple all of that with their beautiful ceremony, the insane party they had at their reception and their unforgettable wedding party, you have a very memorable event and we are so excited to share the highlights with everyone.

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Bride: Angela Lorusso
Groom: Josh Thomas
Ceremony Location: St. Josaphat Parish – Chicago, IL
Reception Location: Venuti’s – Chicago, IL
Photographer: Peter Coombs Photography – Chicago, IL
Hair: Marlee Maddock – Chicago, IL
Reception Entertainment: Diamond Event Group – Chicago, IL

Wedding Film :: Anna + Kevin :: “Milk, Eggs, String Cheese…” :: Grace Church :: Greenville SC

know we say that we work with the greatest couples all the time, but honestly, it’s true. We love the fact we get to work with so many amazing couples and Anna and Kevin are no exception. They are truly a prime example of how to make a wedding a celebration of your relationship.

Anna and Kevin have a great story. To make it short, Anna and Kevin met and dated and then decided to take time away from each other, then realized they were truly meant to be with each other, got back together, dated some more and then got married. While most couples would choose to ignore the “time apart” they had in their relationship, Anna and Kevin made a decision to talk about how important that time was in their lives and how that time helped strengthen their relationship and their love for each other. Hearing personalized vows from Kevin and Anna make me realize just how much we love doing what we do. We love capturing raw moments of emotion like Kevin and Anna showed during their ceremony. We also love the fact that they honored their relationship, but didn’t take themselves too seriously during the ceremony. Things like this are what make for memorable weddings and I am so glad we were on hand to capture everything.

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Bride: Anna Baughman
Groom: Kevin Lominac
Ceremony Location: Grace Church Downtown – Greenville, SC
Reception Location: Larkin’s Sawmill – Greenville, SC
Photographer: Aperture Vision Photography – Greenville, SC – (View Pictures)
Makeup: Shantel the Makeup Artist – Greenville, SC
Hair: Kassie Gage from Parlour Nouveau – Greenville, SC
Ceremony Musicians: Sullivan Family Singers
Reception Entertainment: DJ EZ – Anderson, SC

Wedding Film :: Ben + Marie :: “The Full Weight of the Word” :: Spartanburg, SC

Where do we even begin with Ben and Marie’s wedding?  Their wedding was insane from the start. There were so many details, so many amazing speeches and so much love being shared that day and we are so glad we were on hand to capture everything.

Ben is the lead vocalist in The Delta Saints and Marie is a Singer / Songwriter. Both of them live in Nashville, TN, but decided to travel back to Marie’s hometown in South Carolina to have their wedding at the Hines family home. It is a beautiful home overlooking the lake and Marie and Ben knew just how to take advantage of the setting to make everything perfect.

Marie spent weeks making sure the smallest details of her wedding were just right. In fact, she actually made a ton of the small details you see in her film herself. From the gold painted books she used on the tables at their reception to the flags for her photos. She even documented a lot of it on her Instagram, which you should follow if you’re not.

Despite all of the beauty surrounding their wedding and the amazing speeches given by their family and friends, the one thing that completely blew us away from their wedding was their vows. True, they are songwriters and creatives at heart, but nothing could prepare us for the words they said to each other. Literally, it was one of those ‘epic’ moments and I am glad we were there to capture it so they can relive it for years to come.

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Bride: Marie Hines
Groom: Ben Ringel
Wedding Coordinator: Events By Haley – Greenville, SC
Ceremony Location: Hines Family Home – Spartanburg, SC
Reception Location: Hines Family Home – Spartanburg, SC
Photographer: Melissa Madison Fuller – Nashville, TN
Ceremony Musician: Nashville String Quartet – Nashville, TN
Ceremony Musician: Holley Maher – Nashville, TN
Cocktail Hour Musicians: The Westbound Rangers – Nashville, TN
Reception DJ: Ben Hines, Jr – Clemson, SC

Highlights Film Music: Steve Moakler – “Thing About Us” – Used with Special Permission from Steve Moakler.
Highlights Film Music: Tony Anderson – “The Father’s Heart” – Officially Licensed from The Music Bed

Wedding Highlights Film :: Steve + Meg :: “Someday Has Arrived” :: Baltimore MD

A lot of times, brides ask us our opinions on whether or not they should have a “First Look” the day of the wedding. Our answer is always a resounding YES! This wedding film is the prime example of why we always recommend a couple having a first look. When you watch the video, pay attention to Steve’s expression change when he sees Meg for the first time. It is literally night and day and I can honestly say that is a moment he will remember forever. In all the years we have been shooting weddings, I can honestly say that we have rarely seen a groom respond the same way when he sees the bride for the first time walking down the aisle. There is just something about seeing each other alone before the ceremony that allows you to let your guard down and truly enjoy your time together.

Steve and Meg were married at Celebrations at the Bay in Pasadena, Maryland, which is just outside of Baltimore. It is a beautiful venue with a picturesque view overlooking the bay which provided an amazing backdrop for the ceremony and our post ceremony footage. Before the ceremony, Meg spent the morning at her house getting ready with her family and bridesmaids. While we were there, we noticed an old record player which had been in Meg’s family for years. Her dad took some time to show us how it worked and we were immediately enthralled, which is when the ring shot idea was born.

Meanwhile, Steve was on the other side of town with his groomsmen. We headed over there to capture Steve and his best man putting up signs near the venue before heading back to the house to begin getting ready for the ceremony. Times like this, I wish I could make highlight videos 10 minutes long, because Steve and his groomsmen provided enough comedy to fill the video, but alas, it will have to wait for the wedding film, which we cannot wait to share (Trust us, it will be worth the wait.)

A huge thanks goes to Lee Morton over at Clickspark Films. Lee was on hand to help us out a lot the day of the wedding and he helped us capture the amazing ring shot (which took numerous takes to capture correctly, but it was worth it) shown in this video.

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Ceremony Location: Celebrations at the Bay – Pasadena, MD
Reception Location: Celebrations at the Bay – Pasadena, MD
Photographer: Aaron Haslinger Photography – Baltimore, MD
Entertainment: Event Entertainment – Baltimore, MD