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Amber & James // City View Wedding

Amber & James // City View Wedding

Amber and James's wedding was so sweet and personal! Amber and James were so focused on each other all day. Their love is so genuine and caring! It was awesome to be a part of their perfect day. 

The day began at the church where they met at a small group. The night ended overlooking downtown Birmingham from The Club. It was absolutely beautiful! 

Here is a little insight from Amber and James ... 

{Amber} My wedding day was the most special and wonderful day of my life.  I was so happy to be marrying James and so happy to be surrounded by family and friends that I love.  The day started early, with my bridesmaids and I getting ready at the church.  Everything went very smoothly throughout the day.  I had a first look with my dad (I cried), and a first look with James. We took pictures and before long it was time for the ceremony to begin.  

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What were the most memorable moments from your wedding day? 

{Amber} There are several moments that were so special and wonderful.  When my dad and I started down the aisle, I saw everyone at the church, smiling at me, so happy for me.  All these people I loved that loved James and me.  For a minute I almost cried, I was so overwhelmed and happy.  It was a little bit of heaven in that moment.  

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{James} Waiting to see Amber for the first time.  My back was turned and I could hear her dress sliding on the floor, as my heart raced in anticipation.  It was a special and quiet moment between me and her, before the rush began.  

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What personal touches made your ceremony extra special?

{Amber} James brother-in-law, Wes Gunn, officiated the ceremony and he did a wonderful job.  He made the ceremony very personable, telling how we met, our first date, and the qualities we valued in each other.  The audience laughed and cried. I had a guest tell me it was just so much fun to be a part of that ceremony.  The advice he gave us was also valuable.  

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What were your favorite parts of the reception?

{Amber} The reception at The Club was beautiful!  The weather was perfect and the view was spectacular.  I could have stayed there forever.  I loved talking with everyone that came to the wedding.  We left The Club being showered with rose petals and drove off in James's uncle's 1957 Chevy Bel Air.  

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{Amber} I loved our first dance.  We had taken a few dancing lessons before and had been practicing.  It was something special for the two of us, but surrounded by all our close friends and family.  The wedding party cheered us on, impressed by our dance moves.  It was so much fun.

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{James} I loved our wedding party introductions.  My best man and I wrote them the day before.  It highlighted the wedding party and gave the guests a chance to know a little bit more about each of them in a fun and entertaining way.

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Tell us about finding your perfect wedding dress. 

{Amber} I took my mom and cousin (Maid of Honor) with me to two places and my closest friend with me to another.  I found "my dress" when I was with my friend, Celeste.  I brought back my cousin to see it, and then brought back my mom, to get all of their opinions.  I loved trying on wedding dresses.  I felt so beautiful in them. The dress I choose had lace, "bling", and fit me perfectly. 

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What heirlooms did you use in your wedding?

{Amber} Yes, my grandfather's fraternity pin.  He passed away when my mother was a child.  All of his daughters and now granddaughters have worn this pin in their weddings.  

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Why did you decide on doing a First Look?

{Amber} We wanted to do pictures beforehand.  It was a special and quiet moment we could share together.  I think it calmed our nerves as well.

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What was the biggest challenge to overcome while planning your wedding?

think both of us working full time (and sometimes more) it was difficult to plan and get everything done.  For example, we did our wedding registry after work several nights, staying at the stores until they closed. 

What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding?

Don't stress about every detail.  The wedding will be beautiful regardless and everything will fall into place.  I think one of the best decisions I made was to hire a wedding planner.  It took so much of the stress off me, especially on the wedding day, and I was able to enjoy it.  

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What's next for you?

We are looking forward to this journey together, experiencing life as a team.  We want the Lord to be the center of our family and we want this marriage above all to glorify Him.  We look forward to being together, supporting each other, and one day starting a family of our own.

Congratulations Amber and James! We're so excited for you!! 

Those who helped make Amber and James's day perfect ...

Ceremony Venue: Palisades Church of Christ // Reception Venue: The Club in Birmingham, Alabama // Photographer: Stacy Richardson Photography // Planner: Two Hearts Weddings, Rachel Grammer // Florist: KG Designs // Band: Standard Time Jazz Combo // Caterer: The Club // Cake: Magnificent Cakes // Bridal Salon: Bridal Bliss // Dress Designer: Kenneth Winston // Menswear: Mr. Burch Formal Wear 

Molly & John // Georgia Wedding Film

Molly & John // Georgia Wedding Film

We were so excited when we heard Molly and John were getting married! We had the privilege of being a part of her sister's wedding and loved their family. We knew Molly and John's wedding would be beautiful, fun and laid-back, and it was all of those! The day was a perfect Georgia spring day. You know within moments of seeing Molly and John together, that they fit together perfectly! They saw each other for the first time at Molly's family's property. The Sandpit was the perfect backdrop to get shots of them together. 

Here is a little insight into the day from Molly and John ... 

{John} The day was perfect--I'd never seen a day so wonderful in my life. The weather was sunny--not too hot and not too humid. There was a calm breeze flowing at the sandpit and at the farm, but the most beautiful part of the day was the evening as the sun radiated on the flat farmlands and pierced the silent windows of the little country church where the ceremony was held. I was nervous up until meeting Molly, but after our first look didn't ever want to leave her side. 

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{John & Molly} Walking into a church filled with the dearest people in my life and Jim Hamlin talking about the people 'in attendance' whom we couldn't see--watching over us and saying prayers for us. I didn't feel scared or afraid of what I was about to do, but rather felt bold and alive. 

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{John & Molly} Having our family, nearest and dearest friends and loved ones there with us while we took the next step. We didn't have an extremely long guest list--we were selective right up until the week of the wedding.

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{John & Molly} Jim, the pastor, spoke the traditional vows, and John's cousin, Mary Grace, read from Ephesians 4:4-6 (THE MESSAGE). We thought the scripture reflected on our desire to be knit together in 'oneness'. On Molly's bouquet, she carried her late Grandfather's American flag pin. Also, she wore a bracelet that her Grandmother passed down to her from Molly's great-grandmother. 

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{John} Picking the 'specifics' (food, drinks, games, band, decorations) for the ceremony and reception took alot of work for both Molly and I. We wanted our guests to have a great time and not to worry about anything.

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{John & Molly) We worked on a 'mashup' dance between "You are the best thing" and "Locked out of heaven" up until our wedding day. We wanted our guests to realize our love for each other was strong, but we still knew how to 'break it down'. The Band was fantastic. There wasn't a single song from the Bride and Groom dances to the closing number that guests weren't crowding the floor, the whiskey bar or the fun 'photo booth'.

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What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
Enjoy the process, especially the day of your wedding. Don't fight at the registry counter--you'll have plenty of time to return your gifts later. 

Molly and John are looking forward to building their lives together and living in the everyday moments! Congratulations Molly and John! We loved celebrating with all of you! Thank you for trusting us. 

Ceremony Venue: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church // Reception Venue: The Cotton Barn @ Pineola Farms // Photographer: Ashlee Culverhouse Photo // Planner: Delise Knight @ Pineola Farms // Band: ATL Groove Factory Band // Florist: Delise Knight @ Pineola Farms

*Note: All images above are screenshots from their video.

Cassie & Michael // Dancing Under The Stars

Cassie & Michael // Dancing Under The Stars

It all began when Cassie and Michael went to lunch with a group of friends after church. Michael was talking about washing his car and Cassie asked him if he would wash hers too. Michael countered her offer by saying he'd wash it in exchange for ice cream since Cassie worked at Bruster's. In the end, it was a win for everyone! Cassie had a clean car, Michael got ice cream, and they both started their "Once upon a time." They have spent time together every day since that night, even when it had to be through Skype or a phone call! Enjoy their film and read about their favorite moments below. 

{Cassie} The most important details were the person I married and the date of the wedding. The date was very important to me, because it would have been my daddy's 55th birthday. The location was special, because I have experienced a several major life events in that room. I stood on that stage when I received my high school diploma, when I sad goodbye to my daddy at his funeral, and when I said my vows to my husband. 

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{Michael} The most memorable moment, of course, was watching my beautiful bride walk down the aisle to meet with me and begin our lives together. At that moment, nothing else mattered to me. 

{Cassie} I felt extremely nervous and excited as I walked down the aisle. I was so scared of everyone looking at me, but I was couldn't wait to marry my best friend! 

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{Cassie} The red rose in my bouquet was the closest thing to having my daddy walk me down the aisle, because it contains his ashes. Several people offered to walk with me, but that was my daddy's honor. I couldn't let anyone take his place. 

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{Cassie} Some of my favorite moments were dancing with my husband in the dark just moments after we said our vows, telling McKenna that she is officially my niece, dancing beneath floating lanterns, and riding in a beautiful Cinderella carriage. 

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{Cassie} I chose our first dance song long before we even thought about marriage. I am pretty much obsessed with Disney Princesses, and as soon as I saw Tangled I decided that my first dance at my wedding was going to be to "I See the Light" by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. We chose to include floating lanterns during the dance, because there were floating lanterns during that song in the movie. The highlight of the reception for me was dancing with my husband. 

{Michael} Our floating lanterns, while not exactly cooperative, still looked beautiful and magically lit the night sky above us as we danced together at our reception. 

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Tell us about your wedding day.

{Cassie} It was perfect! It was everything I dreamed it would be! I was extremely nervous, but I've never been more excited! I just wish it hadn't flown by so quickly. 

{Michael} The wedding day was a very quick blur. For the first time in a while I slept in and relaxed. I had a few moments to hang out with my groomsmen before getting dressed for the ceremony. As soon as we arrived at the church, everything seemed to happen all at once. 

Tell us about finding your wedding dress.

{Cassie} My dress was the very first one I tried on, and it was exactly what I was looking for! I wanted a princess dress, and I did not want to look like a cake or a fish. One of my bridesmaids, Meagan, was with me, and we both agreed that it was the one! 

Why did you choose not to have a "first sight"?

{Cassie} We decided that we wanted to see each other for the first time during the actual ceremony. I wanted our reactions to be real and shared with those in attendance. I wanted that moment when Michael noticed me enter the aisle to be authentic and meaningful. 

{Michael} Our "first look" was a more traditional one. As Cassie entered the sanctuary and the audience rose to their feet, She looked straight ahead at me and I looked back at her with countless emotions and excitement. 

Who did you include in your ceremony to make it special?

{Michael} Gene DeVaughn, our officiant, was my youth pastor and college minister throughout my high school and most of my college years. I have always looked up to him as a leader and mentor. I could not imagine a better person to fill this role in my life. Also, my great aunt, Barbara, playing the piano and one of my best friends, Patrick Lima, on the guitar made our ceremony absolutely perfect. I don't think we could have planned anything better. 

What did you love about your reception?

{Michael} When someone mentions "outdoor wedding reception in Alabama in February" the scene we were able to enjoy is not what comes to mind first. The weather was better than we imagined it could be. Our "Half & Half" brides/grooms cake looked and tasted incredible.  I would like to think our reception was very unique and interesting and I hope our guests enjoyed it as much as we did. 

What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding?

{Cassie} Remember that it is your day and it's ok to be creative and unique. You don't have to make everyone else happy, and there will always be someone who criticizes your decisions. Don't get too stressed about the details. If something doesn't work out as you hoped or planned, none of your guests will know unless you tell them. Also, photography and videography are worth the expense! The day goes by very quickly and there are so many moments you will never see without pictures and videos. 

{Michael} Plan quickly and efficiently. If someone sincerely offers to help with something, let them help! Let them know how much you appreciate their offer by giving them something specific to do. It doesn't have to be huge and complicated, but if you try to do everything yourself, you will struggle to enjoy this process. Keep what you have already planned, purchased, or still need to do organized and stay focused on one thing at a time. More work than can be imagined goes into planning a wedding, take it in small pieces, stay organized, and graciously accept offers of help. 

Cassie and Michael are looking forward to spending a lifetime together, enjoying their free time, and returning back to work at Chick-Fil-A with their "second family". 

Ceremony Venue: East Memorial Baptist Church // Reception Venue: Rocky Mount // Photographer: Adrienne Quick // Planner: Ashlee Staggers & Linda Lee // Florist: Amanda Rylant // Wedding Cake: Katherine Pace // Caterer: Rocky Mount // Bride’s Gown: Oleg Cassini // Hair & Makeup: Amy Junker // Invitations: Cassie & Michael 

*Note: All images above are screenshots from their video.

Andrea & Jon // J&D Farms Wedding

Andrea & Jon // J&D Farms Wedding

Andrea & Jon (#JONDREA) are two very creative individuals.  Their creativity shined throughout their whole wedding day, which took place at the lovely J&D Farms in Southside, Alabama.  The fruit tree orchard was a perfect setting for the ceremony.  The orchard made the ceremony more romantic and intimate.

The reception was held inside and around J&D farms very nice barn. Andrea & John provided games, food and dancing for the guest to enjoy all evening. Jon had created silhouettes of himself and Andrea to be used as logos on wedding decorations.

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We loved...

Andrea & Jon's obsession and passion for all things Disney and movies.  They had vintage Disney cartoons playing on a big screen by the pool during cocktail hour.  

Andrea & Jon enjoy a brief moment to themselves and take in some of a cartoon.

Andrea & Jon enjoy a brief moment to themselves and take in some of a cartoon.

They all had Mickey Mouse ears to wear around during the day with their names embroidered on them.  

Jon and his groomsmen tossing their Mickey hats into the air for a photo op.

Jon and his groomsmen tossing their Mickey hats into the air for a photo op.

Jon rode a bicycle down the aisle to the E.T. soundtrack instead of just walking down the aisle. It was awesome and epic.  

Halloween themed decorations added to the fun atmosphere of the wedding.  Carved pumpkins lined the walkway to the barn. They had pumpkin checkers.  An Orange candy bar and candy apples to name a few of the many details.

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Most of all, we loved how Andrea & Jon interacted.  They both light up and relax when they are together.  It's really cute to watch.  We love that they have fun together. We love that they encourage each other to be creative.  

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We wish Andrea & Jon all the best as they begin their new life together. 

ANDREA & JON'S WEDDING VENDORS

WEDDING VENUE - J&D FARMS // PHOTOGRAPHER - PAPERDOLL PHOTOGRAPHY // 

Lucent Award Winner "Best Directed Feature"

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We just returned from New Orleans, LA where we spent a week learning from amazing event filmmakers from all over the world. In[Focus] is an annual conference ... well, more of a gathering ... where we all come together to grow, learn, be challenge and inspired. The mission is to "pay it forward." Not only do the speakers pay it forward by sharing knowledge, but so do all of the attendees. This year was amazing!! 

The Lucent Awards were also held last week. The Lucent Awards celebrate the spirit of independent storytelling. We were extremely humbled and honored to receive "Best Directed Feature" for The Lunsford Family's Day In The Life! This film is so dear to our hearts. There are so many talented filmmakers in our industry. It was an honor to be a finalist with them. We are overwhelmed by all the kind words of our peers!

Here are a couple of snapshots from the night ..  

Thank goodness Matt spoke in front of all of those people, so I didn't have to! :) Photo credit: Stephanie Tillman

Thank goodness Matt spoke in front of all of those people, so I didn't have to! :) Photo credit: Stephanie Tillman

My handsome husband and I cheesing! Photo credit: Alisa Wilson

My handsome husband and I cheesing! Photo credit: Alisa Wilson

We are so lucky and grateful the Lunsford family invited us into their lives and trusted us to tell their story. This family is so beautiful and strong! One afternoon with them and you want to be part of their family. Take time to get to know them ...

Thank you to the Lunsford family for trusting us! Thank you to Ashley Warren for bringing them into our life! And thank you to our industry for recognizing this film!