On July 24 we celebrated two years of being married. Philip spent that day in our studio editing this film (I thought he was working on our next wedding film), and surprised Pax and I with his gift before dinner that night. I was blown away by his art, his thoughtful gesture and the way he perfectly captured the last year of our lives, and the first months of Pax’s.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve been invited to join Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book! What, you may wonder, is the Little Black Book? The LBB, as we like to call it, is a curated collection of the world’s top wedding vendors. Its members are selected by the blog, and vetted by our industry peers (other wedding filmmakers, specifically!). We’re really honored to be featured among some of the best wedding cinematographers in the world!
Since featuring Paige & Nick’s Carolina Inn wedding last summer, we’ve been sharing some of our favorite wedding films with the blog! Many, many thanks to the editors at Style Me Pretty for continuing to share our work with your readers, and for including us in your curated collection of wedding creatives!
It may seem odd that I’m writing a blog post for a wedding I never attended. While Philip and Ryan were hard at work filming Kendall & Patrick’s wedding weekend, I stayed on the couch (literally) waiting for Pax’s arrival and praying he would hold off until his dad made the 6 hour trip home from Highlands. Philip continued to send photos and post Instagrams of the weekend’s festivities: the unique vintage details, Kendall’s gorgeous dress, the gospel choir, his view from the mountaintop ceremony etc. So, when he came home with the footage I was prepared to see a glamorous wedding, filled with tons of dramatic details and cinematic landscapes. Philip, however, was way more excited about the couple themselves. And after watching the footage of the toasts that their friends and family dedicated to Kendall & Patrick, it was easy to see why.
What became apparent in watching the myriad of rehearsal dinner toasts was the impact K+P have made on so many throughout their lives! It’s easy to look at Kendall and see a beautiful woman, or Patrick, and see “hot Patrick”, but those closest to them told about their inner beauty, their zeal, their dedication, their humor and their thoughtfulness. The footage Philip came home with (and eventually wove into this highlights film) was WAY better than I’d imagined. It wasn’t just beautiful; it was personal!
K+P: Wow. We feel like we’ve come to know you closely over the last year, first in New Orleans and even further during the trip to Highlands for your wedding. We’ll have to keep thinking of events/milestones to film for your family! Thank you for trusting us to document such personal and celebratory moments in your life; we’re very grateful!
Wedding Planner: I Do Events, Atlanta, GA
Floral Designers: Urban Earth Studios, New Orleans, LA
Caterer: Sun in my Belly
Photographer: VUE Photography
Ceremony Musicians: Joyful Gospel Group, New Orleans, LA
Band: Jessie’s Girls
Vintage & Specialty Rentals: Four Inch Fold
Lighting: AG Lighting
Tent & Rentals: Tents Unlimited
Cake: Lulu’s Bakery
If you don’t remember this adorable couple, you’ll want to refresh your memory, and watch their Betrothal Ceremony Film once more! We first got the chance to film Kendall & Patrick last November, when they celebrated their engagement with close family at Kendall’s grandmother’s home in New Orleans. We left New Orleans with genuine excitement about the upcoming wedding weekend in Highlands, NC.
Fast forward 6 months. Kendall & Patrick invited their friends and family to the NC mountains for an entire weekend of fun-filled festivity to celebrate their marriage. This film is the first of two from their wedding weekend. Enjoy!
Picnic Musicians: Curtis Blackwell Band
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Bascom, Highlands, NC
Planner: I Do Events, Atlanta, GA
Photographer: VUE Photography
Lighting: AG Lighting
Florals: Oakleaf Flower & Garden, Highlands, NC
Rentals: Four Inch Fold & Mountain Party Rentals
Picnic Catering: Mountain Fresh Grocery, Highlands, NC
Ibiza Food Truck: Dennis Dean Catering, Atlanta, GA
Rehearsal Dinner Band: Tommy Dodd
If there is one word that sums up this couple’s wedding celebration, it has to be: FUN! Nitasha & Otis went to great lengths to make sure their guests had an unforgettable evening. We had a blast too! We especially enjoyed watching their families experience two very culturally different ceremonies: a Hindu ceremony followed by a Christian ceremony; each family truly embracing the others’ customs and rituals. Perhaps our favorite part of the celebration was the Baraat, where the dhol player led Otis, his groomsmen, and family to the entrance of the ceremony, where they were met by Nitasha’s family. The energy from the percussion and the guests lining the hallways of the Renaissance Hotel was absolutely contagious! It set the tone for the rest of the evening. Later that night, after the Christian ceremony, the newlyweds and their bridal party started the reception with a choreographed dance, which got every guest on their feet. DJ Paradime, who is known for his unique mixes and club-style DJing, kept the party going the rest of the night.
The speech we included in this film was given by Nitasha & Otis’ close friend, Ms. Karen. She first introduced the couple! It’s apparent that N&O have given Ms. Karen much strength and joy in her recent fight with cancer, and we were deeply touched by her message to the couple.
N&O: From the moment we met you for drinks at City Beverage, we knew you’d be such a fun couple to work with! Thanks for living up to our expectations and for choosing us to document your big wedding celebration! We’re so excited for all of the great things you’ll do as a couple and are so happy you’ll be staying in this area for awhile.
Coordinator: Tracy Adams for Adams & Events
Flowers & Decor: Elegant Designz
Hair & Makeup– Stephanie Sevilla with The Makeup Culture
Photographer – McCardell Photography
Indian cuisine: Bombay Grill
Cake: Swank Cake Design
DJ: DJ Paradime
Dhol player – Anooj Trivedi
Photobooth – f8 Photo Studios
Indian priest – Dr. Pravin Shukla
Christian minister – Bishop Garland (Orlando) Heggie
We’re beyond excited to announce the newest addition to our family: Pax Morgan Henry! Pax was born on May 31, 2012. He weighed in at a hefty 8 lbs 3 oz. and has brought us tons of smiles since the second he appeared! We’re learning to navigate the world of parenting a newborn, which is filled with challenges, but incredibly WORTH IT!
About his name: Pax, is the latin word for peace, which we hope our son will embrace and exemplify as he grows. His middle name, Morgan, is in remembrance of MacKenzie’s sister, who died in 1999.
Thank you for sharing in our joy over the last months as we prepared for Pax’s birth, and for supporting us in this awesome new adventure!