The 2 Reasons We Capture Little Details

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The 2 Reasons We Capture Little Details

I want to start blogging more about our process and the thought behind why and how we craft our wedding films. While out on a wedding shoot, we are always on the lookout for little details. I want to preface this post by saying that the MOST important elements that make a wedding film beautiful are the couple and the audio we capture during the day. However, details can take average video and make it excellent! It’s often the overlooked things that are most important in telling your story. These are the two reasons why details are absolutely essential in our storytelling process.

  1. Details Create The Big Picture. Anything great is an accumulation of things that are small. When you see the immensity of the Grand Canyon, you are really seeing all of the smaller rocks, cracks, shrubs, colors, cliffs and ledges that make up the whole canyon. In a wedding, the naturally occurring details like colors, vows, guests, dresses, accessories, toasts, cake, etc., tell the larger story of who you are! That’s why we love to capture all of those little pieces. They help to tell your story!
  2. Details Carry Significance. Why show a close up of a ring in a film? The wedding ring is a symbol of a larger truth. It’s a symbol of the truth that marriage and love should never end, just like a ring has no end. A ring could also carry the significance of being the ring your grandmother or mother wore at her wedding. The unique design of the ring also could be unique to your personality or the personality of your relationship. Again, all of these little things tell small stories that make up the larger story of your film.

I’m passionate about paying attention to the details, because the stories that details tell are the ingredients used to craft a beautiful wedding film! 

Cheers!
Matt

P.S. Check out our latest wedding story here!

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Tanglewood Plantation | Lynchburg, SC

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Tanglewood Plantation | Lynchburg, SC

It’s not every day that you find yourself in a old plantation house that once hosted a US President! President Teddy Roosevelt once spent a few days hunting and fishing on the property of Tanglewood Plantation with a US Senator as they discussed potential legislation. Behind the main plantation house is an old smokehouse was built in the 1750s! The house and surrounding property were accepted to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977.

It was well worth the drive down to Tanglewood Plantation located near Florence, SC! The long, straight, flat roads reminded me of my childhood in the flatlands of North Carolina. It really is a beautiful drive, and is very close to Interstate 95.

Tanglewood is a wedding venue that has a distinct low-country feel! The driveway is beautifully framed by plants and trees. On the left side of the driveway is an old schoolhouse that the owners renovated.

The two-story house is beautifully restored and fits perfectly into the surrounding landscape. The house is surround by huge oak trees, well-manicured bushes and plenty of open grassy areas that would be perfect for ceremony locations. There is even an area across the driveway from the house for your guests to play Bocce. 

Inside, you have access to the first story of the house, which includes areas for the bridal party to get ready and well-appointed sitting areas that you can use to escape the heat during your wedding day.

The back porch is the perfect place to set up a reception tent where guests have a great view of the house and the beautiful Tanglewood Plantation landscape.

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Tanglewood Plantation is the perfect wedding venue for those looking to put on a classy, southern event. Check out their website for more pictures and information about the history of the property!

Happy Planning!
Matt

P.S. Check out our latest wedding film at this link :)

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Julia & Hampton | Charlotte, NC Wedding Videography

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Julia & Hampton | Charlotte, NC Wedding Videography

From the first time we met Julia and Hampton for coffee in Greenville, SC, we knew this was going to be one of our favorite weddings! One of the most beautiful things about any wedding is getting to hear the backstory of how the bride and groom met and the impact they’ve had on those around them. Julia and Hampton’s ceremony was one of the most meaningful that we’ve had the opportunity to attend! The pastor shared how each of them has had an impact on his kids and family. You can feel the truth of that statement just by spending a little bit of time with Julia and Hampton. They have a joy about them that touches everyone they come into contact with!

Spring is definitely the best season for a Charlotte, NC wedding! The sun was out and the flowers were blooming! The day started at Julia’s parent's house where she and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting ready. The natural light streaming through the windows at Julia’s makeup session made for one of the most beautiful bride prep locations I've been able to film. When I talk about how natural light makes a makeup session look amazing, check out Julia’s location as a prime example :) 

The ceremony took place at the newly renovated Westminster Presbyterian Church, which was actually the same church where Julia’s parents got married. We then moved over to Charlotte Country Club for the reception and South Carolina based funk band, 'The Mighty Kicks' rocked the house until late in the night. After the band finished playing and the guests streamed outside for the final exit, Julia and Hampton shared a final dance alone in the empty reception hall. It was a beautiful finishing touch on an already incredible day!!

Julia and Hampton, we wish you all the best and are so excited for this new journey in front of you guys! We hope you love your film as much as we enjoyed crafting it!

Matt

Check out more of our wedding films here :)

Wedding Photographer | Ashley Louise Photography
Venue | Westminster Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue | Charlotte Country Club
Florist | Jimmy Blooms
Cake | For Goodness Cakes
Band | The Mighty Kicks
Makeup | Anne-Marie Mitchell Makeup
Hair | Salon Vivace
Wedding Dress | Lis Simon

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The Oaks Wedding Venue | Anderson, SC

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The Oaks Wedding Venue | Anderson, SC

It's been so much fun meeting with wedding venues for this blog series! A couple of weeks ago we had the privilege to travel south down i85 to visit a venue out in the country of the South Carolina upstate. 

The Oaks is a wedding venue set on a charming piece of land out near Anderson, SC. It’s close enough to Interstate 85 to be convenient to hotels for your guests to stay, but also far enough away so there are no sounds except for the chirping of birds and wind rustling through the fields.

As you pull onto the property you are ushered down a beautiful long driveway that winds through beds of flowers and green meadows. There is something so peaceful about these types of country wedding venues :)

The venue itself sits on the edge of a big rolling meadow on one side and a small lake on the other. These natural features make for a variety of beautiful video and photography locations. 

Inside, you find the large main ballroom that has room for over 250 guests. Off to the side of the ballroom is a bridal suite adorned in beautiful French style interior design. There is also a groom's room, complete with leather furniture and a TV. Very manly!

The grounds are lit up at night with hundreds of light bulbs hanging from strings over head and wrapped around trees. The spacious back porch has a fireplace that would be perfect to use as a s’mores bar for your guests. 

Brittany was a gracious host and would be happy to help you with any questions you might have!

Happy Planning!
Matt

P.S. If you haven't yet, check us out on Instagram and Facebook for more info about wedding stories we are currently telling :)

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To Drone Or Not To Drone?

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To Drone Or Not To Drone?

To Drone Or Not To Drone? That Is The Question.

Of course, the answer is always to drone! This year, we are finally droning! Not in the sense of a long boring speech [don’t worry we won’t give a toast at your wedding :)], but in the sense of aerial film! 

Times are changing quickly in the wedding videography industry. It’s pretty crazy that just a few years ago, filmmakers wouldn’t have even dreamed that they would be able to get aerial shots at weddings. Now, its as simple as turning your drone on and taking flight :)

I wanted to make sure that we were official when it comes to drone use, so I was actually lucky enough to get my drone pilots license from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) right when it came out last fall. 

I can’t wait to fly at all of our weddings this year! Even just a couple of shots from a drone can make your film look so much more amazing. I wanted to outline 3 reasons why drone shots are important in telling your wedding story. 

  1. It Establishes A Scene. One of the key elements of cinematography is establishing the location where the scene is taking place. If you watch any great film you’ll notice that a scene will start with a wide shot showing the area, weather, time of day, etc. 
  2. It Communicates The Significance Of What Is Happening. In cinematography, it’s important to think about what a certain shot is communicating. A close-up communicates the importance of what that character is saying or experiencing at key points in a movie. The sweeping beauty of the way a drone captures a landscape can help to establish the significance of what happens during a wedding. 
  3. A New Angle Of Something You Wouldn't See Otherwise. I know for Mer and I, our wedding was a blur and we missed some of the details. Luckily in our wedding film, we are able to experience the things we couldn't see during the day. We are all about capturing your wedding from unique angles. A drone shot captures a view that you wouldn't be able to see otherwise!

Check out a few of our favorite drone shots from this year in the video at the top of this post! And for more of our work, check out some of our wedding films at this link :)

Happy planning!
Matt

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