Jessica and Chris shared their love in a way that gave us the opportunity to create a film for them not just about their wedding day, but about their beautiful love story.
First, check out this sneak peek and read on for our take on the day. Finally, be sure to watch their feature film! We created it with so much love, and we sincerely hope you enjoy it!
A little bit on the big day:
These two poured their hearts into wedding planning, and it certainly showed when we arrived on the morning of July 21st to the breathtaking Morais Vineyards. We can tell you for sure that Morais is gorgeous rain or shine because even though we were daydreaming about frolicking with Jessica and Chris through the vines, we were met with a forecast that called for nothing except severe downpours - and it was still breathtakingly beautiful.
Upon our arrival, we stepped into the bridal suite to find Jessica and her bridesmaids bubbling with only the brightest and happiest energy. The rest of the day was nothing but more of the same! Sure, we were faced with challenges that come along with avoiding the rain, but you would never know by everyone's beaming smiles and the beautiful surroundings.
The hours spent getting ready for Jessica and her bridesmaids meant hair, makeup, and mimosas (a.k.a. the recipe to a perfect morning). When it came time to put on her gown, help from Jessica's mom, maid-of-honor (hi, Connie!), and bridesmaids made every moment a special one. Chris and his guys spent the morning hanging out down in the whiskey lounge (read: the basement, so he wouldn't dare see Jessica before she walked down the aisle!).
Our favorite part of the morning came when both Chris and Jessica took a moment to read personal letters from one another and soak in what the day was all about: appreciating and celebrating their love. We always recommend this to our couples, especially those who choose for us to make them a feature film. Reading thoughtful letters sets the tone for the day perfectly (while simultaneously giving us beautiful audio to work with). You'll notice some bits from each of their letter readings incorporated into the feature film. Cue the tears!
In true wedding day fashion, the rest of the afternoon whirled by and before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony! We always get nervous for the ceremonies. It's definitely a combination of sympathy nerves and a mixture of wanting everything on our end to be perfect. We were indoors for Jessica and Chris' ceremony, which gave us plenty of awesome options on where to place our cameras discretely, including the balcony looking over the entire ceremony space. Gorgeous. Three cheers for balconies!
We could go on and on about the ceremony and their vows, but this is one you need to see to believe just how beautiful it was. If the letters didn't get us, the vows most certainly did. Jessica and Chris wrote some of the most thoughtful and love-filled vows we had ever heard, and we never appreciated or admired them more.
What followed the ceremony was a huge sigh a relief, because Jessica and Chris had finally seen one another and they could finally begin the celebration! We loved the opportunity we had to sneak out into the rain and down to Morais' wine cellar for some romantic portrait and filming time (shout out to Michelle of Lieb Photographic for being a joy to work side by side with!)!
By the time we got back, it was party time! Introductions, toasts, and dancing ensued! There was even a break in the rain which let us head outside to capture some love in front of the venue! It couldn't have been more perfect of an opportunity, and we were all so grateful. As the night continued, things only got more fun. It was the most joyful celebration for the most loving and deserving couple!
The night ended as all weddings do for us - on a totally bittersweet note. We had the best time and were so happy for Jessica and Chris, but watching them go is never easy! We always feel like we make the best of friends with our couples during this whole process so Jess & Chris, if you're reading this, let's grab coffee soon!
Now drumroll, please!!!!
Enjoy Jessica & Chris' wedding film :)
This post wouldn't be complete without a huge shout out and thank you to the vendor friends we made along the way! It was a pleasure to work with each and everyone one of you!