So much love for these two! It's such a privilege and blessing to shoot for friends smile emoticon But when they also get married on a gorgeous perfect on the water in Brooklyn... I can't ask for more.
This wedding was like none other that I've ever been to. The community that this couple has built through their love was amazing to be a part of for a day. The music, the dancing, the art, all came from their hearts. I've never been on a dance floor that was so alive, and it's obviously because our beautiful bride hosts an amazing weekly dance party in NYC called The Get Down and brought her amazing friends. She's such a talented DJ that she actually created the music for her own wedding film!! You can check out her super cool events and music at http://www.tashablank.com/events/
What a crazy way to start the New Year!
As a Syracuse University alumn it was awesome to shoot this wedding back at Hendricks Chapel and then get special access to the dome for portraits during basketball practice (Coach Jimmy wasn't there but oh well). But what I really fell in love with was this couple's infectious laughter! All weddings should be this fun.
Oh and just wait for the 'Big Move' at the end. PRICELESS.
This couple is amazing. Let's start there. They love each other so much and their families and friends could barely contain their emotions on this very special day. After surviving a long distance relationship and multiple moves Lex & Dan knew their relationship was built to last, and the sweetness of knowing their love had been tested just overflowed into every moment of this day.
One thing we've learned this year at Cullen Studio is that what makes a great wedding film (and a very special day) are the moments planned into the day, not just the venue and the decorations. In 2015 this is going to be our biggest priority as we get to know our couples.
Here are some TOP MOMENTS from the day:
1. Lex's Gift
Dan's sister delivered a book of letters Lex had collected from all his loved-ones, then reading him hers. This is one of the best gifts I've ever seen on a wedding day.
2. Father - Daughter First Look
This moment almost always brings tears. I've never seen so many bridesmaids holding tissues to their eyes!
3. Groom and Bride First Look
In the absence of any shade whatsoever on a very HOT Virginia day this one was tough to pull off, but some nice foregrounding from a patch of wildflowers made our footage really beautiful (and also provided a barrier for the couple's privacy)
4. Cute Flower Girls Dancing
Sorry, but cuteness always wins. Get some cute kids at your wedding and let them run wild.
5. THIS LIGHT.
Okay we all know that weather is the one thing that can't be planned for but the timing of this light and this backdrop were simply miraculous. They actually pushed back the wedding by 25 minutes when it started to rain but the light afterwords was... butter.
6. These Giant Heads
This summer, Cullen Studio participated in the LoveGivesWell Event- a wedding giveaway bringing together the top wedding artists from the Syracuse, NY area. It was an amazing and really fun wedding put together by Kate Brown of Lovewell Celebration Design. I absolutely loved working with Craig & Becky on their wedding day, they were so fun and playful and goofy and adventurous.... they flagged down a firetruck to take a picture, asked some police to handcuff them, and did the wobble in formation all spontaneously! But despite all the shenanigans there was genuine, sincere love that filled their day as well.
After meeting this couple and looking at the footage I knew there was only one way to go with the music and that was to choose a happy/fun/party song. Check it out!
Katie and Billy were one of the first couples to ever book Cullen Studio, so needless to say I really really reallllyyy wanted this film to be amazing... and they didn't make it easier by becoming my friends that just made me more nervous! But the amount of care they put into planning their day paid off - and they even got lucky with an absolutely STUNNING sunset just in time for some evening portraits. This wedding was amazing and I was absolutely blown away by the kindness and hospitality of Katie and Billy's families. Everything was beautiful- this film should come with a tissue warning!
We had fun with our first Vermont Wedding and it turned out great! Tim and Setta contacting me at the last minute- just a week before their wedding and I'm so glad they did! This wedding was beautiful and it was great to travel to a new place :) One of my favorite parts of this wedding was Setta's dad officiating. He did an amazing job and had such wisdom and beautiful words to share- unfortunately we had to save most of that for the long edit ;)
Tim & Setta's vows were so poetic and set just perfectly against the backdrop of the beautiful 1824 House. They chose the song Lover of the Light by Mumford & Sons and this song just came alive for their video. I'm so grateful that I got to meet them and be a part of their special day!
Darius and Ashley and their dogs (let's not forget the dogs!) make up a loving family that much like the gorgeous sunset they got just shines! Seriously... that sunset though...
Oh and this video was edited by my new assistant Gabrielle Frawley- she's so talented and I'm excited to have her on the team!!! Look out for more from her in the future :)
Andrew and Sonia have a beautiful and warm love that radiates joy to everyone they care about. Their playful energy and smiles just lit up the beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
I had fun editing to this unique music the bride chose. I feel like this video has a really different energy than anything I've edited so far but I think it came out really cool! I learn something new with every video and hopefully add another perspective to my craft!
Special thanks to the wedding planer Caitlin Campbell of trueevent.com/
AND the amazing photographer Leila Brewster of leilabrewsterphotography.com/
for making the day beautiful and helping direct the beautiful portraits. You guys rock!
Mary and Steve are two of the sweetest people I've ever met, let this love story melt your little hearts!