Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bryce and Kristin // Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley

This is my second wedding for the Haugen family. They reside in California and have their family weddings in Deer Valley. Can't beat that. It's been a great experience filming a few family weddings for them over the years.

What can I say. This is a centerpiece wedding for me in 2013. It was just a fabulous event and the flow was perfect. Time for us to get some footage with the couple, a fairly lose schedule, which helps us get great coverage. And just enough rain to add some humor to the day.

I'm not one to really notice one dress against another, but Kristen's dress was one of my favorites of last year. Look at that dress! Really beautiful.

One more thing. I have to say this was also one of the more spiritual weddings I've attended in a long time. I've filmed religious ceremonies for many faiths, and this one carried a very spiritual them throughout the day. You can feel that in Bryce and Kristin's vows to each other.

This is a web highlight of the entire day. A tasted of a longer wedding film. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dave and Emily....And No Officiant // Sundance, Utah

Okay, okay, there was an officiant, but he was a stand in. A last minute decision. Due to some misunderstanding, the officiant never showed on Dave and Emily's wedding. A scramble ensued. A close friend was chosen to stand in...

Something magical happened...

This was a very personal wedding for me. I've known Emily for years through her twin sister Brittany. I shot Brittany's wedding years ago, as well as Courtney's wedding. Court is a close friend to both of the sisters and a close friend of mine. It should have felt like a no-brainer.

I had to squeeze this wedding into my schedule. Literally squeeze. Thought I couldn't do it. So grateful I had.

This wedding is a testament to making your ceremony a very personal event. If you can get a close friend to marry you, do it. If you have vows, make them personal and meaningful. Heck, make them up as you go! Don't have a plan. Sometimes things just work out.

A lot of this wedding ceremony was improvised. It was one of the most incredible ceremonies I've ever filmed. It makes my cry to watch it. Even after multiple viewings.

It will make you cry too...

Talon and Katie - The Valentine

I was with Talon and Katie on many occasions surrounding their wedding. We did a couples story (we call it a "Two Story"), I attended their wedding dinner the night before and I was with them for quite a while on their wedding day. They had a temple sealing in the morning, ring ceremony in the afternoon and a reception immediately after. During the ring ceremony, Katie's sister gave a reading of "The Valentine" by Carol Lynn Pearson. It's a beautiful poem, and it fit perfectly as a narration for this highlight.

And special thanks from me to Carol. She gave us permission to use the poem in it's entirety. A special treat.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seth and Amber - Salt Lake Temple - August 17th, 2013

Seth and Amber got their wedding right. If there's a spectacular backyard available for your wedding, grab it. Backyards are always my favorite wedding spot. Everyone is comfortable, there's room to spread out and everyone seems to stick around the wedding longer. Just really an ideal situation.

Here's a great wedding highlight of the entire day. I enjoyed every minute of this wedding. Plus I had the rare opportunity of working with an awesome photographer - Becky Ravenberg. She's pretty great. It's always a welcome occasion when the photographer cares as much about me getting a good wedding film as I do about her getting great photos. It makes for a stress-free day.

Here's a few of my favorite pics from the wedding. And here's her website - Ravenberg Photography.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Matt and Tonnie and A Mini Horse

It's a "Two Story" time of year. Lot's of couples stories getting finished.

I met with Matt and Tonnie in a field behind Tonnie's house. She's very much in to Mid-century modern, thus the retro table and chairs. It works. Just a cool setting for a couples story, and only about a dozen military jets flying by from the base. Not sure I would ever get used to that.

I confess, this is one of my favorites I've ever done. These two are so at ease with each other and Matt's a seriously funny dude. I think Tonnie's the perfect match for him. She'll keep him grounded (I think he even says that at one point).

It's amazing how the course of a couples story changes when the couple is at ease. It takes a story from good to great.

Anyway, enjoy.

Also check out some seriously mad photos here from Travis Richardson. He was their engagement and wedding photographer and these photos were blown up to "beyond poster size" and hanging all over the wedding reception. Amazing..

Here's his website -

Friday, August 9, 2013

Spencer and Melissa - July 6th, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nevada | World Market Center

I had the privilege of getting down to Vegas last month. My father and step-mother live in St. George, so I welcomed the opportunity to stop in and see them as well. A trip and a side excursion, all in one.

I also had the opportunity to work with Laura at Forevermore Events. A first time for everything. She's a pro. I can't stress how much a wedding coordinator makes the day. There's a "smoothing" quality to what they do. I can't put it into words. Things just work.

Anyway, here's Spencer and Melissa's web highlight. These web highlights are part of some of my packages, so get one of these! It gives you the social networking fix so many couples need and lets you share a highlight of your wedding with the world.

And it wasn't even 100 degrees that day. Sweater weather for Las Vegas...


Location - Las Vegas LDS Temple and World Market Center
Event Coordinator - Forevermore Events
Photographer - Gideon Photography

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Richard and Margaret - Dallas, Texas Wedding - Texas Wedding Video

I went back to this wedding - it's been done and delivered for quite some time. I just needed a perfect song for a web highlight, and this is it. It was too great a wedding to not have something from it.

This was a two-day affair. A wedding dinner and reception the night before, with the ceremony and reception the following day. A big event.

Margaret found me through a Jackson Hole wedding I had shot the year previous - her friend Diana's wedding. Another big bash.

What a great wedding. In every way.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tyler and McCall - The First Look

I'm growing fond of shooting these. They are almost fully controlled shoots. We can start and stop, experiment, do some "scene" building. A lot of variables that aren't always present on the wedding day with time being the main benefit.

And these first looks are fun. I get to know you as a couple. It gives us a head start on the wedding day.

Never a bad idea.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Adam and MaKenna - Salt Lake Temple Pre-Shoot - Utah Wedding Video

Pre-Shoots, Couples Stories and First Looks are becoming much more commonplace, as couples seek to have something special to show at their wedding. This pre-shoot with Adam and MaKenna was an incredibel experience. Just me and the couple, and no schedule to tackle. It gave us time to experiment, get the best of everything, take breaks. We took advantage of the "evening hour" to get the best colors and the softest, warmest light. Evenings on a sunny day are always the best time to film.

This shoot also gave me the opportunity to kick around some ideas and make something meaningful for the couple. It's a beautiful piece, for such a great couple. I spent a lot of time with these two prior to the wedding - a pre-shoot and a couples story. It made the wedding day such a more relaxed experience.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Brad and Shae Robins - Their "Two Story". - Utah Wedding Couples Story

 Going into this, I knew I had a good story ahead. Both Brad and Shae are entertainers and both are incredibly confident and well-spoken. Brad is a natural speaker. Shae is mature beyond her years. This is their story from their first meeting through the engagement.

These personal stories are really a great way to share with your guests your courtship, beyond a slideshow or a still photo.

I refer to them as a "Two Story."

Friday, April 5, 2013

Simon and Kimberly - St. Regis Hotel in Park City Utah - Utah Wedding Video

Good vows (and toasts) always make my wedding films pop. I have nothing to do with it. It's the aspect of wedding videography that I focus the most on - the story. If your vows are thoughtful, your wedding film will resonate. It's plain and simple. There will be a story in there and the video memory of the day will have a lot of impact with those of your friends and family who watch it.

The St. Regis is always a special affair. Beautiful backdrops, amazing deck and excellent staff.
Thanks for having me Simon and Kimberly. This was a great day.