Ariana + Matthew | Oklahoma City wedding film {Oklahoma wedding videographers}

I liked Ariana right away thanks to our mutual love for all things furry. We spent our first meeting chatting quite a bit about our pets, but of course gabbed about her and Matthew and their wedding plans too. They had a gorgeous Persian-American ceremony on the lawn at Gaillardia Country Club, but chose to say their vows privately beforehand. They did so, though, without seeing one another… and believe me, you could tell Matt wanted to glance at his beautiful bride. :-) We so love moments like that. A belly dancer entertained guests during cocktail hour, and then everyone partied the night away.

p.s. Ariana is a wedding planner herself, and I have to give her credit for enjoying her own wedding day rather than trying to run it. :-)

Ariana + Matt | Gaillardia wedding film from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Photos by Keshia | Coordination & Design, Aisle Be With You | Venue, Gaillardia Country Club | Florals, Tony Foss Flowers | Cake & Favors, You Need A Cake | Rentals & Decor, The French Tulip | Ceremony Musician, Jason Swanson Music | Reception Band, Born In November | Lighting, Innovative Event Solutions | Invitations, Wedding Paper Divas | Photobooth, Route 66 Photobooth | Ice Sculpture, Ideas In Ice | Hair & Makeup, Michael Harris | Transportation, Black Diamond Limousine | Bride’s gown, Bella Rose Bridal

Music by APM & Mat Kearney, licensed through SongFreedom

Emily + Ralph | Tulsa wedding film {Oklahoma wedding videographers}

A few reasons why I love Emily: we both love for photography, Huey Lewis & The News, and all things musical theatre. And I have to mention the fact that she walked down the aisle to the theme from The Princess Bride, one of my all time favorite movies! Together, she and Ralph are such a sweet and endearing couple. Emily is a bird photographer, so there were touches of this passion sprinkled throughout the wedding. They planned a small yet beautiful ceremony and reception at Five Oaks Lodge (which we’re admittedly partial to because it’s where we had our own wedding reception). Emily said early on that she envisioned it being like “a feast they had in the olden days” and I believe she got her wish. Christina Leigh Events did a beautiful job, especially with the amazing head table featuring florals by The Bridal Garden.

Emily + Ralph | Five Oaks Lodge wedding film from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, The Salty Peanut Photography | Coordination & Design, Christina Leigh Events | Venue, Five Oaks Lodge | Florals, Bridal Garden by Lindi | Cake, Ludger’s Cakes | Rentals & Decor, Mood Party Rentals | String Quartet, The Brava Quartet | MC/Reception Music, Jason Swanson Music | Hair & Makeup, Faccia Bella | Transportation, The Kristal Limousine

Music by Blue Cinema, licensed through SongFreedom

Naiva + Stephen | Odessa wedding film {Texas wedding videographers}

Naiva and Stephen welcomed us to West Texas with open, loving arms. Everyone was so friendly and happy, and ready to just hang out and party. But before they could do that, they had a beautiful Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. While the couple took some time to relax after the service, an awesome mariachi band entertained guests. And then it was time to dance the night away.

Naiva + Stephen | Odessa, Texas wedding film from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Gaeb Photography | Ceremony Venue, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton | Reception Venue, South Forty Banquet Hall | Florals, Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts | Cake, Fix-It-With Frosting | Lighting & Draping, Boyd’s Events | DJ/MC, Boyd’s Events | Band, Mariachi Armonia | Photobooth, Boyd’s Events | Makeup Artist, Juan Ronquillo-Mae | Hair Stylist, Terin Padilla | Bride’s Gown, Lazaro | Favors, Cracker Barrel

Music by Mercy Me, licensed through SongFreedom

Sierra + Adam | Oklahoma City wedding film {Oklahoma wedding videographers}

Sierra and Adam had a destination wedding in Oklahoma City. Yes, you read that correctly. They had friends and family coming in from all over, and with many in Texas and Arkansas, they picked OKC as a central location. And boy did they do it right. They brought in an amazing vendor team, and used four– yes four– of the best venues the city has to offer. But more important than all of that is the bond this family shares, and the love Adam & Sierra have for one another. We hope it’s as obvious to you as it was to us.

Sierra + Adam | Crossings Community Church, OKC Golf Club wedding from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Josh McCullock Photography | Coordination & Design, Planned 2 Perfection | Rehearsal Dinner venue, Red Prime | Welcome Party venue, Skirvin Hotel | Ceremony Venue, Crossings Community Church | Reception Venue, Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club | Florals, Tony Foss Flowers | Cake, Mishelle Handy Cakes | Lighting, Innovative Event Solutions | Band/MC, Wade Tower Band | DJ/MC, Xcell Productions | Hair & Makeup, Sharon Tabb | Rentals & Decor, Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events

Music by The Dandelion War & Phil Wickham, licensed through SongFreedom

Jennifer + Bayley | Oklahoma City wedding film {Oklahoma wedding videographers}

Jennifer and Bayley have to be one of the most chill couples we’ve ever been around. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought this was just another day… aside from, you know, the whole photographers and videographers and huge party thing. But the emotions did kick in, and we couldn’t help but be touched when Jennifer got choked up during her vows to Bayley. We also have to give a shout-out to Gibson Events, Poppy Lane Design, and Amy Cakes, for one of our favorite cake tables and head tables to date. It was a chic, whimsical design featuring the now infamous “flower tipis.” From getting to work with some of our good friends, to seeing Jennifer & Bayley surrounded by their wonderful friends and family, I’d say it was a great weekend all around.

Jennifer + Bayley | OKC Golf & Country Club wedding from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Aaron Snow Photography | Coordination & Design, Gibson Events | Venue & Caterer, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club | Florals, Poppy Lane Design | Ceremony Musicians, Oklahoma Strings | Band, The Groove Merchants | Cake, Amy Cakes | Lighting, Innovative Event Solutions | Makeup Artist, Chelseyann Artistry | Hair Stylist, Ali Earnheart | Photobooth, SNL Booth | Transportation, King’s Limousine | Favors, 42nd Street Candy | Rentals, Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events and Mood Party Rentals | Invitations & Stationery, Chirps & Cheers | Bride’s Gown, Reem Acra

Music by The Royal Foundry, licensed through SongFreedom

Whitney + Brian | McCall wedding film {Idaho wedding videographers}

There is so much I could say about Whitney and Brian. They live in North Carolina and were planning a destination wedding in the mountains of McCall, Idaho, a place Brian visited often growing up. Luckily we were able to take a short trip to meet them before their big day when they were in Texas for a weekend. We instantly fell in love not just with the two of them, but also their daughter Brielle (affectionately known as Breezy). Brian came into Whitney and Bre’s lives a couple of years ago, and his love for both of these girls is almost tangible. There were so many amazing moments over their wedding weekend, I honestly had a hard time with not being able to cram all of it in their highlight. But nothing touched us more than their sweet notes and vows to one another… except perhaps for Brian’s vows to Brielle. If that doesn’t bring you to tears, I don’t know what will.

Whitney + Brian | McCall, Idaho wedding film from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Dylan & Sara Photography | Coordination & Design, Soiree | Ceremony Venue, Shore Lodge | Reception Venue, Whitetail Golf Club | Florals, Boise at its Best | Ceremony Musician, Ben Burdick | Band, The Groove Merchants | DJ, VCI Audio | Catering, Shore Lodge | Cake, Greg Marsh Designer Cakes | Makeup Artist, Blush by Jamie Rose | Hair Stylist, Deco Hair & Makeup Design | Carriage, Carriage For Hire | Guest Transportation, Harlows Bus Service | Rentals, Event Rent | AV rentals, Integrity Audio Visual

Music by Marc Aaron Jacobs and The Royal Foundry, licensed through SongFreedom

Sarah + Stephen | Joplin wedding film {Missouri wedding videographers}

We first met Sarah when she was in one of our weddings last year, and we were thrilled when she asked us to be a part of her wedding weekend too. Still, we didn’t really get to know her until we had a Skype chat with her and Stephen shortly before their own wedding. Sarah and I did most of the talking until Stephen had a story he wanted to tell, and then we all ended up in stitches! As the laughter calmed and we seemed to be wrapping things up, they mentioned something that caught my attention. Because they were long distance at first, they always wrote each other letters. And even now, they continue to do so. I loved that story, and was so glad they could bring some of the letters with them on their wedding day. The other story that stood out to me was that of Sarah’s mother. She passed away in 2008, and while Sarah knew her mom would want her to celebrate and not dwell on her absence, Sarah still wanted to do something to remember her. So they asked a family friend to leave something special on her grave before the wedding. It is one of the most touching things I’ve seen on a wedding day.

Sarah + Stephen | Joplin & Carthage, Missouri wedding film from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Benfield Photography | Preparations, Historic Phelps House | Ceremony Venue, Carthage First United Methodist | Reception Venue, Twin Hills Country Club | Florals, The Wild Flower | Band, Hook | Catering, Twin Hills Country Club | Cake, Rick’s Bakery | Makeup Artist, Salon 9 | Hair Stylist, Salon 9 & Haley Carter | Transportation, Fisk Transportation | Invitations, Papyrus | Photobooth, Elite Photobooth | Bride’s Gown, Vera Wang

Kelly + Aaron | Champaign wedding film {Illinois wedding videographers}

Let’s list some of the awesome things about Kelly & Aaron’s wedding day. 1) The beautiful and brand-spankin-new venue Pear Tree Estate. 2) The family-style dinner that was sooooo good. 3) THAT DRESS!!! 4) Pumpkins, mercury glass, and succulents galore. 5) The best coffee/hot chocolate/cider bar I’ve ever seen. 6) Aaron loves cats. In fact, Kelly’s wedding gift to him was a kitty. Major bonus points. 7) Boomer & Pippen, the venue’s cats. Boomer is a dog in a cat’s body, he loves everyone and everything, and he jumped on me while I was shooting. Quadruple bonus points. :-) Plus these two were so much fun… they were chill and goofy the entire day. I could go on and on, but that this point, I’d best stop and just let you watch their highlight film.

Kelly + Aaron | Pear Tree Estate wedding from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Megan Renae Photography | Venue & Decor, Pear Tree Estate | Florals, Fleurish | Catering, Cake & Coffee Bar, LA Gourmet Catering | Truffles & Macarons, Bittersweet Artisan Truffles | String Quartet, Krannert Quartet | MC/Band, Dan Hubbard & The Humadors | Hair Stylist, Lauri Hubbard of Colorific Hair Color Salon | Makeup Artist, Bare Minerals | Bride’s Gown, Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique & Fine Paper | Menswear, Men’s Warehouse | Invitations & Stationery, Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique & Fine Paper | Transportation, Pear Tree Estate | Jeweler, Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

Music, “The Adventure” performed by The Royal Foundry, licensed through SongFreedom

Behind the Lens | Why you shouldn’t fear, and should hire, a wedding videographer

One of our favorite things in the world is getting “thank you” texts, Facebook messages, emails and cards from happy couples after we post their highlight online or deliver their full film. Seeing the cards take up more and more space on our refrigerator brings a smile to my face each time I pass by. I feel like Will Smith in “Hitch” with my own little wall of success. :-)

Still, I’ve never taken the time to blog about one… until now. My reason for sharing this particular thank you note? It addresses two very common concerns, and misconceptions, about hiring a modern wedding videographer.

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Grandma Barbara, I love you. :-) Now let’s look a little more closely at her original concerns.

First, simply put, a wedding video is boring. Trust me when I say that wedding films have come a LONG way. There are still videographers out there who do little more than a basic documentation of the day (and if that’s all your budget will allow for, that’s okay!). But more and more wedding filmmakers are putting great effort into creating beautiful and authentic works of art. I’m not asking you to take my word for it, but I am asking you to lose the assumption that all wedding videos are boring or all wedding videos are the same. If you’re getting married soon, or know someone who is, please take the time to go online and watch work from several wedding filmmakers. You’ll see that not all wedding films are created equally, and I also imagine you’ll find some that you absolutely love… that are not boring.

Second, wedding videographers will be obtrusive. I think this fear comes from two places. One, for lack of a better description, “old school” videographers who have huge cameras on their shoulder all day, stand too close to the couple during key moments, and constantly shine bright lights in people’s faces. Two, wedding reality TV shows where camera crews (again with bulky equipment and bright lights) seem to always be swarming around the couple. I was once watching such a program– which shall remain unnamed to protect the innocent– and I’m quite certain my screams could be heard down the street when they went to a shot of the ceremony where you could see two camera operators both standing within five feet of the bride and groom. It was a terrible distraction, and was extremely rude to the couple and their guests. I want to scream it from the rooftops that THIS IS NOT HOW WE WORK! And the same goes for most modern wedding filmmakers. I say most, because yes, there are those who do “modern” work but are so wrapped up in their “art” that they seem to forget the day is about the wedding and not them. Hopefully you can spot said videographers before hiring them because of their “I’m the shiznit” aura. But the best thing you can do is ask your vendors about one another, especially those you’ll spend the most time with. Ask your coordinator, photographer, and videographer how they feel about the vendors you’re looking at. They can tell you whether it’s someone who plays well with others.

Grandma Barbara, thank you again, not only for your sweet message but also for allowing me to share it here. It’s proof that if we do our jobs right, wedding filmmakers can change the perception of our industry, one wedding at a time.

Michelle + Renzo | Houston wedding film {Texas wedding videographers}

I read on Facebook where someone referred to Michelle as “human sunshine” and it is so, so true. This group is all kinds of crazy, in a totally lovable way. And let me just say how excited I was to finally meet Lucy, quite possibly the cutest little dog in the world. Keely Thorne Events designed a STUNNING reception for Michelle and Renzo at The Corinthian in downtown Houston, including swings on the dance floor, an uh-mazing cake by Who Made The Cake, gorgeous florals by Events in Bloom, and confetti for days. And let’s not forget the gospel choir that closed out the night at their rehearsal dinner. But it was still the little things that touched our hearts; the scrapbook Michelle made for Renzo, the way Michelle’s dad looked at her when he gave her away, and the sweet speeches from their family and friends.

Michelle + Renzo | The Corinthian Houston wedding film from Sarah Pendergraft on Vimeo.

THE TEAM:
Cinematography, PenWeddings | Photography, Davina + Daniel | Coordination & Design, Keely Thorne Events | Ceremony Venue, St. Anne’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue, The Corinthian | Catering, Jackson & Company | Cake, Who Made the Cake | Florals, Events In Bloom | Lighting & Sound, Pro/Sound | MC/Band, Big Swing & The Ballroom Blasters | Hair Stylist, Meghan Lee of Ceron Salon | Makeup Artist, Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry | Invitations & Stationery, Papellerie | Cigar Roller, Hight Cigar | Favors, Macaroon | Photobooth, Flipbooks of Texas | Transportation, Monarch Limousines | Rehearsal Dinner Venue, Brennan’s of Houston | Accommodations, Hotel Zaza | Groom’s Preparations, The Boardroom | Bride’s Gown, Belle Marie Bridal Salon | Men’s Formalwear, Men’s Wearhouse

Music, “Persistence” by Lowercase Noises and “Lost and Found” by Katie Herzig, licensed through The Music Bed