Archives for July 2011

The Magical Magic Man of Magic-It’s a Family Thing

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This post is a little different from our usual stuff. I usually only post about our wonderful wedding couples. However, today I had the great pleasure of attending a screening at the JB Speed Art Museum and I couldn’t wait to share it! We have two wonderful boys, ages 12 and 4. The 4 year old is still figuring out what he really likes; although he definitely has a thing for garbage trucks and vacuum cleaners, don’t ask. But the 12 year old, Nikalus, is becoming more of his own person every day. Most kids at 12 are into sports and video games. While Nikalus plays his fair share of Wii (I embarrass myself when I try to race him on MarioKart), he has 2 activities that he is really passionate about: Flying airplanes and making movies. We have not pushed the film making idea onto him at all, but he loves it. His friends come over and in about 3 hours they have shot and edited a 10 minute movie about Nerf Guns (12 year old humor, of course). He loves anything to do with making movies. In fact, he regularly asks if we want his help when we film weddings. He doesn’t quite understand why it’s unprofessional to bring a 12 year old along as an assistant at a wedding:)

So to keep this passion burning bright, for the second year, we enrolled him in the Stop Motion Animation Summer Camp offered at the JB Speed Art Museum. Nikalus had a blast. Today was the last day of camp so they have a screening in the auditorium at the Speed Museum. The educators and museum security were kind enough to allow us to bring in one of our cameras to film the screening (cameras typically aren’t allowed in the museum). We will get a final DVD copy of his movie, but we didn’t want to wait 3 weeks to show this off. We couldn’t be any more proud of Nikalus and what he accomplished this year!

We hope you enjoy!

*Keep in mind this is a “pirated” copy, so the audio is a little rough because it’s straight from the shotgun mic on the camera)

A Special Thank You

I went to the mailbox today, like every other day. When I pulled out the mail, there was a white envelope addressed to Dennis & Erin. The envelope was the standard size for a wedding invitation so I am going through the mental list of family and friends trying to remember who is getting married. Flipping the card over, the return address was one that I did not immediately recognize. Now it should be noted that I am the youngest of 34 grandchildren so, suffice to say, we have a lot of people in my family. In fact, in 2007 we had 7 weddings! I take the card in the house, getting out of the sweltering heat, still at a loss for who it could be from. As I open the envelope and pull out the card, the front of the card is actually a photograph of a cute little bride and groom cake topper. “I’ve seen this before” I think to myself. Then it clicked. It is the exact cake topper from a wedding we filmed last year. Now most people would put two and two together; not me. My immediate thought was, “Oh my gosh, somebody made a knock off of Sarah & Arturo’s cake topper!” (keep in mind I am still expecting that this is a wedding invitation).
Wedding invitation it was not. In fact, it was a thank you note from Sarah & Arturo on their one year anniversary:

Erin,
It’s been a year and Arturo and I want to again thank you and your husband for the wonderful job you did on our wedding video. Watching it again on our anniversary brought back all those great memories of the day and we’re so glad we have it for the years to come!
Sincerely,
Sarah & Arturo

I can honestly say that we have the best couples around and we are honored every time that we are selected to film this most important day of their lives. Our films are what they are because of our couples’ personalities and their relationships with each other and their family and friends. So we would like to wish Sarah & Arturo a very Happy Anniversary and to all our couples whom we have already filmed and those yet to film, Thank You for allowing us to be a part of your day and to capture all those wonderful memories for you. We LOVE what we do!
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