Amanda & Steven-A Louisville Wedding at The Seelbach

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One of my favorite things about filming weddings is watching the the way that the bride and groom interact with each other throughout the day. Preparation and planning for a wedding day builds up so much anticipation and excitement. Steven and Amanda really let this excitement show through all day. They are both genuinely fun loving and happy people; even more so on this day that they had been waiting on for quite a while. Because Steven is in the military, they had to conduct a long term relationship. Amanda was in Kentucky while Steven was in Texas. The promises they made were even sweeter because it meant that their long separation was over. The church they selected for their ceremony, Third Lutheran Church, was quite intimate and really made for a personal experience for their guests. When the ceremony was finished, the bridal party along with Amanda and Steven, hopped a trolley to downtown Louisville for some photos on the way to the amazing reception in the Grand Ballroom at the historic Seelbach Hilton.

As I was putting Steven and Amanda’s story together, I couldn’t stop smiling. There was so much amazing footage and so many little stories that happened throughout the day, it was hard to select what parts to tell. But I loved that in almost every clip I have of them, they are smiling and laughing and just truly enjoying their day and enjoying each other. It warms my heart when you see a couple and you can just tell that they are perfectly matched for one another. When you see the happiness that comes from simply being together, it makes me so happy for them to have found something so special.

Ceremony: Third Lutheran Church
Reception: The Seelbach
Photography: Fusion Photography
Caterer: The Seelbach
Flowers: Millenium Events
Makeup: Artistry HD

Noel & Kelly-A Proposal Story

I’m so excited to finally get to share this film! Usually, the proposal is a story that you tell verbally, people ask about it and you can tell them the story as you remember it. But when you are in that moment, there are so many things that happen, it’s hard to really take it all in. Noel realized this when he contacted us back in March of this year. He had a very intricate plan to propose to his girlfriend, Kelly, and he knew that he wanted this event filmed so that this one special moment could be shared with family and friends. Noel told me that as a young kid, he had concocted this amazing idea of how he planned to propose. As he was dating Kelly, he would often tell her, “Someday, I’m going to make miracles happen for you.”

Our journey through this process with Noel was so entertaining; I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, the whole event hinged on keeping Kelly completely clueless. So, Noel and I had to be very cautious about how and when we spoke to each other. Noel knew that he wanted to ask Kelly at Jazzy Blu in downtown Louisville. This was the club where Noel and Kelly had shared their first date. He didn’t want to make it obvious to her that something was up and he knew that if he made a date out of it, she would figure it out. So Noel enlisted the help of his parents. Kelly thought they were going out to dinner with his parents that evening, so as they were heading out the door to meet them, Noel’s dad called to say they were running late. Since they were already heading out, Noel suggested the idea of heading to Jazzy Blu for a drink to kill time until they could meet for dinner. The plan was perfectly laid out.

Upon arriving at Jazzy Blu, Mogul magazine had it set up to “look” like they were having an event there. Noel and Kelly were escorted to their table and shortly after, they were invited up to dance. You can watch the film to see what happens next, but it was amazing! Noel really created an unforgettable moment for her that is going to be hard to top. It’s such an awesome story, you just have to see it for yourself. Oh, and make sure you watch it through then end; Noel has quite a special talent;)

A special thanks to:
Venue: Jazzy Blu
Models: Mogul Magazine
The Ring: Ashley with Davis Jewelers
Studio space: Studio E Photography

Kari & Michael-A Louisville Wedding at The Olmsted

Kari & Michael Wedding Highlights from Classic Pixels on Vimeo.

There is so much about a wedding day that happens before the ceremony. It’s the anticipation, the preparation, the joy and the excitement. Kari and Michael’s pre wedding events included all of these with a big helping of fun as well. Michael’s brother had suggested that before an intense evening of dancing, they should go out and pamper themselves with a Mani-pedi party. Seeing seven guys in a row all having their toes scrubbed and rubbed and painted was one of the most entertaining things we’ve seen in a while. And the guys were thoroughly enjoying themselves. At the same time, the girls were having a blast with hair and makeup onsite while they were getting themselves primped to perfection. Once Kari was ready, everyone piled into the trolley for the trip down to The Cathedral of the Assumption for a very touching ceremony. The look on Kari and Michael’s face as she was walking down the aisle shows just how much she and Michael had been looking forward to their wedding day. Instead of having a traditional guest book at The Olmsted, Kari and Michael had quilt squares set out for guests to sign. They are going to have these squares sewn together as a wedding blanket; such a unique idea! With a popcorn station, photo booth and kids corner complete with arts and crafts and video games, the reception was really planned so their guests would have an amazing time.

Guys Getting Ready: The Seelbach
Ceremony: The Cathedral of the Assumption
Reception: The Olmsted
Caterer: Masterson’s Catering

Alix & Jeff-A Louisville Wedding at Mellwood Arts Center

If you are a foodie, you would be totally into this wedding. Alix and Jeff chose celebrate their wedding at The Mellwood Arts Center. A beautiful tent was erected and the courtyard was transformed into an amazingly beautiful setting by Fleur de Lis Events. As the guests arrived to the wedding, there were all kinds of yummy treats to nibble on, courtesy of Cake Flour. Alix walked in on the arm of her father to a full house; it was packed and the guests were excited to watch as Jeff and Alix exchanged their vows. At the reception, there were so many things to keep the guests entertained, there was not a dull moment. While everyone was enjoying their dinner, Fluer di Lis and GoGetIt Events transformed the courtyard into a dessert lovers paradise. There were cake pops, custom bourbon candies, adorable jugs of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla milk with custom donuts. And if all that sugar wasn’t enough to excite you, the Comfy Cow was there to provide root beer floats. And to top off a night of fun and dancing, White Castles were delivered later in the evening for the guests who needed to fulfill that craving;) It was a wedding that will not soon be forgotten and you can see that Alix and Jeff are surrounded by so many people in their lives that were there to help them celebrate the start of their new life together.

Venue: Mellwood Arts Center
Photographer: Redtree Photography
Flowers/Decor: Fleur de Lis Events
Caterer: Wiltshire Pantry
Cake: The Dessert Company
Pastries: Cake Flour
Root Beer Floats: Comfy Cow
Entertainment: PZP Entertainment
PhotoBooth: Curtain Call
Wedding Planner: GoGetIt Events

Micah and Matt-A Louisville Wedding at The Olmsted

Now for something a little different from our last few films. If you don’t at least have a smile on your face when you finish watch Micah and Matt’s highlights film, you may need to have your funny bone checked. I can honestly say that the hardest part of filming with Matt and Micah all day was holding the camera still because Dennis and I were both laughing so hard! I think that anyone could see that these two people are perfectly suited for each other. When we arrived at The Olmsted, Micah was getting ready and I happened to catch her telling the Bucket of Chicken story. As the day progressed on, it was funny to see how many times chicken presented itself into the conversation. But I digress.

Micah had given me a heads up about her and Matt’s outgoing personalities and we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their day. Not only were Micah and Matt fun and a little crazy; their friends and family were the same. We had to be on our toes because there was always someone doing something that we needed to capture. Once the ceremony was finished, all the guests moved into the dining room where Micah’s Uncle Robert gave a very touching blessing over the bread before dinner. Rather than having a huge wedding cake, Micah and Matt chose to have a small wedding cake; complete with His and Hers Yeti cake toppers. After they cut their cake, smaller cakes were taken to every table to share. And there were LOTS of flavors available. I thought this was such a personal touch because guests were passing the cake around and interacting with each other while they were sharing their desserts.

Micah and Matt’s first dance started out like any other but they had to add their own personal spin on it and make it lots of fun. You can catch a glimpse of Matt as he twirls around Micah on the dance floor. The guests loved it! They had selected V Groove to provide the entertainment for their wedding reception. If you have never heard this band, THEY ARE AMAZING!! They had everyone out dancing all night long and they sounded great! I couldn’t help but be impressed when it was time for the Horah. The lead singer told me he’d only learned the words the night before; they’d never performed it before. If you would have been there, you would have never know that V Groove was pulling a first. If Matt and Micah’s wedding day is an indication, 2012 is going to be a blast!

Ceremony/Reception: The Olmsted
Decor: Just Outrageous Events
Photographer: Stewart Hunter Photography
Band/Entertainment: V Groove
Song: “Best Days” Aaron and Andrew
Music Licensed through The Music Bed

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




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:

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!
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!

Wedding at The Seelbach in Louisville–Abby & Mike

It had been raining for days, but the weather reports were predicting a break over the weekend; just in time for Abby and Mike’s wedding at The Seelbach in downtown Louisville.  And when Saturday morning rolled around, the skies were clear, the sun was shining down and the temperature was perfect.  You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day to get married.
The Jewish ceremony took place under the Chuppah in the Medallion Ballroom.  The team of In Bloom Again worked their magic and created a beautiful and colorful atmosphere for the ceremony. The words spoken by the Rabbi, cousin to the bride, were so wonderfully moving as you will hear when you watch their highlights film.
At the reception, everyone was able to relax and enjoy all the festivities planned.  The Galaxy Band from St. Louis put on an incredible performance; mixing it up and keeping the guests out on the floor and having a great time.  We were honored to be there to work with Abby and Mike as they celebrated such a wonderful day with all the amazing people in their lives.

Venue: The Seelbach Hilton
Wedding Planner: Arnie Levin
Flowers: In Bloom Again
Cake: Mert’s Cakes
Photographer: Robert Burge Photography
Entertainment: Galaxy

Why a Wedding Film

I was surfing today and found this wonderful blog post by a fellow filmmaker in Florida, Jocelyn Karas.  I thought this would be very helpful to brides in the planning process.  This entry gives wonderful reasons for  placing a priority on a wedding film when you are planning your wedding budget.

“As wedding filmmakers, we are often told by brides that having a wedding film is “not a priority.” There are many reasons why having a lasting high quality film of your wedding day is absolutely vital to reliving your special day forever.
The wedding day is one that, for many couples, passes in a blur. Moments such as the way you moved while dancing your first dance, your father walking you down the aisle, and the sound of your quivering voice as you recite your vows can only be captured in a wedding film. These moments in your film serve as a legacy that will be watched by your children and grandchildren. To quote one of our past brides, “I never realized how important my wedding film would become to me.  My dad who was ill at the time of the wedding was not going to be able to walk me down the aisle. At the last minute he ended up walking me down the aisle. Having the film of that moment with my father and our other loved ones has been priceless to us.”
We hear couples say, “I’ll never watch my wedding film.” If we could only count the number of couples that have called to tell us that they watch their wedding films over and over.  If you choose to hire a company that is not adequately trained or whose editing style you don’t enjoy, you probably will not watch your film. However, if you educate yourself on the cinematic styles that are offered today, you will easily see that contemporary wedding films are entertaining and timeless.  By hiring a professional you are ensuring that every special moment will be captured, it will be professionally shot and edited, you will be able to hear the vows and toasts perfectly (something not easily accomplished without professional sound equipment) and the filmmakers will remain unobtrusive on your wedding day.
We live in an interactive age. With outlets such as blogs and e-mail, couples are able to post their cinematic highlights online and e-mail them to friends and family who might not have been able to make it on the actual wedding day. Many couples display their films in digital picture frames. We live in a multimedia world and having a wedding film engages people in a way that no other media can.
Many of our couples come to meet with us because they have a friend who has told them how much they regret not having a film of their wedding.  No one should have regrets regarding their wedding day. By finding a quality professional cinematic film company, you will have given yourselves the gift of reliving your wedding day anytime you wish.”

After the wedding day is over, the food has been eaten, the band played their last song and the lights have been turned out, all you have to show for your day are the photos, the video and your memories.  Make sure they are good ones!

Classic Pixels Films
Louisville, Kentucky
Cinematic Wedding Films