Alison & Bobby-Your Harmony Makes Us Smile

Alison & Bobby’s Wedding Highlights from Classic Pixels on Vimeo.

On a wedding day, often couples are anxious and nervous about this big day that they have spent a large amount of time, energy and money putting together. So on the wedding day, when a couple is able to relax and be fun and playful with each other, it always makes for great footage. That is part of Alison and Bobby’s personality; they are playful. They are obviously not only in love, but they love to be together. Just watching them together makes you smile. During their reception, Alison and Bobby’s good friend, Carl, spoke of that trait and how watching them together made people believe in love. His words were so personal and touching that as I was watching and listening to that moment unfold, I knew I had to use his words to share their story.

Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Seelbach Hilton
Caterer: The Seelbach
Wedding Planner: Sha Fox Events
Photographer: Robert Burge Photography
Make Up Artist: Beauty by Bethany
Florist: Nanz & Kraft
Entertainment: Masters of Music
Cake: Mertz Cakes
Photobooth: Funtime Photobooth
Dance Instructor: Let Us Dance

Megan & Jonathan-I Give You My Hand and My Heart and All of My Love with It

Megan & Jon-A Wedding Highlights from Classic Pixels on Vimeo.

I absolutely love it when we come in to a wedding day and both the bride and groom are relaxed and laughing. That means the couple is excited and happy and ready to have some fun. It’s those emtions that really give you a feel for the tone of a wedding day. For Megan and Jonathan, it was laughter and smiles with a few tears of joy all thrown in together. From the moment I met with both of them I knew that they were going to be a blast. I could see from the way they interacted with each other that they were best friends. And who better to marry than your best friend?!
On their wedding day, Jonathan and Megan decided not to see each other before the traditional walk down the aisle. You never really know how you are going to feel when that moment comes. As a couple planning the wedding, you can imagine what it will be like to stand at the front waiting for your bride or as a bride to imagine seeing your groom waiting for you. But there really is no planning for the feelings of that exact moment in time. For some, it can hit you harder than you ever thought possible. It’s that moment that you both have built up and anticipated with excitement and then it arrives; and your emotions just take over. I was so touched by Jonathan’s reaction as Megan was walking up the aisle to join his side. The joy and excitement was just written across his face and it really made me smile. Then with the minister being a close friend and Jonathan and Megan writing their own vows, it was an incredibly personal and intimate ceremony. But with all the touching emotional moments of the ceremony completed, Jonathan and Megan were ready to celebrate with their family and friends at The Gillespie. It was a night that I know they will treasure for a lifetime.

Ceremony: The Henry Clay
Reception: The Gillespie
Caterer: Masterson’s Catering
Photographer: E Motion
Make Up: Chanel at Dillard’s
DJ: Complete Music

Christina & Oliver-I’m Just Really Excited About My Life Going Forward

Christina & Oliver A Wedding Trailer from Classic Pixels on Vimeo.

A wedding is a day of celebration. But the celebration is special because of the family and friends who take the time to celebrate with you. For Christina and Oliver, family and friends came from around the country and from across the pond to share in the celebration of their wedding day. The ceremony was held in the Square in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was a beautiful background with the massive fountain in the background and the flowers in bloom all around.
One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is toast time. In this time of society, we don’t often have the opportunity to tell those around us how we see them, how they make us feel and how they have impacted our lives. Christina and Oliver had some really amazingly touching and funny toasts given in their honor that I know they are greatly loved my those around them. Some of the reactions we captured were priceless! And to top it off, both Christina and Oliver got up to say some very heartfelt words of gratitude to their family and friends.

Ceremony: Bowling Green Square
Reception: 440 Main Restaurant and Bar
Band: John Crosby and The Rescue Blues
Caterer: 440 Main Restaurant and Bar
Flowers: Deemers Florist

Anna & Shannon-Love with Selfish Joy and with Selfless Generosity

When you imagine a real Kentucky wedding, I don’t think it could get any more perfect than Anna and Shannon’s wedding. We started the day off at their farm where Anna was going to get ready. One of the things I really enjoyed about Anna is her expressive personality. She is so full of life and just a lot of fun to be around. At different times during the day, she had me giggling behind my camera with some of the things she said. And when you see the two of them together, you can just see that they are so perfectly matched for each other. All day long, it was smiles and laughter with a few tears of joy. Anna and Shannon chose to celebrate their marriage at Pisgah Presbyterian. This quaint little church looks like it is straight out of the story books; it brings you back to a time long gone and yet you can plainly see it has been lovingly cared for. The minister’s words to Anna and Shannon were so powerful and fitting to their personalities that I knew when I was filming that they would play an important role in this film.
The reception at Keeneland was definitely an event to remember. The room looked absolutely amazing; Jacki, Jaimison and their crew really went all out. Between the martini luge, the bourbon tasting, the photo booth and the band, everyone was having a great time all night long. I don’t think anyone was ready for the night to end. Yet, even Anna and Shannon’s exit was an event. As they drove off, fireworks lined the drive way for an impressive ending to an impressive wedding day.

Ceremony: Pisgah Presbyterian
Reception: Keeneland
Planner: Jacki Allen
Photographer: Kortnee Kate
Make Up Artist: Beauty by Bethany
Flowers: Stuart Hurt
Caterer: Turf Catering
Cake: Martine’s Pastries
Band: Peace, Love & Happiness
Transportation: Gold Shield
Fireworks: W.A.Loeffler Enterprises

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

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

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