January 5, 2017

Wedding Films

JohnPaul & Katy – Amarillo TX Wedding

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Adair Photography
Church: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Amarillo, TX
Venue: The Bowery Warehouse, Amarillo, TX

Since we started looking at weddings more like special events and less like hollywood movie productions some things have happened. There is the personal side, for example. How we have been trying to connect more with the feelings and emotions of our clients and their day, how we have been more open to special and unexpected moments, how we have been trying to portray weddings from a more ‘real’ and ‘unique’ perspective. We have been stepping out of clichés in wedding storytelling, not just for the sake of it, but mainly because we found our work could be more human, meaningful, and honest.

At the same time we have come to appreciate wedding stories as… well, wedding stories. The personalities of the bride and groom, family members and friends, the conversations, the laughter, the fun, the excitement, the small moments, the big moments, everything, it all connects in a way that make every wedding an opportunity to look around and be amazed at the beauty and complexity of love and life.

One of the things that I (Robert) particularly love to see is when we capture some emotion from the groom. It’s one of the things that I like about first looks, or about the moment when the bride walks down the aisle. Not always, but in general, men are a bit more reserved about how they feel. I can totally connect with the groom sometimes being nervous, excited, happy, and in love. There is, however, another important man in the wedding day: the bride’s dad. I think it’s beautiful when we can see even if just a glimpse of the relationship between a father and his daughter. It is just great when we can include that in the story of the wedding.

JohnPaul and Katy brought us to Amarillo, TX, to film their special day. They are both super nice people, and they were so awesome to work with. We are so thankful. Their wedding had both a groom in love and a loving father, and this film explores some of this…

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December 20, 2016

Wedding Films

Kason & Brandi – Fulford Barn Wedding

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Aric+Casey Photography
Venue: Fulford Barn, Brownfield, TX

I’ve always been fascinated by the different forms of human expression. More specifically, expression that is not limited to words. Expressing things, for example, though images and sounds, brush strokes and colors, major and minor notes, rhythm, melodies, etc. Whether it is painting, music, photography, or other forms of art, I think it is pretty magical that we can understand things that are not necessarily laid out in a literal way. There is more, though. I think we are all equipped with the most amazing forms of expression. A lot can be said with just a look, gesture, or body language. And… so much of this is already around us in our every day, but I really love that wedding filmmaking is giving us the opportunity to explore this.

Now, sometimes we do have to pay extra attention in how we find emotion, how we capture it, and how we portray it. Other times (like in this wedding!) it seems as if all the feelings and emotions are so clear, and there is so much of it all, that you can easily notice what I mentioned above. Just seeing how the bride looked at her groom, and the other way around, you could already know their love and happiness. There was excitement in the voice of Kason when talking about Brandi, and there was just something special in those moments of the bride putting on her dress prior to the ceremony. And I haven’t even mentioned all the beautiful words they wrote to each other and the very emotive surprise toast. Yes, this wedding was beautiful…

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November 29, 2016

Wedding Films

David & Sarah – City Club Wedding

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Tracy Autem and Lightly Photography
Ceremony: Robert Carr Chapel, Fort Worth
Reception: City Club, Fort Worth
Planner: Sarabeth Events
Band: Signed Sealed Delivered
Flowers: Justine Flowers

“It feels so real and raw” is something we are hearing more often in regards to our work. And we are glad we can make something that feels like this. While in search for our own voice in the wedding video industry, we realized that the way to make something meaningful was to make it real and authentic. This element of authenticity goes beyond ‘just’ quality in the technical aspects of the job, but it has more to do with a vision and with expression. We are glad to be able to share what we see in a wedding day, the ‘how’ we see it, and we are honored when others understand or feel identified with some of the feelings we portray…

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November 17, 2016

Wedding Films

Ji Yi & Ariella – Trophy Club Wedding

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Sergio Mejia
Ceremony: Arlington Chinese Church
Reception: Trophy Club

If weddings could be described with a color, Ji Yi and Ariella’s would be red. Their wedding, even though in America, had a very Chinese feel. In China, red color represents good luck and happiness… this was, indeed, a very happy celebration.

One of the things I love about this culture is the respect to older generations and the importance they place on family. Parents from both sides shared some words at the reception and they had us all in tears. Some people made it through the engagement video that was projected, some others were able to make it through Ariella’s dad toast, but by the time Ji Yi’s mom spoke very few had dry eyes. It was very touching to hear about how much both families loved their children, and how happy they were for them…

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November 2, 2016

Wedding Films

Ryan & Sydney – Hobby Center Wedding – Houston

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Philip Thomas
Ceremony: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston
Reception: Hobby Center
Planner: Mallory Ferreira at Two Be Wed

We believe there is a special “something” when we tell the wedding story based on natural moments. The emotion, the feelings, the joy and happiness… it’s all very real. So we’ve been trying to step back from directing or staging, and we are trying to pay attention to the little moments and situations that make every wedding unique.

The day usually goes by really fast, and when we look at the footage weeks after, we can see things we didn’t even notice while being there. Small gestures can reveal personalities, and distant sounds can bring us back to that very place. That’s a big part of our job. To see things and details that would otherwise go unnoticed. Little pieces of life that once connected in a film can recreate that day in a very personal way. Rather than making weddings feel like Hollywood movies, we want them to feel like intimate portraits. We want our work to be about the people. We want it to be about love… and more often than not, love does not need extra decorations: it is beautiful in itself.

Then there is the cinematic element. Sound, images, shooting and editing techniques. All of these can bring that extra bit of magic, but if not careful they can also take over. That’s why we are being very mindful of every detail in our films, every single shot and sound is carefully chosen. In the end, we want to make films that feel honest and authentic. We want our clients to see their film and know that’s them…

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October 17, 2016

Wedding Films

Tanner & Meredith

*Note: to watch the longer Feature Film instead of the short click HERE.

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Artistry in Focus
Venue: Hidden Waters

One of the things we like about being wedding filmmakers is that we get to meet some really awesome people. I believe it is truly an honor to be chosen by our clients for capturing one of the most important days of their lives, but even more than that, it is something extra-special when we really get to capture who they are. This, as simple as it sounds, is one of the biggest challenges for us holding the cameras. It goes beyond simply documenting an event, it is more about learning who we are as human beings, paying attention to people and their relationships, trying to have a better understanding of emotions, how the person in front the camera feels, how we can translate all of that to moving images and sounds.

And still… in the end, this craft would be nothing without trust. I think this is one of key elements in our work. It is something we don’t take for granted and something we continue to pursue. It takes trust to hire a filmmaker for your day. It also takes trust to be oneself when there’s a camera around, it really does. But as you can see, that’s when we are able to make a more honest portrait of our couples. The whole thing feels more personal. That’s something we really loved from Meredith and Tanner. Not only are they beautiful people, not only could we see how much they loved each other, but being around them we could also feel their trust towards us. That says a lot of who they are, and it also means a lot to us…

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September 29, 2016

Wedding Films

Matthew & Rebecca

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Jessica Gold Photography
Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center
Planner: Melanie Ewing at Refined Romance Events
MakeUp: The Styling Stewardess
DJ: Michael Vieria at LeForce

Normally we do not give a name to our films (other than the name of the couple), but if we were to name this one, it would be called “Reasons I Want to Marry You.” We hope you watch until the end and figure out the story behind this title. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’ll say that we love it when we can find small sub-stories as part of the bigger wedding story. Matthew and Rebecca’s day had plenty of those and we were truly honored to be there to capture it all. From the getting ready & small moments in the morning, to a beautiful and very emotive ceremony, to a super fun party at night… well, this wedding had it all.

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July 15, 2016

Wedding Films

Lee & Kelsey

Cinematography and Editing: Robert J. P. Oberg and Sunny

Photography: Rachael Lindsy (photos of the day HERE)
Ceremony: Kessler Park United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Dallas Scottish Rite
Makeup: Erin Blair Makeup and Hair
Coordinator: Sarah Kee at Keestone Events
DJ: Astounding Sounds

Earlier this the week I was discussing long distance relationships with my wife, Sunny. We believe this kind of relationship requires more commitment, trust, and effort than usual. We already live in a fast/busy world and everyone has their everyday share of pressure… distance is not something we would usually want to factor in a relationship. Still… on the bright side, overcoming this challenge may be rewarding and the couple can have a closeness that would have not been possible otherwise. This is why we love it when we see couples like Lee and Kelsey, a couple that despite it all they made it work. We got to film their wedding rehearsal and we had the opportunity to learn more about their story, how their friends and relatives were able to see that even with the distance their relationship and love grew together. Their Highlights is built around the emotions and moments of their day, but if you liked it we invite you to check their Feature Film HERE, where you can learn more of their story…

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