Katie’s dad said he never thought anyone would be good enough for his little girl. This was his thought process about first meeting her then boyfriend Brett. And so he didn’t expect to like Brett! It’s hard for us girl dad’s to imagine who will take our daughters hand someday. I mean that’s a huge thing. Handing over the responsibility of someone so dear to another person. Someone you must trust will look after her like you do. Will treat her with the love and respect she deserves. It’s just a bit hard to picture that day even though as dad’s we know that it’s good and the day is coming. I pray for the right one for my little girl.
Perhaps these are some of the hesitations Katie’s dad was feeling when meeting Brett for the first time. He described Katie as kind, compassionate, talented and intelligent. It’s obvious Katie has always been the apple of his eye and he wasn’t about to accept just any guy for her. He would have to be a good one. And thankfully Katie found a great guy in Brett. Some of the words used to describe him were genuine, kind, considerate, intelligent, a great sense of humor and optimistic. So, fortunately Brett made a good impression and as they say the rest was history!
Katie and Brett both attended Notre Dame where they met and fell in love their freshman year. They wanted to have their wedding on campus where they shared many special memories. They had a beautiful wedding with colors Slate blue, white and greenery. Their day began at the Morris Inn on campus. The ceremony was at the Basilica of the sacred heart and the reception at Danke Ballroom in the Stadium. All hosted by Venue ND.
Vendors: Videography Vibrant Video Productions Linens BBJ Linens Reception location Dahnke Ballroom Officiant Father Pete McCormick Invitations Banter & Charm Hair/makeup Salon Nouveau Grooms attire Men’s Wearhouse Florist Poppies by Polly Entertainment Bluewater Kings Band Ceremony location Basilica of the Sacred Heart Catering University Catering Sweets Macri’s Bridesmaids Dress Sorrella Vite Bride’s shoes Bella Belle Shoes
Here’s some other amazing videos we’ve filmed at Notre Dame!
When I first arrived to the air bnb Shannon and her ladies were at Shannon was readying for the champagne spray and toast. I grabbed my camera jumped out of the car and yelled wait for me! I’m glad I was there to catch it as it was an awesome scene to begin the day with.
After cleaning any excess champagne off of their hands Shannon and the bridesmaids began getting ready as we went into filming the details! Shannon’s mother helped her into the dress and it was time for the big reveal. Katie from OMG photography did a great job positioning the bridesmaids at the bottom of the stairs while Shannon walked down to them. All the ladies swooned over seeing her in the dress the first time. It was definitely a highlight of the morning!
Meanwhile Christopher was getting prepped and hanging at the Morris Inn on campus with his guys. He graciously read the letter Shannon had wrote him on camera as Shannon had done with his letter earlier. I always encourage couples to write and read a note from one another if they’re comfortable doing so. It’s a great way to hear in their own words how they feel. Shannon and Christopher’s notes were very sweet.
After all the prep Christopher took one last stroll as a single man along with his guys across the quad over to the Basilica for the wedding mass. Shannon arrived shortly thereafter and was soon coming through those beautiful medieval double doors. All eyes fixed on her as she made her way down that long basilica isle to the man of her dreams.
The reception was on campus at Downes Ballroom overlooking the football stadium. There was speeches, dinner, dancing and a surprise video appearance from the former women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw! For all family and friends who couldn’t join Shannon and Christopher asked us to provide live streaming of the reception. It was a really thoughtful way to include everyone they cared about and really showed their character. Our best to the newlyweds!
flowers: Country Florist– wedding dress designer: Sassi Holford– bridesmaid dresses: Dear Cleo– Groomsmen tux’s: Louie’s Tux Shop – hair and makeup: Blown Away Dry Bar– cake: Sweet Em’s Photography- OMG photography dj: In-tune DJ service venue: venuend
Composing Bryan and Kathryn’s wedding film was like putting together a puzzle picture! Bryan said during his vows that after their first date he knew a future love with Kathryn was inevitable. Kathryn replied that she couldn’t put adequately put words to her love, it was easier to describe it with moments or pictures if you will. Glances, laughs, winks, long hikes together etc.
I hope when you watch the video you will better understand that means. That’s what I love about making wedding films. It’s like painting a picture it starts very undefined and through the process of refining becomes a complete picture.
editing or composing?
I never know what direction the film or story may take until I arrive on the wedding day. I still don’t really know when the filming is done. The discovery mostly happens during the process of editing. I might say selection and arranging is a more appropriate description than editing. Editing sounds so mechanical and removed. When making a wedding film you have to compose the video. Like a music composer a good video editor must feel the work.
putting the pieces together!
With the help of God I take on the composition process with great care, a few ideas and a desire to achieve the best result. I take the many parts of the wedding day and piece them together until I see the puzzle completed. Bryan and Kathryn’s puzzle began from their first meeting or before in their life journey which prepared them for meeting. Our puzzle began with a hundred beautiful little pieces of video and memories from their wedding. Speeches and memories shared by family and friends. Things the couple shared in their own words. Pictures of them interacting, images of the things they chose to include in the day.
When I first met Bryan and Kathryn I could tell they were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed getting to know them. They hosted a beautiful wedding at Hidden Hollow Farm. Check out some other beautiful weddings we’ve filmed at wedding barn venues. Cheers to the the newlyweds!
Julie and Ryan’s Sycamore at Mallow Run wedding was a beautiful way to start out the new year! It was great to start 2021 with a beautiful clear, crisp and sunny January day for them. Their reception event had to be downsized from 250 all the way down to 25! But no worry, they planned accordingly and made it awesome. They used an intimate fireside space in the venue to host the dinner and had all the guests sit around a single large table. Plus the bar was just a few steps from the dining room!
All this to say a micro wedding doesn’t have to feel small when it’s planned right. Even in a huge venue like the Sycamore, it’s all about adjusting and matching the space in the venue to fit the group. And when there’s a small group the staff can provide a better experience for those guests. That said this was a fun group, excited for the couple and the energy level was high!
This was our second time working with the family of the bride. The first was with Josh and Kelly Julie’s older sister and brother in law. It was special to be invited back to spend the day with this wonderful group again and get to know Ryan’s family as well.
THE TRAILER film!
To be continued…
Ryan and Julie are planning to host another large Sycamore at Mallow run wedding reception in January 2022. We have a full length feature film for them coming soon but it will have to wait till next January to premiere it publicly. Cheers to the new Mr. & Mrs!!