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My heart is at home | Wedding at notre dame in south bend, Indiana!

Hearing Mary and Jamie tell their story it’s easy to see their hearts are at home together. Mary says she knew the first time she saw Jamie. Jamie described taking Mary to vacation with his family very early on in their courtship and it being so natural. They are from opposite ends ends of the country. Mary from Florida and Jamie from California but their paths converged at the crossroads of America, Indiana! Since they met at Notre Dame University it was only fitting that they were married in a destination wedding on campus at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart back where it all began.

The idea of home being where the heart is was the meaning behind an awesome song Jamie wrote and performed for Mary at their reception at The Brick. Since they met whether they were just across campus from each other during college years or coasts apart they had found their home in one another. Our best to the new couple. May your home be blessed with happiness and filled with beauty!

By |May 23, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ryan & Kelly | Share personal vows at Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant in Buchanan, MI

Ryan and Kelly had all the elements of a jaw dropping beautiful outdoor wedding day as they shared personal vows at Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant. Their wedding day was white, bright and beautiful! I was early to the location as planned and captured some stunning imagery from the venue. The vineyard fully loaded with ripe grapes ready for harvest, the reception tables all set and the ceremony space bright white and gleaming in the sun. This set the stage for the epic wedding day that was about to unfold.

Kelly and her girls arrived with great energy and we went right into taking footage of her and her girls posing and getting prepped. Following that we filmed Ryan looking dapper in his tux. From there it was straight into their ceremony where they exchanged thoughtful personal vows. Have I mentioned before how much we love and outdoor wedding and when couples share their own vows? They said I do and shortly thereafter the party was underway! We filmed all the speeches, dancing and important moments until it was time for their faux send off at dusk which was beautiful and unforgettable!

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What is Wedding Cinematography?



That’s a good question! My short definition is it’s an artistic approach to wedding filmmaking. To understand this I think it helps to understand a couple of other terms, wedding videography, documentary edit or full length film & creative edit. We’ll get to those in a minute. Wedding cinematography in short means creatively filming and editing so that my images have a better aesthetic and emotional appeal. The goal is to create a beautiful eye catching wedding film!


Wedding documentary edit is all about documenting events for posterity so you can watch it later just as it happened. I still offer a documentary edit in addition to our creative edits. With the documentary approach the focus is on multiple camera angles with multiple microphones capturing the ceremony & reception events as they happened. Some also call this approach wedding videography. We do this with a focus on great image quality, exceptional sound quality and beautiful shot compositions. The documentary is perfect to watch on your anniversary but make sure you make plenty of time to do so. These edits can be pretty long depending depending on the length of your ceremony and reception!


The opposite of the documentary edit is the cinematic or creative edit. We love to make creative edits for our clients and it’s the bulk of our work! For us the creative edit is generally 5-6 minutes long and includes the best of the best from your wedding day. We use speeches, vows and as much artistic footage as we can to tell your story. All tied together by curated & licensed music. 

For some other professionals the creative edit means not documenting all the formal events but selectively shooting throughout the day. With the goal of making a short artistic edit only. Although this may be fine for some brides the problem is you miss out on things. The editor will decide which segments of toasts to include and is forced to cut a lot. Although it may be a beautiful short film what if you want to look back at all the speeches given at your reception? Or see all of your first dance and hear all the advice your minister or officiant gave you?


I find most clients want a mix of the two, the cinematic and documentary approach. and that’s what we offer in all our video packages

We are cinematic, story driven filmmakers. I love the small segments a great wedding day love story. Alone the segments don’t give a full picture but put together they point toward a beautiful whole! As a story teller I’ve come to realize there’s always beauty in what’s left out as much as what’s put in. Maybe that’s why I love filming the wedding day. It’s not the couples whole life story together but it’s a crucial piece of it. By carefully capturing and incorporating the important details of the day we bring together the elements of their story in such a way to make their film complete and beautiful!

I’m also a firm believer that wedding film is art and every film project starts from a blank canvas. Myself being an artist I personally film and edit your wedding. I offer a custom, hands on experience which results in making authentic connections with our clients. The goal is to create a timeless film you will enjoy and a deliver a great experience on your wedding day!

Bethany & Rob | Married at Daniel’s Vineyard in McCordsville, IN

It was a beautiful, fun filled Daniel’s Vineyard wedding day for Bethany and Rob in McCordsville, IN. Bethany and Rob both described falling in love and knowing it was meant to be from their first encounter at Kilroy’s over breadsticks. In a similar way they described seeing Daniel’s Vineyard for the first time and knowing that it was the wedding venue for them. It’s true what they say “when you know you know”. Bethany and Rob are two people who definitely know. And they know how to throw a party! They hosted a beautiful wedding ceremony outside under umbrellas and an equally amazing reception inside in the ballroom. All decorated with lavish floral by Gina Howald and team.

As their minister stated we don’t always know God’s plan but Bethany and Rob were in the exact right place at the exact right time to meet one another and fall in love. We were also happy to be in the right place at the right time for them! It was an incredible wedding day at Daniel’s Vineyard masterfully planned and executed by Events by Kennedy and a fantastic vendor team. Our best to Bethany and Rob!


Vendor Team

Venue Blue Blossom Rentals

Wedding Coordinator Events by Kennedy

Photographer The Siners

Videographer Vibrant Video Productions

Caterer Jonathan Byrds

Dj Sound Advice

Band Payton Collier & The Candleburners

Makeup Ova Beauty

Hair Mel Allen

Bakery Classic Cakes

Florist Gina Howald

Rentals Wow Factors & Blue Blossom Rentals

Ice Luge Hose and Sons

Transportation Metropolitan Shuttle


The Bold and Beautiful Wedding of Jana & Tyler | Notre Dame, IN

It was a big, bold, beautiful wedding day for Jana and Tyler on the campus of Notre Dame University! Certainly a day to remember. Jana and Tyler both have large extended families. They both attended Notre Dame where they met eventually fell in love and made countless friends and memories along the way.


For starter this was a big event! Take the wedding party. They had 11 Bridesmaids and groomsmen on each side. I’ve seen big wedding groups before and they’ve sometimes been difficult to manage but theirs was a fun group. They were all very attentive and having a blast. The ceremony was big! They packed the Basilica side to side and to the back rows. The reception didn’t fail to impress either. Jana and Tyler hosted some 400 guests in Dahnke Ballroom and completely filling the space with people excited to celebrate with them.


Jana and Tyler made bold choices for their day including having the largest most expensive venue in town for their wedding reception. They incorporated the President of the University to preside over their wedding and say the Homily. They also chose two very bold speakers to toast them at their reception! Jana’s maid of honer Kathleen and Tyler’s brother Logan did a great job roasting them and telling heartfelt stories. Although Jana and Tyler may have blushed a few times they were well represented in all.


Of course the bride was beautiful. The groom was handsome. And the wedding was beautifully designed and executed. It was a beautiful day on the campus of Notre Dame. Everything went smoothly and it was great filming on campus with them. Jana and Tyler were very warm and helped us fit right in. What a day, and what a perfect way to celebrate two wonderful people and families coming together. Our best to Jana and Tyler!

By |August 9, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Madeline and Jagger’s incredible wedding weekend | at Notre Dame


A true theme of Jagger and Madeline’s wedding event was hospitality and inclusivity. They were very warm and welcoming from the first time we met and made a special effort throughout the weekend to make everyone feel welcomed and appreciated.

the rehearsal

Madeline and Jagger brought it all back to where it began at their alma mater The University of Notre Dame. Something I don’t often do but was a highlight for me was attending their rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at Rohr’s in the Morris Inn. It was great way to get better acquainted with their family and friends before their actual event. Not only was it fun to film all the heartfelt speeches & interview their guests but they provided us a delicious meal along with everyone else.

wedding day!

The wedding day itself was amazing! From getting ready at the Morris and taking photos with Ben Pancoast Photography around Notre Dame campus and on the football field it flowed smoothly. We made the best of every minute and every moment along with Jagger and Madeline. To the couple many thanks for your hospitality and inclusivity. Join me in helping them celebrate all over again by watching the film!

Kate & Jake’s perfect Wedding Day | at Chikaming CC in Sawyer, Michigan

Kate and Jake had a beautiful, perfect wedding day in Sawyer, Michigan this past June. The weather was perfectly clear, cool and breezy. Which was extra special as their event was outdoors at their family golf club. From getting ready at the bride’s family home on the banks of Lake Michigan to the ceremony and reception at Chikaming Country Club it was a dream all day. Merry Me Events helped the couple with planning, florals and design. They always do amazing work but totally nailed it for Kate & Jake. The details, colors and smells where captivating and the event space flowed beautifully from ceremony to reception.

Kate, Jake and their family and friends were a pleasure to work with and all helped make us feel very welcome. Please check out this film and share in their perfect wedding day!

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