I may be daydreaming reflecting on Katie and Brad’s ethereal winter wedding. White and bright, cold and grey but hospitable. Subtle cool tones. These are some of the adjectives I’d use to describe the campus of Notre Dame in winter. At least the campus on the kind of day that Katie and Brad had. It was beautiful to say the least. Warm enough we were able to film outside without gloves. But our ears and hands reminded us it was still winter after a half hour or so. Katie Whitcomb and I had a blast taking photos & filming while Katie & Brad did their part looking great and braving the cold. Kudos to them!
We began the day filming with Katie and her bridal crew getting glammed up at their suite in Hilton Garden Inn. We even got a few of Brad getting suited up with his bro’s. Then it was time for Katie’s big reveal with her father as they shared a first look moments before heading to the church. Their Basilica ceremony was beautiful. The priest shared a some memories from Katie’s time taking his “tree class”. Then he even shared some of Katie’s reflections from her time in class. He incorporated those reflections into their ceremony homily in a beautiful way. Their reception followed at the Gillespie conference center nearby which is perfect for large or intimate events such at theirs.
Their winter wedding film has certain attributes of heavenly grace and sublime beauty. Perhaps a good reflection of Katie and Brad’s married life together!
Dress Christina Wu BridalReception Venue Gillespie Conference Center Ceremony Venue The Basilica Hotel Hilton Garden Inn South Bend Cake Macri’s Italian Bakery Hair and MakeupNicholas J Salon Floral Pollies by PoppyDj ProShow Photography Katie Whitcomb photography Videography Vibrant Video Productions
Brandon and Amelia hosted their Tabor Hill Winery wedding winter event outdoors in November at Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, Michigan! It was a perfect day for a winter wedding with a little snow on the ground but clear skies and not too cool. Ok, so it’s a little unusual to host a wedding outdoors in November, in Michigan no less! I wouldn’t recommend it to the average bride but… if you have the gumption, the know how and the resources to pull it off it can be an incredible, visceral experience.
Let’s just say Amelia, her family and co-workers with Burns Rentals did have the resources and the know how to pull it off. They are a full service special events rental and design company located in Mishawaka. Great people who I would strongly recommend! They did an amazing job from an outdoor cigar tent to snow sweeping machines and beautiful open flame area heaters. The team at Burns had all the tricks to keep us warm while outside and inside. They planned, designed and furnished the event. Since their team was there to play they made a great choice and hired our Angie with Belle Behind the Ball to coordinate the day! Here’s another great event Burns Rentals provided for we filmed for Sarah & Justin
All in all it was an incredible day. We were honored to be part of their celebration!
Photography Beth Anne Anderson
Coordinator Belle Behind the Ball Wedding & Event Planning
Entertainment 27 Entertainment
Event Design & Decor Burns Rent-Alls, Inc. Special Events
I consider myself to be an opportunistic filmmaker. When I arrived to Notre Dame’s campus where Sunni and Tyler were getting ready for their wedding around 8 a.m. I jumped out of the car along the road to capture the snow falling on Notre Dame Blvd. Along my short walk to the Morris Inn I stopped to film other key features on campus. I am always blown away by how beautiful the campus is but it was especially beautiful this winter morning. Putting the beautiful campus aside, the real stars of the show were Tyler and Sunni. Their natural beauty and great camera awareness made it impossible to get a bad shot! It was a privilege to work with them and we wish them the best in their life together!
Its been awhile since my last post as the holiday season is here and everything has been typically busy. I’ve always been extra busy around the holidays trying to get as many video edits done before christmas as possible so couples can watch them with their folks. Also In the past I’ve usually had at least one wedding to film around christmas however this year I have three weddings to film this December and two couples in January! This is fantastic as I really enjoy winter weddings. There’s something really mysterious and romantic about snow and cold grey weather which is perfect for the low indirect lighting desired in photo/video making.
My first winter wedding will be this weekend and will be in South Bend Indiana at the Basilica of the sacred heart of Notre Dame for the wedding of Carla and Tom who just recently booked us for the day. I’m really excited to be working with them!