Friday, December 31, 2010

Katie and Grant's Ponte Vedra Wedding

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Katie and Grant's ceremony and reception were held at the Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra. Platinum Digital Video loves  Ponte Vedra. That is where Jeff and I got married 9 years ago and I just really like being near the beach.

One of the first things that we noticed as we drove past the gate and along the road to the club, were all the trees. They were left to canopy over the road and it seemed quiet and serene.  We got there early (we always get there early when the wedding is a couple of hours from home). So I was able to look around and scope out where we would set up. The reception area was set up with a pretty yellow theme. Then as the bridesmaids arrived they were dressed in flowing, light yellow dresses that seemed to match the theme just perfectly, yellow like the sun and breezy like the sea air.  When Katie arrived everyone was excited and all worked together to get her dress steamed and perfect. Katie was helped into her dress by her bridal party and Mom. She was filled with smiles and laughter and was naturally happy with how gorgeous her long blond hair looked in waves and curls, and a veil.

The little flower girls were very sweet and funny. They were bursting with excitement and very happy to talk to the camera whenever possible (see the short wedding teaser video above). Then as the time came for me to go and set up with Jeff for the ceremony, Katie said a message to Grant. Then I hurried off to find Grant and he also gave the sweetest message to Katie, (these are in the full length video).

The wedding ceremony was held outside overlooking an incredible marsh (see the large picture in the storyboard). Katie and Grant said their own vows which pretty much melted the heart of anyone listening. These are included in the short film above. The ceremony was to the point and quickly it was time for the kiss, the announcement and the joyous exit. Pictures were taken over looking the marsh. The photographers were great to work with...super easy-going and professional, and kept the photo session relaxed and fun.

Introductions were flawless and then went right into the first dance, "Stay with You," by John Legend. The rest of the night was a fun party with great food and a DJ (Carlton) who understood the mood and kept the party going right to the end of the night. The toasts left not a dry eye in the house, the cake was a tower of adorable cupcakes and the last dance of the evenig was the Black Eyed Peas' cover of Dirty Dancing's "Time of My Life."

Here is a list of the vendors, provided to me by Katie (she added a couple of her own notes too):

Ceremony & Reception Venue (food, bar, setup of ceremony and reception decor/tables/chairs, coordination of ceremony and reception, etc)
 Marsh Landing Country Club
 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Chiavari Chair Rental
Kirby Rentals

Julie Cate Photography

Videographer (That's us!!)
Platinum Digital Video

 A Fantasy in Flowers
 Jacksonville, Florida

Carlton @ McGee Entertainment

Paulina Perez

Klara @ Ten Salon (LOVE her - she did hair for me, 4 of the 5 bridesmaids, my mom and the officiant!)


Ceremony Musician
Richard Kuncicky

The Dress
The Bridal Shop at The Avenues

Nicole C. Vinson, Esq. (personal friend - I was the officiant to marry her and her husband a few years ago)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Tiffani & Brian's Wedding, Gainesville FL

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(see below for a list of vendors)

We started our shoot at the Residence Inn, Marriot where Tiffani and her bridesmaids were getting ready.

As Tiffani had her makeup done, her bridesmaids pulled on their black gowns, painted toe nails hot pink and were brought stunning bouquets of roses adorned with crystals formed in the first letter of their names. They sparkled in their matching chokers and bracelets.

We found Brian and his groomsmen getting ready at University City Church of Christ. He joked with his friends and nervously awaited the moment he would walk out to wait for Tiffani to come down the aisle.  He was so full of emotion when the big moment arrived and their ceremony was just perfect and beautiful.

It was a happy crowd after the ceremony was completed and after formals at the church, the bridal party headed over to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to take some fun shots (see 40 second video)

Then they headed over to Gainesville Country Club as cocktail hour came to a close.

The introductions brought Tiffani and Brian's bridal party to the dance floor where they made a semi circle then cheered on Tiffani and Brian as they entered to a very loud applause. The first dance was to Steve Azar's, "Sunshine." The couple was lucky enough to have friends sing and play the guitar for them and it was flawless and so personal and special.

A major highlight of the evening was when Tiffani surprised Brian with a visit from none other than Albert and Alberta! The party was buzzing with excitement as guests had their pictures taken with the Gator mascots, then there was even a mascot dance with the bride and groom!

The bouquet toss was extra special as the bouquet was arranged to split apart into many bouquets as it was tossed. It was very sweet to see so many happy faces...especially the little girls who got a chance to catch some of the flowers. On the ribbons that tied the bouquets were little messages telling them their fortunes...."You will become engaged to the boy next door."

The bride and groom cut the stunning cakes done by Ms. Debbie's Cake art. Then the rest of the night was buzzing and bumping with dancing and colorful lights zooming around the floor. Then when it was time for the night to end, guests gathered outside lining the pathway to a beautiful old Rolls Royce from Candie's Limo's. Sparklers lit the way as Tiffani and Brian hurried to their car and Brian waved out of the window as they drove off to start their married lives together!

Church - University City Church of Christ
Reception - Gainesville Country Club
Videographer - Platinum Digital Video (that's us!)
Flowers - Danielle Lippy Bodden (phone number coming soon)

DJ - Todd Forrester
Hair - Phyl Lippy & Noelle Talley (813) 643-1400
Makeup - Chelsee Lippy (phone number coming soon)
Cake - Ms Debbie's Sugar Art
Musicians for first dance song - Ryan Alston (cousin) & Weston Johnson

Friday, December 17, 2010

Amy & Lucas's Steinhatchee Landing Resort Wedding

I put this storyboard together with stills from the footage of Amy and Lucas's Platinum Digital Video wedding video.

Resort: Steinhatchee Landing
Florist: Zeigler's Florist
Video (us) : Platinum Digital Video
Photog: Amanda Clark
DJ: Waynes World Entertainment
Grooms cake: Marty Lee (See the storyboard. I think the fish is amazing)
Wedding Cake: Linda Brannon (See the video)

Decorations (minus the flowers on the tables and the pew markers): Amy Bethea!!
Amy's father cut all the wood (he's a logger) and she and her friends and family stuffed the jars for the candy bar. One of her matron's of honor (Katie Fletcher) painted the menu. Amy painted the wedding signs and her father put them up.

The details began just as Platinum Digital Video drove up to theSteinhatchee Landing Resort and we were greeted by a rustic wooden sign penned in white paint, pointing us in the direction of the wedding. 

As we got our equipment together we were greeted by a flower garden that was teaming with yellow butterflies.

The church was like something out of a fariytale...the little chapel with the large wooden doors, hung with two wreaths of bent sticks and tufts of cotton. Large tree stumps rested next to the doors serving as tables for candles.

We had arrived very early so I decided to explore a little. I walked down to the river and there was the huge white tent with bales of hay around it. There were arrangements of pumpkins, candles, cotton and bundled bouquets of wheat. The color theme was simply the deep rich colors of fall. The menu for that evening was written in white paint on a large wooden window pane, resting on a bale of hay.

 I think my favorite touch was the hanging key holes and then the hanging key with the word, “heart” engraved on it.

As I walked around, the florists were arranging the wildflowers into a variety of vases for the tables. The "candy bar" was an array of glass jars decorated with straw ribbon, stuffed with gold, silver, red and copper wrapped chocolate pieces. There was a little petting farm a few feet away from the large tent and I went to say hello to the goats.

I headed back to get some shots of the photo shoot. Amy looked stunning and she and Lucas enjoyed a photo shoot in front of a super cool shiny yellow antique truck. I’m not a car person, I don’t know the year or make. But I know I wanted to take that truck home with me.

The bouquets all matched but were different flowers. No detail was overlooked. The mixing and matching of the Fall theme was so pretty.

After a beautiful ceremony on al alter of tree stumps completely covered in glowing candles, the happy couple went on to walk down to the tent by the river for their reception. 

Here they ate some fried chicken and barbecue with cobbler for desert. Then the wedding party and guests danced the night away under the moon. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. 

The night came to a close with Amy and Lucas, surrounded by their friends and family holding bright sparklers that lit up the dance floor. Here the newly married couple danced to Etta James's "At Last". Sheer perfection!

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