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Come to camp and get married!

This Saturday we are filming the wedding of Will and Morgan at Camp Luther. 

As a kid I stayed at Luther Memorial Camp twice.  It is a sister camp to Luther.  I went once as a field trip and a friend and I liked it so much we went back that summer.  I will forever remember survival games, snipe hunting, talks about Jesus, and jumping off the high dive there! 

The groom, Will, spent most of his childhood at Camp Luther and his family are the caretakers.  In fact, his parents married in the chapel on the grounds. 

We are looking forward to a beautiful day on the lake celebrating their union!

Will said anyone who has spent time at Camp Luther raves about the sunsets.  Here’s a photo of one at the camp.

Lauren and Dan’s portraits

Our partners at Imagine It Photography just put out a sneak peek of Dan and Lauren’s wedding that we filmed recently.  Take at look a just a few of the gorgeous photos and this gorgeous couple! 

We are working on the fine-tune details now of their wedding film and hope to get a sneak peek of it up soon.  It’s beautiful…if we do say so ourselves!

This shows the Hava Negila dance, a tradition where the bride and groom are hoisted up (precariously!) on chairs and pumped up and down.  It was crazy-and fun!  The Hebrew song was composed in the 1920s when Hebrew was being revived as a common language.  Deep tradition and deep laughter make for a delightful experience!

Check out the rest of their photos here.

Photographers, Couple, Servants

So, the other day we mentioned in the blog about the 5 Love Languages.  So, this past Saturday evening, at Dan & Lauren’s
wedding, I saw this in a very humble and honoring way.

I’ve seen it before, but again it reminded me of their
John & Stephanie Uptmor.
Two amazing photographers.
A darling couple.
Two people with hearts the size of Texas. 
Throughout the night, while the two of them
are doing what they do, taking pictures, hustling, arranging people, sweating
in the heat,  they are always serving others.  
I saw this
as we had taken a little dinner break, and all of us vendors were sitting there
eating.  A couple of the guys were talking about frustrations with their daytime jobs.  John, having worked in the same field, proceeded to tell them about some good job openings and how to get an in with the company.  I mean, he didn’t have to do that,
didn’t have to care….but he does.  This is just, it seems to me,
John’s normal.  It’s really honorable and honoring.
I was also the receipent of such kindness as I asked
Stephanie if she had an aspirin for my raging headache that night.  John became
my hero as he quickly got up and bought me some.  
I mean…really?!
He didn’t have to, but he just did.  He probably
would have rather rested his feet for a bit, but he didn’t.  He
On top of it all, Stephanie and John are also always building up others with
their words.  It’s genuine.  That’s just who they
Truly thankful for these two and the kindness that exudes
from them!  
Get to know them more and see their work at Imagine It Photography!

The Key to Marital Bliss: The Ohio State Buckeyes?!

If there is one key to marital bliss, what would it be?

We’re not sure, but a key to wedding day bliss for Ohio State graduates has got to be to have The Ohio State Alumni Band play at your reception!

We had the privilege of filming Lauren and Dan’s wedding this past Saturday.  We enjoyed being a part of many firsts for us that day, like seeing our first ketubah ceremony, our first wedding under a chuppah,  but certainly the most exuberant part of that lovely day was seeing the crowd quite literally go nuts dancing and singing along with The Ohio State Alumni band.

Lauren and Dan met at Ohio State and brought their love for the Buckeyes to full form to celebrate their union.  Here’s a small clip of the fun!
Goodman clip 1 from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Getting married in a mansion in Cleveland

Did you ever dream of getting married at a castle, a palace, or a mansion?

Well, the Western Reserve Historical Society is pretty darn close.

When I heard we would be filming a wedding there, my first thought was: Isn’t that the place with the car museum?

Indeed it is, but I had no idea that they also had this amazing courtyard perfect for a pristine, intimate, yet royal wedding.

The Western Reserve Historical Society is actually housed in an Italian-renaissance style mansion built in 1911.

For Alex and Sloane’s wedding, the bride and her bridesmaids get themselves ready in the old library, adorned with books, and thick wood-paneled doors.  They exited into the former main hallway, past sweeping stairways and a stone fireplace, and then out the double doors, graced with wrought iron gates to reveal the former gardens.  There the wedding guests awaited on white wooden chairs while a harpist played.

You don’t need to go to Europe for any of this.  It’s right here, near University Circle in Cleveland.

Take a look below to see a short segment of Alex and Sloane’s wedding and the beautiful Western Reserve Historical Society mansion.

Cammock clip from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

For Real Wedding Films gets a mention on The Knot!

For Real Wedding Films makes its first appearance on The Knot!

Family friends Alex and Sloane had a simply stunning wedding last August and we had the privilege of being their videographers.  Their wedding was so stunning that it landed them an article on the ever popular wedding site called The Knot.
Our friends Stephanie and John at Imagine It Photography did an amazing job photographing the wedding and their photos grace the article.
At the bottom of the article the other vendors of the wedding got mentioned too and we are there on the list!  No link, but hey, you can’t have everything, right? 🙂
Just wanted to share our little joys with you all!

Need to save money on your wedding? Try a brunch reception!

So we got married young…at least according to my
in-laws (They were in their 30’s). Kurt and I had just graduated from college and being oh so crazy, got engaged our senior year and married the following winter.  

Who gets married a week before Christmas?  
We crazy birds did!
(My poor mother who had to take care of all the out of town
company right before a major holiday…and we had no concern of this as we were
blissfully happy away on our honeymoon)
Ignorance can be bliss!
Anywho, one of the best pieces of being married right before
Christmas was that the church was gloriously decorated.  We had no
flowers to purchase, no decorations needed.  Poinsettas filled the
sanctuary with beauty and regalness.
So, simple.
So beautiful.
So free.  🙂

I just came across a blog that shared how the bride wanted a
wedding brunch (including this cinnamon roll-flavored wedding cake-delish!).  I love the idea.  Again…

A lot cheaper than a 3 course dinner meal.  
So, if you’re trying to figure out how to cut costs, check
out this idea as well as a number of ideas off this other fun blog (or this one), all about doing
a wedding on a shoe string budget.

The Flavor of a Wedding

Each wedding has a flavor.

One wedding that had a unique flavor was the wedding of Russ and Kathleen.

They married in a picturesque small town in Indiana.  It was so much fun to wed the feel of this tiny, American railroad town with the sacredness of the church and the detailed beauty of Kathleen’s wedding dress.  That, coupled with sweet moment of Russ and Kathleen with their moms, made for such a touching wedding film intro.


The Flavor of a Wedding from For Real Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Are you planning a wedding? Step away from the ledge

Congratulations!  You’re getting married!

Ha!  Oddly enough, many brides planning their weddings know the dichotomy of the above list.  

Take some advice from a photographer that we know from a wedding vendor forum.  She writes:

I spent the last week up
until my last bride’s wedding sending her daily text messages reminding her to
take a deep breath and have a glass of wine.  

She was one second away from epic melt down so I played
therapist/wedding planner/best friend/photographer hats the whole time.   

I sent her little notes like: 

“this is
your daily off-the-ledge text message.  You
hired professionals.  All you have to do is show up and let us handle it.  Now, go
have a glass of wine and pet your dog.”

-Claire Goodfriend from c. goodfriend photography

Good advice.  🙂

Life on a Tuesday: Men, Women, Happiness, & Twinkly Lights

So last night when my man would rather have been going to
bed, he was tacking in these cute little

white lights that we just

It was a Pottery Barn splurge.  
But seriously, they are so
cute.  And why was my man doing this?  Because:
1.  He loves me
2.  He wants to make me happy
And little white, happy twinkly lights in our little sunroom
(my little place of refuge in the early am) are a super delight to me! 
They truly make me happy.  
They say to me
Put your feet up. 
(You didn’t know little cute, twinkly lights could talk, did
you?! )
Such a small, life pleasure.  And Kurt knows this. 
So, he was willing to put them up for me when he probably wished we were in bed
watching a movie. 

Bottom line:  Men really want to make us women happy!  
Allow yourself to be made happy.  Maybe there’s a little, small something that would bring you a lot of joy.  Allow your spouse to
do that for you!  And then enjoy it!!