This wedding was immensely special for Tim and I to film. Taylor and Drew are friends of ours from Wheaton, and Tay and I were roommates our senior year. Taylor is a fabulous photographer in the Charleston area and she and I actually photographed one of our very first weddings together! Little did we know back then we’d both be doing this full-time!
Before Taylor and Drew got engaged, I remember Taylor and I chatting with our girlfriends about whether we’d rather attend a friend’s wedding as a guest or document it. I immediately answered that I’d rather document it. I love the intimacy of filming (or photographing) a dear friend’s big day. I feel I get to celebrate with them on their day and continue celebrating with them in the days, weeks, and months to come as we edit through the footage and put together a film that tells their story.
As a videographer I got to have a first hand look at the joy on Taylor’s mom’s face as she helped her get into her dress and the sweet words she and the girls prayed over her before sending her off to see Drew.
I got to see the excitement on Taylor’s face and her sweet tears when we surprised her with a Skype conversation with Lily, our college roommate who SO wished she wasn’t in South Korea that day, celebrating from the other side of the globe.
Tim got to witness the relaxed, carefree morning the boys had over at their house. (Seriously. Drew is one of the most chill, easy-going people we know.) And he got to hear Drew’s words about Taylor – his thoughtful and honest words expressing how deeply he loves this girl.
I got to witness the deep breaths Taylor took and her nervous excitement right before she got to see Drew – even though she has photographed tons of other brides and their first looks, she was suddenly asking me “What do I do? Do I just walk up behind him? Do I tap him on the shoulder?” Now, this was her moment. Not the moment for all the other brides she had guided into their first looks before that. This was her moment to see her groom and she savored it completely.
We got to spend so much time exploring the grounds of the Pepper Plantation with the two of them and Jonny and Michele of Paper Antler (You HAVE to go see the photographs they captured of this day! What a JOY it was for us to get to work alongside these two incredibly talented and passionate photographers!) Taylor and Drew had the most relaxed first look and photo time, and it shows. They weren’t concerned with rushing off to the next thing. They planned in plenty of time for photos and video, and for that we are so grateful – it makes such a big difference!
We are so proud of this film we put together of Taylor and Drew’s day. We hope that as you watch it you find yourselves celebrating with us and with Taylor and Drew as we did together on this beautiful day.
Venue: The Pepper Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina
Coordinator: Emily Weidle
Hair/Makeup: Abby Scherf
Flowers: Branch Design Studio
Rental Company: Snyder Event Rental
Officiant: Brodie Swanson
Photo Booth: Finger Snappin
Caterer: Crazy Dutchman
Cake (Pie!): Crazy Dutchman
Photography: Paper Antler
Videography: Grain & Compass