Shelby and Ethan’s DAC Wedding

Happy 2015!!!

I am so excited to share Shelby and Ethan’s DAC wedding!  These two are just the sweetest couple and they had an absolute blast on their winter wedding day, which makes for a wonderful wedding film!  When Shelby wasn’t shedding happy tears (she is a self-proclaimed weeper), she was cracking the biggest grin all day!   

DAC winter weddingShelby and Ethan met during training for a new job, on a 90 minute train ride from Milwaukee to Chicago.  Ethan was hooked instantly, and called his mom (aww) to tell her that he had met someone.  The rest is history!

Their day was full of special little moments between the two of them and their family and friends whom they love so much.  Ethan’s face was priceless as he watched Shelby bust out a spontaneous rendition of “All I Want For Christmas is You” while they were taking photos at Campus Martius!

DAC winter wedding

Shelby included touches of her family’s tartan throughout the wedding as a nod to their Scottish heritage. Another important part of her life are her sorority sisters.  They had a really heartwarming tradition of gathering together at some point during the day and each girl in the circle shared a fun story about Shelby and encouragement to her for married life.  It was one of my favorite parts of the day because it was so unique and heartfelt, and they also got a little silly

DAC winter wedding

 

DAC winter wedding

We had a wonderful time shooting alongside the very talented Abby of Abby Rose Photo.  Kudos to her for these absolutely stunning images!

Congratulations to Shelby and Ethan!!

Sarah Graziosi
Editor | 3rd Street Films

Ceremony Venue | Saint Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe MI
Reception Venue | Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit MI
Photography | Abby Rose Photo
Wedding Coordinator | Julia Alden
Florals | Flowers by Gabby
Band | Skyline & the Backstreet Horns

Jennifer and Craig’s Cornman Farms Wedding

So apparently transparent tents are a major thing now, and we are loving it!! Jennifer and Craig’s Cornman Farms wedding was a perfectly chic and rustic event.  While dinner took place inside the tent, they were married outside in front of the beautiful Farmhouse just in time to miss the thunderstorm!!  Jennifer and Craig certainly didn’t let the rain spoil their reception, and as Jenn’s father said in his speech “if anything important or wonderful has to happen, it has to rain.”  An army of umbrella-wielding event staff made their grand entrance from the barn into the tent possible.  And they’re still all smiles!

zingerman cornman farms wedding

This was our very first time filming at Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, a new venue that opened its doors in May of this year.  It was such a wonderful venue, and Jenn and Craig made use of the Farmhouse, the Barn and also a tent for their wedding!  We had a great time shooting alongside David Wittig Photography who joined us from Chicago.

Jennifer looked beautiful in her Oscar de la Renta gown, and I love that she brought in some of her family’s Indian customs by wearing traditional Henna and bangles.  I think Craig’s “Wow!” upon first seeing her pretty much summed it up :).  The day was full of sweet moments between the two of them, from their first look to their heartfelt personalized vows, and their trailer shows only a fraction of the fun everyone had throughout the day.

Rain or shine, these two had a blast together on their wedding day.  Congratulations Jennifer and Craig!!

Sarah Graziosi
Editor | 3rd Street Films

Venue // Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
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hotography // David Wittig Photography
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oordination // Staci Kennedy of Who’s Got The Time
Event Design // Viva La Diva Events
Florals // Dexter Flowers
Band // Brena Band

Amber and Jared’s Meadow Brook Hall Wedding

My first thoughts as I went through Amber and Jared’s footage: LOOK at that dress!!! Amber totally rocked her long sleeved lace Berta gown, and with her movie star blonde curls she looked amazing!!  As you can see from their first look, Jared certainly approved :).   Amber and Jared’s Meadow Brook Hall wedding was an absolutely stunning and classy event.  The Pegasus garden is a perfect ceremony backdrop.  Instead of a unity candle ceremony, Amber and Jared wrote letters to each other to be placed in a time capsule with a bottle of wine and then opened on their first anniversary.  They would then write new letters and a new bottle of wine for the next year, and every year after! Such a fun and unique tradition.

The reception tent was adorned with lovely florals by Flourish Event Design, and we had a wonderful day shooting alongside Amy Carroll Photography.  Congratulations Amber and Jared!!

Sarah Graziosi
Editor | 3rd Street Films

Meadow Brook Hall Weddings // meadowbrookhall.org
Amy Carroll Photography // acarrollphotography.com
Flourish Event Design // flourisheventdesign.com
Simone Vitale Band // simonevitale.com

Katie and Matthew’s Northern Michigan Wedding

Katie and Matt have been together for ten years, and you can just tell they are so comfortable being themselves together.  50 days out from the wedding, Katie wrote a thought each day in a journal about their relationship to give to Matt on the wedding day.  It was filled with adorable little stories as well as some fun lists like how many superhero movies have been released since they’ve been dating.

We had such a blast filming Katie and Matthew’s northern Michigan wedding in Glen Arbor this weekend!  It was worth the long drive to be part of such an amazing day. This event was literally built from the ground up on Katie’s family property on the beach, and the transparent tent was truly stunning!  We had a great time shooting alongside Jennifer and Gabe from Hillebrand Photography, and we also go to see one of our past couples Amanda and Daniel!

I think my favorite part about doing a same day edit is getting to see the couple and their family react to their wedding film firsthand.  It reminds me that we’re in the business of creating priceless memories for our couples, even though they occurred only hours before!  About halfway through their Same Day Edit, Katie started to tear up, and when it had finished she said “I think it just finally hit me that I’m married!!”  It was really awesome to be a part of that realization :)

Sarah Graziosi
Editor | 3rd Street Films

same day edit

Hillebrand Photography // hillebrandphotography.com
Field of Flowers // fieldofflowersfarm.com
Bob Mervak Trio // bobmervak.com
Scott from 2 Bays DJ // 2baysdjs.com

Lily and Rayan’s Steampunk Grand Hotel Wedding

If I could describe Lily and Rayan in a word, it would definitely be unconventional.  As we got to know them in the months leading up to their wedding, it seemed like everything about them from how they met to what they’d planned for their wedding, added a new wonderfully interesting layer to their story.

For example, Lily spent a year hitchhiking across the country, she met Rayan in a Native American tracking class, and the two of them spend most of their time developing a fully sustainable community out in the desert of San Francisco! How cool is that?  As we learned all these things about them, it came as no surprise that they wanted a unique wedding day.

Lily had spent summers at Mackinac Island during her childhood, and thought the Grand Hotel would be a perfect spot for a summer wedding.  However, this wasn’t going to be just any Grand Hotel wedding, they decided to make it a steampunk themed event and to invite all of their guests (and vendors!) to participate also!  As you can see from their trailer, many of the guests obliged this request and it turned out truly spectacular!  All the little details came together to create a wedding day which expressed their unique personalities, and we just love that :)

 

Photography / Adam Czap Photography / czapstudios.com

Venue / The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island MI

Florals / PETIT FLEUR | EVENTS / Corrina Kulhanek / petitfleurevents.com

Planning / Dream Wedding Planners / Kathy Byrum / dreamweddingplanners.com