Heather and Dan’s Oakhurst Country Club Wedding

Heather and Dan are, literally, a perfect match.  Their Oakhurst Country Club wedding was happy, playful, and to top it off, their awesome story reminds us of why we love what we do.  And, as you can hear in their wedding film, they really did meet through a mutual friend they both paid for…sort of.  Heather and Dan met on match.com.  Dan was a little reluctant to disclose to others how they actually met, so they fabricated the cover-up.

Let’s raise a boot to a future filled with love, laughter, and AAA Roadside Assistance!

 

Kelly and Nick’s Lake Michigan Wedding

It was the spring of 2002, when prom was the topic of conversation, Facebook was yet to exist, and a group of high school juniors crammed themselves into their friend’s basement to listen to Nelly’s latest album. While there, a sweet and bubbly blonde and an athletic tennis player from Latvia locked eyes (okay, maybe they locked lips, but kissing and telling is so 9th grade), and as you can see in their Lake Michigan wedding film,  the rest is history.

Over the next 10 years, Kelly and Nick grew up together, and their love for one another continued to grow. They cheered on the Spartans, spent summers boating in Grand Haven, and supported each other when internships and dream jobs would separate them by hundreds of miles. No matter where the crazy road of life took them, each summer, they would find themselves together again, with their toes in the water, and a cold drink in their hand. Then a little over a year ago, on a spring day similar to the one on which they met, Nick slipped a ring on Kelly’s finger during the commercial break of one of her favorite reality television shows. Best. Tuesday. Ever. Soon after, they began planning their Northern Michigan wedding.

Kelly and Nick feel at home on the water, so with Lake Michigan as their backdrop, they tied the knot at Prince of Peace Catholic Parish. And, as you can see in their wedding film trailer, guests waved blush pink ribbon wands as the newlyweds exited the church, hopped into a white convertible, and took their first spin around the lake as husband and wife. Their nautical inspired reception, held at The Lake House, was complete with a cocktail hour overlooking the harbor, feathery white centerpieces, and lots of dancing (to Nelly, of course).

Kelly and Nick are proof that life really is more fun with your best friend by your side, and we are grateful to have been there to share such an exciting day that was so many years in the making. Cheers to the past decade of growing up together, and to the memories you will make as you grow old with one another.

The Royal Park Wedding of Jaime and Scott – Today I Get My ‘P’

Seven years ago, Scott asked Jaime out on a date to the movies. Little did they know that they’d someday be starring in their very own Same Day Edit!

Jaime and Scott have spent the past seven years together making great memories and truly enjoying one another. We love how those special little details that make them unique were so perfectly woven into their Royal Park Hotel wedding.

Scott calls Jaime his Loney, and had always promised her that one day she would get her ‘P’. So, he kept his word, and gifted the new Mrs. Peloney with a sparkly ‘P’ necklace! to celebrate their wedding day. How sweet is that?! And, Jaime scored major points with the autographed Detroit Red Wings hockey puck and game tickets that she gave to Scott, who just might be the biggest Red Wings fan ever!

Thank you, Jaime and Scott, for being so fun and loving on your special day. We wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and of course, Red Wing victories!

You Are My True Treasure | Gloria and Ben’s Same Day Edit

These two. Our hearts just burst with happiness when we think of Gloria and Ben. They are so loving, so sweet, and oh-so-smitten with one another that you cannot help but fall in love with them. As you can see in their Same Day Edit, Gloria and Ben’s wedding day was one part Korean tradition, one part modern elegance, and one part delicious…because, yes, those were indeed frosted, sprinkled donuts that the groom and his groomsmen were fueling up with the morning of the wedding.

And then, just when you thought that you couldn’t love them more, Gloria receives a wedding gift from Ben. The gift is a jewelry box, and in his card, Ben tells Gloria that she is his true treasure from God, and that he looks forward to life’s momentous occasions that await them as husband and wife.

Their outdoor wedding ceremony was held at Greystone Golf Club. It was emotional and intimate, yet lighthearted; a perfect representation of Gloria and Ben. Guests then went inside, where a traditional Korean ceremony was held, and the Same Day Edit was revealed.

Thank you, Gloria and Ben, for the opportunity to capture and share such a special day with you and your loved ones. We wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and memories to treasure!

How to Hire a Wedding Videographer

To start, this post is not “how to hire 3rd Street Films”. It’s about finding the perfect videographer or cinematographer to tell your wedding story. I hope that after reading through the five basic steps you will be able to make a more informed, confident decision, and most importantly, have fun while doing it.  So let’s get to it.

Step 1. How much to spend?
I know it’s tough, but don’t talk budget yet. Wait until Step 4.

Step 2. Go shopping!
By this I mean, go to as many websites as possible to watch and learn about the different styles of videography and cinematography. Talk to friends, photographers and venues for referrals. There are a lot of really great filmmakers in every market across the country that produce stunning work. Give it some time and you will find films you connect with. Remember, video is growing each year as an art, and every person will emotionally click in a different way.

Did you notice I have mentioned nothing about price or budget yet? This is for a reason. During step two, don’t make any decisions based on price. You just have to trust me on this for now. Jot down the top three companies you connect with the most, and go on to step 3.

Step 3. Meet the filmmaker.
Let’s get right to the point. You don’t want a creepy video guy no matter how good his/her work is. The key to having a great wedding day and a beautiful wedding film is to have fun and feel like you can be yourself. Your wedding video should reflect the real you, not your videographer’s idea of who you are. Does that make sense? I am not saying you have to become BFF’s with your videographer, but you need to feel comfortable with them.

Step 4. Who do you like? Let’s talk budget.
Now that you have a pretty good idea of the styles and filmmakers that you like, it is time to set a budget. Set your budget based on your top picks and go from there. Now you have a reliable benchmark for the style and quality of video that you desire.

Do not, by any means, rely solely on budgets listed in some of the major wedding publications. If you do, you will be budgeting for bad video. That sounds harsh, but 95% of the time this will be true.

Step 5. Book them and don’t haggle price (too much).
You may think I’m biased as I write this, but here is my rationale. As a filmmaker, it is hard to emotionally give your best efforts when you know the customer negotiated a discount. At 3rd Street, we generally don’t give discounts because we want to go into each event fired up to film the best wedding ever.

So who benefits from all this feel-goodness? You do, and that’s what it’s all about. The only agenda your video company should have is to create the best, most authentic wedding film they can for you.

Christina and Peter’s Shenandoah Country Club Wedding

We can’t think of a better way to wrap up the summer, than to spend Labor Day weekend with friends, family…and tying the knot.  Christina and Peter’s Shenandoah Country Club wedding was picture perfect, with their ceremony at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham.  The entire day was brimming with love.

They shared with everyone how inspired they are by their parents’ marriages, and how important family is to them.  From the first time her dad saw her in her gown, to the adoration in his speech, you knew he was overjoyed that his daughter was marrying such a kind and loving man.  And, the candor and sentiment of the Maid of Honor and Best Man toasts made it evident that their families were just as excited to be uniting as one.

Thank you for the opportunity to capture such a special day, and cheers to a future filled with love and laughter!

Photography | Heather Saunders Photography
Floral Design | Renee Merfert
Day of Coordinating | Andy Keina
Cake | Sweet Dreams
Band | L’USA (Kim McKinney)
Hair | Six Salon (Danielle Mate)
Makeup | Alma Marroquin

A Wedding at The Henry | Matters of the Heart

When it comes to the heart, what makes more sense than two Cardiologists getting married!

Starting with the Pellikuthuru ceremony at Shilpa’s parent’s house, their wedding celebration was a four day fusion of Indian and Chinese traditions. As you can see in their wedding film, the ballroom was transformed with rich washes of color and vibrant flowers, creating an exotically romantic wedding at The Henry in Dearborn. A traditional Chinese Lion Dance during both the Sangeet and the Baraat wove both cultures together. Bollywood inspired performances, and heartfelt speeches entertained guests as they dined on the most delicious Chinese and Indian cuisine. And with the bride’s family owning Ashoka, a local Indian restaurant, we knew it would be amazing.

One of the most heartfelt moments of the weekend was a video message from the bride’s grandparents in India, where her grandfather assured the newly married couple that, despite them being an ocean away, “our blessings will be with you wherever you are.”

Part of our pre-wedding preparation includes sending a questionnaire to our soon-to-be married couples where we ask them to describe their relationship. While we always look forward to reading their responses, we have heard that it can be a challenge to answer. Shilpa had the awesome idea to ask a close friend to help her out, and it was such a sweet sentiment that we wanted to share it with you.

James and Shilpa, two of my favorite people in the world, are getting married this summer. What makes them so great together and so fun to be around is that they are fantastic complements to one another. She’s perfectly organized, he finds order in chaos; she rocks out to Top 40, he’s a music snob to the max. They share a deep love of foodie culture, bubble tea, and Pixar cartoons. Most importantly they value kindness and generosity and they treat their family like friends and their friends like family.

Shilpa and James have so much love in their hearts, and so many friends and family who love them equally in return. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to tell their story, and we wish them a lifetime of love.

Jenny and Jimmy’s Grosse Pointe Academy Wedding

http://vimeo.com/73310016

It all started on October 24th, 1981, when James Schultz waited at the end of the aisle for his blushing bride. Little did he know that 32 years later, on a warm summer day in August, he would be standing in the very same spot. Only this time, it was for his daughter and son-in-law’s Grosse Pointe Academy wedding.

And now that you’ve watched the film, and are most likely searching for a tissue, we can’t forget to mention a few more details. A brooch and a piece of lace from her mother’s veil were fastened together and tied around Jenny’s bouquet. Also, could the groom’s card to his bride have been any sweeter (free popcorn goes to the first person to name the movie he quoted)?

The celebration continued to The Henry where the newlyweds and their bridal party let loose during their outdoor photo session. After dinner, the bride and groom, along with their friends and family, gathered around to watch the premiere of their Same Day Edit wedding film. Thank you, again, Jenny and Jimmy, and cheers to a lifetime of love and happiness!

Kristen and Anthony’s Wedding Film

http://vimeo.com/72499024

What do you do when your guy friend, who puts on a mean magic show,  requests that you bring your pretty, single girlfriends to that night’s festivities?  You better deliver!  As Anthony’s luck would have it, one of these ladies just so happened to be a nice girl from Alabama by the name of Kristen. It’s a wedding film waiting to happen.

With it’s sweet, southern romance, and midwestern tradition, Kristen and Anthony’s Michigan wedding was a joy to film.  We love that her something borrowed was the veil once worn by one of her bridesmaids, and that both Anthony, and their sweet pup Frank, were handsome in their coordinating bow ties.

The ceremony was held at St. Mary’s of Royal Oak, followed by a candlelit reception at Andiamo Italia.  Pink and white blossoms adorned the tables, and the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra entertained guests during the dinner hour.  The day was sentimental, yet relaxed, and we couldn’t wait to get started on their wedding video.  To see more images of this gorgeous wedding, head on over to Kathy Davies Photography.

Kristen and Anthony, thank you again for the opportunity to create your wedding film, and we wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

 

Meghan and Ben’s Wedding Film Trailer | Chicago, Illinois

http://vimeo.com/71914325

With the Windy City’s skyline as the backdrop, a small town boy named Ben married a big city girl named Meghan; together, they threw an effortlessly chic Chicago wedding.

As a Michigan based wedding videography company we are usually driving all over the motor city; so it was a nice change of scenery to hit the road for the weekend. This was our first time filming a Chicago destination wedding, and the experience was fantastic.

The ceremony took place at St. Clement’s, the same church where Meghan’s parents were married, and their reception was held at the Aqua Radisson Blu Hotel, a new modern venue in the heart of Downtown Chicago.  And, speaking of cool, aside from the unanticipated trip to the emergency room, Ben (almost) scaled a 20 foot building just to hangout with Meghan!  In return, she spent a weekend roughing it in the woods to spend time with Ben and his family.

Meghan and Ben, thank you for the opportunity, and cheers to a lifetime of love and happiness!

Also a huge THANK YOU to Eric O’Connor from Allori Photography  for all his help and keeping us in the loop (no pun intended) with all the great locations to get shots.

Vendors:
Cinematography: 3rd Street Films
Photography: Allori Photography
Coordinator: Chad Jackson
Flowers: Three Branches
Cake Artist: Alliance Bakery