Vanessa and Jim decided to get married on a Thursday, in Georgetown at the St. Regis Hotel. The intimate 50+ people that were invited created a special atmosphere, one where you knew every single person was there for a reason. Every person had an influence on them as a couple. Upon arriving to the bridal suite I knew immediately that the day was going to be special. It was quiet, with a little bit of music playing in the background. A little Frank Sinatra was chosen which is what they like to listen to at the end of their day, which fit them perfectly. They decided to pull the trigger on having video at their wedding because close family, including the father of the bride, could not attend and they wanted to share their wonderful day with them.
Upon the recommendation from their photographer, Astrid Photography and planner, Anne Kelley, they chose us to capture their day.
I loved their story about their engagement which happened in Chicago which is where I also proposed to my wife. Vanessa and Jim both work for the federal government, but by night, they are foodies who love to travel, which was evident by their time spent in Chicago. How did Jim pop the question?
Jim surprised Vanessa with a weekend getaway to Chicago - her favorite city - and proposed in front of Millennium Fountain, followed by dinner at Duck, Duck, Goat (because they are huge Stephanie Izard fans).
They chose to get married at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, of which Jim is a member. They always knew they wanted a traditional religious wedding and when they went to the church for the first time and heard Reverend Rachel Vaagenes speak and then met her, they knew they had found the perfect place to get married. As to the reception at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, they wanted to be close to their church and they had always loved having drinks at the Ritz, so it was a perfect match!
Vanessa and Jim made it clear that they wanted their guests to feel that it was a special evening, but with an effortlessness and intimacy that a small reception (only 53 guests!) can provide.
Take a look at Vanessa and Jim's wedding on our website to see a glimpse into their wedding day. It was and will be a special day that we will remember as well which goes to show that you don't need a big wedding for it to be a memorable one.
Here is what Vanessa had to say about us....
"A wonderfully evocative wedding video"
"Kyle joined our vendor team very close to our wedding date, as we were ambivalent about having a videographer (we had visions of an obtrusive camera in guests' faces). But as some family couldn't attend, it ultimately seemed like something we should incorporate into our day. Our first conversation with Kyle set our minds at ease. He clearly cared about capturing our special day without being a distraction. On the wedding day itself, Kyle seamlessly incorporated himself into the various events, working unobtrusively and sensitively, including during the 'getting ready' part of the day. (And he was particularly careful during the ceremony, as our church had strict rules about where a photographer or videographer could move.)
Within a few days of our wedding, we received two videos: one of the ceremony (which we had particularly requested) and then another 'short film.' We did not know quite what to expect with the film, and were absolutely blown away by the final result. Kyle completely captured the feeling of our wonderful day and distilled what made it meaningful. He incorporated voice-overs from the various toasts, and his other music choices were wonderful and in keeping with our taste. It was not a simple chronological video of the day that filmed each and every moment; rather, we now have a stunning film that goes beyond mere documentation and lets us relive the true emotions of the day. We're beyond grateful that we found Kyle and know we'll treasure his artful work for the years to come."