you're in for a treat! give a warm and fuzzy welcome to our returning guest blogger-the lovely amanda-wedding designer and event planner extraordinaire! she's going to tell you of a magical evening that happened in the orchard this summer...
i am so excited to share the story of one of the prettiest events i have been a part of with you today -- so much so, i suffered from withdrawls for
days ok, weeks afterwards. maybe it was the perfect weather, or our sweetest couple...maybe it was how it came together so naturally, allowing me to enjoy and savour every moment of the planning, designing and especially the styling stages. whatever it was, i am truly thankful to have the memory of it.
nothing says summer quite like the perfect night, an ice cold beer, a good movie and some even better friends, so when it came time to show mike + michelle their wedding film, they invited thirty of their closest friends and family to join us for an outdoor movie night with a special screening. taking place on a warm, perfect summer evening in august, in the barn of a two hundred year old farm nestled in the heart of niagara, cherry avenue farms provided the perfect backdrop for our outdoor movie night, complete with a cocktail reception among the peach orchard, and a warm and cozy viewing of mike + michelle's wedding film in the big ol' barn.
sparing no details, guests arrived at dusk as the sun set overtop the orchard, casting the loveliest golden light on our intimate-yet-fun little cocktail reception. serving 'barn raiser', a too-perfect-for-words locally made craft beer, freshly popped popcorn, classic concession chocolate bar choices, and deliciously sticky candy apples, guests enjoyed the prettiest atmosphere of summer harvest flowers as well as our seating areas and bar, created by our super talented and creative vendors. working around the farms rustic feel, we were able to utilize several elements the farm still uses to this day, including century old fruit picking ladders, wooden crates, baskets, bushels and fruit stands to display sun ripened peaches picked only hours before our guests would arrive and would slurp and snack away on all evening long.
everyone mingled and enjoyed reminiscing about mike + michelle's wedding, taking place exactly six months ago on a beautiful winter day in february, when the couple said "i do" surrounded by warm candlelight, family and friends, and as if on cue, a movie worthy snowfall happening just outside. this would later serve as our inspiration for the title of their most romantic winter wedding film, 'after snowfall'. guests were even treated to a surprise wagon ride by very sweet farm owner tom moyer, who loaded everyone up with their popcorn and drinks for a tour of the farm and a brief explanation of its production, crops and fascinating history. the smiles on each of their faces as they returned served as the perfect segue into the whole reason for our outdoor movie night -- a viewing of the film!
re-filling on snacks and drinks, guests made their way into the barn where they were welcomed by a slideshow of mike + michelle's wedding images and plenty of seating -- whether it was cozy on the floor with blankets and pillows, or more traditionally in vintage theatre seating, and lots of quilts to snuggle up with. the lights were dimmed and everyone smiled and laughed as the beauty and memory of that special day back in february played across the movie screen, flooding their eyes and hearts in the very same way. that's the amazing thing about our cinematographer mike -- he has an incredible way of capturing the most perfect moments so naturally, it almost makes you think he scripted & staged the entire thing! his work on this film was not only the inspiration for the entire night, but literally was the feature, and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful piece to share with our lovely guests.
mike + michelle were just the couple to celebrate at an outdoor movie night. genuinely madly in love, the joy these two have for not only each other but for their family and friends as they thanked them all for coming that evening, was worth the work and effort that went into this special evening a thousand times over, and i am more than honoured to have been a part of the night -- it will forever hold a very special place in my heart.
our truly talented vendor friends who made the whole night perfectly possible:
venue: cherry avenue farms
planner/designer: amanda cowley sweet events
vintage rentals: the warehouse
invitations & paper details: kim roach design
movie screen: JML construction best bro ever!!
floral design: my bouquet
fabric drapery: simply beautiful decor
glassware + beverages: oast house brewers
*featured on 100 layer cake
joe + beth... i don't know that they really need an intro at this point... their story has frequented the blog a few times. we've shared their wedding day images and a teaser to their film. they sent me a note after their movie package was delivered...it warmed my heart to learn that they had stayed up all night and watched the movie over and over again. that it brought them back to beautiful savannah. may the memories forever be celebrated!
this one's quite lengthy-it was a three day wedding extravaganza... top up your cup of tea and enjoy... it's friday-go get that bottle of red and pour yourself a glass:
this concludes our wedding work with the reiser family. all three of the 'kids' are now married off!! i'm so grateful to have met this family and to have had the opportunity to travel with them to each of their very unique wedding locations.
thank you. sincerely. means the world to have been able to celebrate with you all!
nataschia + the nwp+c team xo
miami + a couple madly in love...surrounded by their family for the weekend-we call this a lovefest. david and caissie...enjoy reliving your gorgeous wedding weekend!
cinematographer notes: at nwp+c, nataschia writes the love story...i write the techy stuff-so if you're wanting to know a little more about this film and how it was made, this season, i'll be submitting notes from each wedding film... can we come up with a cheezy name for this column...?
back in the fall of 2010, my wife Jessica and I were introduced to Caissie and David, a newly engaged couple who were in town to be a part of a stylized engagement shoot with Nataschia. Jessica took care of their hair and makeup, while I took some behind the scenes footage to be used for NWP+C promo film. after sifting through the footage and realizing how many great moments were captured, Nataschia and I decide to produce a "Save The Date" film that would include both the photos and video. after watching the film, Caissie and David asked Jess and I to be a part of their Lovefest in Miami… and the rest is history!
cinematography/editing/etc: Mike Enns
second shooter: Jessica Enns
assistant: Mike Wielink
the LoveFest weekend was branded by David's friend Logan Lipton at the 'walker in babylon'- new make do. it was not only found on the invitations, menus and stationary, but they printed official LoveFest t-Shirts that were handed out after the festivities on Friday night!
finding the right music beds proved to be more difficult than expected. after getting a sense of the overal music style/preferences from Caissie and David I then had to find soundtracks that matched the movements of the film. for example, at 1:28 there was a brilliant climax to a poetry reading that introduced the "Lovefest" weekend. i was in search of a soundtrack that started low key and exploded early on, which "Once We Were Children" fit perfectly.
"Once We Were Children" (Instrumental) by Moonlit Sailor
"Your Heart is Sold" by Purse Candy
"The Perfect Day" by Holley Maher
"Grow" (Instrumental) by Adam Pasion
"I Am Ezekiel" (Instrumental) by Adam Pasion
i rarely add folly to wedding films, but there were a few key moments that needed a bit more beefing up. i owe my best neighbour friend Keith credit for assisting as i broke a few lightbulbs to help accent the glass breaking (10:55) at the end of the wedding ceremony.
and one more photo from the memory bank-have a great weekend!
no words needed to introduce this film as you've already read about todd and andrea's story...
i think it's pretty safe for me to speak on behalf of the nwp team... that at the end of the day-we all left with very full hearts.