Wow – the last month has been a blur. Lots of weddings going out the door, revisiting our weddings from this fall and filming several weddings in the midst of all this. Just before Christmas we had a beautiful wedding at the Milestone in Denton. The rain stayed away right until the final exit, when the skies opened – just as everyone was about to light their sparklers – and it immediately started downpouring. You can see some of photographer Jennefer Hutto’s gorgeous photos from Megan and Tyler’s wedding here. We rounded out 2012 with Stephen and Reena’s big bash at the Marriot in Plano, which featured one of the best choreographed bridal party/family/friends dances we’ve seen and a party that had guests dancing past 1am!
Our first “shoot” of 2013 was a surprise proposal. Hats off to Shawn for all his work – he put in so much planning to make everything perfect for Ashley and hopefully we’ll get a chance to share their sweet little highlight – it’s so cute!. Our first wedding of 2013 was the polar opposite of our last wedding in 2012. Kerri and Jase (who met doing the rodeo in high school!) had an awesome, ‘cowboy-chic wedding’ in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Here is Jase hanging out with Brennel the longhorn.
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We are down to the final week for our Kickstarter campaign and we continue to be blown away by the response. We could not be more thankful for the donations, kind words, and those who have shared this story. When we decided to take a chance on Kickstarter, coming up with a funding goal was one of our biggest challenges. We knew if we could at least raise $12,000 we’d have enough funding for a second filming trip – this time likely to Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. Along with some additional interviewing with the Mills family, we plan to film reenactments for several pivotal moments in Sgt. Travis Mills’ story and, if possible, speak with a handful of individuals who have played important roles in his life these last nine months. We also plan to use additional post-production assistance to prep Sgt. Mills’ film for a big screen premiere – currently slated for April. It’s a lot to put together in just a few months but the funds from Kickstarter are making this all possible. If you are still interested in giving or would like to increase your donation, you may do so before Saturday (Jan. 19th) at 4:00pm. Donations are accepted in any dollar amount and donations $25 and above will receive some nifty gifts as a thank-you 🙂
Last Thursday we celebrated a very amazing and unexpected opportunity for Fotolanthropy and Sgt. Mills’ film. Fotolanthropy founder and friend Katie Norris was interviewed live for both Fox News Happening Now and Fox Business. You can check out both interviews here. I have no idea how Katie did it – I would have fainted the second they told me I was ‘live’ but she did an excellent job. Her husband Reece and Fotolanthropy partner Brooke threw a wonderful celebration get-together that night, and we are so thankful for the family of friends God continues to bless us with here in Texas when we are so far away from our own.
I have to admit that these last few months have not come without several challenges. Fitting in Travis’s film has kept us extremely busy with our wedding editing – so much so that we were unable to go to Wisconsin for Christmas this year. By New Years we were both pretty exhausted – both physically and emotionally – so seeing our business on a national news channel was a much-needed spirit boost.
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Finishing up two gorgeous ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos for Brides of North Texas magazine – be sure to check out the new issue when it hits newsstands next month – and have several more of our fall weddings to share with you this week. Congrats go out to Brandon and Kalee Blythe on the birth of Ellie Grace. We have their super-cute story video and Ellie’s film debut to share with you in a few weeks. Belated congrats also go out to one of our brides, Taylor, who got to marry husband Robert again – this time for the gorgeous cover-shoot, by Dallas photographer Ryan Ray, for Southern Weddings magazine!
(credit: Southern Wedding Magazine/iloveswmag.com)
You or someone you know get engaged over the holidays?
We still have several great dates open for 2013 so contact us soon if you’re looking to capture everything about your big day on film!