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I throw my hands up in the air sometimes . . . .

Yesterday we experienced one of those days when you just want to throw your hands up in the air and yell (and no, not in the Taio Cruz way . . .more in the Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky way). I’m not talking your periodical stressful day. I’m talking epic, once-every-ten-years, “how can this all possibly happen in a single day?”, “where is the black cat?” kind of day. A lot of unexplainable and unexpected events, including having to miss out on an amazing magazine shoot we’ve been looking forward to for weeks. I won’t get into the all specifics, but by the time we headed to – in a rental car – a wedding rehearsal in the evening, we were feeling pretty defeated.

After the rehearsal, we had planned to grab a late dinner with one of our couples Justin & Nisha, just to catch up and give them their film package. Justin and I have been in contact for several weeks now trying to meet up for a hard drive and to finally get them their completed films. Our schedule has been pretty packed, and I felt so guilty knowing Justin & Nisha were so anxious to get everything, especially since Nisha’s mom is in India and wasn’t able to attend the wedding. But reflecting on everything this morning, I think last night was exactly when we were suppose to meet up. It was so nice to sit down to dinner with them and laugh about all of it with the two of them. They are both so encouraging and I think yesterday, at the end of the day, we honestly needed that. We needed some laughs and silliness. We needed some fun, light-hearted chit chat for a while. We needed to be reminded of the big picture. And we needed some good Indian food!

It just humbles us (and reminds us) what a blessing our couples have been to us. Even the little comments we get via email (I just got one as I was typing this), on our blog or on Facebook – we really do value them, because we find their appearance is almost always perfectly-timed with a moment in our day when we needed to hear it. I don’t know, maybe I’m just feeling a little extra sappy with it being Thanksgiving season and Christmas coming soon, but I know Jon and I both are just feeling extra grateful today.

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Peter & Kari – Sneak Peek | Jonathon Link Studios | Dallas Wedding Videographer

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Peter and Kari have been together for a long time, since high school if I’m remembering correctly. You could tell on their faces the entire ceremony just how excited they were to finally be at this point, to finally be able to call each other husband and wife. And I don’t think anyone would blame Peter for not waiting on the pastor to fully give him permission to kiss Kari at the end of the ceremony. They are so cute!

I have seen Joy Neville’s work before and I was excited when I found out she was Peter and Kari’s photographer. Outside of the great photos though, I will never forget Joy at the reception. She was dancing around like a guest, snapping her photos or passing the camera on to her assistant while she danced around with the flash. I think she even danced with a few people. She was so fun; she just blended right in with the crowd and was having a blast.

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Kari Cummings - I LOVE it!! So perfect and so cool to see this! The sneak peek is awesome and can’t wait to see the rest! Kristin- thanks so much for the sweet comments about my dress! I am still so in love with it. Wish I could wear it again. haha- So happy we hired you guys for our videography!

Paula Frey - What a beautiful video! Great Job!

Sherry Haskovec (Hejny) - I just cant get enough of this sneak preview, its so beautiful… You guys are great videographers!! Cant wait to see the rest!!

One Year Ago . . . .

WOW. I think that pretty much sums up the last few months on our end. Sooo much going on – quite a few weddings, some changes to JLS and lots of new things coming soon. It’s been a whirlwind (there’s Christmas stuff in the stores and we’re still waiting to take our “Summer” vacation . . .lol, oh well) but we are so excited for what this coming year holds for Jonathon Link Studios.

We were reminded of two anniversaries’ this morning which are too important to us to go without acknowledging.

The first is one of our couples – Austin & Hannah. Their wedding last November was absolutely gorgeous, no doubt, but that’s not why we mention it today. We had never met Austin and Hannah, or their families, prior to their wedding; but Hannah’s mom contacted us after hearing about us through a friend. It would be impossible for us to express what a blessing this family has been to us, and how Austin & Hannah’s wedding forever changed the way we chose to approach what has now become our full-time business. We realized this was an opportunity for us to be a part of people’s families – even if only for a day. It was an opportunity for us to make lasting friendships, and it was an opportunity to challenge ourselves not only technically in our shooting but also personally in our everyday life. This was also the point we realized we didn’t need to go chasing after a certain “type” of client for Jonathon Link Studios. We just knew on that day – and continue to know and trust – that the right people are being brought to us.

Today is also the anniversary of the day we met one of our favorite photographers and now dear friend down here in Texas, Meshali Mitchell. We had heard Meshali’s name mentioned many times through mutual friends and, as an admitted photoblog junkie, I had been following her work for a while (K). Meshali is one of those people who is pretty much impossible not to like. I know she will never toot her own horn but her work is amazing. However, I think equally important as the quality of a photographer’s work, is seeing the way they interact with their clients and clients’ families. Last spring we shot a wedding together in Arkansas and watching her greet the bride’s family – it was like she was talking to old friends. This is my favorite photo she took that day and probably my favorite photo of hers to date.

Mary’s father was a story-teller and there is a whole story behind that hat he is wearing. This photo just represents the two of them so perfectly which is why I love it so much. It was taken as we were all heading to the reception and I just love the excitement on both of their faces. It wasn’t set up: “Hey – pretend you’re talking to one another.” It just was happening and Meshali knew to snap it. There is much to be said for beautiful photos, set up just so with all the right lighting and composition. But there are also priceless moments that happen on your wedding day, and it’s not just the bride walking down the aisle or the kiss at the end of the ceremony. These are the moments that aren’t on the itinerary and are not part of the shot list. And it requires the photographer to think beyond “covering all the shots” and stepping beyond the title of wedding vendor. I know out of all the beautiful photos Meshali took this day that this one, to Mary, is absolutely priceless.

I think it also represents the beautiful harmony between wedding photography and wedding cinematography. A photographer can take a picture of your vows, and yet it’s not quite the same as hearing them again. But likewise, watching the video footage of this moment between Mary and her father talking just wouldn’t capture the feeling in quite the same way this single photo does.

Here is the promo we did for Meshali and I think it captures her personality perfectly. Can’t wait for the weddings we get to shoot together soon!

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Matt & Kylie – Sneak Peek | Jonathon Link Studios | Dallas Wedding Videographer

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They didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony but they decided to do a “first touch.” There’s so much going on when you’re getting ready on your wedding day, you almost forget what’s about to happen. You and your fiancé are separated and you’re desperately trying to stay on schedule, and double-checking your bag every five minutes for the rings and marriage license. But I love when you get to see that moment where it all becomes real for the couple, when all the hustle and bustle pauses and the reality sinks in that in just a few hours you’ll be married to your best friend. Kylie started to get teary-eyed when she reached around the corner to grab Matt’s hand for their first touch. It was so sweet.

Matt & Kylie’s ceremony took place just after dusk at La Buena Vida Winery in Grapevine. The weather was perfect – even after the sun set, it was just right for enjoying wine on the patio. Kylie & Matt decorated the dimly-lit patio to reflect their love of wine and Italian food. (It took all my will power not to dive face-first into the plate of cannoli.) Melody, the DJ, was graciously updating everyone on the Ranger’s score as we fanatically waited to hear if they were headed to the World Series.

Many times at the end of the reception the DJ announces the “last song”. If you didn’t come with a date . . .well then, I guess you already had your last song, because the last song is usually a slow dance. Come on now! Why end an amazing, fun party with a slow song?? Matt & Kylie knew just how to end their night right and it certainly wasn’t going to be some slow dance to Peter Gabriel. Matt and Kylie, along with their entire bridal party, stood on the ledge of the fountain, over-looking all their guests, and EVERYBODY belted out “Don’t Stop Believing”. Best reception ending ever! So fun!

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Kylie - Oh my gosh! If this highlight video is this great, I can NOT wait to see everything else you guys create! This brings me to tears re-living the “first touch” moment. I am so grateful Matt found you, this is fantastic, and you guys are total rock stars!!

Amy - Amazing! Beautiful! Congratulations!! May God bless you and always lead your hearts together to true love!!

Jeff & Elizabeth – Sneak Peek | Jonathon Link Studios | Dallas Wedding Videographer

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Jeff and Elizabeth’s wedding was so beautiful and classy. I love these – not trying to be too over-the-top with every latest wedding trend; just beautiful florals and timeless decor. Elizabeth’s dress, paired with her simple vail, was so classic. I liked that Elizabeth had both her parents walk her down the aisle – I love the father/daughter moment but sometimes I feel like Mom gets left out.

The reception at City Club was hopping’. (At this point I am completely sold on live bands and wish I would have had one for my wedding. They just add a whole new level of energy to your reception.) I know kids are sometimes a sticky point when it comes to weddings but it was so nice to see such a gorgeous and classy reception that included so many children. They were having so much fun dancing to the band. (Nothing makes you feel old like the end of a reception when you feel tired but every toddler in attendance is still out on the dance floor jumping up and down.)

This song was Jeff & Elizabeth’s first dance and we just kept coming back to it for their highlight. We just loved the lyrics.

Getting to meet some of the great photographers throughout Dallas is one of our favorite things about the wedding day. It was fun to finally have a chance to meet part of the Edmonson Weddings crew – so kind and so fun to work with . . .and obviously insanely talented. David Edmonson truly has nailed the art form of dancing/taking pictures – “photancing?” “Dancography?”

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Emily - This is AMAZING! I am so impressed with this videography- it captures some of the sweetest moments from E and J’s special day.

Love this couple so much!