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Wedding videography played a much bigger role in MaryClare and Chris’ story than just this beautiful film of their special day–in fact, it’s what brought them together in the first place! Cinematographers themselves, they met at a film conference in New Orleans and began working together–as MaryClare so beautifully put it, they “fell in love while telling others’ love stories.” Well, on a gorgeous fall day in Rosemary Beach, Florida, it was their turn to be in front of the camera and experience the moments they had captured for so many others: saying their vows, twirling around during their first dance, and celebrating with their loved ones. Their joy of finally coming to this day is so evident, and I’m sure MaryClare and Chris are thrilled with the way our Blue Ribbon Vendor PenWeddings captured it all!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story! We are both wedding cinematographers, and we met at a film conference in New Orleans. We started working together, and our shared passions for all things film, traveling, food, and wine blossomed into a romance. We fell in love while telling others’ love stories!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The most Southern aspect of our wedding was the sense of family I think everyone could feel throughout the weekend. I also surprised Chris with a groom’s cake made up of all of his favorite things. He cried when he saw it because it brought back some sweet memories from the start of our relationship! My best girls also participated in the Southern tradition of a cake pull, pulling all New Orleans-themed charm bracelets my mom made herself. Finally, we brought New Orleans with us to our Florida wedding, ending the night with a second line!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Chris and I have trouble picking one moment because it truly was our favorite weekend ever! For me, waiting to walk down the aisle with my dad while looking at Chris and everyone on the beautiful beach below was unforgettable. For both of us, saying our vows to one another and our first dance were two of the BEST moments!

Cinematography: PenWeddings | Photography: Mark Eric Photography and Marroquin Photography | Planning and Design: It’s a Shore Thing | Venue: Rosemary Beach Eastern Green | Florals and Decor: Florals by the Sea | Catering and Rentals: Townsend Catering | Paper Goods: The Little Blue Chair | Calligraphy and Logo: Janice Montoya | Bonfire and Ceremony Musician: Michael Liuzza | Wedding Cake: Cindy Pagragan | Groom’s Cake: Confections on the Coast | Band: Mo’ Sol | Hair: Mindy Norris | Makeup: Make Me Blush | Bride’s Gown: Judd Waddell | Groom’s Suit: Luca Falcone | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

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  1. avatar Geoff reply

    What a perfect speech to start a film. Great video as always. Love your work.

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Everyone has their own favorite part of a wedding–maybe the bride’s walk down the aisle, the exchange of vows, the first dance, or the sparkler exit. Personally, I don’t have a favorite (I love them all!!), but when it comes to wedding films, my favorite thing about them is when they make me feel like I’m there, witnessing all those moments right alongside a couple’s beloved guests. That’s why I loved Michelle and Ryan’s highlights film by Nowsay Films so very much–y’all please join me virtually at Boone Hall Plantation to enjoy this darling couple’s special day!

From the bride:

We were married on a Southern plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, and included cotton boutonnieres, dried palmettos roses, Southern cocktails and beers from local breweries, pimento cheese sliders, and shrimp and grits. Our most memorable moments were when the sun magically came out in time for our outdoor ceremony, and walking back up the aisle after being announced husband and wife and seeing that we were surrounded by all of the people we love.

Planning and Coordination: Holly Simpson of A Charleston Event / Hair and Makeup: Allure Salon / Venue: Boone Hall Plantation / Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography / Catering and Bar: Relish / Videography: Nowsay Films / DJ and Transportation: Burt Lawson of Finger Snappin’ Entertainment / Florist: Country and Lace / Lighting and Draping: Charleston Uplighting / Furniture and Linens: Snyder Events / Cake and Cupcakes: Publix Bake Shop / Bride’s Gown: Watters / Bridal Salon: Lily Rose Bridal Salon / Bride’s Shoes and Bracelet: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Bridesmaid Necklaces: Moon and Lola / Groom’s Suit and Groomsmen’s Shirts: Armor Bespoke by Anne Cox Private Tailoring / Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank

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  1. avatar Debbie Mock reply

    Michelle you looked so beautiful! So glad the weather was nice for you. You and Ryan make a cute couple. I hope you will be very happy together forever. God bless you both. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. Debbie

  2. avatar Kelsey reply

    What a beautiful couple! That dress is just gorgeous. Everything from the plantation wedding venue to the barn reception makes this a perfect southern wedding.

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Oh, friends–get your tissues out for this one! When a bride and groom choose a family farm for their wedding, you just know that their day is going to be filled with warmth, hospitality, and a whole lotta love. In Nancy and Patrick’s case, their celebration was all the more meaningful because the farm was also where her parents had tied the knot 29 years earlier! From her sister’s touching toast to her sweet daddy’s words of wisdom, it’s easy to see that this day meant so much to every single member of their families. We’re so grateful that our Blue Ribbon Vendor Life Stage Films shared all of this early autumn sweetness with us!

From the bride:

Our favorite detail of the wedding was our venue. We were married on my family’s farm, exactly where my parents exchanged vows in 1985. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married at the same place as my parents. I was able to walk out the same door that my mom and her father walked out of to the man of my dreams, just as my mom had walked out to my dad. It was so very special to live out my childhood dream–and the day was so much better than what I ever imagined!

During the reception/dance party, I remember looking around and saying to Patrick that the day could not have been more perfect. It was overwhelming to see our favorite people in the world in one place in one time to celebrate us. In that moment, I was so filled with love!

Venue: Swift Level Farm / Coordination: Tootie Jones (Nancy’s cousin) / Band: The Heather Hayes Experience / Cake: Amy Mills of The Greenbrier Sporting Club / Florals: West Farm Flowers / Catering: Bridge Road Bistro / Photography: The Beautiful Mess / Makeup: Kaci Argabright of Botanique / Hair: Alison of Alison & Company Salon / Rentals: Gillespies Flowers and Productions / Gown: Allure / Shoes: Old Gringo / Bridesmaids: J. Crew / Invitations and Stationery: Torrence Stationery / Programs and Napkins: Victoria-Stephen

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