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Pen Weddings made a perfect song choice and combined it with spot-on editing to create a film that is simply beautiful. Of course, it’s easier to make something heartfelt when you have such good material to work with, and Sarah + Rick definitely did, from the touching words at Elyse + Andre’s ceremony to the sentimental footage from Elyse’s childhood home to the bride’s gorgeous Christos gown (just like me!). And keep an eye out for the father daughter dance — it actually made me tear up, something which does NOT happen often! (Sarah admitted that it’s one of just two that have made her cry in her career, too!)

From the bride, Elyse:

When I first imagined my wedding, I suppose I though about the classic things most brides do. What dress will I wear? What color flowers do I want? Tux or Suit? Band or DJ? I didn’t want to find myself, a year later, browsing Pinterest and regretting every choice I had made. After all, you only get one shot at this and everything must be PERFECT.

Ultimately, that mindset was only setting me up for a stressful and disappointing day, filled mostly with bridezilla meltdowns and lots of eye rolling from my groom. When the guests had gone home, the flowers had wilted, and the white dress placed on a shelf in the closet – would those things still be what were most important to me? No.

Thankfully, I had a change of heart. Instead of focusing on perfection, I chose to focus on love.

Today, when I remember our wedding, my mind doesn’t race with all of the countless details. Instead, I think about the small, quiet, intimate moments that made that day so special. The laughter of my best friends as we reminisced about our childhood, the nervous smile of my future husband as he waited to see me for the first time, the whisper of a tear in my dad’s eye as he held me on the dance floor. These are the moments I remember when I think about that day.

Overall, Andre and I really just wanted our wedding to be about love – the love the Lord has for us, the love we share with each other, the love of our friends and family, and all of the moments during our special day where love still dwells.

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emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jennifer reply

    Awww…this video is so sweet. I would love to do something like this for my big day. It really gives you a glimpse into the details around the big day, but also the day itself, and what it provides to those involved. But the thing that really stood out to me most was the message below it from the bride, specifically the part that read…

    “Thankfully, I had a change of heart. Instead of focusing on perfection, I chose to focus on love.”

    I don’t know why, but that struck a chord in me and is something every bride should feel about their big day. Don’t stress the details, because in the end, that’s not what you remember, and it’s definitely not the most important part.

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Y’all are going to love this film. Though its settings are rather grand, they certainly don’t overshadow the love that fills every corner of these six and a half minutes. The love starts with the groom’s sweet, sweet words that open the film, continues through the emotion while the gals are getting ready, and is capped off by the bride’s energetic dancing at the reception! Of course, I’m sure y’all will also love Kit’s gorgeous fit and flare gown and her lace-edged veil, but really, it’s the love you’ll remember.

From the bride:

The conversion of close friends and family in my hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri produced a magical moment, and thanks to Wirken Films, it is a moment that we will cherish forever. Our family cannot thank Brandon and Tyler enough. Every time I watch this video, I am transported back to the day, and I feel every moment, emotion and tear all over again. They captured the essence of our families’ joy and celebration, and for that we are most grateful.

A big thank you to Wirken Films for sharing!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    What a radiant and joyful bride!! She literally lit up that entire dance floor! Awesome video, so much love :)

  2. avatar Kat reply

    Beautiful video! Loved the bride’s veil and the fun energy at the reception :)

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