Wedding Wednesday: Five Reasons To Hire A Videographer

A few months ago, I shared our wedding trailer with you all, which was a compilation of a bunch of our wedding footage pared down to a 5 minute teaser.  Soon after we saw our trailer, our videographer gave us the raw footage to hang on to.


In celebration of our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, we sat down together last night and sifted through our full video.

Hiring a videographer wasn’t originally part of our budget and we weren’t that attached to having footage of our big day, but after last night I am SO glad we went for it!

Here are five reasons to hire a videographer for your wedding:

They will catch things your photographer missed. There were a few DIY wedding details that I put a lot of effort into that our photographer forgot to take photos of.  I was thrilled to see that our wedding video filled in all of those gaps!  With HD video, I’ll be able to take screen shots of those little details and include them in our wedding album as photos.

You will have footage of special people. My grandma passed away three weeks ago, and I’ve been really appreciating the fact that she was so involved in our wedding.  Watching footage of us hugging and dancing together made me so emotional, but it also made me feel really close to her.  I’m so grateful to know that I will always have this footage of my family to look back on, even when they’re no longer living.

You’ll get to see parts of your wedding that you weren’t there for. A couple weeks ago, I found myself wondering what our cocktail hour was like— what music was played?  How did the appetizers look?  Last night, I found out!  It was really neat to see how every piece of our day came together.

You get to re-live your ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was probably the best moment of my entire life.  We were both laughing and crying through the whole thing, and I’d never felt more loved by Travis than I did in that moment.  Getting to watch that back was so romantic, and I love the idea that we can listen to the vows that we made each other any time in the future.

Your kids will get to see. Travis and I decided to go ahead with a videographer after watching my parents’ wedding video.  Photos are one thing, but getting to see your parents in their mid-20’s, talking, dancing and laughing… it’s priceless.  I want our kids to have that same opportunity, and I look forward to sitting down with them one day and taking them through each moment.

Another BIG thanks to Dan Kendall for capturing every little moment of our big day!

Will you/did you hire a videographer for your wedding?  Do your parents have a wedding video?


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you lovely ladies are enjoying all the love in the air today, regardless of your relationship status!  To celebrate, I made the most scrumptious sugar cookies and tried my hand at royal icing for the first time.  I think they turned out pretty well!

It’s so fun to make cookies that look like they were decorated by an adult and not a first-grader :)

Here’s the sugar cookie recipe and the royal icing recipe.  (And I got my cookie cutters here.)

Sending you lots of love today!


How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?  Is anyone else making sweets?  Have you ever tried your hand at royal icing before?  Tell me about it in the comments!


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Grammy Fashion Snooze-fest & My Best-Dressed List

Was anyone else disappointed by the less-than-stellar red carpet at the Grammy Awards last night?  The Grammys are a special breed of award show and the fashion is generally fun and funky.  But I feel like most of last night’s celebs played it safe and chose unmemorable and unflattering getups.

With that said, here are my top 5 favorites from the night…

Adele’s look was safe and simple, but the retro vibe fit her body and her persona perfectly.

Carrie Underwood’s sparkly number was over-the-top glam.

Corinne Bailey Rae had a funky hairdo and a flouncy dress.  I loved the look and I think it would have been even better if she had chosen a bright color instead of play-it-safe black.

I’m not sure how I feel about Rihanna’s hair, but I’m all over her daring dress and gold accessories.

Kelly Osborne also sparkled in this pretty one-shoulder look.  And this is one of the few places where I can really get behind her lavendar locks.

(all photos via People)

What did you think of last night’s Grammy fashions?  Were you less than enthused or did you like what you saw?  Who do you think was best dressed?  Share your thoughts in the comments!


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Have A Romantic Weekend

Happy Friday, lovely readers.  What are you up to this weekend?  Travis and I were planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day a few days early, but we have to postpone ’til next weekend.  Instead, we’ll be attending my grandmother’s service and holing up at home with the family.  As much as I’m dreading it, I’m looking so forward to seeing my brother, who I haven’t seen since the holidays.

Let’s start off the weekend on a good foot with some fun links from around the web…

SERIOUSLY loving this manicure

I’m hoping to have time for DIY valentine stationery.

Also, see-through valentines (via Offbeat Home).

Cute wedges!

These inside out carrot cake muffins look divine.

A hilarious tattoo!

Heart elbow patches.

I want to upholster an ottoman!!!

A wall of hearts.

Pretty, simple wedding invitations.

This ring makes me smile :)

H&M Kids is out-of-control cute!

Have a great weekend… See you back here on Monday!

What are you up to this weekend?  Anyone celebrating V-Day a little early?  Going out with a few friends?  Getting cozy at home?  Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!


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Family Photos

I’m so excited to share a fun photo shoot with you today!

In late November, my family had the pleasure of doing a photo session with Sarah Pope Photography.  We wanted to get some nice, relaxed pictures to celebrate Travis’ official entry into our family :)  Check ’em out…

I think this one is my favorite…

I also asked Sarah to get some good photos of just my parents, and I love how they turned out.  After 25 years together, my mom and dad are so adorably in love and I really feel like that comes through here!

Sarah was so relaxed and sweet and fun!  She made it easy to pose for the camera and found a great balance between setting up shots and letting everything fall into place.  We love how the pics turned out— we’ll cherish these forever!

Check out Sarah Pope Photography to see all her work and to view the rest of our photo shoot.

Thanks, Sarah!



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