This wedding was extra special. Blake and Alanna are some of our very favorite people and they happened to get married in one of our very favorite cities. Alee was actually a bridesmaid (and light holder during the reception!), and the night ended in the most perfect way: a second line through the streets of New Orleans celebrating the marriage of two incredible people.
We always love working with our good friend Lauren Kinsey, so when she recommend us for Bek and Drew’s wedding day were so excited to work with our good friend. But when we found out the wedding was in Alys Beach we flipped out. If you haven't been there, it’s one of the prettiest places in Florida, and we are always looking for an excuse to travel there! Things got even better when we met Bek and Drew. These two adorable lovebirds met while on a trip to Israel, and it was basically love at first sight at the JFK airport. The rest is history! Seriously, these two are beautiful inside and out and were such a joy to be around. Their friends and family were so much fun too and so kind. We’re so thankful Bek and Drew brought us down to Alys Beach to film their their unbelievably beautiful wedding day. Congratulations, friends!
You only turn 30 once, so we decided to make Alee’s 30th birthday one to remember. Alee’s birthday is in late November which is typically a slower time for us, so we decided to hop on a plane and head to Europe. Since we both want to visit every inch of this earth it was so difficult to decide where to go! However, if there’s one thing our bodies were not made for it’s cold weather, so we wanted to find somewhere that wouldn’t be too cold in November. After some research we discovered Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona, Spain were fairly warm during November, and after finding some cheap plane tickets we packed our bags and spent Alee’s birthday the best way we could imagine. Below is a Super 8 highlight film from the trip.
I don't think we have ever worked with a couple that seemed as happy to be getting married as James and Hollie. Seriously, when these two are around each other there's nothing but laughter, joy, and love. When they decided to get married they knew they didn't want a big wedding, so they decided to hop on a plane and fly from Chicago to Key West to elope. It was just us, the photographers, and Hollie and James. Nathan even signed their marriage license! It was absolutely an honor to spend 2 days with Hollie and James as we documented their elopement in The Conch Republic.
Kristina and Lee were such a sweet couple with the most amazing love story, spanning two continents and ten years. It was one of the weddings most filled with love and happiness from friends and family that we've ever experienced. And you can't get a better view than the one of the Chicago skyline from their reception!
Special thanks to our AMAZING friend Chad Husar for recommending us and letting us crash at his apartment during this wedding. He’s one of our best friends and one heck of a good photographer!
We were featured on Style Me Pretty today! Kerri and Clay were such a down to earth and relaxed couple, and we LOVED filming their sensational Texas Hill Country wedding at Camp Lucy right outside of Austin. We also had the opportunity to shoot some of their wedding day on Super 8 film, which you know is our favorite!
Check out their teaser and the post on Style Me Pretty!
One of the awesome things about filming weddings is that we’re reminded every week that love transcends culture, traditions, and religions. It’s such a beautiful thing. Ever since we filmed our first Indian wedding we have absolutely fallen in love with them! While most weddings we film last for one day, Indian wedding celebrations last FOR DAYS!. It’s such a big party with family and friends traveling in from all over the world to show their love and support of the couple. So when Punya and Ravi reached out to us to film their Orlando Indian wedding we were ecstatic. We looked forward to filming their big weekend for months (and it’s not only because we would have an excuse to visit Disney World!). Punya and Ravi awed us with all of the thought and detail they put into their wedding planning. These two worked tirelessly to make sure the celebration was going to be one that their friends and family who travelled in from all over the world would never forget. Good news: it was an epic success.
Lauren and Raley were the sweetest. They met in college and have been together for ten years! They were so happy on their wedding day, and they didn’t even mind a little rain, even with an outdoor ceremony. Lauren said the rain made her feel like she was in “Pride and Prejudice.” It was a small, intimate garden ceremony, followed by a beautiful candlelit dinner, where their family toasted them, and everyone laughed and cried. We couldn’t have been more honored to be there to capture all the love and laughter.
Their film was featured on Style Me Pretty today. Check out the post! http://www.stylemepretty.com/little-black-book-blog/2016/08/06/intimate-texas-garden-wedding-film/
It's Paige and Thorben's first anniversary, and in honor of it, we wanted to share their New Orleans wedding film with you! Paige and Thorben met in Austin, Texas and moved to San Francisco when Thorben, a German citizen who moved to the United States for college, accepted a job in the tech industry. When they were thinking about places to get married, they considered destinations all over America, but they decided on New Orleans because of Paige's south Mississippi roots and love for New Orleans. The two were married at the Marigny Opera House, an almost 200 year old church which had been converted into a performing arts center in the Marigny neighborhood of downtown New Orleans, adjacent to the French Quarter. After a lot of Creole and German inspired food, the reception came to an end with a bang: a traditional New Orleans second line, in which a New Orleans jazz band led a parade of the wedding party and guests through the streets of downtown.
I know I'm a little late on this, but I just wanted to wish y'all a happy new year and share a short reel of some of our favorite 2015 weddings! Last year we filmed so many amazing places, including Miami, New Orleans, Savannah, Austin, Sarasota, Chicago, and Houston, and 2016 is shaping up to be just as interesting! You can find more videos like this on our instagram page @nathanwillisweddingfilms. Come follow us!
This past spring we were able to participate in a beautiful styled shoot in New Orleans at what I consider to be the most fantastic venue in NOLA, Race and Religious. The shoot was designed by my wife, Alee, and her business partner, Saron, (Mitchell Willis Events) for the wedding inspiration blog The Bridal Theory. There were so many people that contributed to making this shoot a success: Lauren Kinsey, the photographer; the hair and makeup artist, Faces of Virtue; the florist, Bee's Weddings; the dress designer, Samuelle Couture; the stationer, Paper Birch Designs; the calligrapher, Signora e Mare; and the rental companies, Ardor Event Rentals and Perrier Party Rentals. The gorgeous models are Jasmine Kudji and Cliff Van Meter, and you can see photos of the shoot here.
Kristina and Lee's Chicago wedding was one of the most fun weddings we filmed this year. Lee is British and met Kristina when they were in high school and her family served as hosts for British students who had traveled to the US to play soccer. It's pretty rare that we get to film weddings for couples who are as in love as Kristina and Lee. Their family and friends are so supportive of their relationship, and it makes us so happy to be able to share their happiness-filled wedding day. Full film coming soon! Enjoy!
Cristy and Eric's wedding was one of the most fun weddings we have filmed this year. They are both from Miami, but they met at school in New Orleans, so their reception was full of New Orleans details, including a second line band! On a side note, can I say how awesome Miami is?! We LOVED it. If it weren't for the horrible traffic, we'd move there tomorrow.
Anyway, here is their wedding film!
First, I should apologize for the fact that it has been a million months since I have posted anything on the blog. Life has been insane, but I really am going to try to blog more!
Secondly, I have a fantastic wedding to share today. We met Mark and Ally a couple years ago when they were the photographers of the wedding we filmed in Bermuda. They are both Bermudian citizens and live there full time. At the time we met them, they were seriously dating, and it was only a matter of time before Mark popped the question. They decided to get married in Savannah, GA, because Ally had gone to college there and had family from the area. When they asked us to film the wedding, we were ecstatic, because even though we only met them for a few hours, we knew that we really liked them. They are fun, kind people, and we couldn't be happier that they found each other. (Plus we got to use some Super 8, and we always love that!) Here is their film! Enjoy!
We filmed Ashley and Ivan's wedding last May at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch in Dardanelle, AR. Ashley and Ivan were so sweet and amazing to work with, and they were SO HAPPY. Honestly, they were one of the happiest, most in love couples that we've ever worked with. They met while salsa dancing in downtown Little Rock, which I thought was such an amazing story, particularly because the idea of going salsa dancing by myself is so terrifying that I think Ashley is such a brave woman! And her bravery clearly paid off! Ivan and his family are from Puerto Rico, and the whole day was a beautiful family affair, with everyone dancing the night away while the most amazing salsa band played. I wish every wedding we filmed was as fun as this one was. I hope you enjoy their film!
How can we even begin to sum up 2014? It has been ridiculous in the best possible way. We were able to stand beside 29 different couples as they said their vows and celebrated a lifelong commitment to each other, and on top of that we worked side by side with the best photographers, planners, designers, DJs, bands, caterers, and other wedding professionals in the business. We couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to capture the memories of a couple’s wedding day. It’s important work that we absolutely love doing.
If 2015 is half as exciting as 2014 then we’re in for a fun ride. We already have weddings scheduled in Chicago, Charleston, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and a handful of cities in between.
Here’s to love in 2015!
One service that we have started offering our couples is a shorter version of their short film, which we are calling a trailer. Initially, doing this seemed like extra work, but I can honestly say that it has been so inspiring and has helped us to see our films in a totally new light. When you're editing a film this short, you really have to decide what the most essential and beautiful shots are, and it makes you think about your work in a fresh, new way.
Miranda and Dillon were such a sweet, friendly couple (and clearly beautiful people!), and they made our jobs easier by being so easygoing and fun to be around. Their wedding day in Natchez, Mississippi, was a beautiful day filled with laughter and dancing and friends, and we couldn't have been happier to get to be a part of it.
Today we are sharing another one of our films from 2013. Donnally and J.R. were married last summer at Donnally's parents' lakehouse in Mena, Arkansas. It was a beautiful, rustic farm wedding, designed and planned by the ever talented Jessica Kersey from Finishing Touch Events in Northwest Arkansas. The ceremony was a simple and touching outdoor service under an arbor and in front of a lovely lake. The reception was tented, with antique china place settings and peaches galore! Donnally and J.R. are such a sweet couple, and their love for each other was so evident on their wedding day. I hope you enjoy their film!
Since we just launched our new site, we wanted to reshare some of our films from earlier this year, and we have a great one to share first!
Boy, was this wedding an amazing experience! We were recommended to Angie and Danny by a friend, and we jumped at the chance to film a beautiful destination wedding! Angie and Danny are an amazing couple from New York, and their friends and family traveled from all over the world to attend their wedding (literally! Angie's family is from Albania!) at the fabulous Fairmont Southampton Resort in gorgeous Bermuda. They were such a fantastic couple, and they bent over backwards to accomodate us and make us feel important to their big day, and we couldn't be more grateful. We had the most amazing experience climbing cliffs, walking on the pink sand beaches, and drinking famous Bermudian Rum Swizzles. We hope their wedding film fills you with the happiness and warmth of Bermuda!
Hey everyone! Run to the store in a hurry to pick up the new Southern Weddings V6 to see our very first print ad! Southern Weddings can be found at most bookstores and even some grocery stores and pharmacies. If you have been caught in a snowstorm or some other natural disaster and can't possibly make it to the store but for some reason still have internet access, you're in luck, because here is our ad, which we love love love!