Suzie and Patrick…. How do I even begin to describe them? I love how the wedding day, and also the rehearsal dinner in this case, you can learn so much about a love story in a small span of time. For Suzie and Patrick, listening to bits and pieces of who they are individually and as a couple from family and friends, proved how madly in love they are to one another.
But looking back, that discovery for me happened when we recorded their letters on the wedding day. Both Suzie and Patrick unknowingly wrote to each other about the day of their engagement, and what monumental day it was. They both had tears of joy reading those letters to the camera. And I had tears of joy just editing and weaving it all together as one.
Not only is their love story beautiful, but the wedding day at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, VA, was just as romantic. It was the same place Suzie’s parents were married 33 years ago! It was also a special place to Suzie because she used to go there as a child and explore the grounds. When we were taking a few shots next to the old ice house, Suzie told us that she used to play in that very spot as a child. It was sweet seeing her with her new husband in a place that she had known for so many years, but now coming back as a different person and starting fresh memories together.
There was live music all evening, a beautiful sunset filling the sky and casting a soft light over the mountains, and loved ones full of joy for the newlyweds. It was a grand day, and I was incredibly honored to create a film that commemorates their story. But no matter how much goes into making a film or how beautiful the day may be, the people – the couple – are what shine through and make it truly, the most magical. And my heart is happy knowing they can look back and listen to those letter readings, or their vows to each other – for the rest of their life.
Congratulations Suzie and Patrick!
Venue: Farmington Country Club | Wedding Coordinator: Just a Little Ditty | Photo: Jason Keefer Photography | Makeup: Rouge 9 | Florist – Floral Images Design Studio | Musicians: Bent Mountain Trio, The Adrian Duke Project | Stationer – French Penn Calligraphy (Alex O’Brian) | Dress – Ines Di Santo | Event Rentals – Stone Gate Rentals and MS events | Lighting – Blue Ridge Lighting | Videography: Rachael Curry Films