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Ashlee + Bobby // Mountaintop Sunset Wedding Film

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Ashlee + Bobby // Mountaintop Sunset Wedding Film

Just sobbed watching our video with my husband. Pretty appropriate that we’re in Boone for the weekend and watched it while sitting on our cabins front porch with the river rushing by in front of us ❤️ thank you so much for capturing our day so perfectly. It is beyond our wildest dreams. When life gets me down, I think I’ll turn to that video. It’ll remind me how sweet life is and how blessed I am to have a partner who even after 6 years, can still give me butterflies. So thankful our paths crossed Kathryn! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
— Ashlee + Bobby

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Jen + Alex // Intimate Family Wedding Film

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Jen + Alex // Intimate Family Wedding Film

Omg Kathryn- we are sobbing. That was literally the best thing I have ever seen. Idk how you took all of our awkward shots and made us look like models 😩 and the song is PERFECTION!!! Wow, I am speechless. Thank you so much I love you.
— Jen

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8 Tips for Outdoor Adventure Elopements

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8 Tips for Outdoor Adventure Elopements

Being a hiker, mountain biker, backpacker, and all things mother nature lovin’, outdoor elopements are my soft spot.

With some experience, I have put together some little tips for any of you couples out there planning to elope or have an intimate wedding outside with a handful of friends and family.


  1. Find a more intimate location

    If you want the ceremony to feel intimate and personal, try and find a location that isn’t very popular. There’s a handful of places that are really well known and have become crowded with photo sessions, engagements, and elopements. This is true all over the country for lots of different natural spaces.

    If you want to be more likely to have the space to yourself, choose a spot that isn’t well known and requires some effort to get to. If you are having family members attend I know this can be difficult, but if it’s just the two of you and you’re willing to hike a bit, I think it is 100% worth it.

    If you are unable to do the exploring yourselves, find a videographer or photographer who know the land and are willing to scout locations for you.

    You could also find and book a vacation rental that will allow you to use the land for your elopement. I’ve had multiple couples choose this options so that they know their day will be private.


  2. Wear proper clothing

    Wear comfortable shoes and pack warm layers (if needed) that you don’t mind being in the video/photos. Also make sure your clothing is something you feel comfortable hiking in. Comfort is key for a fully enjoyable experience, at least it is for me!

  3. Enjoy the journey to your final ceremony destination

    Making a trip out of your elopement? Plan a few stops along the way to really make the most out of your time together. Your elopement experience doesn’t just have to be the day you are married and have cameras around. Enjoy the entire trip and make the most of it!

    I’ve had a couple travel up from Florida and stay at 3 different spots along the way, doing different fun activities before they even got to NC for their actual ceremony.

  4. Plan for a time that isn’t as busy
    In public locations sunset is way more popular than sunrise. Weekends are way more popular than week days. Certain seasons are busier than others depending on where you are. If you want to use a popular spot, try planning your elopement at a time when it usually isn’t as busy. It is a lot less likely that very many people will be there before dawn, because most of us like to stay in bed and catch as many z’s as we can get! Plus, how often do you see the sunrise together? Also, you’re eloping, so take advantage of week days where more people are working and less are out in the woods. You don’t have to worry about anyone else attending and having weekends off.


  5. Research the rules and regulations of your location
    Many outdoor locations have rules and regulations on what is allowed for weddings. Be sure to do your research on what is and isn’t ok. You might need a permit, might not be allowed to have live flowers, and might have to avoid a few locations when planning your perfect spot.


    Respecting those natural spaces are important.

  6. Hire a videographer and/or photographer whose personalities you love just as much as their work

    If you are eloping in a small group, the people you surround yourself with are that much more important. They should feel like comforting friends to you because you are going to be spending your elopement day with them directly. Make sure you’re investing in people that you enjoy.

  7. Embrace the weather

    It could rain, it could snow, it could be hella windy. Who knows what the weather will really do, so if you plan to get married outdoors, just let the weather be whatever it will be and enjoy it. There is no controlling it and no point worrying about it. Plus your video/photos will turn out even more unique with imperfect weather circumstances.

    A handful of my couples have just gotten drenched in the middle of a rainstorm and have left their day happier than ever because we rarely dance in and enjoy the rain. It helps the day feel more special and magical. It brings you to the present moment.

  8. Take time to enjoy the view

    Plan some time to just sit and be in the place you decided to elope. There’s a reason you chose it, and it is most likely because it is beautiful and inspirational to you. Don’t just go there, do the thing, and leave. Just plan some time with everyone to just sit and not do anything other than enjoy the moment. No video-ing, not photos, just be.



    Extra Tip: If you are hiring a videographer and they are recording any audio, be aware of the sounds in the locations you choose. Waterfalls, lots of hikers, road noise, etc. can all add unwanted background noise to your audio. Make sure to talk to your videographer about this to plan the perfect location for clean audio.

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Shayn + Walton // Boone NC Elopement Film

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Shayn + Walton // Boone NC Elopement Film

I am having a hard time putting into words how absolutely perfect this video is. You captured us and our entirety! It’s so beautiful!!!

I am literally balling like a sissy-la-la at my desk 😆 I couldn’t wait to watch it!!! Thank you guys for seriously being some of the coolest fucking people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It was so easy to open up and not feel vulnerable with you guys. My heart is so full, I feel like it might explode!

I can not say thank you enough!

Stupid happy,
Shayne

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4 important things to consider when hiring a videographer for your wedding/elopement

Evergreen Era Films- Behind the scenes

Do they make you feel comfortable?

Do they make you feel comfortable?

More likely than not, you're not the Kardashian family, so having someone follow you around with a camera isn't going to feel normal to you. A majority of the time when people get a camera pointed at them, the reaction is one of absolute frozen terror or just plain awkwardness right? You know you've felt it before, especially when you know it's full-on video and not just a photo.

 Therefore I think the most important thing you can do for yourself and for the film you are paying money for, is to find a videographer who automatically makes you feel comfortable - Someone who you can easily get along with, someone who makes you laugh, who seems easygoing, and in general who you would want around you on your wedding day. This is key for you to be able to relax, sink in to the moments, and get real and honest moments captured on film. 

So how do you know if they make you feel comfortable? This is why #2 is so important as well...

 

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Do they want to get to know you?

Do they want to get to know you?

The more you get to know someone the more comfortable you are with them. Plain and simple right?

Therefore when a vendor does more than just ask for details and take your money, they aren't just trying to take up your time. It's not like "busy work" that you used to get in middle school.

I have all of my couples fill out a questionnaire based upon questions I have personally chosen and crafted together to get to know them on a deeper level.  I also make it a priority to meet the couple over video chat and/or in person before the wedding day. This way, when I show up to your wedding day, I'm also a friend you already know and not just a vendor there to do the job and peace out. There is a level of trust that is created when someone really wants to know you and I think trusting someone with these intimate moments should be a priority.

Also, the more we know about you, again, the more honest to who you are your wedding film is going to be. Win/win!

 

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Do their values align with yours?

Do their values align with yours?

I like to say this at times in relation to this idea - "You vote with your dollars". Do you want to support shopping small? Do you want to support female owned businesses? Do you want to support eco-friendly businesses? Do you want to support inclusive and equality focused businesses? Do you want to support progressive and non-traditional ways of celebrating marriage?

When it comes to your wedding, looking for vendors who align with your beliefs is a powerful way to support communities and ideas you want to uplift. What better way to do it than amidst the celebration of your love? (Evergreen Era films is all of those categories above, so if you just kept saying "YES!" to those questions above, hit me up!)

But also, sometimes you aren't going to know what a vendors values are. Feel free to ask. Of course, in the south, there are a lot of Christian wedding vendors, so if you aren't religious this is something you would probably want to avoid. Aligning values with your videographer, who is literally going to create a representation of your day for you, is a powerful thing.

 

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Do you like their previous work?

Do you like their previous work?

This last one is pretty straight forward. You should like their previous work. Even better, you should love it. This comes back down to trust again (a quality I deeply value), knowing that if your videographer does what they do best, you are going to love your film. What could be better than that?

Being able to rest in the knowledge from the very beginning that your money was well spent. Because honestly, when it comes down to it, we are all unique creators, each videography team, and we can't be or do what other people do as well as we can just be and do what is natural to us. Our work looks different for a reason. Our shooting styles are different for a reason. Our song choices are different for a reason. Choose the one your drawn to the most and let that person create for you in a way that is authentic and true to who they are. You just can't go wrong with that choice.

 

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