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Kat + Rich // Black Balsam Elopement Film

Oh my GOODNESS KATHRYN!
We are weeping over here!!!!!!! This was so beautiful!!!!! I am just as emotional as I was that day. You did it, you showed us as exactly who we are, all of our love and our laughs and our tears and our more laughs!! I cannot believe you created this for us, we will CHERISH this forever and I will be watching this every day! You are such a star!!!! Thank you for doing this for us, thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.

Omgosh forgot to mention - all of the really cool shots with our outline but then looking at the moutains/trees in the background were awesome!!! I never dreamed we’d have those type of shots in our wedding video! You really smashed this out of the park Kathryn <3<3<3<3<3
— Kat + Rich

Kat & Rich,

Thanks for letting me embrace my creativity in the telling of your story. Thank you for talking about not only the joys of a marriage in your vows, but also the reality of the struggles and hardships you will face. Thank you for being silly & honest with yourselves and with us. Rich - thank you for trusting me to put on your boutonniere and saying it looked good with the slight tilt. Kat - thank you for being willing to take off your jacket in the most freezing wind and jump around in it for a while.

Thank you for choosing me to create this for you. So much love to you both <3

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Emily + Max // Maggie Valley N.C. Wedding Film

I’m so glad we chose Kathryn to be a part of our wedding day. She created the most special film that we will cherish forever. She’s so friendly and we immediately felt at ease the first time we talked to her. On the wedding day I didn’t even know she was capturing some of the moments that she did. It was so fun reliving that day with my family. Everyone was in tears...again. I could not be happier with the way our film turned out. Thank you!!
— Emily + Max

Emily + Max

With each unique couple,
each shaky & honest vow,
I grow.
I continue to learn more about love through these partnerships -
these people that allow me into their life for just a day or even as short as an afternoon.
Because on this day they are their most raw,
their most vulnerable,
and their most alive.
The choices they made have brought them here and I am a choice as well,
a witness;
And with each quirky first dance,
each intimately chosen location,
each grateful hug,
so so many hugs,
I grow.

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What Marriage Means: Jennifer Morgan

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What Marriage Means: Jennifer Morgan

Photo by Amy Ellis Photography

Photo by Amy Ellis Photography

Just last week I shared a very heartfelt post about Ian, myself, and our current views on marriage for us. You can read it here, but the more I thought about it while writing the piece, I realized that this would be a great blog series... to learn different peoples opinions and hear their experiences related to marriage.

Marriage has changed so much and still looks different in different parts of the world. People are married for status and wealth as well as partnership and love. Some people believe marriage is a religious union, some people don't connect it with religion at all. So this is our goal, to learn about marriage from the people, and maybe through that we will be able to discover what our own hearts and minds value as well. If you would be willing to share your thoughts, experiences, and hopes on the blog, please email me at evergreenerafilms.com.


(PLEASE NOTE: this is an open-minded space. It is for people to share their opinion and to be heard, not to be argued with. It is a safe space. If you want to debate, hate, or discriminate, this is not the place)

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First up, Jennifer's view on marriage...

"Personally I am so excited to get married. Not for the party, not for the gifts, or photos, but for the symbolic stamp of affirmation that you get when someone promises you in the most ardent way possible that they see themselves with you forever. It's not something I need, but something I think will be mind-blowing to have, freely given and with intention. 


In the past I've wanted my ex's to talk about marriage because I needed them to, because I was insecure in my relationship and wanted that contractual commitment. So unhealthy. But now that I've met Bobby- my perspective has totally changed. I'm no longer in any rush. He makes me feel more secure than anyone I've ever known. I know he loves me, and I know he intends on staying with me long into the foreseeable future. It's not about need, but rather just a desire to eventually experience the process and the promise that comes with marriage. To have them say it out loud would be a powerful experience that I wouldn't want to miss out on, whether it was in front of 1000 people or just in front of me and the mountains. (In Colorado you don't even need an officiant to get married.) I guess in a way, it's just as meaningful as any ritual is to groups that find value in whatever ritual they practice. To me it's a way of ultimately expressing and honoring your relationship. 


And again- it totally depends on the people- but I think sometimes if things get rough and rocky, it's a little bit more difficult to exit a marriage than it is a non-contractual relationship. This is the most shallow point in a way, but I think it can make some difference. If there's more at stake, more headache and difficulty to make the exit, sometimes it forces people to reflect a little on whether or not they actually want to leave something so serious. It also keeps people in situations they should have gotten out of, and that isn't to say non-married couples don't take breaking up very seriously as well. But as with many things in life, impulses can overrule reason fairly quickly. When there's a kind of forced waiting period, sometimes the dust can settle and people can remind themselves of why they made the commitment in the first place. Sometimes they'll be obliged to make the extra effort. ? Like I said- just a small reason but I think there's a little validity to it. 
! I wouldn't consider myself a traditionalist, I just think this is one I would choose to follow because of what it [would] mean to me personally. <3"

-Jennifer Morgan
 

Jennifer is a wedding photographer based out of Boulder, Colorado.
See her beautiful work at www.jennifermorganphotography.com

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Why Does Wedding Videography "Cost So Much"?

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Why Does Wedding Videography "Cost So Much"?

I always think educating community and clients about the wedding industry is very important. I totally understand of the general idea that wedding photography and videography is "pricey". It doesn't seem cheap for a one time service, but when you break it all down it makes more sense. Therefore, I want to help spread the knowledge of why it costs what it does.

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Here's the first thing to consider:

Weddings are a choice and a privilege- everyone doesn't have the right to have a wedding. What we all have a right to is to get married. They are two different things.

Everyone has a right to go to the courthouse and exchange vows with their partner, legally sign papers, and be announced "married" without any fancy bells and whistles. No big buffet of food, no bringing all your family into town, and no having a big dance party. All of these things are what make a wedding so expensive because it is a lot of work to put together a party (especially when no one is buying tickets to attend to offset costs like other big events require). 

This is why having a wedding celebration is a privilege. If someone wants a wedding to celebrate their marriage, they are choosing to pay the money it costs to receive each service desired, and each service is a lot of work for all those involved. 

(Note: Having a small elopement is a great option to celebrate with close family/friends and save on money!)

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So, if you decide to have a wedding and you want to capture it, when you hire us as your videographer, this is what you're investing in...

1- A college degree to learn the technical, artistic, and business skills in order to be able to provide you with an honest, beautiful, representation of your wedding day (.

2 - Professional camera gear to capture those moments with high quality.
Heres a quick list: professional canon cameras, multiple lenses, lots of lithium batteries, multiple tripods, multiple recording microphones, Mac computer, editing software, website hosting, USB's, hard drives for storage, and so on...

3 - Time spent connecting with you before the wedding and making sure everything is squared away and ready to go through email/video chatting/meetings

4 - The time working at the wedding, where our full attention is focused on the events and making sure everything goes smoothly. This equates to many hours on our feet holding and maneuvering heavy equipment.

5 - A music license for the song(s) used in each film - including the time to search for and pick the right one

6 - Editing the entire film to create a seamless storyline that includes music, footage, and audio all tied together (This process takes much much longer than editing wedding photos - I know because I've done both.)

7 - Choosing the boxes and USB's that your films go on, ordering them, and mailing them to your door.

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SO, let's do some math here...

If it takes all that work for just 1 wedding
therefore I can film about an average of 15 weddings a year.
In order to make a living wage at the end of the year, each wedding has to cost at least $2000 in order to make $30,000 before taxes (which isn't a lot to live off of in our culture).

So when you see prices rise above the $2000 range for your photographer or videographer, you can rest easy knowing that they are working hard to make a decent living and not ripping you off.

 

Hope that helps!

And when it comes down to it...

Celebrate your marriage in a way that makes the most sense to you and your partner. A way that you will remember with joy and gratefulness.

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Asheville Wedding Videography // Sydney + Simon

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Asheville Wedding Videography // Sydney + Simon

Sydney asked me to use a song that Simon had written for her months before the wedding. I was quickly reminded of why I grew to love piecing together films more than editing photographs; The music, the connection, the personality that it allows to be represented.

Sydney and Simon met each other in Boone, just like my partner Ian and I did. We spent the beginnings of our relationship amongst those cozy mountains of our tiny college town amongst many others who met their partners there. Being a part of Sydney and Simons wedding day felt like home to me. It felt honest, personal, and joyful. Each piece of the day representing who each person was, is, and hopes to be. 


Venue: Grandparents Horse Ranch
Photographers: Fox & Owl Studio

 

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Some of the Most Breathtaking Places in the World

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Some of the Most Breathtaking Places in the World

Need a few more places to put on your bucket list? 

I asked around, and some lovely people shared the most beautiful place they have ever seen.

Lists like these make me realize how lucky we are to be able to travel.
They make me realize how incredible our earth is.
They make me realize how diverse our planet is and the importance of that (reminding me of how equally important human diversity is!).
And they make me realize how much we need to take care of our earth, to keep it healthy and be grateful for all it provides us with.

(This could also be a list of badass places to get married!)

Herman Gulch Trail - Colorado - @evergreenerafilms

Herman Gulch Trail - Colorado - @evergreenerafilms

evergreenerafilms  (us!) - The Herman Gulch Trail (photo above) is one of the most gorgeous hikes I have ever been on. It is a little hidden gem that we found randomly on our drive back from Vail, Colorado and decided to conquer. It isn't easy but the view changes throughout the whole hike, allowing more and more beautiful scenery each step you take. You end at a natural lake high in the mountains, a blue so light its almost white.

The Azure Window, Gozo - @carolynmariephotography

The Azure Window, Gozo - @carolynmariephotography

carolynmariephotography - In the US, definitely Zion National Park. The view from Angels' Landing was indescribable. Completely took my breath away. Outside the US probably the Azure Window on the island of Gozo, just off the coast of Malta. We went snorkeling and I've never seen water such a rich, deep, clear blue. And the sunset was incredible!

Blue Ridge Mountains of N.C. - @evergreenerafilms

Blue Ridge Mountains of N.C. - @evergreenerafilms

_chelsealane_ hiking the coast in Cinque Terre 😮 and hiking all around here! (Blue Ridge Mountains of N.C.)

sambusch3 Definitely Mt. St. Helens. I didn't have a permit to hike the whole thing, but the grounds were breathtaking in the spring!

sewtheland Top of Mt. Whitney! 14,500' !

wildflowerbridal Ngorngoro Crater- it was like the Garden of Eden!

bossybetsy Wharton Beach or Hellfire Bay, Western Australia. HANDS DOWN!

Grand Canyon - photo by @onebluebike

Grand Canyon - photo by @onebluebike

onebluebike Definitely the Grand Canyon!

colleenjm The last big trip my family took was to Canada and I have to say one of the most breathtaking places I have been to was taking a hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House. I will never forget that adventure!

coppercauldroncheese Redwood National Park in California!

its_rachelreed Machu Picchu! A mountain like no other!

editorkristina The jungles of Panama!

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Bee Themed Elopement // Asheville Wedding Videography

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Bee Themed Elopement // Asheville Wedding Videography

I hope this film makes you dream of blue ridge mountains, picnics, and wine, and then you go and enjoy all those things for yourself. I hope it makes you appreciate love and all it's craziness and beauty and how we find it in the most odd and unexpected places. Because I believe wedding films aren't just about the couple in them, they are stories, inspirations, and reminders.

(Kylie and Jef got married about a week before we put together this styled shoot, so in the end they got to have two weddings together - no better reminder than to live it all over again in a new way!)

 

 

Photography: Shonie Kuykendall
Venue: Fines Creek Farm
Couple: Kylie + Matthew
Flowers: Flourish Flower Farm
Accessories: Fox & Beaux Boutique
Table: Mike & Mike Rustic & Reclaimed
Cake: Sarah Snyder
Paper Goods: Ello Lovey
 

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