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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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Forest Elopement // Asheville N.C. Wedding Videography

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Forest Elopement // Asheville N.C. Wedding Videography

Jessica + Christopher

A bit of their story:
Jess and Chris live in Florida, so when they decided to elope they made a grande adventure out of it. They left home before their wedding day, taking their time, stopping at different locations along the way. They went horse back riding, rented a cabin, and enjoyed local hot springs before eventually meeting up with Fox & Owl Studio and us on their wedding day. Wouldn't you know it that it had been beautiful sunny weather every day except the one planned to elope, but we all embraced what was given and made a memory all 6 of us will never forget.
We always embrace the rain.
By the time we finished shooting it was pitch black and they were soaking wet, but they excitedly jumped in their jeep to get take out pizza to celebrate.
Over the next few days they adventured more, going ziplining, blue ridge parkway cruising, and they even got to enjoy some mountain snow!


My 3 favorite things:
-getting dressed in the woods with clothes hanging on branches and rocks
-personal vows handwritten in little booklets
-popping champagne in the headlights of their jeep and passing it around drinking from the bottle

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Photos Versus Video Explained By Harry Potter GIF's

Whenever I try to explain the reason that watching a film compared to looking at photography is a totally different experience, my mind always immediately goes to Harry Potter... 

Yes, that's right, Harry Potter.

I think about all the badass moments in the movies where images that are supposed to be still shots in real life actually MOVE  in their magical world.
You were stoked about this too, I know you were.
It's awesome.
The feeling that something is alive and full of characteristics is so much more enthralling than a flat, still shot of them. With movement we can get a better idea of who they are, how they are feeling, what's going on, and sometimes even how their voice sounds - all things that help us to define a person.
Therefore, I like to think of film as being emotionally compelling.

 

So here are some examples from Harry Potter that really show the difference you get when you look at a still shot compared to the actual moving characters in the movie.

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Admit it, if those would have been still shots it wouldn't have been nearly as awesome, right?

Now all you Harry Potter lovers tell me your favorite moving photo in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

(I did not create any of these images or Gif's - all sourced from google)

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Mountaintop Bridal Experience

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Mountaintop Bridal Experience

Joint creation with Fox & Owl Studio
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I hope you feel something from these images and this film. I hope it makes you want to run barefoot through the grass and feel the wind on your face. I hope it makes you want to take the time to breathe fresh air and appreciate our earth for all it does for us.
Screw just looking beautiful, we want purpose behind it all. We want connection.
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If you haven't heard about it yet, you should know about our joint package!
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The Blue Ridge Collection

Here are the top 3 reasons it is such a great choice when planning your wedding or elopement:

1 - You get a super ridiculously discounted engagement session with both of us where you receive a fun/intimate film and photographs - WOAH

2 - You get to rest easy knowing you have a badass team who works together well capturing your wedding day

3 - Our creative styles and the stories we like to tell are similar yet unique, so your images and your films will compliment each, other rather than look nothing alike nor look exactly the same.

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Want more information?
email me at evergreenerafilms@gmail.com


All images are by Fox & Owl Studios

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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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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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A Wedding Without Rings

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A Wedding Without Rings

Evergreen Era Films Wedding Videography

Most of you out there might think I'm crazy, but it's true. I hate wedding rings.
But the reality is I don't just hate wedding rings. I hate all metal jewelry. I always have. It's some weird quirk that I've never fully understood. Just the thought of metal jewelry touching my skin makes me squirm. I can't stand it.

Thankfully that weird quirk has saved me a lot of money over the years (as well as previous boyfriends) and gives me lots of extra time in the morning to get ready. 

But whenever I tell anyone this about me, they always ask - "What will you do when you get engaged or married?!"
I've come up with some funny answers over the years, like asking for a puppy instead of an engagement ring. I still like this idea a lot by the way... =)
I have also thought about the idea of spending the money on tickets for a trip, a down payment on a tiny home, or new adventure equipment instead.
Who knows! The sky is the limit to what could be done! I have always thought that something different and personal, unique to our relationship would be even more special.

Side note: Ian and I have zero plans on getting married in the near future, if ever really.
We live life very untraditionally and purposefully, taking the waves of life as they come and doing what feels right to who we are.
We have learned to love life this way for the time being - hearts and minds open to our experiences and loving each other as deeply and best we can along the way.


Now, I know that the exchanging of rings in marriage is a deep rooted tradition.
I know that they traditionally represent eternity and they are worn on the 4th finger of the left hand because it was believed the vein in that finger lead directly to the heart.
They are glamorous, and shiny, and expensive and something you only get once in your lifetime.
I get it. Tradition is hard to break.

But I want to take a moment here and question this tradition, like I typically like to do.

Disclaimer: This is not to make anyone feel bad about having a wedding ring or wanting a wedding ring. It is simply to share my personal thoughts and experiences in order to provide encouragement to do something differently for those who might benefit from it. 

My dislike for jewelry in general has forced me to think about the exchanging of rings in a new way. It has forced me to look inside myself and imagine what my heart would want, apart from preconceived traditions or social norms, on my wedding day.

So, maybe this will encourage you to do this same. If you were able to free yourself of all the expectations and listen to your heart, what would mean the most to you personally, intimately, uniquely?

Traditions aren't rules. It's okay to break them!

 

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