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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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After the Wedding Day - Interviews of Real Couples - Kelsey + Alex

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Kelsey and Alex Wood

Wedding date: December 2, 2017

Venue: getting ready @ The Windsor Hotel
wedding @ The Venue

 

Q: When did you know you wanted to get married?

Pretty soon after we started dating. Alex quickly became my best friend and someone that I knew I did not want to spend my life without.

 

Q: What was your favorite part of the wedding day? 

Everything!! It was so amazing to have friends and family all in the same place at the same time celebrating with us.

 

Q: Did you do anything different and non-traditional for your wedding? If so, what was it and why? 

I am not really sure honestly. We had our dog at the altar with us which was the best decision we made! It is so incredible looking back at our photos and video and her in being in them with us.

 

Q: Is there anything you would change about your wedding day if you could?

The only thing is that I want to do it all over again!

 

Q: Has married life been any different than your life before? If so, how? 

I don't think so, but in a good way. Life has been a little stressful since our wedding due to outside factors so it's just been nice to know I always have my rock at the end of the day.

 

Q: How did you react to watching your wedding film?

I loved it immediately!! I was laughing and crying at the same time. It was incredible to be able to feel the emotion of our day through the video.

 

Q: Are you glad your hired a professional videographer for your wedding day? If so, why?

YES! Our pictures did a great job of capturing the emotion of our day, but it was still nothing compared to hearing our voices and seeing the actual footage. It brought our day back to life and I couldn't imagine not having this to remember our day with! Not to mention, Kathryn and Ian were so much fun to work with!!


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

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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.

 

If you feel drawn to our style and our values, contact us here to learn more

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Kelsey + Alex // Downtown Asheville Wedding Film

You. Nailed. It!!!! I’ve watched it twice and cried both times!!! I am going to share it. I am so in love with it. Thank you SO much!!! We were just watching it for the 3rd time! He loves it!! Alex is so thrilled with the dancing! We are dying laughing. It makes me feel like I’m standing right there!!! I can’t wait to see more haha. It’s perfect!
— Kelsey + Alex

It's probably pretty apparent that I mainly film outdoor weddings. Nature is a big aspect of who I am and where I feel most connected to life. But, when you live in a place with 4 seasons and a couple wants to get hitched and party down with their family in December, sometimes you just have to let go a little and just go for it.

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Christina + Brian // Asheville Rainy Camp Wedding Film

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Christina + Brian // Asheville Rainy Camp Wedding Film

Kathryn - we cannot thank you and Ian enough for producing this absolutely beautiful film that captures the spirit of our day so perfectly. I am not the only individual who cried happy tears while watching it. Everyone keeps mentioning how HAPPY we look (we really were that happy!) but I think it’s also a testament to your talent and ability to capture those fleeting moments and to have made us feel so comfortable during the process. Seriously... thank you 1,000,000x.
— Christina + Brian

Just like love, the weather is unpredictable. 

There is no controlling it. There is only open-ness to the inevitability of change.

There are moments of sun and moments of rain, each necessary for growth.

They are all worthy.

Even the moments of in-between.

But especially moments like these.

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Announcing: The Untamed Elopement Collective

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Announcing: The Untamed Elopement Collective

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The team of Kathryn Ray (me), Shannon & Andrew Horton from Fox & Owl Studio, and Stephanie Forshee of Little Wild Bloom


THE UNTAMED ELOPEMENT COLLECTIVE WAS FORMED OUT OF A DESIRE FOR MORE.

MORE CREATIVITY. MORE INDIVIDUALITY. MORE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MORE LOVE.

 We are a group of creatives that trust, work best with, and love the heck out of one another. We respect, value and honor each other's art. We find that our hearts come alive in elopements. They allow us to get to know our couples on a deeper, more personal level and, in turn, provide us the time and creative freedom to make our best work. 

For our couples, we believe in the beautiful space eloping provides, allowing you to embrace the day more fully.  We are eager to encourage you to willfully let go of expectations and do what fits your unique relationship. We want you to throw traditions to the wind and embrace your authentic selves. We want to take the weight of planning off your shoulders and let your focus on the purpose of your marriage.


Above all else, we want you to be surrounded by a community of people during your elopement day who aren't just doing their job, but people who genuinely care for you. We will be there to cheer you on, help you get dressed, pour you a glass of champagne and shed a few happy tears right alongside you. We want to be there for you every step of the way.

We hope that you walk away from your ceremony filled to the brim with love and ready to begin your newest adventure.

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Caitlin + Alex // Asheville Wedding Film - Teaser

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Caitlin + Alex // Asheville Wedding Film - Teaser

IM BAWLING. <3<3<3 We love it. It makes us even more excited to see our full length video for all of the emotion to come!!! I’ve had multiple people say to me it was the most emotional wedding they’ve ever been to and that echoes how deeply connected I felt to Alex and everyone who helped us celebrate our day. It was perfectly imperfect and I can’t imagine how emotional I will be reliving the full length!
— Caitlin + Alex

My films typically end up being longer than promised, and Caitlin and Alex's teaser is no exception. A 1 minute teaser film turned into a 1:40 minute film and I just couldn't help it.
These two are vulnerability at its finest, so much so that even Caitlin mentioned so in their vows...
Putting this together for them was full of hands on heart moments and raw emotional reactions from me that remind me every time why I am so in love with filmmaking based upon real moments with real people.

Cheers to crying, hugging, and opening your heart to love.
 

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