Helen + Alfons // Classic Victorian Wedding Film

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Helen + Alfons // Classic Victorian Wedding Film

Hi!!! OMG we watched it last night and have since watched it about 20 million times. OMG Kathryn *crying faces*. We’re about to let the whole family watch it, we are in LOVE with your work! Thank you so much, you really captured the essences of our day!
(15 minutes later...)
Everyone cried. All three times it was played. lol
— Helen + Alfons

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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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Lyndly + Liam // Boone Wedding Film

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Lyndly + Liam // Boone Wedding Film

I just want you to know that you are truly so talented. This video depicts everything from that day so beautifully. Thank you so much for trekking through wind and rain to capture our moments. It’s so inspiring to witness someone who has found their calling! You are amazing... thank you!!!
— Lyndly + Liam

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Stacy + James // Asheville Brewery Wedding Film

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Stacy + James // Asheville Brewery Wedding Film

I was waiting for James to get home so we could watch it together. He just got home last night and we LOVE it! You captured so many amazing moments and we can’t wait to share it with family and friends!
— Stacy + James

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Edy + Andy // Floral Paradise Wedding FIlm

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Edy + Andy // Floral Paradise Wedding FIlm

Kathryn! I’ve watched it four times since I got your text and checked my email. It is so amazing. You are amazing and so beyond talented. Thank you so much omg I’m at a loss of words.
— Edy+Andy

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The Couples Experience

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The Couples Experience

If you are reading this review, you are likely considering videographers to document your big day with a wedding film. In all honesty, I don’t write reviews often—I could probably count on one hand all of the reviews that I’ve written in my life—but I genuinely feel compelled to share our fantastic experience with Evergreen Era Films. To be candid, I was very skeptical at the beginning about whether it was a good idea to get a wedding videographer—honestly, because I did not believe that it was possible for anyone to capture the love that Amanda and I have been so fortunate to find in one another. But this skeptic could not have been more wrong—booking Evergreen Era Films for our wedding was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. In my opinion, several factors set Evergreen apart from the rest, including Kathryn’s sincere, genuine nature and ability to put her clients at ease, her prowess and perception in both filming and editing, and her professionalism, work ethic, and commitment to the client experience.

The first thing I noticed that distinguished our videography experience with Evergreen from those that I’ve heard about through friends and reviews is how personable Kathryn is, which makes the entire experience instantly more comfortable. Again, I’ll admit that I was not too ecstatic about the prospect of having one of the most special, intimate, and vulnerable days of our lives documented thoroughly by someone we’d only recently met, but any potential for discomfort vanished immediately during our first Skype call (we live in Charlotte), as Kathryn instantly made us feel completely at ease with her kindness, sense of humor, easygoing nature, and her genuine and sincere desire to get to know us and understand us as a couple. In addition, my wife, as a talented aspiring photographer and videographer in her own right, has verryyy specific preferences for what she envisioned for our films, and our films reflect Kathryn’s fluent understanding of exactly what Amanda was looking for, as well as Kathryn’s keen perception into who Amanda and I are as a couple. Which leads me to my next point.

Secondly, Kathryn’s films of our wedding day absolutely mindbogglingly knocked it out of the park—to say that the result ‘exceeded our expectations’ would be the understatement of the century! Kathryn’s unparalleled thoughtfulness and attention to detail as a videographer, perfectly complemented by her beautiful, intentional, and meaningful editing, resulted in films that captured the feel and emotions of our wedding day perfectly—the laughs, tears, the love, all of it. The same is true of the countless other Evergreen films that we’ve seen—each reflects and embodies what sets Evergreen apart—Kathryn’s ability to put people at ease and desire to get to know and understand her couples means that as a videographer, she is not just physically present and watching a wedding or elopement happen through a camera lens—rather, she is emotionally invested and present, feeling, experiencing, and understanding the dynamics and the most intricate details which could easily and understandably be overlooked in a day full of many big events. Kathryn’s films speak to her perception and ability to capture these intangible, fleeting moments, her wisdom in understanding their significance, and her unique talent to be able seamlessly weave raw footage into a film which not only tells the story, but more importantly, honestly captures and conveys the essence of the day. In my opinion, it is Kathryn’s unique desire and ability to understand her clients each individually, and together as a couple, that makes such beautiful and honest films possible.

Lastly, Amanda and I were struck by Kathryn’s professionalism at all times, before, during, and after our wedding day. In general, wedding planning was way more than I could have even imagined—a veritable flurry (or fury) of proposals, contracts, quotes, questionnaires, forms, phone calls, wedding websites and registries, orders, receipts, etc., but Evergreen makes the process a bit easier by using a client portal, which in my experience, was a convenient and very user-friendly one-stop shop that streamlined everything for our wedding film including contracts, invoices, package details, scheduling, wedding details, etc. Further, throughout the process, Kathryn was a great communicator both virtually and in person, was always timely and well-prepared, and put us at ease through her kind and thoughtful words and generous and genuine actions. In addition, Kathryn was also incredibly efficient and diligent in crafting our films and got each of them to us well before we could have reasonably expected them—particularly in light of the fact that we ordered the sneak peak, the cinematic film, and the well-wishes video, amounting to a great deal of footage no doubt requiring significant editing time. Incredibly, however, as I’ve discussed further above, Kathryn’s efficiency did not come at the expense of quality—the artfulness and attention to detail that she employed in our films is truly incredible. We’ve watched all of them a million times already and can’t wait to watch them a million more—and each time, I notice and appreciate thoughtful and intentional details that I hadn’t seen before.

And that’s the story of how this skeptic was made into a believer. Kathryn is so incredibly and uniquely skilled and dedicated to her craft, and her work is truly a tribute to her talent. We are so grateful that our day was so beautifully, eloquently, and honestly documented—and have nothing but the highest praise, and our strongest endorsement and recommendation, for Kathryn and Evergreen Era Films.
— Amanda + Maddy

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Alyese + Nathan // Intimate and Upbeat Wedding Film

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Alyese + Nathan // Intimate and Upbeat Wedding Film

Wow Kathryn 😍

It’s so beautiful. Big thanks to you!

You captured some truly raw and beautiful moments and we are so thrilled!

Thanks for being a joy in this whole process.
— Alyese + Nathan

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