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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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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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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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Why I offer RAW footage to my couples

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Why I offer RAW footage to my couples

Evergreen Era Films at work

What is RAW footage?

RAW footage is all of the unedited video files, straight from the camera. It does not include any post production work like color grading, stabilization, slow motion, etc.


So here's the thing - I started out my career as a photographer. And as a photographer, providing the unedited photos to your clients would be the silliest thing. It would, in theory, be a "worse" version of the final image. Pointless right?
When I began shooting video I took this idea with me. My first year in business I didn't offer RAW footage at all and I also couldn't understand why any other videographers would give away the unedited footage they took. I truly thought that as a creative, we should only provide our best work to our clients. Therefore the unedited footage is just the first step of the process - why would I ever give someone that?

But, with time and experience comes new knowledge, and for this I am very thankful.

Throughout that first year of business I started to notice that I continually had some footage that didn't quite fit in the stylized short films I created for my couples. They wouldn't fit for many reasons including things like the clips being too long, not fitting with the flow of emotions I was creating, or simply not having enough time to include them in amidst everything else.

I began to realize that these moments are things that a couple might really enjoy having to remember their day by. Even though they aren't perfect, when it comes down to it, they are their memories, plain and simple. I set my ego aside as a creative and decided that this was a service I could provide to better care for my couples and to more fully preserve their wedding day experience. Plus I still get to create the beautiful, flowing, emotional films that I'm proud of. In my opinion it was a win-win choice.

 

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Here's a response I got from one of our brides:

I wanted to holla out and let you know that we went through our raw footage drive yesterday and are so grateful we have a copy of these clips! They are all like little home movies of our day, and they go so much farther beyond the cinematic film + all of our photos to really give a peek into the vibe we were in on our day. Thank you once again for sharing your gift with us, and for giving us this immortalized look at the happiest day of our lives to cherish and re-live forever <3
— Kat

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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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