Sarah + Alex: A BGP Blockbuster Film at Southern Oaks Plantation

There's no doubt that music is powerful. It can portray so many different emotions. It can transport you to a different time and place. It can make the most subdued person break out into dance and the most stoic and strong tear up in an instant.

The ability to create music is a powerful talent, and Alex possesses this in spades. A week before the wedding he contacted us to let us in on a little secret, and boy were we glad to get that email. We could tell you more but the Blockbuster Film below will do a better job of explaining what happened that night...

Sarah + Alex:

Wedding Prep: The Roosevelt
Ceremony and Reception: Southern Oaks Plantation
Florist: Blumen Lendle

Hailee + Blake: A BGP Blockbuster Film from Lafayette, LA

In South Louisiana family is a big deal. A REALLY big deal. And nothing brings a family together to celebrate like a Saturday night wedding.

Hailee + Blake's story focuses deeply on the connections between family members, the paths they choose and the crossroads along the way. Like all good stories there are a few unexpected twists, some laughter and some sadness, but above all there is love. We'd love to tell you more but you'll have to watch their film to get all the details.

We had a wonderful time getting to know Hailee, Blake, their families and friends that helped make this film such a powerful and exciting piece! 

Hailee + Blake

Lauren + Jimmy: A BGP Blockbuster Film

Well guys, 2015 is just about wrapped up. It's been quite a year for us here at BGP. We've had the chance to travel around a good bit working with some amazing couples. Lots of exciting, funny, passionate and beautiful moments were captured, and we're excited about the upcoming year and all that it holds. But before we jump into 2016 we wanted to write a little about one of our favorite films from the past year.

Weddings feature a lot of symbols. Some of them are fairly obvious; everyone knows the importance of the wedding rings or the lighting of the unity candle. There are the religious symbols and rituals that deepen the meaning of the ceremony. But oftentimes there are other symbols of a more personal nature, things that have a very special meaning to the bride, the groom or their families. Lauren and Jimmy's story is built upon one of these personal symbols. Their film is not only about a wedding day, but a car that has tied together several generations and united multiple families over the decades.

During our first meeting we discussed the plan for the wedding day. As we talked about their vision for the day Jimmy mentioned he was working on restoring his grandfather's 1931 Ford Model A for the wedding. The car had a long history with his family; it had been used in his mother's wedding as well as all of his aunts' weddings to transport the brides to the church on their wedding day. Over the years the car had been neglected and hadn't run in several years. Jimmy wanted to continue the family wedding day tradition so a ground-up restoration of the car began. We immediately knew this car was something special, something that would speak volumes about them, their families, their history and their future.

We stayed in touch with Lauren and Jimmy throughout the planning process, and as the wedding approached we payed them a visit to check on the progress of the restoration. Things had not gone as smoothly as possible with the restoration work. The deadline was fast approaching but everyone was in good spirits. It was great to see Jimmy and his father working together while Jimmy's grandma gave some encouragement (and a few good-natured pokes at the slow progress). Seeing multiple generations hanging out in a garage together was a unique reminder of the importance of family. It also served as a great introduction to Jimmy and Lauren's story:

We hope all of you have an amazing 2016 filled with love and adventure. We'll catch up with you guys in January with more stories of love, family and tradition!

Lauren + Jimmy:
Ceremony: St. Charles Borromeo
Reception: Edward A. Dufresne Community Center
Photography: Studio Tran
Catering: Messina's Catering & Events
Florist: Blumen Lendle
Band: Troy Marks & No Idea

Mandy + Joey: A BGP Highlight Film from Destin, Florida

"Be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather, since I am the Author of your circumstances. The best way to handle unwanted situations is to thank Me for them."

-taken from the opening paragraph of Mandy's daily devotional on her wedding day

The beaches along Highway 30A in Florida are known for their amazing beauty; clear water and white sand as far as the eye can see. It's the perfect backdrop for a wedding, and Mandy and Joey traveled from Northern California to celebrate their love together with friends and family.

As with any outdoor wedding weather has to be a considered. As the morning turned to afternoon dark clouds loomed. The wind picked up and the decision was made to start the ceremony a little earlier than planned. Everyone gathered at the beach and witnessed the wedding ceremony as the clouds rolled in from the west. There wasn't a dry eye on the beach during their emotional, personal vows. Within 10 minutes of the ceremony ending the rain started coming down. It was a pretty close call, but after about 45 minutes of light rain everything dried up and the celebration continued.

It's amazing when everything just works out on a wedding day. Despite a few changes to the timeline Mandy and Joey's wedding was an amazing success. We can't help thinking that daily devotional passage definitely had something to do with it.

Mandy + Joey
Event planning/coordinator: Kendall Poole Event Planning
Ceremony & Reception: Gulf Place
Photographer: Alp & Isle
Florist: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral
Lighting: Davaine Lighting

Marion + Andrew: A BGP Highlight Film

Marion + Andrew: A BGP Highlight Film from BGP Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Some of the littlest wedding-day details can say so much about a couple. While Marion was getting ready for her wedding she made a last-minute decision to switch out her shoes. Instead of her beautiful heels she decided to walk down the aisle in her blue Converse Chuck Taylor's. That quick little change in the plan says so much about her; there's never a dull moment with Marion around.

Over the weekend in Oxford we got to watch Marion and Andrew and learn about their dynamic together. They work really well to balance each other out. Marion is a mile-a-minute, constantly changing directions with an unstoppable energy, while Andrew has a more deliberate approach which helps keep things on track. It's great to see two people that work so well together, not in spite of, but because of their different personalities.

Marion + Andrew

Event planning and coordination: Kendall Poole Event Planning
Photography: Adam + Alli
Catering and florist: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral
Reception lighting design: Davaine Lighting

Neely + Drew: Same Day Edit Reaction in Vicksburg, Mississippi

Last week we posted Neely + Drew's Same Day Edit which we showed at their reception to a packed house. We were pretty nervous about showing a film in front of such a large crowd, but within the first few seconds of the film we knew everything was going to be fine.

Getting to see the reactions from Neely and Drew as they watched their Same Day Edit was something we will never forget. Throughout the entire weekend they were pretty emotional, but nothing could compare to watching them relive the wedding weekend in total shock. It was a truly rewarding experience and something we will never forget!

Neely + Drew: First Watch from BGP Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Thanks: A Same Day Edit from Vicksburg, Mississippi

A wedding is a perfect time for reflection. The whirlwind of planning, organizing and executing the perfect day can take its toll on you, and it's important to keep things in perspective. Friday night, in front of dozens of family members and friends, Drew took time to recognize the many things in his life he was thankful for. This genuine, heartfelt speech served as the backbone for Neely and Drew's Same Day Edit which we had the pleasure of showing at their reception last night.

Now it's time for us to say thanks.

First off we would like to thank Neely and Drew for including us in their wedding weekend. The emotion they shared throughout the weekend was incredible. They made our job REALLY easy.

Secondly we would like to thank Kendall at Kendall Poole Events for not only organizing an awesome wedding, but keeping the Same Day Edit a secret from everyone. 

We also have to thank Neely's brother, Blake, for coming through with the projector the morning of the wedding. We'll have more on that in a later blog post.

Finally I want to personally thank Natalie for rising to the task of filming an entire wedding day while I worked on the edit behind the scenes. There will be more explaining in a future blog post, but for now it's sufficient to say she handled business like a BOSS!

Neely + Drew:

Event Planning: Kendall Poole Events
Lighting Design: Davaine Lighting

Maryam + Michael: A BGP Blockbuster

Everyone loves a good, happy, Hollywood-style ending to a story. A hero riding off into the sunset with his lady, happily ever after kind of thing. Everyone remembers the happy ending but what about the journey to that point? Where's the joy in a wonderful ending if there's not some adversity along the way?

Maryam and Michael's story starts about 11 years ago in a high school math class. Along their journey there were lots of twists and turns, ups and downs; over a decade with someone can have that affect. As time went on there was talk of marriage, but nothing concrete. Kind of a "if it ain't broke don't fix it" outlook. Life was good as they traveled the world, setting up a home base in New Orleans. But then came the twist.

In January, Maryam received a phone call that changed everything. Her father, who was living and working in Shanghai, China at the time, became ill and required immediate medical attention. Without hesitation, Maryam and Michael boarded the first flight they could to be by her father's side. Michael packed the engagement ring he had been holding onto and was prepared to propose to Maryam while in China. Worried that Maryam would always associate the engagement with the hospital, Michael took Maryam to the top of the tallest building in Shanghai and proposed.  When they returned to share the good news with her family, her father expressed that upon learning that he was ill, it was his one wish to see Maryam and Michael married. With a new perspective, Maryam and Michael immediately set to work planning their October wedding. 

Seeing adversity be the catalyst for an amazing, life-changing event is truly incredible. It's hard to describe, but there was a unique energy throughout the weekend. Knowing the highs and lows of the last year really framed the wedding through a different lens. There were so many emotional moments over the two days of filming. It seemed like every couple of minutes someone was bursting with laughter, crying with joy, pacing with nervousness or dancing like crazy. It was the perfect example of the emotional roller coaster we talk about with all of our couples. It was beautiful.

Every wedding is a new beginning, the start of a new journey where two people face the joys and sorrows of life together. We're honored to have been a part of Maryam and Michael's happy ending and the start of their new beginning.

Maryam + Michael:

Photography: Dark Roux
Venue: Race & Religious
Coordinator: Southern Charm Weddings
Caterer: Liberty's Kitchen
Florist: Poppy & Mint
DJ: Aaron Lane Entertainment

Victoria + Buddy: A BGP Teaser

95% of the focus on a wedding day is the bride. It's just the way things work. The groom gets a little attention, the flowers get oohed and ahhhed over for a while, but then the spotlight goes right back to the bride. It's a monumental day for her and she deserves all the focus and praise.

But what about the people close to her that have helped lead her to this day? Her parents, family and friends that have shaped her into the person she's become. At Victoria and Buddy's rehearsal dinner we got a chance to get a different perspective on the wedding day. As Victoria's father got up to give his speech it you could tell it was going to be difficult for him. Within the first 10 seconds he was taking long pauses, nervously chuckling and taking sips of his water every four or five words.

Eventually he eased into his speech and proceeded to make everyone in the room cry. He had a very unique perspective on his first daughter's marriage and it really changed the way everyone looked at the wedding day. Like we said earlier, a wedding is usually all about the bride, but it was really cool to get to show a different point-of-view for Buddy and Victoria's film.

Victoria + Buddy:

Photographer: Warren Connerly Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Audubon Clubhouse
Prep: Westin Canal Place
Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi
Reception: Westin Canal Place
Band: The Mixed Nuts
Florist: Adrian's Christian Flowers

Allie + Dalton: A BGP Teaser in Baton Rouge, LA

A huge part of what we do here at BGP is finding music that perfectly compliments the magic of the wedding day. It can be a painstaking process; sifting through dozens of songs to find the one that's just right can take a LOT of time. Finding the song that takes the film to the next level is so exciting-it's like the icing on the cake. For Allie and Dalton's wedding we had the perfect song practically drop into our lap.

Allie let us know that the very talented Rebecca Roubion would be singing her song, "Doorway", for their first dance. We looked up the song online and within the first 30 seconds we knew we had to use the song for some part of their wedding. We were able to find the rights to the song via The Music Bed, so we knew we were good to go. What we didn't know was that Rebecca's live version of the song was going to be PERFECT. The song you're hearing in the teaser is Rebecca playing live at the reception. Incredible.

Allie + Dalton: A BGP Teaser from BGP Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Speaking of incredible, we had THE BEST time with Allie and Dalton. The amount of energy and excitement throughout the day was incredible. Allie was one of the most fun brides we've ever worked with. She dealt with the wedding day jitters by bouncing around the hotel all morning with a never-ending supply of energy that continued throughout the night. So much fun!

Shout out to the following folks who made Allie + Dalton's wedding day a BLAST!

Photography: Kali Norton Photography
Bride Prep: Renaissance Hotel Baton Rouge
Ceremony: St. Aloysius Church
Reception: Ashley Manor
Music Licensing: "Doorway" by Rebecca Roubion via The Music Bed