Lauren & Bruce were the best! The weather was cold and rainy, but that put zero damper on things moving forward into the day (It's impossible to have a bad wedding at Mallard Island, just like it's impossible to frown while riding a jet-ski). Thanks to Eric for shooting with me and providing some amazing images below. Enjoy!
Katie + Peter :: Highlight :: NJ Cinematography + Photography :: Knowlton Mansion :: Philadelphia, PA
Katie + Peter chose a location that I did not expect. I drove into Philadelphia that day and was shocked at how beautiful this place was, and on the outskirts of a large city. It was amazing. It feels like you are transported back in time when you step into the mansion. It reflected the couples personality and highlighted Katie's style and beauty. We are lucky to see places like this so often, but I still love when I am shocked by the location and feel of a wedding day. Peter is a fun guy who kept us laughing the entire day. He is the type of guy who is tough on the outside but soft on the inside as you can see every time he was around Katie. Easily one of the best weddings in a long time, with it's laid-back feel and easy going couple. I loved every second of this day. Please enjoy their highlight.
The morning of your wedding can be a pretty stressful couple of hours. As a Groom, you definitely want to make sure you are showered, have your vows perfected and deliver a gift to your bride. Plan a few activities for you and your boys to do , before you say “I do.”
A groom’s morning typically consists of: Showering + Eating + Getting Dressed + Opening present from bride + Drinking.
Keep in mind, we encourage you to do more than just sit around and watch tv because we want to be able to provide you with the best footage possible. If you do some of these activities listed below, even for a short period of time, your day will be more enjoyable and our crew will be able to capture more interesting moments for your story.
If you’re wondering what else you can do with those extra hours you have before the ceremony, here are some ideas.
1. Breakfast Reservations
You want to make sure you have a substantial meal in you before you start your day. Make reservations at your favorite local breakfast spot.
This can take up your entire morning, so make sure you plan ahead for an early tee time. Schedule accurately so you have enough time to get ready for the ceremony.
3. Go for a run/walk
You don’t want to overdo it. Keep the walk or run at a comfortable distance and pace where you are able to enjoy the outdoors, get a quick workout in and relieve some stress. If you have a dog, bring him along.
4. Jump in the pool
If the weather is nice and you have access to a pool, take a dive and go for a swim. Make sure to apply your SPF. You want to BRING home the bacon, not LOOK like bacon.
The SPF rule applies here also. Grab some burgers and hot dogs to throw on a grill and get some fresh air.
6. Play cards
You might be able to win a couple bucks in poker for your honeymoon.
7. Outdoor Sports
Basketball, baseball, football, hockey, soccer, corn hole, bocce, etc. Use the SPF rule here as well. Even just throwing a football back and forth with your best man could be great for your wedding video.
Check out old photos on your Facebook or, if possible, have a friend bring a yearbook to remember old times together and how you’ve progressed in life. Also, your brace-faced, bleached hair high school picture would be great to capture on film.
9. Go surfing
Live by the ocean? Grab your board and your bros and go for a morning surf before you start your day.
10. Get Pampered
Who says the Bride is the only one that should be well pampered that day? Round up the boys and go for straight edge shaves. They are manly, relaxing and will give you a clean, smooth face that your bride won't be able to resist.
11. Drink. Responsibly.
You don’t want to be a stumbling fool or slur your vows at the altar. Have fun but keep it to a minimum. You didn't pay for an open bar for nothing.
Think of what you want your photos and film to look like and plan your morning around what you envision. You want footage that represents what you love and what makes you happy. Engaging in meaningful activities before your ceremony can help de-stress a Groom and make storytelling more enjoyable and fun for our crew.
Endless Wave Blogger
When you envision your wedding day, you think of the most special day of your life. From getting pampered, to posing for pictures as if you’re a model for a day, saying “I Do” to your best friend and celebrating with your family and closest friends. You want to look back and remember it as the easiest and happiest day ever, not“ Oh my goodness I was rushing the entire day, I didn’t think I wasn’t going to make it to the alter in time!” Fortunately, we have come up with a solution that has proven to be successful and given brides up to 45 minutes to an hour of relaxation before she leaves the house. This is what we like to call the “Extra 15.”
While you are planning your big day in advance, give yourself an extra fifteen minutes for everything. Need to wake up at 7AM? Set your alarm for 6:45.
For a bride, the main components of the morning of your wedding consist of the following:
Hair – Approximately an hour
Makeup – Approximately a half hour
Reading letters/ Exchanging Gifts with your Groom – Approximately twenty minutes
Getting Dressed – Approximately a half hour
Now take all of those times and add an extra fifteen minutes. Why? Just in case your fake eyelashes do not stick on properly the first time and you need to reapply a few times or your flower girl isn’t sitting still while getting her hair done and it takes a few more minutes, you have those minutes to spare and not rush around.
At the end of the day, your wedding day will be perfect, but we can almost promise your day will not flow as perfectly as you have planned. The extra fifteen minutes can be used for the little hiccups that can compromise your schedule or if everything is flowing as expected, you can use those minutes to relax.
The extra fifteen minutes calculated in will give you little breaks in your day to take an extra sip or two of champagne, pose for some Snapchat selfies with your bridesmaids, be able to do touchups if necessary, breathe and get yourself situated for your next task. Those are all some of little things that you want to be able to do on your big day to help you relax and be less stressed, but also takes up some time. Having those extra minutes already built-in to your schedule will have you walking down the aisle at the promised time and not having your groom sweat at the altar waiting for you!
We provide all of our brides with this trick and it has proven to be successful every single time. Our feedback has been that they cannot believe that something so simple can create a relaxing and stress free day. Who wouldn’t want to kick back with their besties for fifteen minutes before they officially become a Mrs?
If you have used this technique on your wedding day, please share your experiences below or any other simple tricks you have to ease up someone’s special day!
- Gab -
Endless Wave Blogger
After Same Day Edits, we often get the amazed guest coming up to us, and asking us how, or when, or just saying wow. Most of the time its a pretty common question or exclamation. Tonight was different. Tonight, one person said to me that we, without interrupting the day, captured the emotions that everyone there was feeling in a film. That was special to me, because thats all we ever do at Endless Wave. So to be told that exactly what we set out to do is what we have done is extremely humbling and it was a proud moment. This couple made this film, I was simply lucky enough to be there to hold the camera. Enjoy this SDE.