Rikki + David

July 2, 2017

Rikki & David are probably the nicest people on Earth. Bold statement. I know.

What’s also pretty rad about Rikki and David is how they met. It’s a timeless tale about a beautiful, compassionate, super smart news anchor who met a charming, also super smart, happy-go-lucky meteorologist. They say things like this are written in the stars. Maybe the clouds? I know, I’m not funny. I should stop trying.

But in all seriousness, their story is amazing. You meet Rikki and you’re instantly blown away by her amazing smile and shockingly green eyes, but what you’re mostly left with is the amazing radiance surrounding her every move. Behind every action is compassion and deep care. I could tell this right away as she was actually delighted to have my almost-one-year-old along for our consultation. My deep anxiety swiftly washed away the moment we started talking. Sadly, I wasn’t able to meet Dave until their big day, but my goodness–he shared those same incredible qualities! Radiant smile, full-hearted laugh, kind and humble.

I like our wedding videos to tell the story as our couples would tell it, through our lenses. This is, honestly, the most authentic look at love I think I’ve ever seen. And they make it look so effortless. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these beautiful souls. They are two people worth watching to see what great things they will do in the world around them!

Congratulations, Rikki & David! It’s been my pleasure and honor to serve as the venue for your beautiful and moving love story <3

Special Thanks to the Vendors who helped make their day Perfect!

Venue: Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Photographer: Vitalic Photo

Videographer: Pear & Thorn

Video 2nd Shooter: Lyndsay Cunningham

Entertainment: Class Act

Floral Design: Pink Pelican Florist

Cake: Classy Cupcake

Hair: Tammy Calvetti

Makeup: Cindy Goetz

Gown Designer: Jesus Perio 

Bridal Shop: Nordstrom

“Steady” by The Light The Heat Licensed through Music Bed

“Aria North” by Ben Winwood Licensed through Artlist.io

 

Jenn + Coleman

May 17, 2017

Genuine. Their love is genuine. 

Sometimes when I film a wedding I make little notes of the things that made the biggest impression. There were so many little notes after this wedding. I was only with Jenn and Coleman for a few hours to document the most important moments from their special day, but in a small amount of time I learned whitnessed everything that happens with them and around them is purely special. They are kind, caring, thoughtful and totally in love with each other and the life they’ve built together. They are also fiercely devoted to their partnership and the families they have brought together. And boy are these two loved. As I watched and filmed the toasts after the wedding, all I could think of was, “Wow. I’m so glad I got to be a part of this.”

And so now, you get to be a part of this. Being a witness to this beautiful love Jenn and Coleman share is to be part of something big…

Special Thanks to the Vendors who helped make their day Perfect:

Venue: Quail Valley River Club

Photographer: Seaglass Photography

Videographer: Pear & Thorn Productions

DJ: Traxx Entertainment

Florist: Always in Bloom Florist Inc. & Turtle Pond Orchids

Dress: Bacio Bacio Bridal & Tuxedo

Make Up: Kate Blake Artistry

Hair: Deedee Beaupre

Groom: The Tux Shop

Kristen + Matthew

April 1, 2017

“I think everybody here is in love with the fact that you’re in love with each other.”

 – Fr. Richard George

The foggy sunrise the morning of Kristen & Matt’s Okeechobee wedding felt as if the sky was kissing the earth in a loving tribute to a day that would be like no other. I knew that morning would be worth getting up early for.

It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to this couple. They are so special–and if you know them, you know exactly what I’m talking about. They are kind, joyful, supportive, loyal, charismatic and basically a two person party wherever they go. But what really defines these two are the words that don’t really exist. It’s something I search for when I see Matt smile at Kristen when she tells a funny story, or the laugh Kristen has only for Matt–it’s a soft intensity like the sun on a foggy sunrise.

Dave and I started working with Matt & Kristen nearly a year before their wedding and spent a lot of time together getting to know one another. They invited us out to tour their reception venue, where Matt proposed to Kristen. We learned about something called “glamping”, climbed the epic tree-house where they would hold their future cocktail hour, laughed over Lots of wine and shared stories of our lives. That’s about the time when planning their wedding video became something very personal for both Dave and me. We built our vision for their wedding day choosing the scenes they shared with us that day, but what they didn’t see were the movements of their love story playing out in my mind’s canvas. Kristen planned her wedding colors around the tones of a sunset, but I knew I’d have to capture the sunrise to truly bring their story together.

Their video couldn’t just be a part of the day. It needed to be the day beginning to end, seamless and pure like their love for each other.

I warned Kristen the day would be a blur, and with over 300 guests, 40+ wedding party, and a 1.5 hour marriage ceremony, it may have been a bit of a blur for all of us.

I’m happy to say that while this was the most difficult story I’ve ever had the pleasure of telling, it is also my very favorite.

Special thanks to the vendors who helped make their day perfect!

Videography | Pear & Thorn Productions
Floral Design and Planning | Laras Theme
Getting Ready Venue | Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
Ceremony Venue | St. Anastasia Catholic Church
Reception Venue | (private venue)
Hair & Makeup | Britta Martir/Ashlee Niswanger
Linens & Chandeliers | ECP Event Group
Reception Band | The Groove Merchants
Cake Artist | Classy Cupcakes
Catering | Huck’s Catering
Bridal Salon | The White Magnolia
Wedding Gown | Tara Keely
Rentals | Event Makers
Photo Booth | Flash by KWP
Furniture Rentals | Plus Vintage Rentals
Lighting | East Coast Encore

Hayley + Justin

February 24, 2017

I thought I was ready. I really thought I was. Hayley and I had talked for months planning all the special details of their wedding day. I had everything I needed: equipment, shot list, directions, ideas for the various looks we were going for, etc. But I had no idea what I was walking into, and it wasn’t because I wasn’t prepared to film their wedding. It was because I had no idea how Hayley and Justin together would truly impact me. Separately they are good. Together they are…so so much more. They are bright, full of life, laughter and good will. The loyalty, devotion and passion between them can actually be felt.

They are separately remarkable people, but put them together…. I don’t know, they’re just perfect. And I really wasn’t prepared for that stunning, beautiful reality.
Thank you, Hayley & Justin for inviting me in to such a beautiful day in what I know will be a long life of beautiful memories. I absolutely adore you both.

Special Thanks to the vendors who helped make their day perfect:
Photographer: Kinosi Photography
Florist: The Flower Box
Band: Souljam
Invitation & Signage: Swirls and Sunshine Calligraphy
Makeup: Maria Sommers, Makeup Artist
Hair: I Am Ali Faye
Videographer: Pear & Thorn Productions / Second Shooter: Lyndsay Cunningham

Music:
Side By Side feat. Eric Swavley
by Generdyn
Licensed by The Music Bed

Baby Preston – A 12 Month Session

February 21, 2017

Little Preston turned a year old a few weeks ago and his parents wanted to mark the occasion with a very special photo shoot at the beautiful Waldo’s Secret Garden! I knew the moment I met the little man that we were going to have a much fun together–and boy did we ever! We explored the many little secret corners and hidden treasures across the grounds and I quickly fell in love with his sweet smile, deep eyes and infectious laugh. He wasn’t too sure about me or the camera at first but he warmed up quickly to being the star of the hour.

Enjoy this sweet session with my new bestie–Preston!

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Baby Jack – A 9 Month Session

February 21, 2017

There are so many things I love in life, but being able to document the lives and milestones of my friends’ children has got to be at the top of the list. Sweet little Jack turned 9 months old last month (I know. I’m way late, but I’ve been keeping him all to myself 😉 and I was too thrilled to shoot his session at the gorgeous McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, FL. There’s not a non-photogenic inch of that place. Couple that with the cutest, babbling, giggly, crawling STANDING Mr. Jack, and it makes the magic of the gardens come to life.

This is session number three (3 months and 6 months) for this jolly hunk of sweetness, so be sure to see how much he’s changed!

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Courtney + Christopher

February 7, 2017
Courtney & Christopher’s wedding over 2016’s Thanksgiving weekend still brings big smiles to my heart. For one thing, that day held SO many firsts for me as a wedding videographer: First Man of Honor in the bridal party, first doggie ring barer, first brother and father first look, and last but not least– first bridal portrait involving a baby goat (oh, it’s in there, just watch–it’s amazing!)
Of all these amazing memorable moments from their day, the thing that I recall first from their day was the laughter. Chris and Courtney were always laughing, smiling, and happy. It was absolutely impossible to feel anything other than joy around them. I cried a lot too, but I’m a softie. These two have all they need and it was such an honor capturing these moments for them!
Cheers, Courtney & Chris!
Special Thanks to the vendors who helped make their day so perfect:
Venue: Cielo Blu Barn, Fellsmere Florida
Photographer: Nikki Neswick Photography
Videographer: Pear & Thorn Productions
Florist: Something Special
Catering & Cake: SNL Catering
Hair & Makeup: Black Swan Salon

Vero Beach’s Hidden Treasures – Archeological Dig Reopens for the 2017 Season

February 7, 2017

Public tours began this week at the Vero Beach Old Ice Age Archeological Site, signaling the beginning of the 2017 dig season. The partnership between the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee and FAU Harbor Branch and Department of Anthropology is entering it’s fourth year and anticipation is high after discoveries at the end of the 2016 dig season.

Take a look at the video we produced for OVIASC as the team prepared to begin excavation this season. It was a pleasure working with all involved in the dig and I hope you locals out there take a moment to appreciate the work they’re doing.

Music Credit: Hope of Men by Bytheway-May | Licensed by The Music Bed

Elizabeth + Edward

January 11, 2017

It felt like softly falling into a beautiful daydream–the kind that are full of wonder, beauty and complemented with a strange peculiarity that always alerts me to the acknowledgement I’m not viewing reality. It was the mystery of the treasures hidden throughout Waldo’s Secret Garden. It was Beth’s gown. It was the bouquet, with its romantic colors that so perfectly accented the delicate lines of Beth’s soft smile. It was the ever-so-subtle exhale when Eddie read Beth’s letter. It was the way they carried themselves–like dancers waltzing to a precious melody long forgotten. It was the way they captured the other’s very essence in their gaze. Everything melted away and yet, everything was. They were singular in their love, and enveloped in the love of those shared all around them.

Simply said, they are poetry in human form. Sometimes we are given a chance to see something remarkable, new and undiscovered, but the tragedy is knowing we can never find words adequate enough to deliver it’s wonder to others. It was my greatest challenge–no. My greatest treasure in my heart, finding their voice through this footage and allowing it to develop as it wished.

To Elizabeth and Edward–may you know only joy, happiness and love for all your years.

Special Thanks to the vendors who made their wedding day so special

Venue: Waldo’s Secret Garden

Photographer: Ezekiel E Photography

Videography: Pear & Thorn Productions

Second Videographer: Ash & Meadow Photography

Floral Design: Waldo’s Secret Garden Florals

DJ: DJ Louie Entertainment 

Chelsea + Peter

December 13, 2016

Chelsea & Peter’s wedding at Pointe West Clubhouse in Vero Beach, FL was bright, cheery, joyful and fun. It was hard to keep myself from wanting to put the camera down and dance with them at the end of the night! In fact, I may have cried with them a couple of times throughout the day. It was hard not to get wrapped up in their story, because, as you’ll see, it is just so perfectly sweet.

My gift in life is knowing that they can go back to those first sweet moments of their marriage as often as they wish–for the rest of their lives, with their family and friends. What more can a person ask for?

xoxo

Sam

Special Thanks to the following vendors who helped make their wedding day Perfect!

Photographer – Martina Tannery

Video 2nd – Lyndsay Cunningham Photography

Officiant –Bryan Murphy

DJ – Class Act Productions

Cake – Classy Cupcakes