June thirtieth, 2017 was not just an ordinary, sunny summer day. It was a day when an extraordinary couple, AJ and Caitlin, were joined in marriage in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel, overlooking the Missouri River in Washington, Missouri.
Caitlyn was stunning in her strapless two-piece Watters Daisy corset with added satin ivory buttons to the back and Watters Almira court length skirt, both in ivory. She found this gorgeous ensemble of a wedding dress at Mia Grace Bridal. Caitlin adorned her feet with Jewel Badgely Mischka Block Heels in Champagne (and brought a cool pair of Keds X Kate Spade Champion shoes in Rose Gold Glitter for dancing for later!) A sparkling band of rhinestones graced Caitlin’s waist and was just the perfect touch for her flowy dress. The Bride’s bouquet she carried was a mix white hydrangeas, light pink peonies, blush pink rose, ivory spray roses and assorted greens beautifully put together by Hillerman's Nursery and Florist. For Caitlin’s “Something Old”, she used garter that was handmade by her great aunt. Her “Something New and Something Blue” was a breathtaking sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet that her father gave her as a gift and “Something Borrowed” was earrings and a bracelet from two friends. This is one tradition that I particularly love because it is always such a personal touch that never can be duplicated from one bride to the next.
Caitlin’s Bridesmaids looked charming in their short, y-neck, crinkle chiffon dresses with a ruched bodice in a blush color that they purchased from David’s Bridal.
AJ looked so very handsome in the slim fit navy blue suit, white shirt and navy blue tie he bought from Suits 4 Men, and his Groomsmen were the perfect match for the groom in their navy blue suits, white shirts and ivory ties. Prior to the wedding, Caitlin’s dad shared a toast with the groom and groomsmen with a rare bottle of Scotch whiskey.
Our Bride chose to have two First Looks, the first with her father, who during the toasts said that when Caitlin was born, it was love at first sight. It was a beautiful moment between the two of them as her dad saw his little girl in her gorgeous wedding gown for the first time. The second First Look was special, as well. AJ took one look at his soon-to-be-wife and the look on his face is priceless…I believe her beauty took his breath away!
The wedding ceremony was performed by a friend of our Bride and Groom, Brian Webb. There didn’t seem to be a dry eye during the sweet vows that were exchanged by Caitlin and AJ. Caitlin described their first kiss together as being a kiss that changed her whole life. AJ promised Caitlin that he would always choose her. An exchange of rings that were purchased from Moritz Reusch Jewelry Inc. included a vintage look, white gold wedding band to compliment Caitlin’s sparkling white gold and diamond halo engagement ring. AJ’s ring was a traditional tungsten wedding band.
AJ kissed his new wife and it was time for the celebration to start! The venue was elegantly decorated with gold glitter tablecloth on the cake table, gold baleri mercury glass vase centerpieces with white hydrangeas, blush pink roses, ivory spray roses and assorted greens and gold Chiavari chairs at the main tables, a cute swag on the fireplace at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel with Our Couple’s initials and wedding date, and a sign on the fireplace mantle that said, “How Sweet it is to be Loved By You”.
Did someone say CAKE??? This pretty three tier, vanilla and chocolate cake, iced with white and adorned with pink carnations was made by the Emerald Baldwin, who was a bridesmaid and is AJ’s sister-in-law.
Food for the reception was provided by the caterers at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel.
AJ and Caitlin chose Chelsea Mueller Photography for all of their pics, and of course, used Applause Weddings for their videography!
When we asked Caitlin for some words to share with future Brides-to-be, she shared this with us, “The day of your wedding will fly by so quickly and everything will be one giant amazing blur in your mind. I strongly advise all couples to consider hiring a videographer along with their photographer! I'm so happy we did and we now have such an amazing video to look back on!”
Congrats, AJ and Caitlin Baldwin! May your lives be always filled with love and happiness!
Trey and Amber were married in a quaint country backyard ceremony with a touch of rustic style on June 10th, 2017 in Okawville, Illinois. They picked a beautiful sunny day for an outdoor wedding!
Amber chose a beautiful crystal embellished headband to wear in lieu of a bridal veil and a Maggie Sorento wedding dress that she bought from Bridal Manor in Waterloo, Illinois. Her sleeveless ivory wedding gown was embellished with tiers of crystals which beautifully draped around her neck. The month of June in the Midwest tends to be warm. Amber kept this in consideration when choosing this glamorous wedding dress for her and her groom's outdoor wedding. This smart girl wanted to be comfortable and cool!
Trey wore a sharp suit from Macy's in gray with a crisp white shirt and a cobalt blue tie.
A First Look was planned, but this time, instead of being with the Bride and Groom, Amber chose to have her father see her first in her gorgeous wedding garb. We love when our couples have a different take on what seems to be on trend at the moment! Not only does it make for a great photo op and great footage for their wedding video, but a great moment in time is captured and can be remembered forever!
Speaking of wedding videos…all wedding videographers are not created equally! Applause Weddings offers a top notch combination of our professional staff who will gather video with high tech equipment of your special day… from start to finish. We then put our heart into editing the special moments of a very important day so they can be enjoyed for generations to come!
Since this was an outdoor wedding venue, there were no doors for our Bride to make a grand entrance to walk down the aisle. Instead, Amber made an entrance like no other through doors that were hung on a rustic frame and was positioned on the lawn. What a clever idea! Another great idea were the Wedding Programs that were made as fans for keeping wedding guest cool and comfortable!
Amber’s and Trey’s bridal party stood on each side of the pretty arbor that Trey built for the ceremony. Pretty ladies in cobalt blue dresses and handsome gentlemen wearing gray trousers, white shirts and cobalt blue ties surrounded Our To-Be-Weds while Officiant Jeff Schwab performed the wedding ceremony. Instead of the tradition of lighting a Unity Candle, our Bride and Groom chose a touching Love Lock Ceremony.
Once vows were recited to each other and Amber and Trey were pronounced as Newlyweds, everyone headed over to the St. Libory American Legion hall to celebrate. The hall was beautifully decorated in white and cobalt, and Amber's mom made the lovely flower arrangements for the tables.
Cheesecake! Yes, cheesecake (strawberry, to be exact) was chosen in lieu of a traditional wedding cake and was provided by Eats and Treats in Okawville, Illinois.
Applause Weddings (of course!) provided videography and DJ services for this event and had the joint jumpin' and the dance floor packed with family and friends all honoring the newlyweds and their new lives together!
A word of advice from Amber: "No one knows what went wrong your wedding day but you, so don't stress!" That is sound advice, although it looked like the perfect day with the perfect couple to us!
The variety of services that we offer is designed to keep the stress level down leading up to and on your special day. We want you to enjoy your day and be at ease! You will find that working with us is a breeze as we help you plan the perfect wedding and reception. So heed Amber’s advice and don’t stress!
Congrats and happiness to you, Trey and Amber! Thank you for letting us be part of your beautiful wedding!
On May 20th, 2017, while surrounded by Spanish Mission architecture, Darrell and Julie were wed at Barnett on Washington. The venue is beautifully appointed with archways, ornate columns and marble, which made a lovely place for our couple to exchange vows.
Julie surprised Darrell by holding a large bouquet of pearl, blush and yellow balloons that concealed her during “First Look”. The pearl colored balloons had cute little pink hearts inside of them. Once she released the helium filled bouquet and it floated to the ceiling, Darrell laid eyes on his gorgeous princess Bride. Julie was decked out in a sparkly tiara and dazzling champagne Cosmobella ball gown that she purchased from Demetrios Bridal. Of course, the balloon release revealed the Groom to his Bride, as well! Darrell looked dapper in his black tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse and chose a black vest and bowtie to complete the ensemble. What a clever idea for a “First Look” reveal!
Julie graced the red carpeted, curved staircase as she walked down them; her cathedral length train and veil cascading behind her. She carried a bouquet of baby’s breath, which was remarkably elegant in its simplicity. She wore her Aunt’s pearl bracelet as the traditional “something old” item, the garter she wore was “something blue” and her soon-to-be-husband gave her a beautiful Tiffany pearl necklace as a gift, covering the “something new” category. Her bridesmaids looked glamorous in their blush-colored dresses from The Ultimate Bride. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath, as well.
Darrell’s Groomsmen sported black tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse.
Steven Delaney performed a beautiful ceremony, joining Julie and Darrell in marriage.
Our Bride and Groom exchanged wedding vows, followed by a ceremony of a Wedding Ring Exchange. Darrell placed a sparkling diamond wedding band adorned with five round cut diamonds on Julie’s hand, and Julie placed a stainless steel ring with black ion plating onto her Groom’s hand. The rings were purchased at Kay’s Jewelers. Darrell kissed his bride and then it was time to celebrate the union of this wonderful couple with family and friends!
The reception followed the wedding at Barnett on Washington. Newlyweds Darrell and Julie danced their way into the reception hall to 24K Magic by Bruno Mars. The round tables had Eiffel Tower vases adorned with baby’s breath atop them, which made a pretty centerpiece to the table set with gold charger plates and blush colored napkins. Julie made the bouquets and the centerpieces and said that she advises couples to try to make centerpieces or flower bouquets themselves, stating that it saved money and she enjoyed making them. She said, “It was more sentimental to me and I even made the flower girl basket. It felt right making them because I made them with love”.
The three tiered wedding cake was beautiful! The cake, made by Sarah’s Cake Shop, was a vanilla bean cake with white chocolate buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream icing. The letter “R” topped the ivory, gold and blush tiers which were embellished with flecks of gold leaf.
After the Newlyweds were toasted by family and friends, a delicious meal was provided by Callier’s Catering. After the traditional cake cutting and the bouquet and garter toss, it was time to have a ball! Our company, Applause Weddings, provided videography services to memorialize this special day, along with providing DJ services for the reception. Julie and Darrell danced their first dance as husband and wife to the song “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle. The dance floor was opened for all to enjoy and our DJ kept the dance floor full as family and friends surrounded Julie and Darrell in celebration of their new lives as husband and wife.
Best wishes to Julie and Darrell as they begin their lives together and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!
Price is price, right? Well, maybe not so much. Videography package details vary widely from vendor to vendor. Here are a few questions you will want to ask to make sure you are making a fair comparison:
1. How will I receive my video? It may sound like a good deal to receive your final product digitally either via the internet or even on a USB drive, but what about those family members who aren't tech savvy? A DVD/Blu-Ray disc for your parents or grandparents is always appreciated. We provide you with 3 copies on DVD and 1 Blu-Ray as well as sharing your highlight clip online.
2. What will my final video actually contain? A lot of companies will offer competitive pricing, but the end product will be a highlight clip only. Although we love highlights, we believe that for the money you are spending, you deserve your entire ceremony as well. And remember, not all "entire ceremonies" are created equal, either. A single camera in the back and just one close up during the vows is all that is sometimes done to film the "entire ceremony". Ask to see samples to verify what you'll be recieving. You can see our samples here: Your Ceremony it It's Entirety. In addition, you will also receive a long version of your Reception so you can view your toasts, cake cutting, specialty dances, etc. as they occurred.
3. What will my video sound like? Music overlay is perfect for highlight clips, but what about hearing your vows, your readings at your ceremony, your toasts, and your songs during the reception? These moments should be recorded separately (not relying on camera audio) to make the best final presentation. We record your vows with a lapel mic on both the Groom and the Officiant, as well as a separate sound recorder at the ceremony and reception.
4. When will the filming begin and end? What is left out and why? Your schedule for the day can be long, especially when you want your video to tell the entire story. Clarify when your videographer(s) will start and end shooting. It's also a good idea to ask them if you've scheduled enough time for them to obtain the footage they need. We typically start filming an hour before the Bride is scheduled to put on her dress, and we stay at the reception until we have captured most your friends and family on the dance floor. Anything we don't shoot is because we are experienced in getting all the footage necessary to tell your story in a creative way. Our streamlined approach keeps our package affordable. As a courtesy to your photographer, we do not shoot over their shoulder at all of your posed photos, but instead capture several scenes at at least one of your photography locations.
5. What is your video style/approach? Some videography companies aim to have you star in your own cinematic masterpiece. Even if you can afford the extra cost of this style of production, keep in mind you will be devoting more of your day to working with your videographer than anything else including photography and time with your guests. Our approach is what we call creative documentary. We work around your schedule (and your photographer's plan) to capture everything in the moment, only asking for a little of your time for custom shots.
6. When Will My Video be Ready? It seems obvious to assume that you will receive your video in a reasonable amount of time. Maybe that's why most people never think to ask it until after the wedding. Don't risk celebrating an anniversary before you get to see your video, ask the timeline for completion. We deliver your video no more than 6 weeks after your wedding, and in most cases within 30 days, with your highlight clip being made available as soon as possible.
7. What's Your Backup Plan? Technical equipment is never fail-safe. Having multiple sources for both video and audio is the only way to guard against loss of precious footage taken on your special day. Our package includes redundant sources of both (meaning multiple cameras and multiple audio recordings).
If you've been pricing wedding videography services in the St. Louis area you may have found a wide range of prices and packages. I want you to know that our package is very comprehensive and one of the things we offer is your full ceremony with the live audio. We shoot with multiple cameras that are recording the entire length and then we edit the footage together (often to remove a passing photographer or a need to move a camera) with the separately recorded audio to produce a final version that shows everything that took place from the best possible angle that we could achieve without being obtrusive. That last sentence is a lot to take in, so let me explain one last detail to help you understand why we think you'll be pleased with our appraoch to wedding videography. We do our very best to capture great footage without being an intrusion into your day. Yes, there will be cameras on tripods, but only one will be at the front and at an appropriate point in the ceremony, that camera will move one time. Occasionally we may need to make one addtional move, but we strive to plan ahead well enough that we are not a distraction to your guests by constantly moving throughout your ceremony. This is pleasing news to both our clients as well as many officiants who want the ceremony itself to remain respected by those participating. Below you'll see a few ceremonies we've captured. EVERY CLIENT RECEIVES THEIR ENTIRE CEREMONY, even though all of them don't get uploaded online. If you'd like to see an entire ceremony from one of the highlight clips you've seen on our blog, or from one of the location categories, just ask!
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