Jamie and Chris Allen | Donna Bella Chapel in McKinney, TX

A happily ever after wedding with a touch of New Orleans

When Jamie first got in touch with me about their fairy tale dream wedding coming true in McKinney, I was so excited – they were planning a jumping the broom tradition, a live band from Louisiana and a beautiful candlelit reception! Jamie and Chris seemed like the loveliest people and I couldn’t wait to video their wedding!

Getting Ready

I was surprised by a bottle of wine from the bride herself when I arrived to capture her and her bridesmaids. They were getting ready in the Sanctuary music and events building. Along with Jamie’s gorgeous dress, she wore the cutest cheetah heels and Chris wore a dark suit with a classic tie. The two exchanged gifts and letters to each other and allowed me to record the special moment separately on camera.

Photo by Meme Urbane Photography

Ceremony

The wedding took place at the Bella Donna Chapel, and it was a romantic ceremony. The bride and groom went with traditional, and waited to see each other down the aisle. The couple combined the small flames from their family’s candles into one. They each wrote their own touching vows.

When the time came to kiss the bride, the bride helped herself on kissing the groom before the pastor could finish his sentence; it was hilarious, but so sweet at the same time! After the ceremony, they jumped the broom and the crowd applauded. Everyone joined outside as the newlyweds rang the church’s bells announcing their news to the world!

Reception

The wedding reception took place at the Sanctuary music and events hall, which they’d decorated with candlelight and photos. It was a charming sight.

Photo by Meme Urbane Photography

During the reception they had a live band come out all the way from Louisiana, which you could tell everyone loved by the wave of white handkerchiefs all over the place. After the meal there were a few speeches as well as a few tears! The DJ then kicked off the party and everyone danced in the center of the venue with the newly weds.

The couple

Jamie and Chris met through Instagram. Chris proposed to Jamie on New Years Eve in Downtown Dallas in front of the Reunion Tower-watching the Fireworks. Jamie was trying to record the fireworks when they were counting down to the new year; when the number landed on one, Jamie turned around and saw Chris was on one knee.

Here’s the couple’s magical wedding!

Video by Skys the Limit Production

Vendors:
Wedding Planning | Larkspur Lane Events, LLC
Dress | Terry Costa
Photographer | Meme Crayton
Hair Stylist | Largeta Vinca
Make-up | J Anthony MUA
DJ | Jeremy M Powell
Baker | Renaissance Cake Company
Catering | Rick’s Chophouse

Madison and Ruben Alaniz | The Laurels in Beaumont, Texas

Madison and Ruben got married at an elegant plantation style venue on March 23, 2019 in Beaumont, Texas. The couple went with a stunningly dark and moody floral and decor for their wedding day. In the beginning, the two lovebirds actually went to the same high school, but when Ruben came home from the navy, fate brought them together again.

Wedding dress hanging from chandelier beside a brick venue in Beaumont, Texas in daylight.

Madison got ready upstairs in the venue with friends and family, and there was such an exciting vibe. She wore a smooth fitted dress, and looked so incredible. Ruben and his boys got ready downstairs underneath where the pretty women were getting ready. He wore everything black; shirt, jacket, bow-tie and shoes.

The ceremony took place on the other end of the Laurels’ venue. The ceremony area was filled with the most important people in the couple’s lives. Pair by pair the bridesmaids and groomsmen made their way down the aisle. The couple’s daughters had the honor of being the flower girls. When it was the bride’s turn, everyone stood when they saw her. The groom smiled while tears sneaked down his cheeks. The lovebirds wrote their own vows and promised each other forever. It was a special moment when Madison’s son had the honor of holding Ruben’s ring. It was a moving ceremony.

Wedding Party posing a silly photograph in front of the laurels venue in Beaumont, Texas.
Photo Cred: Lacey Monceaux Photography

After the first kiss, the newly weds made their way outside and were greeted seconds later by their wedding party. Everyone took photos in front of the Laurel’s house. The couple then mingled with their guests, which was the perfect time for us to get candid video clips of everyone. We got perfect video of guests taking shots, dancing and grabbing some rears underneath the hanging lights outside! The weather was calm and it was a beautiful night.

Bride and Groom dancing in the middle of the dance floor in the reception at the laurels venue in beaumont texas.

For the reception, the best man and maid of honor made a toast to Mr. & Mrs. Alaniz. Madison was surprised by a special strip tease from Ruben – which made the crowd blush and holler! Later as the music began to get louder and faster, the bride pulled in friends from all around to join her in the middle of the dance floor. Guests danced and sang out loud. As more people met in the middle, Ruben accompanied his new wife under the colored lights.

The night ended with all of Madison and Ruben’s loved ones lined up outside the venue. They each held a sparkler and cheered as the newly weds made their way down their own aisle of sparklers. Before they made it to their vehicle, Madison was swept off her feet by her new husband. The couple gave each other a kiss for the pictures and drove off into the night.

Wedding couple kissing at the end of the sparkler exit at the laurels venue in beaumont, tx
Photo Cred: Lacey Monceaux Photography

I absolutely loved the couple’s unforgettable red, blush and black theme. The mood and beauty was on point! If your getting married in Beaumont and need a wedding videographer get in touch! Here’s their wedding day highlight.

Wedding Video by Skys the Limit Production

Vendors:

Coordination | Wild Wood-TX
Hair | Hair&CO
Makeup | Makeup By Hannah Simmons
Florist | Swanky Occasions
Officiant | Mr. Jimmy Lane Mooney
Photographer | Lacey Monceaux Photography
Catering | Bloom 827
DJ | Big Daddy DJ
Dress | Sweet Romance Bridal
Suit | Ortiz Formalwear Nederland

Haley and David Louis | The Manor at the Springs Rockwall

Haley and David Louis got married outside one of the beautiful Springs’ venues, which is a colonial venue with southern charm in Rockwall, Texas. Skys the Limit Production had the honor of capturing the couple’s wedding day on December 16, 2018, through videography.

David exuded confidence, the warm oceanic blue complimented by a dark crimson tie. Haley’s dress clung to her body, accenting the hourglass shape she had, the lace covered her dress like a map. They looked as if they were both made for this day. Before seeing each other at the aisle, they both chose to take communion and prayer with their sisters and brothers.

The ceremony was a gorgeous service underneath an enormous covered platform held together by white pillars. To make the occasion all more special, David’s father married the young couple. Haley and David each read their own solemn promises to one another and ended the ceremony by sharing their very first kiss to one another. How much of a privilege it was for me and everyone to witness!

The reception was held inside the manor and it was full of class with a few touches of rustic wedding. David and his boys performed a dance in front of everyone with the song “Rude”. The newlyweds had an intimate dinner with family and friends and received kind words, unforgettable stories, and advice from their loved ones. No one could forget – or resist to huddle together for the Aggie fight song. The night was then finished off with lots of dancing and laughs all around.

If you’re planning a shabby chic wedding of your own, get in touch!

Vendors

Venue | Springs Event Venue in Rockwall
Coordinator | Marvie Dumancas 
Linens | Lena’s Fine Linen Rentals
Decor Coordinator | Alicia Haight 
Photographer | Winfield Creative Portraits
DJ | Brandon Wolfe 
MC | Brian Martinez
Catering | Charlie’s Cakes and Catering
Makeup | Myah Day 
Hair | Image Nation Salons & Med Spa

Danielle & Brent Anderson | Bear Creek Ranch Event Center in Nevada, Texas

On June 23rd of 2018 Danielle and Brent Anderson were wed at Bear Creek Ranch Event Center in Nevada, Texas. Skys the Limit Production was given the honor of capturing their wedding day.

Before the ceremony Brent and Danielle exchanged gifts. Danielle received a watch. Brent was given a belt buckle with he letter “A” on it. Danielle then surprised her daughter with a necklace to wear proudly as she paraded down the aisle bringing with her; a trail of flowers. The couple beamed as they read their letters. Their love jumping off the page.

During some down time before the wedding the groomsmen enjoyed their cigars as the girls sat on their rocking chairs with their robes and sipped champagne. Danielle wore a beautiful long fitted dress that appreciated her body, the buttons on the back making a delicate uniformed line down her spine. The dress was accompanied by cowboy boots with a hint of teal decor. Brent sported a navy jacket with a warm yellow tie and jeans. This was all tied together with his black cowboy hat. The Bride’s daughter, Sarah, was the flower girl. The ceremony had a southern rustic feel. The soft decorations complimenting the wood. The sun was high in the sky, the pond behind them glistened in sparking brilliance. Skys the Limit Production captured this breathtaking moment on video for the couple.

The Officiant began the ceremony stating, “today you’re taking your care and trust in the hands of the one person in this world that you love with all your heart. You’re giving yourself your life and love in the hands of the one who loves you with all their heart. Always remember this, that to the whole world you are but one person, but to one person you are the whole world.” The couple began to exchange their hand written vows. Brent began, “Danielle, my promise to you is but a simple one I will love you today and everyday that follows until the end of time with the passing of every minute my love grows stronger and my devotion grows deeper, I will love you and cherish you until my eyes can no longer see your gentle smile, my ears can no longer hear your loving words and my hands can no longer feel your tender caress. From this moment until my dying breathe, you are my love, you are my life.” Danielle then recited her to him, “I promise to be all that you are not because you are all that I’ve never been. I promise to love you even when I might not like you. To respect you even when I disagree with you. To never get too comfortable to leap outside of my comfort zone with you. To communicate with you and not shut down, to choose you again and again at the start and finish of every single day, no matter the season no matter the year, I choose you to struggle and succeed with, to fight and make up with, to love and grow old with. I choose you knowing there are still trials we must travel knowing there are mountains left to climb. I choose you to always be by my side.”

Guests cheered as the couple made their grand entrance with the flower girl and sat at their Mr. and Mrs. table. Like any southern gathering, barbecue was served while guests played games. There was a live band serenading the couple with country love songs. The Bride’s cake was tall with pink and purple flowers decorated around and the groom’s cake was a decorated Copenhagen snuff cake. The couple were sweet and fed each other cake gently. During the bouquet toss, the Bride playfully tricked the group of girls she was going to throw the flowers. When she did throw the bouquet, the maid of honor caught the flowers. The best man was shy about giving his toast, but left a heartwarming wish to the couple and a hug with the groom. The bride danced with her groom, but made time to dance with her daughter as well. In a completely unique sendoff the couple and guests got to enjoy their own fireworks show – after the show the guests surrounded the couple with sparklers while they proudly walked through as Mr & Mrs.

Vendors

Venue | Bear Creek Ranch Event Center
Coordinator | Glitter and Glue Weddings and Events
Photography | Southern Bell Photography
Officiant | Love Notes – Al Taylor
Entertainment | Coby Mcdonald Band & Fireworks Artistry
Cake | Adoughable Creations
Catering | MaMas Big Country BBQ
Florist | The Kreative Consultant
Beauty | Styles By Vero

10 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Videographer

Every time I visit a wedding Facebook page or group, I always see the same question. Is a wedding videographer necessary? And the answer to that question is an easy “YES!” You may think that because you are hiring a photographer you don’t need a videographer, but they are two very different forms of art and one does not cover the other, and I can tell you 10 reasons why you need a videographer.

1. Some Moments Cannot Be PhotographedGood photography is powerful; it’s one of, if not the most important thing you should budget for. Investing in a good photographer is a must, but even the best photographer in the world cannot capture sounds and movement. The sounds from your video could be the vows you and your soon-to-be spouse speak to one another, a word of wisdom from the father of the Bride, or the Best Man sharing a funny and unforgettable story about the Groom. Movement could be the Groom seeing his Bride for the first time, a mother holding her “little boy” during the mother-son dance or watching the couple smash cake into each other’s faces.

2. The Emotional Impact – The emotional impact that videos can bring basically go hand-in-hand with sounds and movements, but also added music that go with the couple’s taste and carefully selected clips to bring everything together. It can leave you crying one minute and laughing the next. For example, my husband assisted me with a ceremony and he managed to capture such a tender moment: The officiant along with everyone else had their heads bowed and eyes closed. As the officiant prayed, the Groom opened up one eye and peeked at his Bride. She just so happened to peek up at him at the same time. She shot him a quick smile and closed her eyes again. You better believe you’ll see this clip in the highlights!

3. Easily Shareable – It’s unfortunate when a family member or friend cannot make your wedding due to distance, sickness or other reasons. Nowadays, videos can easily be uploaded through YouTube or Vimeo and can be shared within a click of a button. Having video will allow those who were unable to attend your big day in person a front row seat of your ceremony, digitally.

4. You’ll Get To See Moments You Might Have Missed – On the day of your wedding, you will want to take everything in, but in reality, this cannot happen; you won’t be able to see everything. You could be talking with a guest and thanking them and miss your parents dancing cheek to cheek with one another. You won’t be able to see, behind closed doors, your adorable little flower girl struggle to carry her pail of flower petals down the aisle. There’s nothing else like seeing your mother tear up while you read your vows. With video – you will see priceless moments you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

5. Play Celebrity for the Day – You are the Bride and Groom, King and Queen; it is your day after all! You walking down the aisle comes to life in video – just imagine the doors opening along with the music revealing you. It is one of the few days where you get to be the focus and are surrounded by all the family and friends who love you. Your wedding is a day where you have worked hard to create an atmosphere that reflects you, your spouse, and your life together. All eyes and lenses will be on the two of you as we adore the charmingly dressed Groom and his Bride’s beautiful white dress sweeping across the floor. You’ll forget those little things, but your videographer will help you remember!

6. A Professional VS Uncle Larry – With the new iPhone specs being better than ever and cameras being more affordable everyday – it may seem like a good idea to pass the videography job to a friend or family member – don’t do it! There have been too many incidents about the lack of quality, missed moments and even worse, lost footage. You want Uncle Larry to attend your wedding, not work it; let him celebrate with the rest of the family. He may not be able to handle low light settings (causing grainy footage) and capture clear audio from the ceremony or toasts during the reception. Professionals come in 100% invested and excited about your wedding day. They know the toll the job can bring and they come prepared for the unexpected. You may witness the work they do on the day of, but the pros are still thinking of your wedding, weeks after going through all your footage and piecing everything together to tell your story cinematically. Professionals are worth the price they charge – which brings us to Reason 7.

7. May Not Be As Costly As You Think – If you didn’t add a videographer to the list of must-haves because you might think having a video would cost too much then be sure to re-consider your list. Do your research, compare prices with the amount of quality and quantity you will receive, and know about how long you need them there for; you might not need them there as long as you need your photographer. Once you’ve done this, meet up or speak with any videographers to see if they match you and your love’s personality and style. You may be pleasantly surprised!

8. A Keepsake – So your wedding day has come and gone, but you still have your video. While you can’t physically touch your video as you can with photos, you can still watch your day over and over again. You can make it a tradition to watch your video every anniversary; it’ll bring back memories and be a reminder of why you chose each other. This will be the closest thing you have to re-living your wedding day.

9. Remembering Loved Ones – Not only is having a video a keepsake, but it’s also a way to remember our loved ones as well. The people we love come and go, but your wedding video will bring back happy thoughts of when they were still with us. Like when they walked down the aisle, danced in the competition of who’s been married the longest, or gave a word of advice. All those emotions and memories from your day will come flooding back in.

10. No Regrets – This might be the reason that breaks my heart the most. Along with the question of “is a wedding videographer worth it?”, I also see this post around a lot – “What is your biggest wedding regret?”. 9/10 you will always see someone comment “not going with a videographer”. You won’t want to go through your wedding day and realize that you should have hired a professional; by then, it’s too late. There are just some moments in life that cannot be a re-take.

If you are getting married and have any questions about hiring a videographer for your big day, you can always visit our contact page and send your questions over. Remember, shop smart and happy wedding planning!

– Sarah, Skys the Limit Production

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