Ashley and Nathan – Hurricane Wedding

On August 27th, the entire northeast was treated to a visit from Hurricane Irene. We were in Center City Philadelphia to film Ashley and Nathan’s wedding. Despite the conditions, family and guests were all there. The wedding was great and until you stepped outside, you would never know that you were in a hurricane. Here is a short preview of Ashley and Nathan’s wedding day:

Ceremony – St. Augustine’s Church – Philadelphia PA
Reception – The Ballroom at the Ben – Philadelphia

Videographers – Alan Robinson, Deidre Hosterman.
Editor – Alan Robinson

Cindy and Caleb

Congratulations to Cindy and Caleb who celebrated their wedding on August 6, 2011 at the Community Free Evangelical Church in Elverson PA. Here is a preview:

Mike Landis did the photography and has great photos of the event on his blog.

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Megan and Michael

Here is a preview of Megan and Michael’s wedding on Sept 18th, 2010 in Reading PA. You can view their wedding story here.

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Kimberly and Jon

Kimberly and Jon were married on June 26, 2010 at the Elverson Community Free Evangelical Church in Elverson PA, with the reception at the French Creek Golf Club. While the weather was beautiful, the entire Chester County area was still feeling the effects of severe thunderstorms that hit the region a few days before. As a result, power was still out in many areas including the reception venue. Fortunately the French Creek Golf Club was able to run on emergency power, and the reception went off without a hitch.

Here is a preview clip of the wedding:
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Kimberly’s two sisters, Kelly and Katelyn were married at the same church in 2009 and 2008 respectively. We have had the honor of covering all three weddings.

Kelly’s Wedding.

Tim and Alicia

Last Saturday my stepson Tim Johnston married Alicia Pizzo at the Scotland Run Golf Club in Williamstown, NJ. This is the first time that a family member has wed since I started in the wedding videography business, and to quote my wife (and Tim’s Mom) Barbara, it was surreal. Tim and I have been at a lot of weddings together as he is my second shooter. As I was going to be part of the bridal party, I would not be able to film it. Glen Elliot and Darrell Aubert stepped in and did the videography. I did the formal photos as we didn’t hire a photographer.

Did I mention surreal? It seemed almost like a regular shoot until the ceremony. Instead of being behind the camera, I was in the front row, my 2nd shooter was the groom, and my wife was the Mother of the Groom. The ceremony was short. In fact it was the shortest that I have ever seen (Glen and Darrell thought it might be a record for them too), clocking in at 9 minutes including the processional and recessional. The whole thing was very emotional however, and I admit to tearing up a few times.

Cocktail hour and the reception followed. It was very nice to actually be a guest for once, and it was a thrill to see the couple doing their first dance as well as my wife dancing with her son.

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Scot & Kristin Manwiller to be featured in Berks County Living

Scot & Kristin Manwiller whose wedding we filmed in June, are to be featured in the January wedding issue of Berks County Living magazine. Their wedding can be viewed here.

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Congratulations to Mike and Liz

Congrats to Mike and Liz Griffin on their wedding on Saturday. The ceremony was held at Sts. Simon and Jude RC Church in West Chester, PA. Music played an important role starting with the bagpiper who greeted the guests as they arrived at the church. The processional was accompanied by trumpet, and organ, and during the mass there was violin, piano, and a vocalist, all very well performed. After the ceremony, the piper played again for the receiving line.

The reception was held at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA. A jazz trio provided entertainment during the cocktail hour and dinner, while the DJs kept everyone on the dance floor until the last dance, not an easy task these days. Good job!

An interesting note for us videographers. It has been a couple of years since we worked at the Desmond. My memories of the place are that it is a very spacious room with a large dance floor. Actually the dance floor was much smaller than I remembered (although still more than adequate for the guests). I looked at the last wedding that we did there and noticed that I was using a wide angle lens that made everything look more spacious. It shows how preception can be modified by the way that we shoot.

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