When it comes to wedding cinematography, we know it’s a must. Talk to any bride who did not hire a cinematographer on her big day (me included) and she will tell you it was her biggest and only regret. So, naturally, our love for a great highlight film is easily understood by the fabulous talent that is 31FILMS. Artwork – they create pure magic. Like this Houston Highlight. They captured the handsome groom, the beautiful bride, and the infinite amount of fun that was had at their wedding brilliantly. We love them. And we’re sure you will too after watching Nate and Nancy’s Wedding Highlights via 31FILMS. But first, a sneak peak from Table4 Weddings. More of this awesome affair here!

I’ve got goosebumps already! So without further ado, here is Nate & Nancy – The Highlight.

Nate & Nancy – The Highlight from 31Films on Vimeo.

From the groom … For us, it was all about the fun. With the wedding, we wanted the day to represent who we are, or more importantly, who we have become, as a couple. And, we may be biased, but we like to think we are pretty fun people, and we wanted our friends and family to feel that “fun” every second of the day.  So, we didn’t have much criteria other than that, but in the end it turned out to be a pretty great guiding principle.  It was what I was thinking when I decided to propose with my one ski on near the top of a Breckenridge Mountain.  Thinking back, it is how we make most decisions as a couple.  “Will this be fun, or an adventure, or some kind of awesome? Yes, ok, let’s do it then….”

We love Colorado dearly, but with Nancy’s large family in her hometown of Houston we wanted to have the wedding there.  I was just starting graduate school in the Boston area, so we decided over champagne the night of our engagement that we would marry over the school’s winter break.  Nancy had her eye on the beautiful Catholic Co-Cathedral in downtown Houston, and we found out soon after that they had an open date the beginning of January, so things started falling into place fast.  The reception site was a bit tougher, and we didn’t fall in love with anything right away.  But Nancy had heard about a new development on the west side of town that included the swanky and modern Hotel Sorella. CityCentre Houston is an urban chic complex, and very convenient for our many out of town guests with several upscale restaurants, bars and unique boutiques nearby.

But the real all-stars of the the day were our photographer, Jason Huang of Table4 Weddings, and our filmmaker, Aaron Tharpe of 31Films. Jason came first, and nobody else really had a chance.  My wife knew what she wanted here, and the man is a pro and a visionary.  Very talented at his craft, and Jason can manage a wedding day.

Aaron came later, and even though it took some convincing from Nancy to hire a cinematographer, we are most happy we decided to partner with Aaron and his wife Rachel. The video is maybe the coolest thing we have been a part of.  And Aaron and I hit it off, especially from a music standpoint. What I was most impressed with was how he took very detailed information that we provided in his questionnaire about who we were as a couple, and somehow translated that message via the medium of cinematic film.  We wanted to show that we like to have our fun, that music is a big part of our relationship, and that we have some very special people in our life that play an important role in who we are as a couple.

For Nancy, the details in the flowers, the styling, and the overall look of the day was important. She fell in love with the wedding gown immediately upon seeing it, and then, she carefully selected the flowers in the bridal bouquet and accessories that could hold up against the beautiful backdrop of her dress.  I surprised Nancy with her wedding gift shortly before the wedding, so that she could plan a “costume change” around the one-of-a-kind vintage bib necklace we had seen several months prior at the J. Crew Bridal Boutique on Madison Avenue in New York City.  Once the dancing started, Nancy changed into a shorter reception dress and wore the special necklace as we celebrated love and life well into the early hours of the next morning.

At the end of the day, it was a very beautiful wedding, and a very FUN time.  All the guests walked out laughing out loud and singing at the top of their lungs.  And Nancy and I?  We headed off to the next adventure.  We always do….

Event Coordination: Kelly Balfour of Eventology Weddings / Cinematography: Aaron and Rachel Tharpe of 31FILMS / Photography: Jason Huang of Table4 Weddings / Ceremony Site: Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart / Reception Site: Hotel Sorella / Hair & Make Up: Kristina Prats of Flawless / Floral Design: Dazzling Bouquets / Wedding Cake: Le Duc Gourmet Bakery / Cupcakes: Crave Cupcakes / Band: The Grooves / Invitations: Minted / Calligraphy: The Bride / Rehearsal Dinner: Cadillac Bar / Wedding Gown, Beaded Belt & Veil: Monique Lhuillier via Joan Pillow Bridal (Previously Impressions Bridal Salon) / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Reception Dress: J.Crew / Reception Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridal and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: J.Crew / Bride’s Bib Necklace: One-of-a-kind from J. Crew Vintage Collection / Bridesmaids and Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren / Groomsman and Ring Bearer Tuxedos: Calvin Klein via Men’s Warehouse / Engagement and Wedding Rings: Custom design via Meierotto’s Jewelers

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