The first movie I would like to share with you for 2011 is this video from Bear Flag Farm. The way this particular wedding came about, for me, makes for an interesting object lesson. I initially was hesitant to take the job because of various reasons that I won't get into - but after carefully considering the pros (getting a chance to work at Bear Flag Farm for the first time; meeting the owner, Tina; co-laboring with photographer, Meg Smith; developing a quirky and fun email-relationship with the bride,) and other factors, I decided to accept the job.
When I arrived at Bear Flag, it was unseasonally hot. But the ample shade and air-conditioned prep areas brought relief for the still, warm air. Nevertheless, I was impressed with the layout of the venue and the condition of the facilities. I was - more than anything - excited to shoot the ceremony amongst the lavendar. I could smell its aroma from where I parked my car.
I finally got to meet Heather, the bride, who is actually from Colorado, for the first time. We hugged and chatted - it was as if we were old friends.
I feel particularly honored to have been given a chance to record a momentous day for Heather and Tom because they pulled out all the stops (artisan coffee and ice cream bar for the guests and a ferris wheel?! nice) and trusted me to capture all of the festivities for posterity. Two especially poignant moments are when we see Tom's little boy walk in as his best man, and when his sister toasted their father, Tom Sr., who had recently passed on.
Please enjoy this short movie below (or go here to see Heather and Tom's custom movie page.)