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Nate + Maren = 8mm Film + Digital Film from David Perry on Vimeo.

After waiting for several months for the Super 8 film footage (because I can never do things the easy way, noooo, I always have to make everything complicated and difficult), our videographer David Perry – words cannot begin to describe how completely gifted, talented, skilled, and just all around AMAZING he is, not to mention a complete joy to work with (such a good guy!) – finished our wedding video this weekend.

I was actually just getting ready to head out the door on my way to Sundance yesterday for a wedding I was helping out with when I got the email from David saying he had posted our final video on his blog. I, of course, did not have the patience to wait one single minute longer to see our video, so I ran downstairs (with Nate yelling after me, “Waaaaiiiiit!!!”) to watch it. And I must say, I am blown away. He captured the spirit, essence, emotion, and beauty of the day masterfully. All of the feelings I felt that day came flooding back, and I was overwhelmed again by how lucky and blessed I am to be married to Nate, and to have been surrounded by such wonderful family and friends that day (and now, too). Who knew that a wedding video could do that to you?

After watching the video, I ran back upstairs to finish getting ready and then sped off to the Sundance wedding (85 mph on the freeway, missed my exit and had to turn around, but still got there on time!). As I stood there in those beautiful surroundings watching their ceremony, I couldn’t help but look back again at my own wedding day, kneeling at the altar of the temple across from Nate and knowing that if we live worthily, that our marriage will last much longer than “til death do us part.” And I can’t help but be grateful for that.

Wedding Pictures!!!!

So after what seemed like eons, we finally get to see our wedding pictures! The proofs are posted on our photographer Duston Todd’s website if you’d like to see all 354 of them. :) You can even order copies for yourself directly through that website. Anyway, here are a few of the best.

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Honeymoon Pictures

Nate and I had a fabulously relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable honeymoon. We didn’t take as many pictures as we had planned to, but we do have a few to share.

In Las Vegas, it was fun to play tourist. For those of you who don’t know, I went to high school in Vegas, so I know my way around the place, although I still haven’t been to most of the attractions on the Strip. The one place, however, that I always make it a point to visit when I’m in Vegas is the Bellagio fountains (with a little jaunt inside for the most luscious strawberry gelato ever made). We didn’t even have a real camera with us, so these are just (really) crappy cell phone pictures, but here’s a little glimpse:

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After a short stop in Vegas, we headed south to San Diego. On our one week anniversary, we went to the San Diego temple, and this time we brought the real camera. We took turns taking pictures for a while – now we don’t even remember who shot what picture for the most part! Here’s a little sampling:

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Unfortunately, we didn’t take any pictures of the beautiful, brand new condo we stayed in courtesy of our wonderful real estate agent, Brett Bezzant. Or of the beach. Or of anything else for that matter. I just hope that the memories of our perfect honeymoon will always remain with us.

The Bouquet

When I was in school studying photography, I learned how to do Polaroid SX-70 manipulations, which is where you take a Polaroid picture and while the emulsion is still soft and not all the way developed, you manipulate it with various tools to create an image that looks kind of like an impressionist painting. I think they are really beautiful, and I always knew I wanted to have some SX-70’s of my own wedding. Unfortunately, a few years back, Polaroid stopped making SX-70 film. I ended up being able to find some on ebay – one pack of 10 pictures – for a price that was probably too high, but that I was nevertheless willing to pay because it was the only way to get my polaroids. I intended to hand the camera off to my photographer on the wedding day, but never did. Then we took it with us on our honeymoon and accidentally left it out in the car in 90 degree Las Vegas weather (hot car = cooked film = very bad). But I still hoped against hope that I would be able to get the pictures I had envisioned for so many years during the reception.

So pretty much everyone who knows me knows I have a hard time being on time, but I was determined to be on time for the reception. I was also determined to get all of the flowers and decorations done and to take pictures of the flowers and all the lovely details (including those polaroids) before the reception started. So I spent about 10 hours on Thursday and Friday getting all of the flowers ready, and another 5 or 6 on Saturday finishing up. But by the time 6:00 pm on Saturday hit (one hour before the reception), I knew I wasn’t going to be able to be the florist, the photographer, and the bride all at the same time. So I went and got ready as quickly as I could, and barely managed to throw a wrap on my bouquet and pin on Nate’s bouttonniere before he pulled me out the door at 7:03. Of course, there were already several people there waiting for us. Such is my life.

By the time there was a break in the line and I grabbed two of my dear friends (who also happen to be photographers) and asked if they would help me take the Polaroids, the light was fading fast. So we took one polaroid – too dark. The next morning, I set the bouquet against the backdrop of our awesome green kitchen wall and took 2 more polaroids. But with the film in the compromised condition that it was, manipulations just weren’t possible. So I’ve had to settle for the “vintage look” of these, color casts and all. Not exactly what I was going for, but they’ve kind of grown on me over the past week and a half. Here they are:

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Just for comparison’s sake, here’s an sx-70 I took a few years back:

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As a side note, we’re still waiting (I’m dying here!!!) to see our wedding pictures. He said it would take about 6 weeks, which puts us just one more week away. Hopefully it won’t be any longer than that. We’ll post the link here as soon as we get it. :)

The Aftermath

It was sure exciting to see all of our friends and family last night at the reception! I had no idea how many people read this blog! I’ll be sure to keep it more updated now that I know I have some fans. :) Anyway, a big thank you to everyone that came to support Maren and me. We are lucky to have so many caring people in our lives. I’ve put some photos up for those that weren’t able to make it (or for those who want to relive this moment again and again – I know I do ;). Maren is responsible for all the decorations. She spent most of the day before (and the morning of) putting together all the flowers, including the entrance wreath and her bouquet. Of course, it looked absolutely stunning.

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The wonderful food for the event was provided by Marvellous Catering, and the mouthwatering cupcakes were baked by The Chocolate.

We’re back!

A big thank you to our families and close friends that came out to our ceremony and our wedding dinner. Everything turned out perfectly, the weather was beautiful, and we had such a wonderful time. A big thanks to our videographer David Perry, who captured some of the moments in our wedding “teaser trailer”. David was amazing to work with, and we definitely want to thank him for getting this footage up so quickly.

Maren and Nate’s Teaser – 5D Mark II from David Perry on Vimeo.

We had a great time in Las Vegas and San Diego on our honeymoon, and I think I speak for both Maren and I when I say that it couldn’t have been any better. We’re excited to see where we’re going next, but I’ll try to keep things updated here. I’m sure Maren will have more to say later.

Wedding Update

I just wanted to give everyone reading this blog a heads up on our wedding plans. We’ve definitely had a few hiccups along the way, but we’re very excited as weather plans for the 6th look sunny and slightly overcast with a gentle breeze blowing. Maren  is going to look absolutely gorgeous in her dress that her friend Melissa is creating for her. We are both getting pretty nervous about the whole thing, but we’re excited and anxious, and ready for it to be here!

Nate is cute.

So, yeah, I’m totally still learning how to do this blog thing. But I just wanted to let everyone know how wonderful Nate is. He has been incredibly patient with me as we’ve been cramming a lot of wedding planning (which is not his favorite pastime by any stretch of the imagination) into not a whole lot of time. He’s spent hours and hours building this beautiful, custom-designed website to match our invitations, with nary a complaint. And he has just been so good to me, even when I have shown signs of becoming Bridezilla (who, me?) on occasion. I just can’t believe how lucky I am to be marrying this man!!!

Invitations

I just wanted to make a quick note about the invitations. Maren has been involved in the wedding industry for years, working as a floral designer, photographer, and most recently, an invitation designer. I knew that when we got together our invitations would have to be something immaculate—something that symbolized her passion and love for creating beautiful things—to celebrate our marriage. I can absolutely guarantee that her attention and care to every little detail on our invitations is parallel to her commitment to our relationship, and for that I am truly grateful.

(P.S. – It’s fun that Maren is still learning how to use this site, it gives me the chance to be all cheesy and sentimental until I have to settle down and get serious before the wedding :)

Engagement photos

Nate and Maren's Engagement Photo

Here’s the photo we’re going to use for our invitations. We did a few dozen shots, and we both had some opinions about some of the other ones so we might get those up soon. Our photographer, Duston Todd, did a great job and will be around for the wedding as well, so we look forward to more great photos.

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