What makes champions? Kindness. That's my answer. "You can never be too kind." That has always been my motto. It extends to our work as wedding filmmakers.
This past weekend, Weenta and I documented 3 weddings. For each event, kindness and grace was our modus operandi, without which there would have been no staying sane.
What else? TEAM WORK! 3 weddings in 2 days. To some [perhaps those outside the wedding industry], that number may sound overwhelming. Before this weekend, my boyfriend couldn't fathom it.
Back to the original question. 3 weddings in 2 days. How was it possible? TEAM WORK! Weenta and I tagged team. Delegated roles and positions. Strove for harmony with everyone involved.
What else? Delegate the work. Love You Back Productions | Wedding Films always hires additional camera operators for our wedding day shoots. On Saturday, Weenta had her go-to assistant camera, Nisa East, for Mike and Nica's extravagant wedding shibang at Harrah's Casino. I had mine. I worked with Nick Ramey to shoot an idyllic, exuberant celebration in Slidell. Nick followed the ever-elusive groom, Jonathon Allen, while I covered Kayla and her bridal party...
And Kayla's bridal party was like...something out of Shakespeare. I arrived on to Jonathon's open tract of land. Spanish moss mixed with the spring dappled the land's vibrant greenery. Boats drifted by in the near distance. Birds chirped. Bridesmaids sauntered. The bride beamed.
At Love You Back, Weenta and I truly believe our role is as much about supporting everyone involved at the wedding as it is about working the camera. This philosophy was at work on Saturday. Kayla was a joy to work with. Intentional with each moment, and yet serene throughout her wedding.
Confessions: If only...I could go to all the weddings. Before Saturday, Weenta confessed that she envied me because I got cover to Kayla's wedding. Immediately, I shouted my confession, "I want to cover Mike and Nica!" Back in January, Mike Paolillo - the groom - collaborated with Love You Back Productions on client communications and marketing strategies. As the executive officer of Flashpoint Agency, a leading marketing firm in the South, Mike's insight was invaluable.
Now, seeing all these video stills from this weekend, I am wistful. If only I could go to all of the weddings.
Not to be considered cliché. On Sunday, Weenta and Julia worked side-by-side to document an intimate, candle-lit ceremony at LaTrobe's in the French Quarter. LaTrobe's on Royal must be highlighted in this post.
Completed in 1822 as the Louisiana State Bank, Latrobe's is named after its architect: Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Also known as the "Father of American Architecture, his contributions include: the US Capital, the Porticos of the White House, and the Baltimore Basilica...
It's takes a village. Special thanks go to Rylan of LaTrobe's on Royal. As far as teamwork, harmony, collaboration goes, we enjoyed working with LaTrobe's venue coordinator, Rylan. Rylan ensured the entire event proceeded swimmingly for everyone. From the videographers to the photographers traveling in from Philadelphia, to the youngest guest to the eldest hailing from across the country, everyone marveled and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Yipee!!! Congratulations to all those getting married in New Orleans during this perfect Spring! We look forward to more shoots at LaTrobe's on Royal.
All together now. TTTTTTTTAAAAAARRRR HEALS!!!!! TEAMWORK makes.... champions!
I am the daughter of an UNC alumnus and strident Tar Heels fan. Thus, I must take a moment to honor University of North Carolina Basketball. On Monday, Tar Heels won the 2017 NCAA Men's basketball champions. Woohoo!
Also, my family moved from Little Rock, Arkansas to Tar Heel City, better known as Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Thus, it's not just me. My close friends have skin in the game, too. Check it out!
Thanks so much for tuning in, y'all!
Love You Back x1,000,