Annear Wedding Films has been around for a few years now, but we have never had a blog. Now that we have one, we feel that our past weddings deserve some time to shine! We are going to try and make this a monthly thing. Once a month, on Throwback Thursday, we will choose one of our wedding highlight films to share with you. Today, we've selected Emily & Josh's wedding.
Emily and Josh are good friends of ours so I couldn't wait to film their wedding. They had such a relaxing day. What you don't see in the video though, were the days and months of preparation that went into their big day. When you hear people say they are having a DIY wedding, this is exactly what they are talking about.
Their friends and family worked together to pick flowers & greenery, cut rosemary, set the tables, re-design and alter Emily's dress, create the boutonnieres, crowns, and bouquets, decorate their venue in the woods, the list goes on and on. Everything in this wedding was handmade and put together by the couple's family and friends. It was one of the most unique events we've ever captured and we truly appreciate the time everyone put into this day to make it as amazing as it was.
The girls spent the morning getting ready at the Johnson home. They built their flower crowns and tailored up some last minute details. While they were doing this, the groomsmen and everyone else was over at the campsite getting everything prepared. They spent all morning arranging the place settings, setting up the Watering Hole, and preparing the ceremony site.
The weather was perfect, it was cool and comfortable and it looked like the rain was going to hold out. Just as guests began arriving it began to sprinkle. Since the ceremony was tucked away beneath a ton of large trees, the rain barely hit the ground. Emily's mother sang a beautiful song as the girls made their way down the aisle. Once the processional started, the rain stopped.
Josh's brother was their wedding officiant. The words he spoke were very personalized and truly fitting to describe the bond that this couple shares. After the ceremony, they took photos in the woods and shared laughs and good times with their family and friends. The sun came out a little bit as they shared their first dance under a clear tent.
Dinner was served and their friends delivered some of the best speeches we've heard. They were heartfelt and hilarious. The afternoon continued with fun music and dancing. They cut their pie instead of a traditional wedding cake and Emily shared a sweet dance with her father. Later in the day, Emily's father figured it was time to bring out his surprise.
Since he has experience flying hot air balloons, it was only fitting to have one at their wedding. Emily & Josh were the first of their guests to take a ride up and see their wedding from a totally different perspective. Everyone had a chance to get in and take a ride, including us! It was an unforgettable experience.
We can't say enough great things about this wedding. Two caring people were surrounded by their loving family and friends and we were lucky enough to film it! Emily and Josh recently celebrated their first anniversary, we hope that the future continues to bring them all of the happiness in the world! Cheers!