Well I figured what better way to start off this post than with a wedding video trailer that I finally finished! This in itself is worthy of it’s own blog post, but wedding videography is a whole other can of worms :). KyAnne & Brett’s wedding took place in Tybee Island, Georgia and was my first opportunity to really film something with our newly acquired Canon XF100 Camcorder. For this wedding technically I was the videographer, while Matt from Matthew Druin Photography assisted me as my primary photographer. I had a ton of fun using the new camcorder and splicing in clips taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to supplement the footage from the Canon XF100. Future post coming about the camcorder!
This post isn’t exactly about the camera though, it’s about KyAnne & Brett! While I am totally new to the world of wedding videography, I just had to take a few photos here and there of this gorgeous couple. Our story starts early early on Saturday morning as Matt and I hit the road at the crack of dawn to drive from Atlanta to Tybee Island. We left with plenty of extra time, which was good because somehow I plugged the wrong address into our GPS and we ended up at Hilton Head Island instead of Tybee Island, so much for picking a generic destination to explore with our old Tom Tom GPS, I should have just put the actual address in!! We drove back through South Carolina and back into town at Savannah before finally heading the right way to Tybee Island, argh!
We still made it to the cute little beach house that KyAnne was getting ready in. We spent a couple of hours with the girls getting ready while we all nervously watched the weather reports. A storm was rolling through Tybee Island giving us on-and-off rain, not exactly what you want for a beach ceremony! This experience made me think back to our own wedding day where we saw the clouds gather on the morning of November 1st, only to disappear just in time for our ceremony and bring with it much needed cooler temperatures for a Florida beach wedding!
The girls all looked amazing in their purple dresses and KyAnne in her amazing wedding dress. The colorful bouquets were the perfect compliment for a beach wedding!
As the rain continued to roll into the city, Matt and I headed over to the condo a few blocks away where Brett and the boys were getting ready, and doing what is expected of the guys on a wedding day. Lots of laughs and just relaxation as old friends converged on an ideal location that looked out over the Tybee Island Pier directly in front of the beach.
As the time arrived, the rain seemed to have slowed up a bit! A decision was made that we were going to go ahead with the beach ceremony! We started heading down to the beach and setting up, and wouldn’t you know it… the skies parted and the rain was over… Perfect timing!
The partly cloudy skies made for amazing photos so I was actually thankful that the weather turned out like it did, it made for a gorgeous (but windy!) ceremony. Well, the wind probably helped more than it hurt since it would probably have been super hot on a Spring evening on Tybee Island! After the ceremony and formal photos we stole away KyAnne and Brett for a quick stroll down the beach before we had to head over to the reception.
Here is a quick behind-the-scenes shot by Matt of me lugging all of the gear back from the beach over to the Tybee Island Pier for the reception.
We had a lovely reception at the Tybee Island Pier, which was also our backup ceremony location. While the venue made a great space for a reception, nothing beats the actual beach with the sand under your toes and the crashing of waves directly behind you. I didn’t take a whole lot of photos during the “key events” such as the first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance as I was manning the video camera and 5D Mark II taking clips of these events transpiring. Right before the cake cutting I saw the perfect shot coming together, quickly rushed KyAnne and Brett over to the far side of the pier and got the following photo which I am in love with:
After the cake cutting we stole away KyAnne and Brett just one more time to take some final sunset photos just as the last light was leaving the island. Right underneath the pier are all of the support beams which made for an interesting frame to compose photos around:
And one more close-up using the same off camera flash setup but framing out beautiful couple from the other side:
Next we quickly positioned KyAnne and Brett with so that they faced the ocean with the last glimpses of sun broke through the clouds behind them:
Is this not a rockstar couple or what? You can tell they are totally in love and were totally open to me trying out a couple crazy shots while I set up my lights and dialed in the final settings to get the results above. For the 30 seconds or so I was occupied with test shots I don’t think they even realized I was babbling on about photography as they were wrapped up in themselves and enjoying the magic of their wedding day :).
As we walked back to the Reception where their friends and family were eagerly awaiting their return, we saw this cool lifeguard’s chair and KyAnne quickly climbed to the top for a quick portrait. I love brides who are like this! KyAnne was such a pleasure to work with!
The evening continued on until late but I don’t even remember the time passing because I was having so much fun just being around them and their friends who were all dancing together and celebrating the couple’s day.
KyAnne and her bridesmaids looking fabulous after changing her dress into something more suitable for dancing the night away!
At long last the night had to come to an end, and they left via a sparkler filled grand exit!
Thank you KyAnne and Brett for letting us be a part of your wedding day on Tybee Island! We had so much fun with you guys, you were an amazing couple to work with! Also check out Matt’s post over on his blog for some of his personal shots of KyAnne & Brett and his take on the day. Thanks Matt for accompanying me over to Tybee and for making the drive back to Atlanta in the same night! I was completely exhausted the next day but it’s all for the love of photography, I wouldn’t have it any other way. KyAnne, I can’t wait to try your home brew beer!
Zachary Long is a wedding photographer and videographer based in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Contact us today to check rates and availability for the 2011/2012 wedding season at http://www.FengLongPhoto.com/ or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FengLongPhoto