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Chuck + Braden Highlight

Jul 17, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Chuck + Braden Highlight

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Chuck for quite a few years (since college…we took a basketball class together), so when they asked us to film his and Braden’s wedding, Trisha and I were ecstatic, to say the least.  It hadn’t even been a full year since we filmed his brother’s wedding (Walt + Kayla) so we knew we were in for another treat hanging out with the Holland gang…

From rehearsal to the dinner to decorating for the wedding day festivities, even as a vendor, they made us feel like family.  As a videographer, I can truthfully say that I love that because it allows us to work freely inside of our creativity and capture those intimate shots that might feel otherwise too intrusive to film.

As you’ll be able to tell from the highlight, Chuck is all about style.  Everything matches…from the pink and blue shoes to the table decorations to the rings to the unity sand.  It all ties in together.  Even during the ceremony, you can see through the design (four aisles and four sets of chairs that form a spoke around the marriage platform) that it is laden with style purpose, not purpose to impress, but purpose to glorify God with their marriage.  That’s extremely encouraging.  What is beautiful is that even behind our camera lens, we are able to tell that the commitment that Chuck and Braden made to each other was pure and honest and destined for a lifetime.

Congratulations Chuck and Braden…here’s to a lifetime of happiness and Christ-centeredness!

 

Chuck + Braden Highlight from Brody Bearden on Vimeo.

Truth or Dare Video Booth

May 8, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog, Video Booth  //  Comments Off on Truth or Dare Video Booth

We had the privilege of filming Andy and Katie’s Wedding a few weeks ago at the gorgeous Braselton-Stover House.  There were A LOT of unique things about their wedding, especially the ceremony.  ; some of which I can’t wait to share with you once the editing is done, but in the mean time, I wanted to pass along this creative idea that Katie helped ponder up.

We set up a Video Booth during the reception in which all of the guests could come by and pull a card out of a bag.  Each card had a Truth or a Dare written on it and the guest was required to answer/act it out.  What resulted was 30 minutes worth (final edit) of hilarity and shenanigans and I can’t wait to show Andy and Katie the whole thing.

But in the meantime, there’s this 5 minute clip of some of the silliness that took place.

Best wishes to Andy and Katie!  If this video is any indication, you’ve surrounded yourself with entertaining friends that will always keep a smile on your face.

It’s a…

May 1, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Baby, Blog  //  1 Comment

I’ve got a few videos coming down the pipe, so nary you worry, but in the meantime we’ve had a few more goings on in the baby news.

A week or two ago we had a “Reveal Party”/”Gender Party”/”Sex Party” (I did not come up with that last one and let me be the first to say that I also did not condone it…in the words of Archer, “PHRASING!”

We wanted to have a fun way to share the news about our baby, so we decided to invite people over and give everyone a cupcake.  Only one of the cupcakes contained icing on the inside that was the color of the baby’s gender, so everyone chomped into a cupcake to see who the revealer would be.  As people were arriving, we had everyone fill out a small little card asking the questions, “Will it be a boy or girl?” and “What’s Your reason?”  We had a few interesting answers, so I thought I’d share those with you:


That brought the total voting to Boy = 6, Girl = 9.

Then the fun began and everyone grabbed a cupcake.

Even my sister got to join in on the fun from Seattle via FaceTime!

So there you have it.  It’s starting to get real.

College Graduation (family style)

Apr 21, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog, Photography  //  1 Comment

My youngest sister graduates from college in less than two weeks. It’s crazy to think about, especially since it doesn’t seem like it has been that long since I graduated myself. However, I suppose it was bound to happen.

She was in Athens for the day, so we decided to take some time and take a few graduation pictures for to have and send out to a few friends and family. Here are a few of those:

Of course you’ve got your classic graduation gown picture with the college sign in the background.

Jenifer loves to laugh/giggle.  Hence I had to catch one of these in the shoot.  It captures her so well.

and then there was this one.  I LOVED this one.  The only thing that could have made it better had there been a horse leaning over the fence eating an apple out of her hand.

Congratulations to my littlest sis for powering through the world of higher education!

Patrick + Stephanie

Apr 8, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Patrick + Stephanie

Patrick and Stephanie were married at Athens First United Methodist Church in Athens, GA on December 10, 2011. Their reception followed at the Georgia Center in the Magnolia Ballroom.

There is no doubt that these two belong together. Each part of the wedding day painted a tiny portrait of how their love for each other will only grow as the years pass. Warm smiles, tender touches, and heartfelt laughter filled the air and we couldn’t help but feel like part of the bridal party as we captured the day.

It was an absolute joy to spend this important time with the two of you. We wish you the very best. Congratulations Patrick and Stephanie!

Patrick + Stephanie

Heartbeat

Mar 6, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Baby, Blog  //  Comments Off on Heartbeat

At our first ultrasound (8 Weeks) we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat…kind of.  Trisha kept asking questions until I finally shushed her so we could listen.  The nurse finished that part of the exam and we moved on much quicker than I had wanted. I wanted to listen again. I wanted to hear the heartbeat. To me, it meant that it was real.

We made sure that didn’t happen again today at the 12 Week point and I made sure to capture it on video.

John 8:38 (NLT) – ‘Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

Freedom Letters

Feb 14, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog, Ministry  //  Comments Off on Freedom Letters

I recently had an opportunity to spend the day with some ladies in Cleveland, TN.
God has laid it on their heart to start an event where women could come and share their stories, their trials, their struggles…their testimonies.  Amy and Sarah asked me to come up and help them out with a teaser/video to help promote the event.  We spent the day at Sarah’s house in their barn for this shoot.

They lined up several women to come and share what “Freedom” means to them and I had the pleasure of capturing it all and putting it all together.

We’ll be posting the full testimonies of some of these women in the coming days, but this was an exciting way to kick off the promotion for their event on March 20, 2012 in Cleveland.

If you are around…and a lady…you might want to check it out. Click on the picture below to see their webpage:Freedom Letters

PS. Shout out to Suzanne for connecting us up for this project.  It was good getting to catch up!

 

New Addition

Feb 13, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog  //  5 Comments

We’re expecting. A baby. A real, live human baby.

…and that’s exciting. Trisha is ecstatic. I’m pretty stoked myself. You can only imagine how excited our parents are about it.

Working at the church, I’ve always had the opportunity to share “news” with the congregation in unique and interesting ways. This goes back to when I first proposed to Trisha, we were having a youth auction to raise money for summer missions and before we got started I said, “Before I pray, I want to ask my fiance to come up here with me.” Excitement ensued.

If you’ve ever heard our wedding story (ask us sometime), you know that it was a surprise for the church and I basically kick started my own marriage ceremony with a Children’s Sermon that led to us getting hitched. More excitement ensued.

This time, we wanted to share with the youth first about the idea of us bringing human life on this earth, so I got this bright idea for our Wednesday Night Youth Game to be the game of charades. I made up a bunch of cards with words and phrases and we had been playing for about 20 minutes going back and forth between the two teams. Several of the youth had participated quite successfully and the time was ripe, so I asked one of the youth to come up and do the last set before we got started with our devotion. She did and her first clue was “Fire Engine.” This is where the video picks up. The next clue I gave her was “Trisha’s Pregnant.” The following takes place:

When thinking about how we wanted to tell the rest of the church about our news, there really wasn’t a better way than to let everyone in my weekly children’s sermon. We had asked/threatened the youth to keep it quiet until Sunday. For me, I knew that there would be some kids to spill the beans. It was more of a social experiement for me, since in past experience, the things you ask them to tell their parents, they don’t and the things you don’t ask them to tell their parents, they do. Despite it all, I was rather impressed that a majority of the kids kept it hush hush until Sunday morning. When the time came for the children’s sermon, it was finally time to let everyone know what was going on. Trisha decided she needed video evidence, so you can watch it:

Keigo+Judy (via Mark)

Jan 18, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Keigo+Judy (via Mark)

As I mentioned in my previous post, Mark Bridges helped me film Keigo and Judy’s wedding back in October. When we finished, he asked if he could take a shot at making a highlight video of the day. I obliged and let him do his thing. He did a phenomenal job and I look forward to working with him again in the future…bright, bright future. I really love the fact that we can take the same footage and come up with some pretty different art.

 

Wedding Life Expectancy

Jan 17, 2012   //   by brodybearden   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Wedding Life Expectancy

The other day I was perusing the interwebs when I came across an article that was trying to put a wedding day into perspective. The point was to take each element of a typical wedding and consider the amount of time that specific part takes up in the day and compare it in the grand scheme of things in a lifetime of a marriage. I decided to make a little graphic to illustrate the point:

When you take a step back and look at it, the things that really last from your wedding day are the memories…and I believe that videography is one of the BEST ways to capture and remember those moments.

PS.  I also want to draw on the fact that Vows have a lifetime expectancy.  The only catch to doing wedding videography for me is that I really don’t want repeat business. I want those memories captured to be just as beautiful 50 years from now as they were on their wedding day.   Just as I believe that photography and videography are meant to last a lifetime, I believe that vows are meant to last a lifetime as well.  It’s a beautiful thing.

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