Having one very talented and well-loved wedding professional in your family is great. Having two very talented and well-loved wedding professionals in your family absolutely rocks. For Jessyca, she was blessed with having and incredibly talented florist, Lana Faulkner as a mother and an equally talented photographer, Art Faulkner as a step father. With two great people well-loved in the industry call you to shoot their daughter’s wedding, you jump on it. I knew that the talented people they would bring on would create a stunning wedding with incredible floral and decor features. Lana enlisted the talents of many of her friends and piers to create a stunning design and perfectly executed day.
All the flowers in the world still need a wonderful couple to adorn. What made this wedding special beyond the incredible vendors and fantastic details was the genuine love and mutual admiration Jessyca and AJ had for each other. The importance on family and friends was as central to a beautiful wedding as the details. I truly enjoyed capturing the wedding of the daughter of two of my best industry friends. Thank you for your trust and faith that I could tell Jessyca and AJ’s wedding perfectly .
Location – Ballroom at Church Street Station
Coordinator – Wonderful Weddings
Lighting – Kaleidoscope
Celebrant – Reverend Kevin Knox
Hair & Make Up – Make Over Station
Photography – Abby Liga Photography
Harpist – Catherine Way
Wedding Cake – Bake Me A Cake
Food & Beverage – Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
Entertainment – Weddings Only DJ Entertainment
Transportation – Cole’s Classic Cars
Videography – Perfect Sky Productions
Wow! That is only way I can describe this wedding.
The Harper/ Dorko wedding had many firsts for me. It was the first time I have shot the wedding of a ‘Mother of the Bride’. It is a great feeling when the mother of a former bride/client calls you up to shoot her wedding. This will be the fourth wedding I have done for this group of family and friends, I guess I am an honorary member of the family now.
Speaking of going back to a very first, the Bride’s daughter, was the very first wedding that I worked with the incredible Susie Weiss of Wonderful Weddings. Through that very first wedding, I started to develop a great relationship with Wonderful Weddings and a great relationship with the Harper Family.
It was the first major wedding at the brand new beautiful Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. This resort is beautiful and the service was phenomenal. I never felt like a vendor, I felt like a guest the whole time.
It was the first Platinum Wedding I have shot. This wedding was going to be featured and the bride pulled out the last minute. Good thing, they would have just got in my way.
It was the first wedding I could dedicate the talents of my partner and his Canon 5D Mark II just to artistic shots. And it payed off with some killer moments.
Finally this was my first wedding with a charity casino after party. The talented artist from Flourish created a mini casino complete with slot machines and a slot machine groom’s cake. All the proceeds went to four of the couples favorite charities. That is pretty cool.
Linda & Andrew’s Wedding Trailer from Perfect Sky Productions on Vimeo.
Cast & Crew:
Bride – Linda Harper
Groom – Andrew Dorko
Cinematographer/Editor – Perfect Sky Productions
Cinematographer – Douglas Howard
Cinematographer – Seth Cohen
Wedding Coordinator – Wonderful Weddings (Susie, Donna & Elaine)
Photographer – Nu Visions in Photography (Kurt & Stephanie)
Floral and Design – Flourish Floral Productions
Hair & Make-up – Marjorie Robinson
Location – Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Cakes- Bake Me A Cake
Chocolate Fountain – Chocolate Traditions
Cocktail Music – Hapara Music
Reception Music – Fifth Avenue
After Party – Fun Factory
When you have lived most of your creative life thinking in a 4×3 box, it is hard to let go. Standard definition (SD) video and its standard picture dimension became so en-grained in my creative mind. I could compose the most beautiful and creative shots without thinking twice in this 4×3 format. Then came along SD in 16×9. Now as a filmmaker, I welcomed the cameras that shot natively in this format. If I wanted the effect on my old camera, I would have to add a letterbox filter in post production. I love the cinematic look of 16×9, but at the time, most Brides still owned traditional TVs that had a 4×3 screen. Most, not all, did not like their wedding film to be displayed with those evil black bars on top and bottom. The artist and filmmaker in me cringed when people would rent ‘Full Screen’ versions of movies as opposed to watching it how God and the filmmaker intended, in its native and glorious 16×9. As time progressed, more and more brides liked the aesthetic look that 16×9 would give. I still played it safe, I only used it for ceremonies and cinematic recaps.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to SD nirvana, High Definition. HD brought in the era of 16×9 native displays. Plasma, LCD and DLP TVs where hitting the market and consumer where quick to buy them. The visual language of 4×3 changed to 16×9. So as we transition fully into HD wedding film production, I knew it was time to let go of the past and say goodbye to 4×3. I only have a few weddings left to edit that where shot traditionally in 4×3. From this point on, all weddings will be shot in 16×9 regardless of SD or HD. I have to retrain the brain, reboot. The clip below won me a WEVA creative excellence award and I believe it was the only 4×3 clip to win that year. Farewell 4×3, R.I.P.
The first part of this blog should be sung, not read. The melody is ‘These are a few of my favorite things‘.
Like most people in the wedding industry, the thought of networking lists between a trip to the DMV and having a prostate exam. It is one of those necessary evils we must do to keep working. It makes me feel like the wall flower at the school dance. Yes, you know the one, the girl in the potato sack dress that could be pretty if she did something with her hair and had some confidence. Well anyway, I am here to announce I have found the secret formula. Write this down! One 5 Hour energy drink, One Captain and Coke and 4 hours of sleep that night = Networking Magic. I believe this to be so until I get those Facebook updates asking what the hell happened to Sky. Any hooh, I actually had a good time at this gig. Saw my usual mix of Wedding Friends and Evil Doers. Met some cool new contacts. That’s it. I’m out.