Dance Party at Hudson Manor NC!

On this lovely Friday, James and I just had to take a moment and share a portion of Brandy and Carlton's full length wedding film. It's an oldy but such a goody!!! 

Seriously don't Fridays make you wanna dance? Because sometimes life is exactly like a musical! 

Want to see more photos from Brandy and Carlton wedding? Check out Blest Photography!

One of our favorite things to film and edit is dancing! Real dancing. The kind of dancing that puts a smile on your face because you can tell everyone around you is alive and in tune with how precious the moment is! 

Brandy, Carlton, and all of their friends were such a joy to celebrate with!

Special shout out to Marcus Ward of Moores Entertainment in Raleigh, NC. He was the inspiration behind the turntables. 

If you are planning on dancing as part of your celebration make sure that in the midst of all the planning you take a second to make sure some of your favorite jams are on the playlist. Don't have a favorite song that comes to mind immediately? Here are a few hints for picking songs that will light up the dance floor.:

  • Think back to high school or maybe even middle school. Can you remember a song you used to jam to with friend who are attending your wedding?  Remember CDs? If you have any laying around look to those for inspiration...especially the ones you burnt yourself ;-) 
  • Don't be afraid to play something that puts a smile on your face...even if it isn't the latest hit.
  • Consider a few songs that everyone is likely to know the words to. Some folks who feel silly dancing will make an appearance on the dance floor if singing along to their favorite tune is an option. If you are drawing a blank ask your DJ or band what songs he or she has seen people get the most excited about.
  • When all else fails? Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Bon Jovi's "Livin on a Prayer" seem to work every time. 

Laura & Wes a Raleigh NC Wedding Video

Do whatever it takes to be present on your wedding day. Take time to stop and breathe and take it all in... together. That is exactly what Laura and Wes did. From their first look, to their first dance you could just tell the two of them were experiencing all the emotions of the day together. What a wonderful start to a beautiful life!

Oh my goodness! We love it!! We have watched it over and over again and find new things to laugh and cry over each time. Thank you so much, Alex and James. I can’t imagine the amount of time you have spent on this.
— Laura and Wes

Want to see more details from Laura and Wes' wedding? Emily March Photography Blog

What we loved about creating their wedding film: I just love the way Wes and Laura look at each other!!!! It melts my heart and reminds me how deeply powerful love is. Sometimes it is difficult to write down in words exactly what made a wedding so special and that's why we love to make these wedding films. There are some things in life that are just beyond words. There are things that exist and effect us everyday that are so real and so powerful and yet none of us can fully express or explain them. But we can feel them. Hopefully Laura and Wes' preview film give you some idea of what I am trying to say!

A bit of wisdom from the wedding:  To keep things fresh, I decided to ask asked Laura to share what she learned through the process of planning a wedding. She kindly responded with five amazing and thoughtful pieces of advice. At first I thought I might just post a few of her thoughts but how could I choose? Everything she expressed is so relevant and so wise. So without further ado here are Laura's words of wisdom.

  1. Remember that wedding planning is not only about booking florists, sampling cake, and trying on dozens of wedding gowns...it is also about preparing for marriage! Wes and I had monthly marriage counseling sessions leading up to our wedding, and I also found that writing our vows together provided an opportunity to explore why we were getting married and what we were promising to do. Have fun with all of the planning details, but be sure to plan for your marriage, too! 
  2. Pick vendors who are talented, but also reliable. A florist can make the most stunning arrangements, but if they aren't going to show up in time for you to walk down the aisle holding that $200 bouquet, you're wasting your money. As a super organized person myself, finding reliable vendors was important to me, and it made my day stress-free to know I could count on everyone to show up ahead of schedule and bring their "A" game. On the day of the wedding, I didn't have to worry about a thing except getting married! 
  3. Pick and choose your helpers wisely. If Aunt Clarice is a notorious procrastinator, do not ask her to do the calligraphy for your invitation envelopes. If your best friend from college and your best friend from high school hate each other, don't ask them to plan your bridal shower together. If your grandmother has strong opinions that often hurt your feelings, don't ask her to come dress shopping with you. Do try to be inclusive and enlist help from friends and family members (you're going to need it!), but be smart about it. Weddings tend to bring up a lot of opinions and a lot of emotions. Try to prevent a fire from happening in the first place so that you're not having to do damage control after the fact.
  4. Remember that practicality is often more important than looks. I forgot about this one when I bought my wedding dress. I didn't try sitting down in it until my wedding day was well underway...huge mistake! It's so easy to get carried away in all of a wedding's beautiful goodness that you ignore blatantly obvious facts. Think about what the weather will be like and choose venues/dates accordingly so that your guests aren't uncomfortable, even if it means you have to give up having an outdoor ceremony or push the wedding back by a month or two. You may adore the look of that Blue Lagoon cocktail you saw on Pinterest, but do you think your guests are really going to drink it, or are they going to play it safe with their favorite beer, causing you to waste a ton of money on all of that specialty liquor? This is your big day, and you should absolutely dream big, but don't forget to also think practically once in a while.
  5. Be decisive. Thanks to the Internet, there are millions and millions of wedding ideas floating around out there. Pinterest can be a great resource, but it can also be overwhelming. You're going to have to narrow it down, pick a theme, and just choose already. I spent way too much time trying to explore every single option, and it was exhausting. I second guessed so many decisions because there were so many things I loved. Make a decision, stick to it, and don't look back. 

Looking for vendors? These folks were the vendor team for Laura and Wes' Raleigh, NC Wedding: Fresh Affairs, Raleigh Florist | Bridesmaid Dresses, Custom made by Kimberly Glass | Meredith College, Raleigh Ceremony Venue | The Garden on Millbrook, Raleigh Reception Venue | Emily March, Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Flashback the Party Band, Party Band