Megan + Kyle: A verdant vineyard wedding

We had the honor to travel to the western edge of our great state to film the wedding day of Megan and Kyle just two weeks ago, and let me tell you that we’re so glad we had the opportunity.Megan and Kyle were simply fantastic to work with: gracious, open and kind. Lucky, too. It seemed that their entire wedding weekend had a bonus element of multiple appearances of the Blue Angels Navy flight demonstration squadron zooming in the skies above them, as well as the flight crew crashing their wedding dance on Saturday night. Talk about adding some serious muscle to their footage!What we really appreciated about these two was how their whole day was designed to include their closest family and friends, including an uncle who serenaded the bridal party during the processional, their friend who became ordained online to officiate, and not to mention their whole bridal party, including the four little attendants who were dang adorable.This wedding had several firsts for Sweet Pea Cinema. The first is that we filmed Megan and Kyle’s wedding in a vineyard, a location we’ve never had the privilege to shoot before. We can’t say enough good things about Elmaro Vineyard. From it’s sweeping vistas, to its burgeoning grapes, to its gracious and super helpful owners and employees. Thanks specifically to Cameron Elmaro for finding a few key things for us (bungee, ladder) and for giving us permission to capture some aerial footage.Which leads me to the next Sweet Pea first. We flew our aerial camera during this wedding weekend and recorded some pretty stunning establishing shots of the vineyard (as well as some other “secret” footage that will be revealed in the Websters’ full movie). I’m thrilled with the results and can’t wait to fly it at other locations that give us permission. In this case, it really allowed us to let the sweeping views and unique landscapes take shape in ways we’ve never been able to capture before.And the last first for us (does that make any sense?) is that this was our first bar-hopping wedding party of the season, which we haven’t seen since I grew up in Medford, Wis. Big tradition up there, not so much in southeast Wisconsin. It was fun to see the bridal party let loose a little bit at one of Megan and Kyle’s favorite watering holes, The Brice Prairie Pub and Eatery.Here are a few details about their wedding in case something caught your eye and you’d like to get more information:Photography: Emily Schmidt Photography
Megan’s dress: Allure Bridals
Flowers: Monet Floral, La Crosse
Hair and makeup: Sitara Salon and Spa, Onalaska
Ceremony: Elmaro Vinyard
Reception: Radisson, La Crosse
Filmed on Panasonic GH2s and GH3s
Aerial footage filmed on a DJI Phantom in 2.8K/48p via a GoPro Hero Black 3+
Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
Soundtrack: “Tears of Hope” by Allen Grey, licensed through AudioJungle Stay tuned for their full film in the coming months, and leave me a message if you’d like to congratulate the couple or comment on our work.Cheers!