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Team Momentum & Chicago Marathon

For quite a few years now I’ve thought about running a marathon. The problem is, it’s a little bit terrifying, lol. Last year my family and I went down to cheer on my sister-in-law as she ran the Chicago marathon and I was completely taken by it. The runners, the supporters, the city, the vibe-it was so awesome!

To back track a bit, Turning Point has a long standing relationship with the MDA (the Muscular Dystrophy Association). We shoot multiple projects for them annually and every year I get the opportunity to go hang out at the MDA Summer Camp and film a little bit to cut together a video scrapbook for the kids to take home with them. The camp is such an amazing place where these children get to visit old friends, swim in a pool, shoot a bow and arrow, gather round a bonfire, go fishing and prank the holy living crap out each other. I am speechless at witnessing the selflessness of the counselors, staff and volunteers. There is nothing like seeing the smile on a child’s face and it means so much more when you get a glimpse of the things these kids have to deal with on the regular. Better still, the MDA can send these kids to camp for FREE because of donations from people like you.

The last 2 years we have shot promotional spots like this one for the MDA’s Team Momentum. In doing so, I have met some of the most incredible people and heard some of the most heartbreaking and inspiring stories ever. It is in honor of all these people who have affected my life that I am joining with Team Momentum and running the Chicago Marathon to help raise money for research and to fight to find a cure for muscle disease.

I am asking for your help to achieve our goal of $2500. I’ll run the marathon, all you have to do is donate! Click here for my personal MDA Team Momentum page. No amount is too small and with enough people, we can make a difference! Thank you so much.


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The Best Decision Ever (George + Donna)

I’m sure that we’re all done with winter so let’s look back at a warm and sunny September day when George and Donna enjoyed the happiest day of their life! We had a lot of fun with the happy couple and their family and friends. Hopefully this one warms up your day a little bit.


Reception Venue: Concorde Banquets
Photographer: Tim Tab Studios
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Brides Against Breast Cancer

We are very excited to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer at their upcoming charity bridal show on February 27th and 28th at The Haight in Elgin. Come out and say hi, find a dress or just support a great charity. We hope to see you there. For more information, click here.

Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families. Their outreach and educational efforts during their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal shows around the country help ensure that people impacted by cancer have the resources and information they need in their battle with cancer.

Brides Against Breast Cancer is a wholly owned affiliate of the Health Support Network, headquartered in Sarasota, FL. Health Support Network offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience at
The revenue generated by Brides Against Breast Cancer on the Nationwide Tour of Gowns charity bridal events and nonbridal networking events, makes it possible to deliver these free educational information and support services to thousands of children and adults impacted by cancer across the country.
Health Support Network programs and services available to anyone, anywhere through the resource called the Health Support Network Online. Health Support Network produces more than 150 cancer related online programs annually. These online programs include exercise, nutrition, meditation, education and caregiver support. The program content is supported by evidence based scientific research. Health Support Network has the expertise, experience and leadership positioned to deliver unmatched video content to an online network of affiliates.

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Feel Again (Matt + Lizzie) by Chicago Wedding Videographers Turning Point Productions

Meet Matt and Lizzie! We had a blast with these two on their extraordinary wedding day at Salvage One in Chicago. We laughed, we cried, but mostly we had an amazing time. It was great working along side Caili Helsper Photography. Enjoy this little number presented by your friendly neighborhood Chicago wedding videographers Turning Point Productions.


Ceremony and Reception: Salvage One

Coordinator: Amy Stockbridge @ Big Easy Day

Photographer: Caili Helsper Photography 

Catering: Jordan’s Food of Distinction

Florist: Ridgewood Gardens

DJ: Ron Hernandez @ Spinnin’ Discs Entertainment


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Today, Tomorrow, and All The Days of Our Lives (Keith + Kristen)

Such an incredible day filled with love and laughter. We are so incredibly fortunate to do this for a living (Wedding video production, not blog posts-lol.) We LOVE our jobs! Congrats again to Keith and Kristen! Also, we had a fantastic time working with Katherine from Clover Events.


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#Mock in Love (Jake + Nickie) a sneak peek wedding trailer from your favorite Chicago wedding videographers

There is nothing sweeter than young love. Jake and Nickie met in high school and last month they celebrated their relationship with their incredibly talented friends and family at Carmichael’s Steakhouse in Chicago. Come rock out with this guitar hero and his beautiful cheerleader bride! Who has four thumbs and gets to work along side Lilly Photography, film a wedding with a groom singing a one-off Jack Johnson remake and hang out with a gorgeous bride? These two Chicago wedding videographers, that’s who.

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The G-Man Fundraiser, a letter from Chris Bartelt

Dear Friends and Families,

Saturday November 1st 2014 is the Fifth annual Gavin “GMAN” Bartelt Fundraiser to benefit both him and the Walter Lawson Children’s Home (WLCH) in Rockford, IL.  Gavin is my 8 year old son who has a very rare syndrome called Cornelia DeLange Syndrome and other medical conditions requiring him to need 24/7 nursing care.  This event is a vital way for our family to ensure Gavin’s future, as he will never be able to support himself.  In addition, we are expanding this year’s fundraiser to benefit all the children in need who also reside at WLCH (details below).

To see what your money is going towards, this great video created by Kate Bartelt says it all!  Just copy and paste the below text into a web browser

Here are the ways you can contribute, do whatever you can!

***Bowling Nov 1st:   Cost is $40 per bowler, includes 3 games, shoe rental, pizza, and pop.  It will be at Fox Bowl (1101 Butterfield Rd in Wheaton). Our lane reservations start at 2:30pm so arrive a little after 2pm to get everyone settled in.  If you are bowling, please confirm the names of bowlers and if you need shoes, what size asap via email or phone.

***Raffle:  We are raffling off some great prizes during bowling.  Buy as many as you want, the more you buy the better odds of winning….and yes the Bears tickets are returning.  This year is Bears vs. Saints.

***Pledge for Pins:  For example if you pledge 10cents per pin and I bowl a 200, that’s $20 donation.  I am going to take my best score out of the 3 games.  I have potential to bowl anywhere between 170 and 230.

***NEW THIS YEAR: If you would like, you can make a separate TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation directly to Gavin’s nursing home where almost 75 special needs children reside!  Easiest way is a check written to Walter Lawson Children’s Home.  For amounts less than $250 your cancelled check is all you need as proof for taxes.  If you would like to donate more, just get me your name and address so I can have the nursing home send you a statement for taxes.  Gavin and I will make a special delivery to the home after the event.  Keep in mind, public aid nursing homes NEED donations just to stay open and provide services for the kids.


1)  To pay for bowling, raffle tickets, or pledge for pins use cash or write a check payable to Chris Bartelt (bring to event or mail to below address).  This money goes to Gavin’s Special Needs Trust, since he cannot have any money in his name and cannot be a charitable organization.  Please note this money is NOT tax deductible.
2)  To make a separate tax deductible donation directly to the nursing home, please write a check to Walter Lawson Children’s Home.  You can mail to me or bring to the frundraiser.

Spread the word to everyone you know, even if they cannot attend the bowling date.  ALL ARE WELCOME, FRIENDS, FAMILY, COWORKERS!!  DO WHATEVER YOU CAN!  On behalf of Gavin, I want to say how grateful we are for your help year after year!   I cannot express in words how much these fundraisers mean to us.  Thanks again and hope to see you there!

Chris Bartelt
648 South Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540

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Faith (Trevor and Kayla)

It seems like a very short time ago my little niece was running around in a diaper being professionally adorable. I looked away for a moment and when I looked back there stood and extraordinary young woman who constantly inspires and impresses me. It is extremely astounding how fast every little moment in our lives come and go. We talk about them in anxious anticipation in what seems like a life time away. We experience them all too quickly and then we are fortunate enough to look back on them with happy hearts. I am so very proud to present this very special wedding trailer. Congratulations to Kayla and Trevor, the new Mr. and Mrs. Long, may your lives be filled with countless blessings.

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Such is Life, a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen Mexico

Vamos a la playa! Oz and Naile had an amazing destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Being snow riddled Midwestern folk, we obviously  jumped at the chance to shoot this January wedding. Their family and friends made us feel welcome and right at home. What a terrific collection of people! The speeches, the dancing , the volleyball and all the love in the air made for a great trip and wonderful wedding. Also, in Mexico they have these things called “Margaritas” and take our word for it, they are quite exceptional.


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Always the Beautiful

Josh and Natalie were married in one of the most amazing places we’ve ever had the privilege to film. If you’ve never been to Yosemite National Park, it should definitely go on the bucket list. It is a beautiful and humbling experience. My only complaint is that driving into the park along its constant winding roads is not the best way to find out you get motion sickness.

Josh and Natalie were joined by a small, intimate group of family and close friends. Josh’s dad is an ordained minister and acted as officiant. What a great feeling that must have been for them. We hope you enjoy their sneak peek wedding trailer.

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