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The New Luckiest Man in the World (Michael + Swathi)

Once we got off the plane in Washington D.C. and got all the gear into the rental car, a cool feeling sank in. It was Memorial Day weekend, I’m driving past the Washington monument and on my way to a very unique wedding. Just a mixed bag of thoughts really. Somber remembrance, nervous energy, anxious happiness, but then such is life. We’re constantly bombarded with different things on a daily basis.

Michael and Swathi’s wedding was different. It was different because there were two cultures merging together to form one family. It was different because Michael and Swathi are different. Refreshingly different. They are unique, just like their wedding. They are both so charming and personable and comfortable people to be around. After spending time with their families Friday night before the wedding, the origins of these traits were clear. Their families. Their different families. Different in many ways, but similar just as equally. The heart of these families are the same, loving and beautiful, warm and welcoming. We are honored to have been invited to meet these families and to tell the story of these two remarkable people. Here’s the trailer for Michael and Swathi’s upcoming Turning Point wedding film. Enjoy!

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Kate + Mike (a wedding videographer gets married)

Well, well, well. Back in August of 2012, the shoe (or in this case, the boot) was definitely on the other foot when our studio manager/wedding videographer Kate Haeger became Kate Bartelt. For those of you who’ve had Kate as your cinematographer, here’s your chance to see her on the other side of the camera. The wedding was great, Mike is an awesome guy, plus I finally got to meet Kate’s mom. She is a real sweetheart.

Kate made such a beautiful bride! There were so many cool little details the wedding had a personality all it’s own. On top of all that, I believe there’s a photo floating around of Kate in a wedding dress with the cops that showed up to quiet down the party. Congratulations to our favorite wedding videographer ever.

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The Movies (Jason + Melissa)

Melissa called us on a pleasantly hot day in June. Immediately, I noticed her extraordinary excitement when she started talking about her wedding. Now obviously all of our brides are excited about their wedding, but I think sometimes as you begin to take on the arduous task of putting it all together, every phone call becomes less and less noteworthy. Not the case with Melissa. Now, I’m the type of person that gets fired up when I’m around someone else who’s fired up. So we talked about all the cool details she and Jason were doing for their nuptials. I’m piecing together a storyboard in my head and we’re talking like nobody’s business.

Fast forward a year later, Kate and I have gone over our shot lists. Jason and Melissa have put together one amazing wedding. We’re having an incredible shoot. It’s a completely unique wedding and it’s lovely. The day goes fantastic and then we get to the reception and it happens. Melissa’s dad gives a delightfully clever speech that (just by looking at each other) Kate and I know is going to just take the trailer to a whole new level. So enjoy, and here’s to fans of movies, of love and of good people.

The Movies (Jason + Melissa) from Turning Point Productions on Vimeo.

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As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating (Lee + Ali)

Lee proposed to Ali at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Now that’s a smooth dude. Obviously, she said yes and we were fortunate enough to be selected to produce their wedding film. It’s so great to see such emotion in a couple. Lee and Ali were so much fun to spend the day with. And how about all those cool Chicago locations! Wow. There’s some really beautiful details in all the places they picked.

Congratulations to you both, may you have a lifetime of happiness and fun.

As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating (Lee + Ali) from Turning Point Productions on Vimeo.

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White Dress (James + Antonietta)

If the last wedding trailer wasn’t from the hottest day of the year, this was. But you’d never know it by watching Toni and James. They still look incredible! Such great people to film, we are so lucky to do what we do. And how awesome is it that they met each other at a bus stop in Chicago. It was a classic tale of boy sees girl. Boy sees girl. Boy sees girl. Okay, okay boy finally gets the courage up to actually initiate a conversation with girl and as they say folks, the rest is history.

Congratulations to this wonderful couple. They made it so easy to do our jobs. We wish you the best of luck and an eternity of wedded bliss.

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My First True Love (Adam + Senneca)

Adam set up a surprise picnic at the Chicago Botanic Garden, next to a tree dedicated in memory of Fran Ditusa. He got Senneca to go down to the Gardens under the rouse of needing paperwork signed urgently for the memorial tree. Since they were already at the Gardens, Adam then suggested they take a walk to the tree. On arrival, Senneca saw the blanket and the picnic and Adam instantly took his position down on one knee behind her. When she turned around he proposed. The two of them went on to plan one of the classiest weddings in 2012.

They decided to bring things around full circle and get married at the Chicago Botanic Gardens which is an astonishing place and truly breath taking. Every detail from the bride’s dress to Adam’s wonderful speech, the specially choreographed first dance to the Rolls Royce in which they departed at the end of the reception was top notch. Watch the trailer and you can see that even the absolute hottest July day that Chicago could throw at them couldn’t take away from such an incredible event.

And I do mean hot.

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The Shape of Us (Kevin + Amber)

Simultaneously, it seems like a very long time ago and also like it was just last week. Once we get rolling in wedding season things get very busy. As a result, we’ve been absolutely absent with our blog. So for 2013, we plan to keep up with somewhat regular blog entries and website updates. Don’t expect too much though, after all -we’re artists. And timetables inherently don’t sit well with us. To start us out, here is a great trailer from summer 2012. Congratulations to Amber and Kevin. They share lots of wonderful things including being teachers and America’s favorite past time, baseball. Giving a nod to great baseball games everywhere, Amber and Kevin even had a late night hot dog vendor at their wedding. How cool is that?

Sit back and enjoy. Maybe the warmth of this trailer can help you out with those winter chills.


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Come Alive (Patrick + Jordan)

Patrick and Jordan are standing on a handmade wooden bridge spanning a small but deep enough pond at the Japanese Gardens. Kate is working closely with the photographer bottling some awesomeness as she’s known to do. I’m cooly composing a nice wide angle shot as I sometimes do then SPLASH! In that nanosecond it takes to turn your head to the left there are so many thoughts racing and bursting through my mind it’s staggering. Is that my camera? Bride? Groom? Was that a frog? Might of been a fish. Is that my camera? Bouquet? Maybe a walnut from a tree or someth- My Camera?!? I focus my gaze on four people, Kate, Patrick, Jordan and our beloved photographer. Check, all present and accounted for. My camera-check. So what in the hell made that noise? My gaze now connects with Kate’s. Except that her gaze is not one of a puzzling nature, she’s freaking out. I would be too if I just dropped my keys into the biggest koi pond this side of the Rockies. The long and short of it is that Kate is a pretty girl and there’s a high school boy that works at the Japanese Gardens who was willing to go in after the keys. I told him when he’s old enough I’d buy him a case of beer. All joking aside he really was the nicest kid, you can imagine. And thanks to him, we could film Patrick and Jordan’s wedding uninterrupted.

As for the couple, they didn’t drop anything into the small lake, but they did have an amazing wedding day filled with hilarious friends and family, tons of loved ones, great moments and a small power outage at the reception. Congratulations to Patrick and Jordan and thanks for inviting us out to be a part of such an awesome wedding. Check out their trailer to get a glimpse of the love these two share. It’s pretty cool.

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In Your Arms (Rich + Solongo)

It is a quiet Sunday in May, Mother’s Day to be exact. The sun is laying it’s warm light unto an ivy covered chapel at the University of Chicago. Inside there is a low hum of conversations, the laughter of a few children and . I meter the light, check my audio recorders one last time and then stopped. There was something that I couldn’t identify, something that had been trying to get my attention ever since I arrived for the bridal preparations. Then it became so clear. I could not help but notice this incredible feeling of peace. It lingered on the slight breeze coming from outside through the chapel doors. It filled the small room and embraced everyone in it. This was not our typical wedding. It was a small intimate affair with about 30 friends and loved ones in attendance. And that peaceful, easy feeling? Well the Eagles were no where in sight, but it would stay with us all day long. In retrospect, I suppose it was a combination of Rich and Solongo’s personalities as well as that of their families mixed in with a terrific lazy Sunday in the city of Chicago. Yes, my friends even the ever-crowded Michigan avenue seemed to be so with a pleasant manner. Riding in the limo with the newlyweds, some family members, Archie the puppy and the amazing photographer Millicent Wong felt like taking a cruise with some old friends.

Congratulations to Rich and Solongo and thanks for inviting us out to be a part of such an incredible and intimate event.

In Your Arms (Rich + Solongo) from Turning Point Productions on Vimeo.

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This Kind of Love (Jack + Dorin)

I met with Jack and Dorin downtown on their lunch break on a cool and windy autumn day (typical Chicago weather right?) that seemed like an long time ago. But before we knew it, we were shooting their wedding at the SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church followed by a romp through downtown Chicago and an elegant reception at Georgios Banquets. We had the pleasure to work alongside the very talented Brian Kinyon of Brian Kinyon Photography. You should click on his link, he’s got some great stuff.

Jack and Dorin have spent 8 amazing years together culminating in one very special day to enjoy with family and friends. Jack’s a happy man because he got to marry the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. We love the way these two look at each other. Enjoyable and just some nice people to be around, we hope our film has done their personalities justice. Enjoy!

This Kind of Love (Jack + Dorin) from Turning Point Productions.


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