Blue Basin Elopement Shoot with My Twin Lens Photography

Devin from My Twin Lens Photography asked us to be apart of elopement shoot in the beautiful Blue Basin in Oregon. We jumped at the idea at filming a creative project, plus she wanted to do the shoot at sunrise! Everything seems to be shot at sunset, so it was really cool to be in a desert valley at sunrise. 

Devin drove down from Tacoma, WA with our wonderful bride model, Chauncey Trask. They picked up lovely dried floral arrangements from Novella Theory Floral in Portland and continued to Spray, OR. Tommy Tague, our groom, drove down from Tacoma, too, with his sister and housemate. We camped at the Spray Riverfront Campground, which was completely empty and next to the John Day River. We all got to know each other, swimming in the river and hanging out around the campfire. We even took some photo/film of our models in the river at sunset. The traveling shoot team went to bed early, although none of us really slept, until our 3:30 am wake up time. Everyone packed up their tents and supplies in the pitch darkness and drove the half hour to the John Day Fossil Beds as the first sun hit the black sky. Devin, Tommy, and Chauncey got all the props for the shoot ready, including gorgeous jewelry from OHME Shop. Mia Stephenson created incredible gold and gemstone rings, bolo tie (that I want) and statement gold earrings. Devin found an elegant dress from Halston Heritage and Owl and Envelope created all the mountain-inspired invitations!

We grabbed our kid, drone, lenses, prisms, cameras and steadicam and we all started walking at the Blue Basin trail head, stopping at a valley which showed all the layers of rock formations in the background as the sun rose in the east. Devin set up a scrunched up paper backdrop on a light stand and our amazing shoot began! Tommy and Chauncey were the best models ever, as they were game for everything, took direction well, and most of all, believed in our vision from the start. We filmed our duo while blasting music from our mini speaker. When we had some footage in the bag, Krishna flew the drone, crashed it, then scaled half a mountain to retrieve it. Miraculously only one propeller broke, which we have spares for! 

Chauncey and Tommy danced for us, made out for the camera, all in this summer weather. They were such amazing models, too!! Devin was so sweet and fun the whole shoot, too, and we all got along incredibly well! She even got some shots of me and Krishna during the shoot, halfway up a rock formation. After packing up, we left the shoot spot and went to the parking lot to fix the drone. We got some drone shots of our couple then did an interview with Devin for the behind the scenes video. Chauncey put some gold leaf on me and Krishna's faces and Devin took some stunning photos of us in the parking lot. Just for fun! 

Devin and the models left for Tacoma and we headed back to Portland! 10 minutes into the drive, Krishna pulled over and made sandwiches, as we were super hungry and pretty dehydrated from filming in the sun all day! The Vibes Film is above and watch us in action in the Behind the Scenes Film below!

Thumbnail photos by My Twin Lens Photography.

Monica + Cesar's Wedding in at the Historic Smithville Inn in Absecon, New Jersey

This saga starts in 2017 when. We drove to the  California coast to film Tiffany and Diego's wedding, where most of their friends and family flew form the east coast and Florida to attend. One other bridesmaids, Monica, got in touch with us a few months later to see if we would film her and Cesar's wedding in New Jersey. We love to travel so we immediately jumped at the opportunity! 

We flew into Philadelphia Friday evening, picked up our rental car and drove to the garden State. After having some much needed Indian food at a restaurant under a Holiday inn, we went to our hotel and immediately passed out. The next day (wedding day!) We went to the historic Smithville Inn in Absecon, NJ and found the rooms where Monica and Cesar were staying in. We met the hilarious and fun photographers Nicole Shilli of Shilli Day Photography and he second, Carey. Gina of Gina Jost Makeup and Hair Artistry made our gorgeous bride some how even more stunning with a half up soft hairdo and glamorous bridal makeup. Her mother helped her into her beaded Maggie Sottero dress which she got at Wedding Belle’s Boutique.

Krishna filmed Cesar getting ready with his guys as they said toasts and put on cream colored suits. After taking photos of Cesar and his groomsmen and Monica and her bridesmaids on the circular dock over the Smithville pond, the ceremony took place outside of the Smithville Inn. Their bridesmaids flowers were from Pocket Full of Posies Floral. The bride and groom said heartfelt vows which you can see in their Preview Film above! After their ceremony, we took the while bridal party to the carousel across the tiny historic town and had them all take a ride for some cinematic and fun shots. 

Their reception kicked off in the banquet hall at the Inn with the introductions of their families and bridal party, followed immediately by their choreographed first dance. The night kicked off with amazing food and a killer dance party from DJ Slick Rick! We even hit the dance floor with past bride Tiffany and groom Diego! Late that night, we packed up our gear and headed back to our hotel, with that amazing wedding afterglow. We watched footage on the backs of our cameras from bed, because that's how much we loved the shots we got. 

The next day, although we were exhausted, we filmed establishing shots at Smithville and had so e great conversations with a few shop owners. After our work was done, we drove to the colony of Basto Village, which is a fully preserved English colony and hit the Jersey Shore in Ocean City. The day after that, we headed to Philly where we found an awesome vegan restaurant (which were lacking in New Jersey) and then headed to the airport. In line for security, we reflected on our east coast trip and noted just how crazy it is how everything worked out perfectly and that every single person we encountered was incredibly warm and welcoming. 

We are so honored we had the opportunity to fly to Jersey to do what we do best for an incredible couple, Monica and Cesar! Watch their Preview Film above! Highlight Film coming soon! 

Modern Marie Antoinette Shoot

We were so thrilled to shoot this Marie Antoinette inspired Styled Shoot that was held at Everett West last weekend! Brenna Burnett Florals and Cindy Lindsley from Peachy Keen Coordination put the whole thing on and Brenna did the breathtaking floral arrangements. Models and real-life newlyweds, Marina Haynes and Dane Appleton, brought it to life in a Rent the Runway jumpsuit with a Merrime Bridal overskirt. Marina even did her own hair and makeup as her main gig is running Marina Haynes Artistry! Casi Yost Photography took ethereal and gorgeous photos and added to the fun, laid back vibe of the shoot.

Sloshy Pops brought the delicious Popsicle treats infused with vodka; one even had the top cut off to keep with the Marie Antoinette theme. Letters and Dust did the calligraphy and stationary and also the Let Them Eat Cake acrylic sign, which is very in this season. DiMaggio Jewelers provided the celestial rings and The Mrs Box donated a beautiful ring box. The reception table was decorated with rentals from The Party Place, which included black plates and crystal goblets. The cake was had icing in various shades of blue and three tiers from Next Door Desserts. Artemis Foods, the caterer for Everett West, made delicious hors d’oeuvres for the occasion.

Watch the moody Vibes film where we, of course, made them dance, and the Behind the Scenes film below which showcases all of the wonderful vendors and their work!

FEATURED on Rock N' Roll Bride! Amanda & Lane's Wedding at Union/Pine

See Amanda and Lane’s FEATURED wedding on Rock N’ Roll Bride!!! Click here for the full feature.

Thumbnail photo by the amazing Jessica Hill Photography!

Amanda and Lane’s wedding was one of those highly anticipated events for us. Amanda is a photographer for A Lovely Day Photography and we had the pleasure of working with her at a wedding a couple years ago. When she got engaged, we were so excited she chose us to document their special day. A few months ago, we got to know them and their story better while filming their Love Story at The Vintages in Dayton, OR, and it made us even more stoked to be apart of this day.

Some of the best vendors in town were hired for the event, because when you’ve been to 100+ weddings, you get to know the best people. The owner of A Lovely Day, Jessica Hill, photographed alongside us with another A Lovely Day photographer, Lindsey. The day started at Jupiter NEXT in NE Portland, a new and sleek hotel perfect for filming. Amanda got ready with the amazing Kirstie Wight as her makeup and hair artist. Her gorgeous dress from a&be Bridal and their celestial rings were made by Twist. Lane got ready with his brothers and his dad and wore a dapper suit from The Black Tux.

Everyone headed on over to Union/Pine where the ceremony and reception took place. Their adorable son, River, was helped into his little tux in the Loft area of the building. Amanda put on her gorgeous beige gown and crystal hairpiece. We had a wedding first at this one, when the bride and groom did a first touch so they could have a moment before the ceremony but the first time Lane saw his bride in her dress was when she walked down the aisle. This was an especially sweet moment to capture. The ceremony space was decorated with a hexagonal arch made by the groom’s father and benches made entirely by Lane and his brothers. The arch was decorated with a bounty of maroon flowers by Brenna Burnett Florals. She also created a next-level bridal bouquet, boutonnieres for the guys, and foliage for the reception tables.

The ceremony was so sweet with their personal vows and Lane’s vows to Amanda’s son, River. After the ceremony, the guests headed to the upper level of the space for cocktails and photobooth time with Happymatic, full of props and complete with glittery backdrop. Mint and Mirth made custom cocktails for all of the wedding guests. Cindy from Peachy Keen Coordination set up the reception space with long tables and the homemade benches, as well as coordinated the event without a hitch. Dinner was a buffet of tacos from Porque No Taqueria. Classic Vintage Rentals did an excellent job matching the style of the wedding to their deco lounge seating and tables.

Both Amanda and lane’s fathers gave heartfelt toasts followed by the cutting of the cake, a custom fig and gold leaf tiered cake by Dream Cakes. The bride and groom did a choreographed first dance which they killed and Krishna captured flawlessly with steadicam. Amanda danced with her dad and Lane danced with his mom, two moments in a wedding day that chokes me up since having a kid!

DJ Zimmie killed it on the decks and their guests, including the bride and groom, danced all the way up to their sparkler exit. Nineteen 27 S’mores torched marshmallows and made s’mores with custom flavors like bourbon chocolate. They even had an afterparty with their close friends and family at a bar nearby to keep the party going. We could tell that great care and expertise went into every detail of this wedding and we can only hope we did it justice!

Watch their Preview Film above and their Highlight Film below!


Lightroom PDX Fine Art Shootout

The Lightroom studio in Portland owned by MacCoy and Dallas Merkley put on awesome events throughout the year to get the photographer community inspired and into the studio. For this one, Dorothea Dragomir of Kamea Events designed this Fine Art shoot with simple, local florals, muted colors, and tasteful tablescape. Caroline Reusen did the florals, which consisted of white ranunculus and local muscari. Dallas Merkley did Ruby Martinez, the female model’s, makeup and hair, where she did a bold brow and low bun. Ruby wore a handmade gown from Ivy and Astor and Bo Baskoro, the male model, wore a white tux from the Black Tux. Everglow Handmade created the invitations for the Invite Suite, as well as custom-lettered name tags for the tablescape. Dream Cakes made a very unique cake that had a glass box with flowers in it for one of the tiers. Peter Corvallis Productions provided rentals for the ceremony set-up and reception table, including wooden chairs with white fabric, cake table, and draped blue linens.

Photographers were given one hour time slots so they could capture the magic inside without things getting too crowded. This shoot was focused fine-art photographers, achieved by the clean, white details, green and white florals, and elegant reception table. Check out the event video above!

Interview with Glitch Films on the Get to Know Your Wedding Pro Podcast

When our friend Reid Johnson from Best Made Videos in Seattle started producing “Get to Know Your Wedding Pro”, a podcast directed at wedding couples and vendors in the Pacific Northwest, we quickly became devoted listeners. Reid’s warmth and open personality makes for a great host, and he’s great and building relationships and finding awesome people to interview.

He initially asked us to be on the show late last year, but we were just heading in to a month-long project in Yosemite, and we weren’t able to reschedule until recently. We can’t thank Reid enough for inviting us on the show and letting us share the origin story of Glitch Films, as well as share our MANY opinions about weddings and videography.

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Melinda & Jake's Wedding at the Benson Hotel, Portland, OR

Thumbnail photo by the talented Alixann Loosle Photography!

The Benson Hotel in downtown Portland created the perfect backdrop to Seattle residents Melinda & Jake. On this windy, overcast day, guests enjoyed the comforts of the historic and possibly haunted hotel. Melinda got glam with the help of Blossom & Beauty with her closest girlfriends hanging with her in the suite. Jake, the groom, had a great attitude despite him getting stuck in an elevator for a half hour in the morning! He recovered quickly, and him and his groomsmen got dapper quick in blue suits. Melinda’s son, Parker, got ready with Jake and they even wore matching jackets! Their First Look happened in front of the large windows I. The lobby of the Benson with gatsby-era chandeliers and gold furnishings as the backdrop. 

After, the bridal party headed onto the cold streets of downtown Portland for portraits with Alix of Alixann Loosle Photography, an incredible photographer who recently moved to Portland from Utah. A building with gold doors and columns served as the spot for formal and fun photos. 

The ceremony was performed by the couples good friend, Kaden, in the Benson’s ballroom. Parker walked his mom down the aisle as every single person wiped their tears away. Melinda and Jake shared heartfelt yet hilarious vows that personified their love perfectly. Guests socialized during cocktail hour in the downstairs part of the hotel while Stumptown DJ’s spinner classic tracks. The Benson staff and Madeline Moore Events turned the ballroom around, flipping the room from ceremony to reception. Round tables and rental furniture from Archive Rentals and The Party Place were placed around the room as Madeline perfected each place setting and floral arrangement. 

A plated dinner was served for guests as toasts were by spoken by Jake’s best man, groomesmen and father and Melinda’s sister and coworkers said a few kind words about this special couple. A cake by Dream Cakes and desserts from The Hungry Hero were served as the dancing part of the night began. The bar was stocked and served by Ladd Taphouse and Olympic Provisions. These Seattle people know how to party and the dancing continued until late that night. I don’t think there was a single guest who didn’t get down at this wedding!

Best of 2018!

We had a truly inspiring year full of love, filming, and creativity. We pushed ourselves as filmmakers and as people, juggling the balance between owning a business, the editing work, and our home life with our exuberant two-year-old. We don’t know how the universe presents such amazing, caring couples to film and be present at their wedding, but somehow it always does. We’re so fortunate for the people’s lives we get to catch a glimpse of on their special day and even more fortunate that we get to document it for them.

Here are some of our favorite moments in the form of recap videos! Yay recaps!

Best of First Dances

Best of Exits