I've known Jeff and his tightly knit group of friends since I was in 9th grade. Though they were several years older I always tried to be a part of whatever they were doing, even if it required self-deprecation. And it always required self-deprecation. And incessant lambasting and shaming of everyone in the group.
Jeff and I bonded over our common interests in music, humor, and Ernest P. Worrell. He and Jackie approached me about doing their wedding video in exchange for some Ernest memorabilia and I immediately obliged. Jeff was there when I first picked up a camera to film local bands in South Jersey that we helped book, so it felt very fitting to document this special day for him and Jackie. The simplicity and intimate atmosphere at the bucolic Springton Manor Farm was ideal for the occasion and a real treat to capture.
Allo Darlin' - Heartbeat Chilli
I met Doug somewhere between a 108 and Damnation AD pit while I was obliterating my body into smithereens in an attempt to find inner harmony. I knew we would get along given our shared love for these bands, and we did. He knew that I filmed bands relentlessly and I was taken aback when he approached me in August 2011 about filming his wedding the following year. It was a task well outside of my comfort zone, but the challenge it posed was so real and the distinct pleasure of being asked to document such an important day caused me to agree after he reassured me of his faith in my abilities. When I finally met Nora and saw how happy they were together, I knew I signed up for the right job. It's impossible for me to think about Doug without hearing his laugh or seeing his smile, and the sum of all those smiles over the years was eclipsed by his expression on that November day in Philadelphia when Nora walked down the aisle and he found his harmony.
Even though due to timing I had ended up filming other weddings before theirs, I attribute my new-found foray in wedding documentation to their initial trust in me nearly two years ago.
Song: Adele - "One & Only"
Tom and I became friends as high school freshmen in 2000. Introductory Spanish with Mrs. Gallombardo, to be specific. He had to speak about his hobbies and interests in Spanish and when he mentioned "BMX", I knew I had to talk to him after class. It was during those years when Tom and Claire met and they've been inseparable since. Whenever I think of one of them I invariably think of the other as well. To see their union and commitment towards one another blossom over the course of the last decade is proof that love is lasting. It was a distinct honor to capture and document this new chapter of their lives.
Sigur Ros - Saeglopur
Natasha and Brom met as undergraduates at a small Quaker college just outside of Philadelphia. On August 18, 2012, friends, family, and fellow Haverford classmates joined the couple in Princeton, NJ as they exchanged their vows in Quaker fashion inside the Princeton Friends Meetinghouse. Marked by the lack of an officiant in Quaker-style weddings, guests sat in silence and quietly reflected on the love that brought everyone together in that moment in time. Natasha and Brom broke the silence to exchange their vows when they felt ready to do so. Guests who felt compelled stood and reflected on Natasha and Brom and offered their love and well-wishes for the newlywed couple.
Bob Dylan - She Belongs To Me
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
On July 7, 2012, friends and family of Michael Clarke and Sarah Plante converged upon the Union Mills Homestead in Westminster, Maryland to celebrate their marriage.
This is a chronicle of that monumental day.
Song: Walter Schreifels - "She Is To Me"