Wonder and exploration have been part of Lovine and Kat's history from the beginning... But the desert has always been a special, magical place for them. A place where there was always something new to see, new to explore, an ever changing landscape. As they started to plan their wedding they knew exactly where to go... back to Death Valley. They had been there before but never like this..
Our journey with them began at a gas station off the 395. As they pulled into the station in their red VW bus (affectionately called "Vanessa") the crew piled out... Kat, Lovine, Nickel the dog, and a few friends. It was the day before the wedding. We had a quick pow-wow about the route we were about to take into the park and then off we went. The first day of shooting started at the park entrance sign, for a jumping shot of course, and then we continued on down into Death Valley.. Down, down, and down some more until we were 100 feet below sea level. The rest of their family soon followed. We randevu'd at The Furnace Creek Ranch for a steak dinner and a good night's sleep before heading out into the great unknown the following morning.
The next day started out like any other wedding: a white dress, a groom, flowers, family... But then we started our trek. We were headed out 80 miles to the wedding site and family camping trip turned reception. 60 miles on pavement with a few classic stops: Zabriski Point, The Devil's golf course, Stovepipe Wells, and Ubehebe Crater. Then the last 20 miles off road to The Racetrack Playa. Places they had been before, but never like this...
Finally we arrived at The Racetrack... Named after the mysterious "moving rocks" on the flattest surface found in nature... A perfect place for an adventurist wedding. There were vows, rings, a kiss and celebration... but still nothing like any other wedding day. Then off to dry camp to set up tents, eat BBQ, and sing campfire songs. On a whim we set up a time lapse of the stars and then crawled into our sleeping bags. We have filmed many weddings, but never like this...
Super 8 Film: Nikon R8 Super and Canon 1014
Film Stock: Kodak 100D
HD Video: GoPro & 5D Mark II
A short highlight of Jason & Yvonne's wedding. San Francisco is a city with inspiration around every corner. It was the perfect setting for Jason and Yvonne's 1960's "Mad Men" style wedding held at San Francisco's City Hall. This was a wedding we could have shot over and over.. We loved working with these two and found their simple city wedding very refreshing. After their city hall nuptials they walked to their reception. This allowed us to shoot them in a very natural environment, letting their story unfold as it happened. The unexpected moments, such as the pet store they passed along the way, getting stuck at a traffic light during rush hour, and the sweet glances exchanged as they walked along told the real story of their day. We endeavored to capture the city in a surreal, stylized way to set the stage for this sweet love story. We were also joined by photographer Angi Welsch and coordinator Emily Blake.
Song is "Boute" by Au and is used with permission by the band and the label
Cameras used: Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, 60D
Lenses: Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 24mm f1.4, 24mm TS-E II, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, and 70-200mm f2.8