Most weddings these days have an instagram hashtag, but Jessie and Stephen’s had a bit more significance than others. #drayterberg represented a lot more than a simple way for the couple to find and go through a collection of instagram photos. A blending of both their last names, #drayterberg represented the coming together of not only two incredible people, but two adorable families.
Jessie and Stephen are from San Diego, so their celebration in Niagara on the Lake was a destination wedding with their closest friends and relatives. They had us out for the entire weekend, allowing us to immerse ourselves in all their wedding festivities, including a very emotional rehearsal dinner the night before the big day. From everything they had shared with us prior to the wedding, we knew going into the weekend that our focus would be on their family and friends, but we quickly realized why. From the moment we met with the guys for a round of golf on Friday morning right down to the last firework, we were welcomed by some of the kindest, most caring people we have ever met. When we say this weekend was immersive, we mean it in every single way; we didn’t feel like videographers, we were involved in every aspect of the wedding and felt like we were a part of it all, going through the whirlwind of emotions that everyone around us was feeling.
It was all very fitting that Jessie and Stephen designed the entire (very beautiful) experience with their special guests in mind — setting up a gorgeous rustic cocktail hour space surrounded by photos of their journey together and treating them to an amazing fireworks display at the end of the night.
It feels like there’s a lot we could talk about: our approach, the themes, the way we transitioned between the different scenes, but we think the film speaks for itself and really captures all the laughs and tears of this perfect weekend in the heart of wine country!