Patrick & Ellen’s special day took place in the heart of Washington D.C. They began their celebration with some pre-wedding moments at The Willard, continued to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown for their ceremony, and ended at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for dinner and dancing. We also took a short trip to the Jefferson Memorial for some portraits. The two of them actually got engaged there, so it was only fitting to return on the day of their wedding.

It was truly beautiful to witness the coming together of two incredible families, along with the unique memories and moments that bound them together. We had the honor of working alongside Christine Godsey of Engaging Affairs, Holly Chapple Flowers, and photographer Steve Canning. We captured a fun blend of high definition and Super 8mm footage and hope you enjoy the film below!

Our inspiration for the shoot came from the meticulously handwritten piece by Laura Hooper. The beautiful scroll held heartfelt wedding vows that would be shared on this bride-to-be’s wedding day. The scroll is placed on the wall and, as she begins to read it, she gently traces her finger along the lettering. She anticipates the moment; her moment when she stands alongside her soul mate in front of that scroll, filled with the vows that will be cherished for a lifetime.

We collaborated with some pretty amazing vendors on this shoot in Richmond, Virginia, who worked tirelessly to make this happen. Styled shoots are a way for us not only to share inspiration with our brides, but also for us to try new techniques and change things up. I hope you enjoy the film below and be sure to check out the full feature & wonderful images by Love by Serena on Green Wedding Shoes!

photography: Love by Serena // event design + styling: Tart Event Co. // cinematography: Josh Gooden // florals: Janie Medley Flora Design // calligraphy + scroll backdrop: Laura Hooper Calligraphy // venue: Blue Bee Cider Richmond, Virginia // table runner + bouquet ribbon: Silk and Willow // dresses: Veronica Shaeffer // garden roses + ranunculus: Flower Muse // rentals: Paisley & Jade, Classic Party Rentals of VA // model: Erykah St. Louis // make-up: Phawn Lane of Elle Style Studio

  • February 11, 2015 - 9:55 am

    Krista A. Jones - I love this!! Everything is so perfect and you had the most amazing team :)

  • February 11, 2015 - 11:43 am

    Natalie - Everything you film is pure gold. Love this!

Last spring, I headed into NYC for a week long commercial project for Ryan Brenizer Photography in NYC. It was an amazing week filled with beautiful footage and a lot of new connections. My talented now-girlfriend Serena happened to be in NYC with Emme from Gossamer Vintage and Isabella from Via Gypset. The two of them planned on attending a vintage auction in the area and they decided to set up a quick shoot with the awesome Makayla. I had most of my cinema gear with me, so I decided to tag along and shoot some footage. We went to some pretty amazing fun locations in Manhattan and had a great afternoon shooting. Be sure to check out the images on Serena’s blog and the film below!

Location: Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace, New York City | Photography: Serena Jae | Cinematography: Josh Gooden | Wardrobe Styling: Via Gypset | Floral Crown: Gossamer Vintage | Model: Makayla Meisel | Film Processing & Scanning: Indie Film Lab

  • February 11, 2015 - 9:57 am

    Krista A. Jones - This is beautiful!!

  • February 20, 2015 - 12:46 am

    Serena - Loved collaborating on this one with you! :)

Jackie & Tanner’s sun-drenched fall wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards was absolutely gorgeous. With perfect weather and some incredible vendors under the wonderful direction of Amore Events by Cody, it was one for the books. Jackie & Tanner exchanged heartfelt letters leading up to their ceremony, overlooking the vineyards at sunset. We loved the design of their ceremony, which featured a beautifully crafted floral arch by Nature Composed. Jackie & Tanner’s love for their families showed so much throughout the wedding day and we’re thrilled to share their wedding film below!

  • January 24, 2015 - 6:42 pm

    Eleanor Williams Garver - This video is beautiful!!!!!

  • January 26, 2015 - 9:49 am

    Karena Dixon - What a gorgeous video! beautiful wedding, too!

  • January 26, 2015 - 8:29 pm

    Jackie Phillips - so lovely! What a beautiful couple & location!

  • January 27, 2015 - 9:21 am

    Maureen Pacheco - Such a beautiful video! and what a lovely location!

  • February 20, 2015 - 12:51 am

    Serena - Love this – well captured! Not to mention, that light is just gorgeous.

Serena & I were thrilled to travel over to West Virginia for Melissa & Jason’s wedding in the gorgeous New River Gorge. Melissa is a structural bridge engineer, and ever since experiencing the New River Gorge Bridge, she wanted to get married there. The ceremony and reception were both held at Smokey’s on the Gorge, which had some pretty awesome views of the gorge.

Melissa & Jason met while at West Virginia University, and have been together ever since. They are also huge fans of Doctor Who (yes, they are already awesome), and incorporated a lot of subtle references into their wedding day. From the Tardis ring box that Jason proposed with to hand painted Tardis shoes, I am so glad they included a little bit of what they love into their wedding. I hope you enjoy a small look at Melissa & Jason’s wedding day below!

  • January 16, 2015 - 11:53 am

    Isabelle - simply brilliant.

  • January 16, 2015 - 12:39 pm

    Donna Smith - So beautiful & amazing.

  • January 16, 2015 - 2:46 pm

    Brooke - Stunning! You captured so much emotion – and so many beautiful, special moments. Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations to Melissa and Jason!

  • January 16, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    Brandon Farley - Simply amazing! What a great way to capture the memory forever. So glad Alison Farley and I (plus Mack) were there to be a part of such a special day for both of you! We love you guys!

  • January 16, 2015 - 5:38 pm

    Donna Price Smith - Awesome…how wonderful & beautiful. Thank you for sharing your special day…just wish we could have been there…this was the next best thing. Much love and prayers for continued happiness.

  • January 16, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    Liza Wynn - What a wonderful capture of such a beautiful day and unforgettable moments. So honored we were able to be there. ? Love to you both!

  • January 16, 2015 - 9:11 pm

    Jennifer English - Absolutely beautiful in every way!!! :)

  • January 17, 2015 - 12:16 am

    Eliana Nicole - Make me cry awsome wedding

  • January 17, 2015 - 12:41 am

    Nancy Vineyard Cottrell - WOW an awesome video of your special day. May you always be this happy together.

  • January 17, 2015 - 3:11 am

    Kelli Harton - Beautiful! Congratulations!

  • January 17, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Sheri Snead Collins - Congrats

  • January 17, 2015 - 3:57 pm

    Lina abalos - So incredibly beautiful! We are so thankful and fortunate to share in
    this special day. Melissa an Jason, here’s to an incredibly beautiful marriage!!!

  • January 18, 2015 - 6:03 am

    Karen Teaster - Oh my gosh!!! Congratulations!!!! What a beautiful wedding and I wish you the very best in life!!

  • January 18, 2015 - 10:15 pm

    Christian A. Harris - Wow. What a great bunch of memories. Thanks for making claire And I a part of this amazing day! Love you both.

  • January 24, 2015 - 2:23 am

    Ruth Koontz - Wow. Beautiful video of a beautiful couple. Thanks for sharing.

  • February 7, 2015 - 7:35 pm

    Mark Webb-Photography - Awesome video Josh! It was a pleasure to work beside you and Serena, hope to do it again soon.