Ask anybody in the wedding business the most popular date for 2020, and I can almost guarantee they will say 10/10. I should have kept track of all the people I talked to that had that date. It was the date of the year, and I got the perfect wedding! Today, I’m so excited to share Dasha and Malachi’s Wedding at the Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm.
Wedding at the Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm
2020 has been a difficult year, but it’s also been a great one. As many of you know, I was a teacher for 10 years, and I got the chance to be part of several past students’ weddings! I did video for Lauron with her wedding the Ravington, Sarah’s wedding at Mildred B. Cooper, and then Dasha’s at the Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm.
Each one of these weddings was special because I knew the brides from way back, but Dasha’s was beyond that. I taught Dasha, but I also taught 4 of her bridesmaids as well! These girls I hadn’t seen in roughly 9 years, so it was like a big reunion.
The whole day was over the top fun! We started off the day by hanging out with a llama. Yep, a llama. That’s one of the really cool things about the Stone Chapel. They have all types of animals like goats and pigs. I already knew most of the bridesmaids were going to be fun, but the two that I didn’t know really added to it all. They were cracking jokes and dancing and keeping the day lively.
Creative Night Portrait
Recently, the Stone Chapel got this big light up sign that says “I do,” and I knew that I wanted to do something different with it. I’ve been collecting random photography related things for years, and I remembered that I had a fog machine just sitting around that I had never used. This seemed like the perfect occasion!
I’d love to say everything went smoothly, but that wasn’t the case. The first time we plugged in the smoke machine, we threw the breaker and turned off the sign. To fix that, we had to get a bunch of extension cords and connect them so we could reach the building.
That solved one problem, but then the smoke wasn’t really spreading out far enough. Luckily, I had my wonderful videographer there to help. Philip figured out he could start at one end and run backwards to make the fog spread out. It took a bit of work to get it all put together, but I love how the shot turned out.
Unique Wedding Exit
The night ended in an extraordinary way like the day deserved. As Dasha and Malachi exited, all the guests released balloons that had lights in them. They floated off and filled the sky as the couple ran through their smiling crowd.
I can’t fully explain how much this wedding meant to me. Weddings are always special and the relationship I build with my couples always means the world to me, but this wedding was something else. I loved getting to see all of my former students grown up and relive some of the past memories, but also, they are just wonderful, fun people. I don’t know if I’ll have any weddings like this one in 2021 with former students, but I sure hope so!