Poetry moving through the frames...

I knew after our first meeting over coffee, that Rachel and Robbie planned to host a truly unique, artistic, and raucous wedding!  Not to mention, stunning.  Set to the backdrop of Grand Lake in late fall, the energy of this celebration quivered like the final leaves left on the Aspen trees.  And though I know it had something to do with the tilt of the earth, it felt as though the whole day unfolded as if through rose tinted glasses.  Needless to say, we love the way this film came together and we hope you do too. 

Venue:  Strawberry Creek Ranch  //  Poetry:  The Poem Guy  //  Florist:  Woodstem Flowers  //  Band:  The Gin Doctors  //  Photographer:  Hitch & Sparrow  //  Caterer:  Biscuits + Berries    Hair & Makeup:  Kim Jundt  //  DJ:  Matt Burris  

Michael & Emily - The Manor House Colorado

Michael & Emily and their families put on one of the most fun celebrations we've been a part of...I mean, they had a jumpy castle!  (And there weren't that many little kids there just FYI, so inevitably there were a lot of friends and families letting loose!)  It was that cool blend of focusing on the fun, while having an incredible team from Heather at Calluna Events, to Lalé Florals, bring together an elegant party, that blended together to make this celebration truly unique.  I hope you love the film, and this one was recently featured on the Ruffled Blog, so when you're done watching, take a peak at all of the amazing photos Ali Vagnini took!!!  (Plus, a special thanks to the Meagan from Whimsy Design Studio for writing out all of the script used at the wedding and our video!)

Women's March on Denver, Colorado...rage, rage against the dying of the light!

I had the opportunity yesterday to sneak away from the editing desk for an hour and show my support for women's rights, human rights, the rights of the arts, humanities, and the environment.  I oscillated on whether or not to go, only because my son was being looked after for the day and time is so precious with a one year old, a wife in grad school, and a bustling business to look after, that I felt inclined to stay glued to my seat and work.  These days we are editing around the clock to make sure we get our couples a film that will stand the test of time, while doing so in a timely fashion.  Yet after speaking with my sister yesterday morning, I knew I had to take that hour to show up.  And thank you Leslie- your words inspired me to go, and the rally inspired me to continue to show up, just like the millions of people that showed up around the world yesterday.  Leslie explained to me that she was going because while she too was busy, she felt that Trump's campaign aimed to turn people inwards, to posture us into a defensive stance, and this was an opportunity to remember and demonstrate that we as a nation can open our arms and offer a hand to all those beautiful and diverse people that wish to live and thrive here.  For me, this validated the excursion completely.  I believe wholeheartedly in the power of diversity to sustain communities and the environment.  I want my son to grow up in a country and a world that honors inclusion, acceptance, and diversity.  After the march yesterday, I feel more hopeful than ever that will be his future.  

A body in the crowd will mean a lot over the coming years as these ideals are challenged.  That being said, there were a lot of meaningful bodies in the crowd yesterday, and I feel honored and inspired to be part of such an incredible community.  I hope you are moved by the images I captured, and that you enjoy some of the quotes and ideas that came through my mind as I was marching forward with my fellow Americans!

I showed up for my son, for his future, and it felt invigorating seeing thousands upon thousands of people show up, bring their families, and treat one another with such genuine respect!

“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” - Alan Moore

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."  -  Desmond Tutu

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."  -  Pastor Martin Niemöller

As I have been employed in the arts for years, I truly believe that...

So I think it is apt to end with one more quote, that captured as it was yesterday, brings art and the revolution together.  

So I think it is apt to end with one more quote, that captured as it was yesterday, brings art and the revolution together.  

Keep this momentum going, and turn the energy into something positive!  Start small, and we will snowball our way to great change.  Use your bikes instead of your cars to get out on your next date, say hello to someone who looks estranged on the light-rail, work with your community to eradicate pesticides from your local parks, plant a garden, volunteer, raise money and support for Planned Parenthood, write to congress to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from moving through lands sacred to Native Americans, run for political office, help get out the vote, write a song and share it... do whatever speaks to you and will impact at least one other individual or the environment in some beneficial way.  If you need more thoughts on moving forward, check this fantastic plan out: https://www.womensmarch.com/100/  Lastly, our democracy only works if we get heard, so get loud!  If you were at the rally yesterday let it be known.  Text "COUNT ME" to 89800 and let's get a good tally of how many beautiful souls showed up for love, hope, and progress!  STAY INSPIRED!!!

Keep this momentum going, and turn the energy into something positive!  Start small, and we will snowball our way to great change.  Use your bikes instead of your cars to get out on your next date, say hello to someone who looks estranged on the light-rail, work with your community to eradicate pesticides from your local parks, plant a garden, volunteer, raise money and support for Planned Parenthood, write to congress to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from moving through lands sacred to Native Americans, run for political office, help get out the vote, write a song and share it... do whatever speaks to you and will impact at least one other individual or the environment in some beneficial way.  If you need more thoughts on moving forward, check this fantastic plan out: https://www.womensmarch.com/100/ 

Lastly, our democracy only works if we get heard, so get loud!  If you were at the rally yesterday let it be known.  Text "COUNT ME" to 89800 and let's get a good tally of how many beautiful souls showed up for love, hope, and progress!  STAY INSPIRED!!!

A grand celebration at Winding River Ranch...

Memsic & Arlynn are one of the hippest, most fun, hard working couples we've ever had the pleasure to work with!  Their wedding matched their spirit as a couple, and we were thrilled to film this epic celebration outside Grand Lake, Colorado!  Enjoy!

Venue:  Winding River Ranch  //  Planner:  Laurel & Rose  //  Photographer:  Joe Friend  //  Aerial Photography:  Brian W. Hall  //                               Reception Band:  Drunken Hearts  //  Catering & Floral:  Four Five One Events  //  Beer:  Sanitas Brewing Company

Dan & Kendra's Intimate Mountain Wedding at Beaver Creek

I truly enjoyed collaborating with Dan & Kendra...from our couple of sessions chatting over beers at Cannonball Brewery in Golden, to the wedding day, these two have been amazingly genuine and fun to be around!  I felt thrilled when they brought us on board to capture their wedding via both photography and videography, because their description of the upcoming celebration sounded perfect:  a bit of sophistication and elegance paired with a really epic party to celebrate their love and the indispensable community that fills their lives with joy!  Not to mention, they picked a stunning venue to host this grand party in, Beaver Creek.  From their ceremony site at the top of the gondola, I could see the mogul run that devastated me as a child.  Being there also brought back memories of the awe and wonder that I felt as a little kid, huddled between waist-high moguls and looking out over the vast, seemingly endless chain of mountains.  It makes perfect sense to me that this space would be one to start an adventure in.  Kudos guys!  Here is just a snapshot  (you can check out some more here), and I can't wait to share the equally epic video shortly.  Cheers!

Taylor & Diana - Telluride Colorado Wedding Film: A beautiful adventure...

     Taylor and Diana chose to celebrate their love by exploring somewhere totally new to them, and we couldn't be more happy that they chose to bring us along for the ride!  Telluride was one in a series of adventures for this travel loving couple, and it set a stunning precedent for their life ahead.  Our goal was to capture that adventure, their love for one another and their family, and all the beauty of the place, people, decor, and energy associated with this celebration.  Taylor & Diana's incredible feedback means the world to us, and helps me believe we succeeded in achieving our goal:  

"Ohmygosh! We love the video! You're so talented! It was wonderful to get to relive the wedding again through this film. It captured so much of the feel of the day, the love between Taylor and me, and the love between us and our family. You were able to capture a story and edit it such that it flows through the video perfectly. Really beautiful. Luckily, I worked from home today, so no one could see my crying...It's an amazing thing to know we'll have this video to watch for years and years to come and that, while watching it, we can be transported back to such an important, beautiful day in our lives. "

      Thank you to all the folks who helped Taylor and Diana realize their vision, and to the lovely couple for including us in their special day!  

Rehearsal Dinner :  Mountain Lodge Telluride  //  Ceremony:  San Sophia Overlook      Reception:  Gorrono Ranch  //  Planner:  Jessica at:  A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals    Photographer:  Catherine Rhodes Photography  //   Florist:  Park Floral Design  //  Reception  Band:  Diamond Empire Band    Animated title:  Scavenger Designs

Vanna & Hercules - Denver, CO

I love this piece.  Vanna and Hercules put their complete faith in us to capture and express their wedding in an artistic film, and we couldn't be more thankful.  They celebrated with all of their hearts, family, and friends, and the day was full of so many beautiful and genuine moments that it was hard to stop filming.  We hope you enjoy this piece, and we wanted to say thank you again to Vanna and Hercules for such positive feedback about this film:

"Matt! WOW. I can't accurately describe how amazing this is. It really exceeded all my expectations and is my new favorite movie! I'm going to be watching it all day..."

"A few more compliments because I just can't contain my excitement! I'M obsessed with how you had my sister's statement of family is everything throughout. The music detail is UNREAL and it's just the most amazing thing I've ever seen. You totally made it like my dream of half nightclub and half greek taverna. You are so so talented and I just can't wait for my sisters to get married so that we can do it all over again with you. I will recommend you time and time again. You are a true artist."  

Venue:  Assumption Cathedral + The Ritz Carlton Denver  //  Planner:  The Gardner Effect  //  Photographer:  Peter Furla  //  Florist:  Newberry Brothers

Pianist:  Emiliee Floor  //  Band:  Hellenic 5  //   DJ:  Mike Varanakis

Estes Park Wedding Film at Lost Antler Ranch!

We had the chance to work with three other stellar film makers on this project and what came out felt so good and unique that we had to share this piece!  Elias & Roo shared such a beautiful celebration with their friends and family, in such a beautiful space, but what we enjoyed most about this grand film is how palpable the love between this couple is.  We hope you enjoy!  

TJ Miller & Kate Gorney's Beautiful & Whimsical Celebration...on Super 8mm!

When TJ Miller & Kate Gorney told us they wanted their wedding captured in a way that blended the feeling of The Wonder Years with the sensibility of Salvador Dali...I had no idea what that could, would, or should look like, but I knew I was up to the challenge.  (I'm a pretty big Dali and Buñuel fan, and who doesn't like The Wonder Years!)  Their celebration sounded beautiful, vintage, and just a bit off the beaten path, and that seemed like a great fit with our aesthetic.  I was mostly roped in by the fact that TJ, who had grown up near Cheesman Park in Denver, CO was truly interested in highlighting the local talent Denver has to offer.  In that vein, he brought in some people who we felt truly honored to collaborate with, such as their photographer Ashley Sawtelle, whose work from this wedding was featured in Town and Country.  We took this love for Colorado creatives one step further in the edit by collaborating with the oh-so-talented Colorado based musician, Elin Palmer.  Her song, Stora Stövlar, flows seamlessly with the super 8mm footage we captured from the day, and when we reached out to her to make sure the lyrics, which you'll note are not in English, made sense for a wedding film like this project, this is what she had to say,  "The song lyrics, by the way, are suited perfect for a wedding, the gist of it: Two people walking with big boots through a city, feeling the energy of 1000 voices of the world. Chorus: Its was just …. You and Me….today."  While they might not have been wearing literal big boots on their wedding day, as I start to see these two pop up more and more in films and other big productions, it does feel like they will be sharing some big boots together on their journey through life!  We'll let the film tell the rest of the story, but it was a magical ride, and we hope you all enjoy!

Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens  &  The Denver Clocktower  //  Planner:  Table 6 Productions  // Photographer:  Ashley Sawtelle  //  Ceremony Musicians:  Cloud 9 Strings  //  Reception Musicians:  After Midnight Jazz Band  //  DJ (Afterparty):  KTONE                                              Film Score:  Elin Palmer's Stora Stövlar

Eloping in Aspen, CO - 11 great reasons!

We recently had the honor to document Anna & David's elopement beneath the Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO.  We pulled together an awesome team to photograph and film this intimate celebration, and we also lucked out with incredible weather and lighting all day.  This is just a tiny sneak peak, 11 photos, from a day with such a loving and energetic couple realizing their dream to celebrate their love in a truly unique way.  Thanks again Anna & David for including us in such a magical day... and much more to come soon!

Chris & Tara - Vail, CO Elopement

The moment Chris and Tara shared their vision with us for their wedding, we immediately knew two things: 1) that their day would be amazing and we were completely on board, and 2) that we adored them as people.  Chris and Tara took two of their best friends, hiked into the woods outside of Vail (a burly hike even without wedding attire), chose a spot amongst the amazing scenery, and said their vows in the most intimate ceremony we have ever been privileged to witness.  The result was an unbelievably authentic and genuine celebration that we felt lucky to be a part of.  From their first dance on the top of the mountain in the woods to the crazy Colorado weather that went from sun to hail and then back again, we loved every part of this day, especially the spontaneous, fun-loving and adventurous people that it celebrated.  We were truly honored to be there to document the day through photos and video so that they can share it with all of their friends and family- here are the highlight film and a few frames from the day that capture this incredible ceremony.  Also, this wedding is going to be featured on the Intimate Weddings Blog in September- more to come!

A very big special thanks to Alex Priebe Photography for coming on board to help us capture these gorgeous shots!  If you haven't already checked out his solo work, please do!  

Charles & Meg - City Park Denver Wedding Photos

We had such a blast photographing this wedding...it was small, intimate, personal, and totally in line with the couple's down to earth character!  For being an early spring day here in Colorado, with clouds rolling in all morning and afternoon, we lucked out with really gorgeous light, spring blossoms popping up, and no real rain to speak of!  Thanks again for having us on board Charles and Meg!

35mm Film...ooh yeah!

I recently was inspired to get my old 35mm camera out and shoot a little Kodak Portra film. The inspiration stemmed from old photos I found from college.  I was such an amateur at that point in time, and I remember being drawn to this old 35mm Pentax camera because the light meter was busted, so it pushed me to get really good at guessing exposures.  And even in those circumstances, with wild shot in the dark guessing, the images came out great! The saturation and quality of the color in the photos rivals the nicest cameras we use today. In fact, I would say I am still striving to attain the same color quality in my current work, that I got from this great film stock ten years ago!  In any case, the photos I took with this busted old camera may not blow your mind, but the results still really intrigue me.  To illustrate some of my awe with great film stock, I did almost no post processing before posting these.   I have to thank some of the people in the photos, like the stellar cinematographer and editor Tim Twinem of Velare Imaginarium, and the killer photographer and kind gentlemen Chaz Cruz, who graciously let me snap some shots of them on a recent trip to NY.  Also, to the great friends, family, and ever patient dog of mine, who let me snap a few shots in Kansas and Colorado. Cheers!