On this rainy Fall weekend, we traveled to Bastrop, Louisiana (near Monroe) to film the rehearsal dinner and wedding day of Ali and Jacob! The entire event was held at a historic home called Park Manor, built in 1860. It has been recently updated to include a bridal cottage and reception pavilion on the property — which was perfect for this rainy wedding day! The bride and bridesmaids utilized the cute cottage for hair and makeup, while the groom and groomsmen prepped inside the mansion. Ali was assisted into her dress by her older sister and shared a priceless First Look with her dad before the ceremony. There were special flowers placed in an empty seat in memory of Ali’s mother. During much of the video, you can hear the bride’s sister describe how the loss of their mother has impacted their relationship. We could see how important their families were to the bride and groom, so we tried to center their film on that love they share.
The ceremony was held in the brand new pavilion- it was the first wedding to ever use this building on the property. The bridal party entered under a beautiful floral arch down the aisle to an open space with antique windows looking out to a pasture. Jacob escorted his mother, and Ali was escorted down the aisle by her father. The ceremony was officiated by a family member and was a very sweet moment as they stood holding hands in front of their loved ones. This was the second wedding we used our new Ronin stabilizer - it really makes you feel like you are standing right there with them.
After the ceremony, the rain had stopped and the bridal party was able to take some beautiful photos outside in front of the house. Back at the reception, there was no shortage of fun for the couple and their guests! They had a very interactive DJ who facilitated the shoe game, the flower toss, garter toss, dancing, and a photo booth. The couple also had a fog machine for their first dance. Ali shared a dance with her father, followed by an emotional dance between Jacob and his mother. But the part of the reception that grabbed at our heart strings the most definitely the speeches. Jacob’s best friend, Patrick, shared many stories of growing up playing football together and how their friendship has stayed strong all these years. Riley, Ali’s sister, shared how their opposite personalities once clashed but now have evolved to complement one another. It was a blessing to hear their stories and a perfect way to end their wedding film. Thank you to Park Manor for hosting this beautiful celebration for these two sweet families!
Venue: Park Manor
Photography: Tori Monnin Photography
Videography: Pioneer Productions
P.S. — yes, we did visit the Duck Commander while staying in Monroe for the weekend LOL! #BeardGoals