Liz + Sar: A Fearrington Wedding

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Dear Liz & Sar,

The Fearrington has long been one of our favorite places to shoot weddings, and yours took it to the next level.  Because it wasn’t just about the beautiful scenery, the gorgeous decorating, or the incredible food (OH. MAN. does the Fearrington make some good food)- it was about the two of you, your families, and all the people you had surrounding you.

Brad and I couldn’t stop talking throughout the day about all the great footage we were getting, and couldn’t resist looking at some of it as soon as we left.  I’m pretty sure you can now see why…

Our favorite parts?

  • The ketubah signing.  It wasn’t just that the ketubah itself was beautiful (it was), but the words spoken there and the happiness expressed there were pretty special.
  • Your vows.  I love when couples write their own vows.  We’ve seen a lot of that so far this season, and yours were some of our favorites.
  • Your first dance!  We leaked this video about a month ago, but we’re still loving it :)

Love you both more than your dance moves spotted during the reception and the fact that you included Canadian fudge as a dessert option,

Janice (and the whole BDLB team!)


KIPP Durham Cocktail Fundraiser

It’s hard to believe I haven’t blogged about this yet, considering it’s a video highlighting one of my favorite places, and some of my favorite people, in the world.  Y’all have heard me talk about KIPP, and specifically KIPP Gaston, before.  In fact, I taught on the peanut field turned high performing school for three years before moving to Durham, and find myself missing it on a regular basis.  So when asked to put together a video telling their story for an upcoming fundraising event, I was all in.

The great news?  KIPP is expanding outside of Gaston to both Halifax county (next year), and Durham (!!!!) in 2015.  Yup, we’re excited here at Big Dog Little Bed headquarters (conveniently located in the heart of the Bull City).  Take a look at why…

And don’t hesitate to spread the word to family and friends who 1) might be interested in supporting them, or 2) those who have kids entering 5th grade in 2015.

Women’s Voices Chorus: Chapel Hill Videographer

I am so excited to finally be sharing this project :)

It first began last winter, when I met the Director of the incredible Women’s Voices Chorus in Chapel Hill.  They were going to be performing some especially meaningful Vivaldi pieces at their upcoming concert, and he expressed to me a desire to capture not only the concert, but also the story of those pieces, that composer, and the relevance to their choir.

While I could share a lot more of the story, I think that’s best left up to them.  So take a look…


Oxford Prep Charter High School

Nothing makes me happier than combining my passions for storytelling and education.  Add in a little bit of rural Eastern North Carolina and now we’re talking.

Oxford Prep Charter High School opened this fall with its founding class of students, who will head off to college in 2017.  The goal and vision are simple: prepare every one of their students to get accepted to the college of their choice.  Beyond that, they also want to make sure they have the skills necessary to be successful and graduate from that college.

This is a mission I can get behind!  Over the next three years they will build a brand new building on their property, add three more classes, and continue to grow their already rigorous college prep curriculum.  You can find more information about the school, the work they’re doing in Oxford, and how to apply (both teachers and students!) on their website.

Now, on to the video!

Dana + Ethan: 11.2.13

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Dear Dana & Ethan,

It’s rare that I meet with a couple for the first time at their family’s house.  Or their wedding venue, for that matter.  But I got to do both with you two, and I was sold IMMEDIATELY.  Not only is your land gorgeous, but you painted me such a beautiful picture as to your vision of what it could all look like.  And the wedding day certainly did not disappoint!  Beautiful sunny afternoon, a dramatic sunset, trees blowing and leaves falling.  You couldn’t ask for more.

And while that was certainly fun to shoot, it wasn’t my favorite part of the day… these were:

  • The personal touch your family minister put on the ceremony, and the wedding message for the two of you, was incredible.  I knew it when I was filming, and I was so happy to get to incorporate so much of it in your video.
  • Your first dance!  I’ve heard stories of choreographed first dances, but combine that with an awesome mash-up, and the surprised faces on all your guests… A. MAZING.
  • Your families, and the community they’ve built around them.  My favorite weddings this season have all been due to the incredible people involved.  It’s hard to spend a wedding day with an entire family and NOT feel closer to them, and the openness and welcoming nature of yours made this hands-down one of my favorite celebrations.

I hope everyone takes a minute to check it out for themselves…

Love you both more than your crazy dance moves and your guts to both Dougie and do the snake in your wedding attire (but I really did love that too…),

Janice (and the whole BDLB team!)

And in case you want to see their First Dance in full, here ya go!

Kathryn & Joey: 10.12.13

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Dear Kathryn & Joey,

Have I mentioned yet how much I love that the first time we chatted on the phone you told me about your pups?  And that I love even more that you wanted (and encouraged!) them to be included in your film?

Meeting the both of you over coffee was both Brad & I’s favorite wedding consult we’ve had this year.  Brad and Joey got to talk long-distance running and endurance sports, while you and I got to share pictures of pups and talk about the wedding.  Let’s do it again?

But now on to the video… My favorite parts?

  • That shot from behind as you walk down the aisle and you can see your gorgeous dress, the incredible chapel (which happened to be Joey’s high school alma mater!) and Joey’s face as he watched you.
  • That aisle!  Holy moly that was dramatic, beautiful, and oh so unique.
  • When you both ‘saw’ each other before the wedding!  While you didn’t actually get to see each other’s faces, we did.  And I’m so happy to now share that moment with you!!!

Love you both more than the two cute pups you added to this film (although they’re pretty cute too…),

Janice (and the whole BDLB team!)

Erin & Jay: A NC Mountain Wedding

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Dear Erin & Jay,

Destination weddings are awesome.  Destination weddings that involve the beautiful mountains of North Carolina are the most awesome.  Thanks for giving us all an excuse to pack up and head out of town for the weekend.  (Especially to the most vegan-friendly town in the state.  Heck. Yes.)

My favorite parts of your beautiful wedding escape, you ask?  Let me see if I can name them all in a brief list…

  • Getting to know your amazing families and friends at the rehearsal dinner/ book store after party.
  • The beautiful, open, outdoor setting.  Surrounded by mountains, trees all kinds of colors, and the beautiful isolated silence that came with it all.
  • The long, dramatic walk down the aisle.
  • The officiant!  Loved the unexpected, non-traditional additions to the ceremony.
  • Your FIRST DANCE!  Also unexpected, and also very wonderful.
  • The amazing fire going from start to finish.  Extra warmth, something for the guys to play with, and s’more cooking later in the night.
  • But my all-time favorite moment had to be the inclusion of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’.  Thank you Jay for your patience with me, my love of this song, and my insistence on singing along (loudly) as it played.  You are wonderful.

Love you both more than the vegan cupcakes you were kind enough to include at your reception (although those were delicious too…),

Janice (and the whole BDLB team!)


Josh + Mo: A Durham Wedding

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Dear Josh & Mo,

There’s nothing greater than getting to capture the wedding of two people you knew before their engagement, during their engagement, and now after their wedding.  And the fact that you chose the Bull City as the place to celebrate?  Reason #103 I love you both.

My favorite parts?

  • Josh’s face when he first saw Mo walking down the aisle!  Have I mentioned this before?  Or made a completely separate video for it?  Because seriously I could not contain myself while watching this in the studio.  Those are the couple of seconds guests often miss, as everyone is turned around to look at the bride.  But boy do they say a lot.  So glad we captured it :)
  • Mo’s adorable smile throughout the night.
  • The dancing!  Excited for Highlight #2 featuring all the brilliant moves.
  • The Durham-centric nature of the wedding.  For a couple who lives in Carrboro, it seems like there might be some Durham in their future… :)
  • The Father-of-the-Bride toast.  You’ll see pieces of it here, but it was pretty memorable in its entirety.

Love you both more than the fact that you sealed the deal with a high-five and a handshake (though that was pretty awesome too…),

Janice (and the whole BDLB team!)

Venue: The Cookery, Durham NC