Mercury Studio: Community-Minded Coworking

We have been lucky enough to call Mercury Studio home for the past three years.  Almost since the day they opened their doors for the first time.  So to be able to share some of the magic with the outside world was not only a privilege, but also a lot of fun :)

We hope this short promotional film we created for them this summer helps to shed a little light on why we love the community, the people and the space SO. MUCH.


It turns out having done this for several years now we’ve collected a network of pretty experienced and smart couples, who are full of great advice for those going through the wedding planning process now.  So while shooting a new promo film for Big Dog Little Bed, we decided we’d throw in a question getting them to share some of their insight.  We hope this series of short videos is helpful!

Now on to piece of advice #1, from one of our 2013 brides (you can see her beautiful North Carolina mountain wedding here)!

Father’s Day in Morehead City

Two weeks ago Chris and I headed up to Morehead City to visit his Dad for Father’s Day, along with his sister and nephew.  We spent the weekend boating around the sound, avoiding any/all sharks, swimming in super shallow water, drinking beer and doing a little fishing.  Though let’s be honest, that was mostly the guys as this vegan isn’t a big fan of fishing.  Unless they’re killing sharks…. (mostly kidding).

As other photographers/videographers can probably relate to, it’s hard to leave my camera behind.  So I consider it a big step that I only brought my iPhone to shoot this on. (Okay, and maybe my GoPro…)

Jennifer & Doug: A Spring Fearrington Wedding


While I know that no one ever wishes for rain on their wedding day, every so often it happens.  Sometimes it’s a light drizzle, a thunderstorm in the middle of the ceremony (which I’ve seen result in two chances for the bride to walk down the aisle) and in this case a day-long downpour with tornado warnings.  Despite the craziness of last minute location changes, photos in the rain, and a backdrop of downpour throughout the ceremony, this couple (and their family and guests) were all able to appreciate how beautiful it was (in spite of, and because of).  We hope this video does it a little bit of justice!

Jessica Rotenberg Photography: Photos for Families Who Don’t Like Being Photographed

Dear Jess,

Having had my family photographed many times throughout the years, and feeling awkward every time, I was bought in the minute I read your tagline.  You mean it’s possible for these not to be awkward and dreaded?!?  Hellz yeah.

Then it came time to shoot this video and I saw that it was actually legit.  Not a session, not staged, not uncomfortable, and everyone was happy.  Just doing their normal Sunday thing.  What did we love most?

  • That there were three dogs and two guinea pigs involved.  We love humans, but we really love us some cute animals.
  • Everyone was so completely comfortable.  From what they wore, to what they did.
  • YOUR. PICTURES.  I loved so much seeing the final images from that morning.

Plus, I must admit I’m kinda a fan of the final video :)


Freddie + Leslie: A Fearrington Wedding

Dear Freddie & Leslie,

The Fearrington has quickly worked it’s way up to the top of two lists for BDLB… 1) Reception venues most often visited, and 2) Favorite wedding venues to capture.  Thanks for yet another chance to spend the day there, and better yet a completely different view of it.  Your family, your story and the sweet words said about both of you all day makes this one of our absolute favorite videos ever created.

Some of the highlights…

  • The beautiful and unique way you sent your wedding rings throughout all your guests for their blessing.
  • Leslie- your sister’s toast speaking to the power of examples that have surrounded you both while growing up is one of my favorite messages, and we’re so glad we could use it to help tell your story.
  • All those joyful faces on the dance floor!

With much appreciation for trusting us to capture this incredible day,

The whole Big Dog Little Bed team!

Freddie & Leslie 13

Brad + Emily: A Duke Chapel Wedding

Dear Brad & Emily,

While the two Brad’s (the groom and our lead videographer) got a bit confusing at times, it was TOTALLY worth it.  Our second Duke Chapel wedding of the season, and yet another gorgeous September reception at the Fearrington.  But more important than that, both Brad and I agreed how much we loved spending time with you both as a couple, starting with coffee at Cocoa Cinnamon earlier this year.  Emily’s thoughtful and sweet demeanor (reinforced constantly throughout the big day in addition to all the preparations), and Brad’s upbeat and joyful personality made this wedding feel more like play than work!

Our favorite parts?

  • Brooke’s beautiful service.  More and more convinced that having close friend’s officiate your wedding is the way to go.  And on top of that, she gave an equally wonderful toast at the reception!
  • The toast made by you two.  I’ve so rarely seen a couple give a speech at their own wedding, yet it was the most incredible way to share your story with everyone there!
  • All the small details that I know you both (and your families!) put so much time into.  Especially the family photos- so many people were gathered around them throughout the night reminiscing and sharing stories with one another!


Brad & Emily 8

Kait + Jay: A Downtown Raleigh Wedding

Dear Kait & Jay,

We’re always pumped to work with folks who specifically mention our company name in their first email.  In fact, we’ve never had anything less than a GREAT experience with those fellow dog lovers who found us that way :)  So it was no surprise that Kait & I spent a while sharing about our pups the first time we met at Panera.  I’m pretty sure a first meeting shouldn’t go any other way.

And in that same meeting you mentioned you would be having food trucks at your reception… and we left with our fingers crossed that we’d get to be there to capture it :)

Our very favorite parts of the beautiful day you two got hitched in Raleigh?

  • KAIT’S DRESS.  I didn’t tell you this that day, but about 5 years ago I took a picture of a wedding dress displayed in the window of a vintage store in Boone, North Carolina.  It was the most beautiful, and unique, dress I’d ever seen.  I couldn’t have been more shocked to show up on August 31 to see it hanging up downstairs :)
  • Your sister’s toast.  All the toasts were good, but a brilliant combination of sincere best wishes as well as entertaining back stories.
  • The pictures you had on display at the chapel.  Pictures of you two, as well as plenty of older photographs celebrating the marriages of others in your family.
  • The food trucks :)  A first for us, but hopefully not a last!

Now the place where you can see it all.  We hope you enjoy this as much as we do :)