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I love learning, I love growing as a business owner and I love meeting new people. This day long workshop was held at Be Well Studios in North Conway, NH. 15 other wedding professionals from all over the region came together for a very inspiring experience. I know I did not leave the same person as when I showed up in the morning. Transformation and growth is necessary to move us all forward. I am looking forward to more of Heathers workshops in the future. Learn more at www.wideawakebydesign.com
Behind The Scenes: trying to get in the photo before the timer goes off – the outtakes!
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Last week I was at The POSH Retreat for Female Event Filmmakers. They change locations every year, and this year’s workshops took place on a cruise. For any filmmakers that may follow me here, I can’t stress the importance of continuing education. If you are new and starting out and don’t have funds to do a national workshop look locally to your Professional Videographer Associations. Seek out small business workshops in your town that may be put on by the local SCORE chapter in your region. I highly recommend following The POSH Retreat (for women only) for information on next years event, and also IN[FOCUS] has their annual video event in Charleston, SC January 20-22nd, 2015 and the speaker line up is AWESOME! Here are a few quick photos. I’ll post more in my monthly recap!  Female-Wedding-Filmmakers_0001 Female-Wedding-Filmmakers_0002 Female-Wedding-Filmmakers_0003

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Apparently it’s been a really busy few months because I didn’t even realize I skipped over September until I went to write up October! September was wild with events in CA, Nantucket, and Boston. Always fun to meet and work with other wedding professionals across the country.  I love small world encounters, and when I was walking from a rehearsal dinner at Mistral to the Boston Public Library I ran into my old roommate on the street. Very random! I forgot she had moved back to Boston from NYC and of course she lives two doors down from the couple I was filming right? So crazy!  Nantucket-Wedding-Filmmakers_0001

In CA we worked with Seattle based photographer Jim Garner of J. Garner Photography and I have to thank him for being such an awesome team player. I learned a lot by working along side them and I can’t wait to see the photos! The best part about that trip in addition to the adventure and the wedding was the officiant. I filmed Bri’s wedding in 2012 and she connected the dots on this one, not only as a great friend of the bride but also a newly ordained minister.

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A week later back on Nantucket, Blanca the Sportsmobile helped transport Photographer Cody Hunter and Clayton Austin for the first look and in town portraits. Good times guys! You can see Clayton’s photos from Ashley and Jake’s wedding, here. I also visited with Soiree Floral and even met an instagram follower in person – yay Whita711! Leaving ACK we hit the main land and met up with Stacey Hedman Photography for breakfast and then went right to Gloucester to help Lisa and Chris from Next Level Films on one of their weddings as Lisa had helped me at our wedding in the Boston area a few weeks prior. She’s awesome, definitely check out their work!

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Two trips to Maine in October rounded out the 2014 wedding season, and as usual I was so focused on filming I didn’t snap any behind the scenes photos working along side Portland based photographer Melissa Mullen at the York Harbor Reading Room or David Murray, Els Cards, and Beautiful Days while at Hidden Pond and The Colony in Kennebunkport. One of my favorite parts of that wedding weekend (in addition to the main festivities) was the 5K run and Dog Parade, not to mention Bri the newly ordained minister from the CA wedding was in attendance (pictured with her husband, Dave, and I below) in Kennebunkport and had connected the dots on that event too. Many thanks to Bri… and to the other Brea (of Brea McDonald Photography), who let us camp out in her driveway! A morning beach walk at Parsons was the perfect way to formally end wedding season… although I did document two small elopements before the leaves fell off the trees.

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Fall is the perfect time for hiking – no black flies, cooler temps. We fit in hikes and family time with nieces and nephews. A highlight for me was finally getting out on a bike ride with my dad. No matter what is going on in life, you just have to make time for moments like this.

Nantucket-Wedding-Filmmakers_0007 It’s always great to break away from work to talk shop and hear of colleagues adventures, like Keith Soucy from Maple Loft Studios. We hiked Kearsarge (bottom Left two photo) and he filled me in on his month long Alaskan expedition!

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Rounding out the month, my friend Mariah, co-owner of Snap! Weddings in RI, came up with her son East Coast Bush Craft, for an awesome fall camping adventure. The weather was a bit wet but that didn’t stop us from having a great time. ECBC even started the fire without use of modern methods, it was impressive and we all learned a lot.

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With the amount of Kombuca I consumed during wedding season I jumped at the chance to learn how to make my own. I have a set up for my first batch in the works, but thanks to Lori for offering this workshop. Lots of veggies have been harvested from the garden – leeks anyone? Kale Chips? I’m still getting fresh spinach and lettuce, but for how much longer? Temps are falling in the White Mountains, as I’m editing 2014 films with the wood stove cranking. My goal is to make sure everyone has their film for the holidays – Thanksgiving or Christmas, I’m on it! I took in a show at Stone Mountain Arts Center last week, acoustic Brett Dennan. My gosh I wish we could license his music for wedding films!  Blanca the Sportsmobile went in to get her “winter shoes” put on aka snow tires. She’s at the ready for whatever adventure lies ahead.  Follow along on Instagram for the latest.

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Dearest Meg..

Here we are one of the most glorious days of my life! I watched again (probably for the 300th time :-), Brooks and Liz’s wedding video as today is their 4th wedding anniversary. How wonderful that day was, and how wonderful to have you there to capture such wonderful, tender and fun moments!

I just wanted to thank you once again, Meg, for shining a light on two people I love most in this world! Each time I watch this wonderful movie you created, I smile, laugh, shed tears, laugh again, and am ever so grateful for that wonderful day and you. You bring alive each and every year, the essence of that wonderful day, friends, family and such love. I am forever grateful. Thank you for capturing the essence of that very special day and the ability to live it time and time again. My best to you, Meg

Always,

RBP (Mother of the Groom)

Photograph by Birch Blaze

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Mark Rose Flowers & Events: A New Year’s Eve Wedding at The Pierre Hotel, New York from meg simone on Vimeo.

It was fun to put this highlight together for Mark Rose Flowers & Events. This is an excerpt from a wedding we did together on New Years Eve.

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This stunning Mount Washington Hotel wedding video was recently featured on Mountainside Bride. Thanks for the wonderful recommendation Katy! I’ve screen grabbed an excerpt below, but be sure to check out the full post, here. I loved every minute of the day!
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Lake Winnipesaukee Wedding Film of Brie and John from meg simone on Vimeo.

This stunning Lake Winnipesaukee Wedding was perfectly executed by Mindy Rossignol of Private Weddings and Events.  Creative floral genius Emily Herzig Floral Studio tied together the most fitting blooms for this setting. Not only did The Hinkley’s provide wedding day photography, they did an amazing engagement session and a fun “rock the dress” photo shoot the following day. Entertainment by NRG Entertainment - Catering by A Day to Remember - and Landscaping by Stephens Landscaping, Center Harbor, NH.

“We are so in love with it! From the golf course to the top of the hill across the way you got it all! INCREDIBLE. Everyone says it is the best wedding film they have ever seen. I cannot imagine not having my wedding without you there to capture it. It is so amazing to see things you didn’t notice at the time. Seeing everyones reactions and seeing them have such a good time is the best part. I am not very emotional and I cried the whole time. It is amazing to relive, I wish I could do it again and again. I would have had a huge remorse without that footage, it is so special you have no idea! The vendors all nailed it you are right! Could not have been better! Thank you so much!” – Brie

“I cannot believe what a beautiful wedding video you produced! Everyone who has seen it is telling me it is the best they have ever seen. I want to admit that when she first told me about wanting you to do this I said we didn’t have such a thing when we got married. We are all so happy and it is worth every penny. Not only do you know how to shoot the footage you have such an incredible way of getting people to talk and tell the story. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work putting it all together. Every time I watch it I notice something else and how it all ties in. Thank you also for the footage of my parents. I realize that they won’t be with us much longer and truly appreciate that we will always have them with us on the film.” – Lauren, Mother of the Bride

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Galley Beach Nantucket Wedding Film – “The Tuck” from meg simone on Vimeo.

A timeless and classic seaside celebration at Galley Beach on Nantucket Island with a welcome party at The Nantucket Whaling Museum. A budding romance between the fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College quickly bonds these two lives, friends and family. A Thursday / Friday celebration allowed the guests more time to enjoy “The Tuck.”  I don’t know what was better, their recessional out of the church, the sunset, the Irish step dancing or the toasts :) All images by Brea McDonald Photography.

Event Planner: Nantucket Island Events
Photography: Brea McDonald Photography - see additional imagery:  http://breamcdonaldblog.com/weddings/galley-beach-nantucket-wedding-kevin-kerry/
Flowers: Flowers on Chestnut
Cake: Jodi’s Cakes
Hair: Darya Salon
Make Up: Yolanda
Wedding Ceremony: St. Mary’s

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New Film Friday! Pop over to my Facebook page for now. I haven’t had time to formally write up the blog post :)

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