When choosing wedding vendors, I’d say it’s pretty important to choose people who actually enjoy what they do and aren’t just doing it to get by. Enter The McKellars, the husband-and-wife cinematography duo that just love to capture your wedding day on film. Vanessa studied film at the University of Texas, specifically to be a wedding videographer, and once she graduated she launched her own business. Isn’t that the kind of passion you want from a vendor?
Initially Vanessa flew solo for a while, then met her now-husband Brent, and in their post-wedding bliss, she recruited him to join forces with her. [Side note: this happens all the time in the wedding industry! Wives / husbands: look out!] We’ve had the pleasure of working with the McKellars twice now, and another client just booked them for their wedding this fall. We’re (very) eagerly awaiting the Super8 film from January’s ranch wedding (you know, the one with Jose Villa?). The third video below is a little snippet of Allie + Brett’s gorgeous greenhouse-inspired wedding at Barr Mansion from this past December.
The McKellars are versatile — they can shoot in either vintage Super8 film like the video above, or digital like the other two videos.
Today we’re shining the spotlight on some of our favorite ladies, Dorothée and Annabel, that together make up Belathée Photography. I’d met them in New York in 2011 when researching photographers for a Pennsylvania wedding, and have been looking for a way to bring them to Texas for some time. Their ability to blend a photojournalistic style with elements of the traditional wedding photography is effortless and truly natural. They pride themselves on being incognito and “barely there” during the wedding day, and doing whatever it takes to get the shot. Their style of portraiture is so elegant, yet timeless, and their work will definitely stand the test of time.
We like to keep our team tight over here at The Nouveau Romantics, but that’s not much without the incredible talent with which we are always collaborating. So these posts are dedicated to some of those folks that make our jobs a lot more interesting and inspiring.
Kim Krans, an artist based in California these days, is one of them. A spring wedding next year has one of our clients working closely with her [full disclosure: they’ve been close family friends for years, which just adds even more to the story.] and we’ve been amazed and delighted to see what she comes up with them so far.
While in school at the Cooper Union in New York, Krans worked on all scales of work, in different mediums. Over time, her work has returned to smaller pieces, affordable to the general public [I’ve been familiar with her work/shop The Wild Unknown unknowingly for a while!] and her drawings are picturesque snippets of incredible detail — as my architecture professor would say that “she has an ability with a pencil or pen, a looseness that” — and now in my words, is absolutely captivating. You understand the amount of time and attention spent on each of her drawings, whether a fast sketch or longer study.
Regardless, we’ve seen the couple’s save-the-dates and were beyond thrilled, and can’t wait to see how the rest of the invitations and paper goods come about. The very qualities that make her work incredibly special have translated beautifully into our couple’s stationery, and we’re so lucky to have her work as a part of ours!
For the rest of Kim’s work and interesting interviews, check out:
Tarot Cards // ABC Book // The Wild Unknown Prints // Anthology Magazine Interviews // Print Magazine Interview (In this interview she talks about the band she started with her husband…as if this lady didn’t already do enough!)