Our Crowdsourced Wedding Film!

In lieu of a hiring a professional videographer, we opted to crowdsource wedding footage filmed by ourselves, friends and guests who were celebrating with us on February 22, 2013 at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. 17 people contributed footage, I edited the final film, and the results were just as personal and full of emotion as we hoped for! Enjoy!

Click here to visit Lauren’s Vimeo page.
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We wanted to be able to involve our family and friends in the wedding celebration, so we made sure to include app ideas for them to use at that weekend. We also sent our guests this message:

“We are so excited to see you all on the 22nd! In case you haven’t visited our site, we have this really fun idea for a wedding video.
Using creative collaboration, we are asking guests who have mobile devices to record fun times from their perspective that weekend.

iPhone/ipad/itouch users you can download the 8mm app. Android Users can download Retro Movie Player.

We’re hoping guests take snippets of their preparation, travel and time at the wedding ceremony and reception, capturing little details and moments.
:03 seconds to 3 minutes, our goal is to gather footage from all of our friends and create video(s) from that. We want to experience what you experience, and are sure that it would make for a very special memento.

So please, create, contribute, and have fun with us. I have a dropbox folder set up,  Or just message me your email to add you to it. Visit https://vonshafer.wordpress.com for any more info.
We cant wait to celebrate with you all!
D & L”

Everyday – Rogue Wave
Breathe – The Hero Factor
Guests with iPhones used the 8mm App.


Centerpiece thrifting!

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.15.40 PMGarland Rd. Thrift Store is probably one of my favorite places in town, and currently located two blocks from my house. Convenient? Of course. If I am having a good day, I usually try to stop in there to top off the luck, and most times it works. I’ve scored hordes of cameras, my favorite comfy orange chair, trinkets and oddities, purple leg warmers, the list goes on. Once, my friend Tim and I purchased our entire Halloween wardrobe from there with minutes to spare. We were Mama & Stewart from MadTV. LEGIT.

Anyhoo, I had the evening off after a day out with David, so I moseyed on over to see if I could find items for table centerpieces. I’ve wanted everything about the wedding to be personal to David and I, so it was no surprise to family and friends when I decided to tackle pretty much everything on my own. My head would probably explode if left in the hands of someone else to design, without really “knowing” who we were. Also, its very important to me that the items we have can be used again. I’m using some items we already own, and I just needed a few more for the reception.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.15.49 PMI made sure to hit up the glassware, since Sprout will be providing us with some simple and lovely flowers for the wedding. As I rounded the corner, a lady passing by me piped up that it was green dot day, so hollaaaaaaa! Discounts!

There was a surprising number of mustard items, so into the cart they went. As I moved over to frames, nothing screams BUY ME more than birdcages, so I added this one to my collection.
Overall, I spent about 50 dollars for table decor, that I will paint at home or wrap with twine. It’s less expensive than renting, and we get to use these throughout our home in the future. Bonus! pic1

One thing I didn’t leave with was this ever so faaaaaaaabulous tanning bed / time travel machine / iron lung / omlette maker. Nothing says “TAN IN ME” like an all shiny metal beast in the back room of a thrift store.


….. I’ll see if it’s still there next week.

Friendly Footage

We’ve been struggling with the idea of hiring a videographer. Not only are prices up, up and away, but its hard to find someone who’s style meshes with what we want. Granted, I may be a bit nit-picky in the visuals department. Really though, we don’t want a production. If anything, we just want a fun documentation of our day.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 8.30.35 PMTwo years ago, I created a final visual piece for one of my classes using my iPhone. It was shot exclusively with the 8mm Vintage Camera App, and I just loved the look and feel of the footage I shot. I remember thinking early on, how much fun it would be to have our guests use the app, and then gather footage from them. Not only would I be able to edit a short wedding film on my own, but what fun it would be to include our family and friends in this way? I’m a nerd for collaborative art, and this sits well with us both! Not only would we have various perspectives from key moments in the ceremony and reception, but guests traveling to the wedding, behind the scenes happenings, and all the going-ons during our time together.  I can only imagine the beautiful, silly and special clips they would catch.
For those attending with iPhones/iPads/iTouch, if you are interested in contributing to our film, please download the 8mm Vintage Camera App from the iTunes store. The cost is $1.99, but I promise it is worth it! Android users, I believe a similar app is VideoCam Illusions.

I have a Dropbox set up, and you can simply send the footage to me directly, which I will then edit together!
Shoot me an email at laurenvoneper@gmail.com, and I can add you to the Dropbox!

Cake Topper Cuteness!


Today I put our topper together just to see what it looks like, and we both immediately did that flappy hand “aww” thing.

We love it! Seriously, it’s perfect. In our search for the perfect topper, we decided that we wanted to keep it fun for us. It makes our story of woodchips just that more special.

Many thanks to the creative folks of bobobabe and LovebirdsGoods on Etsy for creating exactly what we wanted!