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.


Wedding Photo Sneak Peek(s)!

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Ciana singing “Dada and Lauren, sitting in a tree….” ❤

There are so many things that should be posted here by now, but playing catch up on all things after a wedding is not a joke.

I wanted to give a quick treat to the friends and family who do not use Facebook, where many of our photos have been posted.

Once I have some time to sit and make some online albums as well as post updates, I will share them via email and here as well. Until then, please enjoy these links to our photographers blog!

Shaina was kind enough to post THREE sneak peeks of wedding photos for us. I thought I was pushing my luck after two, but it was totally worth it!

Sneak Peek #1

Sneak Peek #2

Sneak Peek #3

Thank you,  Shaina Sheaff Photography!

**Also, lets not forget to mention how awesome Sarah and Rozino were that day! Sarah was a butt-kicking wedding planner/floralspecialist/photographer who took charge with Shaina when there was none in sight (we have the photo of their faces to prove it, ha!) & Rozino, who at the salon that morning swapped “Hey I KNOW YOU!” faces and finger pointing with me. SO Great to see him and have that friendship come full circle 10-11 years later! I really appreciate you all being there that weekend, documenting some memorable moments, and also just hanging out and relaxing/laughing as well!

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!

End of the semester and the “beginning” of planning….

ImageNow that I have turned in my final design project, my second to last semester is officially over. This means I can FINALLY focus on the planning.

Sending out invitations this week, just a week before Christmas is insane. I feel so behind in everything, but the last few days have been very productive in regards to wedding planning, that I feel it’s all going to be fine! We’ve chosen many of our vendors, and picked out our cake design last night, and I have another dress appointment (hisssssss) tomorrow.

To our friends and family who have been so supportive our our little shindig, thank you. I know that by the summer, we will both have more time to spend with everyone, and we are looking forward to that!