Every now and again, I meet a couple that just tugs a little tighter at my heartstrings. Kyle and Autumn turned out to be one of those couples! Long story short, through the process of getting to know them and producing their wedding film, I’ve rediscovered a passion for my work and gained two new friends in the process.
A sense of calmness washed over me as I sat in the passenger seat of my Mazda the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2020; an unusual feeling to feel on a wedding morning.
I mean, normally, I’m nervous as heck!!
No matter how many weddings I’ve filmed or how much I’ve prepared; no matter how many times I’ve double checked by bags or read over my shot list, I’m always a little anxious on my way to shoot an event, but to my surprise, on this particular day, I felt at ease.
This may, in part, have been due to the fact that I had my very own personal chauffeur driving me around for the day; my fiance Alex who I’d brought along as my second shooter, but I’m pretty sure I just knew that Autumn and Kyle were going to be happy, no matter what happened.
Before Covid, I’d meet my clients for coffee to book their dates and then invite them to happy hour to hatch out the final details in person, but when Alex and I arrived a few hours before their walk down the aisle, we were meeting Kyle and Autumn for the very first time.
You’d think that would have made me even more nervous, but somehow, even though I’d only met Autumn over the phone, we hit it off and I felt like I really knew her.
Kyle greeted us at the door with open arms and the kindest smile. He welcomed us inside to meet his groomsmen like we were old friends.
The soon to be Mr. and Mrs. prepared gifts and letters to exchange in the morning and since they were planning to recite traditional, “repeat after me” style vows in church, I asked them to read their letters outloud so that I had some really sweet audio to pull for their film.
As Kyle read the words he’d written to Autumn, he spoke with a humble confidence in his voice that filled my heart so full it spilled out onto the floor.
In that moment, I knew I was right where I was meant to be.
I hate to admit this as a creative business owner, but to be really honest, I went into the 2020 wedding season feeling uninspired. After months of navigating dozens of cancelations and postponements amidst the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic, I found myself feeling lost, confused and searching for a greater sense of purpose.
But Autumn and Kyle had this authenticity about them that reminded me of all the things I love about my work. I suddenly remembered that I have this beautiful ability to capture true love and bottle it up to share with others.
I owe the world to gracious couples like Autumn and Kyle, who’ve trusted me to document their sacred milestones and most treasured memories. You bring light to my life and joy to my heart and serving you has truly been a blessing.
I could go on and on, but instead, I’ll simply wrap up by saying thank you.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Schwemm!
Bride: Autumn Schwemm (Dzadovsky)
Groom: Kyle Schwemm
Date: September 12, 2020
Church: Assumption Church in Pittsburgh, PA
Reception: Whisper Hollow Homestead in Enon Valley, PA
Florist: Rose Bud Florals
Photography: Jeannine Bonadio Photography
Videography: Shannon Chavez Production
Dress: KittyChen Couture/ Sorelle Bridal Salon
Heels: Kate Whitcomb
Flats: Badgley Mischka
Bracelet and Earrings: Olive and Piper
Rings: Frost Jewelers
Makeup: Jae Lee Paredes
Hair: Julie Schwemm (mother of the groom)
Tux: Pronto Uomo/ Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: Bryan Hoover
Caterer: Faraone Brothers catering