{Vendor Love} Matt Rouse Films

Image: Katelyn James

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting with Matt and Meredith Rouse of Matt Rouse Films. I was super excited to talk to them because I not only love meeting new friends and vendors, but I also am always looking for quality videographers for Bespoken brides and grooms. After talking with Matt and Meredith, I asked if I could feature them on the blog to share them with everyone else... I personally love his Chipotle tip ;) And be sure to scroll all the way down for a wedding film feature! :)

Image: Katelyn James

What led you to the wedding industry? We shot our first wedding just 2 weeks before my graduation from college in 2012! My passion for shooting weddings has grown as I've grown as a filmmaker these past 5 years. I love stories and telling stories that matter. Wedding filmmaking gives me the opportunity to interact with and tell stories about amazing, joyful, loving and committed couples! I'm so excited to be able to create film experiences to help them remember the commitment they are making. I truly believe that with film, you not only remember your wedding, you experience it.

What is the best piece of advice you can give couples for planning their wedding? I always recommend that our couples have the best man, maid of honor, and father of the bride give toasts at the reception. There is something so special and beautiful about people telling stories about and loving on the bride and groom by giving speeches. Toasts turn into some of the most treasured moments in any wedding film.

Share your most memorable wedding moment. This was a lighthearted moment that I really enjoyed! We filmed a wedding in March at a Church that had just completed a bunch of renovations. They had moved the pipe organ from one end of the church to the other. Either the organ hadn't been properly tuned, or the whole system was still settling after the move. Right after the bridal processional, it started making these sounds that sounded like a beached whale groaning. Everyone in the crowd had a good laugh which was a funny and memorable moment before a beautiful ceremony!

Where do you find your inspiration? I'm so inspired by natural light and love the way wedding filmmakers can transform a scene from good to great just by moving the subject towards a window. I'm also really inspired by the beautiful words that people have to say to the bride and groom during toasts! :)

What do you love most about what you do? I love the opportunity to create heirlooms for our couples! I firmly believe that wedding films can help us remember our promises and experience how we felt as we made them on our wedding day!

What is your favorite wedding cake flavor? It's gotta be chocolate cake with vanilla icing!! It tastes divine! My wife Meredith and I totally forgot to eat cake on our wedding day! I so wish we could go back and have a slice ;)

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? My wife and I love spending time outside, playing disc golf, watching movies or heading out to dinner with friends. You can often find us at Chipotle for weekend lunches. If I could, I would probably eat a chicken burrito bowl almost every day for lunch. They are that good! Quick tip: Instead of using a fork to eat a burrito bowl, use chips. You'll thank me later!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? I don't know if it's a guilty pleasure, but I love chocolate milk and drink it most days of the week! Nesquik is my jam :)

What would we be surprised to know about you? In college, I got to spend one summer living in an apartment on the same block as the Empire State Building in NYC! It was an amazing experience!

Be sure to say hi, and follow Matt on Instagram and Facebook!

{Vendor Love} Bird Dog Bay

Bird Dog Bay Custom Bow Ties for Weddings | Bespoken

While the bride typically does most of the planning and making decisions in the wedding, it's not completely and solely about her :) The groom plays a big part, and we love it when a groom has custom and unique accessories to make himself stand out. Bird Dog Bay, a Chicago-based men's accessories and apparel company, provides a variety of items to help grooms and groomsmen express their own personality and style in the wedding.

Bird Dog Bay creates unique patterns for ties, bow ties, socks, cufflinks, pocket squares, and more. The founder, Steve Mayer, remains the sole illustrator and designer for all of their products...and he still hand draws every single pattern. His dog, Gus, inspired their logo and many of their designs.

Bird Dog Bay Custom Wedding Ties | Bespoken

You can choose any of their printed or woven silk patterns, or they can work with you to create a customized logo box that would appear on the tail of your tie. You can add your name, initials, wedding date, location, or anything else that will remind you of your wedding day. You can also get matching cufflinks (great groomsmen gift!).

Bird Dog Bay Custom Wedding Bow Ties | Bespoken
Bird Dog Bay Custom Wedding Ties | Bespoken

Some of my favorite patterns are their Sheffield Stripe, On Air Stripe, Summer Wind, and Bulldog Bonanza. See more patterns here.

Definitely check them out!! Their items would make great gifts, would look great in photos, and would be perfect keepsakes.

{Bespoken Bride} Meet Katherine

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Happy Monday, friends! Today I want to introduce you to Katherine. She and Brandon are getting married in September at Greenbrier Farms in Easley, SC. She has such a kind spirit, and I am so looking forward to their beautiful wedding!

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

How did you and Brandon meet? How long have you known each other? We met in nursing school through our mutual friend, Heather. We had several classes together but never actually met until Heather and I were in a group project together. We ended up hitting it off, and the rest is history, all thanks to our friend Heather!

Where do guys like to go on your dates? We both like trying new restaurants, going out on our boat on the lake and playing with our French Bulldog, Lucy.

What is your favorite restaurant or type of food? Sushi

Complete this sentence: We go together like _______. peanut butter and jelly

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

When did you know he was "the one"? Did he know before you knew? We took a trip to Gulf Shores which is where a lot of Brandon's family is from, and ironically I used to vacation there with my family growing up. We rented a small house and took our dogs and spent time with Brandon's family going to the beach, going out to eat and going to bars at night. It was honestly such a fun trip; I think it made us both realize that our relationship was special.

How did he propose? Were you surprised? Brandon proposed to me on his birthday by saying that there would only be one thing that would make his birthday better this year. I was very surprised because we had talked about getting engaged, and we had several big trips coming up that I thought he would propose on. When I told Brandon this, he said that he just couldn't wait, and he wanted to make it more special and intimate.

When and where are you two getting married? What made you decide to get married here? We are getting married at Greenbrier Farms in Easley, SC in September. We both liked the idea of an outside wedding in the fall, and the farm was a perfect choice.

What colors are you using for your wedding? Mixtures of light grey, dark grey, white and mint green.

Describe your wedding in three words. rustic, romantic and a celebration

How would you describe the style of your wedding? The style I would say is going to be rustic chic. Our ceremony is going to be outside under the big oak tree with the reception being inside the barn. I want our guests to have fun so we have a great DJ, amazing food, a photo booth, and open bar. My bridesmaids are wearing long dresses that are all a shade of mint green.

What are your top 3 must-haves for your wedding? Beautiful ceremony, great food, the perfect dress

What is your favorite wedding blog or magazine? I have really liked The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings

Photographer: Davey Morgan

Photographer: Davey Morgan

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? I have really just loved everything so far. I used to dream of what my wedding would be like when I was younger, so it has been really amazing to actually go through this process with my dream man.

Are you guys going on a honeymoon? Where? Why did you choose this location? What are you going to do? We are going to Mexico for our honeymoon, and I am so excited. I left the honeymoon up to Brandon, and I just told him I wanted to go lay on a beach somewhere warm and drink cocktails.

What are you most excited about in your marriage? I am most excited about doing the small everyday things together, growing old together, and being with my best friend.

If you could give any future bride one piece of advice, what would you tell her? Just to soak up every moment of your engagement, it goes by so fast!

Thanks, Katherine!!! I cannot wait until September!!!

Jennifer + Ryan

Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography

Jennifer contacted me a few months ago about her wedding at the Westin Poinsett in downtown Greenville, SC. After talking to her for even just a few moments, I knew that we were going to be a great fit for each other...and I knew her wedding was going to be beautiful.

Jennifer is a poised and kind Southern girl, and Ryan is a classy Southern gentleman. The two of them were made for each other. I came in to organize and direct her wedding ceremony, and it was the most heartfelt ceremony I've ever witnessed. Ryan and Jennifer not only sincerely love each other, but also have clearly touched many lives as evidenced by the happy tears their family and friends shed while watching their ceremony. Thank you guys for allowing me to be a part of your special day! 

Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
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Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography
Black Tie and Neutrals with Gold Downtown Greenville SC Wedding | Bespoken Weddings | Ryan & Alyssa Photography

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{Vendor Love} Oysters XO

Recently, Michael with Oysters XO reached out to me, and we chatted for a little bit about what they offer and how they can best serve brides and grooms. And since oyster roasts and oyster rehearsal dinners are becoming more and more popular, I wanted to share a little about Oysters XO and this unique catering experience with all of you.

Located in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Toronto, Monterrey, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, and Charleston, they are offering a truly unique culinary experience all over the country for weddings and other events. Don't worry - they'll come to the Upstate, too ;)

Their Oyster Girls and Oyster Guys move among your guests while shucking and serving high-quality oysters. They dress in outfits that are tailored to each event and serve oysters from the buckets that hang around their waists. While the Oyster Girls and Oyster Guys are mingling with your guests, the staff in the back-of-the-house takes care of the chilling of the oysters, the crushed iced, and all preparations so the servers are fully stocked and equipped to roam the room. The oysters are Premium East and West Coast Oysters straight from the oyster farms. Think of it as a mobile raw bar. 

This would be a great service and experience for your Rehearsal Dinner, Cocktail Hour, or Reception! If you're interested in talking to Michael, let me know, and I'll put you in touch!