We had the privilege of being part of an amazing couple’s nuptials recently, Adam Ydstie and Courtney Beardsley-Schoonmaker. As I’ve been sifting through their wedding footage, I’ve been positively giddy with all the incredible moments I’m encountering. Incredible because Adam and Courtney are a dashing and charismatic couple, but even more so because they simply radiate love—not only to each other but everyone around them. Likewise, they’re just so LOVED by so many people. Tons of people. Heaps of people. A big, lively crowd packed Urban Grace for their wedding a few Saturdays ago. Clapping, crying, celebrating and dancing on their behalf. Smiling on their behalf. I can find nary a staged smile here. Every one is wide and genuine and thrilled to be a part of their moment. We were too! We also had the sincere pleasure of working with local photography luminaries Kim and Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography. We can’t wait to see the gorgeous wedding shots these two undoubtedly captured.
At any rate, I couldn’t help but pull a few screen grabs from our wedding footage to share here. I’m definitely looking forward to finishing and posting their film in the coming weeks.
Our 7-year-old daughter is often inspired by the creative work we do. As a creative thinker and budding artist, she loves to submit her own concept sketches for projects we’re working on. When she saw us working on the logo for The Heart Dept. she couldn’t resist providing some of her own concept art—which we’re showing here for your enjoyment!
A few years ago in the golden vale of Sonoma Valley, two of our dearest friends Ryan and Rachel were married. It was an utterly enchanting small garden wedding—simple and lovely, set in the backyard of the groom’s parents’ house, everything festooned in necklaces of twinkly lights and clusters of fresh pink flowers, and Annie the yellow lab there to greet everyone as they arrived. The weather was perfect, as weather in Sonoma almost always is. The air tasted sweet. The light was ethereal. Rachel was ethereal in her gown.
We filmed the event that night partly as a gift and partly because we just wanted to, but some subtle epiphany happened months later as we sifted through the footage and sniffled over the vows (we were pregnant and hormonal, but sheesh if they weren’t great vows) and nipped and tucked and edited to the honeyed crest of Kevin Sur’s voice and Ryan’s dreamy surf-country guitar. A seed was planted. An idea. We loved capturing Ryan and Rachel’s wedding so much, not simply because we adore them or because everything was eye candy that night. It was the satisfaction of telling a really beautiful, genuine story about two people. An impressionistic rendering of something that would be cherished for a long time to come. You know, we thought, we’d like to do this more. A lot more.
We didn’t have two cameras that night, or the right lens for the shadows of a garden at night. There are some shaky parts. Some graininess. But it’s still one of our favorite things we’ve ever filmed. And one we were so blessed to be a part of.
At any rate, it took us awhile to get our act together, what with a cross-state move, a new baby, a fiercely imaginative seven-year-old and some professional detours. But two years later, The Heart Dept. was born. It’s been a long time coming. We hope you’ll come along for the ride and enjoy it as much as we already do.
On a breezy day in June not so long ago, in that golden vale called Sonoma, two lovely people got hitched in an enchanting backyard wedding ceremony. Here is a small tribute to them—be sure to check out the photos, too.Here’s to a long, happy marriage as perfect as their wedding!