wedding film // Bryan + Joseph

The Heart Dept. loves nothing more than telling really magical love stories. And Bryan and Joseph had a particularly beautiful and tender one to tell. We knew when we met them over cocktails at the Rainier Room that they just adore each other and were going to put all of their hearts, tears, awesomeness, style and joy into a poignant ceremony to mark the transition from being lovers to spouses. (Not that you ever stop being lovers, if you do it right!) And it was truly a perfect ceremony.

Sure enough, it was a day of celebration—from the gifts to the perfect kisses on the balcony to the exuberant drag performer to the toasts and dance floor full of revelers late into the evening.

Here’s to Bryan and Joseph and making magic together for the rest of their lives. May you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed capturing!

video // Get Hitched, Give Hope Auction & Gala: Seattle, WA

The Heart Dept. loved capturing the magic and generosity swirling in the air during the 2013 “Get Hitched, Give Hope” — an opulent gala and fundraising auction held last fall at The Four Seasons and one that bore witness to a staggering number of wedding vendors and industry artisans donating their services to an incredible cause. Dressed to the hilt in ravishing roaring twenties attire, betrothed couples floated through an evening bubbling with champagne, cafe music and deliciousness, bidding on all manner of goods and services—with all proceeds from the evening directed entirely to The Dream Foundation—a charity that fulfills end-of-life wishes for patients with terminal illness.

On top of this wonderful inside-and-out package, what we also adored was that (based on the kind referral from inveterate cinematograph wonder that is Mitch Mattraw of Cabfare Productions) Get Hitched Give Hope wanted to work with us—despite the fact that we’d never met the organizers before that evening! First, that says a lot about the faith and esteem they hold him in, and it speaks to the genuinely kind and supportive person he is. Second, the “GHGH” crew was incredibly gracious to include us in their gorgeous and gilded event and to trust us to do their elegant night justice. As our little business continues to grow and stretch its legs (all the while tending to the little legs running up and down our creaky wooden staircase) — it’s nice to know there are people in the industry who believe in our potential and like what we do!


video // Amy + Matt wedding: Seattle, WA

The Heart Dept. had the distinct pleasure of capturing the nuptials of a bewitchingly beautiful couple, Amy Berkley and Matt Buechler. That’s a lot of b’s for a Tuesday morning but we alliterate when we’re excited. (To these b’s we should add brainy. Because they’re our two favorite immunologists. Germs, beware!) Matt and Amy obviously have a very devoted and effusive fan base of family and friends who adore them and would probably go to the ends of the earth for them — or, at the very least, go lawn bowling in the rain and build Rainier beer towers in their honor. The wedding ceremony and reception unfolded in the warm, inviting hall of Fremont Abbey, with Amy in some of the loveliest lace we’ve ever seen and Matt as polished and put together as a groom can be. We believe Seattle loves them so very much, it put on its best drizzle and feted them as only Seattle can — in the grey tableau of non-stop, relentless precipitation. Amy’s poor wedding dress took a soggy beating that day, but she glided radiantly through all rain like a champ, attended by her pageant of brightly-shoed bridesmaids and pop-art umbrellas. Every detail of this wedding was lush, bright, intentional and intimate — from bold pops of color in the groom’s shoelaces to Amy’s favorite red velvet cake to the sweet gesture of Matt and Amy pouring pitchers of beers for their guests. We savored every minute and tried to capture some of the eye candy via this wedding video. Disclaimer: they had a really cute flower girl you might recognize.