OBX Wedding Films – Swell Weddings {Courtney Hathaway Photography – OBX Wedding Photographer}

As most of you know I’m a recent bride myself. This past September I married my high school sweetheart, Rob, after 13 years together! It still seems nuts to think we’ve been together that long. Having been in the wedding industry for so many years, I’m amazed at how much being a bride has helped me relate to my clients. While it might have a been a little crazy to get married during my busy season (I even shot a wedding 2 weeks before mine, and the weekend after!), what are us wedding photographers if not a little crazy?

It’s no secret that I love wedding films…and I’m not talking about your momma’s wedding video, I’m talking true wedding cinematography. I’m totally in awe of film makers and their ability to do what they do. I’m a firm believer that, like photography, when it comes to wedding films you  get what you pay for. So here comes my shameless plug! Fairly late into my planning I had the chance to meet with Chris Hannant of Swell Weddings. We chatted about the possibility of him filming my wedding and I just new his laid back personality and fresh, contemporary style to films would be an awesome fit. I was super excited to bring him on board.

One of the most important things I stress to all my brides, and prospective brides, is to hire a vendor you love and trust. Then, let them do their job. The perfect vendor for you should be one you can give complete control to, and let them use their creativity and skill to make your day perfect. Chris is totally that person! I knew Chris had it down, and on the day of the wedding I hardly even noticed him and his second filmmaker (also named Chris….isn’t that fun?). The end result is a wedding trailer that I’m completely in love with.

I had an amazing team of vendors who knocked it out of the park to make my big day happen (stay tuned for a future blog post about that!). Even though it poured buckets on my wedding day, it was truly amazing and I am SO thankful to have had Chris & Chris to capture those moments.

So without further ado, here’s my wedding film by the super talented Chris Hannant & Chris Ellison with Swell Weddings!


**For best viewing results, hit “play” and immediately hit “pause” and allow the video to fully load before watching.


Courtney and Rob from Swell Productions on Vimeo.

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