Natalie and Alex came to us having seen our work on her sister’s wedding a few years back as well as one of her best friend’s weddings. They since have become great friends. When it was time to start thinking about how we would approach their Main Feature (before the wedding even happened), we got an email from Natalie that sparked some inspiration. She told us there were some surprises planned that we needed to be aware of, and the story behind one of those surprises involved Alex’s dad.
Alex’s Dad, John, has always said that when he “makes it” you’ll know, because he’ll pull up in a Red Corvette. His father is a veteran and survivor of World War II (he was born and, with his parents, immediately captured by the Soviet’s- eventually becoming ‘freed’ and living under Nazi rule in Paris until 1945 at the age of 5) and immigrated to the US in High School when he joined the Army and became a sharp shooter. They came looking for the American dream. When Alex graduated from Law School with honors and got a great job with a top law firm, he was beaming from ear to ear. Alex’s younger brother graduates from Medical school next week and will be an Emergency Medicine resident at St. John’s..John has helped his boys become wonderful men and Alex wants to do something to acknowledge and thank him.
Alex has always said that he when he “makes it”, he will buy his dad a Red Corvette. While Alex is doing well, he can’t quite buy his Dad a Corvette-so instead, he rented one for the weekend (with the help of my Dad, Gary) and is having it delivered to the house on the morning of our wedding. No one will know, except his sister who, we hope, will video tape it so we can see.
But there was much more to their story. Natalie is an amazing vocalist and musician, and that part of their story was a big important piece because it’s so much of who Natalie is. Alex is a lawyer, and his pursuit of his law career and the story of his journey with Natalie is a big part of who he is. We definitely had our work cut out for us.
With the extra wiggle room we had in the production we were able to put all the pieces together and made sure that we could be the ones to film the Corvette surprise. We coordinated with the company who delivered the car so everything was timed perfectly, and we ended up being the ones to reveal the car to Alex’s dad while filming as Natalie and Alex were separately preparing for their big day in their hotel rooms. We did a site visit at Big Rock Chophouse before the wedding to meet with Gail and Rice to go over the plan for the Tee Turner performance.. and managed everything on our end in between. Additionally we anticipated shots and content we could get that would speak to Natalie’s musicianship, Alex’s playful and determined spirit, and obviously their love for each other.
After the event, we sat down as a team and decided how to piece so much story content together.