Katie + Charlie

Katie + Charlie met at the Grosse Pointe Shores pool. Charlie was working as the lifeguard and Katie playing nanny watching her cousins. Katie is sweet, soft-spoken and compassionate while Charlie is funny, witty and extremly confident- he just had a hunch that Katie would be his girlfriend someday and after two weeks of patiently waiting for the right moment, he finally decided to make his dream a reality and asked Katie out. Seven years later he took Katie back to the pool where it all began and asked her to marry him. The two were married at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church and their reception was held at the Atheneum Hotel in Detroit. This couple was all smiles and laughs and I loved that about them.

Our take:
We loved their backstory about the pool and it was a great way to introduce you into to the couple and shed light on their character. They’re incredibly sincere and genuine. Their family members and Maid of Honor offered great sound bytes and perspective to support the story as well so it just made sense to make this backstory a central narrative. 

Humor and smiles are a big part of Katie + Charlie’s dynamic and we wanted that to shine through their entire film. Other themes unique to them were family, faith and Detroit. Working alongside our photography friends Adrienne and Amber, we we’re able to find some beautiful, unique Detroit landscapes like the Belt Alley and the rooftop of the Atheneum to capture photo/video session. We tied together the theme of humor and fun in the the last act as friends, family all dance and laugh with Katie + Charlie, making it a night to remember for all time. We wish you a lifetime of happiness, love and success, stay laughing together. Congratulations to the fun-loving couple, enjoy your anniversary Katie + Charlie!

Fun tidbit: Charlie also works in video so you bet we wanted to be on the top of our game with this film!

Storytellers: Heart + Soul

Photo: Weddings by Adrienne & Amber

DJ: Dramatic Dimensions Entertainment

Venues: St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church // Atheneum Hotel


Katie + Adam // New Year’s Eve

There something different in the air when you’re at a New Year’s Eve wedding. Not only are you excited for a celebration of two people becoming one but you’re also anticipating the celebration of a new year, a new era, a new beginning…so to speak. You can sense it from everybody joining together on this momentous occasion -there’s an extra pep in their step, their energy feels more vibrant. You just have a feeling everybody was going celebrate a little more loudly than usual.

We wanted to capture all these emotions and subtle moments for Katie + Adam’s story. There were so many narratives to explore that we essentially structured their story into 3 short stories. The first story being a grand introduction -introducing all our subjects, establishing location(s), details and vibe. A fortuitous discovery of beautiful piano rendition of Auld Lang Syne really helped shaped the direction of the beginning of this film. In the second story, we wanted to explore more of Katie + Adam’s personality and relationship as told through speeches from their family members and first look. And in the last story, it all came together; the balloons, the band, the slow-mo booth…everyone was ready to party like it was 1999 -cementing the theme of celebration. How fitting the name Gaudino means happy/joy because it was on display throughout their wedding day and most certainly on the dance floor! Katie + Adam, congrats on having the celebration of a lifetime, we wish you nothing but the best as you embark on your new beginning as the Gaudinos!

Cinematography: Heart + Soul
Photography: The Camera Chick
Band: The Chateau



Slow-Mo booth