15 4 / 2014

This month’s Featured Bride & Groom are
Alyson & Chase
We hope you love watching their beautiful outdoor wedding!
Chase and I met in Nashville, TN because some of our mutual friends were dating. I was a track athlete at Vanderbilt University and he was a baseball player. We spent the next six months hanging out on and off and then he left for spring training. It’s like the saying goes “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” We’ve been together ever since :) Chase proposed at the restaurant where we first met at and planned a whole day of adventures in Nashville. We recently moved to Dallas, TX where I am in graduate school and he is working as a financial research analyst. Our wedding day was absolutely incredible! We had a garden wedding in our family friend’s beautiful backyard. It was a wedding beyond my wildest dreams to the most incredible man I’ve ever know. We are extremely grateful to all of our friends and family for their love and support during this new chapter in our lives!

We chose Wedit because it was incredibly affordable. Professional videography was simply too pricey. We loved the idea that our friends and family could be a part of capturing our day. I think they had so much fun with it and we had such a good time watching the footage. The editing team did an outstanding job putting together a highlight reel, we will cherish these clips forever! 

Thank you to Alyson and Chase for sharing your video.

04 4 / 2014

This week we celebrated Wedit’s 4th birthday. The past four years have been ones of growing and changing. There have been a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but one thing is for sure, we LOVE making couples happy!

The only way to celebrate a birthday is with yummy birthday cake, BUT FIRST we wanted to share some fun numbers with you about Wedit. 

10,640   # of cameras sent out

2128   # of weddings fulfilled

954    # of cans of Mountain Dew our on-staff addict has drank (me)

208   # weekly UPS truck pickups

50   # of states we’ve had weddings in

23   # of terabytes of wedding footage we have

7   # of countries our clients have taken our cameras (that we know of)

3   # of locations of our HQ (soon to be 4 with our permanent home)

2   # of CEOs Wedit has been run by

1   # of cities Wedit has been based in (we heart Detroit!)

What a CRAZY four years it’s been! Happy Birthday, Wedit!

25 3 / 2014

I’ve probably read 50 articles about ‘Engagement Chicken’. You know, that melt-in-your-mouth, juicy, roasted-to-sweet-perfection chicken that is so good your boyfriend proposes to you on the spot when you serve it to him? If you don’t know, you can read about it here. The whole idea seems a little silly to me. But here’s the thing: I have one. I can’t say it’s ever gotten me a marriage proposal, but it is safe to say that is has garnered many and ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ from a boyfriend or two. It’s my mother’s recipe, actually. She would whip it up for dinner on cold winter nights and my father would wander into the kitchen with a dreamy look in his eyes just at the scent (and that’s saying something, because Dad knew how to cook). I would watch him half-drooling over that delicious smell of roasting chicken and think, ‘Oh! So this is what makes men fall in love’.

Roasting a whole chicken is a little terrifying (not to mention carving one!). Instead, I buy a whole chicken already cut into 8 pieces or bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and breasts. Served with a drizzle of the herby olive oil the chicken was roasted in, no one will notice the difference.

Engagement Chicken

Serves 2

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Mix ½ cup of olive oil, 2 cloves chopped garlic, and a small handful each of chopped parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. In a glass baking dish, rub the mixture over about 2 lbs of chicken, making sure to get plenty under the skin. If you have time, let the chicken sit overnight and marinate in the refrigerator. If not, it will still taste great if everything is combined just before the chicken goes in the oven.

Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes and voilà! You can expect that proposal any second now.  

-Marissa

18 3 / 2014

With spring quickly approaching I thought this would be the perfect time to showcase a signature cocktail for all of those upcoming spring wedding. 
With a great spring name, the sweetness of honey, and the kick of gin this cocktail is perfect for any spring gathering. Also try garnishing with edible flowers! 
Bees Knees
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 teaspoons hot water
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 3 ice cubes
  1. To make honey syrup, combine honey with hot water in a bowl. Stir until honey dissolves.
  2. Combine lemon juice, 1 ounce honey syrup and gin with ice cubes in sealable jar. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass with fresh ice cubes.
  3. Drink and enjoy!

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11 3 / 2014

Ok, ok so I’m lying. It still feels like winter here, but we got a quick taste of spring this week which had me so excited for outdoor work outs! Below you will find a workout that can be done with ZERO equipment at any park.

Repeat the circuit 6 times all the way through with 1 minute of rest between each one.

1. Park bench step up- 15x each leg

2. Tricep Dips- 25x

3. Decline Pushups- 10x

4. Split Squats- 20x each leg

Have fun with your workouts and as soon as it gets warm, head outside!

Xoxo,

Sarah

04 3 / 2014

Check out the Featured Bride and Groom of March. This couple was married September 28, 2013. We hope you love their story as much as we do!

TJ’s bio: As every couple does, we place bets from time to time on who’s right and who’s wrong.  I let her win on the stipulation that she would get a date night (Friday 9/28) to the restaurant of her choice.  I narrowed it down to two Italian restaurants here in town.  She chose Rossini’s, a romantic restaurant close to the house. In order to set the mood, I hired a violinist to serenade us at the restaurant and great photographer to capture the moment. The night of our proposal, it was rainy outside and I wasn’t dressed, so she suggested us moving the date to the following night.  It took all I had to play it cool and not scream ‘NO, we have to go tonight!’ We had to be there at the right time to ensure the photographer and the violinist were in place.  We arrived to the restaurant just as the photographer and the violinist were walking in, so they awkwardly pretended to know each other and hide the instrument.  The mood was perfect, the lighting was low, music was gentle, and even the cold rain gave being inside for dinner a certain warmth.  She was sat with her back to the restaurant, so the violin and any on-lookers wouldn’t get her attention.  When the time came, as the violinist approached the restaurant staff gathered around and the music started.  I got down on one knee and her eyes and face turned to disbelief.  I affirmed it was a yes! And one year to the day of our proposal we were married.

Nicole’s bio: When we started the planning process, our wedding planner (my mom - lucky me!!) asked us to pick 5 words to describe our wedding: romantic, soft, organic, warm, fun. We wanted the day to have an effortless, unplanned feeling - it actually takes a lot of planning, faith, and love to create that type of event! And we needed all three (planning, faith, love) to make it through our very rainy wedding day! As every couple does with an outdoor ceremony, we checked the weather reports endlessly with the chance of rain increasing daily leading up to our day! On the day of, we watched as the rain poured down on the ceremony site. It actually a beautiful rain - a true Texas thunderstorm. Family and friends checked in on me non-stop throughout the day, I guess they thought I would be panicked. But to their surprise, and mine, I felt completely calm relishing in the fact that I would marry the man of my dreams rain or shine. As our video shows, having faith worked, because the sky cleared 15 minutes before our ceremony - creating a beautiful sky for a magical day!

Why wedit: We are so thankful to have found Wedit - the cameras met so many of our wedding day requirements! As with most couples, we had a very hard time selecting, which family/friends would participate in our wedding. With 7 bridesmaids and groomsmen, we were out of space in the wedding party! The cameras provided an opportunity for close friends and family to participate in the wedding in such an intimate way. We loved that each person we chose would be a permanent and very important part of our wedding. On the more practical side, Wedit is a cost effective way to have a beautiful wedding video while staying within our budget. Finally, the cameras lent themselves perfectly to the style we wanted for both our wedding and wedding video.   

Our goal was to create an organic feel to the evening - these cameras exemplify “organic” with each capturing a unique perspective and perfectly put together and edited by the Wedit team! 

Thank you Nicole & TJ for allowing us to share your story. 

26 2 / 2014

If you’re anything like me, you have the best intentions of planning your meals at the beginning of the week. You’ll have healthy options and not waste any food. Then the week starts. You don’t know what you’re going to have for dinner until you walk in the door after work. Luckily, this meal is super easy, quick, AND it’s pretty healthy!

Ingredients:

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

- 2 garlic cloves, minced

- 1¼ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

- 1 cup uncooked, pre-rinsed quinoa

- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies

- 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

- 1½ cups frozen corn kernels

- ½ teaspoon cumin

- ½ teaspoon salt

- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

For topping:

- Chopped fresh cilantro

- Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese

- Fat-free plain Greek Yogurt

Instructions:

1. In large saucepan, heat the olive oil to medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant – about 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients (minus the cilantro and the toppings) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Serve with toppings.

I added ground turkey to mine and it was extra yummy! 

Click here to find another recipe for this dish.

Enjoy!

Xoxo,

Sarah

18 2 / 2014

There are a million reasons to work out, but the number one reason should be for yourself! It’s proven that working out improves you mood, controls weight, prevents many diseases and health conditions, gives you energy, and helps promote better sleeping habits. That being said, summertime is also right around the corner, and summer bodies are made in the winter! 

Today we have a great ab workout for you brought to you by Tone it Up. They have some great workout videos that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Try this one out and bust your winter blues!

Enjoy your sweat sesh!

Xoxo,

Sarah

14 2 / 2014

The best part about Valentine’s Day, next to a romantic date with your sweetie is undoubtedly all the sweets! Chocolates, cakes, cookies, you name it, I’m in love with it. So with it being Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to share this super cute cookie recipe! What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

Here’s what you’ll need:

*Sugar cookies, cut into heart shapes (I used a cookie cutter that’s about 1 1/2″).
*Glacé Icing.
*Food coloring gel (I use the pots of Wilton food coloring available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, etc.) in red or hot pink and black.
*To read over the tutorial from the icing link.
*3 icing bags, 3 regular-sized couplers, and 3 tips (I used Wilton 3 and 4)
*Cookie or lollipop sticks (optional–I needed to make LOTS of these, so I didn’t do the sticks, but they would be adorable in a cookie bouquet)

After you’ve mixed your icing, place about 2 Tbsp.-1/4 c. of white icing for the eyes into an icing bag fitted with a coupler and a tip no larger than a 3.

Mix 2/3 c. of the icing with hot pink or red. Then remove 1/4 c. of icing and mix it with 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar so it’s slightly stiffer. Place that icing in a bag fitted with a coupler and a 3- or 4-sized tip. The other bowl of pink icing can remain in the bowl.

Mix 1/3-1/2 c. icing with the black coloring. Reserve about 1 Tbsp. for the irises of the eyes. Place the remaining black icing in a bag fitted with a coupler and a size 3 tip.

Using the pink icing bag, trace the outline of the heart of each cookie.

Then trace a line across the heart about 1/3 of the way from the tip of the heart.

Allow this icing to firm up for about 15-20 minutes (you can actually use this time to mix up the other colors). When it’s ready (it doesn’t have to be solid, just not totally liquid), use a small spoon to carefully fill the curvy part of the heart with pink or red icing.

Then use the bag of black icing to carefully dot some black icing into the point of the heart. Use a toothpick to gently spread the black into all the corners.


See how I have black dots on these cookies? Yeah, don’t do that. :) I tried a couple of methods and decided I liked my cookies much better when I let the pink/red icing dry before I added my ladybug dots.

Now’s a good time to take a little break. Give your cookies 45-60 minutes to dry. This is the perfect time to wash some dishes. Or work out. Or take a nap. 

When the cookies have had a chance to harden a little, use the bag of black icing to dot your little lovebugs however you’d like. Then use the bag of white to carefully make two little white eyes on the black icing. Using a toothpick dipped in the reserved black icing, dot little irises on each ladybug.

So cute, right?! And these were surprisingly easy (despite what the mess in my kitchen might tell you. The mess in my kitchen tells a lot of lies). Give these a good 12-24 hours before stacking them, although you can (and should) eat them right away.

**Recipe found at: Our Best Bites

11 2 / 2014

A new month means a new featured bride and groom!

This month we spotlight Brandi & Marchal Married August 17, 2013.

You can read their bio and view their video below.

Everyone says your wedding day will be a blur, and it certainly was, but there are two moments that really stand out. The first came at the start of the reception, right after we made our grand entrance. We were standing in the center of the dance floor and all of our guests were standing around us when our DJ said “Marchal and Brandi, this has probably been a whirlwind of a day, but I want you to take a minute and look around you - look at the day you’ve created and the loved ones who are here to celebrate with you.” And we did… we just stopped and took it all in and things actually slowed down for a minute, sort of like a movie. Everyone was quiet and smiling and it just felt like there was nothing but love all around us. We’re so thankful to have had that moment, and watching our Wedit footage always brings that feeling back!

Our other favorite memory was when a friend asked us if we realized that everyone was standing for our entire ceremony. We had a close friend get ordained and perform the ceremony for us, and while the three of us had talked about the ceremony flow, none of us gave any thought to the “please be seated” part! The ceremony was only a few minutes long, so it was really no big deal. What was so memorable about this conversation was that we looked at each other and both said “Nope, I had no idea!” One hundred people were standing instead of sitting and we had absolutely no clue - for those five minutes, we only saw each other, cheesy as that sounds. We cracked up when we saw the Wedit footage and sure enough, everyone was standing!

There’s a lot of sticker-shock in wedding planning, but videographer pricing definitely took the cake. A professional videographer would have been almost a quarter of our wedding budget, and so many people had told us that they’d only watched their wedding video once or twice that it just didn’t seem worth it. Still photos were really our priority (you can’t hang a video on your wall!), so we started researching alternatives and came across Wedit. It seemed like a great deal so we decided to give it a shot, knowing that we wouldn’t be out too much if the footage didn’t come out well. Luckily, our guests were very dedicated to the task! They captured all the best moments, and the editors at Wedit did an amazing job of stitching it all together into a fantastic video. It was one of the best decisions we made in wedding planning!

 

Thank you to Brandi & Marchal, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.