Since Jillian and Tom are both photographers, it only made sense for them to have such an artistic wedding video. This video is stunning, from the opening of Jillian’s daughter, to the couple’s amazing vows. Before they were even engaged, the bride and groom knew they wanted The Brother Martens to film their special day! After the wedding, the Brother Martens made sure to surprise the couple. Since Jillian and Tom had a destination wedding, they threw a party for friends and family that weren’t able to be there. The Brother Martens sent beautiful photographs and the film, so the couple could relive their magical day with everyone!
The Love Story:
Our friendship turned into the greatest love we’ve ever experienced! Our first date was a spur of the moment trip to St. Michaels; where we had the best time together! Ever since then, we (Tom, myself and my daughter, Natalie) have had nonstop adventures to look forward to. Our favorite place to visit is California! We visit every year and love to explore Joshua Tree! This trip has become a tradition we look forward to all year long!! In 2016, Tom proposed to me in Joshua Tree at sunset – it was the happiest day of our lives! I still remember how beautiful the sky looked, how the wind was blowing and the feeling of being on top of the world! Tom had set up a photo scavenger hunt for Natalie and I. Little did we know it would end with the surprise of a lifetime!! From that moment on, planning our wedding came really naturally to us. At the root of our wedding inspiration was the idea that we wanted it to be an experience for everyone involved and we knew that getting married in Joshua Tree was the way to go! We believe that our hearts found their home in JT + couldn’t wait to share the magic we felt there with our friends and family! We worked alongside the greatest vendors to create our dream wedding! From our welcome hike to our flights home – we cherished every minute! It was the greatest experience of our lives – our forever came to life in the most magical setting…including a full moon rising over our dance floor in the middle of the desert, surrounded by our favorite people. We are so thankful for this video to take us back to an adventure we will never forget!
How did you find your wedding filmmaker, and what made you choose them?
We found Henry before we were even engaged! Tom is a videographer and we are both photographers so we are always looking for rad artists and love when we find someone who really inspires us. I had found Henry’s work one night and felt an instant connection! I couldn’t wait to share his work with Tom – at this point just for someone to admire and inspire us. We both loved following his work and when we got engaged, Henry was one of the first people we reached out to! Upon talking to him on the phone and being introduced to his brother, Bradford, we knew The Brothers Martens were exactly who we wanted to document our day. Not only is their work out of this world, they are some of the nicest humans we’ve ever met!! They were so easy to talk to, so open to our adventures, and what we loved most is that they were both so excited to be a part of it!! Planning our dream wedding with them was so much fun and experiencing it with them was pure magic! They allowed us to be present in every moment and truly brought the best out of us!!
That sweet moment with your daughter at the beginning of your film is incredibly special. Was that a planned moment you knew you wanted included?
Oh my goodness, my heart burst with joy the first time I saw this and my eyes instantly filled with the happiest tears! This was a total surprise to us and to her the morning of our wedding. There was no planning in this and we just love how natural and honest it all feels. My future sister-in-law is the one asking her the questions and her sweet answers were something that touched everyone filming! I love how simple her answers are and we just love hearing her voice at the start of such a beautiful film!
What was the most unexpected part of your wedding journey?
The feeling of seeing your closest friends and family in one of your favorites places is a feeling you can never fully prepare for. We knew it would be the greatest adventure of our lives and we tried so hard to make sure everyone experienced pure love, fun and joy but seeing everyone together, celebrating is something we both were blown away by, in the best possible way!! We both agree it was the happiest we’ve ever been in our entire lives! One of our favorite things is to see our family and friends happy and to witness everyone together, celebrating, exploring, dancing, and marveling at all the sights was unbelievable. Even if we tried, we could have never imagined the level of happiness and love our hearts felt!!
If you could give one piece of advice to future brides and grooms, what would it be?
Allow your wedding to be the best adventure of your lives!! Whether you stay local or travel – have so much fun with it! Make it personal, be inspired but really create something that speaks to you… put your heart and soul into the planning – it will all be worth it!! Find vendors who inspire you and you connect with and you will not worry about a thing!! We were fully present in every moment without a worry in the world the day of our wedding and we owe that to our amazing team of vendors!! We enjoyed every one of our guests and felt complete when the wedding was over. It was everything we could have ever dreamed of and more!
Anything else our viewers should know?
A little more on how amazing The Brothers Martens are …Joshua Tree was a destination wedding for us and we had a celebration back home 2 weeks after our wedding, allowing all of our friends and family that couldn’t make it to Joshua Tree to celebrate our marriage with us! Little did we know, Henry + Bradford both had surprises for us! Bradford had sent a handful of photos that my mom had printed out and framed for us + then right before dinner a screen came down and our highlight film began to play. Everyone there, all 200 of our closest friends and family, were able to experience this beauty with us! It was the happiest surprise of our lives!! We know how much time, thought, love and energy went into pulling this surprise off and we are forever thankful for The Brothers Martens! They are magical artists with incredible hearts!