This is what I am so very thankful for this year and every year. But this year is different. Our lives have changed so much with the addition of our Penelope. She brings so much joy. She has given us a new perspective on what love is. I have never experienced a love quite like this. And even though there are added frustrations and new obstacles in our family, we wouldn’t have it any other way. I am thankful for my wife and best friend. For putting up with me and being the wonderful mom that she is. I am thankful for the adventure. I am thankful for these two women in my life.


I am also thankful for the friends and family we have in our lives that support us. Friends are a gift. And I’d rather have the friends we’ve been given to share life with than all the money in the world. We are rich. I am thankful for Christ. For the grace He has shown me and the gift He has given me.  I am thankful for our AWESOME Life Stage Films team. Jamie is the best studio manager out there, keeping us organized, and investing into our brides and their wedding days. She has become family. Beth, although only being with us shortly, has jumped in head first and adopted our vision, and passion for what we provide for families, and you can sense that every time you call our studio. I am thankful for our filmmakers Amy and Josiah, because that’s what they have become….filmmakers, not merely videographers. We couldn’t create what we create without talented hands and eyes behind the camera. To have them on board is not only a breath of fresh air, but our brides and families trust them. And that’s far better than the trust I have in them. I am thankful for what we have become, and where we are going. I am thankful I get to wake up, “work” in a job I enjoy, and do it with the support of everyone around us. I am also very thankful to our clients. We have had the biggest year we’ve ever had, and we wouldn’t exist as a business without all of the families, brides, grooms, and business owners that have trusted us, and chosen us out of all the options out there.

Happy Thanksgiving 2009 from Matt, Melissa, Penelope and the rest of the Life Stage Team. Even in the worst recession, we are the most blessed nation. I like to count my blessings. So, what are you most thankful for? What blessings can you count?

A Taste of Summer – Steel Drum Band at Wedding

We will be sharing Kim & Andrew’s highlights video shortly, but first we wanted to bring back the feeling of summer as the weather is getting colder. Kim & Andrew found an incredible steel drum band out of Virginia Beach, VA and we just had to share this clip with you. They performed during the rehearsal at a beach house in the Outer Banks. Makes you want to go on vacation huh!?

Laura & Tony – Wedding Highlights

Southport, NC

Nothing is finer than Carolina! Laura & Tony’s families & friends made the trek from New Jersey for a destination wedding in Southport, NC, a quaint coastal port city with just as much character as these two! The weather was hot, to be sure, but with friends gathered and drinks flowing you hardly noticed it. One of our favorite moments of the evening were when Tony’s brother, the best man, gave a very heartfelt speech. And then the dancing began! It was hard to keep up with everyone. I’d say even the parents out danced Laura & Tony and we couldn’t get them off the dance floor either! Many laughs, many tears, and lots of emotion at this wedding, and we appreciated being invited along.

Photographer: Matt McGraw

DJ: Jay Tatum, Active DJ Entertainment

Catering: Bon Appetit

Flowers: Verzaal’s