Life update: August 2018

Hey guys! So, this isn't your typical wedding video blog post (but don't worry, I've got some coming your way!), but I wanted to hop on and introduce myself for anyone who doesn't know me yet and fill you in on everything that's happened this August.

To start... Hi! I'm Sarah and I am the lady behind Gold + Sage:

Joshua Tree

 I got into videography on accident in college and fell in love with the art! One of my friends thought I was a photographer and gave my name to a wedding video company who was looking for some help over the summer. They asked me to assist on some shoots to which I told them, "Sure I'll come, but I've never touched a camera before." They took me in anyways and taught me the ropes and over the next year or so I began to film weddings on the reg and my life has never been the same! There's something really special about documenting love. Being the one who gets to preserve memories for generations to come is a privilege and an honor, and one I've thoroughly enjoyed the past 3 years. 

So, that's enough about me. Now it's time for you to meet the hubs: 


This hunky man is Andrew - he is the calm to my crazy. My personal, in-home IT support. The best pupper dad to Luna. He's my biggest fan and will always be my favorite person to eat cereal on the couch with while watching Netflix. He works for the YMCA as a business data analyst and is always trying to analyze my business (which will never happen because if he knew how much is costs to run this business, he would die). He loathes (but secretly loves) it when I make him do these photo sessions because we get to remember these trips in a special way. This California trip was one for the books - maybe one day I'll tell you the whole story....

So, that's us and we have some fun August news:
1. My computer died and I had to get a new one and it's super speedy and I'm so excited. 
2. We bought our first house! Below are some terrible iPhone photos, but they'll do for now. She's a little bit of a fixer-upper but nothing some paint can't fix. We're so in love with this little ranch and are excited to spend the next few years here in the heart of Apex growing Gold + Sage and making memories. I'll keep you posted as we paint our cabinets and renovate the kitchen and you can always follow along on Instagram at @goldandsageweddings

New Home

**Huge shutout to Kayla Jannika Photography for these photos in Joshua Tree!**

Daniel + Abigail | The Mission Inn - Riverside, CA

Meet Daniel and Abigail. These two were wed at the beautiful Mission Inn Daniel is an old friend form college and Abigail is the answer to all of his prayers. These two possess a deep love for one another and a shared faith in God that radiates form their hearts. Just listen to these vows! 

Ben + Tiffany | All Saint's Chapel - Raleigh, NC

Do you remember Ben and Tiffany's teaser film? Well their full highlight is finished! These two have the most adorable pups (I'm looking at you Charles and Snoopy), and they also know how to have a good time! I may have a father-of-the-bride toast post in the works as a special treat because it was too sweet not to share! 

Can I choose my own wedding film music?

I wanted to drop a blog on music licensing because I get asked this question a lot:
“Can we choose the music for our highlight video?”
In short, the answer is: ‘No.’

Here’s why:
Music isn’t free. You can buy a song for personal use for like $2, but once you buy a song for commercial work, that licensing price jumps.

9 times out of 10 when a couple asks to choose their own music, they want a Top 40 track or a famous artist’s song. The kicker is: those tracks cost $10,000+. If you want to buy that license, that’s fine! However, a $10,000 music license on a $3,000 wedding video package typically isn’t in the budget.

There is still hope! There are so many talented artists in the world that aren’t famous yet, and their music is readily available for your wedding film. Their music is accessible on music licensing websites that I have access to and the cost of those tracks are included in your video package.

This brings me to the 1 out of 10 couples who would like to search those tracks and choose their music. To that I also say, ‘No.’ and it’s not because I’m a control freak – it’s for your own sanity. As newlyweds, you don’t have the time to choose your film music. It’s an overwhelming process to search through 1000’s of tracks that will fit your film. Plus, you haven’t even seen your film yet. I know what your film looks like because I’m editing it –the music and the vibe of the film have to complement each other.

To that I say, “Trust the process.” You hired me because you like my work, so let that moment when you see your complete film be special. At the end of it all, if you 100% hate the music and it makes you want to puke, let me know and I’ll switch it out. I’m not unreasonable! To date, I’ve never had a couple be disappointed in my music choice; so rest assured that your film will be just as moving as everyone else’s.      

Happy Father's Day!

On my list of favorite wedding moments, the father/daughter dance is in my top 5. There's just something so sweet about a daddy giving away his little girl to the man she's chosen to be her new protector. Those tender moments are what we live for. Sometimes those tender moments last an entire song and sometimes those tender moments bookend the most lit father daughter dance you'll ever see. Who knows? You'll have to watch and see.