April 8, 2021
Every spring, I get into a very nostalgic, production mood. Many of my Facebook memories this time of year will inevitably remind me of months and years of production. We always seem to choose to film our projects in May and June. These photos bring back SO many memories. I love that the majority of the memories I have pertain to the people I work with. I mean, let’s face it! Filming a movie is hot, exhausting, stressful work! We don’t always like to remember that part. But, the PEOPLE. They are absolutely worth it ALL.
And then THIS happens which makes the filmmaking adventure even BETTER!
I still remember being on set the very first day, standing in front of the farm house replica at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion site in Rollag, Minnesota. I was SO excited to finally have our cast and crew together, a mix of experienced and non-experienced individuals with the same goal: to come to the end of the week (yes, WEEK) with a finished film. Josiah, one of our soundmen and actors, was present. So was Sarah, one of our high school interns. I don’t know why, but I remember piecing the two together in my brain as I talked. Maybe they were standing next to each other. Maybe I caught one of them looking at the other. I don’t know! But, I remember briefly thinking to myself, “What will this week bring…?”
What did it bring? UTTER EXHAUSTION. And lots of time for these individuals to get to know each other at their most vulnerable state: tired, hungry, and SO busy. To this day, I believe that this is one of those opportunities (with the act of selflessly giving to each other) that attracts individuals in ministry. I believe serving together attracted Sarah and Josiah instantly. Why? Because serving in this way, making others a top priority, ETERNALLY links people! It’s beautiful! And who wouldn’t fall in love under such circumstances?
And, of course, the fact that Sarah and Josiah are both DARLING helped a lot!
Fast forward a number of growing-up years. Josiah and Sarah had already been dating for a while (I did a little jig when I found THIS out), and Josiah contacted me about his wish to propose to Sarah out at the farm where they met. WOULD I? I was NOT about to pass up the chance to brag about my part in their relationship AND to photograph this momentous event!
Josiah carefully, thoughtfully and lovingly worked out the details. On that very special, GORGEOUS Minnesota day, I rolled into the site with my equipment. Sarah was already under the assumption that we were having a cast and crew reunion on location (which she later admitted was a bit suspicious but exciting), and I had already devised a surprise of my own. I was nervous about capturing this intimate moment, but SO honored. Needless to say, I shed a few tears more than once without trying to show it.
I received word that Josiah and Sarah were on their way, and I prepped my camera and took a few practice shots of the house and the stunning flower arrangements Josiah had already displayed. Then, I waited with SHAKING hands. I just couldn’t wait to see them and Sarah’s reaction. I also couldn’t believe I was standing on set again (it will always be OUR set, regardless of how many threshing reunions I attend). And the sky!! Oh my word. Everything was so perfect!
Josiah arrived with Sarah. I’ll never forget her huge grin and her happy wave. I wanted to rush up to her and hug her SO badly, but I couldn’t! It wasn’t my moment! I started snapping images right away and watched her face go from excitement to curiosity to shock.
And Josiah performed beautifully. And, like any self-respecting woman in love, she said YES!!
I told the pair that they could have a moment and that I would snap a few photos as they spent some time together. They didn’t know that I also took the opportunity to text a few of my cast members who were waiting in a church parking lot in town. My heart started thumping. I couldn’t wait for this surprise, either!
As I waited for their arrival, I took as many photos as I could. I finally saw my cast members arrive, and I told Josiah and Sarah that I had a surprise of my own. They were SO shocked to see some of those familiar faces walking down the path to the house. Not only did the ladies deliver the most wonderful hugs of congratulations, but they came bearing gifts as well! Even though we did NOT have a full reunion planned, a reunion happened anyway. I think all of us recalled those hot, sweaty, dusty days of shooting “The Circle” and how special those moments still are to us.
But…this wasn’t about the movie. It was completely about Josiah and Sarah and the fact that God had truly prepared a place, a moment, and a future for them. WE were super honored to be a part of that.
And I was SO excited to take as many images of this moment as I could!!
Congratulations, Josiah and Sarah. I love you both so much, and I hope and pray your wedding day is as beautiful as you are!
A little flashback: Josiah in wardrobe as “John Davis” in “The Circle.” To see the full movie, click here.