Sarah & Rick Pendergraft

Award-winning wedding filmmakers, founders of Wedding Film Retreat

Sarah and Rick Pendergraft are widely recognized as some of the best storytellers in the industry. As former TV reporters, producers and anchors, they have always had a passion for storytelling and use that passion to create emotionally captivating wedding films for their couples. Based in Oklahoma, they spend much of their time on the road, shooting weddings across the country and internationally. Their work is frequently shared by local, national and international blogs and websites including Huffington Post and People Magazine, and has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, FOX Sports and NBC Sports Network.

With base wedding coverage ranging from $6,200-$10,000, they debunk the myth that you have to live in a major market or strictly shoot “platinum weddings” in order to command such rates. Their work has been recognized with several industry awards, including best wedding feature, best wedding short, and sound design to name a few. Believing that education is one of the best ways to elevate the industry as a whole, they have presented at the InFocus Video Event, Wedding Select in Brazil, several local wedding/videography associations, WPPI, the POSH Retreat, and WEVA International.

CinemAerial Visuals

Scott Strimple (U.S. retreats only)

Pilot, DP, Producer, Editor, Educator, Speaker

Drones are all the rage in wedding films, but that also means many companies are using them improperly, both in their shooting technique and in following the law.  Scott Strimple is a Captain, FAA check pilot for a major airline and certified flight instructor with 25000+ flight hours.  He’s also a two-time Emmy award winning cinematographer with more than 40 years operating SUA. This gives Scott an industry leading perspective to the world of unmanned flight.  Scott’s session will split between hands-on time with quadcopters, and classroom time covering prep for the FAA Part 107 test.

Gibson Events

Lindsay Gibson (U.S. retreats only)

Creative Director, Event Planner/Producer

Sooner born and Sooner bred, Lindsay has traveled extensively in North America and Europe but is proud to call Oklahoma home. With degrees in Early Childhood Education (B.Ed.) and International Child Advocacy (M.A.) she makes her parents proud by using neither. Lindsay has been planning weddings since her own in 2004 and plunged into Gibson Events headfirst in 2007. She has been recognized as one of the country’s top planners by Martha Stewart Weddings and her work has been featured in print in Magnolia Rouge, Cottage Hill, Martha Stewart Weddings and the Brides of Oklahoma, among others. With planning experience across the United States plus Scotland and Mexico, Lindsay is happy to travel for destination events anywhere her passport will take her! She lives in Norman, Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, rescued Italian Greyhound mix and overweight elderly cat.

Girl Friday Weddings

Sarah Johnston (Australia retreat only)

Wedding Event Planner

Girl Friday Weddings is a boutique agency of trusted and award winning wedding planners based in Crows Nest, NSW servicing both Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane metro and regional areas. Under the guidance of founder Sarah Johnston, their wedding planners have worked on the smallest elopement, to the largest event with over 800 guests. They have a fresh approach to each new client and love that every event that their wedding planners work on is different, including the challenges they bring. There is nothing that their wedding planners wont do to ensure every wedding is a success.

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