Happy December blog readers! Hope you all had a great time during Thanksgiving, we sure did. As you may or may not know, two of our fabulous Associate Filmmakers recently got married! Jason & Mary celebrated their marriage on October 18th, 2013. We’re extremely grateful to have them as part of the team here and today we’re excited to share some of their recent work. This is a Feature Film they shot along with the help of our friend Chris Fung, and the editing was done by Mary. The wedding location was in Vista at a beautiful private family residence. I think some of my favorite parts of the film are the little sound bytes and moments exchanged between Isabel and her mom – pure magic! Be sure to keep watching to the end for the blooper reel! If you’re a wedding filmmaker and want to see where we got our music, here’s the link
The holidays are near and we have shot our final wedding of 2013 last week. It was a great year and we were lucky to visit some amazing places and spend the day with beautiful people! We are continually touched by the amount of love and warmth of each of our couples, and Lindsey & Sam are no exception! They got married at one of our favorite venues in San Diego, Estancia in La Jolla. The whole day we were anticipating how their Same Day Premiere would turn out. After each passing moment, we knew it would be a good one. Inspired by another video they saw on our blog, Lindsey & Sam requested we use “You Are Mine” by Spencer Combs. It’s a great song and totally legal, so we said “of course!” We wish you guys nothing but the best, you two are sweet as can be! Enjoy their video!
Yes! Every now and then we have the pleasure of filming the weddings of our friends and we’ve been excited for this one for quite a while now. Talk about worlds colliding! Brad is a veteran of CYT (Christian Youth Theatre) and now splits his time between his hilarious Adventure Drums creation, rocking peoples’ faces to the tunes of The Eagle and Child, and his position as Video Director at Flood Church. Hailey works at Invisible Children and is in the business of seeking justice for the atrocities done by the LRA, while also lending her beautiful singing talents in the Family Band at Flood Church. Mix together super-talented theatre folk with ultra-passionate justice seekers, thumping beats, a dance floor, a few pastors with a knack for public speaking, and what do you get? That’s right…epic dance battle at a wedding reception complete with judges! That was definitely the highlight of the night for me! While all this craziness was going on, one of our team members – Seita – was hard at work editing! We weren’t planning on showing anything that night, but he wanted to try his hand at a Same Day Premiere. After a few tweaks, here’s what he came up with! Great job, right? No, sadly there’s no footage of the dance battle…you’ll have to wait for the Feature Film to see that! But in the meantime check out what Seita put together. Congratulations to the wonderful couple!
Hey blog readers! Tom here, with another blog post. We met Nicole at a wedding last year in which she was a bridesmaid. We ended up showing a Same Day Premiere at the wedding and Nicole booked us on the spot! The only problem was I was already booked for another wedding in Australia on her date! Luckily, we have a great team of Associates and I was able to call in some reinforcements from my friend Matt with Forrey Films. We were excited to learn that Tori with Sitting in a Tree Events would be designing and coordinating their wedding at the Parker Palm Springs, she always does an amazing job! Nicole and Sam shared some very sweet moments and their vows were great! We’ll be putting their Feature Film online soon with all those fun moments, but here’s an appetizer Highlight film from their day. The music track is “When I’m With You” by Ben Rector licensed through themusicbed.com. It was also great working alongside Gary & Courtney Photography! If you want to check out their images from the wedding, here’s the link. Enjoy!
We’re keeping the Santa Barbara train-a-rollin’ with this Short Film put together by our associates Kris & Josh. They road-tripped it up to SB for the day and hung out with these two sweethearts, Joe & Leslie. The music tracks are licensed through themusicbed.com. Enjoy!
Before you watch this one be sure to get some tissues! Mike and Marissa celebrated their marriage in beautiful Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. The weather was perfect and so were the people – nothing but smiles and happy tears all day long. Marissa’s laugh is so infectious, you can’t help but laugh right along with her. We hope this film gives you a front-row seat to experience the warmth and joy of their wedding day. From the opening titles, to the surprise gift exchange, and ending with the crazy dance party, this film was a joy to put together. Congrats Mike & Marissa! For best results press play and pause to let the video load before pressing play again.
Just got back from Lake Tahoe and what an amazing weekend it was! We traveled up on Friday morning to shoot some scenery and then film Janelle & Rob’s rehearsal dinner cruise. Totally awesome way to start the adventure! The dinner cruise felt like a mini-wedding, with heartfelt speeches, gorgeous views of the lake, and a dance party at end. As we circled the lake, Janelle’s mom told everyone a story about how as a little girl Janelle would shine every time she put on a new dress. She would twirl around and her face would light up. The next day as Janelle put on her wedding dress it was only fitting that she gave it a spin! The ceremony had a spectacular view of the trees and mountains. The circular theme continued as each bridesmaid and groomsman formed a circle of love & trust around the bridal party and guests. So many joyous moments combined with the epic view made it easy for us to capture, we just hope the film does it justice! During the reception we had the pleasure of screening this Same Day Premiere not once, but twice for Janelle, Rob, and their guests. Janelle shouted “Encore! Again!” so we obliged. That was a first for us! Here’s their video, enjoy!
Kristin’s parents’ house where she got ready is now one of my all-time favorite locations for bridal prep. Their house had so many windows letting in the most beautiful natural light. Yes, we’re fans of natural light. I’m going to let you in on a secret. Sometimes we turn off lights in the room if there’s a nice window letting in the good light from outside. The two light sources conflict and make people look half blue/half orange. Pretty weird looking, I know. Perhaps you have seen all those artistic black and white shots in photos and videos (ours included)? Artistic..yes, but also an easy fix for a shot with blue/orange people in it! Anyway, back to Kristin and Niels, aka Arnold. If I had Niels’ voice you can bet that all my friends and family would be getting a prank call from “the governator.” These two are so full of life and love for each other! Also, they hired the amazing Bryan Miller to photograph their wedding. We filmed his promo video last year and at last had the chance to work with him at a wedding. What a blast!
Hot off the press, here’s a wedding shot at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. Amy & Garrett went with a classic theme with touches of modern art. The ceremony site has an installation of boats flying off the roof which really catches your eye! They each got ready in separate rooms at the Scripps Inn right down the street from the museum. After taking some pictures with their bridesmaids and groomsmen they met up in front of the museum. Garrett kept his eyes closed until Amy grabbed his hand and he got to see her for the first time that day. It was such a sweet moment! Another favorite moment of ours was during the reception when Garrett surprised Amy with a song and dance to Michael Buble’s “Everything”. It took some guts to do that and he did a great job! All the guests were clapping and smiling – it was a fun surprise for everyone there. For the music track of their Highlight we went with “Love You Good” by Trent & Amy, licensed through themusicbed.com. We were lucky enough with finally work with our new friends Josh & Ariel with Anika London. They were the photographers for the wedding and we got a kick out of shooting alongside them!
Good afternoon! I’d like to report that after a week of temperatures in the high 90s, I am no longer sweating. Yes this heat wave has been brutal for us down here in Southern California. Whenever temperatures dip below 65 or rise above 80 you’ll start hearing lots of complaints on how it’s “freezing” or the heat is “melting my face.” You might say we’re a bit wimpy, and we would say “We sure are! Now please excuse us while we enjoy our 290 days of sunshine & cool ocean breezes” followed by a wink and smile. This weekend we headed out to the countryside to join Andrew and Rachel for their wedding celebration. Their venue was pretty spectacular! It was the perfect setting for a sweet and simple occasion with a rustic backdrop. Oak trees provided shade throughout the day and twinkling lights were strung overhead during the reception. We were honored to tell their story on film and show it to all their guests that evening. Special and sincere thanks go out to Jasmine with Frolic Storytelling and Josh Cartmell for the still images of their engagement and proposal. The music is by Holley Maher licensed through themusicbed.com (<—- click the link for the track we used). See you next week and as Conan would say – “Keep cool my babies!”