Greetings! We just returned from Florida after our last wedding of 2014. What a great year it’s been! Filming weddings has taken us all over the place. Stay tuned for upcoming posts featuring weddings shot in Napa Wine Country, Big Sur, Northern Arkansas, the desert oasis of Palm Springs, and all over California from Hollister to Del Mar. Today we’re re-living a wedding our Associates shot in Yuma, AZ. We hope you love this sweet little film as much as we do!
If you have been following our blog you know we love creating Same Day Premieres for our couples. It’s always stressful to shoot, edit, and premiere a video within the span of only a few hours, but the reward is great. Listening to the audience and their initial gasps of shock (how did they do that?!), the cheers, the laughs, and watching the tears well up is always a great rush. It’s really the only time we get to see how people respond to our films, and we love it. Until today all the Same Day Premiere Films have been created by me (Tom) and my team. So for the first time ever, may I present a SDP produced by our Associates Jason & Mary. They are super talented and valuable members of our team. I hope you enjoy what they put together, it’s not an easy feat and I’m impressed! Cheers!
Today we are featuring a “Great Gatsby” themed wedding shot by our Associates. The ceremony & reception took place at the Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego and was styled by Monarch Weddings and Splendid Sentiments. The whole day had a magical vibe and felt a bit surreal thanks to the guests in their chic attire, beautiful decorations, and amazing dance party orchestrated by DJ Thomas James. It was also cool to see NFL tight end Zach Miller (Seattle Seahawks) there as his twin daughters were performing the duties of flower girl. As avid 49ers fans, we put aside our feelings for the Hawks and make sure Zach and his girls made the film. Finally, the love for Jennifer & Chad was evident as their friends and family gathered to celebrate their marriage. Their vows to each other were wonderfully written, heartfelt, and really made our jobs easy! Choosing the soundtrack for this film was a process since we were searching for songs that fit the Gatsby style. The search was made easier by using The Music Bed as our Associate Jamie finally settled on two tracks by Brooke Waggoner. The songs heavily lean on orchestral string arrangements and gave us that sweeping/dramatic sound we were looking for. A perfect fit! Please sit back and enjoy their Highlight Film. After you’re done with that, please check out their photographs captured by True Photography here.
California sunshine meets New York charm, Courtney and Rich share their story with us. Despite a hazy first encounter, they were able to reconnect and eventually start a life together. They held their wedding at the beautiful Estancia Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, California and we premiered their film during the reception. Courtney & Rich got a loud round of applause after the guests heard Rich’s first voicemail recording which Courtney has saved over the years, how impressive! We filmed the sparklers scenes on Windansea beach in La Jolla while Courtney and Rich were visiting from the east coast. It was so great getting to know these two before their big day and then see everything come together. We hope you enjoy their film as much as had making it! Please head over here to check out more photos by the amazing Bryan Miller!
One thousand paper cranes. My hands hurt just thinking about how much work that took. Folded lovingly by their family and presented by Schuyler’s grandma, the paper cranes were a perfect backdrop for their ceremony. As the sun set over Mt San Jacinto, they exchanged their sweet vows to each other while the cranes danced back and forth in the gentle breeze. As our last wedding of 2013, we were hoping to end the year with a banging dance party and it didn’t disappoint! Congrats to Erin & Schuyler!
Here’s another chance to get cozy and enjoy a little Highlight that our amazing Associate Filmmakers put together! Jason, Mary, and Kris traveled up to June Lake earlier this year and captured some breathtaking footage.
Last year we had the pleasure of working with David Tutera Events on Ryan and Sarah’s wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Needless to say, we were excited at the opportunity to work side by side with his team especially after seeing their work on the television show “My Fair Wedding”. At the same time, we were a bit nervous because we thought there might be a big television crew and lots of drama with the bride. It turned out to be the exact opposite! Sarah is as sweet as can be and the entire event was beautiful, stress-free, and lots of fun! David’s team was amazing and did such a great job. Enjoy the Feature Film we put together! After you’re finished, don’t forget to stop by Michael Segal’s blog to see the gorgeous still images!
Happy New Year! Looking forward to a great 2014 and let’s start it off with this wedding we shot at the Bacara in Santa Barbara. Kristen and Evan have an incredible story to share and we can’t wait to finish their Feature Film. For now, here’s their Highlight. Enjoy!
Merry Christmas Eve! We wish you a peaceful and meaningful time with loved ones. Take a few minutes and watch Anna & Lany’s wedding day Highlight! Here’s to an amazing 2014!