JOYCE & JAE {HIGHLIGHT}

A huge pleasure to work with Joyce & Jae on their wedding in Wellington, Florida! Their wedding was recently featured in The Knot Magazine as part of the Fall/Winter 2015 issue. Here’s the blurb written by Joyce herself!

Growing up with my father as the senior pastor of our church, I started attending weddings, rather, a plethora of weddings, from an early age. I was very blessed to have witnessed so much beauty and love on a weekly basis. However, this came with the caveat that the bar only rose higher for my own fairytale wedding with each one I attended. Having taken bits and pieces from countless events, as well as entering this new era of Pinterest, I was completely overwhelmed when the time came to plan our very own wedding.

With the help of Jae, my fiancé at the time, we started with the basics and thought of what would best illustrate our story. We imagined a garden, just like the one we ventured through on our first date. Since we decided to get married in Jae’s hometown of Wellington, FL, we wanted to bring down a piece of New York City through the food. It needed to feel like an escape into a fairytale, because after all, marrying your soul mate should feel like nothing short of such a dream.

To set precedence for the big day, invitations were hand stamped with a wax seal, displaying our matching initials: “J + J”. For mailing, we created postage stamps using snapshots from our engagement shoot, taken by the ever-amazing Judy Pak.

On November 8, 2014, guests arrived to St. David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church, tucked away on a corner enclosed with tall pine trees. Shedding the traditional guestbook, friends and family were asked to autograph their presence on a wooden heart which, would then be placed in a shadowbox frame. As they made way to their seats, from each pew hung pictures of Jae and myself growing up; the bride on the left and groom on the right. The musicians began to play and the two flower girls walked in, holding their hand-woven baskets, gilded with an olive leaf ribbon by one of my very own bridesmaids. My father walked me down the aisle while gaining his composure, for his job wouldn’t be done even when we reached the alter… he had to preside over the wedding as well! Jae and I recited our vows, then Mr. & Mrs. Ko we came to be~.

After the ceremony and a short, breezy drive, the guests entered to flowers floating in the pool at the International Polo Club. From highlighting encouraging verses in the bible used during the ceremony, to sipping on “Mr.” and “Mrs.” specialty cocktails out of birch tree paper straws, everyone found their way to retrieve their escort cards. As a keepsake and reminder of our roots, the cards were tied to mason jar mugs printed with the state outline of New York and Florida, “Joyce” and “Jae” written inside each state respectively.

In order to create our exact vision of a secret garden, the patio covered by two tents became our blank canvas for the reception. As grapevines and eucalyptus leaves wrapped around each pole all the way up to cover the ceilings, chandeliers and candlelit glass orbs hung among the draping eucalyptus, illuminating the space as everyone walked into our love story. Orange Blossom Florals swooned us all while transforming our ideas to life.

Sharing what was once only my passion, and now Jae’s as well, our personal favorite candies and desserts enticed on top of vintage carts presenting the banner, “A Few of Our Favorite Things”. Next to the carts rested the wedding cake, whimsical in shape, complete with a miniature tennis racquet & ball peaking out from the base… because after all, this was the groom’s wedding too ;-) .

As guests dined through courses and stations, tasting much more than what we thought NYC had to offer, Executive Chef William Sellner Jr. and the team at the Polo Club truly outdid themselves to make our story complete.

Later that evening, it rained right on cue, as everyone was safely under the amaranthus adorned tent. Our secret garden transformed into an enchanted forest as we danced the night away, and such a fairytale it truly was!”

RAMI & JORDAN {SHORT FILM}

Check out this super fun Short Film we just finished! We love couples with personality and these two certainly fit the bill. Our favorite moments include: mutually agreeing not to cry during their first look and to save it for later, confetti cannon showers the crowd as they kiss during the ceremony and later during the last dance, and amazing first dance twirling (by both of them). The design was flawless and so well-thought out, produced by the legendary team at Bash, Please. Had a great time collaborating and capturing visuals alongside Amy and Stuart Photography. You know West Coast Music – Beverly Hills/Los Angeles rocked the party all night until the RAFFter party…and guess who kept the party going? Our buddy DJ Austin Hendrix! Between all the surprises, hilarious comments, and sweet moments, this was a treat to be a part of!

MORGAN & JOE {HIGHLIGHT}

Sometimes you find yourself in a place you thought might only exist in your dreams. For me it was filming a wedding on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles with an aisle lined by trees in full bloom. As I stood there admiring the beautiful scenery, each person in the bridal party smiled as they made their way down the aisle. I joked and casually chatted with the photographer standing next to me. He happens to be a world renowned talent and I had just seen him on stage teaching at an international photography convention, yet he treated me as a peer and with respect. Normally I have slight butterflies and a healthy amount of stress when filming a once-in-a-lifetime event, but for some reason I was completely at ease. The beautiful bride emerged, escorted by her father to the sounds of a string quartet and everything was perfect. It was truly magical and a moment I don’t think I’ll soon forget!

As the night progressed the dream continued. An amazing set by the crazy talented musicians, a jaw-dropping reception space, and spoken word powerful enough to soften the hardest of hearts were among the things we had the opportunity to capture that evening. We drove away that night with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for not only the fact that we are hired to create art, but also that we have the freedom to explore, take risks, and let our imaginations wander. Thank you Morgan & Joe for having us and we wish you nothing but the best in your journey through life together!

KELLI & CODY {SHORT FILM}

Last fall we cruised up the California coast to Hollister for a wedding at Leal Vineyards. It was a great chance for us to break in our new drone (UAV) for some amazing shots from the air. Seriously, so much fun. When we arrived at the vineyards we were pleasantly surprised to find out the entire bridal party and their family were getting ready in two large houses on the same property – both within a few steps of each other. Logistically this is great for us, as we can pop between the guys and gals and gather lots of fun little scenes. As for Kelli & Cody, we really lucked out! They are totally cool and were super accommodating to us. You could see how much their family loves them and how close everyone was, in a way it made us feel like part of the family for the day! Also had a great time working with Ashley Maxwell again, always a pleasure.

Candice & Mike {Short Film}

Capturing once in a lifetime events really gets our juices flowing, especially when we have an amazing couple to work with! Mike & Candice made everything so fun and easy, it really was effortless to capture some great moments throughout their wedding in Palm Springs. Thought and care was put into so many elements of their day. From the picture on the card (taken by Mike’s mother) Mike delivered to Candice before their ceremony, to the personalized vows they wrote for each other, down to the table names at the reception in honor of their beloved Packers. We hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it!

JADE & WES {HIGHLIGHT}

We have a Highlight film today featuring a wedding we filmed in Sonoma. Wes and Jade had many teary moments throughout the day, but our favorite moment came during the ceremony when the word “infidelity” accidentally made an appearance and just about brought the house down! Enjoy their film!

JULIE & DAVID {SHORT FILM}

Let’s keep the ball rollin’! Our Associates Jason and Mary shot this wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum. During the ceremony a rogue drone made an appearance, see if you can spot it. Drones/Quad copters/UAVs are cool (we have one) but definitely not in the middle of a wedding ceremony! Not only is it distracting to look at, it’s very loud. And now everyone there thinks it’s ours, so thanks for that rogue drone flyer person. Luckily Julie and David’s vows were wonderful and heartfelt, and they didn’t seem distracted at all! Enjoy the film!

CRISTIE & KRIS {SHORT FILM}

2014 was a big year for our Associates! Here’s a wedding they did at the beautiful Temecula Creek Inn. Kris & Cristie were a dream to work with and a terrific team of vendors! Enjoy their film!

THEA & JASON {SAME DAY PREMIERE}

Happy new year! 2014 saw a lot of changes. Tom’s family welcomed their first born child into the world, Thomas Patrick O’Hara. We also heard the news that Jason & Mary are expecting a baby girl coming in 2015! We said goodbye to some old friends and hello to some new ones. We met a lot of amazing people and visited some unexpected places. We added some new gadgets and gizmos which have taken our work to new heights!

We have lots of videos to share from 2014, but to kick off 2015 we’re starting with our first wedding of 2015 – a Same Day Premiere we just created on Saturday at Jason & Thea’s wedding! Every now and then you meet a couple that you feel like you could talk to for hours. Well, I did just that with Jason & Thea (3 hour long pre-wedding meeting!). It was amazing to spend their wedding day with them, and so funny running into them at the grocery store 2 days later! A lot of firsts for us on this one:
- 1st time filming a couple’s 2nd wedding (they had their first wedding at Disneyland!)
- 1st time putting a drone shot in a Same Day Premiere (the crowd goes wild!)
- 1st time doing a surprise comedy scene (people laughed, thank God)
- 1st time with a MoVI (thanks to our esteemed colleague Matt Forrey)

Thanks Jason & Thea for making us a part of your 2nd big day! We know this one was the “real deal”!

ELLIOT & ELIZABETH {SHORT FILM}

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!