Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wedding at Presbyterian Church of the Master and El Adobe De Capistrano: Andrew + Kym

This Orange County wedding video is about 9 minutes long so for best viewing performance: press play then pause...let the lower bar turn a solid gray then press play again. The video will then be fully loaded.

Let me start by stating this wedding film was shot entirely by one cameraman (me). It goes to show that you do not need a crew of videographers in order to produce to a beautiful film although it is certainly a big challenge to shoot alone.

Andrew and Kym are high school sweethearts who have known each other since the 4th grade in elementary school. Kym, being a wedding planner...I knew this event would be well coordinated which it was.

This film has lots of natural audio from the vows and toasts mixed to a nice selection of music choosing by the bride and groom. The clip in the front with the groom and groomsmen, although looks staged was totally random and from the hip. It's rare that I get anyone interested in talking to the camera the way they did but these guys were down with being "on cam".

The ceremony took place at The Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo, Ca. and the reception was hosted at El Adobe De Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, Ca.

It was a pleasure working with wedding photographer Trista Lerit again. We have worked together several times and our candid style of shooting blends so well. Some photos of the vent can be seen here.

Joe Paxton of Atmosphere Entertainment took care of the music and reception lighting.

Wedding at Presbyterian Church of the Master and El Adobe Orange County from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wedding at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa + Patricia and Steve

The Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency is one of my favorite venues to shoot at. It's basically like a Southern California beach wedding without the blowing sand getting into my camera gear and no beach goers in the background starring into the camera the way people do on the Antiques Road Show on PBS. If you've seen that show you know what I mean;)

Here's a teaser of Patricia and Steve's wedding.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Adamson House Wedding Video+Malibu California+Stefani and Jason

If you've ever been to Malibu California you know that there's not much to complain about. Even the traffic jams driving up PCH is pretty darn nice (the view to your left that is).

When I looked at my schedule prior to this Malibu Beach wedding and saw that I would be working with an entourage of very cool wedding professionals I was even more stoked to be shooting Stefani and Jason's wedding. As cool as all of my clients are, getting to work with great vendors makes all the difference in the world.

We couldn't have asked for better conditions. A mid September day, perfect temperature, a stones throw from Malibu Beach and one awesome venue to shoot at.

Malibu's Adamson House was the set for this beautiful wedding. Since I did not meet Stefani and Jason prior to their wedding day I really didn't know much about them. During their vows (which they wrote themselves) I had the chance to hear a little back story of how they met and how long they have been together...btw over a decade, which was awesome to hear.

This wedding was coordinated by one of my favorite wedding and event planners on the planet: Paola from Just Chic Events. We have worked together many times and every single event is always extraordinary.

The photographer was Ryan Jones of RCJones Photography in Fresno. Let me say, Ryan has a great eye for capturing an image. I love his sense of style and I'd like to add he is very candid when shooting and cool and humble guy. Although he is based in Fresno, he often shoots Los Angeles and Orange County Weddings...certainly worth checking out if you are in need of a photographer. Some images from this wedding can be seen here.

Another fabulous wedding professional this day was Sherry McAlly from On Location Beauty. I think I have shot about 40 weddings where Sherry was the make up artists, she rocks and never disappoints!

Edge Entertainment took care of entertaining the guests all night long.

Here's a teaser of what the day looked like through my lens.

Adamson House Wedding Video in Malibu California from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Wedding at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church - Ryan + Liza

Here is a short teaser film of Ryan and Liza's wedding day. The ceremony took place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Rowland Heights California. The reception was hosted at The Westin Pasadena. Ryan was referred to us by his friend Joy whose wedding we shot several years ago. It was really cool to see Joy and her hubby George again at the wedding. The voice-over in the beginning of the film was from Joy who gave one of the readings during the ceremony.

Again, I got to work with one of my all time favorite DJ's in the world..."Devon" from Invisible Touch DJ's. At one point, Devon had about 250 guests dancing at the same time. I can honestly say that is a huge feat for any wedding DJ. I had a lot of fun shooting this wedding with my 2nd shooter Drew. The colors in this film have been desaturated hence the muted look.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Wedding Video: Ryan + Liza from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wedding at Turnip Rose-Grand Newport Plaza + Kathy and Sam

Here's a sneak peek at Kathy and Sam's wedding day at the Turnip Rose Grand Newport Plaza in Costa Mesa, Ca. The Reverend Don Johnson officiated the ceremony. Eric from SoCal DJs who is one of my favorite DJs on the planet kept the dance floor grooving all night long. I'd have to say this wedding had some of my all time favorite wedding professionals especially since I work with all of them regularly. Reverend Don Johnson is flat out awesome and an amazing officiant. Not only is he personable and compelling....but he is also one funny man who brings his humor to the stage in a light cheerful way.
Kathy and Sam have a little one on the way so I want to give a big congratulations to them.

The Turnip Rose at Grand Newport Plaza is a fantastic venue to host your wedding. I have shot here several times with more to follow this year. The architecture is beautiful so there is more than enough photo/video opportunities and you can have your ceremony and reception all in one location with no long walks from one space to the other. The staff from Turnip Rose catering are fantastic and the "on site" coordinator is always accommodating.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Steel Drum Band-Panjive

A couple months ago I shot a wedding in Long Beach and for the first time I had the pleasure of working with the steel drum band Panjive. I have shot a lot of bands over the years with very, very few worth mentioning in my opinion, but Panjive were all that and much more. All the guys in the band are super cool, friendly as can be and extremely talented. There is no doubt they set the tone for the event. Their music is fun and festive....and if you close your eyes while hearing them play you would swear Bob Marley was in the house.

On Panjive's website are some sample songs to check out, I don't think there is any singing in the samples but they definitely sing while playing and their vocals are on it!

Here is an excerpt from their website that gives a little insight on who Panjive is:

PANJIVE steel drum & Calypso Band is an intoxicating blend of Calypso, Reggae, and Contemporary music that always incorporates the unique island sounds of the "Steel Drum".

Caribbean steel drum rhythms native to Trinidad and Jamaica are fused by the band to create beautiful background steel drum music for your wedding or corporate event, or create an upbeat fun-filled show with their tropical music that never fails to excite an audience!

PANJIVE is comprised of young, professional musicians who are punctual, and friendly, offering a unique listening experience that is exciting, up-lifting, and memorable.

Regardless of the size of your event, PANJIVE can cater to your particular entertainment needs by offering everything from a "Solo" Steel Drummer to a full 5 - Piece band with vocals. So when it comes time to think "Island Music" or "Caribbean" theme, think PANJIVE! go check em' out.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Reception at The InterContinental Hotel Century City, Jack + Angeline

This clip is an excerpt from a reception at The Intercontinental Hotel in Century City California.

Cool music, lots of dancing and this reception possesses an awesome display of lighting for ambiance. I cannot emphasize enough how "LED" up lighting, pin spots, gobos, intelligent lights, etc. make a difference for a this case a wedding reception.

As a Los Angeles Wedding videographer, I can honestly say that this room would have looked like a square box with no atmosphere at all without the use of decorative reception lighting as seen in this clip. When you book a hotel banquet room or most any other reception site, they generally only provide the overhead lights built into the space, and IMO they just don't cut the mustard. This is why I made it a point to write about reception lighting.

Pin spots accent the beautiful centerpieces that took you countless time in designing, often time without the use of pin spots...those centerpieces get lost in the background.

So, for anyone considering up lights, gobos, pin spots, etc...if it fits into your budget, DO IT! You will not regret it.

The "best man" at the wedding got a lot of screen time during this reception clip, can you figure out who he is?

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Wedding Video at Spanish Hills Country Club and Our Lady Of The Assumption, Zach + Jessica

Here is a sneak peek at Zach and Jessica's wedding day.

This wedding was shot entirely by one, although I am usually shooting with at least one other videographer.

For couples who plan to see each other prior to their ceremony a.k.a. [first look], this video is a prime example of how intimate and sweet one can be.

The ceremony took place at Our Lady Of The Assumption in Ventura CA. and the reception was hosted at Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo CA.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wedding in Los Angeles+The InterContinental Hotel+Jack and Angeline

Jack and Angeline...have been together forever so it seems, at least for the past 12 years or so. They were high school sweethearts that never faded away which makes their story even that much cooler. Here's a highlight short of what their day looked like.

The event was coordinated and designed by the always awesome and fun to work with Carrie Goff of Exquisite Events and Design. It always a treat to work with Carrie and her crew.

The ceremony took place at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church and the reception festivities were hosted at The InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wedding at Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center Cabrillo Beach Santa Barbara | Chris and Sam

Beach weddings...I love em! Chris and Sam got married at Cabrillo Beach in Santa Barbara California and just behind the ceremony site is the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center where the reception was held. What can I say, very cool couple...awesome day with a lil' bit of sand in my shoes.

Here's what their day looked like.

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Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center Wedding Video in Santa Barbara CA. from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wedding at The Athenaeum Cal Tech Pasadena | Adam and Aviva

Here's a short highlight of Adam and Aviva's wedding day celebrated at The Athenaeum at Cal Tech in Pasadena California. The day was filled with lot's of Jewish traditions. The song used for their highlights was recorded and performed by Adam's good friend Junar Ortega, the song is Everlong by the Foo Fighters. Two of my favorite photographers, Mike and Emi at Evoke Photography captured the days beautiful images which can been seen here.

I love shooting at The Athenaeum but if you are considering having your reception in one of their two ballrooms, I highly recommend purchasing a lighting package with up lights, gobos, etc. Without the use decorative-ambient reception lighting the space inside is very dark.

If you plan to shoot photos around the campus you will need a permit to do so. I think the permit is around $200.00.

Cal Tech Athenaeum Wedding Video in Pasadena California from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Wedding Reception Lighting for Ambience

Your reception should be warm and welcoming, and lighting can affect the atmosphere dramatically. Lighting your reception venue might not be something you’ve given too much thought to, but it really does create atmosphere and mood to the space, so is well worth considering.

Having shot at hundreds of venues in California and abroad I have seen modest venues look gorgeous with lighting implemented, and I have seen the most expensive venues look dark and cold due to the overhead "in house" lights or lack of lighting all together.

So, where do you find a reputable and reliable lighting company? Having worked with Jack Hou at The Music Man Productions many times in the past, I can say that he is well worth considering to set the atmosphere for the biggest party you will ever host!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wedding at at The Villa in Westminster | Mike and Thu

Such a sweet couple! I had so much fun shooting this wedding. It doesn't hurt when I have a chance to work with such as awesome photographer for the first time a.k.a. Tuan Nguyen at Two1Studio Photography. I also had the opportunity to shoot at The Villa on Beach Blvd. in Westminster California for the first time. Not only is this a beautiful venue to shoot at but the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
This wedding was shot by me alone with no second shooters, here's some highlights from the day.

The Villa in Westminster California Wedding Video from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wedding at Huntington Beach Hyatt | Robert+Jean's California Oceanfront Wedding

Such a cool couple! I also shot two of their friend's weddings as well a while back. Robert and Jean had a beautiful wedding at the Huntington Beach Hyatt in Hunting Beach California. The ceremony was officiated by the always fun and lighthearted Reverend Don Johnson. One of my favorite wedding planners to work with Carrie Goff of Exquisite Event Planning and Designs did a flawless job. My friend and awesome DJ Eric at So Cal DJs was on board for entertainment. Last but not least, photographer Joel Eckman Maus captured the days beautiful images.

Here's a highlights of the day.

Huntintgton Beach Hyatt Wedding Video from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Wedding at St. Monica Catholic Church, Santa Monica | Joe+Amanda

This is a highlights clip edited in all black and white by request. Super cool couple and a very nice first dance. Angel Swanson from Events of Love and Splendor coordinated the event. The ceremony took place in Santa Monica, CA. at St. Monica Catholic Church.

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Amanda and Joe from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Greystone Mansion Wedding Video in Beverly Hills CA. | Johnny+Peggy

Here's a highlight of Johnny and Peggy's wedding at the beautiful Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. The lavish event was coordinated by Angel Swanson from Events of Love and Splendor.

The Greystone Mansion is a very cool venue with lots of character. The mansion has been the set to many to Hollywood movies, TV shows and commercials.

Johnny and Peggy- Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.