Joseph + Michelle

 
 

Joseph + Michelle // Darlington House // La Jolla, CA Wedding

This is a special film for a couple dear to our hearts.  This weekend we had the honor of producing a Same Day Premiere wedding film for one of Jason’s closest friends.  Joe was one of Jason’s former roommates and a groomsman in our wedding!

We feel like everyone needs a friend like Joe.  He is the life of every party, has untouchable charisma, and  charges the room with an uplifting and positive energy.  We always joke that Joe is at 300%.  When he is present, he is there for you 300%.  When he dislikes something, he dislikes it 300%.  When he loves something, he loves it 300%.  It is no surprise to us that when he found his bride, he would have all the love in the world and more to offer her.

Michelle was a mutual acquaintance of ours before her and Joe were a couple.  Jason was even living with Joe when they had their first date!  The chemistry that was set in motion that day, resulted in a long distance romance that stood the test of time, Michelle graduating from nursing school, long plane flights, and many sad goodbyes.  We couldn't have imagined a more perfect counterpart for Joe than Michelle's gentle and sweet personality.  Joe calls her "Belle," and it isn't hard to see why. She was one of the most naturally gorgeous brides we have ever seen!  We were both touched to be so included on their big day.

We met Michelle and her bridesmaids at the Inn By The Sea in La Jolla to document some "girl time" and film her makeup and hair preparation by Kristin Noelle Wait.  After travelling to The Darlington House, we found the quaint upstairs suite offered the most angelic white light for Michelle to get into her stunning Allure Bridals gown.  We also adored their intimate first look under the courtyard's picturesque lemon tree.  Those few quiet moments together were so sweet to witness.  The ceremony and reception site looked flawless adorned in sprawling arrangements of eucalyptus, pale roses, and giant deep red ranunculus from Craft Blooms- providing the perfect setting for their elegant cake from Edelweisse Bakery.

Jason was excited to have the double privilege of being both groomsman and videographer, although we knew that in order to make that happen, we needed to call in a dream team of fellow vendors.  We were fortunate to work with some of our absolute favorite people, not just professionally, but in general!  We made a personal recommendation to Joseph and Michelle to trust their day to Suher Haidar.  We knew they could rest easy and know their day would run smoothly and every detail would be in place.  Secondly, we are always able to produce our best work when we shoot along side our favorite photographers.  We were so relieved the couple chose Pat and Charissa of Charissa Magno Photography to capture their day!  It never feels like work when we shoot together.  They have the absolute best way of bringing a comforting presence while catching every special moment of the day!  Lastly, but definitely not least, given that one of us was in the bridal party and the other would need to hide away and edit after the ceremony - we knew we needed an additional shooter of the highest caliber.  There was only one person for this job in our mind.  We were able to start our careers working with Thomas O’Hara, and by doing so had the opportunity to learn from one of the best cinematographers in the industry.  We had that extra boost of confidence knowing such a close friend and mentor was helping to make this film possible.

As we set up our projector at the end of the night, Joe and Michelle had NO idea it was for debuting their wedding film!  We always love when we have the element of surprise, but what made it even better was watching them overcome with emotion as moments from the day unfolded, even moments that just happened.  Seeing Joe so emotional throughout the day really showed us how much he loves Michelle, truly treasures her, and what it means to him that he finally found his one and only.  He was lucky enough to marry his first serious girlfriend, and more importantly- his last.  We are both so happy for them, and so excited to have played a part in their wedding day happiness!

Credits:

Cinematography // At Last Wedding Films

Ceremony & Reception Venue // Darlington House

Coordination // Suher for Francine Ribeau Events

Photography // Charissa Magno Photography

Dress // Allure Bridals at Prevue Formal & Bridal

Bride's Shoes // INC International Concepts

Suit // Calvin Klein at Men's Warehouse

Groom's Shoes // Mezlan

Event Rentals // Concepts Event Design

Floral // Craft Blooms

Cake & Desserts // Edelweisse Bakery

Hair & Makeup // Kristin Noelle Wait

Invitations // Minted

DJ // DJ Dougie

 
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Julian + Misha

 

THE MISSION INN HOTEL AND SPA // RIVERSIDE, CA WEDDING

Misha and Julian's wedding was truly a destination wedding in our backyard. The Mission Inn in Riverside provided a jaw dropping visual landscape for this beautiful couple's special day.  Few wedding venues have inspired such epic elegance and romance.  Did we just step into another world?  Europe perhaps?  Everywhere we turned, it was the perfect backdrop to capture their love story, especially the amazing spiral rotunda staircase!  There were so many moments that took our breath away.  I remember a certain electricity in the air as the towering doors of St Francis of Assisi Chapel swung open.  There's nothing more special than that sweet moment of anticipation just before a groom sees his bride walk toward him down the aisle.  Misha radiated marital bliss all day, and looked stunning in both her ceremony and separate reception dress.  The reception was a feast for the eyes with deep red florals, crystal chandeliers, and the soft light of what seemed like a thousand glimmering candles.  Misha and Julian were so naturally and effortlessly in love in front of our lens and we couldn't have dreamed up a more picturesque day for this picture perfect couple!

 

CREDITS:

Ceremony & Reception Venue // The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

Coordination // Suher of Francine Ribeau Events

Photography // Aubree Lynn Photography

Floral // Blooms by Breesa Lee

DJ // DJ Mikey Beats

Cake // Cute Cakes

 
 

Steve + Bette

 

LOVE STORY & 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Everyone, stop what you’re doing and watch this love story! Steve and Bette celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary today, and are just as wildly in love as ever. They have been writing love letters to each other over the years totaling over 300 letters! Talk about #relationshipgoals!  

Last year, we had the privilege of producing their daughter's Same Day Premiere wedding film, and we just fell in love with their whole family!  It just so happens that she is a talented photographer herself, and that sentimentality runs in the family.  For their anniversary, she captured just how smitten they still are in a beautiful sun-drenched lakeside photoshoot, converted and compiled old VHS footage, and set in motion the creation of this film as a gift. 

They once again exchanged letters that encapsulate their deep love and devotion for one another. There is so much about this couple that just makes you go “d’awww!” Get ready for your daily dose of adorable!

CREDITS:

Photography   Charissa Magno Photography

 
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Monico + Phyllis

 
 

 PALA MESA RESORT // FALLBROOK, CA WEDDING

Sometimes it's love at first sight.  Sometimes love happens over the span of many years, growing slowly from a solid friendship into a lifelong bond.  For Phyllis and Monico, love happened when the popular girl started asking the “nerdy-ish” math whiz for help on her homework in high school.  We are beyond excited to debut their adorable story.  This weekend, we premiered the Love Story at their wedding reception, and surprised the couple with the Same Day Edit at the end!  Enjoy!

CREDITS:

Ceremony & Reception Venue // Weddings at Pala Mesa Resort

Coordination // Weddings by Thomas Lewis

Photography // Philip Tran Photography

Floral // Classic Blooms Studio: Floral Designs

Hair // Jacqueline Aquino 

Makeup // Kristine Davis

 
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Matt + Stacy

 

MT. WOODSON CASTLE // SAN DIEGO, CA WEDDING

It was a seven year long journey on the road to becoming the Bauchieros. The charming and historic Mt. Woodson Castle was the perfect setting for Stacy and Matt to finally tie the knot, and on their anniversary no less! From the moment the cameras were rolling, we could tell that the love unfolding before us was so genuine, deeply grounded, and that these were two people who know beyond a doubt that they are meant for each other. It was truly an honor to capture that in their film. Congrats to the Bauchieros, and we wish you many more years on the journey of life together!

CREDITS:

Ceremony & Reception Venue // Mt. Woodson Castle

Coordination // Iman of Mt. Woodson Castle

Photography // Whimsie Photographie

Floral // Blooms by Breesa Lee

Makeup // Jen Castelo Makeup Artist

Hair // Susanacbeauty

 
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Tony + Jessica

 

GREEN GABLES WEDDING ESTATE // SAN DIEGO, CA WEDDING

Check out this super fun Same Day Premiere we did last Saturday! This couple definitely knows how to have fun. We loved everything about their day, especially the epic mannequin challenge grand entrance! We barely felt like we were working due to the laid back and relaxed energy of the day.  Jessica and Tony, the two of you are clearly so much in love, and your joy is contagious. We wish you all the best and a lifetime of happiness!

A big shout out to Us The Duo for allowing the couple to use your song "(Stop) Just Love" for their film!

credits:

Ceremony Venue // USD Immaculata Catholic Church

Reception Venue // Green Gables Wedding Estate 

Photography // Limelife Photography

DJ // Love Rockers

 
 
 

Brad + Alexis

 

GRAND DEL MAR // SAN DIEGO, CA WEDDING

To call this weekend's wedding "beautiful" would be a vast understatement. Every element of Brad and Alexis' big day was something out of a dream. Walking into the Grand Del Mar ballroom reception adorned in blush, shimmering golds, and hanging crystals was like walking into another world. Such a lavish setting was only appropriate for a couple who fell in love the first day they met as teenagers. This day meant the culmination and pinnacle of a love story that had been unfolding for years. We felt so incredibly privileged to have been given the opportunity to produce their same day premiere wedding film!

credits:

Ceremony & Reception Venue // Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Photography // The Grovers Photography

Floral & Event Design // Kathy Wright & Co.

Hair // Blush and Adore

Makeup // Spencer Barnes

Band // West Coast Music - The Lowdown

 
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