We recently had the awesome opportunity of shooting a Save the Date film for our friends, Ali & Marcus, who will be taking the plunge this coming February in Islamorada, Florida.
You may remember this great couple from their engagement in the clouds that we featured this past Summer. Having already conquered the skies, we were excited to create a film that captures Ali and Marcus’ love of the sea. One of their favorite activities to enjoy together is taking Marcus’ boat out on Key Biscayne and going snorkeling with their water-loving English Springer Spaniel, Albus. We’ve never seen a dog so excited to go swimming! He was jumping out of the boat and doing laps around it, when it occurred to us to strap a camera on his back, and thus AlbusCam was born! It was great to see things from his perspective, and after testing the camera, we now know that Mr. Belvedere can finally go on wedding shoots with us! This film was a blast to shoot, and we are grateful to Ali and Marcus for having us document this exciting time in their lives. Enjoy the film, and stay tuned for the next chapter in their story, coming in 2013…but this time, on land! 🙂
Meredith and Giacomo like to dance. Meredith grew up around ballet and the couple shared an impromptu salsa dance on the night they met. It’s only fitting then, that they would organize a choreographed dance number with their bridal party to surprise their wedding guests at their reception. Their day was full of emotion, both fun and sentimental with gift exchanges, the first time they saw each other and (of course) dancing. Meredith and Giacomo are the kind of couple who have all of the traits for a long happy life together. They’re as smart as they are in love, generous and just the right amount of goofy. We loved getting to know this awesome couple and are happy to share their highlight with you. Enjoy!
Church – Church of the Little Flower
Venue – The Biltmore Hotel
Event Planning – Jackie Ohh… Events
Photo – Maloman Photographers
Flowers – Parrish Designs
MakeUp – Gloria Pelo
Music – DJ Michael Saryz
We are thrilled to present to you the highlight of Jessica & Eric’s happy and fun-filled Miami Beach wedding! We, by no means, are exaggerating when we say happy…this couple couldn’t seem to go more than five minutes without beaming big smiles at one another. Seeing them interact with each other and their families was such a joy to see, that I often caught myself smiling while editing their film!
I learned that, even during college football season, with the intense rivalry between the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs (she went to UF and he’s a UGA alum), they still manage to get along and make each other laugh. In addition to all the laughter, their wedding also had some of the best dance skills we’ve ever seen! While attending UGA, Eric was in a hip-hop dance group and brought his talents to South Beach to surprise Jessica with a choreographed dance, featuring a medley of different songs. The look on Jessica’s face (especially when N*SYNC came on) was priceless!
We feel truly honored to have been a part of such a special moment in Jessica & Eric’s lives, and we thank them and their families for having us there! We hope you enjoy your film!
We’re excited to share with you the highlight film from Jess and Russ’ bi-coastal wedding. Jessica is a lauded letterer and illustrator who’s work has graced magazines, book covers and even a USPS stamp, while Russ is a designer for a social website called Facebook (you may have heard of it). We have been big fans of this talented and creative duo’s work for quite some time, but we were truly inspired by their awesome wedding website and knew we had to tell their story. As you can tell by their film, there is a large amount of love between them and their excitement to be married was pretty contagious. We really couldn’t be happier for them!
Jess and Russ wanted to celebrate their wedding in the two cities than mean very much to them: Brooklyn, where they met and built their first home together and San Francisco, where they currently reside with their cats, Billy and Olive. They decided on a very intimate ceremony at San Francisco’s beautiful City Hall followed by a pot-luck picnic with a few friends at Dolores Park. Their reception was a week later in Brooklyn, where they recited their vows and partied with 300 of their closest family and friends.
We feel truly honored to have met this amazing couple and their families and thank them for having us tell their story. Enjoy the film!
City Hall & Mission Dolores Park (San Francisco)
The Green Building (Brooklyn)
Design & Coordination
Sugar and Fluff Design House
We are happy to present to you the wedding highlight of Frances and David’s beautiful Villa Woodbine wedding!
This couple’s love was truly “written in the stars”, as they say. After meeting each other at a New Year’s eve celebration, they were so wrapped up in enjoying each other’s company and ringing in the New Year, that they forgot to exchange phone numbers. But luckily, the Universe always knows how to right itself. They were serendipitously reunited a short while later, when they both signed up for a popular compatibility site and were matched up right away. They started dating, fell in love and were engaged 7 months later.
The Universe indeed operates in mysterious ways, but there are no concidences…what is meant to be, is meant to be, particularly in matters of the heart. Frances and David are a great example of this. We are truly honored to have been a part of their day, and to witness their love for each other, while working along side our friends, Maloman Photographers and Junior’s Entertainment.
Frances and David, may this film always remind you of the great love you share. Enjoy!
After a nice, long Summer break, our blogging vacation has now come to an end! During this time we’ve been busy working on lots projects and stories and we can’t wait to share them with all of you!
The first story we would like to share with you is Ali and Marcus’ engagement film. Ali and Marcus are an awesome, fun-loving couple that we are very proud to call our friends. This film meant a lot for us to document, particularly for Ursula, who has worked with and been great friends with Ali for over 5 years.
Knowing that Marcus was getting ready to pop the question soon, and that he wanted to create a custom wedding ring for Ali, we asked him if he would allow us to film the process. We were intrigued by seeing this universal symbol of marriage, a wedding ring, being hand-crafted from scratch and seeing the perfect ring from conception all the way to delivery to the perfect girl.
Mid-way through planning, Marcus decided that he wanted to propose to Ali during their upcoming vacation to Hawaii. He had the idea of proposing on top of the clouds at Haleakala Mountain, an active volcano in Maui known for its stunning views, epic sunrises and freezing temperatures. Due to a packed shooting schedule, we were unable to make the trip to document their actual engagement, but we knew we absolutely had to have it on film. So, we contacted Ohana Films who made the trip up the mountain pretending to be a tourist and captured this truly special moment in Ali and Marcus’ life.
Ali & Marcus, congratulations on your engagement! We are so honored to be a part of this exciting time in your lives and can’t wait to continue telling your story!
We are happy to present you the highlight of Jenna & Justin’s sweet beach wedding held on the west coast of Florida. We love weddings of all kinds, but outdoor weddings hold a special place in our hearts. Not only are the bride and groom surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends, but also by the calming energy of nature. Jenna & Justin were lucky enough to enjoy the gorgeous backdrop of a private beach on the Gulf of Mexico at the La Playa Resort in Naples, Florida.
This sweet, fun-loving couple met early in their college years at UCF, and not surprisingly, it was love at first sight for both. They clicked right away, enjoying their relationship for nearly six years before saying “I do”. Making their day all the more special, they were joined by guests who traveled as far as Scotland, where Jenna was born and raised, and accompanied by their golden long-haired daschund, Bailey. Their emotional yet light-hearted ceremony was followed by an intimate dinner/reception celebrated at La Playa’s restaurant, with The Brett Foreman Band providing the tunes to bring a perfect wedding day to a close. We thank Jenna, Justin and their families for having us be a part of this special day and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!
We connected with Susan and Marius instantaneously with our mutual love of sweets and our canine companions. As we got to know them, we realized how their similarities and differences made them a perfect fit. Susan is high-spirited and very expressive whereas Marius is more grounded and laid-back. Yet, they tend to finish each other’s sentences and even manage to gift each other the same exact card on their wedding day! If that isn’t proof of a perfect match, then I don’t know what is! Their day was full of emotion, from Sue shedding tears while walking down the aisle to the amazing reception party complete with a choreographed first dance and Brazilian Samba dancers at the end of the night. We thank our friends Sue and Marius for their constant love and support and are so happy to have been a part of their day.
As filmmakers, we love to tell all kinds of stories, but we are particularly attracted to the stories that capture human emotion at its best. What could be a more joyful and emotional milestone than a new life being brought into the world? There are few moments that are more beautiful than the arrival of a little person who has been patiently waited for and who was loved long before their first breath.
That is what attracted us to documenting the birth of Juliette, the daughter of our good friends, Tenchi & Frank. Already incredibly loving and attentive parents to their 3 year old son Jonathan, Tenchi and Frank were keenly aware of effects that having a new sibling can bring to a toddler. They worked on preparing Jonathan for Juliette July 29th arrival, getting him excited and letting him know that he was to be her protector. Juliette would now be looking up to him and he has to defend her and be her Super Brother. So, for this film we decided to focus on Juliette’s birth from the perspective of her Super Brother Jonathan. Children have a natural curiosity and overall cuteness about them, and Jonathan is no exception. Incredibly smart and adorable, it was such a great experience for us to try to see this special moment from his eyes. We are sure that Juliette will be safe and happy, as long as Super Brother is watching over her.
We thank Tenchi, Frank, Jonathan & Juliette and their family for sharing this milestone with us!
Here it is….our first Indian wedding! If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending an Indian wedding, please know that it’s nothing short of epic. They are amazing 3-day events that include bright jewel tones colors, awesome music, beautiful culture and lots of parties, each one better than the last!
We were blessed that our first chance to document such a fantastic event was for an equally fantastic couple! Rina & Anup are truly amazing people. They are like those people you know who are the same age as you, yet they’ve accomplished so much more that almost you feel inadequate!
Anup is a Yale Medical & Business school grad (though he’s a Florida Gator at heart), while Rina studied Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. They use their spare time to run a charity called Cents of Relief that is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, improving healthcare and stopping human trafficking in vulnerable populations. Despite having accomplished so much in their short lives, they are a sweet, down to earth couple with a loving and supportive family on both sides.
Rina and Anup’s bridal party, who live in various places across the world, put together a choreographed Bollywood-style dance to be performed at their reception. They each practiced on their own, using a YouTube video to rehearse until they were all able to finally meet on the day before the wedding and go over it together. The result of their practice was awesome!
We were also lucky to have an amazing group of vendors working with us. Their crazy-talented photographer Apresh, was able to Skype with us ahead of the event and gave us insight and advice on all of the ceremonies and traditions in Hindu weddings. Jennifer J Events was responsible for designing a jaw-dropping event, from the decor to the flawless execution of a wedding weekend with over 300 guests.
It was an amazing experience for us and we’re so grateful to the Patel families for their constant support. Rina & Anup, we wish you lots of love, happiness and success with all your amazing endeavors!