eric + jen - a night at the museum March 21 + 23, 2013 - Interestingly enough, our time with Eric + Jen began on a beautiful Thursday afternoon in Ranchos Palos Verdes, when the couple actually tied the knot on a different day than the reception. The perfect, quirky start, for the perfect, quirky couple.
We first met Jen back when her sister Ashley got married in 2011 and used ElmanAdam to film their wedding. We were very grateful when Jen got engaged and decided to book us too! Jen is so full of life and personality. We were beyond excited to capture their big day because we knew it wouldn't be anything short of spectacular. Lucky for her, Eric can keep right up with her, and together their silliness was ever present through the events.
Anyways, let's bring it back to the Thursday they got married. They chose the beautiful Wayfarers Chapel, also known as the "The Glass Church", situated along the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes. This place is downright amazing. Designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright, this church is unique and modern, and has an amazing view.
It was a fun ceremony, and a first for us, as Eric + Jen literally locked their love up with a lock and "threw away the key". Once they had officially became husband + wife, they held a little private dinner down the street where they could celebrate with their family and closest friends.
Once Saturday rolled around, we met back up with Eric + Jen at the JW Marriott in Downtown LA, where they both got ready for reception. Once they were ready for the evening, it was off to the Natural History Museum of LA, where their guests were able to celebrate "A Night at the Museum". It was fun to be able to roam the Museum after hours, walking amongst dinosaurs and fossils- such a unique setting for Eric + Jen.
They had a rocking 80's band, Neon Nation, that kept everyone dancing all night long. This was paired with killer food and some tasty late night snacks as well. Things that will definitely keep the guests entertained and their bellies full and happy.
It was fun to get to shoot with Victor Sizemore again, as we teamed up several years back on the other Barbone wedding. He is fantastic at what he does, and always fun to work with.
All in all, it was a great evening for Eric + Jen, and for all of those present to help them celebrate. They are such a fun couple, and we look forward to seeing them again down the road. There was hardly ever a time when they weren't both smiling. We hope that is a testament to their relationship and hopefully a glimpse into their future together. Congrats!
joe + tiffany - all my stars are leading me to you March 16, 2013 - From an Inn to a Parish back to a French manor. What a day of great locations, awesome people and fun events. Joe + Tiffany's day started in Downtown Orange at Ruta's Old Town Inn where Tiffany and her bridesmaids got ready for the traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony. What a unique ritual to get everyone involved, as Joe's groomsmen present gifts to the brides family, the uncles announce who represents each others families and Joe + Tiffany see one another for the first time.
After the Inn, the party moved over to St. Joseph in Santa Ana. What a beautiful place for Joe + Tiffany to give their vows of love forever, especially for the two of them both being architects. This building was impressive. Presiding over the ceremony was Fr Richard Bullene, friend and professor of Joe + Tiffany at the college where they met, Notre Dame (GO IRISH!). You could feel how important this ceremony was for Mr. Bullene to celebrate and how important Joe + Tiffany were as his students.
There was only one more place to go after the church and that was to The French Estate in Orange. What a picturesque place to bring the party to life. Cocktail hour greeted us with some of the smoothest music our ears have ever heard, delivered by the one and only Mike Tulin and Carol Ann Zuchowski. if you get a chance, book them for your wedding, you won't be disappointed, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. All in all it was a smooth, relaxing evening as Joe + Tiffany and their friends and family came together to celebrate a fantastic union.
ElmanAdam would like to thank Joe + Tiffany for making us part of their special day and we appreciate you giving us a tour of the greatest county on earth, Orange County!
Name: Tía Sandra Comment: What a beautiful and emotional wedding!
Name: Tía Isa Comment: Está precioso el video, super romántico, me hizo llorar, felicidades.
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February 22nd, 2013
don + emily - the underwater proposal December 12, 2012 - Back in November Don had contacted us and asked if we could cover his proposal to his then girlfriend that he had been planning for 12.12.12. When he told us it would be underwater in one of the tanks at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, we said we'd be happy to get involved. I mean it's not every day, people get engaged underwater, right? With sharks, and fish, and stingrays swimming around them nonetheless.
Regardless, Don had gone the extra mile in putting some thought into this day (I mean, the guy went and got us shirts from the Aquarium so it looked liked we worked there), which would make sense why we would be there filming? It worked.
All in all, we were extremely excited to be able to be a part of Don + Emily's exciting day, along with all of their friends + family who were on hand to help Don pop the question. Of course she said yes, and the rest, well, maybe you see the outcome here on our blog one day......
All the best to Don + Emily!
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February 12th, 2013
haleigh + ryan - black eye special January 26, 2013 - A wedding many many years in the making... Ryan finally "pulled the trigger" as Austin, his brother said and made Haleigh his wife! Ryan, one of a huge family and Haleigh, an only child came together at St. Edward the Confessor in Dana Point to tie the knot and start the next phase of their lives together, joined as one.
It was a beautiful brisk day in Dana Point as both Haleigh and Ryan got ready at Haleigh's parents and grandparents houses respectively just down the street from the church. The view from their homes were remarkable and brought a serene clarity and calmness to the getting ready processes. While Haleigh got her make up done, so did Ryan. Leave it to the self-taught mechanic and off roader to get a black eye from flying car parts hitting his face the day before his wedding. Classic move. Nothing a little make up can't fix for the days events though...
Then it was a short jaunt to the church where they entered into the Sacrament of Marriage in a beautiful Mass celebrated by the always loved Fr. Seamus. Fr. Seamus was the old pastor of the church both Haleigh and Ryan grew up in, quite fitting.
After the Ceremony, the whole wedding headed over to Marbella Country Club... a gem tucked away in San Juan Capistrano. Haleigh and Ryan had many beautiful, personalized touches to their reception that made it uniquely their own. Their night was romantic and fun full of lots of love.
Special thank to Ashley from APictureLife Photography and her 2nd shooter Kevin. Ashley is always a blast to work with and always produces amazing results.
Cheers to Ryan and Haleigh... may you enjoy a lifetime of love and happiness!
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January 18th, 2013
james + keri - a little piece of paradise January 5, 2013 - Have you ever been to paradise in San Diego? James and Keri got us pretty dang close as they took us to Paradise Point Resort and Spa, a private island resort, located in Mission Bay. Fortunately for us, it was another picturesque San Diego day, and the weather for the middle of a SoCal winter was perfect.
James + Keri were both fortunate enough to get to "get ready" in the Presidentail Suite (at different times, of course), that features a private beach and one heck of a view out looking out over Mission Bay. They were like royalty and were certainly soaking up each moment they had that morning. After all the hair and makeup and dresses were on, James + Keri exchanged beautifully personal (and occasionally witty) vows in front of their family and friends.
Once the nuptials were finished, Keri put on her party dress and being that their love was forever branded at Disneyland years back, they made their grand entrance into their reception wearing Disney paraphernalia...followed by perhaps one of the funniest first dances we have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Their first dance (a mashup of routines from the past to the present) set the bar pretty high for the dance party and taught their guests how to get the party started James + Keri style. All and all, it was a beautiful day capped with a amazing sunset to wrap it all up nicely. It was a joy to watch all of the loving exchanges between James + Keri and their children, who were very intimately involved in their wedding day from start to finish.
Cheers to a lifetime of happiness and love for this beautiful family... of now 8!
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January 13th, 2013
adrienne + aj - a little rain never hurt anyone December 29, 2012 - Ah December weddings in Southern California. One day it's 75 degrees and sunny, the next day it's 55 and rainy. Well unfortunately for Adrienne + AJ, their morning started out on the cold and rainy side. Despite that, it did not slow them down for one second. Instead, they almost embraced it and prepared for it. They even made a stop at Roger Dunn while en route to the ceremony site to pick up some umbrellas to help cover their guests walk from their cars to the church. Plus they always say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. I'm not sure who "they" are, but we always hear it. Fortunately for Adrienne + AJ, by the time their ceremony had ended, the clouds had began to part and the skies started to clear and what started out as a rainy, dreary day turned in to a perfect evening.
We joined them for the day at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Irvine. When we had first met with Adrienne + AJ several months back, they had made it quite clear that their wedding Mass was of the utmost importance to them, as they truly wanted their guests to know they viewed their union as a Sacrament from God. It also was especially significant to them because their long courtship began in high school while they went through the Confirmation program together at that church. So, this was a neat little back story for them as a couple, and great to see them come together in a place special to them in more ways than one. Overall, it was a beautiful Mass, was beautifully decorated with Christmas decorations still adorning the altar. This created a very elegant backdrop. And the choir they had for their ceremony was amazing!
From there, their guests headed up to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. This place is magnificent. It's created an indescribable ambiance to walk the hallways and see artifacts and artwork from all around the world. We're big nerds when it comes to museums and history, so it's tough for us not to be excited for venues like this. And the fact that it had been forever since we had last been there (as kids), it's always exciting to come back with a different perspective on what you are seeing. Furthermore, it's pretty unique that the main hall where the reception was held is surrounded by all of the indigenous California history. Anyways, I digress as always. It was such a fun reception - a killer first dance by the bride + groom, great eats, and some really touching speeches. All in all, a perfect night for Adrienne + AJ, and we couldn't be more thrilled that it was everything that they had hoped for. They were such an amazing couple, with a true love for God, and for one another.
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January 10th, 2013
Charlotte's 1st Bday! Sometime in the middle of last year we had been approached by a friend of one of our brides who asked us if we could shoot her daughters 1st birthday in November. Of course we said yes! And what an amazing event it was! Little Charlotte was just a bundle of cuteness who hammed it up for our cameras the whole time.
Charlotte's mom, Maggie, had gone off of the theme of Chanel No5 and created her own Charlotte No1, and really did quite a fantastic job. We hope this can be a little treasure and keepsake they can look back on years from now and smile just as much as they do right now.
And for us, it's always a nice change of pace from weddings and commercial work for us to cover other events that keep us on our toes!
Special thanks again to Maggie + Jeff for bringing us out that day to celebrate their little Charlotte, and who knows maybe we'll see them on her 2nd bday!
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December 25th, 2012
Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays from our family to yours!
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December 22nd, 2012
tim + ashlee - the wedding of all weddings December 8, 2012 - To say that we had been waiting for this wedding day would be a huge understatement. We had first met Tim several years back, as he is (no-joke) one of the best people in the wedding industry. Sometime last year, we finally met his fiance Ashlee while shooting another wedding out in Palm Springs and we all hit it off. They are seriously such an awesome couple - so energetic, and just two genuine people.
Many people know Tim as "The Electric Violinist", and if you read through old blog write-ups of ours, you'll see him pop in some trailers quite often since we've had the great pleasure of getting to work with him in the past. Definitely check out his website and contact him if you want to add a certain elegance to your wedding day because this guys kills it. And he's a awesome DJ too! But enough bragging about him, let's talk about his + Ashlee's big day.
We met up with the couple the morning of their big day at the always beautiful St. Regis (where Tim also happens to be the resident Violinist on Friday nights), and got to spend a fair amount of time in the more intimate moments of the day with their wedding parties. Once all was said and done at the St. Regis, they loaded up the limo and headed over to teh Talega Golf Club where the rest of the day's events were to take place. We absolutely love Talega and it's staff, and the main man there - Michael Vorhees. They go above and beyond for everyone with high attention to detail. It's always a pleasure to be able to shoot at Talega Golf Club.
Their ceremony was a beautiful occasion, filled with lots of Tim's tears, lots of laughs, and just a refreshing breath of crisp, fresh air. With Tim + Ashlee being accustomed to the stage, it certainly was a ceremony filled with lots of energy and charismatic vows and reactions. So fun. Once the ceremony was finished, the party moved inside to one of the most amazing setups we've been a part of in a long time. This room was ridiculous - to be envied by all bride and grooms. Michael, Gini Garner, and the rest of the vendors brought Talega to a whole new level. The silver Winter Wonderland theme made the room shine and sparkle - incrediblly chic and appropriate for a December wedding. The reception was quite the celebration, as the dance floor was packed... Tim + Ashlee faces never stopped smiling. The sweets table was adorned in everything you could imagine, with silver and white woven in, and oh so delectable. There was even a surprise performance by Tim and his groomsmen - The Higher Ground - a barbershop quartet they formed back in middle school. Simply amazing. And quite the representation of this amazing couple. What more could you ask for?
As always, none of this could have been accomplished without the team of vendors that Tim + Ashlee had for their day. We've had the pleasure of getting to work with most of them quite regularly, and it's never a dull moment. Big thanks to our pals Jim Kennedy and Lauren Hillary - extraordinary photogs and just great people. And to Gini Garner and her team - what a great team we all make. :) And we can't forget Michael Voorhees and his team at Talega again, top-notch on all levels. And the flowers, the lighting, the DJ, the food, and everything else was off the charts, and it's all thanks to this great team Tim + Ashlee put together.
Again, we thank Tim + Ashlee wholeheartedly for choosing us to take part in their big day - we were honored. It was just a flat out great day all around for us and we have such respect for them, in the industry, and as people. We wish them a lifetime of happiness, and look forward to seeing them soon as 2013 already has us partnering up for some more wedding days. Here's to Tim + Ashlee!
shawn + biana - the only moment, the only place July 7, 2012 - This is a trailer from a wedding we had shot back in July of earlier this year that we had to wait to share with everyone! Shawn + Biana's big day was blast for us to be a part of, and Shawn + Biana were such a fun couple to get to know throughout the process. Their day was one surrounded by family and friends and more than enough love to go around.
They held their wedding at the Westin Emerald in beautiful downtown San Diego and were able to have all of the days festivities take place in one central location. Shawn + his guys were able to get in a few quick games of Madden prior to all of the events beginning, and it's always fun for us to see the grooms be able to enjoy their hobbies on their big days. No stress, right? Ha. Of course, Biana + her ladies had been up since the morning going through all of the pre-day rituals, and trying not to stress. :)
From there it was the ketubah signing ceremony, and then on to the civil ceremony before heading long in to the night with the reception. The day was full of lots of laughter, and even some tears, but more importantly, love filled the day for Shawn + Biana and it was splashed across their faces from the beginning to the end. What more could you ask for?
It was a wonderful day for our team, and we couldn't thank Shawn + Biana enough for including us in their big day. I'm happy we were finally able to share their trailer, and let everyone else see the love from their big day.
And much love goes out to Deanna Tat and her team from Chic Ambiance Events for being the rockstar coordinators that they are. We always love working with Deanna and hope the coming years bring more collaborations with her. As well, much respect to Louis + Erin from Palos Studio, who were fun to work with all day long. And to all of the other vendors who went above and beyond for Shawn + Biana that beautiful day in July, thanks for making this day unforgettable. The day was perfect. Congrats Shawn + Biana!
jennie + kirby - on top of the world November 17, 2012 - A rainy day did not stop Jennie + Kirby from being exceptionally excited for the biggest day of their lives! We knew that Jennie would be up for just about anything when we found out that she broke her foot a few months before her wedding and was doing everything she could to rehabilitate it so she could walk down the aisle! She maintained a can-do it attitude that allowed her to be fully present and excited for her wedding day despite any setbacks - I'm sure Kirby helped with that! As you can see, the wedding party was prepared to capture the uniqueness of the rainy day with umbrellas for picture time. They do say that rain on your wedding day is actually really good luck!
And what better of a location than the City Club in Downtown Los Angeles to be at, from start to finish. The Ladies prepped and pampered themselves in a breathtaking skyscraper suite that looked out over the Disney Concert Hall while the gentlemen a few doors down were doing the same (maybe not so much pampering there). After preparations were done, Jennie and Kirby went to the top floor of the City Club to exchange vows in a breathtaking setting that makes you feel like you literally are on Top of the World, what a view. The reception continued there (how convenient for the guests and wedding party) without any interruptions and the guests partied the night away while enjoying great food, company, drinks and very touching speeches.
We are ever grateful to continue to meet the needs of multiple clients by having our second team of Aaron, Winston and Alex to capture days like these! Thanks for your hard work, guys! And for Jennie and Kirby for choosing ElmanAdam Films to retell the story of their wedding day for decades to come.
Name: Heather B Comment: This video is AMAZING!! It's your life in HD!! :-) Thank you again for inviting me to your special day and sharing this wonderful memory. Congratulations again. Xoxo
Name: Melissa GG Comment: I love this video! Great choice of song too...You are beautiful people inside and out. I am honored to know you both. Honestly, your wedding was the most perfect one I\'ve been to. Your love and respect for each other is evident in the way you look into each other\'s eyes. Thank you for having me be a part of this special day!
Name: Judy Wu Comment: This is the best wedding video I've ever seen!You look so beautiful Jennie. Congratulations to you and your hubby on your special day!
Name: Ivette Comment: =) You guys are movie stars! Your wedding was amazing. We had a great time. It was intimate and romantic. Your wedding team did a wonderful job!Thanks for sharing this video with us. Congrats!
Name: Chani Richardson Comment: Wow! My eyes welled up. This video is beautiful and the fun, love and support of your union is diffidently exposed :) So thankful to have been a part of your special day.
Name: Janelle Cabrera Comment: What a gorgeous video! Every detail looked beautiful. Congrats to you both!
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November 30th, 2012
love & dumplings kickstarter campaign Take two! It's such a joy of ours to get to collaborate with couples that we have worked with in the past. Bonnie + James, married in December of 2011 were a fantasticly energetic and inspiring couple on their wedding day (check out their trailer if you scroll back in history on our blog). As the year passed, they kept that momentum going and joined forces with their friends to put all of their creativity to work. As they ventured out to start up Love & Dumplings, we were honored to be included in the kickstarting process... a unique, creative and brilliant concept - the brainchild of a few close friends. Check out their kickstarter video here and please, support their company! They are awesome people who deserve nothing but success - and they are willing to work for it! Enjoy! Hurry up and check them out soon! Their funding will end December 12!
**Update** - 12/12 - Love & Dumplings met and exceeded their goal and are now on their way to being funded! Awesome news. Thanks to everyone who helped them reach their goal! Way to go L&D!!!
Name: Bonnie Comment: Thank you so much for yet another epic video!! You guys have been there for our engagement video (btw, we still hear comments like "funniest engagement video e-v-a-r!!" to this day), our wedding and now this. You guys have been there for us for so many of our big moments and knocked them out of the park. Thank you so much and to more collaborations in the future!
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November 26th, 2012
patricia + ryan - a global force for good November 10, 2012 - It's always an honor for us to be a part of military weddings, as we (as a company) are huge supporters of our troops and those that choose to defend our country. So when we met with Patricia and Ryan for the first time and had learned that Ryan was in the Navy and had done several tours overseas, we were humbled that they wanted us to be a part of their big day. It doesn't hurt that they are a super awesome couple who had us laughing throughout the meeting, and pretty much throughout their wedding day. It was also completely apropos that their wedding was taking place on Veteran's Day weekend, so what better way to honor a veteran than with a celebration!
After a day of on and off rain the day before their wedding, the weather could not have turned out any better when Saturday rolled around. Sunny and warm on a November day, it's the best time of year to have a wedding. Ryan had chosen to get ready with his groomsmen and friends at the Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point, while Patricia was fortunate to have her parents house at her disposal for herself and her ladies in San Clemente. Both Patricia + Ryan were beyond excited for their upcoming nuptials, it was hard to ever find them not plastered with a huge smile across either of their faces.
Once the party bus had arrived at the Laguna Cliffs to get the sailors, it was off to St. Edward the Confessor Catholic church just up the hill from the hotel to seal the deal and get the party started. This church holds a special place in the EA family as it served as the site for our very own Zach's (Adam) wedding to his wife Kirsten back in November of 2008, almost exactly 4 years ago from Patricia + Ryan's wedding day. But, I digress, this isn't about Zach + Kirsten. This church is absolutely beautiful and boasts one of the best views of all Catholic churches, for sure in Orange County, but I would gamble and say worldwide. The serene setting of the ocean off in the distance behind the altar was an added touch to the naval theme of the day. It was a fantastic mass ceremony, and definitely one that will stick in our minds for sure.
The reception was held back down the hill from St. Edwards at the Ocean Institute, tucked along the coastline, right on the water in Dana Point. This place is a hidden gem, and was the perfect setting to keep up with the aquatic/naval theme for the day. With the ocean literally steps away from the reception room, a harbor with old ships, and a cocktail hour held inside a little mini-aquarium, this place has it all. Patricia + Ryan were able to dance the night away, and begin their new life together in such a fantastic fashion.
It was just an awesome day overall for our team, and Patricia + Ryan were one of the most genuine couples we've had the pleasure of working with. Their love and respect for one another is worn right on their sleeves, and it's always such a blessing to witness it firsthand. As well, a big thanks to all of the vendors involved that help make their day everything they could have hoped for, and for helping us achieve our goals as well. It was a pleasure to shoot alongside Erin Hughes - her wittiness coupled with her great eye was refreshing to work with. And a big thank you to Emily Kouri and Katie Webb from Intertwined Events for helping keep us on schedule throughout the day. It's always a pleasure for us to get to work with these girls, they are on top of their stuff! And we can't help but thank James Loram from Last Dance Entertainment- he knows how to keep the party moving, and keep people entertained and laughing throughout the night. We always love working with him, definitely check him out if you are ever in need of DJ services.
A big thanks again to Patricia + Ryan for hosting such an amazing day! They are a gorgeous couple, and we know they have big things in their future. And we can never say it enough, but a special thanks to Ryan and all of his Naval comprades that were present that day, for their services. These are honorable men, and they always deserve the appreciation and respect on any given day. Thank you!
tania + gilberto - the little things November 9, 2012 - There's not much more that can be said about the wedding of Gilberto + Tania than stunning. All of the details and months of planning had culminated on this beautiful day in San Diego, and set the perfect scene for Gilberto + Tania to remember for the rest of their lives.
They had both chosen the Estancia in La Jolla as the site for all of their morning preparations, as well as also being the venue for their reception and celebration later that evening. If you have not had the chance to check out the Estancia yet while in San Diego, definitely put it on your list. This place is always one of our favorite spots in San Diego to shoot at. It's a great hotel, and a beautiful place for receptions. They have a remarkable staff and a pretty hip setting.
Once they had finished getting ready for the big day, Gilberto + Tania loaded up and headed over to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic church in Little Italy. This church, although small, is insanely detailed from top to bottom in some stunning artwork and stained glass. It certainly makes you feel like you've been transported to Europe. It was a beautiful Mass celebration, that even brought some tears to Gilberto's eyes.
The party transferred back over to the Estancia once Gilberto + Tania had exchanged their vows, where they could celebrate the rest of the evening. It was a great job by all of the vendors to bring this room to life, as all of the small details left quite an impression with the guests. Like we mentioned earlier, stunning.
Special thanks to our second team shooters Aaron, Winston + Alex. These guys continue to help build the ElmanAdam name, and allow us to give back to more couples. And an even bigger thanks to Gilberto + Tania - their love and appreciation on their wedding day inspired us, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness as husband + wife.
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October 31st, 2012
jamison + rob - i give you my grey hair October 19, 2012 - I think it's evident to say that Rob likes to surf. So much so, that Jamison surprised him on their wedding day with a custom shaped surfboard. Pretty dang cool, if you ask me. But after spending the day with Jamison + Rob, it became pretty clear that these two liked to keep each other on their toes, and shared in each other's passions.
They had chosen the Lake Oak Meadows in Wine Country Temecula as the setting for the day. This venue is very unique and had an enormous amount of character because of their little touches. The room the gentlemen had for getting ready was pretty large, and came equipped with a pool table, to help keep their minds busy. The ladies room, though not as spacious as the guys, still offered plenty of room to spread out and get through all of the morning rituals.
Their ceremony was extremely touching and light-hearted, as you can tell from their vows. It was held on a little peninsula that juts out in to a pond, and really provided a charming setting for the ceremony. What was even more impressive was the old school truck that Jamison rode in to the ceremony site. Talk about making an entrance.
Once they had cemented their union, they moved the guests up to the courtyard where they celebrated the night away under the stars. It was a perfect October evening, with the temperatures keeping everyone comfortable. All the details came together for Jamison + Rob, and the night could not have been a more perfect setting. Touching words from Rob's grandfather, a comedy set best man's speech from Rob's brother, laughter upon laughter, and more - we're sure it was the perfect setting for them.
We were happy to be working alongside photographer Anthony Carbajal again, as we really dig his work, but more so enjoy his work ethic, professionalism, and style. Definitely check out his work. We can't wait to shoot with him again.
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October 18th, 2012
corina + luis - the best beginning October 6, 2012 - Oh Corina + Luis! What an awesome, fun-loving couple. We had the absolute best time getting to know these two throughout their big day, and can easily attest to the fact that they were totally meant for one another. They love their families, their culture, and their friends, but nothing could top the love and emotion they have for one another. What a beautiful thing, even if it took them roughly 9 years of dating to get here!
Luis and his guys started their morning off right with a quick 9 holes at Brea Creek, followed by some cigars in the parking lot. Luis then headed over to his parents house in Anaheim while her prepared himself for the coming ceremony. It was neat for us to just be alone with him during this time, as it really gave us a private look in to his final moments as a single man. The grooms we shoot usually have all of their groomsmen around, or at least someone else, but not Luis. He was ready. Corina and few others got their hair and makeup done at a neat little salon in Downtown Fullerton and then proceeded to her parents house in Anaheim to finish getting ready.
Once they were ready to get married, they packed their things and headed over to St. Norbert Church in Orange, CA. This was a little bit of a treat for EA, as this is actually our home parish (and if you can believe it or not, our first wedding we've shot there even). Fr. Pat, a close friend EA Films, officiated the Mass and it's always a wonderful thing to get to hear this man speak. It was a beautiful Mass celebration, and if you couldn't feel the love between Corina + Luis before, once they walked down that aisle, it was undeniable.
The wedding party all loaded into their limo and headed off to the Grand Long Beach Event Center where the rest of the evening would be spent celebrating Corina + Luis. The reception room was done up so majestically, it was like being in a fairy tale. And it was a nice touch to their Hispanic backgrounds to have a killer mariachi band there to entertain throughout the cocktail hour and even during part of the reception. What can we say, we love a good mariachi band. Their night was a complete example of their love for one another, and just the starting point for the new chapter in their journey together.
Big thanks to their photographer, Steven Cheng, for being so great to work alongside, and his second shooter Courtney as well.
We wish nothing but the best for Corina + Luis and thank them for being so amazing to work with. Cheers!
Name: Corina Comment: You guys have done amazing work! Can't wait for the rest of the video!!
Name: Luis Comment: You guys did an amazing job and were such a pleasure to work with. I can\'t wait for the rest and would definetly recommend you guys to everyone. Thank you guys for everything, it\'s very appreciated.
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October 10th, 2012
allie + joe - the look in your eyes right now September 22, 2012 - A fairytale come true on September 22... Joe and Allie have a beautiful love story that has taken on new life now that they are married and have started a new chapter of their relationship.
The morning of their wedding day was filled with joy and anticipation at the Westin Pasadena for the gentlemen and the Langham for the ladies. Allie's curls and dress were perfectly in place and Joe's closest friends were there to help him patiently await seeing his beautiful bride for the first time.
Not long after, Joe and Allie chose their wedding to take place in the beautiful city of Pasadena, right in the heart of Old Towne at St. Andrew Catholic Church. They exchanged very heartfelt vows during their Catholic Ceremony that demonstrated the depth of their love and admiration for each other. There was honestly not dry eye in the church!
After the wedding, the crowd headed over to to Villa del Sol d'Oro in Sierra Madre to celebrate their new union. It was a very (very) hot day, but that didn't stop anyone from appreciating this private estate that backs up to the Sierra Madre mountains in all of it's Tuscan style beauty. With touching speeches from the Father of the Bride, Maid of Honor and Best Man, the night was made even more personal with Allie and Joe's first dance including voiceover of their vows to each other and a touching slideshow. It was a neat little surprise to hear them in their first dance, pretty cool little touch.
All and all, it was a perfect day that went off without a hitch and truly was high energy and a day we won't soon forget.
A lot of work goes on behind the scenes...It's always a pleasure collaborating with other top notch wedding vendors that make our work, work! It was nice to shoot alongside Jim Kennedy again (it's been a while), and his 2nd shooter Cheryl. A big thanks to Linsey Latimer of Lux Events & Design as well - thank you for all of your hard work too! Much love.
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October 5th, 2012
christina + jim - love is you + me September 22, 2012 - It's always a great feeling when you meet with a couple that is just full of great energy. It's easy to get caught up in all the planning and forget about how it's really about the love and joy of the day. Christina + Jim really are that kind of couple that recognizes the little things and celebrates them. When we first met with them those many months back, we knew their wedding was going to be a perfect example of them as a couple, and they certainly came through, great energy all day long.
Christina + Jim chose the Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in the heart of Pasadena as the locations for the days festivities. We love this place, as it provides many different setups for weddings and you'd be hard pressed to find the same set up twice for the weddings held there. Talk about versatile - be sure to check it out.
It was a fantastic day through and through and the heat didn't stop anyone from celebrating the lovely couple (and boy was it a scorcher). Christina + Jim brought that same excitement and appreciation to their day and we know they will continue to do that for all the seasons of life that are to come.
Big thanks to all of the vendors who helped make this day as great as it was for all present and for our team of second shooters, Winston, Aaron + Alex.
Congrats again to Christina + Jim. We wish them many years of health + happiness!
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September 10th, 2012
haggai + tessa - something's bruin September 2, 2012 – Haggai + Tessa are awesome. They love brewing their own beer (which they proudly served at their wedding), they love to travel the world and be adventurous, and they LOVE UCLA football. From just those 3 characteristics, they definitely sound like our kind of people (though some characters around the EA offices might disagree on their college football choices), but I digress. All of that aside, Haggai + Tessa are just genuinely well-rounded people who love one another, their family, their friends, and UCLA football. :) They met while attending UCLA back in their college days, and the rest, as they say, is history…
It would be fitting, as well, to point out that they chose Pasadena as the city for all of the day’s festivities to be held, being that it’s home to the Rosebowl and UCLA’s football team. Ok, so it may not have been a factor in their decision, but it’s a great theory.
Despite being another warm weekend in Southern California, the weather could not slow down Haggai + Tessa from getting married. They had chosen the Ambassador Gardens as the venue for all of their festivities and this place is a little hidden gem right in the heart of Pasadena. It’s got a little bit of everything you wouldn’t think you would find in a city location – streams with bridges, rolling hills, well shaded ceremony sites, and an amazing courtyard perfect for receptions. It’s too bad this place will no longer be around for weddings in the coming years from what we’ve heard, but hopefully we heard wrong.
Haggai + Tessa’s ceremony was the perfect display of love. Held underneath the shade a large tree, Rabbi Bernhard kept things sweet, lighthearted and sentimental. And boy did that shade help keep the guests a little cooler in that heat.
When it came time to kick the reception off, things had cooled down significantly weather-wise, but for Haggai + Tessa things were just starting to heat up. It was a laughter packed evening, filled with lots of dancing, some tears, a flash mob by the guests that completely surprised both Haggai + Tessa, and a whole lot of Vodka. Seriously, Haggai claimed to have bought out a grocery stores supply for 2 weeks with what they needed for their day. In the end though, it was a beautiful day, capped off with the perfect night. Haggai + Tessa are/were such a genuine and kind couple and it’s always a blessing for us to be able to share in these couples big day.
We wish the both of them much luck for the future, and ask that they please supply us with some HaggaIPA when they get it brewed again. :)
Also, special thanks to Deanna from Chic Ambiance Events – this was our second time getting to work with her and she is just flat out awesome, and a absolute joy to work with. We hope to see more of her soon, and if you are in need of a coordinator that goes above and beyond, definitely check her out!
Name: Deanna - Chic Ambiance Events Comment: One word. AWESOME!
Love your work, love working with you and can't wait until the next wedding! :)
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August 28th, 2012
trey + colleen - one right decision August 4, 2012 - Trey did make "one right decision" according to one of his Best Men - he asked Colleen to marry him. And what a reflection this day was, of "that right thing." Trey + Colleen are such fun, likable people it's hard to see how this day couldn't be full of laughter and love.
The setting for their big day was in the charming city of Pasadena. The girls pampered and prepped at the always awesome Langham Huntington, while Trey and his gents were at the Embassy Suites. Trey got a little creative with his guys by gifting each of them their own belts, with personalized belt buckles. It's always exciting to see how each couple puts their own personal touch on the day. Heck, Trey even got one for himself in the emblem of Flash, the superhero. And fitting more so with Colleen and her bright yellow shoes. Nice, subtle, little touches are the best.
Their ceremony was held in the beautiful St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church located just down the street from the Langham. It was nice to see a familiar face in the form of Father Seamus, as the celebrant of their ceremony. He always brings such an eventful presence to masses we've shot and attended.
Once Trey + Colleen were pronounced husband + wife it was on to the Villa del Sol d’Oro, at the foot of the mountains in Sierra Madre. This facility is a beautiful, Tuscan styled villa that takes you out of LA and brings in to a little piece of old world Italy. It was the perfect setting for Colleen + Trey to dance the night away, and they absolutely did so. And we must point out, Colleen's MOH Sherrie got a little creative with her speech as you can see in the trailer, by using her speech that she had written out to give some visuals to the audience. Well done Sherrie!
When all was said and done, it was a fantastic for everyone involved. With the heat index pushing in to the mid-90's, Trey + Colleen and their guests were able to beat the heat and focus on the celebration at hand, and they did it in style. We wish them both the best, and thank them for choosing us to be a part of their most special day.