After a long and very successful filming season of weddings and corporate events our family spent early December at Disneyland. We were also able to take our grandchildren Kaleya and Bo. We have a long tradition of creating a 360 degree HD panoramic Christmas PanoCard of our family every year:
To view the spectacular 360 degree Panorama, use your shift/control keys to zoom in and out and your mouse to explore and to turn the panorama.
"Chapel of Love" - a hit 50's song by the Dixie Cups no longer rings true for many wedding couples. When we first started filming weddings in Sacramento and in Northern California almost 25 years ago, most couples were married in a chapel with a priest or pastor. A recent study found that most brides and grooms prefer to get married in a secular location, such as rustic barns, country clubs or at the courthouse. In this study, millennials chose a secular location 55% of the time. The study was done by Dan Cox at the Public Religion Research Institute and reported at Yahoo News.
Shalin & David did not reserve a church, a wedding venue, a park, or even a beach for their wedding near Bodega Bay: they just showed up on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a few dozen folding chairs and close family and friends. They had planned this to have their ceremony at this fabulous location for months, however they knew there was a chance a park ranger or local law enforcement would run them off. The ceremony went off without a hitch- though the winds were so strong that after the ceremony my GoPro camera mounted in the back on a tall stand blew over into the bushes:)
This short film was shown at Shalin & David's wedding reception at the Elks' Lodge in Sacramento a few days after the ceremony.
In one of the most entertaining wedding ceremonies I have ever witnessed, Patrick suprised Jessica with an enthusiastic rendition of Billy Joel's "For the Longest Time." This beautiful wedding was held at Spring Ranch near Little River on the California Coast.
We love the incredibly unique and beautiful angles we get at weddings almost weekly with our SkyCam. We filmed this birds-eye footage last week at the Monte Verde Inn, near Auburn, CA. Our GoPro is fitted with a special lens that minimized the wide angle distortion found on the stock lens of this camera.
One of my favorite parts of creating beautiful wedding films are the responses from our wedding couples after viewing their wedding films' for the first time. Here is Missy's response to her Monte Verde Inn Wedding:
ADRIANE FISHER - (Co-Founder, Weddingmix by Storymix) WROTE THIS SHORT ARTICLE ABOUT HER OWN WEDDING EXPERIENCE FOR THE HUFFINGTON POST:
"In my last post, I provided fodder for the haters by recounting the story of my DIY Diva Wedding Hell. You would think, after that experience, not getting a wedding planner was my biggest regret. Nope, second biggest.
Like most brides, I looked forward to my wedding for 4 reasons:
- I was marrying a man better than I ever could have dreamed for myself
- The Big Day was a creative outlet for my DIY dreams
- Friends and Family were coming together from all across the country
- Biggest. Party. Ever.
After the wedding, here is what I had to show for it:
- Gorgeous photos
- A preserved wedding gown
- Stories from friends and family about it being the best party, not just wedding, they had ever attended
The photos bring back great memories, but let's talk first dance. My fiancé surprised me with dance lessons soon after we were engaged. We spent months with a choreographer learning our first dance. We were in our own world on that dance floor. It was like the whole world melted away as we waltzed to Louis Armstrong.
In my mind, we were going to dance it again every year on our anniversary. We would never forget the steps. Our first anniversary, I was away on a business trip. Our second anniversary was the due date of our first baby. By the third anniversary, the steps were long forgotten.
Now let's talk family and friends. Big family. Lots of friends. About 200 people flying in from all over the country. The award goes to Australia. It was the last family gathering for both of our grandmothers. The last one. No one wants to think about it, but it's real. When else are you going to hear marriage advice from your grandmother. When else is she going to warn your husbands about your temper tantrums at the age of five?
It was also one of the last times we were to see one of my husband's good friends. He died just a couple of years later in a snowmobile accident. We partied with him til 1am that night. Good times.
Lastly, the party. Oh the party. The live bar band. The Jack Daniels, for which I took so much crap in my last post. Yes, I drank at my wedding. Yes, I drank a lot. So did all the guests. Except the kids. They were running around with straws up their noses. It was a blast. We all had a great time.
And photos just aren't enough to hold on to years later."
In every lasting relationship there are sacrifices to be made. As part of his wedding vows, Brian admitted to Christa that she was even more important than his beloved Steelers:) They were wed at St. Joseph Morello Cathoic Church, and the wedding reception was held at the Morgan Creek Golf Club. This short film was edited in super wide 1:235 cinematic aspect ratio,
Our video cameras capture 30-60 still frames per second. In a normal wedding day, that's over 500,000 still images from the 4-6 high definition cameras over several hours of recorded video.
We captured this stunning still frame from our GoPro video camera during a beautiful Dove Release by my dear friend Anna Hernandez of White Bird Ceremonial Dove Releases. From the end of Christina & Marc's Wedding Ceremony at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado HIlls, CA.
I love the pageantry and fabulous colors at the Indian Weddings we occasionally film. One of my favorite weddings of 2014 year featured Devin arriving to meet his bride on a horse, surrounded by enthusiastic family and friends.
We have been blessed to have filmed many weddings during the Holiday Season. Merlou and Ryan planned their wedding between Christmas and New Year's- December 28. The Holidays remind us of God's magnificent gifts to each of us, and draw us closer to dear family and friends. Those feelings were certainly in abundance at the wedding of Merlou and Ryan- who were married in Sacramento at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The Reception was held at the Grand Ballroom.
Crazy enough, your wedding ceremony has a huge impact on the long-term stability of your marriage. Perhaps the biggest factor is how many people attend your wedding: Couples who elope are 12.5x more likely to end up divorced than couples who get married at a wedding with 200+ people. Clearly, this shows us that having a large group of family and friends who support the marriage is critically important to long-term marital stability.
When my dear friend and talented DJ Michael Anderson of Creative Memories Entertainment let me know that he would be creating a 3 minute snow shower during Celina & Joses's first dance at Arden Hills Resort & Spa, I knew it would be special. Watching Jose sing the words as he held his new bride, and watching Celina's surprise as the snow first began to gently fall made for a truly magical moment in their day. The long-form style of this edit underscores the importance of documentary wedding edits as an important companion to any highlights reel.
One of the few items on my bucket list was to film a bride an groom in a large field of mustard seed. Brian and Christa we good sports, and wandered through the field until we could capture some stunning imagery from our cameras. The Love Story was filmed in the Elverta/Antelope area and at Gibson Ranch. Brian's last minute proposal on the Disney Cruise Ship was memorable.
One of my favorite moments of Alysssa and Eric's wedding day was one of the flower girls falling down as Alyssa was walking down the aisle. This was truly a a magical day! Many thanks to photographer Steve Anthony, DJ Larry Burow from Extreme Entertainment, and the helpful staff at the Forest House Lodge.
In over 1000 wedding ceremonies I've filmed over the last 20 years, this one was probably the hottest- 108 degrees at the wedding site. No amount of hydration seemed to help, and I was worried about our gear heating up and failing in the direct sunlight. But we made it through, and ended up with some fabulous footage of the day! Filmed in Auburn, CA. Some thoughts from the Mother of the Bride:
I just watched the short video again for the 5th time, it is so beautiful I just can’t stop! I really appreciate your artistry, the way you incorporated the audio with such sensitivity. You captured so many beautiful angles and integrated them into a lovely composition. I want you to know that I really appreciate all that has gone into this amazing video, what a treasure! Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job and especially considering once again (dare we mention it!) 108 degree weather!
This beautiful Citizen Hotel wedding and reception was of my favorite edits this year. Jaqueline was simply a stunning bride. I was also grateful for her reaction to viewing her short film:
It's incredible!!!! We knew you would do an amazing job but this has well exceeded our expectation!!!!!! We can't thank you enough! The day went by so fast we feel as though most of it has been forgotten. This is such a beautiful way for us to share the memory with each other again and well as with family and friends!!
Have a wonderful day!!
Jacqueline & Jonathan
We recently filmed Merlou and Ryan's Catholic wedding at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in midtown Sacramento. I've filmed her over 30 weddings at the Cathedral and each time I try and get a unique angle I've never shot before. This time, I brought our 20 foot-high mast and set it up discretely near one of the huge pillars with my tiny GoPro 3 Camera on top. The second video was captured later using the same technique at the reception at the Grand Ballroom a few blocks away. I think the results were spectacular. Below are still frames from the HD video captured by the GoPro: