Initially co-workers, a friendship quickly turned to romance for Matt and Amanda. Soon after their engagement, they began talking about their wedding plans in which they envisioned an intimate affair. Reminicing about a previous trip to Napa Valley, their love of the breathtaking wine country ultimately led them to their venue, Beaulieu Garden. From the watercolor invitation suite (which tied in seamlessly with the Jenny Yoo bridesmaid gowns), their boho glam theme was pulled through every element of the decor to feel effortess and chic. We can’t stop swooning over their outdoor reception, stationed under a canopy of trees, tied with strings of lights and sparkling chandeliers! It was truly a magical evening for the newlyweds and their guests.
Anna and Taylor wed on Halloween night at the industrial venue, The Loft on Pine in Long Beach, CA. Just how did they decide to choose this wedding date? Bride, Anna recalls ” A friend mentioned that Halloween was on a Saturday, and I immediately thought of my husband who loves horror movies and Halloween. We hadn’t picked a date yet, and that felt like a perfect fit to make it about something we love and have fun with the décor. From there it was pretty easy to guide the theme and overall look. We wanted it to be Halloween inspired with dark fall colors. We looked for a venue that was inside, had brick, and a bit of vintage feel. The Loft ended up being even better than we imagined for our Halloween look.
Principal Planner, Heather Hoesch, worked with the couple and creative team to incorporate the holiday’s theme colors along with rich fall hues which echoed throughout the florals and decor design. Enjoy the gallery captured by Jim Kennedy Photographers!
We have the priviledge of working with some of the best wedding vendors and hope to pass along our experience as knowledge to our couples during the wedding planning process. We are often asked how to prioritize wedding budgets and we consistently rank video and photo highest. Brian Perry, owner of Perryfield Films, weighed in with his perspective on selecting a videographer for your wedding and why video is an important part of the biggest day of your life.
What’s the difference between a videographer and a cinematographer? Do I pay more for one or the other?
In my opinion, a videographer is someone who captures documentary footage and is able to provide the couple with clean footage, audio synced up, and stabilized on a tripod. A cinematographer is someone who tells the story with the edit, is able to capture artistic shots and movement, is able to utilize light, utilize movement and really tell a story with the audio, the vows, the imagery, and incorporate them all into the edit with pristine composition.
From what I have seen, yes, you will pay more for a cinematographer because they are using things like additional lighting, multipkle camera angles, looking for reactions, and piecing together the story with multiple layers of emotion.
Why should video be a priority in the wedding budget?
Video is able to put in so many more layers of feeling, depth, and emotion than photography can. We get to select music to heighten the emotion. We get to use the audio from the day to tell your unique story. We get to use the imagery from the day to bring you right back to that spot. And we get to create an edit for the day using all of these layers, and bring them altogether under a song that captures the emotion and essence from the day.
Arial coverage seems to be the latest technology you see on wedding films these days. So what’s next?
This is a great question. I really don’t know what is going to be next. Since aerial footage is super popular, it is also now super regulated. So I actually see it going away. Stabilization has always been a huge deal, but the cameras are getting smaller and the “gizmos” for lack of a better term to actually hold the camera are getting smaller and easier to grab and use.
How do you make each film unique to each client?
Telling the story with their audio… such as their vows, officiant audio, and speeches. They wrote them, not anyone else… so they are unique to their story and how they came to be. Love that part of the wedding day. The ceremony is my favorite part. Nothing beats a timeless edit that shows the emotion.
What is your favorite part of the wedding films you produce for your clients?
Hearing the excitement in their emails when they receive their film, and telling us they can’t get enough of it 🙂
Sometimes simple is just perfect. The details throughout Jenn and Jaime’s Napa wedding weekend were simply sweet. All of the chic details at their private estate venue were able to shine against the picturesque landscape.
Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the vineyards followed by a reception inside the barn with extra long farm tables adorned with simple, greenery garlands. Acrylic table numbers and placecards added a chic touch to the rustic tablescape.
Oh wine country, we love your romantic vibe. You never disappoint! Take in the scenery from Jenn and Jaime’s wedding day captured by the talent behind the lens, Brandon Kidd.
Kim and Jake held their fun-filled wedding weekend at the rustic and romantic Temecula Creek Inn. The envisioned a not only a romantic vibe, but a mix of rustic and modern details. Some of our favorite details were all of the custom signs by Heidi Davidson Design, adorned with greens and white blooms by Flower Frenzy. They also designed the wedding around a blue theme- from the bride’s fabulous Jimmy Choo’s to the escort card and table number signage, which all tied in beautifully with the venue’s rustic asthetic.
Congrats Kim and Jake! Enjoy all the pretty details captured by Dawn Charles!