Sometimes when we post a new film we like to point out something that we feel the couple did right on the day. Some moment that we want to pass along to other couples to keep in mind on their wedding day. That moment for Brett & Ashley was the getting ready portion of their day. During our final meeting with our couples we always remind them to soak up every minute of the day. From the second that you wake up that day, whether it be 5am for the brides who can’t stay asleep or 9am for the grooms trying to get as much sleep as possible in preparation for the day ahead, every minute of that day is your wedding day. Ashley & Brett were completely aware of this fact. When we arrived in Ashley’s beautiful room at the Beverly Wilshire the party was already started. Between the dance parties, the girls singing the UCLA fight song, and her friends reminding her that, “It’s all happening!”…it felt like the only thing missing was Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” playing in the background. Over in Brett’s room, his calm demeanor and infectious smile lasted the entire day. Just like Ashely and her girls, Brett and his guys were having a blast and soaking up every minute of this day. It’s pretty rare to have a groom who makes it to the reception and then spends most of his time dancing his butt off, but Brett was an exception. Brett & Ashley owned that floor.
It’s another family wedding!!! Brian is my cousin and Andrea has been a part of our family for a long time. Although Brian grew up in CA and Andrea grew up in NY, they met and fell in love in beautiful Vail, CO. So that’s where they decided to tie the knot. They returned to CO back where it all began, but this time they brought their closest friends and family to help them celebrate their new lives. This location could not have been any prettier. My gramps made a short speech at this wedding (that of course reduced me to a puddle of tears behind my camera). This was a momentous occasion for him and my grandma as Brian was their final grandchild to get married. They have made it to every single wedding, all 10 of them!! Ian and I then realized that we have had the privilege of filming 6 of those weddings. We have been so honored to be a part of so many of our cousins and siblings wedding days.
Leslie and Charles had the loveliest of days. It was full of beautiful details from the flowers to the dress to the tuxes. Everything was exquisite and classic. But at the ceremony Leslie and Charles chose a not so classic reading by Bob Marley. We love personal touches like this. It’s such a wonderful way to let your guests in on how you two feel about each other with a different reading than the “classic” Corinthians verse. Leslie’s friend read this quote with such heart that we just had to make it part of the film. So honest, lovely, and real. Just like Leslie & Charles.
In our opinion, Jessica & Steven have a true Hollywood romantic comedy romance. They are like Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack in Serendipity, creating a relationship in an impossible situation. It was truly meant to be. Steven was on holiday in Vegas when he walked into a club and locked eyes with a beautiful brunette across the room. With one wave of her arm, their lives were never the same. Steven turned down a job in Abu Dhabi and moved to another continent to be with Jessica. It was no wonder that they couldn’t stop holding each other on the wedding day. Congrats Jessica & Steven…your love is truly serendipitous and we hope that you enjoy your happily ever after.
With every wedding we do, we try and take something that we felt the couple did “right” and pass it along to future brides & grooms. Something that we feel Amelia & Jason did right was that they were in the moment…like really IN. THE. MOMENT. At all times they realized that this day was like no other day. I’m not sure that we have had another couple that has soaked up each and every moment like they have. So future brides & grooms, make sure to soak up and breathe in every single moment on such a transformative day in your life.
We get to witness some pretty amazing things in our business. Amazing locations, beautiful details, some of the most elaborate celebrations that have ever existed. But all of that pales in comparison when we get to witness two people that care about each other and support one another on the deepest of levels. It literally brings a smile to our faces and a tear to our eyes. Dani & Matt did just that. Seeing how they locked eyes while delivering personally written ardent vows, we witnessed a pretty amazing and beautiful thing. Take away the stunning dress, take away the flowers and chandelier, remove the chairs and the little details. This still would have been an amazing moment for Dani & Matt. And we were honored to witness that.
We have been so eager to share this new love story with you all!! Dani & Matt rocked this one out. We loved hearing about how opposite they are, yet completely the right fit for each other. Check this film out now before we post their Casa Real Wedding later today!!
Born worlds apart, they found each other. Jordan was born in Los Angeles, CA and Tom in Kinglsey, U.K. But their paths would cross in 2011 in London. As they walked towards each other and locked eyes they knew in an instant..they had found their soul mate. Their whirlwind romance brought them here. To this unbelievable wedding. This is the kind of wedding that makes Ian and me love our jobs and count our blessings. Not only was this wedding the most beautiful we have ever seen, but the people behind it all were amazing. It’s so wonderful to work with friends/colleagues like Heather Kincaid and the ladies at JOWY Productions. And we can’t say enough about Jordan and Tom. They are our dream clients. Authentic. Hilarious. Emotional. Beautiful. Vulnerable.
Matt & Hollie have known each other for nearly 20 years. Their first meeting was a memorable one, in kindergarten. That’s right, they first laid eyes on each other in kindergarten. Matt knew she was something special so he offered her his gushers at lunch, which Hollie refused to accept. So how does a 5 year old boy in love react to that? Matt took the class picture and drew horns over Hollie’s face and wrote “looser” under her name. Not exactly M+H=Love. They continued to go to the same grade school, middle school, and even high school. As college came they went their separate ways and lost touch. But Matt never forgot her. After much determination of finding her again, Matt again followed the path of the typical (modern) romance and tracked her down on Facebook to Biola University in LA. Not wanting to loose her again, he sent her a message and made up an accuse to be “in the neighborhood.” He said the reason he was there was for a surfing trip in Orange County, false. And that he had to be there for at least a day, false. He just really wanted to see her again. With the intention of only being there for a day he didn’t leave for 4 days. Hollie even wondered if this guy was ever going home! On the last day Hollie went clubbing with her roommates for a birthday celebration and Matt came along. It was that fateful night that they would have their first kiss. That 4 days sealed the deal and they have been in love every since.
On a personal note, I didn’t realize that when Matt, who is my youngest cousin, drew over this poor girl’s face in kindergarten that he would meet his wife. Matt I have seen you grow into such a fantastic and caring man. Hollie has got to be one of the sweetest people I have ever met and you two are the perfect match for each other. She is so beautiful, inside and out. I don’t know if I have met another person with a heart as kind and sweet as hers. She is such a great addition to our crazy family.