Angelina & Felix had their fairytale wedding at the end of September in Northern California. From the storybook backdrop during the ceremony to their first dance set to Phil Collin’s “You’ll Be In My Heart” to their grand exit in a horse drawn carriage, every detail tied into the theme perfectly. As Angelina and Felix are close friends of my SO from college, I’ve had a chance to get to know them better than most of the couples I shoot. They’re such an amazing couple and really are perfect for one another. The wedding was a blast to attend as part videographer, part guest, and I’m so happy for the both of them. Congrats again, you two!
We put together this same day edit for Jaime & Bradley's wedding over Labor Day Weekend. It was one of the of hotter days we've had in some time, but everybody had a great time regardless. From their morning tea ceremonies to their western ceremony and reception at The Grand in Long Beach, everything was just beautiful. We absolutely love how sweet Jaime & Brad's vows to each other were, and though it wasn't possible to incorporate all of their vows into the edit, we worked some of the best parts in to tell the story. Congrats again to this lovely couple!
We shot Kim & Sam's wedding at the Diamond Bar Center toward the end of August. They were such a sweet couple to work and just full of smiles all day from their prep in the morning to the hours of dancing at the end of the night. Per Kim & Sam's vision for their video, I went for less of a linear edit on this highlights. Rather than telling the story in a strictly chronological fashion, clips are intentionally out of order at points. This presents their wedding day as more of fragments similar to how bits of memories pop up in our own heads.
This is a little engagement edit video we put together for Mary & Alex whose wedding we shot at the end of July. The weather wasn't super cooperative with us that day given that it was overcast on a June day in LA, but that didn't stop Mary & Alex from having a blast together. These pre-wedding type videos are a bit rare for us so it was really nice to shoot something like this to change it up from our normal wedding videos. They wanted something light-hearted and fun, and I think this video came out to be just that.
We shot a little engagement video for Mary & Alex a couple of months prior to the wedding so we already had a good idea of how playful and silly they are together as a couple. They definitely don't take themselves too seriously, and the goal for their highlights video was to reflect that light-hearted tone. Mary and Alex have tons of personality both on their own as well as together as a couple, which you can see by some of the sillier moments in both this highlights as well as their engagement edit. It's made working with them a ton of fun throughout this whole process. Congrats again, you two!
It was a perfect summer day in Carpinteria, CA for Kristen & Rich's wedding. The event took place at the Rincon Beach Club set against a sunny backdrop with a gentle breeze from the nearby ocean. We didn't meet Kristen and Rich until that day since they're both from NorCal, but shooting them was such an easy day thanks to how easygoing and sweet they both are, something which you can definitely get a sense of from the touching vows they shared with one another as well the kind words spoken about them by their loved ones. Cutting in all the different wonderful things said by individuals always feels like putting together a puzzle. At first it's a little chaotic making it all fit, but once everything falls into place, these words add so much extra sentiment to the story being told. Congrats again to Kristen and Rich, and thanks for giving us the opportunity to carve out this story of your wedding day.
When you see Helen & William together, you get this feeling that that they've known each other for almost all of their lives. But in reality, they've only been together for a couple of years. It just goes to show how perfect they are for one another. I have to say that without a doubt, Helen and William had one of the best first dances we've seen to date. Choreographed by Helen herself, the dance was both amazing in sheer level of skill while still remaining true to the spirit of the first dance. Often times choreographed first dances run the risk of couples not looking like they're enjoying themselves because they're more focused on getting the moves right. You could see throughout though that Helen and William were having the time of their lives. And that's what the first dance is really about.
Cindy & Larry are such a great and down to earth couple. We always say that we work with really awesome couples, and they are no different. From the sweet smiles they shared with each other throughout the day to the sweet nothings they shared via their letters in the morning, it's easy to tell just how much in love these two are. Their Lao ceremony (only our 2nd time shooting one of these!) and reception took place at The Villa. One of our favorite things about shooting here is that there's usually a sparkler exit possible due to the venue's outdoor walkway area. This always makes for such a beautiful shot to close out the highlights.
Christina and Alex had their wedding at the beautiful Mt. Woodson Castle in Ramona, California just right outside of San Diego proper. It was a scorcher of a day, but that didn't stop their closest family and friends from coming out to celebrate their love. Christina and Alex are such a sweet couple and are absolutely perfect together. They're the kind of couple where you can just see in their expressions how happy they are to be with one another as well as to start this new journey together.
We shot Rachel & Brad's wedding at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills back in late June. It was an absolutely beautiful venue as you can imagine. With Rachel & Brad being from out of town, we didn't get to meet them in person until the day of, but from talking to them early on in booking, I knew they'd be a delight to work with, which definitely turned out to be the case. This was actually our first opportunity to shoot portraits on a rooftop in the city. Needless to say, the combination of the LA rooftop, sunset golden hour, and a gorgeous couple made for some amazing shots.
Linda & Peter met each other by chance at a wedding on the other side of the country. They just happened to be in the right place at the right time. And as Peter's best man says in the video, Peter followed Linda back to California, and their lives have been all the better for it. Sometimes you just need to follow your dream and let life take you where it will. And if you're every bit as lucky as Linda & Peter are, everything will work out just perfectly.
Timing really is everything. Thuy and Jonathan originally met in college at UCLA, but it wasn’t until a casual encounter during grad school on the east coast when they started to get to know each other more and begin their relationship. When we shot their wedding, we got to hear from so many different friends from all different phases of their lives how wonderful of people Thuy and Jonathan are, and how wonderful they are for each other. We were only able to spend the day with them, but we couldn’t agree more.
As part of shooting weddings, it's always really interesting to be part in new cultures or religious traditions that may take place as of part of couples' big days. Mia & Andrew's wedding marked out first one at a temple. Mia (or My as I know her) is a friend I know from high school. While I only recently met Andrew through the wedding, it's easy to see how well they fit together. Together with their super adorable daughter, they make the perfect little family.
When Mary & John approached me with the song they wanted for this same day edit, I hesitated a little at first. The pacing differed quite a bit from the types of tracks we normally use for short films, but I thought it was a great take on the original song and was excited to make it work for their wedding. What resulted was a same day edit that still maintains our 8 Kinds of Smiles style at heart but also matched the fun and at times irregular evolution of the song. We always try to deliver unique pieces for each couple, and I think this video definitely fits that bill.
I just love how this wedding highlights turned out. Between the speeches, Christine and Anthony's letters to each other, and overall energy and spirit of the day and everyone who was a part of it, everything pieced together just right.
What was great about this wedding was just seeing how much fun everybody was having, especially Nancy and Edsel. Take a look at them during the grand entrance and first dance, and you can tell that they were just having the time of their lives.
Nancy & Paul traveled all the way from Seattle to Orange County for their big day in February along with pretty much most of their friends and family. Being with all of them throughout the day, it was clear to see both how adored these two are by their loved ones as well as how much they adore each other. Nancy told me that initially when they first met, she did not like Paul at all. It was only after a random meeting in a restaurant some time after that they really started to hit it off. Really just goes to show that timing is everything. :)
It was a perfect 70 degree day when Diana & Andrew had their wedding in mid January (thank you Southern California weather). Needless to say, it was the makings for a great day. From the morning tea ceremonies in Riverside and Hacienda Heights to the reception in Newport Beach (more so Costa Mesa) at night, everything was beautiful from start to finish. Diana & Andrew were so easygoing and great to work with, and we’re glad to have been able to shoot their wedding and put together this highlights for them. Congrats, you two!
Our first wedding of 2017 was at the beautiful La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, CA. There was a bit of rainy weather leading up to the day, but Grace & Marc lucked out with beautiful clear skies as well as a perfect sunset during some of their portraits. Their wedding was an intimate affair filled with wonderful speeches, furry companions, glass breaking, and lots of dancing. Thanks for letting us be a part of it all, and congrats again, Grace & Marc!
Our last wedding of 2016 was an epic 16 hour long day with 3 tea ceremonies, 1 outdoor ceremony, and a nighttime reception with 700 guests. Oh, and we put together a same day edit for it as well. Talk about ending the year with a bang! It was definitely a longer day for us as we worked hard to get the same day edit ready in time for viewing at the scheduled reception showtime, but it’s also days like these that test what we’re capable of 😅. With that said though, Sandy & Peter had such a beautiful wedding, and we’re glad to have been included in the celebration along with other amazing vendors.
Lily & Matthew surround themselves with quite a fun bunch of friends and family. Case in point, this was probably our first same day edit ever where part of the crowd got up and started dancing to the music of the video as it finished playing. Then shortly after that, there was a pretty epic lip sync battle that got the whole room on their feet so they could check it out up close. Oh yeah, the bridal party also did the mannequin challenge. So awesome looking and fun couple: check. Amazing and lively crowd: check. And tons of fun things that happened during this wedding that either people will never remember or will never forget: check check check. Congrats again to Lily & Matthew, and thank you for letting us put together this same day edit of all the awesomeness that happened on your big day.
Tina & Jason had such great luck on their wedding day. The weather had predicted a fair bit of rain for the day, which would have put quite the damper on their outdoor ceremony. Luckily, the rain didn't hit at all until the start of the reception at which point everybody was warmly indoors already. That meant the ceremony went off as planned, and they were able to get some great photos and videos still. This was our second Norcal wedding this year, and it was nice to be up there once again to film Tina and Jason's big day. They were a delight to work with, and their touching vows blended perfectly well with their simultaneously sweet and silly portraits session.
This was a very special edit for us given ThyVan and Brent’s situation. Without going into the details, they deserved a day truly befitting of their love for one another and a video that captured that. We feel honored that they chose us for that task. Our favorite moment from the day definitely had to be Brent’s reaction to ThyVan when he saw her for the first time in her white dress. Sometimes first looks run the risk of feeling forced or unnatural, but Brent’s reaction was just pure magic and a clear symbol of how much love exists between them. Congrats to two wonderful people, and we wish you all the best.
Is it terrible to say that we kind of love it when people cry? They're such raw moments of emotion that really capture the sentimental feel of the day to tug at your heartstrings. There were quite a few of those moments from Phuong and Richard's wedding especially during those touching interactions with their parents. It was definitely a day filled with love and [happy] tears.
We traveled to the Bay area for Christine and Tommy's wedding at the TPC Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward, CA. Nestled atop the hills of Hayward, this venue offers breathtaking views of East Bay from up above. This was especially beautiful during the ceremony when those views were the backdrop behind Christine and Tommy as they said their vows to one another. Christine and Tommy are actually college friends of mine, and I felt so honored to be able to capture their big day for them. They've always made a great couple, and it's so awesome to see them begin the next chapter of their lives. Congrats again to two very wonderful people. I wish you both all the best!
For Sally & Nobby's wedding, we got to venture north to Pasadena where their ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Altadena Town & Country Club. We're a big fan of outdoor venues and ones with great views, and this spot definitely delivers on both fronts. Since we were in Pasadena, there was no better choice than to do the bridal party portraits at Pasadena City Hall. Apparently we aren't the only ones who love how awesome Pasadena City Hall is for this purpose because we were one of maybe 10 other groups there that day at the same time. Even so, we have zero regrets as shooting there allowed us to get some really great shots with Sally & Nobby and their bridal party.
We got to return to the Hilton Waterfront in Huntington Beach for Eliza & Brian’s big day. The last time we were here we didn’t have the drone with us, but this time around we were able to grab some amazing shots from the air during that perfect golden hour light. Eliza & Brian are amazing together, and though our time with them was limited it’s easy to see how in love they are. Their chemistry is so natural and made for so many great shots that all made it into this same day edit. Congrats again, Eliza & Brian!
I remember there was one point during portraits where we asked Randy to do a more serious look, and he just couldn’t cooperate. He said that he couldn’t stop smiling. That’s definitely something he has in common with Alice as the two were non-stop smiles all day! It wasn’t forced smiles either that we made them put on but just really genuine, natural smiles and laughter that came about from how happy they were that day to be getting married. Congrats to Alice & Randy, who couldn’t look more happy in love.
Trinh & Philip's big day was an intimate affair of less than 100 at the beautiful Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu. The venue is nestled atop a hill set against a beautiful backdrop of vineyards and mountains with the ocean not too far away. It truly is one of the prettiest places we've shot at, and we're so glad we had the opportunity to be a part of this wedding.
We actually met Esther & Jimmy on the day of the wedding due to a last minute booking with them less than 48 hours before the day of. Even in our short time with them, we had a ton of fun being a part of their day. Esther & Jimmy make a wonderful couple, and we’re so happy they decided to bring us on to capture their day. Locations: SeaCliff Country Club Shooters: Travis Do, Jason Tien Le Gear: Sony A7RII, Panasonic GH4, Panasonic G7, DJI Ronin, DJI Phantom, Slider Edited in FCPX & Graded with Color Finale using Deluts
It's easy to see the love that Kammie and Vincent have for each other. Particularly in the shot where he's serenading her at the reception, you see such pure expressions of personality and joy. Though they're up on stage in front of everybody at that point, they seem like they're just happy in love in their own little world. We're so happy for them that both of their long-waited dreams of marrying one another came true and wish them both all the best.
We shot Christine & Henry’s wedding at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove in early May. We missed the chance to use this highlights song on a previous edit, but that’s okay because it worked out great for Christine & Henry’s film as it perfectly captures the cool, chill, and exciting vibes of the day. By the way, wow what a beautiful wedding this one was! A big shout out to all the vendors involved in making it a reality. It definitely was one of the nicest reception setups we’ve seen–full of elegance and glam.
We threw this same day edit together for Mimi & Brandon's wedding at Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. It was pretty hard to choose the right words from their wedding to edit in to help guide this film. The priest read letters they had written to each other some months back, and they also recited their own personal vows to one another. Ultimately I found that their morning letters to one another served as a perfect introduction to the rest of the day.
The letters complete this highlights video I think. While everything else would have probably worked just fine without the letters, Michelle & Liem's personal words to one another add that extra touch that ties everything all together to really give you a glimpse into their wonderful love story.
This fall, my brother, Shawn, will actually be getting married! While I won't be shooting the wedding due to other things I'll be doing that day, I did get a chance to put together this little engagement trailer for him and my future sister-in-law, JaeEun. This was a super fun edit to shoot and put together, especially since I don’t usually cut pre-wedding trailers. I also actually just recently picked up a drone (for those wonderful aerial shots that add that extra oomph to a video) and a gimbal (to help get those milky smooth handheld shots). It was awesome to be able to do a test run of sorts with the new gear and really play with great footage in the edit. Enjoy the trailer!
It was our second time back at the Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills when we shot Kim & Chuong's wedding. It's a really wonderful location for a wedding especially for an outdoor ceremony like this one since it's set against a beautiful backdrop. I loved being able to cut to their vows for this wedding highlights. So simple, eloquent, and sweet (like them!)--the vows add that much more depth to the video. Congrats, Kim & Chuong!
We kicked off 2016 with Tianna and Danny's wedding in early January. For a brief moment, it seemed like the rain was going to come out in full force during portraits (which has totally happened to us in the past), but luckily that moment passed and the session continued without a hitch. This highlights was a little harder to edit than normal since I don't usually edit to such high energy music throughout the whole video, but it was a lot of fun too to see how it came out. It also doesn't hurt that it's one of my favorite songs :p Congrats again, Tianna & Danny! Location: Mon Cheri (Orange County, CA) Shooters: Travis Do, Jason-Tien Le, Anna Giang Gear: Canon 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH4, Canon M3, Slider Edited in FCPX & Graded with Color Finale using Deluts