A “Reel” Experience – Sherri & Ryan

We shot Sherri and Ryan’s wedding on May 28th — a month ago today — and we delivered their video to them last week. They are thrilled with their video and wrote us a nice letter:

Hey there! Wow! Couldn’t be happier! I’m so glad we decided to do videography. Definitely helped me remember so much and see so many guests I didn’t think I saw. The day happened so fast and I love that this allows me to actually go back and be a guest at our own wedding. There’s so much Ryan and I have been wondering and you guys have it all on video! There’s still so much I want to watch again! I can’t believe how amazing it is, and how much footage there is, how much was covered & the way it was all put together! It blew away any expectation I had. You & Cael work so hard, together, it’s inspiring. Thank you thank you thank you so much for all your hard work. I’m beyond amazed & can’t wait to show it off!”

Sherri and Ryan had one of the most unique grand entrances we’ve seen for a while. Their wedding was at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi and they had close to 400 guests, so you can imagine how many tables there must have been! They decided that once they were introduced, they weren’t going to make a bee-line for their head table. Instead, they quickly visited each table and then ended up at the head table for their first dance. It actually took a lot of timing and coordination for them to pull it off. For us, it’s one of the harder things we had to shoot because of the fast pace and the size of the room and it’s just hard trying to maneuver through so many people, but I think we did a pretty good job of covering it. Since they told us ahead of time they were planning to do this, we even put a mic on Ryan so we could hear what they were saying as they were going around to their guests.

We pride ourselves in not missing a moment of our clients’ wedding day and even though this was pretty challenging, I think we pulled it off. See for yourself:

Reel to Real in Action

At a recent wedding we met Jeremy Dacuycuy with Jeremy D Photography. He’s an up and coming Sacramento photographer. He’s very energetic, creative and works hard to capture the entire wedding day. He was nice enough to send us a few photos of us in action. To look at more of his work you can visit his website — www.jeremydphotography.com

No. 198 – Jessica and Mel

Yesterday was one of those really great days for us as wedding professionals. We love all the clients we work with, but we especially love it when a family embraces us as their family videographer. That was the case yesterday when we shot Jessica and Mel’s beautiful wedding at Le Rivage in Sacramento. Their wedding was the fourth wedding we have shot in their circle of friends and family — going all the way back to 2005 for our No. 28 wedding (Danielle and Matt). It was wonderful to see our previous clients. It really made us feel like we were guests at the wedding instead of the hired help. Now about Jessica and Mel’s wedding. …Despite the sweltering heat earlier in the week, their big day couldn’t have had better weather. They had a touching ceremony overlooking the Sacramento River followed by an elegant reception inside Le Rivage’s tent that also overlooks the river. Jessica was simply stunning in her wedding dress as were her 11 bridesmaids! They are off to spend some much needed relaxation time in Cabo while we get to work creating their wedding video. Congrats!

Ceremony Trend

We shoot enough weddings to notice trends and lately we’ve noticed that a lot of couples are choosing to tell their “love story” during their ceremony. Sometimes the officiant talks about how the couple met, their first date, or even how the proposal went. Most weddings feature the usual prayers, unity candles, etc., but what’s nice about adding in the couples’ story is that it really helps personalize the ceremony. The ceremony can be kind of tense and emotional for the bride and groom (and family members as well) and it’s nice to add some levity to the situation. What a great idea!

No. 197 – Carleen and James

We wrapped up our double-header of weddings this weekend with Carleen and James’ beautiful wedding at Serrano Country Club. They couldn’t have hoped for a better day. The wind was calm for the ceremony — which can sometimes be a problem at Serrano and the temperature was perfect. Carleen even had her beautiful children by her side as members of the wedding party. Congrats Carleen and James!

No. 196 – Katy and Anders

Yesterday we began our double-header weekend by traveling to Stockton to celebrate Katy and Anders’ wedding. They had a beautiful ceremony at Micke Grove Park in Lodi followed by a reception at DeRosa Hall at UOP. And guest what? We finally had some beautiful weather! Katy and Anders really know how to treat their guests. At the reception, friends and family enjoyed a photo booth, chocolate station, cookie station and even a pizza station later in the evening. Katy was great to work with — she’s a teacher by day and a wedding planner on the weekends, so we had every minute of the day mapped out for us, which was wonderful! We love receiving detailed timelines so we can pre-plan our shots. Congrats Katy and Anders!

No. 195 – Catie and Joseph

Yesterday we celebrated Catie and Joseph’s wedding. The original plan for their special day was to have the wedding ceremony and reception at a beautiful outdoor location. Instead, with the weather not cooperating (once again!), they made the decision on Thursday to move their wedding to Restoration Life Church downtown. Can you imagine completely changing your location two days before your wedding? With the help of their family and friends they pulled it off and you would have never known that it was their Plan B. Congrats Catie and Joe!