No. 228 – Jen and Kaynettia

Yesterday we visited Lions Gate Hotel to celebrate Jen and Kaynettia’s wedding. The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony and guests were even treated to a little thunder right on cue after their first kiss. Maybe a sign from the heavens? The couple carried out their rainbow theme perfectly throughout the wedding, from their attendants’ rainbow shoes to the bouquets placed on the head table. We really enjoyed working with these two and are hard at work on their video. Here’s a sneak peek of their ring exchange:

No. 227 – Andrea and Robert

Every good wedding needs a lot of laughs, some cursing, and even some blood shed, and we certainly got that yesterday with Andrea and Robert’s wedding at Park Ultra Lounge in Sacramento. Among their close family and friends, the couple tied the knot after knowing each other a mere 15 years! We really enjoyed filming this fun couple, who weren’t above laughing at themselves on their special day. From Ande’s Starbucks bouquet to Robert’s Chuck Taylors, the couple made sure to have the relaxed, casual wedding that suited their personality perfectly. And if you are wondering where the blood shed fit into all of this, those same Converse All-Stars didn’t hold up too well when Robert broke the glass at the end of the ceremony. That Mazel Tov cost Robert a chunk of his foot and caused him to hobble around the rest of the night. But I suspect they wouldn’t have it any other way! Here’s a sneak peek at their ceremony:

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No. 226 – Tabitha and Jonathan

Today we traveled to one of our favorite venues — the beautiful Monte Verde Inn — to film Tabitha and Jonathan’s wedding. Their wedding was a homecoming of sorts, as the bride and groom are currently stationed overseas in England and haven’t been home in over two years! The couple was rewarded with beautiful weather and a flawless day! Tabitha even wowed her guests with a choreographed father-daughter dance. They are headed off to a “family-moon” for a few days before returning to England and we are re-charging our gear and ourselves for tomorrow’s wedding! In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek at their ceremony:

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No. 225 – Erlin and Jeff

On Saturday we joined Erlin and Jeff at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacramento for their morning wedding ceremony, followed by an afternoon reception at McCormick and Schmick’s. It was an unusually hot May day, but the bride and groom were both troopers as they braved the heat to get some gorgeous photos at Capitol Park. The happy couple are now off starting their lives together and we are hard at work on their wedding video. Here’s a sneak peek at their Cathedral ceremony. Notice how they memorized their vows instead of reading them. It makes the vows so much more heartfelt when you look into each others’ eyes as you state them instead of reading them from a piece of paper.

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No. 224 – Jackie & Sam

Even after shooting over 200 weddings, we still run across weddings that are “new” to us. We had never shot a traditional Kenyan wedding until Saturday when we filmed Jackie & Sam’s wedding. Many aspects of the day were very similar to what we were used to; probably the biggest difference in a traditional Kenyan wedding is the amount of enthusiasm of the guests. We couldn’t believe the amount of singing and dancing that we saw from their family and friends. The day started with the groom’s family coming to the bride’s house and escorting her to her awaiting limo, all while singing and dancing. Then following the ceremony all of the guests sang and danced the bride and the groom into the reception hall. It was definitely a new experience for us trying to film in a sea of people! It was a bittersweet day for Jackie’s family as they literally said “goodbye” to their daughter. Following their honeymoon, Jackie is headed straight to Seattle to live with her new husband. It was quite an emotional day all around. Below is a sneak peek at the wedding ceremony. Congrats to the happy couple!

Sam & Jackie Ceremony Preview from Reel to Real Video on Vimeo.