Erica and Tom // Calamigos Ranch Malibu Wedding Highlight Film // 4.4.2015

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Erica and Tom // Calamigos Ranch Malibu Wedding Highlight Film // 4.4.2015

When we found out about Erica and Tom's story, we couldn't stop telling everyone we knew! They met by chance on a food/dating we site. Tom kept posting pictures of his recipes and cooking creations - and Erica thought that anyone who would do that couldn't be that bad. She moved from Omaha to Los Angeles to be a model, and was living on Nebraska street. When she first emailed him, he said that he lived on Nebraska. They found out that they not only lived on the same cross street - but in the same building!!!! That is a love meant to be :-)

 

This wedding was so beautiful. We loved the succulents used for design and centerpieces. We loved the candles, the mason jars, the trees and the great people! It took place at the Birchwood Room at the magical Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Jamie B. came up from San Clemente, and we had a great time working with her team. Enjoy their Wedding Film!

Wedding Location: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu

Coordinator: Alexandra Events

Photographer: Jamie B. Photography

Videographer: Charles Lauren Films

Florist: Exotic Green Garden

DJ: NYC DJ

Band: Mark Z. Stevens Trio

Photo Booth: Night Owl Photo

Desserts: Cake Monkey

 

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Jennifer and Andrew // Sinai Temple Los Angeles // 3.29.2015

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Jennifer and Andrew // Sinai Temple Los Angeles // 3.29.2015

Jennifer and Andrew - This couple knows how to Dance through Life! From their choice of shoes to the spins in the photo session and the wonderful moves on the dance floor - their dancing is impeccable, and they share the love with their family and friends.

This wedding took place at the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. This is a unique venue that we love. It has space for every part of a wedding, including a spacious ballroom and a choice of ceremony rooms that are both huge and intimate. We love the stained glass here - and Kim Fox did a great job finding the most dramatic locations!

We hope you love watching their wedding Highlight video! Congratulations, and enjoy Passover!

Ceremony and Reception: Sinai Temple Los Angeles 
Wedding Planner: NoWorries, Dee Gaubert
Florist: NoWorries, Dee Gaubert
Photographer: Kim Fox Photography
Cinematographer: Charles Lauren Films
DJ: Jack Smith
Cake: Schwartz's Bakery
Rentals: A Packaged Party
Caterer: 5-Star Kosher Catering

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Melissa and Christian // Grand Cayman Destination Wedding // 3.4.15

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Melissa and Christian // Grand Cayman Destination Wedding // 3.4.15

“And now by the virtue of the authority invested in me, and by the laws of the Cayman Islands, I now pronounce you husband and wife!” This was entirely epic!

We set off with Melissa, Chris and their families for a week long wedding adventure! They had their reception on a Carnival Cruise and the ceremony on Grand Cayman - and we were there to capture the love and life that transpired. We began at LAX and then set off to Fort Lauderdale, Florida- where we met our ship the Carnival Conquest. It was perfect, because along with their immediate families, 75 other close friends and relatives came along for the ride. This meant that the ship was more like the Mezzanatto/Jimenez wedding extravaganza ship- everywhere the family gathered to celebrate Chris and Melissa’s love!

In the end, it was to be one of the best weeks of their lives and ours! On the island we were joined by pastor Oral Mclaughlin, who did a fabulous job officiating the wedding! We worked with a Carnival photographer on the ship and Janet Jarchow on the island, whose shots were gorgeous- but then with the backdrop of Grand Cayman and the bright turquoise water you can’t go wrong! In Melissa’s words, we captured “the greatest love story ever told, their love story.”  Congrats once more Melissa and Chris!!! You guys rock!

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Ana and Nicholas // Wedding Highlight // Beverly Wilshire Hotel and St. Vincent De Paul

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Ana and Nicholas // Wedding Highlight // Beverly Wilshire Hotel and St. Vincent De Paul

This is a fun Highlight made from their longer full length Wedding Film! It was like taking a glamorous trip to Cuba with this one! Their priest had such a great message, and the band was amazing, bringing their fun all the way from San Diego. Beverly Hills never had so much fun!

Getting Ready Location: Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Four Seasons

Ceremony Location: St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church

Reception Location: Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Four Seasons

Wedding Planner: Mary Dann Wedding and Party Coordinators

Linens: Elegant Designs

The Band: Manny Cepeda

Dancers: Third Street Dance

Hair and Makeup: Samantha Singer

ake: The Butter End Cakery

Photography: Megan Stark

Cinematography: Charles Lauren Films

 


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Mary and Mustafa's Wedding Film // Luxe Sunset Hotel and Mountain Gate Country Club

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Mary and Mustafa's Wedding Film // Luxe Sunset Hotel and Mountain Gate Country Club

This is Mary and Mustafa's 10 minute Wedding Film! It was amazing, they are the best people and we are honored to be able to show you this!

Getting Ready Location: The Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard

Ceremony Location: Mountain Gate Country Club

Reception Location: Mountain Gate Country Club

Wedding Planner: Especially For You Events

Photographer: Norris Photo

Cinematographer: Charles Lauren Films

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I Love It When it Rains

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I Love It When it Rains

Most California's are sunny people, I am wedding wise- but for days of editing and just hanging out in my woodland backyard, the rain suits me nicely. Which brings me to Tip 3, for coming up to Valentine's Day! Since we are almost in the month of LOVE! Brining on the rain means bringing on the cloudy, which means you'll need a little more light than usual to brighten up a room!! Nothing says it better, than giving your loved one a candle and a jar of matches! Not following me? First, pick their favorite scent and get that candle - Vanilla is one of the # 1 scents for people, so that's a win win choice. However, for myself I like the Yankee Candle Pacific Coconut  candle. It has a gorgeous smell to it! Okay, so we have our candle, now get some matches and tie a note to them saying- "We're the perfect Match!" and you've got a winner! At least in my book! Now all we need is some rain! ;-)

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Countdown to Valentine's Day

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Countdown to Valentine's Day

 

It's almost here! Yes, we are 23 days out until Valentine's Day!!! So, from now until Valentine's Day we will be offering some tips and fun to make the most of Valentine's Day 2015! No matter if you're off to the Empire State Building to meet Tom Hanks, or sitting down to watch Gable and Colbert fall in love, or even heading off to the carnival with Ryan Gosling- we are here for 23 days of love.

So here's our 1st tip! Take this link: http://days.to/valentines-day/2015 and make it your homepage for the next 23 days! Nothing will get you in the mood more and perhaps give a hint to that special someone that Valentine's Day is almost here! Once you do this you are ready for Tip 2! 

Since that was relatively easy, we will give away Tip 2, just to get the ball rolling. Nothing says it better than a love note! I was recently reading the February issue of Country Living  , yes I am a country girl at heart! In the section of "What Is It Worth?" I found a delightful idea. I had originally thought of this idea as well, due to a Hallmark Card- but that's beside the point! What's important is this reader from Georgia says, "My Boyfriend gave me this working typewriter- complete with a carrying case, manual and love note- on our first Valentine's Day." This is a fabulous idea boys, especially if your girl likes to write! Also, in the CL magazine there is a picture of one and it's pink!

It is to say the least very adorable! So if you are looking for something a little less rosy and better for the figure, why not a typewriter with a love note?! Or maybe you can do all three, after all, it is Valentine's Day! Oh btw, where can you get a pink typewriter? As always, Etsy my favorite online shopping spot- here's a link to help you find the write (get it?) one! Enjoy!

And if you want to see a typewriter in action at a wedding, check out the beginning of Xiaomi and Andrew's video:





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Photos from Venice, Italy

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Photos from Venice, Italy

When we were in Venice for a wedding, we had a great time walking around the streets of that amazing city! We finally processed a few of the photos and wanted to share them with you! If you are having a wedding in Venice and need a videographer, just contact us. The flight is pretty quick, and the water taxi from the airport to Venice is so easy :-)

A really nice HDR picture from the Dorsoduro area of Venice.

A really nice HDR picture from the Dorsoduro area of Venice.

We really liked the smaller canals in the Cannaregio area. Just a few streets over from the main drag and vaporetto stops are hidden churches and people having dinner on their boats!

We really liked the smaller canals in the Cannaregio area. Just a few streets over from the main drag and vaporetto stops are hidden churches and people having dinner on their boats!

We were so happy to see that there is still room for backyards with gardens in the dense buildings on the islands.

We were so happy to see that there is still room for backyards with gardens in the dense buildings on the islands.

Love the lighting in Venice. It glows everywhere. 

Love the lighting in Venice. It glows everywhere. 

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Custom Best Man Speeches

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Custom Best Man Speeches

Q and A with Patricia from BestManSpeechWriter.com

 

Today we are catching up with Patricia, the owner of Best Man Speech Writer. As one of our new trends for 2015, we wanted to start a dialogue with fellow industry professionals. This way we can bring thoughts, ideas and a little more fun to our blog so you can look to us not only as a Wedding Cinema site, but as a valuable resource. There are so many things going on in the preparation of a wedding day, and we wanted to spend more time focusing on those little things! So to start the New Year off right, we're going to talk about speech writing, specifically, Best Man Speech writing! Here’s our interview with Patricia:

Q: So Patricia, you’re living our fantasy - writing in New York! Specifically, you are writing Best Man toasts, how did this happen?

A: For once, I can actually blame my brother without getting into trouble! I’m kidding. But my brother is the inspiration behind my business because a few years ago, when it was his first time as best man, he reached out to me for help with his speech. Our collaboration went so well that we did this same song-and-dance number once again. It was after his second best man speech, when the DJ and wedding planner congratulated him on a job well done, that I realized the existing need for best man speech help and that I was pretty good at helping best men with their speeches. So, all thanks to my brother, the proverbial seed was planted in my mind and here we are.

Q: It’s been said that the best speeches are from the heart.  We've been in the industry for bit of time now and have noticed that the best man usually does a killer job, in fact, their speeches are often the soundtrack of our films. So why should a best man want to hire you if that’s the case?

A: Best man speeches are, indeed, often used as part of a wedding film’s soundtrack which is why a great best man speech benefits not just the best man but also the clients of wedding cinematographers. And great best man speeches almost always come from the heart. But the problem for many of our clients is taking what's in their hearts and putting it into words. Add to that that the average best man will spend about 15 minutes to prepare for his 15 minutes of wedding fame and you have a recipe for disaster. We are speechwriters but in a lot of ways you can consider us interpreters. We take the stories, feelings, emotions, and everything else the best man shares with us and we help them to put it down on paper in a way that conveys the message they want to send. We recognize not every best man requires us in their corner. However, there are a great many others who would significantly benefit from our help and expertise. If a best man is unsure of whether or not he needs our help, we suggest that he asks himself certain questions. For instance, best men who are on the fence about hiring us should consider the following:

  • Have you spoken in front of a large crowd before?

  • Do you know with what, or how, to start your speech (often times the beginning of a best man's speech sets the tone for the entire speech)?

  • Is this your first time as best man?

  • Are you confident in your writing ability?

  • Do you think it would be helpful to have a professional speechwriter review your speech?

Regardless of the best man's answers to these questions or choice to retain our services, we're always rooting for the best man.

Q: Do you write the entire toast?

A: Yes. Typically we're hired to write a best man's entire toast from start to finish.

Q: If the best man has trouble writing a speech, wouldn't he also have trouble presenting it? You might be able to write a bang on speech, but what about on the big day, when the best man is alone in front of 200 people? Does your company provide coaching or any performance help?

A: Let me first say this: A good presentation/performance can make an average speech a good speech, but a bad speech will always be a bad speech regardless of the performance/presentation.

Stage fright is a valid concern for even the most confident best man and it can only be resolved through practice and coaching. Our services often include coaching (along with the great best man speech we've prepared, of course) and the main goal of our coaching sessions is for the best man to become comfortable with his speech and, therefore, be confident presenting it. The sessions involve the best man mock-presenting his speech to us and we coach him on what improvements, if any, are needed. Our advice is tailored specifically to each client and we make certain to arm them with the tools they need to deliver an exceptional best man speech. A list of some of the tips we share with our clients are available on our website here - please feel free to share with your clients and readers.

Q: How involved does the best man need to be? In our experience, the best man is pretty busy, so how does he find the time? Do you do it over the phone or email?

A: We require very little from our clients because we understand that they hire us for our expertise and to remove from their already-filled plates the task of writing their speech. Therefore, besides answering some questions, responding to follow-up questions when necessary, and practicing their speech with us, we ask for nothing else from the best man. In addition, so as not to disrupt their busy schedules, we communicate with them virtually - email, text message, Skype, FaceTime, telephone, etc. We believe these virtual methods of communication are less obtrusive and better suited time- and geography-wise for our clients.

Q: What has the general feedback been from your speeches and do you see professionally written speeches as an upcoming trend in weddings?

A: We've received positive feedback for the speeches we've written and wedding speech writing is still a fairly unknown service in the U.S. However, given how best man speeches have rapidly grown to become an integral part of receptions, I believe that our services will become a wedding industry staple. Furthermore, as more and more best men seek originality for their speech, they’ll look beyond Google for speech help and turn to us for a speech written especially for them.

 

We wanted to say a Big Thanks to Patricia for her time, we thoroughly enjoyed learning about her company and what she does to Capture the Story!

COMPANY: Best Man Speech Writer

 

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