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Becoming One....Pick a side to sit!


As I was editing a wedding we filmed at Old Ranch Country Club, I came across this sign! 

I thought this was a fun way of welcoming the families into one unit, a little untraditional- but I love it! ;-)




Marriage is like a Team Sport

They found common ground in sports, and spent many early days falling in love at Angel Stadium. In many ways, team sports have a metaphoric association to marriage. They share a common running theme of teamwork. 

Here is some advice, from an NBA basketball coach, Mr. Pat Riley.

"There are only two options regarding commitment, you're either in, or you're out. There is no such thing as life in-between."

Summer and Tony, you made a commitment to love each other, not today, but many years ago when you first met. Since that day, there has been no life in-between - and today you are making the commitment to be a team - a team of two, forever.

In regards to teamwork, Duke's own Coach K said, "To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport. Where you have five acting as one, you become selfless."

Today, Summer and Tony, as you become a team, you must always act as one and be selfless. Two great coaches - selflessness and teamwork will be the core of your marriage.



Our Valentine's Day Cookies for You, with Love

Kelsey teaches you how to put the Love into Valentine's Day Cookies! If your received some of our treats, this is how they were made :-)

Watch Kelsey as she uses the Charles Lauren Films studio kitchen to demonstrate how to bake cookies with Love. See her explain the process, collect the ingredients, mix, bake and do a little bit of dancing as she protects the cookies from the greedy Hot Stuff Pig, who wants nothing more than to eat all of the cookies she has made. Will Love and Hard Work prevail? Will the Pig get the last bite? Find out! Capture Love!



Huell Howser

Huell Howser from the LA Times

The real first posting of 2013. We have been busy bees booking new clients for 2013 and beyond. So it is today that I take this opportunity to talk about a more serious note, a man named Huell.

Huell as many of you may know, was the famous California golden boy. A transplant from Tennessee, he came to California in search of the golden stories that shape who we are and where we live today in this great state. He would find those stories and had an uncanny ability to bring us all down to earth. He passed away a little over a week ago. I find it fitting to talk about his larger than life personality and the man, because he gave me my first job.

I was 17 and thought, wouldn't it be great to work for this guy that cared about everything? I was inspired by his documentary filmmaking style, so much so that I wrote him a letter and said I wanted to work for him.  A few weeks later, I got a phone call from him and had a job with his production studio on the KCET lot on Melrose. He had 3 segment producers, an editor and me, the intern. I would later become a production assistant and have my name in the credits- which was pretty spectacular for the girl who sent out a letter.

Huell may have seemed down to Earth and he was, but his business side was incredible. He ran the show and knew how to please people, get sponsors and walk the walk. People don't necessarily think of him that way, but he was more than a host, he was involved in every aspect and loved it that way. That's because he loved telling stories, everything really did interest him. It was never a show, it was a way of life.

At 4 pm today at the Griffith Observatory there will be a memorial service held for Huell Howser. I won't be there, it's a city hoopla thing and I think Huell is laughing in his grave at all the fuss the dignitaries are making, but oh well, it's fun too. I think a more fitting memorial would be for everyone today at 4 pm to think of what they love about California and then smile, because there is probably a California's Gold episode showcasing that very thing they love. It is the episodes he made which best personify who he was and where he was going. He, like everyone else, was a true example, of California's Gold.


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Sara + Donald / Ponte Winery Temecula/ Wedding Highlights

We have one word for Sara and Donald’s wedding: WOW! Talk about a DIY (do it yourself) Bride, this girl did it all! Everything from the names on their chairs, to the decor she collected for over a year to decorate the venue… even the pomegranate jelly favor she had for every guest- she made! Donald is one lucky guy to have such a creative wife! This was a perfect day at Ponte Winery, a gorgeous venue nestled in the hills of Temecula. We first met Sara and Donald through Leslie and Milo, another fabulous wedding couple we filmed. They loved the film we made for them, so they had to hire us for theirs! Thank goodness, because we had a blast!

Sara is constantly smiling, she is so cute and her attitude is always happy! Then, get her next to Donald, and the smiling and cuteness never ceases- we love it! Congrats Sara and Donald!!!


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