How to “DO YOU” on Your Wedding Day

How to "DO YOU" on Your Wedding Day

I have seen weddings done 34,846,245,135 different ways.  Okay not really.  But you can literally do anything YOU want on YOUR wedding day!  Crazy huh?  We often get stuck with preconceived notions of what a wedding day is supposed to … Continue reading

Bridal Advice: Keep Calm….and Go Get Married!

San Juan Island Wedding Videography

The night before my wedding, I had 6 girls staying with me in my room….. to say it took a while to fall asleep would be an understatement.  But then when we all woke up, there was nowhere to get … Continue reading

Michelle & Berchman | Teaser

A quick snippet and some stills from Michelle and Berchman’s big day at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort!  Such a great day!

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Vendors We Love

I often get asked by my couple’s what vendors I recommend!  There are some great ones around so here’s a list!  FYI none of these people have paid me to be on this list…they are genuinely great vendors!  I also put an asterisk (*) next to the vendors I used for my own wedding!  I will keep this updated as I find new and fabulous people to work with in the wedding industry:

Coordinators
After the Engagement
Engaged Events

Venue
The Crossings at Carlsbad*
The Villa San Juan Capistrano
Marbella Country Club
L’Auberge Del Mar
Grand Tradition Estate

Photographer
Cary Pennington Photography*
Limelife Photography
Adrian Jon Photography
Janet Wheeland Photography

Florist
My Splendid Sentiments*
Designs by Tricia
Three Petals Floral & Event Design

DJ
Positive Energy Productions*
San Diego DJ & Video
Sandeep Kumar

Hair and Makeup
Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry (my childhood friend!)
Dolled Up by Lulu
Oscar Makeup
Ting 2 Beauty

Bridal Stores
Mary Me Bridal* (Orange, CA)
2000 Dreams Bridal Shop (San Diego, CA)

How He Asked

Last week something AWESOME happened!  One of the proposals I filmed was featured on HowHeAsked.com!  I have followed this site for quite a while and love reading about the adorable proposal stories.  I swear they always leave you crying….

Well last week I submitted Kenny and Michelle’s proposal story (seen here) and they featured it!  Take a look at the link, which includes full details of how it all happened from Michelle’s point of view…

You can also see their video again here!

Cheers to 2014!

This has been an incredible year!  In our second full year, we have reached new heights!  From our first destination wedding, first Indian wedding and advancing our level of work overall.  I could not have asked for a better year!  Thank you to all of our wonderful couples who gave us the opportunity to be a part of their lives.  It means the world to us!

Here’s a look back at an amazing year.  We’re ready for an even better 2015!

 

Orange County Hot List Winner!

Today is an awesome day!  We have been named the Orange County Hot List’s Best Wedding Videographer!  We owe a huge thank you to everyone who voted….. we cannot believe the outpouring of support.  THANK YOU!!!!

Orange County Hot List Best Wedding Videographer

You can see the official list of top Orange County wedding videographers here, as well as see the winners of the other wedding categories here!

Love you all! <3

Lisa

Celebrating 2 Years!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Today I am thankful for a lot of things, but one of those is the ability to run my own business.  It has officially been two years since I filmed my first wedding… and got paid!  It was a rainy November day just after Thanksgiving 2012.  Jen and Jeff found me through their wedding coordinator, Cheryl, who I have known since I was little!  They took a huge chance on me, having only done one other wedding film for friends.  The day went well, and at the time, I remember thinking “holy $#!@!#!  I can actually do this.”  All I had was a Canon T2i and a tripod.  No audio recorders, no lighting.  Looking back I can’t even imagine doing this now.  Sorry Jenn and Jeff :( This first wedding was a huge step for me and helped me realize that I can make this business as good (or bad) as I want it to be.

Here’s beautiful Jenn getting ready for her big day!Levyland Estate Wedding Videography

Levyland Estate Wedding Videography

Jenn and Jeff’s Movie Poster

As with any small business, the first few months were all about “investing in the business.”  A big thanks to my amazing husband, since he probably thought I was crazy back then (and still does today).  I had a degree in Civil Engineering from a top California school….. yet here I was jumping into something completely different.  I loved the creative and social sides of this kind of business.  Meeting with couples and discussing the best day of their lives.  What could be better?!  Although it was slightly terrifying at the time….. and still is!

Photography and videography are pretty much the only things you get to take with you to relive your day after the wedding.  The morning after your wedding, your memory already begins to fade.  You remember parts of what was said, but not everything in its entirety.  From my perspective, this is awesome!  BUT with great power comes great responsibility (thank you Uncle Ben).  After my first couple of weddings, I realized I needed to take everything far more seriously since people are relying on me to provide them memories for the rest of their lives.  I improved my gear, took classes wherever I could, and started asking questions.  A couple private Facebook groups have been essential to getting my questions answered as well as networking with other professionals in the industry.

These past two years have flown by!  There have been moments of fear, nerves, excitement, exhaustion, confusion and pure joy.  Pretty much every emotion possible when running your own business.  I still can’t quite believe how far I’ve come and I can’t wait to see what another year brings!

Thank you to all the wonderful people I’ve had a chance to work with these past two years.  Everyone from my clients (and their families), vendors, and my own amazing team….you guys rock.  Here’s to another great year ahead!

Punta Cana 2014

This past summer we were able to go to beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  Here’s what happened!

PS I highly recommend taking video of every vacation (not just photos)….. it makes it all come back to life! :)

Happy Monday!