Jeff & Jay Ann | A Lucky Same Day Edit

Jeff & Jay Ann | August 30, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

Just a short post for you guys, since the real exciting part is the video above. We had a chance to film a same day edit (SDE) today. For those of you that don’t know, that is basically a wedding trailer that is edited on-site during the wedding reception and showed towards the end for all the guests to see! The challenging part about an SDE is usually only having about 3 hours to edit and export a wedding trailer when it usually takes an entire day or two. Jeff & Jay Ann requested to use the song “Lucky” and we ended up extending the song to 4 minutes to fit in all the goodness.

The video you see above is the same one that was shown during the wedding reception. No changes have been made. A big thank you to our second shooter Edward Khoma and technical engineer Alek Sevchuk. If you enjoy the film, let us know!

Venue: St. Francis of Assisi
Venue: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
MC/DJ: Shannon Mccabe
Photographer: MC Studios

Song: Lucky by Jason Mraz
Shot with Canon 5d MkIII & Zeiss Glass

John & Wonju | The First Dance of Many

John & Wonju | June 28, 2014 | Napa, CA

This wedding season has been absolutely amazing as of now. June was packed with weddings every weekend, and it looks like August is too! John & Wonju found us through Wedding Wire when they were looking for a videographer for their wedding day. They were both really joyful and genuine people, the perfect clients! They had a niece who came from Korea just for the wedding (you’ll see her at the end of the clip) she was the most adorable little girl! We had a great time working with all the vendors, a BIG thanks to Brittany of A Savvy Event for making our lives a million times better with her impeccable planning! All of the vendor links are listed below. Enjoy!

Venue: Sonoma Golf Club
Wedding Planner: Brittany Payton
Officiant: Rev. Rick Tan
Photographer: KV & Company
Photo Booth: Giggle & Riot
Florist: Poppystone

Song: Treeline at Night by A. Taylor – Licensed through www.themusicbed.com
Shot with Canon 5d MkIII & Zeiss Glass

Brandon & Kelsey | A Country Love Story

Brandon & Kelsey | June 8, 2014 | Modesto, CA

Enjoy watching a beautiful summer country wedding located in California’s Central Valley. It wasn’t long until temperatures rose over 100 degrees, but when we get to see true love like this, the heat no longer bothers us. We loved everything about this day, from the friendly guests and bridal party to the decor and flowers. The bridal bouquet was as perfect as can be.

Everything was crafted with extreme attention to details, including cute lanterns hanging from the branches, wooden “stump” coasters, the sweets table, and the rustic signage really made the wedding stand out. The Bride and Groom both had communion during their ceremony and decided on no alcohol at the reception as a sign of respect to the God, pastor, and family members.

It really created a joyful and genuine christian celebration of a new family.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Mark: 10:7-9

Serg & Alina | A Joyful Promise

Serg & Alina | May 31, 2014 | Roseville, CA

Had an absolute great time filming the wedding of pastor Serg! It was an amazing and humbling experience to listen to the vows that they wrote for each other. The venue was beautifully decorated, love was in the air, and the weather was perfect!

A big thank you to Eduard Khoma of Carbon Studios for the aerial footage!

Venue: Light of the Gospel Missionary Church
Floral & Decor: Alina Sevostyanchuk
MC: TheAndreys
Photographer: Darya Pavlenko

Song is “Dreams & Visions” by Tony Anderson, licensed through the Music Bed.

Andrey & Julie | The Garden Villa at Arden Hills

Andrey & Julie | May 4, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

Hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding performed at the award winning Arden Hills Resort in Sacramento, CA. Andrey & Julie were a blast to work with! You can see how genuine and wonderful they are as they read their personal vows to each other. Other than the gorgeous scenery at the Garden Villa, you will see the views of central California along the American River. Enjoy!

Ivan & Rita | A Grand Wedding in a Small City

Ivan & Rita | April 12, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

Nothing better than a fast paced city wedding! Ivan & Rita got hitched in the magnificent Grand Ballroom in Sacramento, CA. Previously a high end bank building, this historic venue is a must see! They were so lucky to be able to have their first look in the International World Peace Rose Garden in the Capitol! It has over 650 Roses in 140 different varieties!

We had a blast shooting their wedding, perfect weather and a perfect day! Getting to shoot on rooftops of historic buildings isn’t something you get to do everyday.

Vlad & Nadya | A Perfect Multilingual Wedding

If only all weddings could be performed in Hawaii!

We had the chance to go this past December to film the wedding of the beautiful Vlad & Nadya! I wrote a prior post about our adventuring in our free time! luxfilms.co/378 Originally the plan was to perform the ceremony in one of the Ko ‘Olina Lagoons, but it seemed too “touristy” with no real views of what Hawaii really is.

We arrived a couple days before the wedding so we where able to scout a few different locations and decided to have the wedding on the south beach of Kualoa Regional Park. As you can tell in the video, it was extremely beautiful! You can see Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat) behind the bride with a view of all the mountain ranges of southeast Hawaii behind the groom. You are going to wish you could be there!

O‘ahu; The Spectacular Island of Hawaii

This past december, along with Valentin, I had the amazing opportunity to film a wedding in Oahu, Hawaii. Wedding teaser will be posted later, but for now you can see the footage we captured on our off days when we weren’t busy filming the wedding.

With December being a fairly slow month for us, we had a lot of time to research and plan out our trip. We were initially inspired by the guys at www.unrealhawaii.com and their wicked fun adventures all over the islands. You can visit their site to see just how cool they really are! Val and I wanted to see for ourselves the beauty and magnificence of Hawaii.

Once we flew in, we immediately jumped into our rented Jeep Wrangler and headed east on H3 towards East Oahu. It was already in the afternoon, so the sun was setting and the fog was slowly rolling in, but we still managed to see the Byodo-in Temple before we headed out to Kualoa Ranch to checkout the awesome ridges, and the filming locations of movies such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Pearl Harbor, and Fifty First Dates. From there we where also able to see Mokolili Island or Chinaman’s Hat. After the sun set we headed back to our condo to prepare for the next day.

Awaking at 4:30 a.m. the next day we headed out to Koko Head around Hanauma Bay, and past Nono`ula and `lhi`ihilauākea craters, down to the south side of Hanauma Bay. It was a really gruesome hike, considering we mistakenly brought along our Sachtler tripod. We stopped at the tip of the bay to record some footage, just north of the natural rock bridge at Pai`olu`olu` point. We were getting back to the Wrangler around noon and we passed plenty of other fellow adventurers, although I myself was wasted for the day with multiple blisters, we still managed to hike along Kamehame Ridge near Deadman’s Catwalk before calling it a day.
1Valentin filming the violent waves

2Waves crashing against the cliff along Hanauma Bay

9Valentin blending in with the tall grass near North Shore.

 

A day later, after the wedding, we decided to see if we could find any decent off road trails to have some fun with the wrangler. We headed up H2 around Mount Ka’ala to Ka`Ena Point past the Dillingham Airfield, unfortunately we only got a few hundred meters along the dirt path until an unexpected rainstorm began to create mudslides making it too dangerous to continue. My phone soon started to blow up with Emergency Flash Flood Alerts as we headed back to Honolulu.

3Taking a picture in the middle of a rainstorm that made it unsafe for us to continue 

Later that day after recouping and a quick shower, we made a dash for Halona Beach Cove where we were really hoping to find the Lava Tube Lookout, which we did, and it made the day. You can see the footage from that trip in the last few seconds of the video.

7Me, outside the opening of the “Lava Tube Lookout”

8Valentin & I standing in the mouth of the cave leading to the lookout

On our last day on the island we decided to relax, so we took a simple hike along the Mañana Trail down to Waimano Falls hoping to see some locals cliff jumping and what not, unfortunately none of the hikers we bumped into seemed to have any desire to do so! Heading back up the infamous “Cardiac Hill” I realized that the incline was relatively effortless compared to the steep ridges and climbs near Pai`olu`olu` point. To finish off the day on a good note we drove to Waimea Bay to do some swimming. Although it was in the off season, I found that the water was steep enough to cliff jump, especially if you timed the wave influx. Admittedly I only jumped down after a British traveler was brave enough to do so first.

My favorite part of the trip was later the same night when we drove back to Kualoa Regional Park to capture some foley of the ocean water. The moon was extremely bright and vibrant that night, and it lit up the Kualoa Ridge just beautifully. I decided to bump up my ISO to maximum and see what kind of images I would be able to produce. The images where high in noise, but the lighting created unique colors and shading, moonlight photography is a lot of fun, especially when you are sleep deprived, jacked up on red bull, and begin to see the Loch Ness monster lurking in the ocean. All the following images were shoot at 12800 ISO and around 1/8 shutter. 4

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6Playing around with iPhone flashlight and moonlight photography