Romantic El Chorro Wedding

Umm.. wow. What else can we say? This wedding was a dream to capture from the stunning Kleinfeld gown the bride Elise wore so elegantly, to the florals from Petal Pusher, to the endearing speech from the Groom’s brother. It was simply a dream (I know we keep saying that!). We kept having to pinch ourselves to see if it was actually real. A sneak into their day through their wedding trailer is below.

the couple, proposal, and wedding:

How They Met:

Reed & Elise met at the University of Michigan their freshmen year. It was through Elise‘s sorority and Reed’s fraternity where they met. They lived in the same student dormitory, Bursley Hall, as well. After three years of friendship, Reed & Elise started dating their Senior year of college and it took off from there!

The Proposal:

Reed proposed in their New York City apartment on May 5, 2016. He taped plane tickets on the door to the apartment. When Elise came home she saw the tickets, walked in the door. and asked what they were about. Right in that moment Reed got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

The tickets were for a surprise weekend trip to Quebec City, Canada to celebrate the proposal. After the proposal, and before Quebec, a private chef came to their apartment and cooked them dinner. Then Reed & Elise’s siblings and their significant others came over for dessert to join in on the celebration.

The Wedding:

Reed & Elise’s wedding was not only filled with elegant chandeliers, florals around every corner, and glitter everywhere. It was filled with true deep love by Reed and Elise and all their closest friends and family. Everyone there confirmed what they already knew, and that was that they were completely made for each other.

As Elise walked down the aisle towards Reed, tears filled both their eyes. They knew they were about to embark on this incredible new journey together. It was such an amazing day and we feel oh so honored to be the ones to capture it. Knowing in years to come children and grandchildren will see this film and feel the love between the two of them. Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Dodenhoff! May your journey be filled with adventure and all the love the world can give you!

 

Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Planning + Design: Some Like It Classic // Venue: El Chorro // Florist: Petal Pushers // Hair + Makeup: Makeup Collective // Entertainment: |Ceremony| The Encore Quartet + |Reception| Sapphire Sky Live // Deserts: A Bake Shop // Photo Booth: Glam Booths // Stationary: Idieh Design // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal

 

 

 

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Four Seasons Resort Destination Wedding

So many people ask us if we do destination weddings, and the answer is YES! But a lot of times we do them right here in Arizona. Scottsdale is a huge spot for destination weddings and the Four Seasons Resort does not disappoint. The stunning views will be sure to capture your out of town guests attention.  But, if you’re getting married at the beach, in the Colorado mountains, or an adventurous location we would be sure to follow you anywhere!

Eric and Taylor chose the perfect spot for their destination wedding right here in Arizona and we are so excited to share this beauty with you now!

the couple, proposal, and wedding:

How They Met:

Eric met Taylor in February 2012 at a birthday party in New York City, and he was able to grab her phone number before the end of the night. Unfortunately, when Eric called to ask Taylor out on a date a few days later, she said no, citing extensive work travel out of the country.

Fast forward a few months to when their mutual friend “re-introduced” them. This time, there wouldn’t be another “no”. In fact, Taylor was the one to ask Eric out for a beer AND scored herself an invite to a group dinner that night. The rest as they say, was history.

The Proposal:

On August 4th, 2016 Eric proposed! Nervous and anxious, Eric took Taylor for a walk along the Hudson River in New York City, a place that holds a lot of meaning to the happy couple. It is where they met, and where they shared their first apartment together.

There was a lot of planning involved, but also lots of worry that someway, somehow Taylor, being so perceptive, would think something was up. Walking along the water, a place where Eric and Taylor have gone on hundreds of walks and runs together, Eric got down on one knee. Surprised and emotional, she said “Yes!”. Success! They were so happy their families could be there to celebrate with them at Palma restaurant later that evening in New York City.

The Wedding:

From the blush bridal details, to the special penny sewn into Eric’s tie, and their sweet pup that came to steal the spotlight in a few photos. The day was absolutely perfect in every way. Eric and Taylor did such an amazing job making sure not one detail was overlooked, and that everything had such a special meaning to them as a couple making it even more special to capture.

We feel so lucky to have had the pleasure of capturing the happiest day of your life Eric and Taylor! Congratulations!! We hope you two have a lifetime full of love, happiness, and puppy kisses!

Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Andrew & Jade Photography // Venue: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale // Planning: Sip and Twirl Weddings // Florals + Decor: The Flower Studio // Rentals: Prim Rentals + Glamour & Woods // Hair + Makeup: Makiaj Beauty // Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Tux: Celebrity Tux & Tails // Stationary: Deb Penrice // Entertainment: |ceremony| Miguel De Maria + |reception| Sapphire Sky // Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions

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Modern El Chorro Wedding

Hey there! It’s been a little while… We have been so busy wrapping up wedding season and getting some amazing wedding trailers sent to our incredible couples, we haven’t been around here too much. But summer is for catching up on all this pretty we have been capturing and we are so excited to kick it off with this beauty! We are sharing some fun modern vibes with you from Doug and Whitney’s emerald and gold wedding, right now!

the couple, proposal, & wedding:

How They Met:

Doug and Whitney met at work; they both work in the medical field. Doug and Whitney both thought the other was dating someone when they first met for quite some time. Before Whitney left to go back to Houston for Christmas she was sitting next to Doug at work and he was talking to his sister about “projector” Christmas lights… or what he likes to call “lazy man Christmas lights”. She had no idea what they were, but when she went to Houston she saw a house with them and text him a picture. Well the conversations never stopped and the rest is history.

 

The Proposal:

Doug was planning a surprise dinner for Whitney for her birthday and their one year anniversary. She had no idea where they were going, and ended up at the Sanctuary for dinner. As they were sat for dinner the waiter asked what they would like to drink and said something along the lines of, “since you are guests here at the hotel.” Whitney had no idea this was turning into a staycation and the waiter totally spoiled that surprise! Whitney laughs about it to this day.

Once they finished their dinner, Doug wanted to walk Whitney to their room. Before getting to the room he stopped at this look out point over looking the valley which was absolutely breath taking to both Doug and Whitney. They sat there for a few minutes, and that’s when Doug proposed. They both still don’t remember what he said, but it was such a perfect moment for the two of them. After the proposal they went to their room where they had a nice bottle of champagne waiting to be popped and celebrate!

After a sip of champagne in the room, a driver came to pick them both up for another surprise. He drove them to the W Hotel in Scottsdale where all their friends and family were waiting for them. Doug had contacted Whitney’s family who don’t live in town and told them he was surprising her for her birthday and they had to be there, but no one knew this was going to be a birthday and engagement party. They walked in and everyone was singing “Happy Birthday” to Whitney. Her cousin saw her engagement ring and started screaming. The rest of the night was perfect and incredible sharing the moment with family and close friends.

 

The Wedding:

Doug and Whitney’s wedding was so much fun! The morning started out in the El Chorro bridal suite with Whitney and her five gorgeous bridesmaids all in stunning sequin black dresses. Her mom and maid of honor helped Whitney get into her whimsical Mira Zwillinger bridal gown. The ceremony was full of pure love and commitment as they said their vows to one another and then transitioned into the most epic dance party.

It wasn’t your typical reception set up, in fact they had their reception space filled with fun lounge furniture and tables. (Ahhh! Such a fun thing to capture for us!) It was a huge party all night, and the whole wedding perfectly replicated their personalities. Their sweet enduring love for one another, and the spontaneous fun side as well. We loved capturing their first few moments as husband and wife and couldn’t feel more honored. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Werner, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and good times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Venue: El Chorro // Planning + Design: Some Like It Classic // Florist: Petal Pusher // Entertainment: |Ceremony| The Encore Quartet + |Reception| Treja Vu Band // Deserts: A Bake Shop // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals + Nolan Haus + Prim Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Makeup: Ashley Nicole // Hair: Keith Russel // Stationary: Celebrations in Paper // Dress: Mira Zwillinger // Ice Sculpture: Armitage Ice LLC // Photo Booth: Glam Booths 

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The Five Best Gifts for Your Newly Engaged BFF

Looking for something fun and useful to gift your newly engaged best friend? We have linked five unique gifts that she will love and be sure to get you some major BFF points! Be sure to comment on this post to let us know if you grabbed any of these.

 

Wine Glass, Coffee Mug, & Ring Dish Bundle:

How stinkin’ cute is this bundle of goodies with your besties new last name!? She will be sure to use all of these items; coffee mug for the early morning wedding planning days, and a wine glass for those late nights. Then a pretty little ring dish to hold her new bling! We love this and its under $40.

 

Girlfriend Fiancee Shirt:

Okay, this is a definite winner! Your BFF could rock this on the weekend, at her bachelorette party, or even the weekend of the wedding! It comes in a few different colors, but blush is always a favorite of ours.

Mrs. Bangle:


We love this Mrs. bangle we found on Etsy. It is super settle and a sweet reminder of what is to come. You can customize it with her wedding date and swarovski crystal birthstone or wedding pearl.

 

Engagement Gift Box:

This is AMAZING! Not only a little something for your best friend, but also a little something for her new Mr. This adorable box is packed with goodies: champagne flutes, a ring dish, a customized labeled candle, a gold foil bride shirt, and two vow books. The packaging is super cute too!

Erin Condren Wedding Planner:

Erin Condren is known for her super adorable and customized life planners. This planner is specifically for all the newly engaged fiancee’s out there who like to stay organized. It includes everything from budgeting, to vendor contacts, bridal party info, and a full calendar for 12 or 24 months. Your best friend will love this gift and it is surely to get used!

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Fairytale Desert Mountain Wedding | Arizona Videographer

When we walked into the bridal suite the morning of Jake & Jordan’s wedding and saw her Hayley Paige dress hanging so delicately on the wooden doors, we knew it was going to be such a beautiful day. Jordan had this energy about her, and the love she had for Jake was undeniable. She knew he was the one and there were no doubts about it. The connection and love these two share for one another is so deep, we felt so honored capturing their special day. Read more about how they met, the proposal, and wedding details below:

The Couple, Proposal, & Wedding:

How They Met:

Jake and Jordan met at a San Diego State University Event. Jordan was on the dance team and Jake recently transferred from University of Oregon to play football. That evening at the event, Jake asked another player on the team if Jordan was single. After the event everyone gathered for food and mingling. Jake decided to make a move and stole the pom poms right out of Jordan’s hand’s. He started dancing around with them and got her number shortly after. That night Jake basically made a huge scene in front of both teams, but it stole Jordan’s heart right away! So we would say it was worth it!

The Proposal:

This day took place in St. Helena, a sleepy town in Napa Valley were Jake and Jordan lived for a short period of time. That morning, Jake left a bag of breakfast, fresh flowers, and a handmade book with instructions for the entire day on their bed. He first sent Jordan to the local coffee shop where he pre-paid for her order and told her to also get a sugary pastry. Which he knew she would have never ordered before. After Jordan finished eating her sweet treat and enjoyed the morning at the coffee shop, Jake had her go to the firehouse where he worked. Once she arrived here he had her write in this small bible that he kept in his jacket to always keep him safe.

In his jacket, Jake also left her some money with another note and told her to go buy an outfit for the night and to be ready by 4:00 PM. She drove to the town of Napa and picked out a dress. Then drove back to their home and got ready for the rest of the evening. Jake picked up Jordan that evening from their home and drove her to Trinchero Family Estates. They entered the estates from the back and walked down these steps to a beautiful grassy area with romantic string lights overhead. Their view was of the gorgeous Mount St. Helena.

Once they settled in Jake spoke some words and then said, “before I ask you a question I have one more surprise.” Jordan’s best friend, who is also a photographer, popped out of the bushes! Jordan couldnt believe it. Jake then got down on one knee and proposed to Jordan! They all got to celebrate at the winery and take pictures in the library. After photos, they continued the celebration at a local restaurant with amazing food and ended the night with ice cream shakes.

The Wedding:

Jake & Jordan’s wedding is one that will be stuck in our head for years to come! Their bridal party was very intimate and perfect for the two of them! They each had their one very best friend stand next to them that made up their bridal party, Jake’s son was his Best Man and Jordan’s best friend Caroline was her Maid of Honor. Jake and Jordan opted out of a first look and we just loved their alternative. They decided to meet next to a wall and join hands as a way to ease the nerves. It was the sweetest moment as they swapped letters and smiles radiated from the two of them.

The Desert Mountain Venue was the perfect location with the most stunning backdrop for Jake and Jordan’s bridal portraits, check out their sweet photos from Jennifer Bowen below (and their wedding trailer by us of course!) The decor was simple, yet elegant, with eucalyptus leaves, blush spray roses, and mixed metal accents. They ended the night with the most epic dance party and a sparkler exit straight out of a fairy tale as Jordan ran with her Hayley Paige dress flowing in the wind. We wish we could relive their wedding day every weekend!


 


 

 

 

Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Jennifer Bowen Photography // Wedding Planner: Sip & Twirl // Venue: Desert Mountain // DJ: DJ Ramsey // Florist: Fiori Floral // Linens: Classic Party & Event Rentals // Officiant: Matt Nathanson // Hair: Makiaj // Invites: Brush + Nib // Dress Designer: Hayley Paige

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When we saw that Ultra Violet was the Pantone Color of the Year we were so excited to see what gorgeousness our incredibly talented wedding planners would come up with this year. If you’re a purple loving bride then get ready for some amazing inspiration that we have been seeing around the internet. This purple shade is perfect for a simple backyard wedding, but can also be dressed up to dazzle your guests in a one of a kind high class venue.

Start your wedding planning with some inspo from this fun
bright modern wedding we had the honor of capturing:

 

Invites:

Heidi did a fab job adding in Violet through foil & florals in photos.
Love how settle this is but also it gives those pieces a fun pop!

(This bride designed & created her wedding invites on her own! Check her out: Idieh Design

The Bride:


The Groom:

Bridesmaids:

Don’t want to have an overpowering violet dress?
Have them in black with bright colored florals; we love the way they pop!

Bridal Bouquet:

Ceremony:


 


 

Reception:

Something Fun:

Violet smoke bombs are always a “Yes!” in our book!

Wanna see this gorgeous wedding in action? Check out their Same Day Edit Wedding Trailer:

Did these gorgeous photos & wedding film give you inspiration for your own wedding? Leave us a comment below to let us know if you are going to be using the Pantone Color of the Year, Violet, in your wedding this year!

Vendors: Photography: Amy & Jordan Photography // Videography: Serendipity Cinematography // Day of Coordination: Outstanding Occasions // Florist: AZ Petal Pushers // Venue: El Chorro // Cake: Ruze Cake House // Desert  Bar: A Bakeshop // Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Brides Dress: Hayley Paige // Grooms Tux: Calvin Klein // Hair Stylist: Erin Fink // Makeup: SN Makeup Artist // Invitations + Paper Products: Idieh Designs

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Avancy Bridal Boutique | Phoenix Arizona

In Spring of 2014 Vanessa applied for a Coordinator position with Serendipity Cinematography. She had a strong passion for weddings and we could tell. We hired her without question and she started that season. Vanessa put all she could into her weddings making sure everything ran smoothly and the bride felt so special. Fast forward two years later and Vanessa and her husband Denis decided to take off and travel around the world! (We were so sad to loose her, but knew that her passion with weddings would not fade and we would soon see each other again!) When they came back to Arizona, Avancy Bridal was started. This stunning bridal boutique located in Phoenix, Arizona carries exclusive gowns you wont find anywhere else in the state. These gowns are one of a kind and the experience you will get there is incomparable to other boutique. Vanessa is such a good time to be around! We absolutely adore Vanessa and we are so excited for her new adventure. So here is a little Q & A to help you get to know Vanessa and Avancy Bridal a little better. Read her answers below each question:

About Avancy Bridal Boutique:

Why did you decide to name your bridal boutique, Avancy?

Funny enough, the name Avancy came from combing my two names. Vanessa and Nancy. I have always gone by my middle name, Vanessa instead of Nancy. It seemed to confuse people. I would hear, “Vanessa! Nancy! VANCY! Vancy became a nickname. I added the “a” to the beginning and alas, Avancy was born. I also love that it sounds like “A Fancy” bridal, too.

What got you interested in opening Avancy?

I have always had a huge passion for weddings. I mean, always. Everyone that knows me, knew this about me. They just all thought that I was obsessed with getting married. I love the flowers, the cakes, the vows and above all, the dress! I worked in the wedding industry for a few years before I really found my calling working with wedding dresses. I love working closely with the bride. Hearing her love story and sharing that “YES!” moment with her and her family. I know that this is what I was born to do. Plus, I get to be surrounded by lace, tulle, accessories and happy brides every day!

What makes your bridal boutique unique and different from all the others?

To me, Avancy Bridal wasn’t a great idea that I had one time and just had to make it come true. It has been part of who I am. I love bridal and knew that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. When you walk into Avancy Bridal and meet me, you immediately see that passion and personality in my boutique. I wanted to create a fun and comfortable environment for brides and her loved ones. The experience at Avancy Bridal is unlike any other. I’m a huge social butterfly that by the time a bride leaves, we’re basically best friends.

What dress designers do you carry?

When I sat down and started building Avancy Bridal, I knew right away that I wanted to have unique designers at my boutique. I reached out to two European designers that were currently not being represented in Arizona. After that, I took to Pinterest and bridal magazines to find what brides were looking for and what modern trends and looks were. I am proud to share that I currently carry the following designers: Amelia Sposa (Avancy Bridal Exclusive), Crystal Design (Avancy Bridal Exclusive), L’amour, Lillian West, San Patrick by Pronovias, Sincerity by Justin Alexander, Maggie Sottero, and Rebecca Ingram.

What type of clients do you typically find yourself working with?

I’ve seen so many unique brides with fun personalities at my boutique. I find that I either have a very edgy, modern bride that wants a fun, new and “totally her” style or I have the traditional bride that wants a classic and modest look.

What’s your favorite thing about weddings or wedding days?

I have experienced so many weddings to know that I have two favorite, favorite moments. The first is when the bride puts on her wedding dress. I love the look she gets on her face when she realized that this is happening. She becomes a bride. At that moment, all I see are smiles and happiness from her and those around her. She’s ready to see the love of her life and promise to love each other forever (I’m a romantic, ok!) The second is the first look between the bride and her groom. This is the grooms first time seeing his love in a wedding dress. She’s nervous and excited, and so is he. The emotions that happen during that moment are always so powerful. I love, love and believe me, I always get emotional during those two special moments.

More About Vanessa:

What’s your go to Starbucks drink?

Does Starbucks serve wine yet? Totally kidding. I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so my go to Starbucks drink usually revolves around a tea/lemonade fusion.

What’s your favorite place to travel?

Did I mention that I’ve been to 22 countries? I spent a year of my life living in Europe and have to say that Italy is by far, hands down my favorite place. A close second has to be Paris! Coming soon, The Avancy Bridal Tuscan Experience *wink wink*

What’s your favorite TV Show/ Movie Couple?

I’ve 3 couples that I absolutely love. (I love, love remember? I can’t have just one): Marshall and Lily from How I Met Your Mother (Marshmallow and Lily Pad), Jim and Pam from The Office (Need I say more?), and Gomez and Morticia from The Adams Family (They’re utterly obsessed with each other)

When did you get married? What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

I got married on April 18, 2015. I loved everything about my wedding. I had a blast planning and a blast celebrating. What I love most about my wedding is that my husband and I tried our best to make it about US! We shared our love story with friends and family, we played our favorite music, ate our favorite foods and danced until we couldn’t dance anymore. We had such a fun time. The absolute best part is that I have a wonderful wedding film from Serendipity Cinematography that I can watch and relive my favorite day over and over again.

What are you doing when you’re not working at the boutique?

I’m always up to something. I love to read, watch movies and playing with my dog. I also love visiting my family, crafting and cooking.

Any other cool facts about you?

While I already mentioned that I traveled Europe for a year, my husband and I brought our puppy babe, Daisy along for the adventure. Any touristy photo we didn’t want to take, we made her take. Also, I am also fluent in Spanish and I love chocolate and wine. Ciao amigas, hasta luego.

 

Contact Vanessa to book your bridal appointment:
Avancy Bridal or by Phone: 623-414-8003.

 

Photos: Paige Lorin Photography

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Burgundy & Pale Pink Fairytale Hyatt Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Sometimes we can’t believe this is what we get to do for a living! Capturing the most stunning and happiest day of a couples life. This wedding was one for the books!  From the stunning custom Lillian Loutie ball gown, to the pale pink perfectly rounded bouquet, and the stunning white backdrop in the reception. This wedding was absolutely incredible! Every little detail was thought through and executed perfectly for us to capture alongside Silvana Braggio Photography by the amazing Maya Event Co.

 

The Couple, Proposal, & Wedding:

How They Met:
Dianna and Mahmoud met seven years ago. They had mutual friends who planned a fun day at the Polar Ice Skating Rink in Chandler, Arizona. Once everyone arrived they all had a great time together. Dianna and Mahmoud hit it off immediately!

 

The Proposal:
The proposal was simple. In Dianna’s words, “his lack of romance was actually cute.” Dianna and Mahmoud described themselves as strong, humble, and happy. When Mahmoud proposed over the phone to Dianna, it was the perfect scenario for the two of them. She said yes, and the rest is history!

 

The Wedding:
Their wedding was absolutely stunning and unique. From Dianna’s ball gown, to the black and white tuxes, and floor length burgundy bridesmaid dresses everything came together so well.  They had a traditional middle orient wedding with a Zaffa ceremony. It was such a cool experience to be apart of their unique cultural wedding. During the reception they had traditional choreographed dances and the most stunning romantic cloud of smoke surround them during their first dance. The stage was set with a gorgeous white backdrop dressed with chandeliers, flowers, and candles. The bride and groom enjoyed a different view of the reception from the modern white leather couch on stage. To top off this already super fun wedding, the couple pulled out a sword to cut their cake! (Say, what!?) Wishing we could go back in time and experience everything all over again! 

 

Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Silvana Braggio Photography // Planning + Florist: Maya Event Co. // Venue: Hyatt Gainey Ranch // Makeup: Courtney Montes // Dress: Lillian Lottie

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Tips To Get The Very Best Wedding Film Possible:


These are tips to keep in mind while you are planning your wedding day timeline:

TIME FOR INTERVIEWS:

• Interviews are what couples love about Serendipity wedding films. Build 15 minutes into your timeline at the start of our cinematography time to complete them – preferably before you put your wedding dress on. If we don’t do them right away they are impossible to get done later in the day.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:

• The Getting Ready footage is some of the best footage in your film. Think about your Getting Ready location: Is it well lit with lots of natural light? Visually appealing? Clean? Roomy enough for your bridal party, Photographer and Cinematographer? These are all important things to consider when choosing a location to get ready in.

CREATING BEAUTIFUL LIGHTING:

• Cameras don’t operate well in low lighting. It is important to consider lighting in every aspect of your day to get the most flattering footage possible. Think about the light at your Getting Ready location, the Ceremony site and the Reception. If there is not enough lighting, think about bringing some in. (Oh and uplighting is not considered “light” in our book!)

CINEMA TIME:

• Gone are the days of hours alone with your Photographer on your Wedding Day. To create the most beautiful wedding film possible, we need some shots with you too, and we don’t want to ruin your Photographers mojo by encroaching on their time or shouting out poses we need from you. Block out about 15 minutes of time for your Cinematographer separate of your Photographer so that we can get the shots that we need for your wedding film, ideally at the beginning of the shoot.

DOING A FIRST LOOK:

• 98% of couples do a First Look these days, and we highly recommend it. It allows us to get some spectacular footage of a hugely meaningful moment that you will be able to look back at and remember forever. It allows your Photographer and Cinematographer time to be more creative throughout the day, instead of racing against the clock and sunset trying to get all shooting done after the Ceremony.

CONSIDER AN “UNPLUGGED WEDDING”:

• You are paying a lot of money for us to capture your day, so ask your guests to be present in the moment and put away the phones and and cameras. When they are busy with their iphones and ipads they get in our way and ruin the very shots you are paying us to get.

EATING TIME:

• Talk with your catering manager about feeding your vendors when the bridal party eats. If we are fed after the guests, we don’t get enough time to hydrate and nourish ourselves and we could miss the start of your reception.

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Romantic & Timeless Arizona Biltmore Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

We can not get over how gorgeous this wedding was! It was such an honor to be apart of Rachael and Daniel’s special day. They got married in early December at The Arizona Biltmore. It was a perfect day with talented vendors and a beautiful color pallet. Read about their story below!

How They Met:

Daniel and Rachael first met six years ago through Facebook. At the time Rachael photographed an all girls punk rock band and Daniel happened to be friends with the bass player. Later Rachael found out Daniel was a photographer too and fell in love with his photography work. After a few weeks of non-stop texting and calling they decided to meet officially in person in the middle of the Tempe Town Lake Bridge. They spent two hours at the edge of the lake that night with Rudy, Rachael’s Gold Retriever, watching the sunset and talking endlessly.

 

The Proposal:

The proposal happened in NYC on Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center overlooking the breathtaking NYC skyline. While up there, you could see everything! It was cold, according to Rachael, but it was beautiful and so worth it! While they were up there, they had to get a photo so Rachael asked a random stranger to take their picture. (Fun Fact: Rachael and Daniel are AZ Wedding Photographers!) Then, Daniel very spontaneously got down on one knee and the rest was a blur for Rachael. All she really remembers is saying, “Yes!” The stranger who took their photo did an excellent job and the rest of their trip they celebrated!


The Wedding:

We love capturing weddings at The Arizona Biltmore. The feel of the old time Hollywood, mixed modern gives us all the feels. The architecture there is so unique and the background opportunities for photo and video are endless and such a mix! Rachael and Daniel’s wedding was a mix of classic Chinese with a modern American twist. The Chinese traditions they brought into their wedding, such as the tea ceremony, where Rachael was wearing her traditional red Chinese dress was such an honor to capture. We love being apart of the couples unique story, and capturing that throughout the day. The ceremony site was breathtaking, the floral by Carte Blanche Design were straight out of a fairy tale. We loved the mixed bridesmaid dresses, we’re a sucker for that. And the classic black and white tuxes the guys were in were flawless. We wish we could live this day over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talented Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Planning: Revel Wedding Co. // Venue: Arizona Biltmore // Florist: Carte Blanche // Linens: La Tavola // DJ: Desert House Productions // Officiant: Father Gary Regula // Hair & Makeup: Heather Van Houten // Invitations: Celebrations in Paper // Dress: Lillian Lottie {custom design}

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