Mauve & Gold Royal Palms Wedding

Jonathan & Sarah:

How They Met:

When Jonathan graduated from nursing school he had a graduation party, which Sarah attended. He went to school with one of Sarah’s high school friends! Sarah was actually in a long term relationship that was on the rocks and Jonathan was fresh out of a long term relationship. Chris, his brother and best man, and Sarah attended nursing school together. Most people assume that’s how they met!


The Proposal:

When we asked Sarah what the proposal was like she told us, “hot and sweaty!” For Jonathan’s 30th birthday, he told Sarah that he wanted to hike Angels Landing in Zion. It was his birthday so she couldn’t argue with that. It was a very tiring climb to the top, but they made it! Sarah had one second to put down her pack before he was asking her to stand with him for a picture. Before she knew it he was down on one knee! They spent their first days as an engaged couple tent camping on the Virgin River. It was so serene Sarah said!


Vendors: Photographer: Basically Brandy Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Venue: Royal Palms Resort // Planning + Design: Some Like It Classic // Florals: The Wildflower AZ // Entertainment: Joel Gibbs // Linens: La Tavola //  Hair + Makeup: PHX Makeup Collective // Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero from Suzanne’s Bridal



Superstition Mountain Golf Club | Magical Rainy Day Wedding

If you live in Arizona you know it doesn’t rain often, especially as early as October, but this year Arizona had a different plan. The morning of Kylani and Jared’s wedding the rain was coming down. As videographers we know we can always make any weather work in our favor with a little extra effort (and an amazing vendor team), but it’s making sure the Bride and Groom are happy with the outcome of their day. Unfortunately weather is not something we can control. Although we really wish we could. But YOU GUYS! Literally right before ceremony started the rain stopped and the most incredible rainbow showed up right behind them against the superstition mountains. It was like right out of a movie. Kylani and Jared were both so flexible and relaxed all day. All they wanted was to leave the day married and in love more than ever and I’m pretty sure they got that! It was a magical day, even with a little rain, and we couldn’t have asked for a better couple to spend it with.  We love you guys!

How They Met:

With the busyness of today’s world, meeting online is becoming more and more frequent. We have captured so many couples who have met online, including Kylani and Jared who met each other on Tinder!

The Proposal:

“You could say we are not your average couple. After dating for three weeks we were brave enough to pick out a dirt lot and build a home. 8 months later, the house was complete. Our first night in the house, after the last load of boxes were delivered, Jared decided to create our first memory in that house. Surround by boxes, he got down on one knee. It was chaos and perfection all at once.” -Kylani

Vendors: Photographer: Ashley Rae Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Venue: Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club // Entertainment: DJ Flo Entertainment // Florals: Lena’s Flowers and Gifts // Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty // Dress Designer: Morilee



Romantic Royal Palms Destination Wedding

Talk about a show stopper. This wedding was absolutely breathtaking to capture, not only because the beauty curated by Some Like It Classic (We love you Kayla!!), but this couple was picture perfect. Nicole and Andrew are a perfect match. They came from Toronto, Canada to celebrate their big day near the Camelback Mountain. Their love for one another was so genuine and we loved being there to capture your most perfect day. Wish we could do this every weekend! We love you guys!

Vendors: Photographer: Andrew Jade Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Venue: Royal Palms Resort // Planning + Design: Some Like It Classic // Florist: Lux Florist // Hair & Makeup: HVH // Entertainment: Tre Ja Vu // Specialty Rentals: Prim Rentals + Bright Event Rentals // Rabbi: Rabbi Micah Caplan



Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

With Thanksgiving here I can’t help but think how grateful we are for this boss babe of a team of videographers. Serendipity Cinema is ran by Taryn who sends out only the best female videographers to capture to most stunning weddings. I am so grateful for Taryn and all the woman in the industry who support one another and push each other to be nothing but the best videographers for our couples.

I am so thankful for the relationships I have gained through this “job”. With the videographers, the talented vendors we get to work with every weekend, and the most amazing couples. I stay in touch with as many as I can and it has been so fun to see them grow together from a married couple, to having a family, and buying their first homes. Its been amazing.

I often sit here and think.. “WOW! How is this my job!?” I get to work with some of the most talented female videographers in the industry, capture the most stunning wedding curated by the most talented vendors in the industry, and capture the best love stories for the most incredible couples we get the honor of working with. How is this real life?

So thank you, thank you to all the female videographers out there killin’ it for your couples, to the talented vendors that make these stunning weddings happen, and our couples that trust us to capture your once in a lifetime day. We love you all. Happy Thanksgiving.

Xoxo, Paige



Serendipity in Life and Film with Taryn Pollock

Taryn, Owner of Serendipity & Simply Cinema, had the opportunity to be featured on Your Jubilee’s Podcast. They started up their podcast in June of this year! Your Jubilee started this podcast, The Celebrated Life, because as they shared; they wanted a way to live their purpose of a celebrated life. They wanted to connect with more people and share how life is more than the big moments. They’re passionate about “celebrating the journey and not just the destination.”

On this episode Taryn opens up about how she started Serendipity and Simply Cinema. Two very successful Wedding Videography companies based in Arizona.

She also shares out her top pieces of advice for starting up a new successful business and about her and her son’s struggle with PANDAS. If you have not educated yourself about PANDAS, and want to know more head to:

Taryn is now at a point where she advocates for PANDAS and wants to help others with PANDAS and their family recognize the symptoms. She understands all the people that could be currently dealing with misdiagnosis, so she tries to share her story and open other’s eyes about it.

To Hear Taryn’s Episode:

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Taryn is so honored to be featured on this boss babe podcast and we can’t wait to listen to even more episodes! Make sure to subscribe if you’re interested in listening to amazing stories from local rock stars!

Photographer: Leslie Ann Photography



Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Destination Wedding

Wow! We have been extremely busy capturing some of the most incredible weddings here in Arizona. We have had so many destination weddings this season, it’s been so fun! It’s no joke when people say that Scottsdale and Tucson are becoming one of the biggest destination wedding locations! According to The Knot, Tucson, Arizona is number nine out of fifty!

Which leads us into this most stunning Marana wedding we captured last season! Marana is located just northwest of Tucson and has the most gorgeous Ritz Carlton hotel tucked away in the stunning mountains. Nicole and Jordan traveled from New York to have their dreamy cactus filled wedding right here in Arizona. The whole wedding was absolutely incredible. From Nicole’s three hair changes, to Jordan’s surprise for Nicole with her favorite Jewish singer, to the floral chandelier in reception, and the most white and bright ceremony set up. It was definitely one of our most favorite chuppah’s we’ve ever seen. The whole wedding was an absolute production and we loved every second of it. Enjoy these stunning images Elyse Hall captured (Check out this other dreamy wedding we captured along side her in Scottsdale, Arizona) and their most fun wedding trailer we had the opportunity to put together! Congrats again Nicole and Jordan, we are so beyond excited for you two!

How They Met:

Jordan had heard about Niki because he was going to his fraternity’s semi formal with a friend of his. He saw her in the library a few weeks later and she came over to speak with her friend, who happened to be at his table. He cracked some joke at her and that was when they first started speaking.

The Proposal:

Niki and Jordan were supposed to go to the Grand Canyon, which is where Jordan had expected to propose. Niki was with her family skiing in Colorado, and had been complaining about stomach issues for a week. When Jordan arrived in Arizona, Niki’s stomach pains were so bad that they had to take her to the hospital – it was there that they discovered Niki needed to have her gallbladder removed!

Jordan had a limited window where he could surprise Niki with a proposal. He had previously told her the ring wasn’t ready yet. A day after her surgery, she was on the road to recovery, and he told her that his dad had gotten her gallstone from the hospital. He presented the stone in a urine test cup to Niki, but inside was actually her ring! She instantly jumped up and started dancing, and said “yes” of course!






Vendors: Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Venue: Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain // Planner: Table 6 Productions // Entertainment: Jordan Kahn Band // Florist: La Fleur // Rabbi: Rabbi Billy Lefkowitz // Hair + Makeup: Heather Van Houten // Dress: Monique Lhuillier



Arizona Biltmore Destination Wedding

When we showed up the morning of Kevin and Deanna’s wedding day we knew it would be such a fun day. Deanna is so animated and absolutely hilarious. Her eyes were filled with tears of joy and gratitude throughout the whole day. Especially when she opened her wedding gift from Kevin, the best part? She got Kevin the exact same thing not knowing what he was getting her!!

Kevin and Deanna chose not to have a first look. The nerves were super high for both of them walking into their classic church ceremony. As soon as they saw each other as Deanna was walking down the aisle, you could feel the nerves disappear and the love between them was so apparent.

Read more about their classic Arizona Biltmore wedding below along with their story!

the couple, proposal, and wedding:

How They Met:

Kevin and Deanna met online. Their first date was at Starbucks in their Arlington neighborhood of Clarendon, Virginia. They sat on a set of club chairs and ended up spending three hours together. They talked about anything and everything, trying to learn everything they could about one another. The funny part of the date was a random man on his laptop sitting across from them. He was actually apart of a good majority of their first date conversation.

The Proposal:

When the thought of being engaged entered their relationship, Deanna made it very clear to Kevin she did not want a public proposal – no crowds, no restaurants, nothing. Something just between the two of them, as a very private special moment. Well, Kevin doesn’t quite like listening to Deanna. (According to her) His original plan was to propose under the cherry blossom trees in DC where they live. Not so private, right? Well in March of 2016, they got hit with a very deep freeze that ruined the poor blossom trees.

Then of course, Kevin had a back up plan. This plan was to take Deanna to the Hirshorn Museum for an exhibit she needed to see. He complained the entire way to the museum, trying to make sure his surprise stayed a surprise. As they walked through the museum, they stopped in front of this insane orchid display. (Which happens to be Deanna’s favorite kind of flower)

He kissed her, told her how much he loved her, all while holding her face. Kevin then proceeded to get down on one knee and asked her to marry him! Deanna says it was amazing!!! Kevin will tell you Deanna just starred at him for 20 seconds while he was on his knee and didn’t give him a response.. but it was actually only five seconds Deanna says. (haha!) Best day of her life.. March 18th.

The Wedding:

The wedding day went flawlessly thanks to Jamie with Imoni Events. There was not one detail overlooked, and everything was absolutely stunning. The two tied the knot in St. Maria Gorgetti, which was very special to them as they play a big role in their church.

Deanna and Kevin are fairly classic in their style. They wanted a classic and glamorous day with a touch of sparkle. The Arizona Biltmore was the perfect venue for their vision. Along with gold linens, classic white floral arrangements, and dainty sparkle navy name cards. The whole reception came together perfectly.

Bridesmaids were rocking these floor length gold sequin dresses, while the guys sported the classic navy blue tux with gold vests and bow ties. The two ended the night eating lots of cake and dancing the night away as Kevin twirled Deanna around the dance floor. It was the perfect evening for the most perfect couple. Congratulations again to Mr. & Mrs. Youngquist. We feel so honored that we had the privilege to capture your day. We wish you all the best in your future adventures together!

Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Photographer: Jenn Wagner Studio // Venue: |ceremony| St. Maria Goretti Church + |reception| Arizona Biltmore // Coordinator: Imoni Events // Florals: The Flori Culture // Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas // Cake: Ruze Cake House // Dress: Nordstrom’s Bridal Suite // Dress Designer: Sareh Nouri // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Hair + Makeup: Bridal 4 the Win // Tux: Neiman Marcus + Canali // Entertainment: The Walkens Band + Got You Covered



Meet The Ladies of Serendipity Cinematography

Photo Credit: Leslie Ann Photography

Hi! It’s that time of year where our social media is blowing up with engagement rings and we are loving it! Now we have brides and grooms on the hunt for their perfect wedding vendors, we know it can be stressful, so we wanted to take a little time to introduce ourselves. Maybe we are the perfect videographer for you! We are Serendipity Cinematography! A group of super rad female videographers in the Phoenix area. {Who love to travel for destination weddings, might I add!} Who you hire on your wedding day can make or break your wedding day experience. Especially when it comes to who documents your wedding day memories. Hiring the right videographer to tell your love story will be the biggest decision you make. These women below tell the unique stories of our amazing and incredible couples, and create a life long memory to share with your friends, family, and future children.

We are a team of women! Which if you think about it, who better to tell the story of a wedding than a team of women? Girls just get weddings. We get what is keeping you up at night, we get being torn over two different linens that are basically the same shade, just slightly different textures. We understand the details you spent months pouring over. Us women understand the emotion of a wedding day and what is most important to capture. We get weddings, and treat every single one as if it were our own.

So meet a few of our lead videographers, editors, and our owner in our film below!
& If you’d like to get to know our individual videographers a little more, check us out here!




How To Hire A Wedding Videographer

Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography

Most couples have never hired Wedding Videographer before, so they are not sure what they are looking for or what questions to ask to make sure that it will be everything they are dreaming it will be. Here is a little guide on how to select the right Wedding Videographer for you as a couple:


The first thing you need to identify with is the style of the videographer. Take a look at their website samples and review their blog. Ask to see films from the venue that you are getting married at, but don’t bypass that videographer if they haven’t filmed at your venue. That is often times a good thing because they see it as a blank canvas and it can stimulate creativity to be able to film at a new location. If you are finding yourself sending who you want to hire samples of other videographers work, then hire the videographer that you are sending samples of. If you are asking to change that videographers style then they aren’t the videographer for you.


It is really important to look at the experience of the company you are hiring. How many years have they been in business? How many wedding seasons have they gone through? Do they specialize in weddings or all video production? You want to work with a company who specializes in wedding films. Weddings are a very different production than commercial video production because they are live events. You can rewind the first kiss as a couple because your videographer wasn’t ready. We get one chance to get the shot, so live event experience is a must!


Who will be filming your wedding? Do they have a staff of videographers that are trained to film weddings or do they just hire freelancers to shoot the weddings booked? Be very aware of this. Freelancers can operate cameras just fine, but they may not be trained in filming weddings. Again weddings are live events and require a specific level of expertise and experience. It is important that your team of videographers is in sync that day and has experience with one another. You don’t want a couple of random hires to film your once in a life time event.


The offering of packages with one camera and one videographer is never a good thing. Do not purchase this despite the temptation of the low price. It is very dangerous for your wedding film for so many reasons. When you do this you truly are selling you, and your wedding film short.

  1. What if something happens to the one camera they are filming on? Then what? All filming stops while they figure out a solution?
  2.  What if something happens to the one card they are recording on? If your wedding is filmed with one camera and one data card and the card fails… then what? Your whole day that was filmed is lost and can never be recovered.
  3. So much is missed when filmed by one person because they can’t be in two places at once. Getting ready of the couple, cocktail hour and reception detail coverage, both reactions during the first look, and so much more.
  4. You only get one angle of everything..


Who will you be working with throughout the process? Are you working with a sales person who just sells you on the service and passes you off? Will you be working with the owner or have access to the owner should the sales person leave? Your wedding film is a very important investment. Who is servicing you and how they are servicing you is of utmost priority.



You truly get what you pay for with wedding videography. There are a lot of low cost providers flooding the marketplace with some very cheap packages. A quality wedding film is definitely something worth investing in. If a company is significantly less than others in the marketplace, there is a reason why. You need to look long and hard at their product and what your experience will be like with them. Quality wedding videography is not cheap and owning a wedding videography company is not cheap. There is a reason the pricing is the way it is for a legitimate company that may cost more. You need to be concerned about the low cost providers, and their ability to still be in business by the time your wedding comes if the price point is so low.



You need to look at the meat and potatoes of the collection or package you are purchasing. There are many things that videographers offer to make a collection or package look like you are getting so much, that is truly of no value to you. For example the raw footage; everything that is usable is going to be in your film, trust us, you do not want the raw footage. When you get the raw footage there isn’t a mountain of memories that was missed because if it was good, it would have made it into the film. Almost all of the raw footage that didn’t make the film is generally because it was a practice shot and then also out of focus stuff. There is no value to that, plus are you ever going to really look at hours of footage? What would you do with it? What matters most is what is going to be delivered and these are what you need to be asking for:

  1. How many hours of videography am I getting?
  2. How long is the Feature Film going to be?
  3. Am I going to receive a Wedding Movie Trailer?
  4. How many videographers will be at my wedding?
  5. How many cameras will the videographers be filming with?


How the company delivers a finished wedding film is important. Are they delivering on old outdated technology like DVD’s and Blu Ray’s? Those are both dying technologies that in a few years won’t be around. Asking for a DVD is like asking for music on a cassette tape or CD. Everything is going towards streaming, downloadable films, or URL based delivery methods. These are how you should be delivered your film at this point.

Overall we want your wedding videography experience to be all that it should be! Check out our blog and feel free to email us if you’re looking for a wedding we filmed at your venue, to see our style. We would love to capture your special day and we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy wedding planning!


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}



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




Did you love this El Chorro Wedding? Check out another stunning wedding we shot at El Chorro with a totally different vibe here!



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