Oct 25

What Luck…

On the other side of the pond Gary and Lora dreamed of having a California style wedding.  With not much hope of being able to create the same vibe in the UK, they decided to take their closest friends and family to The hills of central Cali to get hitched.  They really wanted to make sure that they had a real American experience, so the entire wedding party and guests camped in tents and fished in the pond all week (since that is what all of us americans do all the time right?).  Also, what better way to have yourself a good old American time than to engage your entire group in a game of rehearsal baseball.  Despite their lack of knowledge in the actual rules and techniques of the game, there was no lack of laughter and action.  Gary and Lora put so much thought and effort in making this a unique and personalized event. They are adventurous, relaxed and loving. They were able to incorporate these elements into the entire experience. As we met with Gary and Lora over skype a few weeks prior to the event, they gave us absolute free reign and all their trust to capture their experience in a way that was unique to them.  Their were no shot lists or rigid expectations, just pure trust.  They will be premiering this film in the UK in November to all of their friends and family that were unable to be there on that day.  What we wouldn’t give to be there and experience that with them!

What luck… that we would get the opportunity to capture a couple so full of love and giving as Gary and Lora.


Behind every tubular event there has to be a tubular team… We worked with some of the greatest on this one.
Amorology – Insanely unique design and planning

Brandon Kidd Photography – Mind Blowing Imagery

Nicole Deanne - Crafty with all things hair and make-up

Duo Catering - Out of this world grubb… seriously

Gary and Lora’s reaction after viewing the film was so poignant, we wanted to share:

“Ummmm the only words I can think of right now is WOW. Seriously I have no words for how incredible the highlights are. We literally watched them through several times without stopping. We had no idea you guys shot that much film. I cannot believe you captured all of those emotions!

If that is the highlights I know that we will be literally blown away by the full version. We knew when we asked you three to document our wedding that it would be something special, but never dreamed of the depths you went to to secure the most incredible footage.

We will treasure this until the end of our lives, thank you thank you thank you.

Lora and Gary xxx”

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  • Zach W. - Speechless. That was amazing.
  • Heidi R. - WOW. So amazing and beautiful and touching. What a wonderful day that must have been for all involved.
  • Ceci - What a fun bunch.... Great job as always!
  • Jason+Anna Photography - You guys are the absolute bestest. Love this..love the creative nature of it all and... love you guys. ;)
  • Jim - Very well done guys! Quality and heartfelt! Nice editing and sound selections.
  • Dannie - your videos ALWAYS make me cry. maybe i'm just a sap....but this was really beautiful. Love your work, as always. :)
  • lydia {ever ours} - been having no luck with the traffic/commute gods this week and been miserable, but THIS made my day...wunderbar, y'all!
  • Brian Khang - You guys are truly amazing! Beautiful as always and pieced together with so much heartfelt emotion!
  • Brian White - That pan-shot during the vows is sick. You guys never stop blowing me away. You capture live events effortlessly. That's a big deal. Nice work.
  • kristin - oh so perfect! i smiled the whole time watching this and reliving that amazing weekend with the sweetest couple! great job guys! loved getting to work with you. :)
  • Mike Hall - Beautiful!
  • Kelley - So amazing!! I wish I had cool accents like them :)
  • Brandon Kidd - WOW! I just LOVE this video so much! You guys are insane and just love everything that you touch! Such a magnificent blend of humor, love and raw emotion! You guys are the best!!
  • Kim Winkelman - Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?! What a beautiful couple... and you captured their love so well. Holy smokes I am honestly in awe of your work, I was seriously brought to tears watching this video and I don't even know them!
  • Bethany Raelene - Perfect as ever. I love love LOVE that you have 3 angles on the vows and that the audio is crystal clear. You guys are so freaking good!
  • Heather@amorology - So loved this you guys! Truly you guys are some of the very best! ...and so much fun to work with! Can't wait to share this with our readers. Going to get something up soon!
  • Jill A. - Amazing that you can capture a love like this and make us all feel it as if we were experiencing it first hand. How "lucky" are we that something this beautiful can be shared?!
  • Lora and Gary - I know that you've already posted our response to this, but I couldn't help but comment here. Everytime we watch this it really does take us back to our wedding day, and brings it back to life in a way we never expected. There are moments in the film that we didn't see, or had forgotten and we get to see it all in action. It means more to us than you can know. I hope many many more couples allow you to work your magic. xxx
  • Jamie - what a tubular video that captured such a fantastic wedding.


About 3 weeks before Ben and Michele’s wedding day I got a call from Ben.  He explained to me that Michele’s mom, who resides in Vancouver Canada, had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The doctors had only given her a few weeks to live.  Needless to say she would be unable to make the trek down to southern California for her daughters wedding.  Because of illness she would have to miss it all.  On the phone, Ben proposed an idea.  He asked if we could rush the edit of a highlight so that 2 days after the wedding they could sit down with her mother and relive the experience by her side.  The only hope was that she would make it long enough to see the film.

Needless to say this was a daunting task!  Rush edits are difficult enough, but knowing that this is how a dying mother would experience the wedding day of her beloved daughter, made us weak in the knees.

Holding our breath, we pushed the “send” button and waited for the response from Ben and Michele… this is the response that we received minutes later…

“I think I told you earlier that we were gonna head to the hospital.

We did and then we found a Starbucks nearby with Wifi.  Here is a

Starbucks coffee….$2.50 (Canadian).
Starbucks wifi….ninety minutes of downloading on their crappy connection.
Spending the evening by Mom’s hospital bedside watching the video ….priceless!

Well done team ShadeTree!  We can’t thank you enough for making
tonight very special.  We leave for our honeymoon tomorrow, but it was
a wonderful gift to be able to share the highlight video with
Michele’s mom and dad.  They loved the shot with the gold necklace
that she gave me.  It was awesome. We were all crying. It was
Thank you again,
Ben + Michele”

Love, STF

Had the pleasure of working with the Joy Marie team

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  • Gary - Beautifully done. Powerful story!
  • lydia {ever ours} - you guys never cease to amaze me. i need to remind myself to have a box of kleenex every time i watch your films :)
  • Sarah - Oh yeah - a little teary-eyed after reading the post....well done guys =)
  • joy - I'm balling my eyes out. you captured these two beautiful people so well. speaking of beauty...Michele...gorgeous! you guys are amazing!!
  • Sharon + Nick - Seriously, this was so heartwarming. I wish we had said something as beautiful and poignant to all our guests! Love you guys.
  • Zach W. - Thats amazing, what a great story and even better for you guys to share your amazing talent with that family. Lasts a lifetime. Well done!
  • David Smallwood - Man, you guys are AMAZING, STF! I'm not a man of many tears, but this one brought some to the surface. Great work!!
  • Michele - Thank you Shade Tree for such a wonderful gift. My Mom passed away shortly after we returned from our honeymoon. Watching your video was one of her last memories and it gave her much joy.
  • Eran and Aubs Photography and Cinematography - Such a touching video!! LOVE IT!

When you have waited for something, that you want so badly, for fifteen years… and you finally get it, you know its going to be good!

Such is the case with Evita and Jon and their day was good, it was real good!

Check out the awesome sauce images from Evita+Jon’s day by Jagger Photo.

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  • Alyse - There are no words for how incredible this is. Except that I am absolutely blown away and sobbing. And I don't even know this couple. :) What a beautiful gift you've given them! AMAZING job!!
  • Micah - Wow guys! Great storytelling. You had me at the water drops shots at the beginning. And the first look footage?! What!?!! You killed it! Proud to recommend you to all our couples!
  • David Aguilar - This is great! I love your style and attention to detail!
  • Heidi R. - Guys, I'm sobbing over here! Such an amazing and beautiful story that you've told here. Where were you when I got married!?! :)
  • lydia {ever ours} - you guys always know how to get it done. and yet another amazeballs wedding film under the belt...huzzah!
  • Mike Novelli - There was so much emotion in this film and the first look sequence you put together was really good! What a great story!
  • jeff ambrose - hurts to say it but i think a well done video like this trumps a photo anyday. very nice work guys.
  • karen - this was so beautiful!! i cried.
  • Jon - Wow Jagger Photography and Shade tree films are the best! They are really talented not to mention very cool people to work with! Worth every penny! Keep it up! Thank God my wife found you guys online and she was stubborn enough not to consider our other options! Thank you for doing such a very good job!
  • jeff marsh - what the! Shannon Kapp, the officiant, is my homie. small world. killer film.
  • Dustin Bess - Wow! You guys never cease to amaze me. And what an awesome idea for first look. Way to go!
  • marvin tsai - WOW! you guys rock! so touching!! I love your steady cam move, camera angle and how you edited. I will refer you guys for next wedding. :)
  • Jagger Photography - we've been meaning to tell you guys how truly amazing this video is. We watched it with Grayson's family and literally all of us almost cried. You guys are so ridiculously good at what you do. Maybe it's b/c we were there and know how great this couple is, but you captured them SO well.... It's the best wedding video we've ever seen!
  • Mia Baker - Wow...I've seen so many great wedding videos, but that truly was a work of art. Of course I'm in tears. That took my breath away.
  • Kristin - AH-MAZING! it's impossible for you guys to capture and edit anything but perfect!

Ron was made for Lindsey and Lindsey was made for Ron, all she had to do was add the “er”!

A day with fire trucks, rugby videos and two people that adore each other, is a day that we can really get behind.


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  • Aaron Mendez - Awesome Guys!!!!! Beautiful color grade....the colors pop throughout this WHOLE video....and perfect song choice!!!
  • Candis Press - I think your videos actually mean more to me now that I took your class, and I doubt I will ever stop crying through them. Beautiful once again! Thanks for the constant inspiration!
  • Maggie - Absolutely BEAUTIFUL...!!!
  • Megan - You guys are good...really good. I just love your work.
  • Kai Yambao - I love that what you capture in just 4 mintues tells a whole story.
  • Bianca Juarez - Love, love, love your storytelling :)

Its simple really. Sit down. Push play. Watch. Love Kellie + Cina. Enjoy!!

The fabulous coordinating by v3events.com

Shot with Zach Hodges Photography

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  • Vanessa @ V3 Events - Oh my gosh, I'm totally crying like a baby right now! It's so SO perfect for K&C - beautiful, meaningful, and heartfelt! Great job you guys! Can't wait to work with you again :)
  • lydia {ever ours} - you guys are the shiznit. can't say it enough.
  • Zach Hodges - Insane! You guys rocked it, so many amazing little compositional details (like the richard nixon museum letters as she and her dad are walking in, dad's shadow during speech) just brilliant.
  • Christan Parreira - Just in case time travel ever gets invented, I would like to reserve October 8th 2005 for you to cover my wedding.....man, your stuff rocks!
  • Kellie and Cina - We've said it a hundred times and we'll say it again: you guys are amazing!! We couldn't have asked for anyone better to capture our wedding...absolutely love it!!
  • Briony - This was just lovely, brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful story telling, I love her father's toast/speech....they will treasure this always.
  • Anna - Total tears. It's not just that you all know how to capture the moment...it's that you know how to piece it all together to enrich the moment through your storytelling/editing.
  • Tony Genovese - I don't know any of these people... but I'm sitting here crying as if she was my daughter.
  • alec vanderBOOM - great story! good job telling it
  • Cindy - I love the way you guys tell the wedding story, starting and ending with the father of the bride's speech. It's so moving!
  • WhoWhatLogos - Absolutely beautiful!
  • Lydie - I hope one day you guys will be able to shoot my wedding :)
  • Gaidrius-JamesSnyder - You guys are EXACTLY what I've always dreamed of becoming: Film makers who take special memories and make them into a beautiful work of art. I only aspire to do what you do someday and when I get there, I pray my films might reach the quality of your own. God bless and MUCH love.
  • diana elizabeth - love, as always! dad's speech was so sweet. then i started crying at Cina's vows. yep, diana's on the blog. more comments to come!
  • Julieanna - always great for a late night cry session! just beautiful!
  • Ericka - Love the video! Cina or Kellie, who is your wedding officiant? I would love to get his information. Thank you!!!