It never ceases to amaze us here at STF, in regards to how lucky we find ourselves to be meeting the incredible people we get to create films for.
Last week we got the chance to show this love story at a very unique and special wedding. The moment we met Brandon, Malia and Brandon’s daughter, Avery, we knew we would have the chance to share this couples wonderful beginning, with all of our friends. It’s a story of two families coming together, and Avery was the glue that sealed the deal.
Both Brandon and Malia are elementary school teachers, so it was obvious to shoot in their most natural environment, the class room; which by the way, provided such a great setting for this Love Story. Beyond their similar workplace, so many of their memories were made in Brandon’s house involving his daughter Avery. Being able to capture such a unique reality between them, was treat for us.
We got to hang out with Blake and Melissa for a day. It was every kids dream really… Go to the fire station look at the cool trucks, get ice cream and play in a big field. We had a ton of fun, and so did they… We think. We took some pictures to show you!
Meet Cate and Trevor.
They are rad people.
We like them a lot.
We also like taking pictures of them because they look really good together and they both can do the serious photo look perfectly.
You should look at these pictures and you will like them as well.
We are excited shoot the film and photos for their wedding in September!
OK Lets talk about the elephant in the room… yes we are now offering photography for our wedding couples, and whoever else we decide to point a camera at. Its gunna be fun!
Just a few weeks ago we boarded a plane to take a 9 hour journey to an unknown place in Puerto Rico. Once we landed in San Juan we began another dark 2 hour trek to the other side of the island. It wasn’t until morning that we discovered we were in the middle of paradise, and that this was going to be an epic adventure. Jared and Velisa brought their family and closest friends to a place that meant so much to them and reflected who they are. We were with Jared, Velisa and their peeps for 3 days of activities leading up to the ceremony and insane party that followed. This event was a perfect fit for us because their focus was not so much on floral arrangements and color schemes (however those things may be important) but it was so much more about creating an active experience, that their guests would NEVER forget. There is so much more of the experience that we wish we could have fit into the highlight film. When considering everything that we could include in the film, we decided it was best to stick to the basics. Jared and Velisa have such an authentic, true and raw love, that we wanted to focus mostly on that aspect of the entire experience. So sit back relax and enjoy the radness that is Jared and Velisa.
Our greatest thanks to: The Music Bed – For the best freaking music licensing in the galaxy Lens Pro To Go – For saving our tooshies and getting us the gear we needed
Robert Miles – For sweating off at least 25 pounds in the three days to help us cover everything! (You should eat at Mc Donalds for at least 6 months, you didnt have 25 pounds to loose.)
At the end of a VERY long and winding road through the forests of Central California, at the base of dwarfing granite slabs, sits a small chapel. This was the perfect setting for two people that adore each other, to make promises that are as strong as the mountains that surrounded them. There is so much meaning and story behind Becky and Eric’s unique wedding in the valleys of Yosemite National Park. Seven years of growing together and serving God side by side, culminated into one day of excitement and emotion. All the details of the wedding were a direct reflection of who they are, and the experiences they have been through. It was an honor to witness the vulnerable vows this couple shared; they were completely transparent. We didn’t force them to read their cards from one another (which we never do), everything that we were able to capture was 100% authentic. For Becky and Eric this day wasn’t about the flowers and the dinner menu, it was about them, their love and God. SO RAD!
We took advantage of the opportunity not afforded very often, of shooting in Yosemite National Park. We woke up earlier than roosters to head out into the freezing cold, and get morning time lapses and scenery shoots. It was rad to have that opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and capture some of the most amazing creations on the earth. We knew that this location was so important to Becky and Eric and we wanted to do our best to incorporate its vast beauty into the film that they would treasure for a life time. You often don’t see a lot of “establishment” shots in our films. When a wedding is held in a hotel or other venues that don’t have as much meaning to the story, we feel there are better ways to show who the couple really is. However in this case… the scenery compliments the couples story and who they are perfectly.
There was so much meaning and emotion behind the conversation that happened throughout the day that we picked a sound track from Tim Halperin that would match the emotion and pacing of the days of events. So not distract in anyway from the dialogue of the day, we used both the instrumental and lyrical track for the song. Both of these are licensed through The Music Bed. Using both tracks gave us the ability to use only instrumental during the dialogue heavy parts of the film, and then bring in the lyrics to break it up and fill in where there is not as much dialogue.
The chapel was extremely dark with yellow lighting. Lets just say that New Blue FX, color fixer plus saved our tushies on this one. We were able to take extremely under exposed and yellow footage and make it look more natural and radtastic.
We can’t thank Becky and Eric enough for letting us be a small part of their lives…