As this year comes to a close, our hearts are humble and full by all of the opportunities that we have had, and the friendships that we have shared. This has been an amazing year full of A LOT of fun and A LOT of work. We have been working harder than a clydesdale in a Christmas Budweiser commercial. Now we get the chance to look back and laugh about the good times… like the time we had an RC helicopter obsession for two weeks.  We will learn from the hard times… like the time we booked the cheapest hotel in Seattle. We will feel love as we think about all the amazing couples that we got to know, the clients that we got to serve, the tubular people we added to our team and the industry friends that we got work side by side with.

As we look forward to the big 12, we cant help but get giddy, and cant wait to see what it brings for the STF family. Our number one goal is to establish real and lasting relationships with those around us. 2012 is gonna be a good year for establishing new and nurturing seasoned relationships. And yes, I am sure there will be TONS of chances to laugh at Chads ability to insert his foot in his mouth on a regular basis.

From the STF family to yours, we wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and the best freakin’ 2012 possible!

In celebration of this Christmas season and to ring in the new year style, we got together for a partay, and had our selves a good ole time.

Love,  STF

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  • Jacki - I'm so glad we've gotten to know you guys as vendors and mentors! Much love and a wonderful and prosperous New Year to you!
  • candice - HOW AM I JUST NOW SEEING THIS POST?!?!?!?! so much fun that night. Love you guys!
Dec 2

The Goods

In our quest for branding that better represents us and the experience that couples will have with us, we also have done some revamping of our products packaging. Here is a little sneak peek of what you get when you embark on the Shade Tree experience.

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  • jeromie - i really dig the packaging. it's unique and fun.i'm a huge fan of your work!
  • Evy - Love! Super excited to see the goods.
  • Sarah - Very cool. If I were a client I would enjoy it. =)
  • Jacki - Awesome! Love it! Especially the yellow and white string/twine!
  • Jamie - Looking forward to getting our package!
  • David - Awesome packaging guys! Who printed it for you?
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 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!
Oct 3


We’re so excited you came to the dance party!!! Welcome to the brand spankin’ new website for SHADE TREE FILMS

  • If you’re a BRIDE, we’re so glad you’re here! This is your new home … a place JUST FOR YOU!
  • If you’re a FILMMAKER and want to know more about our CINESKOOL workshops, this is your new home:
  • If you own your OWN BIZ, we have a space just for you right here: BIZ Site

Again,THANKS FOR STOPPING BY! We can’t wait to spend more time with all of you!

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