Category Archives: Same Day Edits

Kara + Robert #KaRoWedding2013 – Same Day Edit (San Diego, CA)

When writing blog posts, I usually think about my experience of the couple.  My experience of KaRo was that they were very caring and giving as well as fun and witty.  When Kara told me how her and Robert met, I was literally lolling for a few minutes.  Fake names and AMAZING pick up lines aside (the story of how they met is HILARIOUS), I always love hearing how couples ended up together.  I met KaRo thru mutual friends (Cheryl + Nate) whose wedding I filmed with one of my mentors in the wedding cinematography industry and dear friend Jason Magbanua.  After the amazing job Jason did on their SDE, I felt quite honored that they would refer me to one of their close friends…no pressure. lol

In line with the thinking of “cool people know cool people”, Kara + Robert were just a joy to work with and film for.  Such great energy about them :).  I could go on and on about how fun of a wedding this was to film however instead of being verbose, i’ll allow the film to do the talking ;).  Enjoy the film!

I had the pleasure of working alongside these amazing suppliers :

Vendors :

Wedding Coordinator – Something Blue Weddings // Melanie Montoya www.melmontoyaweddings.com

Ceremony Venue – The Immaculata Parish

Reception Venue – Scripps Seaside Forum

Photography – Atrero // Karen Atrero www.atrero.com

Florist – Camellia Wedding Flowers // www.camelliaweddingflowers.yolasite.com

DJ – Sound Illusions DJ // Manny De Leon www.soundillusion.com

Hair – Mish Mucho Weddings // Mish Mucho www.mishmucho.com

Makeup – Valerie Von Prisk // Valerie Von Prisk www.valerievonprisk.com

Transportation – Top Dog Limo Bus // www.topdoglimobus.com

Han + Jason “JasHan” – Wedding Love Story & Same Day Edit (Kapolei, HI // Lanikohonua)

So I’ve been racking my brain trying what to write for this blog entry.  Truth be told, this film was ready to be posted a few months ago, however, with the launch of the new site, I held back a few weeks from posting it.  Then when it came time to post it, I drew a blank as far as what to write, lol.

The common thread in my current blog postings are childhood friends and acquaintances.  I’ve known Jason for 14 years.  He was the owner of Hypersquad Dance Co. and I was a student in the original bboy (breakdancing) class.  Thru the years, Jason has made a name for himself in the underground and commercial art communities.  Visit his site  www.newkoncept.com to read more about his art.

When I moved to LA, I met his wife-to-be Han.  Her love of all things “foodie” and  cheerful personality made it apparent as to why Jason fell in love with her.  She’s really an awesome woman and am glad her and Jason found each other :)

This is what I presented during their wedding reception.  Enjoy!

Ann + Bryce – Same Day Edit (Honolulu, HI // The Modern Hotel)

The same day edit film of a long time friend and his brand new wife.  I’ve known Bryce since the 7th grade and the reality has been hitting me more and more as I film each of my friends’ weddings….we’re grown ups.  haha.

Bryce used to hang out at the “Mauka bench” with all of the other kids from Mililani Mauka Elementary, such as myself, in intermediate school (junior high to all you mainlanders ;P).  We all shared common friends, much of whom I’ve known since the 6th grade, so we grew pretty close all the way thru high school.  A fond memory I have of our group was when we all used to wrestle at our friend Sean’s house after school.  A fun tidbit about their reception grand entrance, Bryce + Ann walked out to wrestling theme music and did the DX chop / “suck it” gesture, hahaha.  Too awesome.  It was like a mini high school reunion at their wedding and  It was great catching up with old friends. :)   I only got to meet Ann for the first time a few months ago (about a week prior to the wedding) and I was truly, truly happy that Bryce found such a wonderful woman as his partner in life.  Outgoing and beautiful with a bubbly personality, it was pretty apparent why Bryce fell in love with her.

Imagine my excitement, and admittedly a bit of nervousness, when it came time to film their wedding.  I’ve never been one to worry about my couples’ expectation when it comes to their wedding film and same day edits as I have full confidence in my team and I’s ability, however there’s a small (well ok…HUGE) level of expectation to perform when it’s a childhood friend.  I watched intently as Ann + Bryce saw their SDE at the reception and a big sigh of relief came over me when Bryce + Ann emote with joy as the film finished.

Congrats Bryce + Ann!  It was truly my pleasure being your Hawaii wedding cinematographer :)

The team that made it all happen :

Photographer – Aaron Rideout
DJ – Tony So
Coordination – Finishing Touch (Sandra Williams + KathE Garcia)
MUA – Flaunt
Venue – The Modern Honolulu (Renee Suzuki)
Special shout out to Joel from Studio Red for all his help during the shoot!

Enjoy!!

May + Dominic – Same Day Edit (Honolulu, HI)

Annnndddd….we’re back.

After a few months of shooting hiatus, CCm is back on the scene with this year’s first SDE. May and Dominic had their wedding ceremony at St. Elizabeth in Aiea, HI. What I love about this church is it’s long aisle. Lots of room and time for steadicam fun ;). Photosession madness was at kaka’ako park and we finished off the night at the beautiful Halekulani hotel for the reception.

I’m currently flying back and forward from mainland USA and I originally wasn’t able to be the wedding cinematographer for May and Dom. Luckily, a good friend of mine from the industry was able to step in and help out with shooting that day. Big thanks to Joel, Gabe, and Mario for their assist on this shoot. This was the first time I was actually an hour AHEAD of schedule for SDE showing. Gave me extra time to polish and cinescope the clip ;).

Much thanks to all the great vendors and especially to Taryn from a Touch of You event planning. Always a true pleasure working with such a professional :).

List of awesome vendors that helped make this wedding possible :

Photography – Jaymie Castro // J Castro Photography
jcastrophotography.com

Florist – Sue Yamaguchi // Su-V Expressions
suvexpressionshawaii.com

MUA – Naomi Lee // Les Saison
www.les-saison.net

Sound + DJ – Randy Fernandez // DJ Nite Beat
thenitebeat [at] yahoo.com

Banquet Captain + Venue – Loren Petroski // Halekulani Banquet/Catering Manager

“At a loss for words..” // Pamela ‘ Bronson – Same Day Edit (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Ok, ok….I confess. I’ve been holding out on this one. It’s been up on vimeo hiding for almost 2 months. Why? I’ve been at a loss for words. I couldn’t figure out anything clever to say to match how epic I felt this piece was…so I’ll just stick to the story :). I had the pleasure of shooting alongside my personal mentor in the wedding cinematography world, Michael Y. Wong and arguably one of the best editors/storytellers in Hawaii, Joel Campos. This team was put together the last minute and was the personification of a “clutch team”. They both pulled thru for me and I wouldn’t have been able to get this same day edit out to the level that I was able to push it without their lightning fast rough cutting, skilled shooting + story telling, and my 100% peace of mind that the reception was being shot perfectly while I chopped away at the computer. Please visit the vimeo page if you’d like to read more on how I put the edit together.

Now on to the lovely couple!

Pamela and Bronson were originally from Hawaii and now reside on the mainland. From the moment I met them, I was happy to discover that “aloha” had never left their hearts. The thing I really loved about this couple was that they had ZERO pretension. Very down to Earth and laid back…epitome of Hawaii :). They wanted to do a first look…but not the “cheesy type” as Pam put it. After some quick brainstorming during the rehearsal, I asked her if they were doing cards to which she affirmed. Logistically, it was going to be tough shooting the exchange as once I leave the groom’s room, I stick with the bride until first look / ceremony time. We came up with the brilliant idea of exchanging the cards during the 1st look and killed two birds with one stone. Gotta love MYW’s EPIC wide shot during the approach ;).

WIthout further delay….It is with great pleasure I share this piece with the world.

Enjoy!

Suppliers :
Photography – Frank “Da Man” Amodo
Venue – Lanikohonua
Planner – Merryl Iraha / Vows in Paradise

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