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 :
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
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!
Hey true believers (it’s a Stan Lee quote if you’re not a comic book reader :P ),
Super short update.
We’re still alive, don’t worry ;).
I’ve been getting emails upon emails wondering why the blog hasn’t been updated. Simply put, been buried under a pile of footage :). Working hard to get these final edits out to couples as well as continue to service new ones. In this industry, it’s always a balancing act between editing, shooting, signing new clients, and keeping the previous ones informed/happy. I do my best to personally answer all the emails and inquiries within 24 hours, except for the days when we’re off island shooting, so for those waiting for an email, it’s coming! Just returned from the outer islands so playing catch up again with the pile of emails in the inbox. In regards to blog updates, stay tuned for some new wedding films in the coming days as well as some industry insight into what gear I use and recommend. I also have a few corporate films that I’ve shot in collaboration with a california based ad agency that has finally been cleared for display. (woohoo!)
In the meantime, I’d like to share with you an article I wrote for the event filmmaking industry’s leading magazine, EventDV! Here’s the link!
Posting this wedding all the way from San Diego, California!
First some tidbits about the day: Being a Hawaii resident, I had no idea where the heck I was going when driving around SoCal. It’s a good thing I had James Pizarro from our sister company red Bicycle Media with me. Not even 2 weeks after we filmed a wedding in Hawaii, he caught wind of me covering a full wedding alone in California and flew out ALL THE WAY FROM OHIO to help. Thanks again for that bro! I couldn’t have pulled off the SDE to this level solo :). Now with the help of our phones giving us directions and James’ excellent navigational skills (lol), we were able to make each location punctually.
Now fast forward to the reception and SDE showing time. We almost did not get to show this piece. It wasn’t a question of being done, I was done editing it quite early, it was the fact of some weird equipment issues. We usually use our own projectors as we can trust them and know what it takes to project with them, but we were at the mercy of the DJ’s projector, which needless to say gave us quite a few headaches. We ended up figuring out a solution, with the help of Keshia’s brother Nick who saved the day by driving to an electronics store MID RECEPTION, and we were able to show the SDE at the end of the night. Whew…..It was a great recap to a wonderful day.
To Keshia and J.C. : You were such a joy to work with, CCm was proud to be your cinematographers for that day (even though the MC kept calling us your wedding videographers, lol). It was a joy to film your wedding day and be a part of it. Congratulations!
ps. For you eagle eyed viewers of my blog, Keshia’s name is spelled K-E-S-H-I-A, not K-E-I-S-H-A. ;)
Enjoy their SDE :