Childhood Friends Tie The Knot at The Mission San Miguel (5)

This gorgeous, heartfelt wedding comes to us from Robert Michael Films, based in Santa Barbara, CA! Here’s Robert to tell us more:

Most people know me for my wedding films, but I also love photography and occasionally will photograph a wedding if the couple is the right fit. Cheryl and Russell were childhood friends and finally reconnected after all these years.

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bride and her bridesmaids under an arch of greenery

Today’s lovely real wedding, brought to us by NST Pictures (New York, NY) takes place in a gorgeous garden setting and is brimming with romantic details! Here’s NST Pictures to tell us more:

Tanya and Henry had both worked at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and since they had mutual friends, it was only a matter of time before their paths finally crossed. Their first date was at the Santa Monica Pier and fittingly enough, they were also engaged on the beach!

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Today’s featured wedding video comes to us from Aperina Studios, based in San Francisco, California! Here’s the Aperina Studios team to tell us more:

Located in California’s finest wine country, Napa Valley, Brix was a perfect location for Dan & Pamela’s Wedding. The beautiful couple danced away in the sunset with gorgeous vineyards and gardens in the background. We loved filming the nature and spectacular views of the Mayacamas mountains. The heat was there to challenge us, but I love how we pulled of an amazing story of this couple. As a Napa Valley wedding videographer, we love to tell stories in these enchanted valleys.

On a technical side. We used 5 cameras (Canon 5D MK III DSLRs) and many “L series” lenses. Audio wise, we had the groom and officiant mic’ed up for the ceremony using mini lavs, additionally pulling a feed off of the mixer (for backup). For reception, we simplified the audio, but had a few duplicate audio recorders running from the mixer. We used a Jib to give us those cinematic shots that are hard to get with regular tripods or monopods.

Looking over the shots, we did an amazing job “harmonizing” shots and making sure they work together. We usually plan our camera layout prior to the ceremony and reception to give us the shots I want. More importantly, so we can work effectively and to get the best coverage possible. With experience, we are able to plan our layout within minutes, but each wedding is a challenge.

Our opening aerial shots, I do for fun. I love flying my personal camera in the air to get an amazing view while I’m at a beautiful location. We edit and color-correct/grade in FCPX (I love Final Cut) using built in color correction and a few plugins. Over the years I understood a basic principle I go by: with amazing footage, you can make an amazing film! So we do just that. Enjoy this short film!

Congratulations Dan & Pamela, and thank you to Aperina Studio for sharing! For more information about Aperina Studio, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

What do you think about today’s featured wedding video? Let us know in the comments below!

Event Planner: Lisa McAdams
Venue: Brix Restaurant & Gardens
Videography: Aperina Studios
Photograph: U me Us Studios

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Rustic Fiesta Wedding at El Presidio de Santa Barbara (6)

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This gorgeous fiesta themed wedding comes to us from Michael Stephens Photography, based in Atascadero, California! Here’s Michael to tell us more:

This tastefully vintage day was smoked with old Spanish architecture, fresh succulents and unceasing laughter. The old era atmosphere took guests to a different time to relax, celebrate and enjoy the joining of the beautiful Alexandria and Christopher.

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Today’s real wedding, brought to us by Julie Jenkins of Interior Scapes, is a flawless Country Club affair and Julie’s work behind the scenes pretty much epitomizes grace under pressure! Here’s Julie to tell us more:

Princess wedding ordered on the fly! It was a special treat to get to work with Gina.This was one of those last minute, traditional, Jewish weddings for 250 people that you start planning about 4/5 weeks before the big day. We were waiting on seating cards until the day before the wedding, but we got them and they looked amazing. “Not worried,” were my famous last words.

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Garden Wedding at Green Gables Estate, California (15)

Garden Wedding at Green Gables Estate, California (17)

Today’s real wedding, brought to us by Jamie B. Photography, takes place in a lush garden setting and is absolutely brimming with sweet, romantic details! Here’s the lovely bride, Alysse, to tell us more:

We met in 2012 while I was visiting home for a few days. We were at a mutual friends when I saw him and immediately felt an overwhelming attraction. I did what I could to be near him or talk to anyone that was talking to him. What I didn’t realize is that he felt the same. After one very minimal but pleasant conversation I was off again back to NYC with this handsome man now in my past; or so I thought.

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This stunning, rustic wedding comes to us from Misti Marquette Cooke  of Bohemia Photography, based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico! Here’s Misti to tell us more:

The former drummer from the 80’s hit band Autograph, Edward locked eyes with Christine, the sweet southern California kindergarten teacher and it was love at first sight. They dated for over a year and with a mature new take on love, they knew they were right for each other. They decided to have their wedding in nature, a place that makes them feel the happiest. They chose Big Bear Mountain for it’s proximity for guests that live in and around Los Angeles and for of course, it’s natural beauty and sky sweeping pines. Their wedding was simple, rustic and full of music, love and laughter.

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Vintage Inspired Backyard Wedding in Southern California (13)

Vintage Inspired Backyard Wedding in Southern California (12)

Today’s real wedding, brought to us by Vikki Marsee of All You Need is Love Events, is utterly romantic and absolutely brimming with thoughtful details! Here’s Vikki to tell us more:

Lindsay and Matt’s wedding was set on the gorgeous grounds of Lindsay’s Grandparents and was filled with so many personal details. They wanted their big day to feel relaxed and intimate, while at the same time being elegant and formal. The color palette consisted of blush tones, creams, and soft grays mixed with the serenity of the private grounds. Guests were treated to a delectable cocktail hour with the most amazing Crostini station.  On the cocktail tables were old photographs of their family that had tied the knot years before them as a reminder of the support and love they were receiving on their wedding day.

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Intimate Backyard Wedding in Pasadena, CA (12)

This sweet and stylish real wedding comes to us from Ryan Bethke Photography, based in Hemet, California! Here’s Ryan to tell us more:

After dating long distance (from Seattle to London) for almost three years, Amanda and Andrew were thrilled when Andrew finally got his fiancé visa and arrived in the US just in time for their June 29th, 2014 wedding!

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Rustic Chic Malibu Wedding (2)

Rustic Chic Malibu Wedding (21)

This perfectly elegant Southern California wedding comes to us from Debra Meadows of Meadows Events, based in Los Angeles, CA! Here’s what photographer Heidi Ryder has to say about this wedding and the lovely couple:

Candice and Perry’s day was full of so much emotion and love and incorporated all kinds of beautiful elements that added meaning to every part of the day. Even details such as the table numbers held tons of meaning, as they were empty bottles that guests were asked to fill with notes of advice, wisdom and encouragement for the couple to read on the anniversary that corresponded with the number on the bottle. Such a sweet and simple idea that will keep on giving!

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