The entertainment was provided by J&M Entertainment with Sean as the MC. He has the most amazing tricks and activities to keep the pacing of the reception frantic and the guests on their feet all the time.
The coordinator and the person who designed the flowers, lighting, tables and decorations was Ada Doron from Fleur Creations. We worked with her on Erica and Shaun's maid of honor and best man's wedding a few years ago and it was just as gorgeous.
The photographer was Digishots Photography who had a lot of pocketwizards and was able to quickly setup a studio right in front of the Odysssey as we fought the setting sun and rising darkness.
Enjoy this short-form 15 minute video of their full wedding! Happy Thanksgiving! We will have a lot to post after the turkey!
This past weekend was a very stressful and tragic time in our Southern Californian wildfire history. Thankfully, David and I, as well as our home was safe. We are always thankful during the fire season every year that we are urbanites in our living situation and don’t have to worry about the possibility of our home being destroyed in a wildfire. However, many of our videography/clergy/and photography friends are not. Many of them are very much in the outer realm of urban sprawl. They live in some of the prettiest areas, but the most dangerous as well.
The Clergy Network (
And everyone else-who has been affected…
Next, as we made the interchange from the 405 FWY to the 105 FWY, David and I saw a big plume of white smoke toward Anaheim/Brea Hills. David and I literally at the same time exchange a gasp and said “holy smakers!” under our breath or something to that effect-if you get our drift. We knew another fire had started. By the afternoon when we were still filming, the black smoke enveloped us and the BMWs. Outside the ash was everywhere. When we had our lunch break, there was a TV in the lobby and our worst fears were confirmed. The fire had begun to overtake
The film shoot was over in the evening. Once we got home,
As our population increases, so does our urban sprawl and the potential for wildfires to come into the backyards of the ones we love. My family loves where they live and couldn’t see it any other way. We on the other hand will take being on a boring paved street in the middle of a dense beach community anytime- even though we miss the deer and bobcats! I guess we will have to be thankful we have the squirrels and raccoons.
And lastly, thank you to our firefighters in LA and
This is a personal blog, in case you hadn't guessed by the subject title. David and I live in a house that was built in the 1930's. We have always liked retro things. I am in love with its alcove ceilings, art deco bathroom and the back deck that looks onto my yard of orange trees and bougainvilleas that the squirrels and raccoons frequently visit. This is home. This home however, is a little on the elder side and as such it doesn't have a dishwasher. Since it's just David and I for now we haven’t had the need to update it yet. I see washing dishes as a time to chit chat with David and just chill out. It's no problem to do a little washing in the sink. I am the washer and he is the dryer. This way we get it done twice as fast and can hang out together. Even though we already work with each other, sometimes you need your "own time" as you probably know. Well tonight I had to finish up a love story and David had finished his work early. I asked him if he would mind washing the few dishes we had in the sink. He said that it would be fine and left me to the editing bay, while he went to wash the dishes. About 15 minutes later he comes into my editing room. I ask him what's up. He says he chipped one of my bowls. I said “Which one?” secretly hoping it wasn't my starfish/seashell decor one that I really like. He said "Oh that one with the seashells on it." I know it's just a bowl and he's my guy- but I was a little miffed. After all, I had bought this bowl on Martha's Vineyard in
This was the wedding of Kirsten and Gavin. They had their wedding at the Hotel Laguna which is usually pretty busy in the summer, but on their wedding night they were just about the only ones on the beach - except another bride and groom with their photographer! David and I felt sad for the other bride and groom because they were really get some great shots with the photographer, but there was no videographer- which I know they will regret. Thankfully, Kirsten and Gavin had a videographer to capture their amazing day- because you definitely can't just send back pictures to
This was the wedding of Carriane and Lalo Chavez. It was simply fantastic. David and I loaded up our camera gear and headed down south to San Diego County for their wedding in Fallbrook. Carriane and Lalo were first getting ready at the hotel Pala and then headed off to The Grand Tradition for their ceremony and reception.
The location was looking great and it was just chilly enough to be delightful. However, nothing was cold about the reception, the partying was not stop thanks to Jason at Visions Entertainment. We've worked with him many times before and he is one of our favorite DJs around. After you watch this clip scroll down to the post labeled Saint Monica's and the Biltmore- we also did that wedding with him, among many others. It's so important to have a good DJ and Jason always delivers.
All in all it was a great wedding from the horse drawn carriage ride down the isle to the grand exit with sparklers Carriane and Lalo will cherish this wedding day for the rest of their lives.
We again had th pleasure of working with Taipei LA which we had worked with before on Jerrica and Roger's Wedding whose same day edit is in a previous post as well. Tommy from Taipei LA did a fabulous job and we had a great time with him.
All in all it was an awesome wedding celebration and the Pasadena Rose Parade has nothing on Joce's red rose centerpieces! The room looked phenomenal thanks to Darling Flowers and the hard work of Carla with Morningdawn Creations event planning.
And again it was a great party thanks to Sean at J+M Entertainment, who we haven't worked with before but definitely would love to see at another great event, since he was always keeping us in the loop before starting any special event. Although we are always ready to go, it definitely is nice to have a few second warning so we are ready to capture the memories as they unfold.
It was a stellar cast of vendors and guests to be sure- take a look -
This was for an eco Long Beach video we are in the process of making. This isn't actually a clients video about happy birds in Long Beach! It's basically a blooper reel of the flora and fauna of the city- which a lot of birds are involved in. The song playing is also of no relation, it's about bats not eating people-only bugs and birds not eating people only berries-which is fun all in itself! Enjoy! The eco video will be up on Sunday- stay tunned for it, I feel a film festival coming on! ;-)
We found out that we were again nominated for MyFoxLA's Hitlist! oh I mean Hotlist! If anyone who is interested could stop by there and give us a vote, we would really appreciate it! You can also find winners from last year in just about every category of service you need in LA, it helps everyone find the coolest wedding vendors and life services vendors.
Which brings me to closet space. Now this is a rather odd topic since what on earth would a stedicam have to do with my closet space? Nothing really, except I have 5 boxes that have stedicams in them that take up all my closet space- that's what!
Now I know some of my girlfriends complain about closet space and that their guys stuff is taking up too much room- one complaint was my friend's husband seemed to have stored his entire bachelor pad in boxes shoved in the closet. He says you never know when you might need a beer hat again. I think there's a word for that- does public storage ring any bells or maybe even the goodwill?
The epidemic of stedicams really came about when we found out the company that makes them was going out of business. Hence the extra purchase of 5 of them. He already owned 2- and was worried he might never get another chance to have one with the company on the rocks. He even keeps one off sight in case something drastic happened to the equipment. His desire for it is insatiable!
The thing is good solid metal so it wouldn't ever really break or die off and you could probably get someone to reproduce it after seening what one looks like, if you needed another one. But David was scared that because the company was going out of business he might never have another chance to obtain one.
So our unopened stedicams sit waiting patiently in my closet. They sit there waiting for the day that will never come- since the original one hasn't nor probably ever will break. I could be assuming things, but after 5 years of using the it, it's still going strong.
Oh well, does anyone know the number of a contractor who can knock out a wall for me, so I can make a bigger closet?
Their wedding was held at the Padua Hills Theatre and Dining Room in Claremont- which strangely we had never been to before- except once, which as it turned out, was the week before theirs. Teresa + Matthew's wedding! We will post their same day edit soon. It's a great venue. It is right at the base of the mountains in a wilderness area. Right off of Baseline/Mt. Baldy Road. That was pretty exciting, since it's nestled in an olive grove. It also has some great scenic views of the valley below.
We filmed their wedding two days after we got back from our trip to the east coast (more on that later), so we were nicely rested and pretty much ready to head back into the season of weddings, as always!
Congrats once again to the Hontz and Alten family!
We got back last week from a very fun and educational trip around New England and New York. We will be talking about some of the very interesting stories and places that we saw in the coming weeks. Kelsey and I have had 5 weddings since we got back so we have been tired and not very busy on the posting front!
This was Jerrica and Roger's wedding at the Japanese Gardens at CSULB. They had a lot of fun as you can see and it was just as fun for us filming them! This time it was my (Kelsey's) turn to step up to the editing bench of same day edits. We had a little bit less time than normal, since the event venue closes down pretty much at the stroke of ten- and there was a lot going on to get it to fit within the time schedule. A good 20 minutes versus 45 may seem like a drop in the hat, but in the world of same day edits- believe me I was noticing the clock tick tock!
The Japanese Gardens is a great location for the smaller weddings, when a couple want a bit more intimacy. It can hold about 100 people- so it isn't one of our big 200+ family weddings- which was different too! Locations really define the couple and every experience is always an amazing one. That’s why we love filming weddings- even if it turns out to be a venue we’ve been at one-hundred times, it's always something new. From the waters of the Koi Pond to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion the life of wedding videography is always lovely! ;-)
We are getting ready for a busy weekend! Weddings on 8-9 and 8-10! Everyone must be in the Olympic spirit!
Unlike many wedding services, where you are doing what you normally do in life, such as deciding what kind of food to order, what color dresses you want or the kind of chairs that go with the look you are creating, when you hire a videography team, you are hiring someone who is going to be thinking about what you like and making something very personal for you.
Kelsey and I put all of our time and effort in life into making custom videos that are uniquely fit for each client. That is why we like to think of our relationship with our clients as someone who is painting your portrait. Our role of creating something huge and specific for you is different than if you were to go to Aaron Brothers and get nice paintings to hang around your reception or put on your tables. It is not a product that we can mass produce or keep in a warehouse. Each time we go to a wedding we are starting from scratch with a complete blank canvass. Our choices of what to film, what questions we should ask, the things we shoud anticipage, the perfect angles are all from our experience and the flow of the day that is unique to each bridal party.
We spend a lot of time looking at the footage and thinking about what each couple would like to see based on what we have talked about, how their day went, the songs that they choose, etc. Most of the fun and satisfaction we get from making wedding videos comes from trying very hard to make something that will amazing the couple and family that we are creating the video for. That is why it feels great when we get to hear back about the results of our work.
We got this email today:
Hi Kelsey & David,
Thank you so much for the video, we watched it yesterday and we were amazed on the outcome.
Both of you definitely have a gift for making wedding day seem like a movie. We are very pleased with the video and hopefully we can use you again for the sake of having another video. We are still in awe on the work that the both of you have done. We cannot thank you enough on the wonderful job the both of you have done. Hopefully we can see each other soon.
Roque & Marissa
Thank you for the nice words!
Now Charles Lauren Films is offering this amazing and artistic format as another way for our couples to find a way to visually express their love! We can use a mixture of Super 8 within you High Definition Wedding Video, or we can make you an amazing independent video that will wow your friends with a look they may have never seen before in a wedding video!
Call us today to discuss any of your questions on this creative medium.
Watch this short clip for a taste of what Super 8 can look like at your wedding!
Jed and Jennifer are two people who are simply perfect for each other and value their friends and family more than anything. During the reception there were so many toasts from their loved ones and even a song dedicated to them, sung by their cousin-it was amazing! As entertainment for the night, there was an authentic Chinese musical group serenading the guests through dinner. After that we showed the Love Story that we made for them (see the previous blog post) mixed in with this Same Day Edit. Enjoy!
The photographer was Katie Robertson from Red Loft Studios. She is a fellow graduate from the Cal State Long Beach School of Film and she was great to work with. Another item of note, lobsters played a prominent role in the wedding, as you will see in the Same Day Edit. They are fans of Friends, well, you'll see....
Charles Lauren Films was picked by local brides like you as the best vendor of wedding videography for 2008 in the Los Angeles region!!! Thank you all brides who voted for us- we truly appreciate the nod!
It has been our goal to always maintain the highest professional standard and creativity in wedding videography since we began just 5 years ago. Our company is growing thanks to brides like you who know the best when they see it! Anybody think we should have a party? Strictly business of course- ;-)
"We looked at the video again...it truly is wonderful. It looks so "hollywood"...not like every other wedding video I've seen. You two are great at what you do."
-Dara and Kevin
Disclaimer: Smoking can kill you- but it's so Cuban! It reminds us of Andy Garcia and the movie Lost City. So we'll let it slide, besides it made for a great party.
I was reading in one of my favorite magazines, The Economist, that 2008 is the United Nation's International Year of the Potato! Potatoes are great, especially if they are served during the reception and we are hungry from running around all day. Rosemary potatoes, garlic potatoes, they have Twice Baked Potatoes at Anaheim Hills Golf Course that are very good. I'll bet some of you even had a Mr. Potato Head toy!
Here is the article:
IT IS the world's fourth-most-important food crop, after maize, wheat and rice. It provides more calories, more quickly, using less land and in a wider range of climates than any other plant. It is, of course, the potato.
The United Nations has declared 2008 the International Year of the Potato (see article). It hopes that greater awareness of the merits of potatoes will contribute to the achievement of its Millennium Development Goals, by helping to alleviate poverty, improve food security and promote economic development. It is always the international year of this or month of that. But the potato's unusual history (see article) means it is well worth celebrating by readers of The Economist—because the potato is intertwined with economic development, trade liberalisation and globalisation.
Unlikely though it seems, the potato promoted economic development by underpinning the industrial revolution in England in the 19th century. It provided a cheap source of calories and was easy to cultivate, so it liberated workers from the land. Potatoes became popular in the north of England, as people there specialised in livestock farming and domestic industry, while farmers in the south (where the soil was more suitable) concentrated on wheat production. By a happy accident, this concentrated industrial activity in the regions where coal was readily available, and a potato-driven population boom provided ample workers for the new factories. Friedrich Engels even declared that the potato was the equal of iron for its “historically revolutionary role”.
The potato promoted free trade by contributing to the abolition of Britain's Corn Laws—the cause which prompted the founding of The Economist in 1843. The Corn Laws restricted imports of grain into the United Kingdom in order to protect domestic wheat producers. Landowners supported the laws, since cheap imported grain would reduce their income, but industrialists opposed them because imports would drive down the cost of food, allowing people to spend more on manufactured goods. Ultimately it was not the eloquence of the arguments against the Corn Laws that led to their abolition—and more's the pity. It was the tragedy of the Irish potato famine of 1845, in which 1m Irish perished when the potato crop on which they subsisted succumbed to blight. The need to import grain to relieve the situation in Ireland forced the government, which was dominated by landowners who backed the Corn Laws, to reverse its position.
This paved the way for liberalisation in other areas, and free trade became British policy. As the Duke of Wellington complained at the time, “rotten potatoes have done it all.”
Read the Full Article from The Economist
Charles Lauren Films: We decided that we definitely did want our day to be captured on film. Normally I would turn to my own brother for a project such as this, since filming and editing is something he does in his "spare time," but since he is in my wedding party I need him in front of the camera, not behind. So, thus began the frustrating quest to find someone who could capture the day in a beautiful way without the NEED to resort to fancy tricks of editing to make the film worthwhile to watch. Anyone can learn to add fancy special effects, but you need a good product to begin with. We were having trouble finding someone with an artistic eye...well, one that didn't want to charge a fortune, anyways. We hadn't planned on spending much for vidoegraphy; but after seeing what was out there, we decided to spend just a bit more in order to get a good product. Again, Tony and I both fell in love with this vendor! It is a team of Charles and his wife. Tony and I really liked their website demo AND their prices; and after meeting with the both of them and getting to see an actual finished product...wow! We were ready to sign about 5 minutes into the movie!!! Their films are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Yes, they do have effects added in editing...but they aren't the "cheesy" fades of the past. THIS is some beautiful stuff! And, like I mentioned before, they do their filming in an artistic way, so the movie is just beautiful throughout. Yes, movie. This isn't just a video capture of the day...it feels like you are watching a feature film. We are excited to be working with them.
If you are having your wedding at the Japanese Gardens at Cal State Long Beach and would like to see more samples of our work done there- please contact us on the phone at 888-544-3399 or email us at email@example.com and we'd be happy to show you more of this wonderful location and the awesome weddings that have taken place there!
But for now please enjoy the following clip...
Anyway, enough rambling! We were fortunate enough to work with Ira Lippke on Joanne and Andrew's wedding. As some of you might know- he is one amazing photographer, his work is in countless magazines and the like. We added some of his photos in this "Preview" because it was a nice little touch to this amazing couples day- and they requested it. We usually don't add the photographers work in our videos- just because video is about moving images and you have your photographer to do their work and we are the videographer to do our work- and we compliment each other, but aren't the same thing. Your amazing photos are for your wall and albums to be shared and then your video is for an awesome party with friends, a moving reminder of your day on your anniversary and etc. But when it's Ira- we can't complain- take a look and see what you think...
Unfortunately, this past January Sonja's father passed away. Leaving three children, a wife and many friends. We were asked by the family to make a "life story" video to be shown at his funeral. When we made this video Maurice had less than a week to live. Yet the family was still upbeat and able to recount the memories they had of him and who he was.
This is a short clip- the entire video is 30 minutes in length... but hopefully it will give you taste of who he was and the legacy he has left behind as Lord and Master. ;-)
Usually, I don't post too many movie review comments on our blog, unless they are wedding related- "Did anyone see that amazing movie Father of the Bride?"- just kidding. In all seriousness though, there is a movie that you will fall in love with more than once- and that movie is strangely enough called "Once". While I was watching it I kept telling David that it really looks like it was shot in High Definition, he agreed. We then popped in the behind the scenes and low and behold our High Definition camera we shoot the weddings with, the Sony Z1U was the sole camera for the film! This might not seem so cool, but it's just fun to see our equipment getting time on the big screen. This was a real story and it was shot with a real camera. Sometimes Hollywood forgets that when they shoot their blockbuster films. Not that blockbusters are bad, but it’s good to focus on the real stories. That’s why we do what we do at CL Films, we want to focus on the real stories of people and the special once in a moment events that happen in their lives. You are the real story, you are the movie- let us film you once and capture the love and memories of the greatest moments in your lives. That way they will be replayed…more than once and should be. Go see the film too while you’re at it and see what my HD camera is smiling about.