November 17, 2016

Wedding Films

Ji Yi & Ariella – Trophy Club Wedding

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Sergio Mejia
Ceremony: Arlington Chinese Church
Reception: Trophy Club

If weddings could be described with a color, Ji Yi and Ariella’s would be red. Their wedding, even though in America, had a very Chinese feel. In China, red color represents good luck and happiness… this was, indeed, a very happy celebration.

One of the things I love about this culture is the respect to older generations and the importance they place on family. Parents from both sides shared some words at the reception and they had us all in tears. Some people made it through the engagement video that was projected, some others were able to make it through Ariella’s dad toast, but by the time Ji Yi’s mom spoke very few had dry eyes. It was very touching to hear about how much both families loved their children, and how happy they were for them…

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November 2, 2016

Wedding Films

Ryan & Sydney – Hobby Center Wedding – Houston

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Philip Thomas
Ceremony: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston
Reception: Hobby Center
Planner: Mallory Ferreira at Two Be Wed

We believe there is a special “something” when we tell the wedding story based on natural moments. The emotion, the feelings, the joy and happiness… it’s all very real. So we’ve been trying to step back from directing or staging, and we are trying to pay attention to the little moments and situations that make every wedding unique.

The day usually goes by really fast, and when we look at the footage weeks after, we can see things we didn’t even notice while being there. Small gestures can reveal personalities, and distant sounds can bring us back to that very place. That’s a big part of our job. To see things and details that would otherwise go unnoticed. Little pieces of life that once connected in a film can recreate that day in a very personal way. Rather than making weddings feel like Hollywood movies, we want them to feel like intimate portraits. We want our work to be about the people. We want it to be about love… and more often than not, love does not need extra decorations: it is beautiful in itself.

Then there is the cinematic element. Sound, images, shooting and editing techniques. All of these can bring that extra bit of magic, but if not careful they can also take over. That’s why we are being very mindful of every detail in our films, every single shot and sound is carefully chosen. In the end, we want to make films that feel honest and authentic. We want our clients to see their film and know that’s them…

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October 17, 2016

Wedding Films

Tanner & Meredith

*Note: to watch the longer Feature Film instead of the short click HERE.

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Artistry in Focus
Venue: Hidden Waters

One of the things we like about being wedding filmmakers is that we get to meet some really awesome people. I believe it is truly an honor to be chosen by our clients for capturing one of the most important days of their lives, but even more than that, it is something extra-special when we really get to capture who they are. This, as simple as it sounds, is one of the biggest challenges for us holding the cameras. It goes beyond simply documenting an event, it is more about learning who we are as human beings, paying attention to people and their relationships, trying to have a better understanding of emotions, how the person in front the camera feels, how we can translate all of that to moving images and sounds.

And still… in the end, this craft would be nothing without trust. I think this is one of key elements in our work. It is something we don’t take for granted and something we continue to pursue. It takes trust to hire a filmmaker for your day. It also takes trust to be oneself when there’s a camera around, it really does. But as you can see, that’s when we are able to make a more honest portrait of our couples. The whole thing feels more personal. That’s something we really loved from Meredith and Tanner. Not only are they beautiful people, not only could we see how much they loved each other, but being around them we could also feel their trust towards us. That says a lot of who they are, and it also means a lot to us…

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September 29, 2016

Wedding Films

Matthew & Rebecca

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Jessica Gold Photography
Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center
Planner: Melanie Ewing at Refined Romance Events
MakeUp: The Styling Stewardess
DJ: Michael Vieria at LeForce

Normally we do not give a name to our films (other than the name of the couple), but if we were to name this one, it would be called “Reasons I Want to Marry You.” We hope you watch until the end and figure out the story behind this title. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’ll say that we love it when we can find small sub-stories as part of the bigger wedding story. Matthew and Rebecca’s day had plenty of those and we were truly honored to be there to capture it all. From the getting ready & small moments in the morning, to a beautiful and very emotive ceremony, to a super fun party at night… well, this wedding had it all.

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August 18, 2016

Wedding Films

Joshua & Chandler

*Note: to watch the short Highlights Film instead of the Feature click HERE.

Cinematography and Editing: Robert and Sunny
Photography: Amy Zumwalt Photographers
Venue: Aristide at Mansfield
Planner: Brooke Millis at ‘Each and Every Detail’
Makeup: Style by Shanna
Florals: Luxe Petals
DJ: Simply Music
Cake: Texas Star Bakery

Not every time do we get the opportunity to know our clients or to connect with them as with this couple. It’s already been about a year now since we were first getting in touch with Chandler and her mom to discuss the possibility of us filming the wedding… and let me tell you, this turned out to be a real special event in so many levels. It has been the first morning wedding we’ve ever filmed, the reception was also different, but more than anything else, Josh and Chandler gave us the opportunity to know them and make a portrait of them and their family in a very personal way. We are SO THANKFUL to have found a couple and their family that trusted us like this.

As a business we are trying to transition into making more personal and authentic work, and this film is just a perfect example. We want to tell stories that feel real and honest. We want to make films that invite the viewer to appreciate the beauty of love and life… and for this we just need to open our eyes and listen carefully, because love and life is all around us.

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August 2, 2016

Wedding Films

Bryan & Roselynn

Cinematography and Editing: Robert J. P. Oberg and Sunny

Photography: Jonny Ngo
Ceremony: Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Zander’s House
Makeup: Quynh Nguyen
Coordinator: Angel Tran at Love and Sparrows
DJ: RLF Society

I realized that we don’t post many completed films on our blog. In fact, this may actually be the very first time we do so. Yes, we are aware of the short attention span of most viewers, but we are daring to do things a little different. We believe in the value of the work we are producing, and this goes beyond the ‘wedding’ scope. These 15 minutes are worth your time.

This time we are sharing an American – Vietnamese story. Sunny being from China and I being from Mexico we can relate to couples from different cultural backgrounds. Relationships like this come with some challenges, but it also has some real nice surprises (and some amazing food!). In the end I think it all comes down to love and communication, two elements that bring us together as people regardless of culture. One more thing about this wedding that we wanted to incorporate in their film was the Tea Ceremony. This tradition is like a formal introduction of the two families and a way to ask permission for the groom to marry the bride. Again I find it very interesting when there are different cultural backgrounds involved. This ceremony is treated with lots of respect towards parents/grandparents/older generations, but in this particular case you could also feel a very special welcoming and warmth coming from Roselynn’s family. I think this is so awesome: witnessing a culture opening its arms and accepting that love can make a family from totally different people…

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July 15, 2016

Wedding Films

Lee & Kelsey

Cinematography and Editing: Robert J. P. Oberg and Sunny

Photography: Rachael Lindsy (photos of the day HERE)
Ceremony: Kessler Park United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Dallas Scottish Rite
Makeup: Erin Blair Makeup and Hair
Coordinator: Sarah Kee at Keestone Events
DJ: Astounding Sounds

Earlier this the week I was discussing long distance relationships with my wife, Sunny. We believe this kind of relationship requires more commitment, trust, and effort than usual. We already live in a fast/busy world and everyone has their everyday share of pressure… distance is not something we would usually want to factor in a relationship. Still… on the bright side, overcoming this challenge may be rewarding and the couple can have a closeness that would have not been possible otherwise. This is why we love it when we see couples like Lee and Kelsey, a couple that despite it all they made it work. We got to film their wedding rehearsal and we had the opportunity to learn more about their story, how their friends and relatives were able to see that even with the distance their relationship and love grew together. Their Highlights is built around the emotions and moments of their day, but if you liked it we invite you to check their Feature Film HERE, where you can learn more of their story…

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July 11, 2016

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Alejandro Calore – An Online Session

A little over a week ago I had the opportunity to have an online mentoring session with Alejandro Calore. For those of you that don’t know, Alejandro Calore is a wedding filmmaker that has taken a very different approach than the one usually found in the wedding industry. He has applied true concepts of cinema, and he knows how to make a piece of art more than just a wedding film. His work communicates something very unique, beautiful, and often times poetic. It was an incredible opportunity for me to learn new things from someone I respect, and after years in the business it finally came my turn to write a review:

“I have been part of the wedding filmmaking industry for some years now, but since the moment I found about Alejandro Calore and his work, he stood out as very different and truly inspiring. I became very interested in his ideas and approach, and I was very glad to find him to be not only a very talented artist, but also a very approachable person. For a long time I waited for the opportunity to attend either one …

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