Couture Motion Pictures has a HUGE announcement! We have moved to Portland, OR!! Ian and I have moved up to the Pacific Northwest and Couture Motion Pictures has too. We had been filming weddings all over CA and living in Bakersfield, CA when an opportunity presented itself. In addition to being half of Couture Motion Pictures, Ian works for Lightspeed Systems as their Creative Director. Lightspeed decided to open an office in Portland and they asked Ian to move up there. This was such a tough decision to make with so many things to consider. We had only been in our house for a year and half. We moved to Bakersfield to be with our family, both immediate and extended family. And in the midst of having to make this decision, we found out that we would be expecting our first child! But after having a family meeting with my brother’s family & my mom, we decided that we would all move to Portland or none of us would move to Portland. (My brother also works for Lightspeed Systems and has always wanted to live in Oregon.) So that was that! Decision made! All 7 of us (plus the little lady in my belly) would be making a new home in the Pacific Northwest.
That meant that Couture Motion Pictures would have a new home as well! We loved making films in CA and will look forward to a doing a few weddings there each season. But we are so excited to film in this beautiful part of the country and call this our home. We love the personality of the people and the culture here and we think the films we make will fit in perfectly here. We look forward to booking our 2015 season in Oregon. We can’t wait to film your wedding!
When Maranda and Rob first told us about Highland Springs Resort, they told us that it was their sanctuary. A place where they could shut out the world around them and just be with one another. After getting to know them and to see them on their wedding day with one another, I can tell you that they are each other’s sanctuary as well. When they two of them are together, everything just clicks. The whirlwind around them dies down, and things seem to move just a bit slower. The tensions of the wedding day would dissolve in the midst of their gaze. Life can get tough from time to time, and the best thing a husband or wife can be is a refuge for their partner. I have faith that Maranda and Rob’s love will last a lifetime, because when they are together, nothing can bring them down.
We love when we get to film our first wedding of the season. We’ve had a nice off season to edit feature films, spend time with family and friends, and do some personal projects. But it’s always nice to get back to the wedding day. No matter how many weddings we’ve filmed, there is always something magical about the first wedding of the season. That was no different for Ryan & Alli. We were so thrilled to document this day for them. Ryan & Alli chose the beautiful Villa 46 Wines (also known as Calipaso Winery) in Paso Robles to become one. This venue is so gorgeous and reflected Alli & Ryan so perfectly. Thanks for letting us be a part of your day!
We are so thrilled to see Ashley & Brett’s Beverly Wilshire Hotel Wedding featured over on Style Me Pretty’s California page! We loved filming this wedding with exquisite details and most importantly a fantastic couple. Check out the feature HERE! And while you’re there, please take time to enjoy the amazingly gorgeous work from Jordana Hazel of Hazelnut photography. Jordana is one of our favorite photographers to work with on the day of the wedding!
Ian and I have been enjoying a wonderful off season of no weddings, locked in our edit cave editing feature films, and spending time with family and our pups. But there’s one thing about the off season that we don’t enjoy and that’s the absence of blogging and putting our couple’s films up on the blog. Ian and I were trying to figure out how we could continue posting in the off season that would offer something to our brides and grooms, future engaged couples, and really anyone who likes to read about wedding related topics. We talked about how much we loved our (now married) couples and wish we could involve them in more beyond their wedding day. That’s when thought we’d love to create a community where our previous couples could offer advice to future brides. So many brides (myself included) have things we learned after the wedding. Things we loved about our wedding day, things we would change, things we didn’t even think of. And we want to pass along that wisdom to others. That’s when we thought, “Why not have our past brides share this advice online on our blog?” And that’s how our “Reflections” post came to be.
Our first guest blogger is Meagan Holder Craggs, whom I lovingly refer to as Holder. Holder and I go waaaaay back. We have known each other since our freshman year in college and grew closer over the years as we pursued our degrees in Theatre at Cal State Fullerton. Since graduating college Holder has had an awesome career in television and film and I’m constantly impressed by her. Since graduating we often get together over wine and cheese (or any other delicious food) and connect on all facets of life, including our weddings. Holder got married back in 2011. I was beyond grateful that Holder said yes when I asked her to be our first Bride Blogger. Thank you so much Holder for offering your wisdom to couples who have yet to take that walk down the aisle.
Born worlds apart, they found each other. Jordan was born in Los Angeles, CA and Tom in Kinglsey, U.K. But their paths would cross in 2011 in London. As they walked towards each other and locked eyes they knew in an instant..they had found their soul mate. Their whirlwind romance brought them here. To this unbelievable wedding. This is the kind of wedding that makes Ian and me love our jobs and count our blessings. Not only was this wedding the most beautiful we have ever seen, but the people behind it all were amazing. It’s so wonderful to work with friends/colleagues like Heather Kincaid and the ladies at JOWY Productions. And we can’t say enough about Jordan and Tom. They are our dream clients. Authentic. Hilarious. Emotional. Beautiful. Vulnerable.
We get to witness some pretty amazing things in our business. Amazing locations, beautiful details, some of the most elaborate celebrations that have ever existed. But all of that pales in comparison when we get to witness two people that care about each other and support one another on the deepest of levels. It literally brings a smile to our faces and a tear to our eyes. Dani & Matt did just that. Seeing how they locked eyes while delivering personally written ardent vows, we witnessed a pretty amazing and beautiful thing. Take away the stunning dress, take away the flowers and chandelier, remove the chairs and the little details. This still would have been an amazing moment for Dani & Matt. And we were honored to witness that.
We have been so eager to share this new love story with you all!! Dani & Matt rocked this one out. We loved hearing about how opposite they are, yet completely the right fit for each other. Check this film out now before we post their Casa Real Wedding later today!!
It’s another family wedding!!! Brian is my cousin and Andrea has been a part of our family for a long time. Although Brian grew up in CA and Andrea grew up in NY, they met and fell in love in beautiful Vail, CO. So that’s where they decided to tie the knot. They returned to CO back where it all began, but this time they brought their closest friends and family to help them celebrate their new lives. This location could not have been any prettier. My gramps made a short speech at this wedding (that of course reduced me to a puddle of tears behind my camera). This was a momentous occasion for him and my grandma as Brian was their final grandchild to get married. They have made it to every single wedding, all 10 of them!! Ian and I then realized that we have had the privilege of filming 6 of those weddings. We have been so honored to be a part of so many of our cousins and siblings wedding days.