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District Winery Wedding Video

Vineetha & Nihar | Washington DC

It was my first time shooting at the District Winery. Due to high winds they moved the ceremony indoors, however, the light still shined well during the traditional Hindu ceremony. However, the day first started with us for Vineetha & Nihar’s first look.
Both their attire looked stunning and they were so excited to see each other for the first time dressed up. Vineetha was especially happy to see Nihar in his “cute” turban.

Soon after the first look, the traditional Baraat took place. For those who don’t know, think of the Baraat as one long entrance from the groom to see his new bride awaiting him. Some Baraats have elephants, but Nihar rode on a horse along the streets next to District Winery and eventually made his way to Vineetha’s parents and family waiting for Nihar and his crew of dancers and family. They performed some Indian mantras and traditions which you can see in the video above.

Their ceremony began beautifully and went off without a hitch, despite the many customs and traditions that took place under the Mandap canopy, such as the mantras, pouring of certain liquids, circling around the fire, some more bling, etc.

They both got changed in time for the reception and entered the reception with their bridal party with the parents dances shortly following. After, they performed their first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me” with a beautiful orchestrated dance. Throughout the rest of the night were the sweet and meaningful toasts from beloved ones and a casual night with dancing, followed by their epic sparklers exit.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day in March in Washington DC and for such an awesome couple as Vineetha & Nihar. Congrats again to you two!!

Vendor Credits

Venue: District Winery
Florals/Event Design/Mandap Design: Sarah Khan Event Styling
Photography: Michael Stavrinos
Event Planner: Rebecca Chuvalas
Hair: JSL Visions
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Four Seasons Baltimore Wedding

Lauren & Drew | Baltimore, Maryland

Lauren & Drew’s March wedding started in their hotel rooms at the Four Seasons Baltimore. The last time we were here was for another Jewish wedding many years ago, but in the Fall. Fortunately we lucked out not only with weather, but with the sun coming out from the clouds and shining right into Lauren’s suite as soon as she was finished getting into her dress. The sun made the room and Lauren look even more stunning!

Soon after the first look happened on the terrace and these two young lovebirds couldn’t be happier to see each other. The sun continued to shine for us as we were finishing up photos with the bride and groom and the bridal party. Shortly after, the Ketubah signing occurred right before the Jewish ceremony. Having worked with Elle Ellinghaus Design on a previous wedding a few years ago, I was yet very surprised by the look and design of the ceremony. The room was flipped shortly after for the reception and the design was even greater! Kudos to this team of planners who truly made the rooms gorgeous and helps make our videos look beautiful!

The awesome first dance by Lauren & Drew was exciting for us to capture along with the traditional hora with them and their parents. And without fail, I shed a tear with the parents dances, imagining our son, Christian dancing with my wife, Susanna. As I tell people over and over, we love these intimate moments between families and we always definitely feel like a part of the family that day and extending into the many many hours I am editing their special day. We are thankful to have captured Lauren & Drew’s wedding day and pray and bless their union as a married couple. Mazel Tov!

Vendor Credits

Florals: Wicked Willow
Cake: Cake by Jason
Drapery, Lights, Dancefloor: Party Plus Tents + Events
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Hotel Casa Del Mar Wedding

Nancy & Kevin | Santa Monica, California

Nancy & Kevin’s wedding started with their tea ceremonies in both their houses in Orange County on Friday, October 12th. It’s Chinese custom for the groom to play some games to be allowed to enter the bride’s home. After doing some challenges such as all the groomsmen having to hula-hoop together for over 3 seconds as well as eating some interesting concoctions, Kevin was allowed to see Nancy and they proceeded to the first tea ceremony in Nancy’s home. Soon after there was a spectacular entrance into Kevin’s home as he pulled up to his house with Nancy in his vintage Porsche. As they walked up the red carpet into his home, they proceeded with his tea ceremony and ended driving off into the sunset (or more like up the hill and down, during noon-time, haha).

And now for the grand spectacle of their beautiful wedding in Santa Monica. It was forecasted to rain, but there was just enough sunshine starting right before the ceremony time! As soon as they both got finished ready – Nancy at Hotel Casa Del Mar & Kevin at a nearby Airbnb, they decided to do a first touch and not a first look. Having seen my own wife, Susanna for the first time coming down the aisle, I remember how precious that was, so it was great to see Kevin’s reaction of Nancy coming down the aisle for the first time. After the beautiful ceremony finished and some photos being taken, the grand entrance occurred followed by their first dance. I love me some karaoke so it was fun to see some guests including actor George Chung take the mic. They then changed back into their Chinese uniforms as they wore the day prior and watched the Lion Dancers (Immortals Lion Dance Troupe) prowl their way in. It was a first for us to see this amazing performance and exhilarating to film! They then changed into their Cambodian outfits and heard some emotional toasts followed by the cutting of the cake. It was so great to experience this perfect wedding day between such kind people. Kevin & Nancy work in the medical industry and their hearts reflected this as they took care of us and made sure our day went smooth as well. It also helped that Kevin has experience with being behind the lens as well! Thanks again to both of them and we’re excited for their journey ahead of them!

Vendor Credits

Venue: Hotel Casa Del Mar
Planning + Design: Golden Poppy Events
Scans: Blue Soul Photo
Florals: Ven Nguyen Flowers
Cake: Fantasy Frostings
Cantonese MC: Allegro Event
Lion Dancers: Immortals Lion Dance
Ceremony Structure: La Pinata Party Rentals
DJ: Vox DJs
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We had the pleasure of being able to capture such a unique and one of a kind wedding from Debbie & Zach. Being a themed-wedding planner herself, Debbie intricately and beautifully planned her own sci-fi/Dr. Who-themed wedding!  From the Avengers, Harry Potter, magic, and more, this wedding was such a delight and right in the heart of Pasadena at the perfect, historic setting of Castle Green! Watch below for all the goodies!

Vendor Credits

Venue: Castle Green
Florals & Coordination: Bridezilla Events
Photography: Mary Costa Photography
Cake: Sweet Art Bake Shop
Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang
DJ: Vox DJs

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