Posted on April 9, 2013
Highlight film of Wajma and Eddie’s Henna ceremony at the Lake Travis Event Center in Lakeway, Texas on Friday March 29, 2013.
Wajma and Eddie’s party (the day before their wedding) gave me the opportunity of filming for the first time the Henna ceremony, a colorful and spiritual tradition that brings good luck to the new couple. The ceremony is usually performed about within a week before the wedding and symbolizes the bittersweet separation of the young bride from her family.
This cultural celebration surprisingly dates back to at least 2000 B.C.E., and its use in ceremonies can be found from South Asia to North Africa. The ceremony itself takes place toward the end of the party, after the bride enters in her last set of clothes. The oldest member of the family, usually the grandmother, spreads henna on the palms of the bride and groom. The henna is then wrapped against the skin to lock in body heat, creating a more intense color. Guests are sometimes encouraged to spread henna on their palms afterward as a symbol of good luck.
Wajma and Eddie are such a beautiful couple. Their union is unique. It wonderfully brings two different families and cultures together.
Thank you Wajma and Eddie for introducing me to a culture I wasn’t familiar with. Knowing you both was indeed a great blessing I’ll always cherish in my life.
Posted on March 24, 2013
Main highlight film of Heather and Alex’s wedding in Deer Park, Texas (ceremony) and in Baytown, Texas (reception) on Saturday March 16, 2013.
What a beautiful wedding Heather and Alex have had!!! It’ll take decades before I forget this cute event I had the privilege of filming!
By the way, what makes a wedding beautiful? Is it the size of the ceremony venue? or the size of the cake? or the number of guests? or the size of the bridal party? or the price tag of the bride’s dress? or the couple’s use of a limousine? or…
After filming a wedding, I often meditate on this question and all the possible answers to it. At the end of my meditation, I often come to this conclusion: the first and greatest thing that makes a wedding beautiful is people! In my opinion, people are what first makes a wedding romantic, unique and gorgeous. All the other aspects we can think of come next. Bring friendly, loving, nice and great people together at a wedding and you’re certain to have a beautiful day that everybody will remember for years. They might forget the color of the cake but they’ll definitely remember the good time they had in company of all the guests and bridal party.
Heather and Alex’s wedding has confirmed my theory. The day has been great. The church in Deer Park, TX and the reception venue in Baytown, TX have both been superb. The wedding cake has been bewitchingly stunning. The bride’s dress has been dazzlingly sublime. But above everything else, one thing has made Heather and Alex’s day so special and magnificently beautiful: the people who have come to celebrate their special day have been among the most warmhearted, affectionate, caring, cordial and supportive people I’ve ever filmed. If I had to describe in other words what the wedding was, I’d say that Heather and Alex’s event was a celebration of true friendship and love.
Another aspect will make me remember Heather and Alex’s wedding for years to come: the ‘enormous’ time the couple has set aside for photo and video sessions. In most weddings, harried couples dash from one thing to another, trying to keep up with the wedding planner’s timeline and consequently, devoting 45-60 minutes to a photo session that goes so quick that photographers end up NOT taking all the shots they wanted to. I won’t blame wedding couples for this since most of them are doing this for the first time and they only have few hours to have everything planned done. However, I wish all couples could devote more than 60 minutes to the taking of photos and the shooting of cinematic videos. After all, photos and videos are among the only things that couples are left with after the cake is eaten and flowers are thrown away. Heather, Alex and their wedding party took advantage of the beautiful setting of the reception venue (blue sky, water, bridge, boats…) and devoted almost two hours to bridal photos and videos (in addition to the traditional 45-minute photo session at the church). Amazing! In my opinion, this is an important section of the wedding day that doesn’t need to be rushed. It allows the wedding couple to slow down, take a pause and savor one of the greatest moments of their lives.
Thank you Heather and Alex for giving me the opportunity of sharing such a great moment with you. Filming your wedding was a delight! And, thank you so much for giving me enough time to interview you and hear about your beautiful love story. Your passion for each other is so deep that I know you’re in for a life of love and blessings!!!
Posted on March 11, 2013
Main Highlight film of Clary and Scott’s wedding at The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture in Downtown Dallas, Texas on Saturday February 23, 2013.
What a wonderful time I had filming Clary and Scott’s wedding!!! The event has been unique in several ways: a 20-people wedding party, events taking place in 3 different locations in downtown Dallas, send-off to a horse cart, photo sessions before and after the ceremony, music by a band at the reception….The whole day was filled with laughing, surprises and excitement.
Clary and Scott have totally impressed me with their cheerfulness. They prepared their wedding as the biggest day of their lives and they made sure that they had fun and enjoyed every bit of it. Their guests have also been amazingly joyful, showing in every possible way how much they love the couple and they wish them all the best.
Thank you Clary and Scott for granting me such a precious privilege of capturing the bests moments of your special day. I feel blessed because I met both of you. Wish you a life full of joy and happiness together!
Posted on February 8, 2013
Main Highlight film of Diana and Efrain’s wedding in Houston, Texas on Saturday January 19, 2013.
Filming Diana and Efrain’s wedding was such a joy. I loved their tender hearts, their smiles, their patience and their friendship. Makes a videographer’s task so easy to work with such a beautiful couple.
Another reason why I enjoyed working with them is the locations of their event (the ceremony in Houston, TX and the reception in Brookshire, Texas). Both locations were truly splendid!
In my almost-9-year experience as a wedding videographer, I’ve obviously filmed events in many churches and facilities. Most of these places are beautiful. However, I should admit, I’ve never been in a church building as beautiful as St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston, TX where Diana and Efrain had their ceremony. The interior of this church is so magnificent that it should become a touristic site. To capture all the beauty of this place, I decided to use 3 cameras instead of only 2. I was so glad that I made that decision. I went home with beautiful shots of the altar and the wedding party from several angles!
I’m also thankful to Diana and Efrain for the opportunity of discovering Brookshire, TX. Believe me, small towns often feature gorgeous wedding venues. And, the reception facility was angelically classy!
Another thing that made my work for Diana and Efrain so enjoyable was their choice of photographers. These guys were professional and so easy to work with. Let me say that again: the worst thing that can happen to a wedding (as far as the quality of photos & videos is concerned), is to have the photographers and videographers working against each other! Diana and Efrain’s had the type of photographers I’d love to work with again and again.
Thank you Diana and Efrain for offering me such a great privilege of working with one of the most charming people in the world. Knowing you was indeed a blessing!
Posted on July 17, 2012
The first highlight film I created from Erin and Craig’s wedding at the Inn at Wild Rose Hall in Austin, TX. Being part of this event was such a blessing to me. I had such fun filming Erin (…one of the most relaxed brides I’ve ever videotaped), enjoyed hearing Craig’s jokes and met great people….Thank you Erin and Craig!
Posted on July 16, 2012
Highlight film of the wedding reception with a focus on the toasts and dancing. Filming the toasts reminded of the importance of having a videographer at a wedding. Without videography, no one would be able to relive again the love for Erin and Craig that the bridal party expressed in their voices and tears.