SUPER 8 FILM // PALM SPRINGS

Scott + Megan

We are often asked which format we like to work with better: super 8 film or HD video. The truth is, we love them both for different reasons. So a few years back we started offering “mixed format” packages for couples that also love the look of both. Scott and Megan selected this style of shooting and it was really fun to see the final story that came across the scenes of their day. It was a reminder of why we love weaving these two mediums together. HD video is a crisp, clear, modern choice that defines moments in a very real and literal way. While super 8 film prefers the subtleties of the surreal and dreamlike. Mixing super 8 in with HD video creates a story that shouts (and sometimes whispers:) to match the varying emotions of your day. Don’t miss the golden retriever in this one! He stole the show.

PALM SPRINGS WEDDING INFO:

Venue: Private Residence, Rancho Mirage CA
Photographer: Joielala
Wedding Coordinator: Bustle Events

Yosemite Wedding Video // Evergreen Lodge

A Boy Catching Frogs In The Woods

There were so many things we fell in love with at Zach and Lindsay’s wooded wedding weekend at Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite. First, you can’t beat the location: cozy cabins in the middle of the forest and (in case that isn’t beautiful enough) throw in the most picturesque meadow EVER. Then there were the super cool and super unique groomsmen’s boutineers which were a variety of dinosaurs, bears, and other fun green creatures, only to be upstaged by Lindsay’s dress… elegant, timeless, and perfect. Golden deer cake toppers, amazing personalized stationary, the list goes on and on! But perhaps our most favorite moment of the day was Zach, standing at the end of the isle, waiting for his soon-to-be wife. At first we were slightly concerned that he would not look up as Lindsay started across the meadow. She came closer and closer and he continued to avert his eyes. Then suddenly, as she reached the back of the isle, …it happened. We hope this film captures the magic of that moment and the story of their day.

Behind the Scenes:
In order to film a time lapse of the sunset and stars over Half Dome and Yosemite Valley we hiked to the top of nearby Sentinel Dome (during the day). It was an amazing vantage point and after the stars came out it was time to head back down the trail. But a small problem filming in Yosemite at night: the pitch black forest and “every tree is a bear” syndrome. Although we may not recommend this adventure to every filmmaker the outcome was certainly worth the peril and thankfully we made it back in one piece:)

From the bride: “We just watched the video and are absolutely in love!  I am completely blown away! Thank you so so so much!  It was 20 gazillion times better than I ever expected and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!  I can’t believe all the gorgeous sun-soaked shots you got and the video just affirms my decision to get married in Yosemite!  We were definitely the luckiest couple ever to have you both, Ben and DJ Quantum as our dream team!  Thank you again times 50 gazillion! -Lindsey + Zach”

YOSEMITE WEDDING INFO:

Venue: Evergreen Lodge
Photographer: Ben of Weddings By Two (LOVE this guy!)

Cabo Azul Wedding: Freddy + Jill

Freddy + Jill

Cabo Azul Mexico: When these two snowbirds got engaged they knew they wanted to swap out the cold of the northeast for the warm Latin sunshine. They decided to return to Cabo Azul, San Jose Del Cabo. A place that already held so many memories would be the setting for their wedding day. We absolutely love destination weddings. They bring together family and friends from all sides of the globe to converge on one weekend to celebrate love and life. And these people like to celebrate! We arrived for this Cabo Azul wedding on Thursday and it was a party from the get go, despite a tropical depression that rained for 4 days straight. We first met up with photographer Spencer Combs (can we put him in our camera bag and bring him to every wedding?) Amazing talent, electric personality… enough said (just hire him!!) Then off to find Freddy & Jill! They were of course by the pool, in the rain, enjoying margaritas and fish tacos with their friends. From the moment we met them we fell in love with them and their whole family! Their love for life and excitement over being at Cabo Azul was contagious. The next 3 days was a whirlwind of activity and nothing could dampen their happiness. Not the rain, sun, humidity (Cabo in August anyone?) or heat… Not only were we honored to film this group as they celebrated Jill & Freddy’s wedding in Cabo, we also brought home many warm memories that will stay with us and continue to inspire us in our journey.

From the bride & groom: “OMG – WE LOVE IT SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! This is sooo incredible – Our family and friends just adored it – they haven’t seen anything like it:) It was so fun, fresh and genuine – we can’t express how much we love it! Having you guys be a part of it was one of the best decisions we made. We can’t thank you enough for helping us relive that day in such a beautiful way. It’s parts like seeing my dad dance right after our ceremony that brings a smile to our faces. And great song choice! WE LOOOOOVE IT! Thank you guys – this is just amazing!! Brought tears to our eyes!”-Jill & Freddy

Cabo Azul Wedding Info

Venue: Cabo Azul Weddings
Photographer: Spencer Combs

SAN DIEGO WEDDING VIDEO // HOTEL PALOMAR

Steven + Gabbie

When we first met with Steven & Gabbie they told us they wanted a classic but fun wedding that reflected the vibrant city of San Diego. Hotel Palomar sits in the heart of downtown San Diego so we were able to shoot a serious of timelapse images of the city from various balconies of the hotel giving the intro of their film the fun, vibrant feeling they felt on their wedding day.

From the bride & groom: “We are absolutely speechless! We’ve watched the highlight three times now and cannot stop smiling! This is absolutely perfect and so much more than we could have asked for. We cannot thank you enough for your hard work and amazing attention to detail! We are super excited to share this with our family and friends! Thank you so much!!!” – Gabbie and Steven

Montage Laguna Beach Wedding

Melissa + Nick

Montage Laguna Beach Wedding: A chance meeting in a London bar brought Nick & Melissa together. Through the years though they were sometimes separated by thousands of miles & apart for many years their love survived and brought Nick to the conclusion that they were “meant to be.”

From the Bride: “Thank you guys so much for the absolutely beautiful video—it’s amazing! You did an incredible job, and we’re already getting rave reviews.” – Melissa

Montage Laguna Beach Wedding Info

Venue: Montage Laguna Beach
Wedding Coordinator: Brooke Keegan Weddings & Events
Photographer: Braedon Flynn

Santa Barbara Wedding Video: Dos Pueblos Ranch

Ryan + Shelly: The Giving Tree

A sweet twist on a classic children’s tale. Ryan and Shelly were married at Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara. Complete with barn and beach, this is definitely a great spot if you are looking for a rustic California wedding. Their good friend officiated the ceremony and wove in the story of The Giving Tree as an example of unselfish love. It was such a thoughtful service, and we loved every bit of it. By having a friend officiate, the ceremony becomes something more then just a legal, somber occasion. It becomes a personalized and meaningful moment, filled with comments from a person who really knows the bride and groom. While it’s not for everyone, it can be a fun choice for those who have a friend with enough courage to marry them in front of 150 people! We were joined by one of our favorite Santa Barbara wedding planners, Donna Romani, and a new-to-california photographer Elisabeth Millay. She is moving her beautiful and fresh talent from the east coast to the west. Check out Ryan & Shelly’s photos here.

Meg + Carver: A Santa Barbara Wedding

Meg + Carver

As a cinematographer, you sometimes stop and say “did that just happen?!” Meg & Carver’s wedding day was full of moments like these. Unforgettable moments, honest and beautiful. From the fog & polo grounds to the sparklers and vintage get away car. Every couple beams with love and joy on their wedding day but there was a certain special feeling of excitement that followed these two. We hope this film captures the amazing love and friendship they celebrated with each other, their families and friends on that foggy Santa Barbara day. This Santa Barbara wedding video was filmed at Villa Sevillano in Santa Barbara, CA. We LOVE this venue! It’s absolutely stunning, a great location and worth checking out for brides looking for a great outdoor venue. Coordination and flowers by the wonderful team at Toast, photographed by One Love Photography, music by one of our favorite wedding bands Wayne Foster Music and Entertainment, makeup by TEAM Hair & Makeup. Check out more Santa Barbara wedding videos below, see what the bride and groom said, or watch more HD wedding video samples here.

From the bride & groom: “Oh my! Carver and I just watched the wedding video and loved every second of it. There are things photos can’t capture and you guys did such an amazing job. We are so thankful to you for capturing our day. Your work will be one we watch for the rest of our lives and we can’t thank you enough. We are so thankful for your talent and are so blessed to have had you be a part of our wedding.” -Meg & Carv

Want to see more Santa Barbara wedding videos?

Matt & Miranda at The Bacara
Beckie & Jung at Rose Story Farms
Erik & Selena’s backyard wedding

What is Super 8mm Film?

Modern 8 Films love affair with super 8mm film started back in 2004. We wanted to offer something “new” to the wedding cinema industry so we went to something “old.” Finding inspiration in those that had pioneered this format in past and present day cinematography. Many have asked us “what is super 8 film and why should i have my wedding day captured on it?” If you have ever wondered this, or if you already love the format as much as we do, take the time to watch the above story. This piece off JJ Abrams’ SUPER 8 Movie, highlights the magic of the beloved 8mm/Super 8mm film formats. It discusses the history of the format, how it impacted the lives of the filmmakers, and how it is still a thriving format today. Shot and directed by M. David Melvin. Telecine, edit, color and VFX by Cinelicious.

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