Recently, I was asked by the folks at Today's Bride Magazine to make movies of four of their upcoming magazine cover shoots. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to work with the wonderful people there as well as the amazingly talented teams they assembled to create the four different covers.
I've been chomping at the bits to show these movies to you guys since they've been done, but now, finally I am allowed to!
The one I'm featuring on this post is a Steampunk themed design brought to inception by the creative minds of Asiel Design (event and floral design,) Tanja Lippert (photography,) and Tia Reagan (stylist.) It just so happens that they're all good friends of mine so I was that much more excited to work collaboratively on this project.
(You might remember that I worked with this same team a few years ago in our first collaboration, here. If you do remember that, then you're a true fan :-)
If you're not familiar with the idea of "steampunk", just think; industrial revolution mechanics + victorian sensibilities + modern execution.
Movies by director, Terry Gilliam, "Wild Wild West", "City of Lost Children" and, more recently, "The Prestige" and "Sherlock Holmes" all feature steampunk styling to some extent. In this particular rendition, the creative team took the industrial look and feel of the steampunk/Victorian era and style and applied it to a bridal context. There's are a lot of light bulbs, chains, and glass that can be reinterpreted and applied to a modern bride's aesthetic.
Take a look at the movie I made, here below and please let me know what you think in the comments section! Cheers!
All of the amazing gowns (there are more in the magazine than shown in the video) were provided by Gabrielle's Bridal Atelier in Los Gatos. Gabi provided the gowns (by couture designers, Cymbeline of Paris, Ines Di Santo, Christos, and Anne Barge) and many of the accessories. thanks, Gabi!
I've been getting a lot of comments and questions on yesterday's post. I REALLY appreciate all the kind words and interest.
I wanted to take just a brief moment to explain some of the details of the shoot. This is more of a post for other video people although anyone that takes in interest in BTS (behind the scenes) features might also be interested in this post :-)
Here is the lovely email Heather sent to me after she watched the video:
I honestly don't know where to begin. I waited all day to view the video to ensure I didn't have any distractions; and to be honest, I have been so nervous to see it because I was afraid if I didn't like it, it would be the lasting imprint of my wedding day. Furthermore, for the past 3 months I have been a little down on myself for spending so much time and money on a day that went by in a blink. Sometimes I feel like the day didn't even happen and I insanely ask myself, "how many more days until the wedding?". So many of my friends told me to be sure to stop and take a breath and look around because it goes by so fast. I honestly felt like I did that, however, with all of the morning appointments and then getting ready to walk down the isle, to then greeting all the guests and then right into pictures, then a few dances and then... before you know it ... it's all over.
Your video allowed me to finally attend my wedding. You captured the very emotions I was feeling that day and you brought to life my dream wedding that before, really just felt like a dream. I usually do not like seeing myself on video, but your talents really made me feel beautiful - thank you. So many details I had already forgotten were reborn and all of the hard work that I put into the small details will be remembered forever. I was actually sobbing by the end of it! It was like you had known us for years and knew just the moments to capture to tell the story of our journey.
I hate to be arrogant, by my video is my favorite out of your portfolio ;) I hope other brides-to-be view it and that it inspires them to use your talents for their own wedding days. Aside from the location, you are the best decision I made for our wedding. I will be eternally grateful for your work and I hope this e-mail expresses how much you have touched me. Tom is traveling on business right now and I cannot wait to share this with him. It will stir a completely different set of emotions in addition to the ones I felt and I know he too will treasure it forever. You are truly gifted. Thank you so much.
The first movie I would like to share with you for 2011 is this video from Bear Flag Farm. The way this particular wedding came about, for me, makes for an interesting object lesson. I initially was hesitant to take the job because of various reasons that I won't get into - but after carefully considering the pros (getting a chance to work at Bear Flag Farm for the first time; meeting the owner, Tina; co-laboring with photographer, Meg Smith; developing a quirky and fun email-relationship with the bride,) and other factors, I decided to accept the job.
When I arrived at Bear Flag, it was unseasonally hot. But the ample shade and air-conditioned prep areas brought relief for the still, warm air. Nevertheless, I was impressed with the layout of the venue and the condition of the facilities. I was - more than anything - excited to shoot the ceremony amongst the lavendar. I could smell its aroma from where I parked my car.
I finally got to meet Heather, the bride, who is actually from Colorado, for the first time. We hugged and chatted - it was as if we were old friends.
I feel particularly honored to have been given a chance to record a momentous day for Heather and Tom because they pulled out all the stops (artisan coffee and ice cream bar for the guests and a ferris wheel?! nice) and trusted me to capture all of the festivities for posterity. Two especially poignant moments are when we see Tom's little boy walk in as his best man, and when his sister toasted their father, Tom Sr., who had recently passed on.
Please enjoy this short movie below (or go here to see Heather and Tom's custom movie page.)
Abe and Tran wanted a unique movie to show the guests at their wedding how they met. They've seen so many movies in the past and wanted something that stood out from the crowd... enter Studio MSV :-)
I had been itching to do something like this for a while and was excited that Abe and Tran were open-minded enough to let me try it with them. Also, you wouldn't believe the grueling 6-hour shoot we went through to get all the footage we needed to make this video. Check it out and please leave a comment!
The historic Flood Mansion in San Francisco is among the most unique and beautiful - truly San Franciscan - venues at which a couple looking for glamor and historical elegance can get married.
Here below is a highlight video of just one such couple on their wedding day. But Jorge and Virginia wanted something more - they wanted the vibrancy and culture of their native Columbia to shine through. So here is the video I made for them! Enjoy!
One of the things I have been working on that has been keeping me super busy, is a video series I'm doing for Wedding 360.
Wedding 360's Online Academy is a resource for Designers and Planners who want to take their businesses from successful to stratospheric. We've culled together some of the nation's best wedding-industry minds and brought them to anyone who has a desire to learn and grow.
Here's a short teaser snippet from David Beahm... Please feel free to embed it on your own blog and spread it around!
You can see many other amazing educational videos by going to http://wedding360.prfessor.com/
Good luck and happy learning!
It's been REALLY long since I've posted something on my blog here. Thanks for sticking around to see my new, upcoming posts. More on what I've been busy with later...
For now, check out Sheldon and Valerie's highlight video from Four Seasons San Francisco.
Valerie and Sheldon are San Francisco socialites who share a passion for the romantic. And, judging by all the special surprise serenades and speeches they gave each other at the reception, I'd say it was safe to consider them a perfect match for one another!
Here's taste of their wedding - a splash of HD and a dash of Super 8 - it fits their modern but sentimental personalities perfectly:
Check out my latest editorial video that was just featured on Style Me Pretty!
You can see more images from this awesome shoot at Style Me Pretty. (I love Abby and the gang for always being so enthusiastic about my work! They're awesome.)
Here are the incomparable contributors to this shoot:
Concept, Production and Styling: Anne Sage/The City Sage
Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography
Cinematography: Andrew Hsu/Studio MSV
Florals: Sharla Flock Designs
Cake: Gabrielle Feuersinger/Cake Coquette
Stationery: Bella Figura
Table Settings: Gump's
Hair and Make-up: Sherrie Long
Fashion: Elizabeth Dye/Bella Bridesmaid
Hair pieces: Twigs & Honey
Dessert buffet: Miette
Diamonds: Juliano Jewelry
Other Jewelry: Fuss Jewelry
Models: Shaye and Sterling for Look Model Agency