forever and always begins today: a stunning South Asian Wedding from Tulsa, Oklahoma: Umang + Joe

Umang + Joe’s South Asian Wedding from Tulsa, Oklahoma from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Before we dive into this sneak peek that is just FILLED with four days of beauty, I must start from the beginning.  From the first time Umang and I spoke on the phone, we clicked. We laughed, we giggled, and then we talked about weddings. I knew right off the bat on the other end of that phone call was someone who is beautiful inside and out.  Umang is full of life and filled me in on how her and Joe both are just fun-loving people who like to giggle, be silly and enjoy each moment life has to offer.  And then, fast forward to their wedding day, I would say they certainly found a way to laugh, giggle, and enjoy each moment throughout 4 days of wedding-ness.  The celebrations began Thursday with the Mehndi, and the weekend f0llowed with: Sangeet, Chunni Chadana Ceremony, Santh and Mhaya, Chudha Ceremony, Sera Bandhi Ceremony, Barrat, Milni, Hindu Ceremony and Reception, Christian ceremony…and last, but not least, a goodbye brunch!  Whew, I’m tired just typing all of that!  Thank you to KI Weddings for being (so so) amazing throughout each and every event!  Our team had a blast shooting with Heather Roth Photography  (as well as getting Henna tattoos together) and we can’t wait to see more your amazing images!  We so enjoyed all of our time with Umang and Joe, who are just as sweet as can be.  Here is just a “tiny” sneak peek of their stunning celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Enjoy!

Oh, and as a whiskey fan, I just have to share how in love with this bottle I am.  :)  A personal blend from the bride to the groom… is it too early to want a glass?


I promise to love you my hardest: Lindsey + Johnny’s Hoo Trailer from Santa Barbara Historic Museum

I promise to love you my hardest: Lindsey + Johnny’s Hoo Trailer from Santa Barbara Historic Museum from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

There’s no better way to start the week than smiling.  And these two will make you do just that.  Lindsey and Johnny both have the most infectious, outgoing, fun-loving personalities.  From the first time I met Lindsey and Johnny, I knew we had something special.  Oops, I mean, I knew they had something special.  (Okay, okay, I meant both of those statements!)  Leading up to their wedding day, everyone was just filled with so much excitement and it was clear this wedding would be filled with energy.  All. Day. Long.  Among the best moments was Johnny’s surprise breakdance moves during the first dance.  (Lindsey’s face!)  He busted out some moves and the crowd was going nuts. The excitement to celebrate Lindsey and Johnny was undeniable.  Guests (all “best friends” of each of them) flew in from all over to celebrate. Later on, we see more of Johnny’s talent as he beat boxes as part of their thank you speech.  This was one non-stop party!  And in the middle of it all, was the most beautiful bride smiling from ear to ear.  Johnny told Lindsey he will wake up every day wanting to be more like her. After being at their wedding, I must say….I think all of your guests hope to be a little more like the two of you.  Contagiously happy and beaming with love.

Venue: Santa Barbara Historic Museum
Coordinator:  Magnolia Event Design
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photographer: Linda Chaja Photography
Florist: Tenley Erin Young
Hair and Make Up: TEAM

I love how you love me: Alex + Jon’s Hoo Trailer

I love how you love me: Alex + Jon’s Hoo Trailer from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Alex + Jon said their vows on top of pool…well, okay, let me back up a bit.  The pool was covered.  Everything was decorated.  The backyard for the ceremony and the front yard for the reception.  Part of Alex’s vows was that she gets to marry the love of her life in her favorite place — her childhood home.  I thought that was precious.  Alex’s family did an amazing job turning their house into a wedding venue…and a fabulous one at that! The decor and set up made me completely forget I was at someone’s home, thanks to the design and set up by the list of amazing vendors below and coordination by Details Details.  Amber Events did an amazing job with the lighting and I loved all the chandeliers hanging in the trees!  As for the couple, Alex’s bridesmaid said that she is “more beautiful on the inside than she looks tonight…and that’s almost impossible.”  This could not have been more true as Alex was the sweetest bride, so calm, collected, and ready to marry the love of her life.  And Jon, well, it was obvious that he is a perfect fit for Alex.  At times it was as if the two of them could forget that everyone else was around them.  I would catch them gazing at each other or just having fun, little convos throughout the day where they couldn’t stop giggling.  It was endearing to be around the two lovebirds and both of their families.  Everyone was gleaming with excitement, from the beautiful ceremony to the Hora, to dancing until curfew!  This is a sweet couple, with sweet vows and an energetic crowd.  Enjoy Alex and Jon’s Hoo Trailer!

Coordinator: Alicia and Michelle, Details Details
Florals: White Lilac Inc
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Joie La La Photography
Rentals: Town & Country
Chiavari Chairs: Chiavari Chair Rentals
Lighting: Amber Events
Photo Booth: LA Fix Photo Booth
Cake: Fantasy Frostings 
Band: West Coast Music 

Molly + Rob’s Lake Tahoe Destination Wedding Trailer: alright, alright, alright

Molly + Rob’s Lake Tahoe Destination Wedding Trailer: alright, alright, alright from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

If home is where the heart is, then Molly + Rob certainly made Lake Tahoe their home. At least for the week. With family. And friends. And their dog, Bakewell. These two wear their hearts on their sleeves and if you know the two of them, you can understand the gravity of that statement. They certainly have their hearts wide open to each other as they laugh, giggle, and just play. I could feel so much love in the fresh Lake Tahoe air last month. And when I first walked into Molly’s family’s lake house, it felt like home.

For the first look, we went to Skylandia Park where Rob and Bakewell waited at the pier. Molly couldn’t wait one more minute to see her man and took the long walk done the pier to say hi. They were both so elated, words seemed to fail. Rob’s eyes filled with tears and neither of them could stop smiling. After letting the two of them play in the woods and taking photos with Heidi Huber Photography, off we went to Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City for the ceremony. The two of them said their vows in what felt like the middle of the forest with our own private view of the lake. These vows. Heartfelt. Tears. Happiness. Excitement. And that’s pretty much how the rest of the evening went. Well, until Rob and Molly came out on the dance floor with their ski helmets dancing to Daft Punk..that was just plain fun! So the fun continued the next day as we met back up at Speedboat Beach for some paddle boarding, and then went on a hike in the woods which all made for some fun underwater and aerial footage of their Tahoe adventures. This short film, although just a Trailer, encompasses all that Molly and Rob share as a couple and I am so thrilled to have been a part of this amazing destination wedding!

Alright, alright, alright. Just hit play.

you are my love and my life: Alix + JD’s Hoo Trailer from Pelican Hill

you are my love and my life: Alix + JD’s Hoo Trailer from Pelican Hill from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

The minute I met Alix and JD, I knew it was going to be a fun day at Pelican Hill.  They both have so fun-loving, outgoing personalities and they are even more giggly when they are next with each other.  Both were smiling and laughing from ear to ear all day.  Everything from the first look to the reception (especially that first dance!) was so enjoyable and full of laughter.  Seriously, some of funniest speeches all around…and the best part is that no one was even trying to be funny.  It was that kind of crowd. Even officiant JP Reynolds said, “You guys are ready to rock the Pelican!” Lol.  And the day could not have gone smoother without beauties Carrie and Samantha of Details Details and the amazing team listed below. Check out this fun and endearing Trailer where Alix and JD rock the Pelican!

Venue: Pelican Hill, Newport Beach
Coordinator: Carrie, Details Details
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photographer: Jana Williams
Florals: Fayaz, Bloombox Designs
Hair: Design Visage
Makeup: Makeup by Berit
Officiant: JP Reynolds
DJ/Photo Booth: Elevated Pulse

you are my person, today and always: Damon + Su from Calamigos Ranch, Malibu

Damon + Su Trailer from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

It’s so nice to show up to a wedding day and see that everyone is cozy, relaxed, and ready let their day happen.  Damon and Su are one of those sweet couples that planned every little detail, but when the day came, they just trusted that everything would happen as it was supposed to.  We began at the Four Seasons where Damon and Su exchanged secret gifts and cards (that were written almost identically lol).  Next, it was on to Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.  All the florals and arrangements were gorgeous and the families couldn’t stop smiling in excitement.  From what I hear this day was a long time coming, but time didn’t matter to Damon and Su, as long as they have each other.  They exchanged their sentimental vows in front of their family and friends and then it was fun and games for the evening and the guests danced the night away.  I saw some pretty interesting dance moves, too….but, well, I guess we had the full moon to blame that night;)Congratulations Damon and Su! Photography: John and Joseph Photography

gorgeous Casa Del Mar wedding: Keila + Ronnie

gorgeous Casa Del Mar wedding: Keila + Ronnie from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

It was a chilly summer day in Santa Monica, a beautiful setting for Keila and Ronnie’s wedding at Casa Del Mar.  It was a beautiful ceremony set up and the reception had such a great set up for all the guests to dance the night away with the City Connection Band and Vox DJ‘s.  Everything was perfectly organized by Kelsey Events along with amazing florals by Luna Gardens.  The Butterend provided that deliciously beautiful cake.  And it was great working with Callaway Gable Photography on the day.  It’s clear when a bride and groom are anxious to get married and celebrate with their guests..and Keila and Ronnie did just that…smiling from ear to ear all night.  Congratulations Keila and Ronnie!

A Roatan Island, Honduras Destination Wedding: Amanda + Jeremy’s whimisically reverent celebration of love

Amanda + Jeremy’s Wedding Trailer from Roatan Island, Honduras from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.
Photo above courtesy Studio Moirae Photography

Amanda and Jeremy’s guests were delivered a message in a bottle…an invitation that opened up as a scroll.  Along with that, they were delivered a map to Roatan Island , with all the details of their Honduras destination wedding, where their friends and family would travel and witness their magical day.  And what better place than this tiny little island to celebrate the most romantic, important day of their lives.  So off to Roatan everyone went, with the first party stop being the French Keys, a little place with restaurants, bars, kayaking, riding horses in the water and swimming with jaguars….you know, normal stuff like that.  There was this one ledge that everyone would line up to dive off into the water.  Jeremy and his buddies were filming themselves and having a blast until…..oh, snap!  That’s right, oh snap.  After rushing Jeremy to two international hospitals, they wrapped his arm in a sling, and without any answers, assume he’s walking around with a broken arm.  Talk about taking a hit the night before your wedding day.  Poor guy was in so much pain the day of the wedding, but you know what, he handled it like a champ.  Seriously.  (Can you imagine being in that much pain and having to say hi to all your friends and family, smile, and hug, all while foregoing pain killers so you can make sense for that unforgettable ceremony moment?) I think the excitement and anticipation of marrying such a stunning bride must’ve give him all the comfort he needed.  And stunning is an understatement.  Amanda and her girls exchanged gifts and incredible words with each other as she got all dolled up.  With those piercing blue eyes and a gorgeous smile, not much dolling up was really needed.  Fighting back many, many tears of joy, Amanda put her gorgeous dress on and headed over to the balcony at Pristine Bay to marry the man of her dreams.  The ceremony set up could not have been more beautifully arranged and the guests were just gleaming with excitement.  The men even showed up crafting their own slings to support Jeremy and his poor arm.  The vows these two exchanged….wow…just wow.  Let’s just say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  This may have been one of the funniest, yet emotional ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed!  These two are so in love, it just emulated throughout the day.  It was clear each and every individual felt and shared the love on the island that day…and all throughout the night.  Until one last surprise Jeremy had for his gorgeous bride…a firework show.  We also had a blast shooting with Studio Moirae and can’t wait to see the photos from that day!   What an amazing and joyous occasion this destination wedding was and I feel so honored to have been a part of documenting this undeniable love. Grab a tissue before clicking play on this Trailer!

one true love: Jori + Shane’s pretty in pink Pelican Hill wedding

one true love: Jori + Shane’s pretty in pink Pelican Hill wedding from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

The strangest cloud cover passed over on a summer day at Pelican Hill, setting the stage for a more than just pretty in pink wedding day.  The arch, beautifully arranged by BloomBox Designs, featured a huge cross hanging in the middle to set the stage for Jori and Shane’s outside Catholic ceremony.  The florals were all shades of ivory creating a classic feel on the lawn. The reception featured pink, pink, and more pink.  Oh, and bows.  The hanging floral chandelier and hanging cake were just gorgeous.  Like I said, a gorgeous wedding set up and more than just pretty in pink. From the start of Jori putting on her pink Valentino’s, she was just glowing.  Her and Shane have this unspoken deep love for each other and it was clear they were both filled with excitement and so much emotion.  For cocktail hour they had an amazing bagpiper playing around the venue.  Both families had such a blast and there were so many laughs in that reception…so many they just didn’t fit for this preview!  All this flawless prettiness organized by Alicia, Details Details.  It was a fun day working next to the talented Victor Sizemore Photography… also some beautiful processional music by Harpist, Erica Powell, cocktail hour by amazing bagpiper Eric Rigler, DJ Society Music and Sound. It was a great team and a fun day with this beautiful couple and their one true love.  Enjoy Jori + Shane’s pretty in pink Trailer!

Madelyn + Charlie: a ‘charming’ wedding from Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

Madelyn + Charlie: a ‘charming’ wedding from Pelican Hill, Newport Beach from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Madelyn and Charlie had friends and family come into town to celebrate their beautiful Pelican Hill wedding.  Madelyn looked like a princess and Charlie made for one handsome groom.  And what makes a groom even more handsome?  When he gets emotional as his bride is walking down the aisle towards him. This might be my favorite moment throughout  a wedding day.  Charlie wiped his tears multiple times as his beautiful bride approached him.  Madelyn looked perfect. The ceremony site had such a beautiful, classy look by White Lilac Inc.  The amazing Alicia of Details Details did a great job making sure everything looked perfect and ran perfectly throughout the day.  Check out Pat Moyer to see the photographs on the day.  West Coast Music rocked the night and kept the crowd dancing as usual!  Oh, and this Trailer starts off with a fun giggle.  A little background before you hit play, Charlie is the owner of the fabulous accessory store Charming Charlie.  Now, knowing that, you can laugh at the opening of Madelyn’s dad’s speech. Enjoy!

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