I have become yours: Casey + Matthew from Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

Casey + Matthew Trailer from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

It’s those stories you hear about high school sweethearts that just make you melt.  Casey and Matt are one of those stories.  After 9 years of being friends, dating, and becoming exclusive, these two share a deep friendship and a special love.  They are fun very fun-loving and light hearted, so that spilled over into their whole wedding day at Pelican Hill.  We had a laid back, cool, wedding with the chevron pattern as the main element and the dessert bar….wow!  You could smell those delicious looking sweets from a mile away!  Casey and Matt also had a very eclectic music list, so of course, I had to ask for it.  It’s not often that couples have a ton of music I haven’t heard before, so now I have a lot of new artists in my playlist while I edit. Also thanks to an amazing team on the day!  Jeannie with Details Details, Jessica Claire Photography,  Lauren with Design Visage, Brian with Elevated Pulse, the officiant JP Reynolds, and Florals by Jenny. Casey and Matt, I hope you and your families revel your beautiful day all over again through watching this Trailer!

beginning the best chapter of their lives at the Viceroy, Palm Springs: Ali + Warren

beginning the best chapter of their lives, Ali + Warren fancied an intimate ceremony at the Viceroy Palm Springs. Ali looked gorgeous, and well, Warren, you looked stunning, too. This hot couple was surrounded by such a small group, but such a big amount of love. We filmed the small ceremony Thursday and turned around an edit for them to play at their reception on Saturday. The set up was so classy and elegant!  The speeches were some tear jerkers!  We couldn’t include them all in here, but words from both fathers are so genuine, it goes straight to the heart.  Thanks to a great team: High Society Wedding & Event PlanningInviting OccasionFound Vintage Rentals, John & Joseph Photography Inc.. And thanks to Elevated Pulse Productions for making sure the Hoo Trailer aired smoothly at Ali+Warren Part II!  xo

best chapter of their lives: Ali + Warren’s Hoo Trailer from the Viceroy, Palm Springs from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Life size Connect Four, puzzles, games: Kelsey + Steve’s FUN wedding at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Beach

The theme was FUN.  And that it was. Kelsey and Steve are a fun loving couple who wanted to share their love for laughter with family and friends by creating at wedding based on just that. Their cocktail hour was sprinkled with games including a life size connect four, and life size checkers, puzzles, jenga, and blackjack, and more. For the first time, we were asked not to wear black so that we didn’t stick out like vendors or “the help.”  How sweet is that! So we all came in our best beige wedding attire and I think we all pulled it off!  It was a rainy day at the Ritz in Laguna, but Jeannie of Details Details and Nisie’s Enchanted did an absolutely amazing job carrying out the ceremony vision indoors, away from the wet, rainy weather. Mama Grubb greeted the audience with a joke every hour and and DJ Peter Papadopoulos of Vive Entertainment kept the liveliness of the party flowing all the way until the explosion of those Confetti Canons – the perfect ending to Kelsey and Steve’s sweet, fun-filled wedding day. Brian Leahy Photography captured some great photos of the day and those crazy canons! More stars on the day: Makeup and Hair Design: Mirror, Mirror Beauty by Berit, Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra, Bride’s Heels: Badgley Mischka, Bride’s Sandals: Antik Batik, Bride’s Reception Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Maid of Honor Dress: Watters, Photo Booth: Pacific Photobooths) Enjoy their Hoo Trailer!

life size connect four, puzzles, games and FUN: Kelsey + Steve’s wedding at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Beach from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

the redhead and the gentleman: an elegant wedding at the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

It was a gorgeous day off Doheny Drive for a March wedding. The skies were clear with perfect weather as many gathered from all over the world to celebrate Joelle and Jeremy.  As the sun was setting, it was time to get ready for ceremony. But first, an opportunity to get on the helipad for some rooftop photos came up.  So, naturally we all rushed up there and got some amazing romantics overlooking all of Los Angeles! It was such a beautiful sight. Carrie with Details Details did an excellent job with this one and White Lilac Inc created a gorgeous set up on both the night time ceremony and the ballroom reception.  Design Visage, as always did an amazing job on the hair and make up and Vanilla Bake Shop provided a sweet looking cake. As it got dark outside, guests grabbed yamakas and got ready to enjoy the stellar night time setting Joelle and Jeremy had set up for their ceremony.  The Chuppah was lit up under the palm trees in the garden area of the Four Seasons for Joelle and Jeremy to share their vows from to the Ketubah.  Next, was a lively dance party following a fun grand entrance, a choreographed dance, and the Hora. With all of the energy in the room, however, the night would not be complete without a fun surprise…Brazilian dancers! Now, that’s a great ending to the elegant day of the Redhead and the Gentleman.  Enjoy their Hoo Trailer!

the redhead and the gentleman: an elegant wedding at the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Petbox Commercial

Petbox Commercial from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Well, here’s something a little different than our usual work…instead of a bride and groom as the stars, we have Beau, an 80 pound dog as our star!  We had a blast filming with the Petbox crew on this commercial.  After a day of filming interviews, product, and Beau’s spot, we all headed down to the dog beach for some fun shooting down there as well.  And that’s when I got attacked by a stranger….or was it Spud??? (pic below) Check out http://getpetbox.com for more information on their petboxes and subscriptions.  I know Abbypants certainly loved her first Petbox!  Enjoy their first commercial spot!

Random Spud dog giving me a break from filming and Abbypants enjoying her new Petbox.:)

bits of London (time-lapse)

bits of London: a time-lapse from one (partly) sunny day from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Outside the Marina (time-lapse)

Outside the Marina (Time-lapse) from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Steph + Moose’s Best Day Ever at the Montage: Mike “Moose” Moustakas marries the love of his life [a hoo films trailer]

Steph + Moose’s Best Day Ever at Laguna Beach Montage: Mike Moustakas marries the love of his life from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

From the first moment I met Stephanie and Mike, I fell in love with the two of them together.  Their spark was obvious and there was no denying their is a strong, loving relationship between the two of them. They are both so warm and welcoming and we hit it off right away.  I knew right then we were all going to have a blast filming their wedding.  Somehow, that was really just the beginning.  Its impossible to stop smiling when around their friends and families. They both have such a collective group of funny, kind hearted, genuine individuals.  Everyone just adores the two of them, and one thing is for sure, they adore each other.  Mike Moustakas is not just the talented third baseman for the Kansas City Royals, but he is a loyal and loving man, who loves his wife dearly.  Stephanie lights up a room, is one of the sweetest women ever, and clearly the perfect match for Mike.  Their day (and every single detail) was absolutely perfect as they soaked up every moment.  It was a gorgeous January beach day at Montage Laguna Beach and I could not have picked a better couple to start the wedding year with.  I adore you both and already can’t wait to share an even longer film with you soon!  For now, cheers to this Trailer and your Best Day Ever!!

Venue: Montage Laguna Beach
Coordinator: Alicia, Details Details
Floral: Larissa, Inviting Occasion
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Lane Dittoe
DJ: Mike Soltani
Band: West Coast Music
Trailer Music: Rembihnútur by Sigur Rós

there is no me without you: Adriana + Ro’s Hoo Trailer from the coastal woods of Gualala

without you, there is no me: Adriana + Ro’s Hoo Trailer from the coastal woods of Gualala from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Sometimes you meet a couple and you instantly connect with them.  This is how I felt being around both Adriana + Ro.  And soon after I realized, it wasn’t just me, its everyone that feels this instant connection with them.  These are two people that are completely present in each and every moment.  And if you’re in their presence, you’ll just melt.  The ironic thing about it, is for two very present people, they’ve had a 7 year relationship where ambitions and careers have forced a ton of distance between them.  And yet, somehow, they made it to this moment, standing on a bluff, making the most important promises they’ll ever make.  This ridiculously amazing scenery is Ro’s family home in Gualala, CA, about 3 hours north of San Francisco.  The drive alone up to Gualala makes you feel like you’re heading into some sort of magical place.  What was so neat about this unique location is that basically you’re on PCH…and to the left is the beach…and to the right is the woods….two completely opposite, yet gorgeous sceneries.  The reception took place down the road at the Gualala Arts Center, in the middle of the woods.  We had a great 2 days working with Viera Photographics, who drove up from San Francisco.  Both families were such a blast to be around.  Everyone just exuded happiness, love, laughter…everything you would imagine to complete a destination wedding weekend.  Adriana and Ro,  I can’t say enough about what a pleasure it has been following these plans and this road with you for the past year.  You two truly have with each other what many only dream of.  Enjoy the tiny little film summing up so much love and laughter in one magical weekend!


Love is the ultimate dream wedding: Lyndsey + Ryan’s rainy day of paradise from the Royal Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Lyndsey + Ryan: a rainy day of paradise from the Royal Playa Del Carmen, Mexico from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

A girl grows up with a vision of her dream wedding, spending years anticipating what that day will look like. From the moment Lyndsey met Ryan, this vision became a reality for her. She imagined a beautiful destination wedding…a tropical, outdoor ceremony surrounded by white beaches and palm trees blowing all around. These two spent many, many months planning just that, but sometimes things don’t always go as planned.

We began at the Royal in Playa Del Carmen, in Cancun for Lyndsey and Ryan’s special day and from the moment we landed, the clouds just kept creeping in. We all stayed calm as we lost more and more hope of that dream wedding out on the white, sandy beach. As the minutes went by, the rain poured in until eventually the entire resort was covered with puddles and there was no sign of the storm slowing down. At the first spread of this news, Lyndsey was devastated. This was not the dream. On the other hand, the bigger dream was to marry the love of her life, Ryan. This is what kept Lyndsey smiling all morning regardless of the gloomy weather outside. Besides, isn’t rain good luck on your wedding day?!

The ceremony got moved into somewhat of a hallway and even still, both Ryan and Lyndsey were just glowing. The bond these two share is unshakeable. It was evident the only thing these two truly cared about was sharing their day with family and friends and most importantly, sharing their vows with one another. This was a moment nothing could shake, not even a spiraling Cancun storm. This film was quite a challenge on both the shooting and the editing. I truly hope it depicts the challenges we all faced all day and how they were overcome by the unshakeable love story that is Lyndsey and Ryan. Cheers to love being the ultimate dream wedding.

Lyndsey and Ryan, we had such an amazing few days with you and were truly inspired by your relationship. I hope this trailer portrays your dream wedding after all. Cancun will never be the same and you two have a special place in my heart. I hope mojitos on a rainy day will be in our future once again! xo