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love transforms everything: Matt + Adlin’s Short Feature from Puerto Rico from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

One thing (of many) that I adore about both Matt and Adlin is how close to their families they are.  They each hold their family so dear to them, while hardly letting anyone else in their inner circle.  But then there’s the moment they met each other. In each other they found an unbreakable connection.  It is undeniable that these two completely adore each other inside and out.  I feel lucky to have been a part of this destination wedding at the El Conquistador Waldorf Astoriain Fajardo, Puerto Rico.  (One of my favorite islands, by the way! I almost didn’t make it back to California after this trip.)  The wedding day was such a joyous day with laughter, tears, more laughter, and A LOT of dancing!  After Matt and Adlin so preciously exchanged vows over looking the Caribbean, the party got started very quickly!  And…it…never…stopped.  Apparently, if you are from Puerto Rico (Adlin’s family is), then you were pretty much born to dance.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, but more importantly, everyone was truly in awe of the love that Matt and Adlin share.  And so am I.  And you will be too….just click play.

Venue:  El Conquistador Waldorf Astoria in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Planner: Rosaline Torres with Momentus Special Events
Photographer: Lindsay Madden
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Music: Rise by Tony Anderson and Flash of Light by Parade of Lights, both licensed through The Music Bed

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Shantal + Jeff’s Ponte Winery Wedding from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

This was one day that had a clear theme: It’s all about family.  Beyond their deep love for each other, Shantal and Jeff have built a beautiful family and this day was celebrating just that.  They started off exchanging gifts – two amazing gifts with one that reminds me of the scene from Pretty Woman.  Yeah, always in a girl’s top favorite moments.:) The ceremony was outside covered in neutral, elegant florals, where they exchanged their own written words.  The reception was in the wine barrel room and was quite gorgeous!  Such a beautiful set up in there and the perfect place to celebrate.  All was held at The Ponte Winery.  I’m not going to lie, we have some amazing aerial views in this one.  You don’t want to miss it.  Enjoy!

Venue: The Ponte Winery
Coordination: Pure Lavish Events
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Zoom Theory Photography
Dessert and Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop

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you are with me, my love is with you: Cassie + Brandon’s Hoo Trailer from Montage Laguna from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

It was the most gorgeous November wedding day one could ask for at The Montage Laguna Beach on November 8th, 2014.  Cassie and Brandon were the sweetest couple and so low key all day long.  They just wanted to relax and enjoy their day with each other. And that they did!  Jeannie of Details Details pulled together such a beautiful look that was so fitting for Cassie and Brandon.   Bloombox Designs did an amazing job setting up the ceremony area with some beautiful florals and some cool seating additions on the lawn.  The reception room was very unique and romantic and the guests were greeted with champagne flutes for name cards, which they all loved.  And let’s not forget those donuts from Donut Snob…boy, were those a hit!  Enjoy Cassie and Brandon’s heartfelt vows and the energy in the room while West Coast Music rocked the house for the Hora!  Mazel Tov!!

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people who are meant to be together always find their way back to each other: Andrea + Peter’s Same Day Edit from Pelican Hill from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

The quote above says it all.  The way Andrea and Peter’s love affair has come full circle is nothing less than fate.  These two grew up a couple streets away from each other near the wedge…went their separate ways for many years…moved to Arizona…and then as adults found their way back to each other.  After watching their relationship grow into that of soul mates, Andrea and Peter decided Pelican Hill, Newport Beach was the perfect setting for their wedding as it overlooks M street where they all grew up.  And the perfect setting it was.  White Lilac Inc killed the design with romantic lighting throughout the reception with low hanging chandeliers.  The chandelier hanging at the ceremony was such a beautiful combo with the blush pink draping and flower design down the aisle.  Carrie of Details Details was amazing as always in pulling together every single tiny detail that went into this design.  I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with or a sweeter couple on this Same Day Edit.  Andrea and Peter were laughing and crying as this aired at their reception. which of course, for me, sealed the beauty of the entire day. Oh, and if you are a golfer, you just might particularly like some scenes in this Same Day Edit Trailer!

Venue: Pelican Hill, Newport Beach
Coordinator: Carrie, Details Details
Floral Design, Lighting, Rentals: White Lilac Inc
Cinematography: Hoo Films 
Photography: inGrace Photography
DJ: Glasz Productions 
Photo Booth: Pacific Photo Booths 
Band: West Coast Music

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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?


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