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you make me the happiest: Hal and Lauren’s beautiful oceanfront wedding at Terranea Resort from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Contagious. That is the first word that comes to mind after spending the day with Hal and Lauren celebrating their big day at Terranea. These two are vibrant and it shows as all of their family and friends were call smiles just being in their presence. The love between these two was shining throughout every moment of their day…from their gifts in the morning to their ceremony vows… and definitely throughout the evening celebrating!  I think it was about every other minute I’d hear one of Hal and Lauren’s friends and family tell them how much they love the two of them together.  It’s a love like this that makes everyone want to get up and dance, and this crowd, well they did just that!  We are happy we were able to be a part of this amazing day on the coastline.  It was one of the most beautiful days for aerial footage and those waves crashing against the cliffs are just breathtaking!  I adore these two and I’m sure after watching this highlight, you will too!

Venue: Terranea Resort
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Brandon Kidd
Coordinator: Carrie, Details Details
Floral: Nisie Enchanted Florist
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Band: Wayne Foster Entertainment
Photo Booth: Magbooth
Late Night Dessert: Sidecar Donuts (yummmmm)
Music: When I’m With You the Fireworks Go Off by Clemency licensed through The Music Bed

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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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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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LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE #live from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Last week I attended Infocus Video Events as 1 of 5 Keynote Speakers and wow, had a blast with it. It was such a fun and inspiring week with many of my filmmaker friends across the US. We gather, talk business, bounce ideas back and forth, and learn and grow from each other. This week really is a great lift off for all of us heading into another adventurous year!

My topic was “Infusing Life into Filmmaking through Adventure” and I implemented many business strategies through this 90 minute presentation. Many people asked me if I travel, how much I travel, and why my adventures inspire me. I simply showed this film and shared that these moments ignite my passion and allow me to feel connected to this craft continuously as I adventure into creating a new story for each and every Hoo Films couple.  If life is an adventure, what adventures are on your list?

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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
Music: Marvelous by Ellie Holcomb courtesy of The Music Bed

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