Back when we started Paperweight Films, we set some goals for ourselves. Some big, some small…ALL overwhelming at the time. One of the “Big Picture” goals we set was to become a member of Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book. It seemed so far off and almost unreachable as we were getting started, but something we hoped to grow toward as we navigated our way through owning a business. Well friends, today we are busting out the vegan cake and bubbly! We are very proud to be a part of the Little Black Book, and are excited to be in the company of other wedding professionals that we love working with.
The timing of it feels fitting – over the weekend we shot our last wedding of our second season. Ending the season on such a high note gets us thinking about the journey….every risk, failure, and success we’ve had has made us stronger as a business, and more importantly, as a couple. Surely there are more risks, failures, and successes in our future, but it’s so lovely to take a moment to and celebrate accomplishing a goal.
Courtney and Pat’s wedding is featured on Wedding Chicks today! We’re super excited to see our film alongside Danielle Capito’s beautiful photos of the day. Click below to hear some words from the BEAUTIFUL bride, see some pretty photos, our highlight film, and the complete list of the other people that helped to make their day so memorable!
One of our first conversations with Sarah and Kiely had to do with finding a great vegan scone recipe. Anyone who knows me knows I love to get my bake on, so we immediately bonded over our love of food! Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Sarah and Kiely in San Francisco, talking about their love for each other, and what they looked forward to most on their wedding day.
Sarah and Kiely wanted their wedding to be about fun, friends, and family, but what was most important to them was a focus on their love and their special connection as a couple. After planning a big, elaborate wedding last year, they decided things were getting too big and made the change to bring the focus back to what was important – their marriage. Sarah and Kiely did a great job creating the kind of day they wanted at Hotel Vitale on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. They have a certain giddiness and excitement about each other that is so much fun to be around. From the sweet, small moments between the bride and groom to the exhilarating views of San Francisco, this wedding was completely delightful!
When I first spoke with Liz over the phone about a year ago, I immediately loved her. First, we realized that we both have a background in dance, and I could talk to anyone for hours about that! Once we stopped gabbing about our bun-head pasts, I got to know more about her, her fiance Andrew, and their plans for a Cape Cod wedding. Since then, it’s been a downright treat getting to know the two of them! Liz has a way of making everyone around her feel special and at ease, and Andrew has a quiet and charming presence that is so fun to be around. Together, they have a sweet and tender love that is hard to keep your eyes off of. David and I would leave our Skype sessions with huge smiles on our faces, and say to each other, “these are the kind of people that make our job so great!”
Another person that makes our job so great is Jenny Moloney! Since meeting at Bri and Mike’s wedding last year, we have been counting down the days till we’d be lucky enough to work with her again. Being on Liz and Andrew’s wedding day team with her was so much fun. We were completely giddy to be reunited and look forward to more weddings with her this season! She’s shared some of her photos of Liz and Andrew’s wedding with us, and you can also go check out her blog to see more!
Click play to see the highlights from Liz and Andrew’s beautiful wedding at the Popponesset Inn!
Courtney and Pat were married at the Spanish Oaks Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA after 10 years of being together. 10 years! They’re a couple with a long and rich history that’s already admirable as they start their married life. Their wedding day was June 22nd, one of the longest days of the year. It was perfectly fitting to have a day full of sunshine for these two – they are the kind of people that light up the room with their sweet energy and love for each other. We have enjoyed getting to know them this year, and couldn’t be more excited to have filmed their beautiful wedding!
A few weeks ago we were in Kansas City, MO to film Cori and Doug’s wedding at the Weston Red Barn Farm. After knowing them for a long time (and even spending time together in their city of Austin, TX on our cross country road trip!), we were already counting down the days until their wedding. But when Doug let us know that he had arranged for his groomsmen to join him in a surprise serenade to Cori, we just couldn’t wait to see it all go down. Cori and Doug live in Austin, TX and enjoy all the live music their city has to offer, so this was completely perfect. It exceeded all expectations (the groomsmen were wailing!) and was a heartwarming way to end an already magical evening. Doug, our hat is off to you and your inspired performance. Grooms – if you’re planning a surprise serenade for your bride…THIS is how you do it!
The song is called “A Woman is a Well”, by Austin-based band Hello Wheels.
Keep a look out for Cori and Doug’s highlight film – it’s sure to make your heart sing!
Something to know about David and I is that we laugh. A lot. Especially when we step out in front of the camera, we’ve found. We have been playing with different ideas for an “About Us” film for our website, and while this is a very real insight into who we are, we decided to go in a different direction than the below, because of a case of some seriously uncontrollable giggles. However, we love having this short video of the two of us laughing at ourselves …it’s a good one to check out if we ever start taking ourselves too seriously!
Christine and Daniel are such a special couple. The kind that light up any room with their infectious smiles. It was one of the first things we noticed about them, and came to learn that their unique warmth is something their family and friends love and celebrate as well at their beautiful wedding in Rutherford, CA. We are so excited that the lovely folks over at Style Me Pretty California also celebrate the couple’s smile. They have featured Christine and Daniels’ wedding today!
It is such a treat for us to see them featured. We are proud to call them our friends, and have loved getting to know them both before and after their wedding day. Take a peek to see their film, our write up, and the gorgeous images from Timothy Mak Photography. You’ll fall in love!
Ah, spring. I love this time of year – everything seems fresh, flowers are blooming, and I am suddenly inspired to clean our apartment up and down (which does not happen often!). We are thoroughly enjoying our first spring here in the Bay Area. We just settled into a new apartment, are finding new fun places in our neighborhood, and are gaining more and more of a sense our community both personally and professionally.
The freshest new development is that Paperweight Films is now a member of Wedspring in San Fransisco, CA! Wedspring is a wedding resource library that couples can get so much from…not only do they provide help in finding wedding vendors and venues, but Melia and Matt offer endless inspiration and advice in their gorgeous San Francisco space. David and I are so pleased to be a part of it! Their personal approach to working with and guiding couples is just the kind of vibe we love. Also, they are “wedding” focused, not “bridal.” They believe it is important to make the groom feel a part of the planning process these days, which we completely agree with. It’s such a lovely set up…I could spend a whole afternoon in there, sipping champagne and admiring the beautiful and comforting aesthetic (the charcoal gray walls make my heart sing). Check out our page on their website, and if you are in the Bay Area, stop into the shop! You’ll never want to leave!
Happy Spring everyone!!
When David and I moved to California, we were excited to meet other creative professionals that value sustainable and green practices like we do. Upon searching for like-minded wedding professionals, we discovered and got to know the wonderful team at Locally Grown Weddings. Besides implementing green practices into every aspect of a wedding – from the food and flowers, to the paper for invitations – the events they design are beautifully executed and simply gorgeous.
Sadie, Chef Stephanie, Aurora, Madeline, and Pei-Yee invited us to collaborate on a shoot they designed and planned at the Farmhouse Mansion in San Francisco. We had the pleasure of documenting the team behind the scenes and loved seeing their process unfold. These women are inspiring in their creativity, talent, and commitment to sustainable and green practices. Check them out in action!
We are excited that we will be collaborating with Locally Grown Weddings again at their pop up event Locally Grown Love on March 10! It’s a chance to be inspired by local artisans and creatives when planning a wedding or event. There will be many different aspects to the event, including the salon where experts give their advice and insight into weddings and events, the marketplace where lots of local artisan goodies will be available, the tasting room with delicious food and goodies, and a lounge where you can well, lounge! David and I are excited to be speaking in the salon about event cinematography, and how we work.
Come join the fun! More event information is right here.