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.
We recently attended and were a handpicked vendor at The Lab Event at Cline Cellars in Sonoma, CA. What makes The Lab different from other wedding events is that it was a real EXPERIENCE, rather than an overwhelming amount of booths to sift through for brides and grooms. It was interactive, relaxed, fabulous, and so much fun. Guests saw different vignettes inspired by selected Pinterest boards beautifully brought to life, were treated to delicious food and wine, and got a private Sarah Seven runway show. The Barrel Room at Cline Cellars was over-the-top-beautiful. Complete sensory overload with all the beautiful florals, lighting, tablescapes, music and food. Everyone pulled out all the stops to make it a beautiful and fun night.
David and I let our hair down and had a blast. We met some wonderful people, danced to “Call Me Maybe” (which we ALWAYS want to do at real weddings!), ate a few too many desserts, and jumped into the photobooth. We also caught some highlights to share with you – enjoy!
We had so much fun on our road trip!
In 3 weeks and 5,000 miles, we drove through 22 states, visited 6 National Parks, 4 big cities, countless gas stations, visited friends, and ate delicious vegetarian food everywhere we went! We knew this trip would be something we’d want to remember, so we tried to roll the cameras as much as we could. Here is a short film of some of our favorite moments.
In the end, we felt 3 weeks was nowhere near enough time to see everything – more like an introduction to all the places we visited! There is so much to see in this country, and so many places to which we’d like to go back!
In our time together, David and I have taken a lot of risks and been on many adventures. We traveled to Europe together only weeks into dating, dealt with long distances between us due to his school and my dance career, made a BIG move from living in Manhattan to an organic vegetable farm, and started Paperweight Films. We are now on the open road for 3 weeks, moving from New York to California. Are we excited? You bet. A little scared? Um, yes. But that’s a good thing.
All of our past adventures were scary in the beginning, particularly our move to the farm. My initial reaction to David’s idea to move our lives out of the city was not exactly gung-ho (I’m a bit of an indoor girl). But thanks to his infectious bravery, I also decided to jump in and take that risk… and it was one of the best things we’ve ever done. We could not imagine our life without having that experience. Unexpectedly, being in such a secluded and natural environment allowed us to explore creative outlets in a way that our busy lives in the city didn’t. We had a chance to be creative and to grow together. When he wasn’t working outside on the farm, Dave got back into his first love, cinematography. Given my performance background, we began collaborating with each other and friends, creating short dance films. We were able to connect in a whole new way, which eventually led us to create Paperweight Films.
So, here we are, adding another adventure to the list! Last week we packed up the farmhouse, threw it in a pod and jumped into our car. We are in the middle of a 3 week, no-holds-barred road trip across America, landing in California. Of course, we have our cameras in hand (my first camping experience WILL be documented). We can’t wait to share this experience and our next chapter with you.
Here we go!
The best way we can describe Brianna and Mike’s wedding is in two words – LOVE FEST! From the minute we stepped onto Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, VT we were feelin’ it, and still feel the warmth and joy their wedding created. We also fell hard for photographer Jenny Moloney and her amazing team, who are so incredibly talented and wonderful to work with.
To add to all that love, we are buzzing with excitement because Brianna and Mike’s highlight film is featured today on Style Me Pretty alongside Jenny Moloney’s beautiful images! Check it out and then head over to Jenny’s blog for even more love (including the images below).
We recently celebrated our first anniversary. Yippee! Paper is the traditional gift for a first anniversary so my parents gifted us with our very own PAPERweight for the occasion! Clever, and so very thoughtful.
Paperweights are more than a heavy object plunked onto a pile of paper. They are pieces of handmade art that can carry a lot of meaning and be passed down for generations – they’re heirlooms. When my grandmother passed away, I held onto a colorful floral paperweight that she kept in her home, and I think of her every time I see it. When David received his Masters Degree in American Government, he received a glass paperweight in the shape of the American flag. We keep these on our desks as little daily reminders of important people and moments in our lives.
We know we have many more “paperweight” moments in our life to come and look forward to our collection growing! And to be able to capture on film those “paperweight” moments for other couples and families is simply awesome. We’re very lucky.
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for a beautiful gift!
We are so happy to have documented Pamela and Paul’s wedding last month. Pamela put it best when we were chatting and planning on the phone and she said, “This wedding is going to be really special – I mean extra, extra, really special.” I already knew that it would be a special day for us because Pamela happens to be one of my dearest friend’s mother (Hi, Amy!). But as we learned, it is who Pamela and Paul are as individuals, and as a couple, that provided the extra dose of “special” to their wedding day.
Pamela and Paul both had very different life journeys that seem meant to have brought them together at the right time. They are the kind of people that immediately make you feel comfortable and welcome in their home, which is why having their wedding at their ranch in Lewiston, CA was such a perfect decision. They are both devoted to their families, and it was wonderful to see them all come together as one to celebrate and support this very special love.
I hope you enjoy this little snippet of Pamela and Paul’s very special wedding day!
It’s not that often that I find myself with a lot of spare time. But when I do, I love to bake. When Dave has spare time, he makes movies (surprise). We both had some spare time on Sunday, hence, a short little movie about me making brownies. Very silly but we had fun! And they were a big hit for Mother’s Day dessert!
You can find the recipe for the brownies over at the Post Punk Kitchen (home to all of my favorite vegan baking recipes). I used blueberries instead of raspberries, but I think any berry would be amazing. Enjoy!