In most weddings we know exactly whats going on, but this wedding introduced us to many new traditions. Hearing a short history of the traditions from the groom, we understood that it's very important that we capture every moment. Working with the couple was simple. Jonathan treated us with so much respect at the wedding that I was honestly surprised but humbled at the same time and just wanted to do even better. The entire wedding was really fun. Enjoy the short teaser. A longer film will be coming later, as of course, this teaser doesn't even cover 5% of what happened  at the wedding.

Vera emailed me around 8 months before the wedding giving us a nice compliment and of course inquiring about her wedding date. Then she told me the wedding is in Portland, Maine. I was shocked. All the way from there! How did they find us? Well thank you Yuriy Manchik for your referral. Of course they signed the contract, gave us more compliments, and got us excited for the trip.Couple days before the trip, hurricane Irene was threatening our travel. Definitely got us worried, but we came there safely. We beat the storm by around 20 hours in one of the states we had a layover.

Couple years ago I went to South Dakota with Ilona(my wife), Inna (sister-in-law) and Yaro. Who knew that Yaro would meet the love of his life there and then. We all came home safe, got back to regular life, but Yaro started a new life - dating Sveta. That kept going for a while and then he proposed. He would visit SD many times, Sveta also came over to California couple times, but Sveta's last visit to CA became permanent.

I never start working on a film or wedding teaser if I don't have any inspiration. Usually it's from a song, sometimes from other things like movies (Shrek 4). This time, inspiration came very simply - through a txt message. My sister texted me a "very" cute song and it totally inspired me to start working on Vlad & Lily's wedding teaser. I had a different song in mind for Vlad and Lily, but "Rest Of My Life" by Bruno Mars took over my original plan and I had to edit the teaser to it. Many times I know what song I'll be using for a couple, but after studying the couple on their wedding day more closely, I realize I chose the wrong one. I try to choose a song to tell the couples story accurately. That's exactly what happened here and I believe this song choice is perfect for this wedding teaser.

Finally I get to film a wedding!  I had a little break after my wedding but I'm back to creating beautiful wedding films. Meet Alex and Natalia. A great example of a kind and loving couple. Their love is strong to each other and to God. Capturing their emotions and love was very pleasing as it was very natural and came from their hearts vividly.

I am happy to announce that on July 9, 2011, I married the most beautiful girl in the world, the girl of my dreams. Me and and Ilona fell in love couple years ago while going to the same church. Our relationship grew stronger and our story book became bigger and more interesting. We both wanted to tell/show our love story on our wedding day so our wedding guests would know more about us and our story together. To do that, we created our SDE (Same Day Edit). We are happy to present our SDE to you as well. While watching the SDE, look for the connections we created between our love story and the wedding day. Enjoy our story! While creating this video, Ilona and I thought of our true love story. Heading out to Folsom Lake two weeks before our wedding to film the first part of the video, we both admit, we were a little anxious. The night before, Ilona and I even practiced what we would say and even made a few note cards just in case our minds went blank. We wanted to talk about the time we met, our first date, the oh so romantic proposal, and a few other momentous details that led us up to the day we both say, “I do. On the wedding day, we had our camera crew film specific things to incorporate into the SDE. These small things made me and Ilona unique as a couple and we wanted that to be seen in the video. I looked through computer magazines and Ilona looked through wedding magazines to reveal our interests. The short clip of the bridesmaids cutting out letters in the magazines ties into the last shot, which says, “Vitaliy & Ilona, July 9th, 2011” with the letters that were cut out. We did this to add a crafty touch to the video because of Ilona’s love for scrap-booking. We also took moments from our relationship and made them real again on our wedding day. For example, you will notice that our relationship grew from the day...

Photographing Don and Melissa's 'Trash The Dress" (second day) photo session was more like going on a picnic. We enjoyed the very sunny and warm Sunday afternoon walking around the beautiful Bogle Vineyards in Clarksburg, CA and some surrounding locations. It was a really laid back wedding photoshoot where I just did my thing while the newlyweds were sipping on wine and listening to my instructions. Although the intense California sun did not provide the ideal photographing conditions, we enjoyed the day a lot while producing amazing photos, which will soon be hanging all over the walls of their cozy home. Shooting Don and Melissa's wedding and "TTD' session made us really good friends and made them extremely comfortable with me as a photographer. This is something I am striving to do with every client of mine. I am proud to present some of my favorite shots from yesterday's lovely session....