20 Oct Intimate and Dreamy Wedding on the Ocean Bluffs of Mendocino California

Traveling all around the country, I have seen some of the most spectacular wedding venues but I always love when a couple presents us with a new location or a different twist in their wedding. As a wedding videographer, new locations are always exciting and sometimes challenge me in different ways. When Levi and Bethany contacted me to film their very small wedding (some might even call it an elopement), I was so excited that they said it would take place outdoors, along the seaside bluffs of Mendocino California. I have driven past this part of the coast before and saw how beautifully the ocean and the bluffs all meshed together to create a very serene setting. Also, it was quite perfect that the bride, being a designer, had a great eye for natural beauty. What usually looked like undeveloped and rugged bluffs to most, was transformed into an elegant and timeless sensation to become the perfect venue for the two love birds to exchange their vows in the most intimate of settings. Every detail, no doubt planned by the bride months ahead, was molded to focus on the love the couple shared for each other, surrounded by their parents and siblings. Even their vegan lifestyle was reflected and celebrated on their big day! The two met back in 2012 while attending UPenn just around Valentine’s Day. During the last 6 years, their love has blossomed and as Levi put it, they “are entirely capable independently, but 100% better together.” They have discovered so many great qualities in one another and the two fit together like a “matching puzzle piece.” Levi popped the question around their five-year anniversary, surrounded by close friends, and soon after, they started planning their perfect wedding day. Levi and Bethany wanted to share their big day with a small and intimate crowd and something about exchanging their “I dos” on the cliffs that overlooked the Pacific Ocean made that moment significantly more in tune with nature. The couple both stressed their love for Mother Earth and wanting to capture more of that, we made a...

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10 Jun Napa Valley Elopement Film – Greg & Yvonne

Greg and Yvonne travelled from Louisiana for their Destination Wedding Elopement in Napa Valley. This amazing couple chose Domaine Chandon as their elopement location overlooking the hills of the Wine Country. This lovely and beautiful couples met on a rainy night by accident. As Greg says in his vows "I wasn't looking for someone to mold the rest of my life, but you did. I wasn't looking for someone that could fit into my family, but you do. I wasn't looking for someone that I wanted to spend my life with, but you are that person." For Yvonne, Greg, is the love of her life and he made her believe in love again. This truly inspiring story captured in the hilltops in Napa Valley, is a tear jerker for sure.We arrived early to a mansion in Sonoma that the Bride and Groom were getting ready in. After spending some time capturing some preparation shots, we headed to Domaine Chandon to set up for the short ceremony. I flew the drone for a quick establishing shot of the rolling hills, set up audio and filmed some atmosphere shots of the venue and the ceremony. The location was amazing - 5 star. As we set up, we watched in awe as a Live Painting artist prepared her canvas for the elopement ceremony.With 6 wedding guests, Greg made his way to the front of the ceremony and Yvonne made her elegant entrance with the warm sun beaming behind her. The ceremony was quick, but I knew I had some amazing content for the elopement film. Both the officiant and the groom were mic'ed so I had clean audio from their ceremony vows and "I DOs". Right after the ceremony, the couple and their closest friends sat down to drink some wine and chat. I found an amazing opportunity to to capture some story as everyone congratulated the couples and expressed their feelings. Honestly, this was not planned but turned out to be some emotional and memorable content for the wedding elopement film....

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02 Aug Adrian & Christiana’s Elopement in Napa Valley

Capturing weddings during the middle of the week usually means the wedding is going to be small, elegant, and personal. That is exactly how Adrian & Christiana's wedding was. The handsome groom flew in from London. The gorgeous bride flew in from the Caribbean. The groomsman flew in from Sweden and the bridesmaid (with her husband) from Canada for this destination wedding. There were a total of five people present at the wedding (six with the officiant). This is exactly how the bride pictured her wedding. We at Aperina Studios came with our three crew members to bring the total number of people to 9. This was the smallest wedding I think we have ever photographed or filmed but we had such an amazing time capturing the intimate wedding elopement these five best friends were having in the beautiful Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, CA.Enjoy the Next Day Edit and expand the post the view a lot more photos!Song choice: All Fair - Lovelite (Licensed with The Music Bed)Napa Valley Wedding Elopement Video, Elopement Videography, Elopement Cinematography, Wedding Elopement in Napa...

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