30 Nov Indian Wedding Film from the Heart of California – Hyatt Regency Sacramento

We have been filming Indian weddings all over California and United States and we love the challenges each wedding presents us. For instance, at this Indian Wedding, we were challenged to create a beautiful film from just the wedding reception alone that Raj and Pam had in Sacramento one week after their epic wedding on the East Coast. What makes this challenging is that we don't have the wedding content to work with to tell a story. Additionally, we're not able to have the variety of wedding footage that we are used to. Sadly, many wedding videographers would simply "slap" together a simple long and boring video. However, I wanted to approach this a bit more creatively and create an Indian Wedding Reception Highlight Film. I wanted the reception film to have emotions, be epic and have a story. My goal is so when you are done watching the reception wedding film, you have met the beautiful couple and have been at their wedding reception. I believe we pulled this off with this short film from Raj and Pam's wedding reception in Sacramento, California. One of my personal favorite scenes from this film is their first dance before the guests arrived to the reception hall at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The couple wanted to see their reception hall full decorated before the guests arrived. More importantly, they wanted to practice their first dance one last time. It's our job, as wedding cinematographers, to capture a story. So me and my team took that opportunity and filmed their special moment as they danced away on the empty reception dance floor. Looking at the footage later, I was please as it gave me some romantic footage that I found fitted perfectly into their film. Raj is an accomplished doctor and it was an honor to be part of their wedding celebration in Raj's home town, Sacramento, CA. So enjoy this Indian Wedding Reception Highlight Film from the heart of California at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento....

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12 Apr Indian Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco – Harman & Sonia

I remember visiting the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco a few years ago and imagining how awesome it would be to film a wedding there. The historical architecture and quaint scenery had such a romantic touch. So imagine my eagerness when Amrit (an awesome wedding planner) connected us with Harman and Sonia and told us that the wedding will be at the Fairmont Hotel. I scheduled a call with the couple and made sure that we were the wedding cinematography and wedding photography team to film this beautiful Indian wedding in the lovely city of San Francisco.Though we have filmed numerous Sikh Indian Weddings before and have an outstanding wedding cinematography portfolio under our belt, we still approach every wedding with intentional creativity and attentiveness. Many times before, we have included the reception Grand Entrance into the Same Day Edit, and that on it’s own is very complex. However, I wanted to test our limits a bit further and for this wedding, we wanted to include the First Dance in the video as well. While I was planning it all out beforehand, the pre-filming butterflies and jitters set in. I knew this addition would demand a high-level of coordination and skill but I trusted in my team’s ability.As I looked at the reception itinerary, I figured out that I have only 12 minutes to edit the First Dance into the Same Day Edit before the video was set to play. Luckily, several speeches were scheduled to happen throughout the reception and the wedding planner shifted those speeches around to give me about 22 minutes before go time. Secretly, I was hoping those speakers to give a longer speech but with speeches, the length is usually unpredictable. It turned out, I only got 18 minutes to edit the film, but fortunately, that was plenty of time to work our magic out onto the screen. Not only was I able to include the Grand Entrance but I also edited in the First Dance flawlessly.One of the most humbling and inspiring moments for our team is watching the couple and guests enjoy the...

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  • Colored Smoke Bomb Engagement photography on the beach with Sahil & Natasha.
  • Romantic San Francisco engagement photography on the beach with Sahil & Natasha.

12 Feb Engagement Session with Colored Smoke Bombs – Sahil & Natasha

Every couple has a unique story of how they met and it’s so warming to see how that story has blossomed. Sahil and Natasha’s story began a few years ago, when they met in San Francisco. This city now means a lot to them so they wanted to take their wedding engagement photos along the coast in San Francisco. But because the photos turned out really cool in the end, I have a feeling that this was the first of many color smoke bomb photography sessions for me. Initially, the couple mentioned they wanted to take photos in nature and by the shoreline. When we got there, we took a few snaps but then I noticed some huge rocks in the background. In my mind, I conjured an image of how the rocks will provide the perfect contrast for the color bombs the couple brought along for some fun shots. We all went on a mini hike and once we got to the rocks, we also noticed some artistic graffiti on the rocks. Using all the props nature (and other artists) presented to us, I got right to work. This was my first shoot working with color bombs so I honestly did not know what to expect. I was worried the wind in SF wouldn’t allow us to capture much of the color bombs but coincidentally, the weather that day was very still and perfect. Also, I noticed that the color bombs created a haze in the distance and we incorporated that too into our shoot. As you can see in the final photos, the haze added a perfect touch to the romantic evening and allowed me to shoot elegant and intimate photos of these lovebirds. Enjoy this Indian Engagement Session with Color Bombs!...

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13 Dec Ethnic Wedding in Little Rock, Arkansas – Jason & Rupal

As wedding videographers, we are thrilled when a couple requests us to travel across the country and capture the big day of their love story. It’s always interesting to see how the town has shaped the couple, especially when the bride and groom come from different cultures. The wedding of Jason and Rupal took place in Little Rock, Arkansas and because it was a Destination Wedding for us (and many of the guests), filming their 3-day wedding was truly a memorable weekend filled with emotional, ethnic, and tender moments. Upon arriving to Little Rock the day before all the festivities began, we spent our first day visiting the historic downtown of this city. We took our drone out and filmed some awesome shots of the city, making sure to capture some patriotic symbols, as we learned the groom was in the military. We met with the bride before the first events, and let me tell you - all the folks who said how sweet she is during their speeches, were not exaggerating one bit. Rupal was so respectful and trusting. She welcomed us with a warm heart, though we never met before. Working with a couple that trusts your skills is so refreshing. It allows us to capture our footage without any reservations and the atmosphere is so pleasant to work in. Read More. ...

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  • San Francisco engagement session photography in Lands End by the ocean with Raj & Simran.
  • San Francisco engagement session photography in Lands End by the ocean with Raj & Simran.

19 Oct Engagement Session in Lands End – Raj & Simran

San Francisco is a city full of beautiful, exotic photography spots and every time I have an engagement session planned in this city, I get very excited. One of my favorite locations on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean is Lands End which is on the northwest part of the island by Point Lobos. The sutro baths that once stood there (destroyed by a fire in 1966) are now monumental ruins perfect for a gorgeous engagement session. Raj & Simran have never been to the Lands End area and were very excited to pose in this beautiful San Francisco photography spot. Their Lands End engagement session lasted until the sun went down and we definitely used the beautiful San Francisco sunset skies to our advantage. I took out my Canon off-camera flash and created some creative lighting portraits positioning the couple on the rocks of the beach. The sky was very moody that evening because of the Napa Valley fires that were unfortunately happening not too far away. Usually, a foggy looking sunset doesn't get photographers too excited, but I used this hazy look to my advantage to create a soft, romantic look with the flash making the couple stand out a little. Here are the beautiful results from this Lands End engagement photo session....

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16 Aug Same Day Edit with LIVE First Dance – Rohan & Semmy

Our challenge here was to take our Same Day Edits onto another level – have the Same Day Edit transition into shots that are in REALTIME during the First Dance at the Grand Island Mansion Wedding! We mixed live from our Drone in the sky, Crane camera, Close up camera and Stabilizer camera creating an amazing experience for the wedding couple and party. This was challenging, but we pulled it off seamlessly....

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28 Jun Sikh & Hindu Wedding Short Film – Ronak & Bani

Ronak and Bani blew us away with their Indian/Hindu wedding! We filmed for 5 days in a row, capturing beautiful moments of the culture, the family, and the couple. We literally filmed 2 weddings in 1. Indian Wedding Cinematography is becoming more and more of our speciality. We love setting the bar high and I believe that this cinematic wedding video sets the bar high. Enjoy this short film of a beautiful Indian Wedding....

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19 May Indian Engagement Session in Sausalito – Sunit & Priti

Every couple has a place and time in their memory of how they met and what they did together for the first time together. Sunit took Priti on their first date to Scoma’s restaurant in Sausalito for a delicious dinner and their love story started from there. I’ve photographed at Sausalito before but this time it was super special as I saw the connection of this couple to many of the places we would stop and shoot at. ...

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10 Jan Sikh Same Day Edit – Davinder & Harpreet

I have been filming weddings for over a decade now but you wouldn't believe the jitters I get the morning before filming a wedding. I still wake up before each wedding nervous and anxious. But, that excitement is even heightened when we plan a complex Same Day Edit that requires our team to be on our toes every second to catch exactly the right moments that will be included in that edit. It's a film that is still in the editing process 15 minutes before "show-time" but we challenge ourselves to include moment like the Grand Entrance and First Dance into the Same Day Edit and show our masterpiece just minutes after it happens. Those 15 minutes are stressful but rewarding when we see the couple thrilled and captivated by what we managed to capture. It's a humbling and rewarding experience for us but more importantly, the bride and groom love seeing the highlights of their day just moments after they occur. See why they loved it! Additionally, there is a deeper look of what goes into filming and editing this Indian Same Day Edit....

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18 Aug Indian Wedding Short Film at Greengate Ranch – Ricky & Preeti

When we arrived at Green Gate Ranch and started filming - we knew that the next 4 days would be a blast. The beautiful couple was full of energy, smiling and enjoying their wedding days. We loved becoming part of the family for a few days to capture the story of Ricky and Preeti! Behind the scenes, working as a cinematographer on this 18 hour wedding day, it was not all fun and games. Even though the wedding was beautiful and fun, it honestly pushed the limits of our team - physically, creatively and emotionally. Some weddings, a beginner can film them (they are simply easy). But this wedding, you had to be a true professional to pull off great footage. I'm a proud that our team did just that. We communicated all day on long range walkie-talkies (this was super important), walked/ran about 9 miles (my fitness tracker can prove that), and best of all, we captured some beautiful footage!...

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08 Jul Indian Same Day Edit – Navkarn & Dilraj

Filming a wedding all over California pretty much sums up this wedding. Navkarn, Dilraj and their family challenged all of our team for over 1 week. We travelled to San Diego, back to Sacramento and finally back to San Diego to finish of their wedding reception with a Same Day Edit. It was really a blast and a challenging experience....

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23 Jan Vijay & Deepa – Same Day Edit

This is literally hot off the press. We just premiered it a few hours ago at the wedding reception a few minutes after their GRAND entrance. We literally had a few minutes to edit the grand entrance and the first dance into the same day edit before we had to show it. It was pretty amazing to have a team that was able to pull this off....

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24 Oct Amer & Ozma – Wedding Weekend

Los Angeles is usually a vacation spot for most people in December. For us it was more than a vacation. We got to travel with our team to Huntington Beach to film and photograph a beautiful four day Pakistani wedding. Photographing such a gorgeous and fun couple definitely felt like we were on vacation rather than working. Enjoy the beautiful moments I captured....

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13 Oct Paramveer & Raman – Same Day Edit

Along with other cultures and religions, we have been filming a lot of Indian weddings lately. One of the most popular products that we have been producing is the Same Day Edit video. It is something the bride and groom anxiously wait for and the guests love watching a video that highlights and shows the story of a complete 5-day Indian wedding. It is definitely a stressful challenge and takes a lot of time, effort, and a great team. We at Aperina Studios are never afraid of challenges and so we again took on the challenge to produce another unique Same Day Edit video for our beautiful couple. Even though we have produced many SDE videos, we always try to make each one unique and tell the original story of each couple's wedding weekend. Here is what we saw through our lens while filming the beautiful wedding of Paramveer and Raman.The bride couldn't stop smiling while watching the video during the wedding reception, we hope you love it as much as she did. Enjoy this Indian Wedding Same Day Edit....

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16 Jun Umang & Shivani – Same Day Edit

I have been doing wedding cinematography for over 9 years, but before every wedding - I'm naturally really nervous. I have many years of experience under my belt, however, each and every wedding I approach delicately and carefully. I prepare myself and my team with a challenge - we want to make sure we create an amazing memory and a masterpiece for each couple. Umang and Shivani's wedding was no exception.I met with Umang and Shivani a few weeks prior to their event, got to know them and their story a lot more, scouted the venue, talked in detail about their event and even chose the garage that I will be editing my Same Day Edit in. During the 3 days of wedding events, we filmed 96 hours collectively as a team capturing their beautiful wedding story. We challenged ourselves to include the couple's first dance into the Same Day Edit - something that was way too close to the premiere. I finished editing the Same Day Edit ten minutes before showtime in the little garage and took the exported file to the reception tent to play on the big screen.I'd love for you check out Umang and Shivani's Same Day Edit....

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