~ That Speaks To Transformative Times
Supreme Court Ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges… legalizing LGBTQ marriage. Bruce Bastion, the man behind the monumental Supreme Court Ruling which made same-sex marriages “THE LAW OF THE LAND” and tireless advocate for the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) never thought he would be able to marry the man of his dreams. His now husband, Clint Ford, never even contemplated marriage while growing up because… it just wasn’t done.
To witness a wedding like this… and by the grace of God to be able to capture it in a film, leaves me forever moved and honored. Not too many events in life change the paradigm of how we see love. Go to video page!
The powerful speeches and emotional messages continue to speak to me eight months after filming.
Filming and producing a cinematic wedding film is amazingly rewarding. It is the best gift a couple can give themselves.
“I never expected in a million years our wedding video would turn out to be so spectacular and special. It was like watching a short French film! We literally thought a production company had filmed our wedding after watching it. Susan, we are so happy you came into our lives. You made the process so easy and captured every moment so perfectly. There is something so special watching a short film of the happiest day of our life”! – Kristopher and Brian
Kristopher and Brian were not going to have a video… then they changed their minds. To speak to them now about the importance of the film in their lives, they can hardly fathom what they would have missed.
Couples are spending mega thousands on their weddings…and months (or years) planning all the details. Being able to see it all, forever, in a movie is the best investment of all.
There are those generations to come that will be in love with your wedding film. A priceless time capsule… peeking back at who our loved ones were when they got married! If I could see a video of my parents wedding I would be in heaven watching them, but it doesn’t exist. I am here… let’s talk!
~ The Abbey of Allegretto, Paso Robles
Styled shoots are so much fun, even though they aren’t real… this couple was recently married and their chemistry POPS off the screen. I was inspired to film this shoot in a “sexy glamour” way. Normally, we videographers and photographers capture what is really happening, so being able to direct and have some “do-overs” was a dream.
Imagine a wedding taking place in and around an Abbey! Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles has the most charming old world Abbey (chapel) that can host smaller weddings and stunning intimate dinners. CHECK OUT THE TUSCAN-INSPIRED RESORT, ALLEGRETTO… tell them Susan sent you!
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~ Meditation Mount
The sun, the wind, all of the elements… were paying attention. The officiant, or in this case, the Shaman, was blessing the ceremony site ahead of time with chanting, percussion, and sage cleansing. When it came time for John and Alyssa’s vows… they were silent. Silent vows! Their eyes sparkled so powerfully. A truly amazing communication spoke from their hearts. Eagles flew overhead. We were all transfixed by these moments.
Ashley ~ Chanel Perfume
This bride, Ashley, stands out in a big way. She is so care-free and happy. You can bet the only thing on her mind is the exquisite NOW.
If you embrace your fantastic You, (even if you didn’t lose the 10 lbs and you’re not happy with your hair) the cameras will love you and the footage will turn out magical.
I made this short video because she was the perfect real-life bride for this Chanel ad.
~ STUNNING WEDDINGS IN PASO ROBLES, CA
If you are looking for an outstanding new venue that will make your wedding stand out … check out this astonishing resort in Paso Robles.
There is great travel praise for the beautiful new Allegretto Resort in Paso Robles and you will certainly be impressed by the stunning 171-room Tuscan-inspired design. Everywhere you look the grand open spaces make you want to take some time and explore the place. But peel back just one little layer of this resplendent onion and the depths of something more powerfully intended might knock your chakra socks off.
You may just want to sit for a minute… a lot. The place has a way of nurturing you, especially in your 14 foot-ceiling guest-room with the private patio opening to the grand courtyard. Pops of color at play throughout the resort reorganize into four specific guest-room palettes… mine was aubergine and I sank into its warmth immediately. I found myself peaking out from my sleep just for the pleasure of being with the space and then drifting back to dream.
Drawing upon the ancient ways of landscape and design, every item that has made its way to this gracious resort is part of an instrumental silent symphony, highly vibrational and not in the audible scale.
A massive slab of marble that was hand-picked from a mountainside in Italy, is now two Greek statues overlooking the 11,000-square-foot courtyard, each having the exact directional bearing as when they were pulled from the earth. Hand-made adirondack chairs in front of the resort are calibrated to create a flawless sitting experience. I didn’t want to get up. An enormous cross-section of a Sequoia tree with rings more than 2,500 years old will fill you with wonder.
So what you don’t see or hear, you could easily feel. It’s all at work and play in Allegretto’s diverse co-existence of elements and all for the purpose of creating a higher dimensional category that will elevate the human experience.
Your friends and family will love all the Paso Robles vineyards and the wine tasting opportunities will provide all kinds of fun. Tell them Susan sent you!
Incredible Views and Variety In One Location
Firestone Vineyards in Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara Wine Country) is so uniquely situated and layed-out for the bride and groom who want lots of variety within one location… I just had to write about it.
The First Look took place along side rows and rows of vines giving way to the occasional masterful oak tree…open and unobstructed. So glad I brought a drone!
The Ceremony, just a 5 minute walk from the main Tasting Room, was on a plateau and overlooked incredible wine country vistas.
Cocktail Hour, beautifully shaded and nestled against the Tasting Room on the upper lawn, has a meandering pathway that welcomed Ceremony guests to some lively libations and lounge style seating.
The Barrel Room for Dinner… wow, you’ve got to see this Barrel Room to believe it. The impeccably dressed, singular table must have stretched out 35 yards and was closely flanked by massive stacks of golden hued wine barrels. The statement of elegance was breathtaking.
Reception in the Courtyard, right around the corner, yet altogether different in its tone and design. It is totally outdoors yet has an indoor intimacy. Everyone was enjoying the finger-food desserts and dancing the night away to the sounds of the talented musicians of the “Vanity Fair Band”.
Rainbows… can be requested : )
A beautiful approach to composition and posing for Videos and Stills.
These are exciting times for marriage equality—but capturing memorable LGBTQ footage for wedding videography requires a novel approach to posing, which until now has been nearly exclusively oriented toward pairing a taller man in black with a smaller woman in white. What works for Jack and Jill won’t necessarily work for Jack and Michael, let alone Jill and Louise. The New Art of Capturing Love shatters the “old standards” of wedding and engagement photography by showing how inappropriate they can be for today’s diverse couples, then shares easy-to-implement poses and techniques that can be applied to any couple (and wedding party), no matter their orientations, to create lasting memories.
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