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For Love: Phuong + Uyen | Tustin Ranch Golf Club Wedding

If you know me at all, it’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of breaking down stereotypes. One tired stereotype that needs to be banished from the wedding industry: the uninterested, uninvolved groom. Weddings are about a couple, and guys are totally allowed to get excited about a party celebrating their awesome love. I love it when both parties take part in planning and personalizing their wedding day!

Right from the start of our conversations, I knew Phuong was a SuperGroom. He was so excited to tell me about his high school sweetheart, Uyen. He even showed off an ADORABLE video he made announcing their engagement! Filmmaker groom = this is going to be FUN. Then we started talking about the wedding, and he’s planning special entrances with music (we even tossed around ideas for pyrotechnics) and choreographed dances… this day was going to be full of fun surprises! We were not disappointed.

Uyen + Phuong | Tustin Ranch Golf Club Wedding from Jakfoto Films on Vimeo.

Whatever crazy stunt Phuong may have planned, it’s beautiful to see Uyen’s face light up in response. It’s obvious that he’ll do anything to see her gorgeous smile! For her part, she can handle – and dish out – plenty of jokes and fun antics. When she joins in with some slick dance moves, it’s impossible to watch without beaming. These two share an incredible love that shines like a beacon, with Phuong’s brilliant spark and Uyen’s warm smile.


True to form, Phuong even kept some surprises up his sleeve, serenading his new bride to “Falling In” by Lifehouse.

Phuong and Uyen, thank you for trusting us to bring your vision for your wedding film to life, and for bringing us along on this fun ride! I know that you’ve got a lifetime of surprises, laughter, and love ahead of you!

And to the other SuperGrooms of the world: Bring it on! We love your enthusiasm and we can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Cinematographers: Jakfoto Films
Venue: Tustin Ranch Golf Club
Photography: Thao Vu Photography
Photobooth: LAOC Photobooth
DJ: Marigold Gil
Flowers: Thuy Bridal & Florist
Makeup: Grace Lin Professional Makeup Team


Franciscan Gardens Wedding Inspiration

Imagine the perfect sunlit garden wedding, overflowing with fresh florals and food, and sweetly romantic details. That’s exactly what Lindsay of Bliss Productions put together for this wedding inspiration shoot at the gorgeous Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano.

Bliss Productions | Franciscan Gardens Styled Shoot from Jakfoto Films on Vimeo.

I’m especially thrilled because this lovely event is featured today on Ceremony Blog!


Bravo, and thanks to every member of the stellar team that pulled this together.

Event Planning & Styling: Bliss Productions
Photography: M.A. Rose Photography – Check out her luminous photos from the shoot here!
Location: Franciscan Gardens
Florals: The Flower Girl
Catering: 24 Carrots Events
Dress: Blush Bridal Couture
Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux of Laguna Niguel
Furniture: Storied Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Hair Comes the Bride
Models: Haley Sapp & Jake Jaenicke


For Love: Monique + Jacob | Twin Oaks Wedding Highlight Video

When we met with Monique and Jake before their wedding, Josh and I were struck by their complementary/contrasting natures. Jake is steady, maybe even a little reserved. He has a warm, ready smile but he’s pretty even keel. Monique, on the other hand, is bubbly and energetic and bouncy and overflowing with laughter! Together they’re the perfect pair – you can feel the bond of love that tethers them together.

On the day of their wedding, these natures really shone. Jake’s steady smile beamed – interrupted only when he was trying very hard not to get too emotional during the ceremony – and Monique was chatting and dancing all over the place and simply could NOT wait to be declared Mrs. Coleman (favorite moment in the video is at 3:16 “Can we kiss now??”).

Twin Oaks Wedding Highlights | Monique + Jacob from Jakfoto Films on Vimeo.

The romantic and personal details of this wedding were breathtaking, and they were everywhere! This couple really went all out to personalize the look of their day against the beautiful backdrop of Twin Oaks Garden Estate, and to treat their 300(!) guests to a magical event. Luckily Candice Benjamin captured every last detail in beautiful photos (click here to see)!

Soundtrack: “Gimme Your Love” by Holley Maher
Wedding Planning: Kimberlin Silva Correia
Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography
Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate
Cake: Jill Reilly of Cute Cakes
Floral Design: Carmin Cermak
Custom Stamped Flatware: For Such A Time Designs


Why I Love [Fake] Weddings (and you should too) | Vintage Style Inspiration from The Great Gatsby

If you’re new to the world of wedding blogs, maybe you’ve found yourself drooling over a particularly gorgeous wedding video or photos, when suddenly you think “But wait… where are all the guests?” or “Why are there three couples at this one wedding?”

Welcome to the fantasy world of fake weddings! Or as we wedding nerds like to call them, “styled shoots” or “inspiration shoots” or “stylized weddings.” I’ve blogged some videos from styled shoots in the past – and we’ve had a number of inspiration shoots featured on some pretty sweet blogs – but I wanted to take a second to break down this oddity for those of you who may be wondering why on earth we go through so much trouble for parties with no guests.

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Images by D. Park Photography

First: an example! When I heard that Baz Luhrmann was adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby for the big screen, I squealed like the movie geek fangirl that I am. So naturally, when I was invited to be a part of a styled shoot inspired by the novel and forthcoming movie, I squealed again. Carmen at Expressionary Events pulled together a plethora of talented pros to imagine a wedding day inspired by Gatsby, but with a modern twist.

Wedding Inspiration from The Great Gatsby from Jakfoto Films on Vimeo.

Now that you’ve seen the “what,” let’s talk about the “why” of wedding inspiration shoots:

1. To provide inspiration (duh).

Our number one hope is that brides and grooms will find in these inspiration shoots some new, creative elements to incorporate into their own wedding celebrations.

Here’s the important part: This is not a competition. I’ve seen people rag on inspiration shoots because “nobody could do that at a real wedding.” First of all, you’d be surprised at what imagination can accomplish, even on a tight budget. Second, we’re not doing this to outshine your wedding or to set some sort of unattainable goal. We simply hope to offer some new ideas and approaches to couples planning their own real weddings. As a vendor, I’m thrilled if you discover a color scheme you love, a new way to do escort cards, a unique unity ceremony, or if you just smile and move along.

2. To loosen the chains of “should!”

Some of the things vendors do for inspiration shoots are nontraditional, weird, even a little crazy. One of the reasons we push the proverbial envelope is just to introduce new ideas into the wedding world! For example, the gorgeous architecturally-inspired paintings that Commemory Fine Art created for the Gatsby shoot are not the type of thing that you’ll see at every wedding, and I don’t expect every couple to now have a guestbook painting or custom table number paintings… but I do hope that these images invite couples to imagine things like guestbooks and table numbers in a different way. I don’t like barriers around what weddings “should be.” Re-imagine your wedding day and prioritize details that are significant and exciting to you and your partner!

3. We’re artists, and we like to play.

I love working with each and every couple and letting their story guide the shape of their unique wedding film. I LOVE it. But variety is the spice of life, and sometimes it’s fun to let my own imagination call the shots! Inspiration shoots give wedding pros the freedom to try things they’ve been longing to try and to take risks in a situation where your only client is yourself. I get to satisfy my craving for a really incredible cake (see below) or a geeky glam wedding… and maybe in doing so, the inspiration video will reach a real couple who’s aiming for just that sort of wedding, and we’ll become wedding/vendor super SOULMATES! (fingers crossed!!)

For the Gatsby shoot, I took a little time behind the scenes to ask some of the vendors about their inspiration, and their contribution to the shoot. It’s always neat to hear the ideas behind the images.

Great Gatsby Inspiration: Behind The Scenes from Jakfoto Films on Vimeo.

Photography: D. Park Photography – For more photos, click here!
Event Styling and Design and Invitation Favor/Box – Expressionary Events
Reception Venue: The Sky Room
Cake: A Wish and a Whisk
Specialty Whiskey Bar: Night Owl Productions
Candy Bar: Candee by Sandee
Cigar Rolling Station: El Canito Cigar Rolling
Floral Design: Bonne Fleur
Live Music: Scott Cummings Music
Bridal Gowns: Bridal Elegance
Evening Clutches: Belucci Couture
Guestbook and Table Art: Commemory Fine Art
Linens and Chiavari Chairs: Designer Specialty Linens
Hair and Makeup: Rock Me Up
Wardrobe Styling: Styled by Connie
Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Friar Tux Shop
Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina
Lighting: Premiere Events Group
Evening Gowns:
Tiana Vega Collection
Models: Christine Bailey, Chloe Atnip, Kanda May, Andre Bolourchi, Trevor Williams, and Emmanuel Gonzalez

Hopefully you’ve learned a little something about wedding inspiration shoots! What elements of the Great Gatsby themed video inspired you? What did you think of Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of Gatsby? Have you gotten any fabulous wedding ideas from styled shoots? Leave a comment, and keep an eye on the blog because I’ll be posting more awesome Geek Chic inspiration soon!


For Love: Gianna + Matt | Salt Creek Beach Wedding Fusion Highlight Film with Niall McCarthy Photography

There’s something about a high school romance and a love that grows over time. Gianna and Matt have known each other for 11 years. Their families were already deeply intertwined (and knew lots of great stories – like how Matt tutored Gianna in math, even though she had an A in the class) and everyone was so excited to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. The laughter and tears during their inspiring personal vows says it all.

Image by Niall McCarthy Photography

Niall McCarthy Photography took the most stunning photos of Gianna and Matt’s wedding day, which I loved incorporating into their fusion video. Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point provided a gorgeous backdrop for a heartfelt ceremony officiated by Matt’s uncle, and the party that followed was the perfect send-off!

Gianna + Matt | Salt Creek Beach | Fusion Highlights Film from Jakfoto Films on Vimeo.

Mother of the Brideawestruck groombride and groom on the dance floorthe real wedding party

Photography: Niall McCarthy Photography
Soundtrack: “Little Things – Instrumental” by Hoyle
Venue: Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point
Summit Events Catering & Event Planning Contact Pamela Aki
Bartending: Sunseri’s
Floral Design: Elegant Thorn Floral Events
Bridal Gown: by Enzoni, from The Dresser
Ice Cream Bar: Ben & Jerry’s Tustin
Rentals: Apex Party Rentals

By the way…

I know it’s been a little quiet around here and on the Facebook page lately. Not only have we been traveling all over and celebrating lots of beautiful weddings (which I can’t wait to share with you!), we are also working hard on a very exciting new venture!

Jakfoto Films “For Love” is about to become The Adventures Of. It will still be us – Kiera and Josh – traveling and connecting and telling stories of awesome people in love, but with a brand new look that reflects the kind of adventure and personality that we love to celebrate!

Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more news! And while you’re at it, follow us on Twitter (mostly for goofy Instagram posts and pictures of our dog Pixel): @advofkiera and @advofjosh