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what begins in Croatia ends in love: Ashley + Taylor from Terranea Resort from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

We have a bit of overseas love advice for you today: What happens in Croatia does not stay in Croatia!  This is where Ashley + Taylor’s modern love story began.  Their chemistry is evident (note that first look – one of the most candid moments).  A first look is one of our favorite moments of the day as its one of the only moments where the couple really gets to be alone and just enjoy each other and express their excitement for the day they are about to endure.  We loved every minute of their day and the beautiful vows they shared with each other at Terranea Resort!

Venue: Terranea Resort
Planner: Katie, Intertwined Events
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Chard Photo
Floral: Nisie’s Enchanted
Hair & Makeup: Design Visage
Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals
Linens: Luxe Linen
Entertainment: Visions Entertainment

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Kathryn + Blake Trailer from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

How lucky these two are to have found each other…..loooong ago and then to be reunited and instantly smitten with each other!  Love’s expressions are infinite and that showed true at Kathryn + Blake’s big day.  These two are so smitten they couldn’t stop smiling…from that first look to the awesome appearance by the USC Marching Band!  We adore Kathryn + Blake and loved capturing this love story!

Venue: Pelican Hill Resort
Planner: Katie, Intertwined Events
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: KLK Photography
Floral: Nisie’s Enchanted
Hair & Makeup: Design Visage
Rentals: Found, Chiavari Chair Rentals
Linens: LaTavola Linen
String Quartet: OC String Ensemble 

Officiant: Clint Hufft
Live Painter: Timree

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Kaki + Josh Trailer from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

The crew with #turningirving landed from Texas ready to celebrate!  The energy was vibrant throughout the day while the love in Kaki + Josh’s presence was inescapable.  This gorgeous day was filled with love and laughter to the fullest and lit up that pink sky.  And we must mention the incredibly unique reception and coolest dance floor design.  We couldn’t get enough of these two and had so much fun capturing this amazing celebration!

Venue: Pelican Hill Resort
Planner: Alicia, Details Details
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photographer: Jana Williams
Florist: Bloombox Designs
Lighting: Shine Lighting
Band: West Coast Music

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a love that’s undeniably true: Brittany + Mike from the Montage Laguna from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

“There’s a power… It’s silent. You can’t see it. You can’t hear it. You can’t smell it.  You can’t even touch it. But you can feel it. And its the most powerful thing on earth. Its emotion.  Have as much good time as you can have because you’ve only got so much.”  What a telling line from the Father of the Bride.  This description fits Brittany + Mike perfectly.  They have one of those quiet connections that you can just feel when you’re around the two of them.  Cheers to a beautiful couple and their gorgeous day in Laguna Beach!

Venue: Montage, Laguna Beach
Planner: Samantha, Details Details
Cinematographer: Hoo Films
Photographer: John & Joseph Photography
Florist: White Lilac
String Quartet: Angelica Strings
Band: West Coast Music
DJ: VOX DJs
Photo Booth: Mirmir
TK Burger: TK Burger
Cake: Bottega Louie

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light of my life: Jillian + AJ from Ojai, CA from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Sometimes two people just fit.  This is Jillian + AJ.  When you listen to their personal vows, you feel how these two are the absolute best of friends.  We’re so happy we were there to capture the essence of this meaningful location and the love between family and friends that filled this serene Ojai home.  Now, what better location to choose for your wedding day than your childhood home.  Imagine standing where so many memories were made as a child, while you begin a brand new adventure with the love of your life.  Or, instead of imagining it, watch it unfold in Jillian + AJ’s film!

Location: Ojai, CA
Planner: Amazing Days Events
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Allison Maginn Photography
Band: DeBois Entertainment

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Angela+ Samuel: becoming one light from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

We can’t get over the sweetness between Angela + Samuel!  These two quiet souls have a love that shines bright and loud.  With had an elegant setting at Stone Manor Estate in Malibu, California, with soft, blush details, they created a beautiful candlelit evening.  Congrats to soft, sweet couple that we adore!

Location: Stone Manor, Malibu, CA
Coordinator: Kristi, Details Details
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photographer: John & Joseph Photography
Floral: Bloom Box Designs
Catering & Dessert Bar: Chef Jaydene
Rentals: Party Rentals Pro, Chiavari Chair Rentals, The Chiavari Guys
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Angelica Strings
Reception Music: DJ Allen Song
Hair and Makeup: Yuri Sinata
Cake: Miso Bakes
Photoboth: GC Photobooth

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Eric + Palmer: a light that shines from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

This outdoor al fresco reception dinner made for a beautiful, unique day at Pelican Hill for Eric and Palmer.  Heather with LVL Events did an amazing job creating such a unique setting for the day.  These two have such a deep friendship and it shows.  The family and friends enjoyed the beauty around Newport Beach and danced the night away.  We had such a blast capturing these two…enjoy their Trailer!

Venue: Pelican Hill
Planner: Heather, LVL Events
Cinematographer: Hoo Films
Photographer: Jessica Claire Photography
Ceremony Music: Kevin Miso
Rentals: Signature Party RentalsFound RentalsArt with Nature
DJ: Jason Jass

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from the land of Ireland: Courtney + Shandon’s Destination Wedding from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Stepping into Ireland is like stepping into another world.  A world that greets you with greens as far as you can see and an ocean air you can feel from every city.  Or perhaps that was the drizzle of rain that happened, oh, um, every hour.  At first landing, it was simple to slip into Ireland’s culture as you’re immediately overwhelmed with traditions, theatrical, live music, pubs, outdoor markets, flowers in blooms and fresh trees all around. Upon landing, I decided to go on a jog around Ross Castle, where the trip began.  This is my favorite thing to do upon landing in a new place, as its a great way to sight see without having a plan (not to mention kick that jet lag).  So I end up a couple miles down the road and pop into a local pub to ask for a breakfast recommendation.  The first man that turns around, was a very kind old gentleman, hunched over the bar, enjoying a Guinness.  Pretty much exactly what you would imagine.  It was so classic to me that not only was this moment on point for Irish stories, but the first encounter of mine.  The bartendar entered (its 10am by the way), and the two of them began to compare the best breakfast spots in the thickest Irish accent.  I had no idea the Irish accent would be that hard to understand!  Off I go, and soon enough its time to film Courtney and Shandon’s wedding.

We are all gathered at Ross Castle in Galway for a very relaxing morning of the two of them prepping before they have the biggest moment of their lives.  These two could not be sweeter together!  They had the kindest first look at the castle before we all hopped on those crazy (like really crazy) thin, windy, and hilly roads up to the Cliffs of Moher.  After our 2 hour drive, we hiked 45 minutes out to the edge of the bluffs.  This walk was magnificent.  One of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen!  Also, a scary scene, as  you are..oh,  I don’t know…about 3-5 feet from the edge of the cliff at all times.  We found the cutest little spot where these two lovebirds shared some very deep and poetic words.  And just like that, Courtney and Shandon were married on the Cliffs of Moher — now that is one for the books!  It was so fun experiencing it with our small crew of adventurous folks!  I will never forget what it felt like to be there witnessing someone’s most important days, while also getting dizzy from standing too close to the edge, with a monopod, and filming with gusts of wind surprising me.  At one point, I remember my stance may have been a little strange as I just wanted to stay put.  This is quite literally, the most adventurous shoot I’ve ever done during vows.

Taking in Ireland cannot be done in a short amount of time.  After this wedding, a friend and I made our way around mostly West and South Ireland and it was a quick move from city to city.  Along the way, though, we enjoyed many Guinesses, live musicians, festivals, markets, breathtaking views, castles, ruins, and most importantly, that good ‘ol Irish culture we heard so much about.  Their friendliness (and their accents) stand out with the best of them.  And as I’m reading this, I am really starting to miss our dear friend and personal cabby, Patrick Joseph.  I guess with that, I will have to return to the land of Ireland, one of the most beautiful, historical, and endearing places on the globe!  And something I’ve learned since being back….no one pours a Guinness like the Irish.

Venue: Ross Castle and Cliffs of Moher
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Julie Paisley
Officiant: Maureen, House of Flynn

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a wedding at the Santa Barbara Zoo: Adam + Soraya from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

When you’re looking for a destination wedding location and love animals, well the Santa Barbara Zoo is the destination to choose.  What a perfect backdrop for this absolutely gorgeous wedding on the grass and a reception full of white canopies and gold, animal accents.  Guests got to enjoy feeding the giraffes and saying hello to Monty, the little penguin who joined cocktail hour. Adam and Soraya fit perfectly into this setting with their love for one another surrounded by family and friends from all over.  And may I just mention Soraya’s dress.  Unique and stunning!  The heart shape in the back, the collar… I just love.  They drank some wine, broke the glass, and after the Hora, danced the night away!

Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo
Coordinator: Merryl Brown Events
Videographer: Hoo Films
Photographer: Elizabeth Messina
Florist: Mindy Rice
Event Design: Ambient
Makeup: Tomiko Taft
Hair: Brianna Stewart
Rentals: Elan Rentals and Classic Party Rentals
Cake: Butter End Cakery
Sound: Design Sound
Reception Music: West Coast Music

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Jori + Matt’s beautiful oceanside wedding from Ritz Carlton Laguna from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.

Can these two be any cuter together?  These two were picture perfect on their wedding day, oceanside under a beautiful chuppah.  Jori + Matt are an adorable pair…Matt you knocked this one out of the park with your stunning bride, Jori!  We enjoyed spending the day in Laguna with these two college lovebirds!  And now it’s time to relive the day!

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton
Planner: Alicia, Details Details
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photographer: Jana Williams
Florist: Shawna Yamamoto
Makeup & Hair: 1011 Makeup
Dresser: A Stitch in Time
Officiant: Rabbi Rachlis
Band: West Coast Music
After Party DJ: DJ Dlux
Cake: 
Ritz Pastry
Painter: Laura Jane Studio

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