Intimate and ???? DREAMY Wedding on the Ocean Bluffs of Mendocino California - Cinematic Wedding Film!
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 trip after the elopement-style wedding ceremony to the redwoods nearby to film the couple in their favorite element - the outdoors.
I was a bit nervous about how the weather would play out that day because an outdoor wedding in October is sometimes a risky gamble. Luckily, the rain took a merciful break just an hour before the wedding ceremony was to begin and instead of a thundershower, out came the clouds and sunshine. As any wedding cinematographer knows, cloudy skies provide the best lighting for a romantic and soft shot.
While filming the Jewish ceremony on the bluffs, I wanted to have some epic drone shots of that moment but realized this would be rather distracting and will ruin “the moment.” Instead, I asked the whole party to stay put after the ceremony (which they didn’t mind because this gave all the guests time to congratulate and bless the couple personally) and I was able to get bird-eye views of the ceremony overlooking the bluffs. Take a look at those shots in the film, they are amazing.
As a wedding filmmaker, I knew that what made the wedding day so special was the words that were spoken by the entire wedding party - from the bride and groom exchanging their personal vows to the blessings given by the guests. I wanted that intimacy to be felt in the film as well, since the couple put in so much effort to make everything so meaningful about their big day. So, throughout the entire film, telling the story, I included the different speeches given during the ceremony, made by the most important people in Levi’s and Bethany’s lives. These are the tender moments every couple could rewatch years after their wedding day and just relive that special day.
From the smallest details of the venue (did you notice the adorable little goat?), to the greatest ones, it was evident that Bethany and Levi put in a lot of thought into their elopement-style wedding. Enjoy the wedding film from Bethany and Levi's intimate and dreamy wedding on the Ocean Bluffs of Mendocino, California.
Ceremony Location: Navarro Point Preserve (the Bluffs overlooking the ocean)
// Gear Used //
Canon 5D MK IV
Canon L series Lenses (a lot of them)
DJI Phantom 4 Pro 4k
Cinematography: Aperina Studios
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Photography: Kate Harrison Photography
Florist: Mendocino Floral Design
Hair & Makeup: M Salon
Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride SF
Wedding Suit: Eleventh State
Wedding Cake: A Sweet Affair
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Ashland FFA Northeast District 1st Place Winner
Ashland FFA took 1st place for the Northeast Missouri FFA District in the 2014-15 FFA Video Contest sponsored by FCS Financial, Midwest Dairy Association, MO Corn Merchandising Council, MO Farm Bureau, MO Pork Association, MO Soybean Association, MO Beef Industry Council, and MFA Inc.
Jefferson City & MO Route 179 | 3 of 4 | Lupus to Rural MO Route 5
This segment starts as a foot tour of Lupus. Then we'll make our way back to MO Route 179 via Route P and keep heading North to Wooldridge. A quick tour of Wooldridge by car will do and back to 179 we go to MO Route 98. We'll pass Warm Springs Ranch where the Budweiser Clydesdales are out in the field. Sorry, no closeups, but perhaps one day? Anyway, we'll reach the end of 98 and head back to Boonville. From Boonville we'll cross the Missouri River on U.S. 40, MO 5 & 87 to New Franklin. The segment ends along MO Route 5 between New Franklin and Fayette.
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Our Miss Brooks: The Bookie / Stretch Is In Love Again / The Dancer
Our Miss Brooks is an American situation comedy starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast from 1948 to 1957. When the show was adapted to television (1952--56), it became one of the medium's earliest hits. In 1956, the sitcom was adapted for big screen in the film of the same name.
Connie (Constance) Brooks (Eve Arden), an English teacher at fictional Madison High School.
Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), blustery, gruff, crooked and unsympathetic Madison High principal, a near-constant pain to his faculty and students. (Conklin was played by Joseph Forte in the show's first episode; Gordon succeeded him for the rest of the series' run.) Occasionally Conklin would rig competitions at the school--such as that for prom queen--so that his daughter Harriet would win.
Walter Denton (Richard Crenna, billed at the time as Dick Crenna), a Madison High student, well-intentioned and clumsy, with a nasally high, cracking voice, often driving Miss Brooks (his self-professed favorite teacher) to school in a broken-down jalopy. Miss Brooks' references to her own usually-in-the-shop car became one of the show's running gags.
Philip Boynton (Jeff Chandler on radio, billed sometimes under his birth name Ira Grossel); Robert Rockwell on both radio and television), Madison High biology teacher, the shy and often clueless object of Miss Brooks' affections.
Margaret Davis (Jane Morgan), Miss Brooks' absentminded landlady, whose two trademarks are a cat named Minerva, and a penchant for whipping up exotic and often inedible breakfasts.
Harriet Conklin (Gloria McMillan), Madison High student and daughter of principal Conklin. A sometime love interest for Walter Denton, Harriet was honest and guileless with none of her father's malevolence and dishonesty.
Stretch (Fabian) Snodgrass (Leonard Smith), dull-witted Madison High athletic star and Walter's best friend.
Daisy Enright (Mary Jane Croft), Madison High English teacher, and a scheming professional and romantic rival to Miss Brooks.
Jacques Monet (Gerald Mohr), a French teacher.
Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part, but as he told historian Gerald Nachman many years later, he realized Booth was too focused on the underpaid downside of public school teaching at the time to have fun with the role.
Lucille Ball was believed to have been the next choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn't audition. Chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script--Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal--Arden agreed to give the newly-revamped show a try.
Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very feline in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast--blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright--also received positive reviews.
Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-49, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton, she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne.
For its entire radio life, the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, promoting Palmolive soap, Lustre Creme shampoo and Toni hair care products. The radio series continued until 1957, a year after its television life ended.