Category archives: Wedding Video


We just got back from a Kauai destination wedding and if you read the title of this blog post then you can see we’ve added a new name to our repertoire. Now, we love love California and all, but if we had to live somewhere else and film weddings we could probably comfortably live in Anahola Bay and drink lava flows on the daily. We had an amazing time with the Wongs and we can’t wait to share their full film. You’ll have to enjoy their teaser for now.

We also worked with an amazing photographer. Will Khoury is the man.

 

 

 

There was a time (last week) when you could Google that term (this blog post’s title) and you would then find Matter Video among the first couple of pages of results. Then…we got hacked. Our site was up and down for a couple days and, to be honest, this ordeal may not be over. It screwed up our SEO a bit and was just a bummer experience (and costly) overall. If you are a small business owner and have a website, get it secured with a firewall. Also, if you see me around you can offer me a hug. I may need one.

On the positive side of things, our wedding season is ramping up and we have a lot of fun in store. Our fun cannot be hacked!


Check out http://www.instagram.com/mattervideo to see more from the Soper’s wedding!

Paul and Christina have a pretty amazing family. The Sopers and their 4 kids spent the day together getting ready, celebrating, eating good food, and dancing the night away. The couple started 2018 off right with their friends and extended family in San Ramon. Also, quick note: all weddings should have good coffee. Shoutout to our pals at Story Coffee!

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Shawn Hoelsch
Photographer: One Love (Jeremy) https://www.onelove-photo.com/
Coffee: Story Coffee Co. http://www.storycoffee.co/
Ceremony Location: Canyon View, San Ramon https://www.thecanyonview.com/
Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events http://lindsaylaurenevents.com/
Flowers: LC Floral Design https://www.lcfloraldesign.com/
DJ: Fantasy Sound https://fantasysound.com/

Music: “You Found Me First” – Jake Etheridge; “The World Is Ours” – Volunteer (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone X, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6


Check out www.instagram.com/mattervideo to see more from the Harrell’s day!

Two years in a row we have kicked off our wedding season at the Fairmont in San Francisco and we wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s something magical about weddings in the city and JB and Stephanie’s wedding set a pretty high bar for the rest of the year. The Harrell’s are an absolutely amazing couple and we had so much fun with their friends and family. The preparations and ceremony may have taken place at the historic Fairmont (same place Steph’s parents got married!), but the ceremony itself was at Saint Peter and Paul Church just down the road from the hotel. Several generations of Firenze’s have gotten married at the beautiful Italian church and it was pretty special to capture the tradition as it continued.

Check out their teaser on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd7-sm7BsRi/?taken-by=mattervideo
Check out their film on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattervideo/videos/1540170036036555/

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Hazy Lane Studios
DJ: DJ Cams
Makeup: Angela Mashrique
Getting Ready & Reception Location: Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Ceremony Location: Saint Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco

Music: “You Will Find Me” – CHPTRS; “From a Dream” – Leucadia (licensed through Musicbed​)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone X, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6


Check out www.instagram.com/mattervideo to see more from the Pelina’s day!

We wrapped up our 2017 wedding season in the best possible way. Joseph and Ana‘s December wedding ended up being one of our favorites of the year. We’ve seen a lot of amazing reactions when a groom sees his bride for the first time, but Joseph‘s is probably our favorite we’ve filmed (you should check it out). The couples love was so apparent and their energy and joy throughout the day was infectious. I’ve said it before, but we love winter weddings and the Pelina’s celebration was the perfect way to a wonderful wedding season.

Check out their teaser on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc0BpkLhQ5I/?taken-by=mattervideo
Check out their film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/251917732
Check out their film on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattervideo/videos/vl.2067016936918722/1529202580466634/?type=1

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Photographer: KAT MA Photography
Getting Ready Location: San Ramon Marriott
Venue: Canyon View, San Ramon

Music: “Honeymoony” and “Easy” by Johnny Stimson (licensed through Music Bed)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone 7, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6

2017 Wedding Highlight Reel


We had an amazing 2017. We filmed 24 weddings all over California (and one in Nevada) and had at least one per month, every month, except April (we went to Iceland that month). My initial goal was to cap our weddings at 20, but we had a few last minute wedding inquiries that we couldn’t turn down.

We have 21 weddings booked in 2018 and we will likely cap it at 24 again this year. We also have a couple 2019 weddings on the books. We are continually humbled by the people who allow us to capture their story and are so thankful for all of the people we got to know this year.


Check out www.instagram.com/mattervideo to see more from the Lee’s wedding – www.instagram.com/mattervideo

We are fortunate to be able to film a wide variety of weddings, from large celebrations to inimate gatherings of family and friends. The Lee’s San Francisco wedding was a beautiful display of love and culture at one of our favorite venues in the city. Emily and Franklin’s ceremony and restaurant reception was a wonderful gathering of love and a really special celebration to capture.

Check out their teaser on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bbr8gsZBprE/?taken-by=mattervideo
Check out their film on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattervideo/videos/1514635385256687/
Check out their film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/249549467

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Travis Bell
Photographer: JJ Chen​
Getting Ready Location: InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco​ http://www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com/#gref
Venue: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco​ https://www.gracecathedral.org/

Music: “Launch” – Ryan Taubert (licensed through Music Bed)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone 7, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6


Check out more from the Sommerfield’s day on Instagram – www.instagram.com/mattervideo

There’s something extra special about filming a military wedding on Veteran’s Day. We had amazing time with Austin and Shelby at Jacuzzi Winery and their Fall wedding was as beautiful as it was fun. The Sommerfield’s wedding was a giant party and likely the best Veteran’s Day we’ve ever had. Thank you to Austin for serving our country and to all of the other service men and women serving domestically and abroad. Happy late Veteran’s Day everyone!

Check out their teaser on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbaK9-0Bhhy/?taken-by=mattervideo
Check out their film on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattervideo/videos/vl.287618911654477/1510698222317070/?type=1
Check out their film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/249250075

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Lily Rose Photography​ http://www.lilyrosephotography.com/
Getting Ready Location: Cline Cellars​ http://clinecellars.com/
Venue: Jacuzzi Winery​ http://www.jacuzziwines.com/weddings
Wedding Coorinator: Ooh La La Weddings & Events​ http://www.oohlalaweddings.com/
Flowers: Julie Stevens Design​ http://www.juliestevensdesign.com/

Music: “Belong” – Leucadia; “My Way (feat. Yacht Money)” – Mike Mains (licensed through Music Bed)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone 7, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6


Check out more from the Fitzpatrick’s day on Instagram – www.instagram.com/mattervideo

We book a lot of our weddings over a year in advance, but I think Cindy and Dan win the 2017 award for earliest booking (that’s an award I just made up). We first chatted on the phone in January 2016 and I knew right away that the Fitzpatrick’s wedding was going to be a ton of fun. Cindy, as she puts it, is “never at a loss for words” and her and Dan’s big day was filled with laughs. We seriously love this couple and couldn’t be happier for the two of them. Also, they have a cute dog.

Check out their teaser on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbH4BtphgA-/?taken-by=mattervideo
Watch and share their film on Facebook:
Check out their film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/248352358

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Shem Roose http://www.shemrooseweddings.com/
Venue: Nicklaus Club, Monterey http://www.ncmonterey.com/Special_Events/Weddings.aspx
Wedding Coorinator: First Pick Planning https://www.firstpickplanning.com/
Flowers: Floral Designs by Reina http://www.floraldesignbyreina.com/
A/V: DJ Galaxy Music http://www.djgalaxymusic.com/

Music: “Where We Belong” – Tyler Williams; “Your Love is My Home” – The Light The Heat (licensed through Music Bed)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone 7, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6

A Holly Farm Wedding Video


Check out more from this wedding on Instagram – www.instagram.com/mattervideo

As far as wedding venues go, it’s hard to beat The Holly Farm. It’s a little gem hidden in Carmel. However, the only prettier than the venue itself is the couple. This wedding will go down as definitely one of our favorite weddings of the year and perhaps among our favorites ever. We wish every wedding could be like this.

Check out their teaser on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BakHjUKhsoi/?taken-by=mattervideo
Watch and share their film on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattervideo/videos/vl.287618911654477/1493442004042692/?type=1
Check out their film on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WXiTAL0q5zo
Check out their film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/245968627

Details:
Filmed/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd cinematographer: Travis Bell
Photographer: Melissa Fuller http://www.melissafullerphotography.com/
Venue: The Holly Farm​ http://www.hollyfarm.com/
Music: “Carousels” – The Careful Ones; “T R N T” – Andrew Belle (licensed through Music Bed)

Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), iPhone 7, Sony a6500 (2), Sony A7Sii (s), 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Zeiss 35mm 1.2, Sigma 19mm, DJI Mavic Pro, Letus Helix Jr, Rode Smartlav, GoPro Hero 5, GoPro Hero 6