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Jessica Swenson is an infant and family photographer based in the Bay Area. She reached out to us last month to create a promo video for her business and we are quite happy with the results. The combination of bright colors, cute models (I am biased!), and Jess’ fun personality made for a great shoot. If you need family photos, check out her website here. She’s great!


There’s something extra special about San Francisco weddings in December, and Mike and Mary’s winter celebration was no exception. From the beautiful traditional ceremony at St. Ignatius to the incredibly fun reception at Radius, the Ibe wedding was a great way to end 2014. The reception itself may have been our favorite of the year. They rented out an amazing restaurant and filled it with friends, family, dancing, amazing food and house-made egg nog. We had an incredible 2014 and we couldn’t have spent our final wedding of the year with a better couple than the Ibe’s.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Photography: Anastasiia Sapon http://www.anastasiiasapon.com/
Reception Site: Radius Restaurant http://radiussf.com/
Location: St. Ignatius, San Francisco
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Do You” – Miguel; “L’Appuntamente” – Ornella Vanoni; “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit
Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero Black 3+


If you could choose the weather and picturesque backdrop for your wedding day, it would probably look something like the beautiful November day the Lynch’s were wed. Between the ceremony at St. Mary’s and the lovely Fall reception at Blackhawk Country Club, Chris and Tara’s wedding was near perfect. As an added bonus, having gelato and a live band at your wedding are the ideal way to keep your guests content. Shoutout to our friends at Lindsay Lauren Events for arranging the details for this great couple.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photography: Aaron Texeira baywed.com/
Event Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events (They’re the best!) lindsaylaurenevents.com/
Location: St. Mary’s College, Moraga & Blackhawk Country Club
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Feel Again” – One Republic; “Your Song” – Ellie Goulding; “Do You Love Me” – The Contours
Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero Black 3+

Loughran Wedding Movie

When you picture a UFC fighter, you probably envision a brutish fellow who is a bit stand-offish and perhaps even unfriendly. Nate, the groom, happens to be a professional fighter, but he breaks every stereotype you might have had; he’s kind, intellectual and madly in love with his new bride, Michelle. Michelle, a videographer herself, had every details of the day down to a tee, including some of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding (food trucks!). The reggae-tinged ceremony and reception against the beautiful backdrop that Hopland provided made for a beautiful day.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “You and I” – JohnnySwim; “Valentine” – Kina Grannis; “No Other Love” – Common Kings

Phototographer: Taralynn Lawton taralynnlawton.com/
Venue: Contento Vineyards, Hopland, CA brutocaoschoolhouseplaza.com/contento-vineyard-site.html
Cake: Gia Snyder (friend)
Flowers: Andree Snyder (friend)
Catering: Pizza Napolitana, Fork Catering and Charlie Bruno’s Chuckwagon
Dress: Casablanca Couture
Shoes: Audrey Brooke

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero Black 3+

Madsen Wedding Movie


It’s hard to say what makes a perfect wedding, but I am pretty sure the Madsen’s got close to finding all of the necessary ingredients. Tyler and Kelly got married at Leonard Lake Reserve on May 3, 2014 during a weekend celebration of handmade whimsy. Surrounded by their family and closest friends, the wedding felt more like an intimate weekend event than a grandiose ceremony. Kelly, a wedding photographer, planned each aesthetic detail while Tyler, a musician, gathered some of his favorite troubadours to provide a folky soundtrack for the day. I could go on and on about the beauty of the wedding, but in short it was a wedding should be: a celebration among friends and family. I hope this is what heaven is like.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooters: Melissa Bowen // Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “With or Without Your” – U2; “Chariot” – Page France
Ceremony/Reception: Leonard Lake Reserve
Photographer: Logan Cole Photography
Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam

Loewenthal Wedding Movie


The Loewenthals were married on April 5 at San Geronimo Golf Course in Marin County, CA. Trevor and Mallory were genuinely excited to get married, which made our job a whole lot easier. Mallory was laid back and eager, while Trevor prepared for the day with his best friends on San Geronimo’s incredible property. The day was filled with laughter, sunshine, and those happy tears that often show up during weddings.

For more content, look for Matter Video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “You Are The Best Thing” – Ray Lamontagne; “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz; “Timber” – Timber
Ceremony/Reception: San Geronimo Golf Course, Marin County
Photographer: Liz Foote Photography

DJ – California DJs – http://californiadiscjockey.com/

Invitations/graphic design – Paperwhite – http://www.shoppaperwhite.com/

Wedding Dress – Starlet Bridal – http://www.glamstarlet.com/

Suits – Louis Thomas – http://louisthomas.com/
Cake – Petaluma Cake Company – http://www.petalumacakecompany.com/

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam

Andersen Wedding Movie


On a beautiful, rainy, March day in Piedmont, Steven and Reba shared their vows. Steven, a tattoo artist, is the type of guy who is more interested in finding out about your story and life than he is about talking about himself. I think that is what makes him so likable and likely one of the reasons Reba was drawn to him in the first place. Reba’s laugh and warm personality kept the day light and fun. Many brides would view a rain-filled wedding day as a bad omen of sorts, but Reba saw it as an opportunity to bust out cute umbrellas and take pictures in puddles. Reba and Steven are the type of people you want to be around. They invite you into their life and want to know your story. Everyone at their wedding was part of a beautiful story that day. Also, they had Irish dancers. That was cool too.

For more content, look for Matter Video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Hatim Khan
Music (as chosen by the couple): “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes; “When I Say I Do” – Matthew West; “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray Lamontagne
Ceremony/Reception: Piedmont Community Church
Photographer: Dana Todd Photography

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam

Schannep Wedding Highlight Video


Jon is a Marine. His friends have swords. Amy actually happens to be a former student of mine and is an all around great person. Add those factors to a beautiful setting on a perfect day in Oakland and you have the recipe for a perfect wedding day.

For more content, look for Matter Video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “Compass” – Lady Antebellum; “Then” –Brad Paisley
Ceremony/Reception: Mills College, Oakland
Photographer: Scott Cognato

Lopez Wedding Movie


I have known Nate Lopez for many years. We met at church and I have also had the privilege working alongside him for his event lighting company, Lightheaded designs. He is the type of guy you would probably want around if you were stuck on an island or in some remote location and need to survive. Fortunately for Karrie, she will always have someone who can rescue her or create a contraption in a time of need. Nate is MacGyver. Nate and Karrie were married at Koinonia Conference Center in the Santa Cruz mountains on August 11, 2013. The location was probably the most beautiful setting I have scene for a wedding ceremony. It was perfect. Nate added his signature lighting touches and Karrie provided comic relief throughout the day. They are a fun couple, which made shooting quite easy.

As an aside, their photographer Phil had a Phantom DJI (helicopter) that we got to shoot with. The forest shots are quite epic.

Details:

DJI Phantom footage: Philip Lima
Venue – Koinonia Conference Center, Watsonville, CA
Photographer(s) – Philip Lima and Meghan Marell

Music (as chosen by the couple): “Little Bit of Love” – Katie Herzig; “Life in Technicolor ii” – Coldplay; “Starry Eyed” – Ellie Goulding

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Phantom DJI & GoPro Hero 3, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam