Archive for January, 2014


Set at the most beautiful and luxurious hotel in Santa Barbara, Ninve and Tim opted to have a destination beach wedding for their shared nuptials at the oceanfront Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. Every guest except her sister flew or drove in from out of town.

No detail was left untouched and Ninve’s Assyrian culture was especially important and can be seen during their high energy Grand Entrance Assyrian dancing with handkerchiefs held high in the air by their guests. Tim was especially dance happy and it was cute to see him assimilate so well into the tradition that Ninve grew up with.

Ninve and Tim decided to go the traditional route and did not see each other until the garden beachfront ceremony. And what a priceless wait! The smile on both of their faces after seeing each other just said it all! From then on and throughout the evening, it was their sweet gazing smiles that were completely infectious and a delight to film!

Now here’s a couple truly in love and surrounded by special loving family and friends who gave touching and funny toasts. Just look at this happy bride adoring her groom. Ninve and Tim reside in New York together and I wish them the very best of married life! Congratulations to you both!

Wedding Planner: Katie Seefeldt of Wedding Kate Events
Photographer: Uncle Peter Blaikie from Philly
Officiant: John Ireland

Casa del Mar Hotel, Santa Monica- Sophia’s Bat Mitzvah Highlights

The day was a beautiful one as it started at Rancho Park for photos with Sophia’s loving family. Jan Birch was the photographer and has a special way with families and children as everyone was all smiles! It was especially evident that Sophia is very close to her grandparents who were so very proud of her the entire day.

Sophia started studying younger than the average child six months prior to the special day…at the age of only 11. She’s smart and ahead of her years, so no wonder she read through her torah portion at her Bat Mitzvah Service perfectly at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. Afterwards, Sophia hopped on a party bus with all of her friends and continued the celebration in style at the beautiful and luxurious Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica.

At age 12, Sophia is not only smart and fun but more thoughtful than the average girl turned young woman. What a sweet surprise to see her grab the mic to announce “I love my parents with all my heart and thought that tonight won’t be just about me but I wanted to also give something to them,” as she dedicated a special song titled “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri to her parents who came out and danced together. Sophia danced with her younger brother and her father while her mother was wiping her tears from her face throughout the beautiful song. Soon after, other families began to come out and dance together in clusters and I was in tears too as I filmed it behind the camera. It’s not very often that happens but I was so moved by the music and love in that room! It was touching to see how close she was to her family and friends and such an honor to have been able to document her special day for her to cherish the memories always.

Mazol Tov Sophia!

Photographer: Jan Birch

Sarah and Daniel’s Short Form Wedding Film – Skirball Cultural Center

Sarah is from California and Daniel is from Europe. They have truly proven how to overcome the “obstacles of long distance, time zones and language” says their Maid of Honor in her poignant toast to the couple. “Sarah and Daniel have made every decision together and they are truly an us”

It’s all about timing and planning to them. They both met in Israel while volunteering on ambulances for the Israeli Red Cross and it there that their love started to blossom and grow for several years. Finally, Daniel moved to the states to start their lives together.

Set in the midst of the beautiful modern architecture of the Skirball Cultural Center, this intelligent classy couple tied the knot under the huppah during their traditional Jewish ceremony. Later at the reception, the dancing was blended with traditional and contemporary songs, the toasts from family and friends were exceptionally moving and telling of how much they all love each other as two families were blended into “us,” and then the father-of-the-bride gave a special surprise performance on his saxophone for his daughter and new son-in-law!

I wish them all the best as they continue their lives together in New York and succeed in their pursuits of the medical field.

The amazing Wedding Planner: Party Designs by Carol

Ninve and Tim Coming Soon Trailer – Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara

Ninve and Tim gave their hearts to one another at the beautiful and luxurious Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, CA. Both the ceremony and reception was set in front of the ocean, a carefully chosen destination wedding that brought their friends and family from all over the USA to witness their vows and celebrate their joyful nuptials. Just take one look at this sweet bride as she looks so adoringly at her groom and watch his huge smile as she walked down the aisle as he sees her for the first time… now here is a happy couple who couldn’t wait to be husband and wife. They are truly in love!

Their Feature Film is almost here! Stay tuned.