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As the owner and lead event filmmaker at Bella Films, I'm honored to have been involved in the event and wedding industry for 19 years now.  Whew, I can hardly believe it and never a dull moment either!  I enjoy experiencing the emotional connection that each unique event provides while surrounded by loving families, laughter, and tears of joy. We are a lucky crew of talented and seasoned event filmmakers that get to be with people on the best day of their lives.  Our approach has always been a blend of organic and classy which quite simply, sums up to beautiful... bella!  It's the natural moments that we find most important to help tell your story as a beautiful one.

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I LOVE this couple. What an incredible day I had with Lisa and Paulette on their wedding day in Manhattan Beach. Paulette is truly the funniest bride I’ve ever known and constantly makes me laugh while Lisa is just full of all sorts of cuteness. Both brides were surrounded by loving family and supportive friends starting with separate bridal preps at the luxury boutique Shade Hotel. Lisa and Paulette decided not to see each other until the ceremony held at the charming Verandas Beach House. It sure was well worth the wait to see both of their reactions for the first time! Later on, along with their bridal party, they headed towards the beach for some beautiful moments during sunset. The fresh sea breeze and soft crashing waves put a smile on everyone’s face and it was just FUN! There were a few surprises after that, but I can’t spoil them yet. The Feature Film will be out soon, so stay tuned for it!

I couldn’t be more honored to have been there to capture their LEGAL marriage ceremony right here in Southern California where equal love means equal rights. They waited a long time for this big wedding celebration and they look beautiful together!

Photographers: Zoom Theory Photography

Same Sex Wedding, Same Sex Wedding Videography

Indian Weddings

Ever wonder “why the elephant?”

New on our facebook page. If you see this post and have any Indian friends that you know are getting married soon, please send them our way (mention this blog post).  For all 2014 weddings, we are offering a FREE Highlight (value of $600) in addition to the Feature Film and Documentary coverage and Trailer that is included in our “Beautiful” package.

Indian Wedding Videography

Four Seasons, Beverly Hills – Jennifer and Ari’s Coming Soon Trailer


The weather was beautiful for a November wedding. The wedding was extravagant. Beautiful Family. And most of all, Jennifer and Ari looked “Davine” together. Enjoy their Coming Soon Trailer located at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills.

Photographers: Miki and Sonja Photography


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

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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.

Sage Wedding Pros – The Simple Plan


I had the good fortune to both attend AND film the Sage Wedding Pros The Simple Plan Workshop held in Los Angeles earlier this summer. It’s not often that I’m both behind and in front of the camera (:34) but I was determined to absorb as much information as I could while I was actually working too.

Founded by Michelle Loretta and Kelly Simants, Sage Weddings Pros helps small wedding industry business owners in a two-day business planning workshop called The Simple Plan. The Simple Plan is truly a hands-on study with extensive workshops throughout the U.S. Included in their workshops are workbooks that require serious application towards a mission statement and goal setting, financial management, staffing, promotional strategy, sales and networking.

Their more extensive one-on-one The Exclusive Plan is ideal for a more personal partnership that helps to lay the foundation for the next stage of business through six 90 minute phone calls.

I know firsthand how healthy it is to stop and take a good look at the strengths and weaknesses I have as a small business owner here at Bella Films. I constantly try to find ways to streamline my goals by improving my organizational and marketing skills while enhancing service to my clients and delivering beautiful wedding films. For example, among many changes in the last few years, I have streamlined Bella Films by developing a brand new website along with a new logo that better reflects the direction we are heading. Social networking such as Pinterest are also viable and fun ways to enhance our exposure online. Check out our Pinterest Bella Films board!

If you are a bride or potential client, please know that as an industry on a whole, many of the small business that you will encounter are often trying to find ways to improve our services to you! If you are in the wedding business and ready to stop to take a serious look at where you have been and where you want to go, I highly suggest attending The Simple Plan at a workshop near you!

The Simple Plan

Alana and Jared’s Coming Soon Trailer- Montage Resort Laguna Beach


Alana and Jared tied the knot at the beautiful Montage Resort in Laguna Beach in June, 2013. Check out this fun “Coming Soon” and scenic beach wedding day that was accented with the coolest shades of blues ever -with Mr. Dali (their dog) too!

Photographer: Joe Latter Photography
Planner: Brooke Keegan Weddings & Events

Preeti and Rakesh’s Wedding Film

Yes, that’s right… our bride’s name is Preeti – pronounced “pretty” (or Preetee for the more traditional pronunciation that I’d hear her family call her) and for all practical purposes throughout her life – what a “beautiful” name! Preeti, Bella, Pretty, Beautiful – she’s our kind of bride!

Preeti and Rakesh wanted a Wedding Feature Film ONLY – specifically blended of their traditional Indian wedding day with a progressive perspective through the spoken word of their family’s and friends’ toasts. Even with over 16 toasts throughout their wedding reception, they did not want the longer Documentary version that we usually offer with our packages. However, Preeti knew exactly which toasts she wanted used for the narration of their film (without taking any notes on the day of) and it was so easy and creative to work with! The speeches were amazingly touching… from the story about Preeti being a miracle child to the loving honor of her father’s memory and to Rakesh’s sweet personality and disposition – this was indeed a very special day that we were proudly able to reflect in a wedding film that is uniquely their own!

Photographer: Yogi Patel of Global Photography
Venue: Calimigos Ranch