Ashley & CJ


If we were to pick one word to describe Ashley & CJ's wedding day, we would pick like five. We'd go above and beyond because that is what this wedding was. It was above and beyond elegant, classy and exquisite. Trust us when we say we've seen some awesome weddings but with Amber Weir's coordination, Ashley and CJ's day was bold, bright and beautiful. At first glance, the vibrant pinks of the Ashley's bouquet and centerpiece arrangements by Coco Rose Design versus the calming blues of CJ's tie and the bridemaids' dresses pop out at you. Look a little deeper and you'll see the delicate details like the gorgeous flower lacing of Ashley's gown to the presence of peony flowers on the bouquets, wedding invitations and dinner menus to the four-tiered cake.

The wedding was held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Located in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara with its red tiled roofing and wood beam awnings, the venue had a rustic and intimate feel. The location was as picturesque as you can ask for in a venue.

During the reception, Ashley's father gave a heart-warming and wise toast that we couldn't help but build their wedding film around. He joked about how Ashley and CJ's wedding was an arranged one because since Ashley was a little child, he and his wife have been praying for her spouse, whoever he may be. Actually, the arrangement went back generations from great-grandparents and beyond because of their faith in God and how that belief was instilled in the way they raised their children.

Please watch the film and see for yourself but we just have to point out how well the elements of their wedding tied in with the toast Ashley's father gave. A museum full of history but carefully tended to so that it could hold so much more. A wedding so elegantly decorated and well thought-out that it serves as a reflection of Ashley and CJ's love for each other and the vision they share as they start their chapter of wedded bliss.

The music we wanted to use for this film had to have that same sweet and tender feel, we found them on We hope you enjoy and thank you letting us be a part of your amazing day!

Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Wedding Coordinator: Amber Weir
Photographer: James and Jess Photography
Floist: Coco Rose Design
Catering: Omni Catering
Cake: Room For Cake SB
Rental: Ventura Rentals, Party Pleasers
Hair/Make Up: TEAM Hair & Makeup
Lighting: Bella Vista
Music: Redshoe LA

Nicole & Tyler

Who's Your Daddy

Tyler was watching from across the room as Nicole walked into the first day of their college Chemistry class wearing a Darth Vader t-shirt with the caption, "Who's Your Daddy". He knew then and there that this was the girl for him. Nicole's father recounts the beginning of their story in the film and we love how much of their personality comes out in their first encounter.

Majestic, serene, maybe a little nerdy, are just a few words we'd use to describe this wedding of epic proportions amid the towering redwood trees. Tucked away somewhere in “Middle Earth”, the Nestldown venue offers 180 acres of meticulously tendered woodland tranquility all too fitting for this wedding seeping with Lord of the Rings sole. For real though, on the day of the wedding someone was there carving a 25 foot, gold hoarding, sleeping Smaug from the Hobbit franchise (pics below or it didn't happen). This, along with a few scattered statues of fairytale creatures, enchanted cottages and a small scale train that took guests around for a ride, were just some of the things you can expect from this venue in the woods.

Another special touch was the jet black, vintage taxi Nicole and Tyler got chauffeured around on. This ride was rad and looked like it was straight out of a Harry Potter flick. Their evening took us back to how their relationship started, with a Star Wars light saber party and send off.

We knew we had to serve this film with music that enhanced the enchanted theme, so we searched for tracks with a certain ethereal or fantasy flavor. Dexter Britain and De Joie provided such; you can find and license their music at For the editing, we paced it such a way that would create a feeling of adventure, surrealism and maybe even a sense of mystery if you will.

Congratulations to Nicole and Tyler! Thank you for taking on this journey of your storybook wedding. 

Hope you enjoy!

Venue and Wedding Planning: Nestldown
Photographer: Jake and Necia Photography

Shot: A Journey Into Risk, Tragedy, and Faith

Got the opportunity to make this Kickstarter video. Peter's story is inspiring and challenging to me and I can't wait to read the book. Please consider contributing to the fundraiser.

It's a book that tells the true story of Dara and Peter DeSoto, a couple who sold everything they owned in 2005 and moved their family of six to El Salvador to serve as missionaries. A year and a half later, Dara was at home with their children when she received a message that Peter had been shot in the neck by a masked gunman.