Carmen + Alan Wedding Film Trailer

Early start on September 11th with Mrs. Orange as our cinematographer, we drove to Alan's house, dropped her off, and headed to Carmen's house. It was 7AM. Thank God for no wedding on Friday, I would've been really tired. We started the groom's game at Carmen's house around 9AM: starting with Wasabi roll and Seaweed passing! So much more, you just have to wait till you see the full film.
Their reception was at Navy Pier Crystal Garden with perfect sunset and skyline on the background.
Photo was done by Milli from Millicent Wong Phogoraphy and she was very pleasant to work with.
Check out their wedding film trailer!


News update on full film post production process

We are currently working on 5.29 and 5.30 wedding full film along with 9.11 and 9.12 trailer. with this rate, June weddings preview should be ready in October and July weddings November while trailers of September + October weddings will still take about 2-3 weeks. As wedding season is slowing down a bit, we will speed up the process to meet your expectation. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Best,

JJ

Debbie + Tim Wedding Film Trailer

September 5th. The word of the day was "smile".
I've never seen a bride smiling and enjoying her day this much, which put smiles on my face all day and night. It was 3rd wedding of that week, but as soon as I saw her and her family greeting me, I felt like it was the 1st wedding of the season!
Tim was down to earth awesome to work with.
Their church was round shape which was very interesting and cool!
The photographer was Peter from http://weddings.peterpawinski.com/ and was great to work with.
Even though it was raining a little bit in the beginning of the photo session, no one was frowning or complaining. We went ahead and took some awesome (and some hilarious) photos until the very end.
Everything went so smoothly and we had tons of fun.
Big thanks to Debbie and Tim!
Enjoy the trailer!



new Canon EOS 60D quick review

I ordered a new Canon 60D from pictureline.com in Utah.
I haven't shot any with the camera yet, I am planning on using a lot for 2 weddings this weekend.
I will be surprised if you can tell the difference between 7D footage and 60D footage.
Swivel LCD is definitely the best feature of this camera.
The price is between 7D and T2i, but what this camera has to offer is a lot closer to 7D: having K-Temp WB, Battery info, and same battery as 7D and 5D. I am sure I will find out more about the camera, but as for the 1st impression, I would give 9 out of 10 for now.



*NOTE: new video added

Megan + Michael Wedding Film Trailer

On August 28th, Megan and Michael tied the knot at Rose Garden in Buckingham Fountain, and head out to Willis Tower for reception!
Weather was beautiful with plenty of sunlight for the outdoor ceremony, and the reception was full of cute little details and awesome food.
I could see so many people having tons of fun at the photo booth, and myself and Mrs.Orange took a few snaps as well!
Congratulations to Megan and Michael + here is the trailer of this awesome couple. Enjoy!

(For better viewing experience, please press PLAY and pause right away. Wait for grey bar to fill up, and then PLAY again)



Melanie + Andy Wedding Film Trailer

My crew members were simply amazed by the performances and energy during the reception.
Yes, I have to start with that sentence right there.
Watch the trailer and you will see what I mean.
I've never seen anything quite this spectacular in any wedding! Amazing performance by friends+family, but by the bride and groom? It was simply amazing exprience going through the footage, I can not wait to put together the full film and the highlight film for this amazing wedding.
I knew Melanie and Andy's wedding will be filled with fun from when I met them. We were all heart broken that I won't be able to be there for their wedding, but our crew did great job (once again!) capturing one of the most memorable weddings that we've captured so far.
Photos were done by Lakeshore Lifestyle Photo
Congratulations, you two! Thank you so much for great wedding!



Gear stolen at church before the ceremony.. Be careful, everyone!

So, it's 9:30 AM on Monday, and I am sick again. Thank God I was at least feeling better during the weekends to allow me to capture some awesome couples' wedding. Past week was pretty tough on us in various reasons. I knew this week will get only tougher, so I was preparing mentally. Then this incident took place...
Yesterday, while I was traveling with the couple in the limo for the photo shoot around the city, I sent my 2nd shooter straight to the church (which is normal routine for us, whether it's church or reception). When he got there, there was a service taking place because he was there too early. So he took some exterior shots of the church, and went inside, put the gear bag on the back corner where he wouldn't disrupt the service. Since there was still doing a service, he decided to step out and go to parking lot (which was literally outside of the door), and bring back his water bottle, and then talked to his GF on the phone for about 3 minutes. He saw people walking out, so he decided to head back in to grab some detail shots and interior shots. When he got to the bag, the bag was opened, and some of our gear was missing. Here is the list: Canon T2i with battery grip with Canon brand batteries, Sandisk 32GB SD card (with some footage from bridal prep), Sigma 24-70 f2.8, and Sigma 70-200 f2.8... He didn't take another 7D with Tokina 11-16 probably because he couldn't figure out how to release it from our tripod. I was 3 minutes away from the church on the way back from the photoshoot in the limo. When he called me saying that he is not joking or anything (he loves to joke around with me. ALOT), my heart dropped... wishing it wasn't true...
We are fully insured, but that wasn't the problem. How about the some footage there? How are we going to shoot the ceremony in this huge church (yeh, it had a loooooong aisle)? How are we going to shoot the reception??? My heart ached. My sickness seemed hitting me again with nausea and headache.
After we informed the couple, the photographer kindly lend us one of their lenses 35mm (which was still better than my 28mm) for up front angle. With limited focal length, we did our very best to capture the ceremony and reception.
Long story short, we survived the night with 2 cameras and 3 lenses.
I tweeted and updated the statues on Facebook. I am so grateful for all the friends who offered me to let me know borrow the lenses or cameras for the night, even one of my Facebook friends that I have never met offered me 2 batteries for T2i for free. Even my role model/hero/inspiration left a note, too. Thank you all again for great support. You all made me keep motivated and encouraged throughout the night.
Wedding was awesome, and everything went great.
So! What did we learn today?
First, do not leave your gear unattended too long if at all. Even at the church! I don't blame my crew because I have done the same thing sooo many times, I know you guys probably have, too.
Second, if there is some other service or ceremony taking places, put your gear away from it. I doubt if there were some guests from our wedding, it would much less likely stealing could have taken place (as they know that could jeopardize the wedding that they are attending).
Third, insurance, insurance, insurance. With WEVA discount, I am not paying too much per year for decent coverage. If I wasn't insured, it was close to $3000 loss right there...if not more with shipping and taxes. I have an E-Session this afternoon, and 2 double booked weddings this weekend. There is no way that I can cover those lost equipment in 4 days.

I still have 12 more weddings to go, and tons more years to come. I will take this lesson and be a lot more careful with our gear. This could have been a lot worse, trust me. I never thought this sort of things would happen to "ME"!!! You all are thinking the same thing, right? No. It could happen to anybody, including you!!!
So be careful out there. Stay alert at all time.

Yours truly,

JJ

Kaylie + Tony Wedding Film Trailer

Another successful weddings on August 21st (we had 2 weddings that day), and let's start with Kaylie and Tony's wedding!
Kaylie's apartment was full of energy and beautiful bridesmaid getting ready, God bless natural lighting filling her space. Tony was relaxing with his boys back at the Westin hotel until they traveled to the city to meet his future wife!
Reception was held back at Westin, and it was blast from the start to end!
It was awesome working with Albert and Mike from SecondPrint Productions again. Check out their website/blog for awesome photos.
Everything went smoothly throughout the day with help of Jacqui and Noelle! Thanks, you guys!
Congratulations to Kaylie and Tony!
Here is their wedding film trailer!



Cecilia + SeungJae Wedding Film Trailer

On August 20th, Friday, at the same place as President Obama tied the know with the First Lady, Cecilia and SeungJae celebrated their wedding day!
We've met Cecilia at Jason and Michelle's wedding back in November, and she wanted to book us for her wedding day!
They played the Love Story Film that we created together, and it was a huge hit!
Everyone was having so much fun, and hope Cecilia and SeungJae did, too.
Congratulations to you two, and thank you so much for such a wonderful day!
Here is their wedding film trailer! Enjoy!



delay on trailers

We apologize for slight delay on our wedding film trailers. Trailers will be posted by the order of the wedding dates, and we are doing our very best working on every single one of them with no time off. Full film will still be ready in 12-14 weeks as we always promised, though. So please be patient and forgive us for any inconvenience we may cause.

Yours truly,

JJ

Very 1st Same Day Edit from Orange Wedding Films

This is our very first Same Day Edit ever...
It was very challenging and difficult work, and I don't know how some of you guys do it so often...
Great props to my crew members, Nicole and Charlie!
No color correction, this is pretty much how it was played during the reception.
You may see on the "reaction" video, but I tricked the couple and guests by "broken" segment of last part of slideshow in the beginning of the video to make it even more "surprised" and "unexpected".
Now we offer Same Day Edit as a la carte and part of the package. Please contact us at info@orangevp.com for more info.
Enjoy!

(please be gentle on critique as I am a very rookie on SDE world...)




When we pulled the surprise Same Day Edit on Amy+Phil and their guests, their reaction was beyond my expectation!
I really respect even more than ever all of event filmmakers who do Same Day Edit so often.
It is truly challenging task, but totally worth it.
Looking forward to give this priceless experience to more couples and guests next season!