Tania & Robert Vow Renewal

Tania and Robert’s vow renewal was wonderful day filled with so much love between these two. They have a rather unique story. They were officially married five years ago in Vizcaya in downtown Sacramento. However, after having two beautiful kids together they made the decision to annul their marriage and marry in the Catholic Church. That way they could truly follow the path their faith had led them in. It was a great thing to be able to capture as a photographer and videographer.

Because it wasn’t a full-fledged wedding, the atmosphere was a little more relaxed than normal but even so, we were able to capture some great video footage and photos.

The getting ready section we only captured on Tania’s side at the couple’s home together. Tania was there with her oldest daughter (the maid of honor) and youngest daughter (less than a year old) as well as her granddaughter (also less than a year old). Although it was a little chaotic with the babies, they made it work and it made the getting ready time uniquely special. Something they will always remember.

Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding

The bride and her party took a limo to the church. They did a pre-reveal or “first look” where they saw each other before the ceremony so that they could take some nice portraits and Robert read a beautiful letter to Tania.

Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding

It was a full Catholic ceremony where just a few intimate relatives and family friends attended, and just what they wanted.

Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding

Afterward, we did a few more portraits outside the church before heading to their house for the reception.

Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding

They went for a purple theme at their home reception and had a larger crowd.  

Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding

Tania and Robert’s older children gave some heartfelt speeches and then they had their special first dances.  Robert even had a father daughter dance with his youngest daughter.  He sure loves that girl to pieces.  The rest of the night, they partied and danced the night away.  A wonderful vow renewal, and I was happy to have captured it!

Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding
Church Vow Renewal Wedding

The Wedding of Magnific & James

The wedding day of James and Magnific started out early as my team (myself, Sean and Raymond) and I had to drive to Fremont, CA from Sacramento for this wedding. Whenever I shoot both photo and video for a wedding, I bring at least three people. I was worried that traffic would make us late, so I made sure to calculate extra time just in case. Both the bride (Magnific) and the groom (James) were getting ready at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Newark. When we arrived at the hotel we had some confusion finding the room, so that extra time I calculated for potential traffic ended up coming in handy. Finally, we located their rooms and quickly got acquainted. After snapping some photos of James getting ready I left Sean with James to get some video footage of him and his groomsman. He got some great shots.

Meanwhile, Raymond and I visited the girl’s room. They were still in the midst of makeup. We were able to capture some great photos and video footage of Magnific and her bridesmaids.

The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.

Once we finished up with Magnific, we headed back to James to get an interview on camera. For video, I always like to get an interview of the couple talking about their relationship, especially when the couple has opted not to say their own vows during the ceremony. In this case, James was the only one we had time to capture, but I’m glad we did!

We then headed to the venue for the ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony and the wedding party did a great job with a choreographed dance in and out of the ceremony. However, the ceremony did last approximately 30 minutes longer than expected which put us a little behind on the schedule.

The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.

After the ceremony, Raymond and I left with the wedding party, taking a limo ride to the photography location, which was supposed to be the Japanese Gardens in Castro Valley. However, the bride and groom did not realize that they would be closed that day and we were unable to get inside. Additionally, our timing had been set even further off track by heavy traffic to the location. Nonetheless, I improvised and did my best to get some nice portraits and posed video footage in the parking lot and the outskirts of the garden.

The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.

While Raymond and I were with the bridal party at the Japanese Gardens, Sean stayed behind to capture some video footage of the reception room (which was converted from the ceremony setup). He also took some great drone footage of the location. By the time Raymond and I arrived back at the venue we were ready for the bridal party to make their grand entrance, which they did in style.

Extended Highlight Video

The rest of the evening went as planned, with speeches, dinner, cake and lots of dancing. Part of the reason I love this job is being able to experience and show off different cultures through my work. In the case of this wedding, an East African wedding, with elements of Rwandan, Congolese and Burundian culture, it is extra special because it is part of my own culture and heritage. The wedding featured traditional Rwandan dancers, and a negotiation between representatives of the groom and brides families to come to an agreement about the marriage. This is a tradition that has deep roots in my culture.

The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.
The wedding day of James & Magnific. Such elegance and grace.

All in all it was a successful wedding and we all got home safely. First wedding of 2018 in the books!

A side note about the Golden Gate Bridge drone shot in the video. That was footage my late friend and videographer buddy, Innocent, got when he visited me two year ago. Another client had requested that footage and we found the perfect spot to launch the drone and capture it. Lucky that we had it now, and that will be a memory with Innocent that I will always hold dear.