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Welcome to RAIN STUDIOS!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

                         We shoot at 24 frames per second.

                                          You're going to have a lot to talk about.

Nicole + Jeffrey ~ San Francisco Wedding Video at The Palm Event Center ~ 1.17.16

We first met up with Nicole and Jeffrey at the Le Méridien Hotel in downtown San Francisco, where wedding preparations were well underway. The excitement in the room was at an all time high as dresses were laced and suits buttoned.

They chose to exchange vows under the heavenward reaching arches of the St. Ignatius Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. As the rain began to fall outside, they pledged the rest of their lives to each other in a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by their closest family and friends.

From there, we made our way to The Palm Event Center In The Vineyard in Pleasanton, CA for a wedding reception of epic proportions. From heartfelt toasts and epic dance moves to a live band and photo booth, this was an evening that won’t soon be forgotten. As Jeffrey’s best man took to the mic, he mentioned how Jeffrey had been working two jobs, seven days a week for over a year to buy a house and get married. I think that kind of dedication and work ethic can come only from a love that’s bigger and deeper than any blog post could sum up or express. Getting to watch and capture that love through the lenses of our cameras was a true honor. I hope that as you watch this glimpse into Nicole and Jeffrey’s special day, their love and authenticity comes through in ways words would fall short. Enjoy!

We had the tremendous pleasure of getting to work alongside Gene Higa, who’s been ranked among the top ten photographers in the world. When we get our hands on some of his images, we’ll be sure to share them. In the meantime, here are some stills we snagged during the day.

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Nicole and JB, thank you for letting us share in your special day! It was such a pleasure getting to capture every moment! Congratulations!!!

Tasha + John ~ Fresno Wedding Video at The Grand ~ 11.21.15

I love getting to meet couples for the first time and within minutes can tell that they’re absolutely perfect for each other. It doesn’t necessarily mean they act the same way, think similarly or have the same sense of humor, either. In fact, sometimes their differences are what makes them so great together. Well, that’s just what I loved about Tasha and John.

When we first met up for their engagement session, I could tell John wasn’t thrilled about having his afternoon highjacked for photos (I don’t blame him). I think that might put a damper on a lot of women, and rightfully so, but Tasha didn’t even care. She made sure he had a little liquid courage in him and then charged forward with such a wonderful and energetic outlook on everything, I found myself not being able to stop smiling during our shoot. Eventually, John gave in to Tasha’s awesomeness and we had a ridiculously amazing shoot.

Fast forward to their wedding day, and we got to enjoy watching and capturing those same dynamics firsthand. After getting a speeding ticket (yep, it happened), we met up with Tasha and John at The Raddison in Fresno where final preparations were underway. John’s cool and collectedness was only temporarily shelved when he opened his groom’s gift, containing a Bulova Precisionist watch engraved with “Love You Forever” and their wedding date on the back (take notes, ladies). 😉 Two floors up, Tasha’s excitement and energy went from a 9 to an 11 when she opened up the ring John bought her (same deal, fellas… pay attention). They had spoiled each other with beautiful, personalized items that will represent their love for many, many years to come.

As the day progressed, we made our way over to St. John’s Cathedral for an amazing ceremony followed by an awesome photo session in downtown Fresno. Again, their compatibility was at work as John kept people organized and moving in the right direction (for a wedding party of 23, that’s no easy task) and Tasha kept everyone laughing and loving every minute (she even managed to persuade the entire bridal party to take a round of shots at one of her favorite dive bars growing up)!

The only thing left was a reception of epic proportions at The Grand 1401. From the sweetest, teary-eyed toast by Tasha’s daughter to an unbelievable Basque dinner served family style by Shepherd’s Inn, the evening was nothing short of unforgettable. A super huge and special shout out needs to go to Tanya Bidabé from Soiree for taking on such a huge event and making it look easy. Seriously, she tackled what would have killed a lot of planners/coordinators and absolutely knocked it out of the park. As you watch this glimpse into Tasha and John’s special day, I hope you’re as moved as we were by the love and joy this awesome couple share. Enjoy!

We had the honor of getting to shoot both the stills and video. Below are a few faves from the day!

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Congratulations Tasha and John! Thank you for letting us share in and capture such a special day!

Vanessa + Jeffrey ~ Broken Earth Winery Wedding Video ~ 11.7.15

I’m not sure Vanessa or Jeffrey could have asked for a more perfect November day to celebrate their wedding at Broken Earth Winery in Paso Robles, CA. Sun-drenched vineyards and blue skies played backdrop to an intimate ceremony officiated by Vanessa’s godfather. As they exchanged vows, Vanessa recounts:

“I’ll never forget the time you were overseas and sent me flowers. Here you were, fighting a war, and you sent me flowers because I was feeling overwhelmed with nursing school. You are always so caring, generous and thoughtful. You are my rock and the shoulder I lean on and I am blessed that I get to spend the rest of my life with you.”

In the midst of a war, where Jeffrey’s life was in constant danger, he made the effort to comfort and care for the love of his life who was feeling overwhelmed, half a world away. If that’s not a beautiful example of selfless and genuine love, then I don’t know what is.

After sealing their vows with a kiss, guests made their way into the barrel room for a reception that left nothing for want. Thoughtful toasts, a packed dance floor thanks to Kramer Events, catering by Popolo and flowers by Brooke Edelman were just some of the highlights that came together for an evening of perfection. I hope this glimpse into Vanessa and Jeffrey’s wedding day brings you as much joy as it did for us! Enjoy!

Blake from SLOtography was the photographer for the day and was an absolute blast to work with. Be sure to cruise over to his site and check out some of his work. Below are a few of our faves.

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Vanessa and Jeffrey, thank you for letting us capture your special day! Congratulations!!!

Brogan + Arend ~ Tulare Wedding Video ~ 10.10.15

Tucked away on the outskirts of Tulare and surrounded by acres of corn fields is the Fernandes property. It’s an unbelievably beautiful place that served as the perfect backdrop for Brogan and Arend’s outdoor wedding.

Dairy Science. Believe it or not, it’s the catalyst that brought these two together. Both were raised on dairy farms and when they left to attend Cal Poly’s Dairy Science program, their paths crossed on the very first day of orientation. During the next four years, their love would grow and ultimately bring them to this momentous occasion.

Under majestic trees and blue skies, the couple exchanged vows in front of their closest family and friends. An amazing evening would follow, filled with lots of laughter, heartfelt toasts and some pretty epic dancing. I don’t see how you could ask for a more perfect day for such an awesome couple. I think you’ll agree as you watch Brogan and Arend’s wedding video. Enjoy!

Below are a few stills we managed to grab during the day:

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Brogan and Arend, thank you for letting us share in such a special day! Congratulations!!!

Sarah + Daniel ~ Westridge Golf Club Wedding Video ~ 8.30.15

I think it’s one of the biggest honors and compliments when we get to shoot siblings’ weddings. A few years ago, we had the privilege of shooting Hanah and Michael’s Orange County wedding and now, Hanah’s younger sister, Sarah, wanted us to capture her special day as she promised the rest of her life to Daniel.

We showed up while final preparations were underway and I find myself at a loss for words when trying to describe the vibe, but it was awesome. There was this perfect blend of peace, excitement and unfiltered joy that had me completely stoked to have a part in such an amazing celebration.

Family and friends gathered at the Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, CA where they sat overlooking blue waters and acres of rolling green fairways as Sarah and Daniel exchanged vows. It was a beautiful ceremony followed by an epic sunset photo/video sesh and a reception filled with heartfelt toasts, tears of joy, bursts of laughter and some friggin’ EPIC dance moves (Sarah’s brother can THROW DOWN). 😉 I hope as you watch this video, the beauty of the love shared between these two shines as bright as it did for us capturing it. Enjoy!

Below are a few stills we managed to grab during the day!

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Sarah and Daniel, I feel blessed to have been given the honor of capturing the love you share! Congratulations!!!