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I’m thrilled to introduce you to the fabulous (and soon to be married !) team behind Five Star Productions It is truly a JOY to work with them, we synchronized very well when working together and I just love their work! Make sure you checkout their site here

Let’s start with Brenda !

How did you start your journey as a Wedding Videographer?

When John Paul started he did the shooting completely by himself. He eventually felt he needed a 2nd cameraperson and looked to me to fulfill that position. At the time I was attending college, majoring in Psychology and minoring in English, so I was the obvious choice for the position. It was tough because I had to make time to film weddings between studying for exams and writing research papers. But I found it interesting so I managed.

As the years passed I helped John Paul in other aspects of the business and by the time I graduated college I was working full time for him. I became the secretary/2nd cameraperson/graphic artist/editor/and personal cheerleader. I have many responsibilities, but I love doing every single one.

Though I love all my jobs, I do have to say editing is my favorite. Editing really peaked my interest. I began helping John Paul while he edited and soon I was editing on my own. I love the idea of creating something a couple will cherish for a very long time. I also love the fact that their family, friends and future generations will also enjoy what I am creating.

Though I never thought I would have ventured into the wedding business, I am glad that John Paul introduced me to this amazing career. I am a lucky girl to have a job that I love and enjoy doing.

A favorite memory or experience:

It’s nice when we bump into a couple several years after the wedding and they say they have watched their wedding film several times. To know a couple has viewed it over and over again, because they loved it that much means we have done an excellent job. That is a great compliment for our hard work.

Top advice for an engaged couple:

A wedding can be stressful, but the type of vendors you select can make a huge difference. It is crucial to look at quality before anything else. It is important to go with a vendor who knows what they are doing, works in a professional manner, and has your best interest in mind. A vendor who can deliver all of the above and more will help your day be a memorable one.

Things I love:
Spending time with loved ones
Anything PINK
Crafting to my hearts content
Themed parties. I am the queen at throwing themed parties.

Things that bug me:
People who don’t say “please” and “thank you.” We teach children to be polite, so why aren’t adults held to that standard.
People who are rude or mean to others.
HOT weather. I don’t like to sweat.
Driving. I’d rather be chauffeured (by John Paul).

and now let’s hear from John 🙂

How did you start your journey as a Wedding Videographer?
While I was pursuing my Television/Film degree, I began filming weddings as a way to pay my college tuition. I first began filming weddings for family and friends with my little 8mm handycam. It started as something I did part time, but soon became a passion of mine. While working at Channel 5, I was able to save money to purchase a Mac computer and I convinced my parents to buy me a professional video camera. It all started with one camera and a computer working out of my parents house. I remember the days of meeting clients at their houses or at the local Starbucks. Once I started booking more weddings, I decided it was time to get a studio. I opened my first studio in 2003.

I had seen so many wedding videos out there that did not capture the moment and essence of the wedding day. I was determined to create something meaningful and different. I wanted to create a wedding film, something that the couple would have to cherish for the rest of their lives.

We have been in the wedding industry for over 8 years. We constantly strive to keep things fresh and new. Every year we learn new ways of filming and different techniques of editing. Adapting to new technology is something that helps us stay ahead in the wedding business.

I have always enjoyed the art of filmmaking, it is truly my biggest passion. I love putting together different clips and creating something that is so meaningful to a couple. If I could do this forever I would be a happy man.

A favorite memory:

My favorite memories are when brides call me after they receive their film and said they were in tears after viewing it. It means so much to me when my films have such an impact on someone. When I get that phone call or letter from a bride, it reminds me why I do what I do.

Top Advice for engaged couples

When choosing your wedding photographer and videographer, choose one with a personality you can get along with. You will spend a great deal of your wedding day with your photographer and videographer, so their personality is a key point. They will be there when you are getting ready until the time of your departure from the reception.

Things I love
Spending time with family
Film Editing
Watching Movies
Chips and Salsa

Things that bug me
People who say that they can produce our quality of work for half the cost
105 degree weather in the Valley.
When I buy a camera and the next week they come with a new model. Because of course I have to buy the new model.
Chauffeuring people (Brenda) around.

Thank you so much Brenda+John for being part of this project, please know that we love working with you and we wish you the best on the big step you are about to take !

and….last but not least the amazing video John created for us !

Take a look at it on his blog: John Arriola’s Five Star Wedding Films

much love,
anahi 🙂


Huge thanks to all my friends that made this possible:

Quinta Mazatlan
Dream Weddings by All Party Rentals
Cynthia’s Cakes
Five Star Productions Videography
Hair+Makeup Artist Rose Mary
Sposa Mia Bridal
Leticia Arriaga Wedding Coordinator
Wray+ Co. Catering by Design
Special Flowers
Former Bride and Friend Alex Hobbs
Our fabulous models Monica, Xavier, Jorge Luis, Ana, Edna

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