Building a Home | Los Angeles, CA

I love the holiday season – the mood, the general feeling of generosity and warmth, and especially the opportunity for family and friends to be together.  Thanksgiving is a perfect lead-in for this season, and the abundance and availability of food and flavors helps to emphasize all of that.

Second Thanksgiving came about a couple years ago when two of our friends were planning to celebrate Thanksgiving with their family, but due to inclement weather, ended up being unable to make it and thus, didn’t get any food.  Given how much I love Thanksgiving food, I felt it was too much of a tragedy for them to go without, and so we collectively decided to cook a second Thanksgiving dinner the next day with a whole turkey and all of the sides.  I was especially happy to oblige, since it was these friends who had just gotten Jenny and I a nice roasting pan for our wedding gift and this was another chance to use it!

Two years later, while making plans for what is now an annual tradition, our friend Jon bought a very large conference table (4 feet wide, 8 feet long!) off of craigslist with the intent of putting it in my back patio.  The plans for Second Thanksgiving only escalated from there, with Jenny and Pei’s love of crafts, Jenny’s desire to reuse supplies from our wedding, and Anna’s love of planning.  Jon and I topped it off by buying lumber and building two very heavy benches to fit the table.

What resulted was an amazing event with 16 close friends from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and even Chicago, beautifully set up and well catered (by ourselves).  So much hard work went into building this up, and we were blessed to have the ability to document truly turning a house into a home.  I’m grateful for the efforts and presence of such wonderful friends and the chance Anna and I got to create a film that we’re incredibly proud of and are excited to share with everyone.

Seaglass Cinema has had a great 2012, and we are already looking forward to 2013!  Wishing you a happy and safe holidays!


Seaglass Cinema Featured on Style Me Pretty | David & Becky

We are becoming regulars over on Style Me Pretty! We are so honored to have Becky & David’s wedding featured on the site today. It is jam packed with creative touches, beautiful moments, and hilarious speeches. Plus, we love the soundtrack from our friends Monsters Calling Home.

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Gotta Snag You | Sun & Elliot | Alice Millar Chapel, Evanston, Illinois

Their story starts with high school prom, but after that, Sun and Elliot went their separate ways and didn’t see or speak to each other for years. They had another chance encounter when they both attended a wedding, but it was still not their time.

It wasn’t until a few more years later, when Sun was in Chicago and Elliot had just moved to San Francisco, that they finally started their relationship. But as if long distance across half the country was not enough, they then had to take their relationship across the ocean. Sun asked Elliot, You know I’m going to Vietnam for a year…? and yes, he knew. In truth, he knew. They already had one too many missed connections, and he wasn’t about to let her slip by. Within the first few months, he had already planned out the next couple years– she goes to Vietnam, he visits, and they travel to Korea together in the next winter to visit her parents, he proposes, she moves to San Francisco the next summer, and then they get married.

And that’s exactly how the story unfolded. On a beautiful day in Evanston, Illinois, they were wed!

Wedding Vendors:

Videography: Kevin Yau, Steve Wang, Seaglass Cinema
Editing: Kevin Yau, Tim be Told, courtesy of the artist
Photography: Anna Wu Photography
Getting Ready Venue: Orrington Hotel, Evanston, Illinois
Ceremony Venue: Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University
Reception Venue: Women’s Club of Evanston
Hair: Art + Science
Makeup: Sami, Sonia Roselli
Catering: A-La-Carte
Dress: Marisa
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters
DJ: Roberto Monastero
Cake:JR Bakery

Kristina & Ian | Sea Ranch Lodge | Sonoma Coast Wedding Videography

It all started with sisterly advice on how to make the perfect blueberry pie to impress Kristina and culminated in a fittingly outdoor adventure proposal on a lake in Chile.

In a gorgeous ocean-side wedding, all focus was on the joining of two “now slightly larger” families and spending quality time together.

Kristina & Ian | 09.15.2012 from Seaglass Cinema on Vimeo.

Videography: Anna Wu, Kevin Yau, Seaglass Cinema
Editing: Kevin Yau
Music: Everything You Say by Stella Stagecoach, licensed through With Etiquette
Venue: Sea Ranch Lodge
Photography: Debby Coleman
Officiant: Rev. Robert Hansen, White Lake Weddings
Cake: Franny’s Cup & Saucer
Flowers: Coastal Posies
DJ: DJ Mike
Reception Decor: Wine Country Party & Rentals
Suits: Island Importer
Dress: David’s Bridal
Evening Dress: Watters Brides
Coordinator: Jeanne O’Reilly, SteppingInn

Olivia & Dan | Beaulieu Garden | Napa Wedding Videography

Back in high school, Dan, a lowly sophomore with a minivan, tried to muster up his courage to talk to Olivia, the beautiful senior. It was months before he got past the eye contact and they finally spoke, when he discovered she had actually been doing the same. They knew they would be together from then on. They were together through college, through long distance, through the California Coast road trips, and through lots of growing up.

Ten years later, on a sunny day in September, Olivia and Dan tied the knot at the gorgeous Beaulieu Garden in Napa Valley.

Olivia & Dan | 09.02.2012 from Seaglass Cinema on Vimeo.

Videography: Anna Wu, Elliot Kim, Seaglass Cinema
Editing: Kevin Yau
Music: Picturesque by Adam Pasion, licensed through With Etiquette
Venue: Beaulieu Garden
Photography: Yvonne Wong
Hair & Makeup: Jane Kim
Florist: Sharla Flock
Catering: Paula Le Duc
Dress: Pronovias
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew
DJ: California Mobile DJ
Coordinator: Stacy McCain
Cake: Sweet on Cake

The Taiwanese Prince | Becky & David | Diablo Ranch, Walnut Creek

Becky & David | 07.01.2012 from Seaglass Cinema on Vimeo.

If ever there was a unique spin on the classic fairytale of a wedding, Becky and David’s was it. Their creativity, their goofball humor, and their love for each other combined in a beautiful, untraditional celebration. The setting: a working cattle ranch nestled in the hills of Mount Diablo (complete with emu, cow, horses). The reception: food stations, lounge seating, a photobooth, and more. From the Chipotle burritos to the handmade signs all around the wedding, every detail was planned based on what was meaningful to them.

It was an absolute privilege to document such a special, personal day. Congratulations, Becky and David!

Videography: Anna Wu, Kevin Yau, Seaglass Cinema
Editing: Kevin Yau
Music: “Growing Up” by Monsters Calling Home, courtesy of the artist
Photography: Jerry & Ingrid, Jerry Yoon Photography
Venue: Diablo Ranch, Walnut Creek, CA
Planner/Coordinator: Tiffany Kwong, Sara Fong
Hair: Blow Dry Bar
Makeup: Lynn Park
Catering: Yvonne Thompson
Dress: Tadashi Shoji
DJ: Tim Hwang
Design Consultants: Kelsey Premo Jones, Brett Randall Jones

Anny & John | Thomas Fogarty Winery | Woodside, CA

Anny & John | 06.09.2012 from Seaglass Cinema on Vimeo.

It was always a matter of determination, fate, and timing with Anny and John. After first meeting at a Taiwanese American Youth Leadership camp, adventures in Berkeley together, long distance between Ohio and New York, the stars finally aligned when John got accepted into his residency in New York to join Anny in the same city again.

Married at Thomas Fogarty Winery, the absolutely stunning views were paired perfectly with the love and support of friends and family on their special day.

Videography: Kevin Yau, Jo Lingat, John Liau, Seaglass Cinema
Editing: Kevin Yau
Music: Mike Isberto, Unexpected, courtesy of the artist
Photography: Anna Wu, Jeff, Anna Wu Photography
Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery, Woodside, CA
Hair & Makeup: Jessie Weng
Florist: Floral Design Studio
Catering: Thomas John Events
Cake: Margaret’s French Bakery
Dress: Ann Taylor
Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom
DJ: BIG FUN Disc Jockeys

Elisa & Brendan | Golden Gate Club | San Francisco Wedding Videography

Elisa & Brendan | 05.12.2012 from Seaglass Cinema on Vimeo.

Elisa and Brendan first met in their freshman year of college, and now, years later, they were standing together in a little chapel in San Francisco. They talked about how lucky they were to have found each other, even at eighteen, and how lucky they were to be growing old together too. It was a beautiful wedding day filled with Elisa’s bright laughs and Brendan’s assured smiles.

Wedding Vendors:

Videography: Anna Wu & Kevin Yau, Seaglass Cinema
Editing: Kevin Yau
Music: Amy Seeley, Surprisingly So, licensed through With Etiquette

Ceremony Venue: Interfaith Chapel, Presidio, San Francisco
Reception Venue: Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco
Hair & Makeup: Jira, WowPretty
Florist: Lisa, Not Just Flowers
Catering, Cake: Bi-Rite
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Acoustic Guitarist:: Giovanni Mandala
DJ: DJ Robert, In the Mix
Coordinator: Marie Cooper-Ramos, Boutique Events
Officiant: Fr. John R. Mabry
Transportation: Mercury Tours
Transportation- Limo: BCN
Hotel: Sir Frances Drake Hotel
Photobooth: Video Amusement Inc.
Photography Aaron, Ben Chrisman Photographers

Seaglass Cinema Featured Twice on Style Me Pretty

We are so very excited to have been featured in the premier wedding blog of the entire world, Style Me Pretty, not only once but twice! Many thanks to our awesome bride Amanda of One True Love Vintage Rentals for getting her beautiful Radonich Ranch Wedding featured and to Wedding Nouveau, the amazing multicultural wedding magazine, for having their Spring 2012 cover shoot featured as well.

Click on the images above or the links below to view the full posts, and once you’re there, be sure to scroll all the way down to watch our videos. Visit our Press page to see some of our other features too.

Amanda & Paul’s Radonich Ranch Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty
Wedding Nouveau’s Spring 2012 Cover Shoot featured on Style Me Pretty