Ankita & Hassan

Ankita & Hassan-Cinematic Highlight from Russell John Films on Vimeo.

A fusion of three cultures created one beautiful wedding day for Ankita and Hassan on July 18, 2016. The celebration included Pakistani, Indian and American  nuptial traditions.

The elaborate and meaningful proposal – July 18th holds special meaning for the couple not only because it is their wedding date, but also because it is the day Hassan proposed to Ankita a year earlier. Hassan put together an elaborate plan to get Ankita to meet him at Millennium Park in Chicago. She was sent on a scavenger hunt that lead her to get her nails done and a beautiful outfit for the occasion. On her way to the park she watched a 40 minute video of their family members all over the world telling her to say yes. Once she arrived to the park they were surrounded by family and a guitarist playing their favorite song. Hassan got down on one knee and Ankita said yes!

Celebrations began at Bombay Restauranta very popular venue in San Diego.

Guests were treated to a gorgeous reception which included a presentation of Ankita and Hassan’s memories together.

The reception incorporated many Indian traditions. It was a joyous occasion!

The ceremony that followed took place at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. The couple shared a special first look before their vows.

During the ceremony the couple released two white doves. It was a true symbol of love and a beautiful moment for all who experienced it.

The reception featured gorgeous decor. It was the perfect scenery for Ankita and Hasssan to celebrate their marriage with family and friends.

A big thank you to Ankita and Hassan for inviting us to be a part of such a gorgeous wedding celebration. We wish you many years of love and happiness!

Venue: Bombay and Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Manalo

Photographer: Bob Hoffman

Cinematographer: Russell John Films

Caterer: Monsoon Catering

Florist: ArtQuest Flowers

DJ: Bruce Battleson

Yolanda & Philip’s Dream Wedding

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Surrounded by close family and friends, Yolanda and Philip said “I do” on September 3, 2016 at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel. Looking through the lens, we could feel just how genuine their love is.

The Creative Proposal – Philip proposed to Yolanda while they were wine tasting in Napa. After convincing Yolanda to bring her iPad to dinner, Philip pretended to take photographs with it. When he handed the iPad back to Yolanda, there was a video playing. Yolanda started to cry when she realized that, in the video, Philip had recreated all their first dates. By the end of the video Philip was down on one knee and the rest is history!

Yolanda giggles with friends as they get ready for the big day. Hair and makeup by Studio mm&b.

The groom looking very dapper while he adjusts his tie.

No peaking before the big reveal!

…And It was well worth the wait! Tears of joy fill the room as the bride and groom see each other for the first time. We were able to capture the entire moment on camera.

The first look was followed by a special tea ceremony.

Gorgeous flower arrangements by White Lilac, Inc.

Here comes the bride.

“The one thing missing in my life was you,” – Philip

 “I love you and it is not a choice or decision. It is a feeling I can’t even begin to explain, but yet I’ve never been more sure about.” – Yolanda

You may kiss the bride!

WOW, what a view! Los Angeles provided the perfect backdrop for Yolanda and Philip as they posed for photos on a helipad. Photography by Cheers Babe Photo.

Yolanda and Philip danced the night away with family and friends. We have to say, they had one of the top 3 best dance circles we’ve seen! Music provided by DJ Michael Basic.

Yolanda and Philip, thank you for showing us what true love looks like. We hope that your cinematic highlight allows you to relive all of those precious moments we captured.

Venue: Sofitel Los Angeles 

Coordinator: Ponnie Pour-Moezzi

Photographer: Cheers Babe Photo

Cinematographer: Russell John Films

Beauty: Studio mm&b

Florist: White Lilac, Inc.

Bakery: The Butter End

DJ: DJ Michael Basic

L’Auberge Del Mar Wedding

Annie & Maclain’s Seaside Wedding

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“Annie and Maclain, look at one another and remember this moment in time. Shortly, you’ll say a few words that will take you across the threshold of life and things between you will never be quite the same again. For after today you’ll say, this is my husband and this is my wife.” – Annie and Maclain said “I do” at L’Auberge Del Mar on October 15, 2016.

Located in the heart of Del Mar, this popular venue offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Annie and Maclain chose to hold their ceremony at the Pacific Terrace, the perfect spot to recite their vows.


The love between these two could be felt throughout the entire day.  There was not a dry eye in sight by the end of the ceremony.

When speaking his vows, Maclain quoted lines from the poem “The Passionate Shepard to His Love,” by Christopher Marlowe.

“I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart. I am never without it.” – Annie expressed her love for Maclain through a poem by E.E. Cummings.

During the wedding, the happy couple was surrounded by a garden of white roses. Organic Elements crafted the gorgeous flower designs.

“You may now kiss the bride!”

The love is in the details. Cake provided by Jenny Wenny Cakes.

Annie and Maclain shared their first dance surrounded by close family and friends. The beautifully choreographed dance was set to the song “If Not For You” by George Harrison.

Annie and Maclain’s seaside wedding was as breathtaking as it was elegant. It is our hopes that their cinematic highlight allows them to relive their special day again and again. We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of love and happiness!

Venue: L’Auberge Del Mar

Wedding Coordinator: Catherine Adkins- Wedding Manager

Cinematographer: Russell John Films

Photographer: Pam Scott

Catering: L’Auberge Del Mar

Florist: Organic Elements

Bakery: Jenny Wenny Cakes

Darling Outdoor Wedding

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Ryan & Andrew’s Darling Outdoor Wedding

 Ryan and Andrew said “I do” at the Circle Oak Ranch on a warm summer’s day in June 2015.

The Circle Oak Ranch is a charming wedding venue located in the De Luz Valley of northwest San Diego.  It provides the perfect backdrop of rolling green hills for an outdoor styled wedding.

What started as a friendship blossomed into a genuine romance between the two. One early morning while overlooking the beautiful ocean, Andrew proposed to Ryan. She said yes!

Floral designs are credited to Enchanted Blooms by Carla.

The anticipation builds for Andrew as he waits to his his gorgeous bride.

Ryan and Andrew share their vows in front of close family and friends.

“You may now kiss the bride, something we have all been waiting for.”

We asked Ryan and Andrew to describe one another in just three words. Ryan said Andrew was “athletic, tenacious and patient”.  Andrew described Ryan as “active, outgoing and studious”.

The happy newlyweds shared their first dance to a compilation of songs which included “Kick Out Of You” by Frank Sinatra and “Bialando” by Enrique Iglesias.

Everyone had a fabulous time dancing the night away to DJ Pat of Sound Prodigy.

It was an absolute joy filming Ryan and Andrews charming outdoor wedding. We wish the happy couple all the best!

Wedding Venue: Circle Oak Ranch

Wedding Coordinator: Jennifer of Circle Oak Ranch

Photographer: Allie Lindsey

Videographer: Russell John Films

Florist: Enchanted Blooms

Bakery: Jodee’s Bakery

DJ: Sound Prodigy 

Nicolette & Michael’s Elegant Outdoor Wedding

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It was like a scene out of a movie watching Nicolette and Michael during their wedding sparkler send-off. The pair tied the the knot at The Crossings at Carlsbad on April 30, 2016.

The proposal – Michael took Nicolette on a romantic hike through the Torrey Pines reserve, an activity they enjoyed often. They followed a trail that led to the beach and walked along the waters edge. Suddenly, Michael handed Nicolette a stack of new business cards. She looked at the cards confused until she noticed her last name on the card was changed to Michael’s last name. She was so excited that she doesn’t remember saying yes, but Michael assures that she did!

Their love can even be seen in the tiniest of details. On the reverse side of Michael’s tie is a love note that reads “Michael, you are all I could ever want and I love you. Love, Nikki.”

Michael’s first look at his bride is priceless!

You can see the excitement for the vows that were to follow.

The stylish aisle was decorated with beautiful floral designs by Moments in Bloom.

“You may now kiss the bride!”

The wedding party celebrates as they pose for the camera. Photography by Leslieanne Photography.

The cake matched the decor beautifully, courtesy of VG Bakery.

Michael and Nicolette shared their first dance to the song “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.

After a stunning night celebrating the love between Nicolette and Michael, their close family and friends gave them a memorable send-off with sparklers. A big thank you to this couple for inviting us to capture their special day!

Venue: The Crossings

Wedding Planner: Clarissa Proctor

Videographer: Russell John Films

Photographer: Leslieanne Photography

Florist: Moments in Bloom

Bakery: VG Bakery

DJ: Still Listening Productions

Sarah & Lance’s Twin Oaks Garden Estate Wedding

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Lance and Sarah’s wedding was one for the books. Surrounded by family and friends they said “I do” at Twin Oaks Garden Estate on February 7, 2016.

When asked to describe each other in three words, Lance said Sarah was “passionate, witty and caring”. Sarah described Lance as “humorous, caring and outgoing”.

Lance proposed to Sarah while on the romantic island of Catalina. As they walked hand in hand along the water he found the picture perfect moment. Lance asked a stranger to take their photo and as Sarah was fixing her hair he got down on one knee. Sarah said yes!

The anticipation builds for the first look!

A priceless moment as Lance see’s his beautiful bride walking down the aisle.

 “Today we begin a new chapter in our love journey,”- the romantic duo exchanged their own personal vows.

The celebration begins as Sarah and Lance share their first dance as husband and wife to the song “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Deondre Essex from My DJ’s provided musical entertainment for the evening.

 A toast to Sarah & Lance!

Floral designs by Wall Flower Inspiration.

The beautiful and personalized cake topper – “Mr. & Mrs. Johnson”

Sarah and Lance’s winter wedding was a beautiful celebration of true love! We are so grateful that we were invited to take part in their special day. Our hopes is that their wedding video allows Sarah and Lance to relive their wedding day over and over again. Wishing this happy couple a lifetime of love!

 Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Videographer: Russell John Films

Photographer: Brooke Aliceon

Florist: Wall Flower Inspiration

DJ: My DJs

Sameer & Shannon’s Two-Day Wedding Celebration

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We often hear newlyweds say that they wish they could relive their wedding day over again. Luckily, Shannon and Sameer were able to do just that during their two-day wedding celebration. The first day incorporated Indian traditions while the second was a traditional American wedding. Shannon and Sameer’s wedding weekend was so unforgettable that we’re still talking about it 4 years later.

Sameer proposed to Shannon during a surprise trip to Montreal. After Shannon said yes they enjoyed a  spectacular firework show.

The festivities began March 29, 2013 as the family danced and cheered during the Baraat. The breathtaking Indian Hindu wedding took place at Bombay RestaurantFlowers by ArtQuest decorated the aisle.

The very next day celebrations continued at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

Shannon getting ready before each special ceremony.

Two unforgettable walks down the aisle. 

You could feel the love and excitement during both ceremonies as Sameer and Shannon united in marriage.

Beauty could be found in each detail of their wedding.

 Catering was provided by The Abbey Catering and Events.

The bride and groom were all smiles as they shared their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James.

We will never forget Sameer and Shannon’s incredible wedding weekend. Both days were equally beautiful as they were meaningful. We can’t thank the happy couple enough for inviting us to be a part of the magic.

Wedding Venues: Bombay Restaurant & San Diego Museum of Art

Ceremony Coordinator: Wedding Elegance by Nahid

Videographer: Russell John Films

Photographer: Brooke Aliceon Photography

Catering: The Abbey Catering and Events

Florist: ArtQuest Flowers 

DJ night 1: Umair H. Zubair of Riamu Entertainment

DJ night 2:  Gregory Pierce of B-Boy Productions

Tiffany & Bart – Love at First Sight

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Tiffany and Bart tied the knot on November 19th at  Falkner Winery in Temecula, California. We don’t think the happy couple could of asked for a better sunset on their special day.

The duo met while watching a romantic sunset at a restaurant, they both admitted it was love at first sight.

The Proposal: Bart popped the question while on a trip to visit Tiffany’s family in Tennessee. He got down on one knee at the Grand Ole Opry Hotel and completely surprised Tiffany. Of course, she said yes!

Tiffany shared a special moment with her grandfather as he walked her down the aisle. Her bouquet was made by Magnolia Flower shoppe.

“Very few people get to experience love like ours, our unbreakable connection, and unwavering faith in one another. I love you with every fiber of my being.” – Tiffany and Bart share their handwritten vows.

” I now declare you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride.”

Tiffany and Bart shared picture perfect moments with photographer Leah Steiger.

The beautiful newlyweds danced the night away with family and friends.

 It was very easy to see the love between Tiffany and Bart. We are grateful they invited us to capture all the memories on their special day.

Venue: Falkner Winery

Cinematographer: Russell John Films

Photographer: Leah Steiger

Florist: Magnolia Flower Shoppe

Bakery: Sweet Layers

DJ: J Dean

Alexis & Leland’s Winery Wedding

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Surrounded by family and friends, Alexis & Leland tied the knot on September 3rd, 2016 at Mt. Palomar Winery in Temecula. The love between these two could be felt throughout the entire ceremony and reception.

Leland proposed to Alexis in the very spot that their relationship blossomed in San Francisco. After a dinner date, Leland and Alexis ventured to the top of Lombard Street where they took in a beautiful view of the city. Leland asked a stranger to take their photo and as they posed for the photograph Leland got down on one knee. Luckily, the stranger caught on and captured the unforgettable proposal.

The bride and groom shared a special moment before the ceremony as Leland got to see his beautiful bride for the first time that day. You could see the excitement in their eyes for the vows that were to follow.

During the ceremony Alexis and Leland recited their own vows. “Alexis, I love that even though we’ve been together six years now, I still continue to find new reasons to fall in love with you everyday,” Leland admitted to his soon-to-be bride. “Leland, I am so lucky to be the woman that gets to spend the rest of my life with you,” Alexis spoke of her love for Leland.

Alexis and Leland were over the moon excited when they were pronounced husband and wife, it was truly a priceless moment.

“You may now kiss the bride.”

During the reception Alexis and Leland cut their beautiful (and delicious) cake by BoCakes Bakery.

Teers flowed as the wedding party toasted the happy couple.

Before the bride and groom danced the night away to music by Jordan Music Entertainment, they shared their first dance to “Stay With You” by John Legend.

The wedding could not have been more beautiful. It was a day in celebration of Alexis and Leland’s love and we are so grateful to be a part of it.

Venue: Mount Palomar Winery

Videography: Russell John Films

Photography: Marielle Hayes

Coordinator: Stacey Rayburn

Florist: Storybook Weddings and Events

Bakery: BoCakes

DJ: Jordan Music Entertainment

Yvette and Michael’s Special Day

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On October 10th, 2016 Yvette and Michael declared their love for one another at Saint Patrick Catholic Parish in San Diego. There was not a dry eye in the church as the couple recited their personal vows.

Michael proposed to Yvette on their 10th anniversary together in Maui. As they walked hand in hand on an empty beach, Michael found the picture perfect moment to get down on one knee and ask Yvette for her hand in marriage.

Following the ceremony, a mariachi band  played music in celebration of the beautiful newlyweds. Mr. and Mrs. Weber cheered and rejoiced with family while they walked down the aisle together as husband and wife. It was truly a beautiful sight.

After the ceremony, the wedding party took a trolley to The Prado at Balboa Park for photos by Aizhan of True Photography. As Yvette and Michael posed for photographs, it was clear to see the bond they shared and the love in their hearts for one another.

The bridal party raises their stunning bouquets  by organic elements as Yvette and Michael kiss for the camera.

Yvette and Michael celebrated with family and friends during their reception in the Grand Ballroom at Balboa Park. They held each other close during their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”

It was our absolute pleasure to be able to capture the love story between Yvette and Michael. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness with one another!