Jimmy and Tina's Wedding

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walter pawluk productions
South Pasadena, CA
Videographers

We just got our wedding video from Walter Pawluk and watched it last night. WOW... It's funny because he sent the DVD's with some popcorn and it was perfect because it really was like watching a full-on Hollywood movie!!! Walter's creativity in editing and sound-mixing is phenomenal. Let me tell you about our entire experience with Walter.

We purchased the 8-hour package from him so he and an additional videographer showed up slightly before 2pm at the hotel. One followed me around and the other followed the bride around. During that time they captured a lot of precious moments, ones that you wouldn't necessarily remember without having recorded it. Walter and his fellow videographer were extremely relaxed and had a calming influence - after a while you didn't even realize they were following you around. And THAT is the sign of someone who knows what they're doing.

The real treat of Walter is his talent at picking out the best moments from the footage and through slow-motion, sound-weaving, editing, and special effects, he creates this wonderful movie that you really can watch over and over. In one sequence, he embeded our wedding slide show and off to the side, he has footage of me and my wife sitting next to each other watching the slide show. He caught all of our reactions which was awesome. His creativity and talent are evident from the start of the video - even the package the DVD’s came in was neatly decorated!

To sum it up, we were extremely pleased with Walter. He was one of our best vendors. Thank you so much Walter!!!!


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The Story Keeper
Anaheim Hills, California
Photographers

Rene & Jay took photos of our wedding over an 8 hour period for us. We just got the DVD’s of all of our pictures and were thoroughly impressed!! On the day of the wedding, they arrived right on time and split up so Rene followed Tina around and Jay followed Jimmy around. They took so many creative pictures of all the little things around us. The backgrounds, the poses, the angles, the lighting – everything they did was awesome!! At first we were both kind of shy and felt awkward making poses and looking away from the camera (basically acting as if we were supermodels!), but both Rene and Jay were able to calm us down and make us feel normal about it. The proof is in the pictures where we are posing which look absolutely fantastic!!! During the entire event, they captured all the important moments from multiple angels so we definitely have a variety of great shots. Also, as the night wore on, they basically became invisible and yet when we saw the pictures, they were everywhere. Rene & Jay both have great personalities; they feed off each other; they bring great positive energy which is contagious; and they’re just good peoples. We were so happy to have them be a part of our special day. Thank you, Rene & Jay, for taking such amazing pictures and capturing moments in time that will forever be a part of our lives.


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Long Beach Hilton
Long Beach, CA
Reception Sites

We just had our wedding at the Hilton Long Beach. Joe D'Aprile is the catering manager there and he was AWESOME!!! Joe was extremely flexible with the type of wedding package we wanted. As a result, we didn't have to spend money on things that were not important to us. For example, we were able to get credit by not having 2 wine bottles at each of the tables, and used those funds for something else. Hilton also had a tasting dinner set up - just for the 2 of us. The food there is great! Also, the location is awesome - great photo backgrounds. The ceremony on the Lanai is spectactular - the combination of the tall mirrored buildings and the sunset in the background is wonderful. The lobby area and the fountain area downstairs is amazing also.
We didn't have a wedding planner, so Joe stepped in and helped us with the rehearsal as well as some of the basic planning items. Our DJ put together a detailed agenda that the Hilton banquest captain and other vendors used to keep the night moving along.
Joe and his Hilton staff had everything ready by the time the ceremony started. The tables, chairs, linens, water stands, gift tables, cocktail tables - everything. We didn't have to rush through anything. Actually, our officiant didn't show up until 5 minutes before the ceremony, so we were scrambling to find another officiant. I had asked Joe if he could step in and "fake it" so the show could go on... Joe was fully on board and had even started to write out our ceremony!!!! What a guy….
Dinner was served right on time, the cake was beautiful, the food was great, the service was great, and the whole evening went perfectly. Joe even had his staff gather the chairs and linens and had them ready for pick up (we rented these items from another vendor) the following day without charging us. All in all, Joe and Hilton were extremely flexible and they gave us great piece of mind throughout the entire evening and planning process.
Joe - thank you for your hard work and helping us have a wonderful wedding!!!


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