Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Conference 2017 – ABC World of Weddings – Barceló Maya Palace

2017 Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Conference
Barceló Maya Palace | Riviera Maya, Mexico

Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days in a resort with the Caribbean Sea as the backdrop?
Located on one of the most impressive beaches of the Caribbean and surrounded by the legendary beauty of the Riviera Maya, the Barceló Maya Palace 5-star hotel is a spectacular luxury resort with exclusive services.

Featured speakers included David Caruso, Kate Patay, Meryl Snow, Danielle Tate, Ann Taylor, Cathy Macrae, Danne Fountain, Debbi Ballard, Gina Lucas, Tracey Fricke, Camelu Millian and ILEY Kline-Weichelt.

The location, weather, food, education and networking were amazing. We can’t wait to see you next year.
ABC 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Grand Hyatt Tampa, Florida. November 11 -13 , 2018 #abcassoc #ABCWOW18
#ABCWOW17
http://www.abcannualconference.com/

DreamArt Photography
http://www.dreamartphotography.com/

Blossom Diseño Floral
http://www.blossomcancun.com/

Eventio
http://eventiomx.com/

PW Events
http://www.pweventscancun.com/en/

Candle Boutique

JSAV Mexico
http://www.jsavmexico.com/

Historias en Papel
http://www.historiasenpapel.com/

Zuniga Productions and Events

Thousand Emotions
http://www.thousand-emotions.com/

Papeliux Party Studio

Rosy Valdez Productions on air
http://www.rosyvaldez.com/

Photobooth Riviera Maya

Visita Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Mexico Tourism Board
https://www.visitmexico.com/es

Cozumel Tourism Board

Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Resort

Godfather Films
http://www.GodfatherFilms.com
800.495.5530


Lola’s Sweet Sixteenth Birthday Party

Kudos to Lola’s parents, Amy Winters Events and Allen Dalton Productions for pulling off the most amazing party in honor of Lola celebrating her sixteenth birthday.

When we say amazing we mean elements like time lapse video and spectacular drone video from Mom, incredible entertainment, a very chic tent with unique lighting and a white dance floor, magician, signature beverages, photo booth, a huge video wall, sparkler entrance, lounge furniture, delicious food and a flash mob. Sorry Dad, too bad about the cake hitting the floor 😉

The dance floor and stage was packed all night and this was the party that they will be talking about forever.

Godfather Films was honored to have been chosen to film this celebration for such a wonderful family.

It was great to work with such talented professionals including:

Amy Winters Events
http://www.amywintersevents.com/

Allen Dalton Productions
https://www.allendalton.com/

Videography
http://www.GodfatherFilms.com
800.495.5530


St. Thomas & Eagle Glen Golf Club – Katie + Austin – Wedding Video Highlight Film

We have been in love with this family for years and have been honored with filming weddings for their siblings, friends and cousins. They are such fantastic people and definitely know how to throw a party.

Some of our favorite highlights at Katie and Austin’s wedding including Dad looking so proud as he walked his daughter down the aisle, the hilarious toasts by the Maid of Honor and Best Man, the sheer beauty of the Eagle Glen Golf Course and a Godfather Films first…watching Mom throw a football at the reception. And we have to mention the spectacular flowers, not just because they were really spectacular and beautiful…but they were provided by Katie’s sister and another of our wonderful brides who is a very talented floral designer who owns Little Flower Floral Design.

Congratulations to Katie and Austin and their wonderful family. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Working at this wedding was even more enjoyable since we had such a great team of wedding professionals with which to collaborate.

Floral Design
Little Flower Floral Design
http://www.littleflowerfloraldesign.com/

Photography
Imagery Concepts
http://imageryconcepts.com

Wedding Venue
Eagle Glen Golf Club
http://www.eagleglengc.com/

DJ
5 Star Mobile DJ & Entertainment Service
http://5starmobiledj.com/

Church
St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church
http://www.st-thomas-riverside.com/

Video
Godfather Films
http://www.GodfatherFilms.com 800.495.5530


Jinelle + Manuel * Atlantis Banquets & Events ~ Riverhead, New York – Wedding Video

A long time ago in a galaxy far far way…. in the beautiful realm of Atlantis Banquets and Events… Player 1 (Jinelle) and Player 2 (Manuel) came together before friends and family to begin their “final fantasy” as husband and wife.

We are so honored to have been chosen to create this film that they will want to watch over and over until their accounts are closed forever.

Venue – Atlantis Banquets & Events -Riverhead, New York.
http://www.AtlantisBanquetsAndEvents.com/

http://www.GodfatherFilms.com
800.495.5530


Godfather Films Featured on My Wedding Songs

Check out the home page at My Wedding Songs from a PC and you will see a collection of wedding clips filmed by Godfather Films. We are honored to have the nice people at My Wedding Songs select our work to put on their web site.
https://www.myweddingsongs.com/
My Wedding Songs is a Wedding Music Resource that helps wedding couples find their song and choose from hundreds of playlists including by topic, musicians, era, genre and more. This is such a valuable resource for wedding couples.

Selecting wedding reception songs for a wedding can be a daunting task. So can ceremony songs too. To help in your song search, My Wedding Songs created lists of popular wedding music by many different categories and including most styles of music. Wedding ceremony songs start with the processional to the altar and finish with recessional songs leaving the altar with everything in-between. Wedding reception songs include all activities from the bride and groom‘s grand entrance to the last dance song. Be sure to also check out the list of 41 wedding events to set to music


San Diego County Fair – Godfather Films Official Videographer for Largest County Fair in the Country

The San Diego County Fair is a county fair held every summer at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. The fair is a major draw for San Diego County residents; in recent years, attendance figures have risen above a million annually, reaching a record attendance of 1,609,481 in 2016. As of 2016, the San Diego County Fair was the largest county fair in the United States, and the fifth largest fair of any kind.
Godfather Films was honored to be chosen to be the official videographer for the 2017 San Diego County Fair.

In the span of 26 days, the 2017 San Diego County Fair welcomed 1,565,933 visitors, sold nearly 7,000 doughnut-fried-chicken-ice-cream sandwiches and saw around 2,500 daredevils bungee jump.

Other interesting numbers from this season at the Del Mar Fairgrounds:

Chicken Charlie – the authority on unique, fried fair food – sold close to 7,000 of its Krispy Kreme Ice Cream Chicken Sandwiches and 30,000 Peanut Butter Meatballs

For its popular fried potato treats, vendor Australian Battered Potatoes went through 14,000 pounds of spuds, 8,400 pints of oil, 240 gallons of ranch dressing, 60 cases of cheese sauce, 200 pounds of bacon, and 150 pounds of sour cream.

Bacon-a-Fair, THE place to eat bacon at the San Diego County Fair used more than 30,000 pounds of bacon this season for its dishes, including 350 pounds for its bacon-wrapped asparagus.

Fairgoers devoured 18,000 pounds of Giant Big Ribs from Biggie’s Meat Market.

Vendor Corn Star grilled 48,000 ears of corn.

Vendor Dixie’s Donuts fried more than 281,000 mini doughnuts.

Seventy-six kegs of Blood Orange IPA from Hess Brewery – a craft beer brewed specifically for the San Diego County Fair – were consumed.

The fair’s annual toy drive collected more than 11,000 stuffed animals for local children – shattering the all-time record.

About 2,500 people braved the Bungee Plunge this year; the oldest jumper was 71, while the youngest was 8 years old. About 50 people got cold feet at the top.

The top 10 fair rides this season were: Crazy Mouse, The Big Wheel, G-Force, Magnum, Sky Flyer, Olympic Bobs, Fast Track Slide, Alien Abduction, Rave Wave and Infield Carousel.

At the daily Coco’s Pie-Eating Contest, 240 pies – or 1,072 slices of pie – were eaten.
In a Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, 207 pieces of bubble gum were consumed.

Visitors took 2,864 photos with the fair mascot this year, Diego the Pinto Pony; 45 kids cried upon seeing the mascot.

The fair’s 20-minute Fourth of July fireworks show includes 2,394 aerial shots.

The fair’s 68th annual Livestock Auction raised $528,1454 raised for 4-H and FFA youth, by selling 121 hogs, 74 lambs, 46 cattle, and 53 goats.

The San Diego County Fair ran from June 2 through July 4. The fair continues to be the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 fairs in the U.S. and Canada, drawing about 1.6 million visitors every summer.
https://sdfair.com/
https://GodfatherFilms.com


Duane and Kelly Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award – Historic Hotels of America

Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels, presented the 2017 Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award to Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California. This prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony & Gala This award is presented to individuals who are dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of legendary historic hotels over many years.

The iconic AAA Four Diamond Mission Inn Hotel & Spa expanded from its humble 1876 beginnings as quaint adobe boarding house and blossomed into a full-service hotel in the early 1900s thanks to California’s economic citrus boom and warm weather attracting wealthy travelers from the East Coast and Europe. The Inn has played host to U.S. Presidents, celebrities and served as the setting in many Hollywood productions.

After changes of ownership, bankruptcies and near demolition, the hotel earned National Historic Landmark status in 1977, officially closing in 1985 before the Roberts immediately sought to revive it. After seven years and a $55 million renovation, they re-opened the hotel in December 1992. Since its relaunch, Duane & Kelly Roberts have been leaders in preserving, strengthening and honoring California and National cultural and heritage treasures.

The Roberts have created annual traditions such as the iconic Festival of Lights – created 25 years ago as a free gift to give back to the community and to share the beauty and history of The Mission Inn attracting hundreds of thousands of people – and Festa del’ Amore celebrates love and romance the entire month of February.

The Roberts serve on several boards such as the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation; members of the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation Board of Trustees; Board of Directors for the Mission Inn Foundation; the Mary S. Roberts Foundation and much more.

Duane and Kelly continue to preserve and enhance their beloved hotel. The hotel is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation of guestrooms, restaurants and public space.

William “Rusty” Bailey
Mayor of Riverside, CA
Riverside’s Renaissance began with The Mission Inn. Riverside was no only the center of citrus horticulture but a resort region. The Inn attracted winter-bound tourists who spent months at a time. Riverside was the wealthiest city per capita by 1895. As the city prospered, so did the Inn which became favored by US Presidents, royalty, dignitaries and Hollywood stars. It was where the first World Affairs Conference convened, where artists would stay to be inspired. In the 60s, the hotel began to decay after being neglected, the city was no longer the center of the economic hub it once was. The beginning of Riverside’s revival began with Duane and Kelly Roberts purchasing The Mission Inn in 1992. The city is once again booming because of leaders like the Roberts.

John A. Russo
City Manager of Riverside
President of the League of California Cities 2002-03
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa helped create the city of image of Riverside. The Raincross symbol began with Frank Miller after he patented for the Inn. The symbol has been identified with Riverside since 1907 and used extensively throughout the city, freeways, architecture, street signs, etc. The Mission Inn is designated as the city’s #1 landmark. In 1995, the city renamed a section of Seventh Street Mission Inn Avenue.

John F. Tavaglione
Riverside County Supervisor – 2nd District
The Mission Inn has had a huge impact on Riverside county with the many business that convene there, the tourists staying at the Inn bringing in occupancy tax, booming business that the Inn brings to the local community by sourcing from local Riverside businesses. The Inn’s rising success has also assisted with the county’s growth and new business moving to the region such as Amazon, Skechers, Aldi, and the California Air Resource Board. The Inn’s Festival of Lights brings $42 million economic impact to the region alone. The Roberts contribution goes far beyond the Mission Inn and they have impacted the entire community.

General Richard D. Roth
California State Senator, District 31
The Mission Inn has become an icon not only for the city, but for the state of California. The Mission Inn is one of the few hotels in California with the National Landmark status. It has become the center of political events, fundraisers, gatherings, weddings, meetings, etc for the region. The hotel continues to win national awards each year, bringing in new visitors from out of state and internationally to see and experience this amazing piece of history.

Cindy Roth
President and CEO, The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa began the annual tradition of the Festival of Lights 25 years ago when Duane & Kelly purchased the hotel. The event has grown in size every year since. This past year brought over 75,000 people to the switch-on ceremony and hundreds of thousands of visitors to downtown during the six-week long event. Last year had a $47 million economic impact to the region. The Roberts have been heavily involved the chamber. Because of their contributions, the chamber named the building after Duane Roberts.


Shelby & Steve Viewing their Wedding Video Highlight Film ~ Mission Inn & Loft 84 in Riverside, CA

It is a rare pleasure for us to watch one of our great wedding couples as they watch their wedding film for the first time. This time was extra special because Steve and Shelby let us film them as they watched their Wedding Video Highlight Film at the site of their wedding reception…Loft 84. It was so cool to watch them laugh and cry at the same time.

It was a true privilege to work alongside some really fantastic wedding vendors.
Ceremony Location
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave  Riverside, CA 92501
http://www.MissionInn.com

Reception Location
Loft 84  3840 Lemon St.  Riverside, CA 92501
https://www.loft84weddingandeventvenue.com/

Photography
Imagery Concepts
http://www.imageryconcepts.com/

Heather Baguyo
Willow Tree Weddings
Wedding & Event Coordinator
https://www.willowtreeweddings.net
(909) 894-8497

Disc Jockey
Local Boy
https://www.localboy.com/photobooth/

Wedding Flowers
Riverside Mission Florist
http://www.riversidemissionflorist.net/

Wedding Gown
Eve of My Lady
http://www.eveofmiladybridals.com/

Late Night Snack
In-N-Out Food Truck
http://www.in-n-out.com/cookout-trailer.aspx

Wedding Video
Godfather Films
https://www.GodfatherFilms.com
800.495.5530


Grand Opening Intercontinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown “Behind the Scenes”

The newest addition to luxury hospitality in downtown Los Angeles has arrived! On Friday, June 23, 2017 InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hosted its Grand Opening Party. More than eight hundred guests, including city and state officials, dignitaries, business leaders, influencers and tastemakers all enjoyed a first look at this groundbreaking new property. The hotel is the tallest building west of Chicago with 73 stories rising 1,100 feet above street level.

Go “Behind the Scenes” for a look at some of the details involved in planning and executing an event this grand. Featured in this film are Krystal Moreno, Director of Social Catering and Amy Funke, Director of Marketing and Communication at InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown along with David Merrell, CEO & Creative Director of AOO Events.

This event was years in the making and the vision combined with the planning, staffing, entertaining, feeding and documenting this event took many hours of coordination by some of the most gifted people in the event industry.

At 1,100 feet and the tallest building west of the Chicago, the L.A. skyscraper is hard to miss.
With a sweeping roofline, it stands out by day among the flat tops of its tall rivals and at night is illuminated with an ever-changing colored light show.

Changing the Los Angeles skyline and framed by Korean Airline’s logo is the 73-story building that houses the InterContinental Hotel, several floors of office space and five restaurants.

Yang-Ho Cho who heads Korea’s Hanjin Group, Korean Airlines largest shareholder, celebrated the grand opening of the skyscraper with parties and a show of the building’s dancing LED lights visible for miles. “The Wilshire Grand is a new tent pole for Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti a few days before it opened.

The InterContinental has 889 rooms. Guests check in on the 70th floor, in front of floor-to-ceiling windows where blocks of the city can be seen far below. There is a 24-hour cafe and a French steakhouse on the 71st floor. The curved glass top reflects the shape of one of California’s most famous rock formations, Half Dome in Yosemite.

Venue – InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown – https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/los-angeles/laxhc/hoteldetail
Event Designers – AOO Events – http://aooevents.com/
Audio Visual Services – PSAV – http://www.psav.com/
Videography – Godfather Films – https://GodfatherFilms.com/


Pain Management Kaiser Permanente – Riverside, California

Pain can be scary, frustrating, and overwhelming. Take action against pain.

We all have aches and pains from time to time. But if you have chronic pain, you probably experience pain that changes how you live every day. You – and your doctor – might not even know what’s causing your pain. 

Whatever the cause, your pain is real. Chronic pain is not in your head, and it is not a sign of weakness.

If you’ve tried pain management before with poor results, you might feel hopeless. But there are some things you can do today to start feeling better and take control of pain.

We’ll show you how to safely use alternative pain treatments, medications, pain management classes and counseling, and at-home options to begin feeling like yourself again.

Begin by learning more about some of the causes of chronic pain, and how to talk to your doctor about what you’re feeling.

Non-drug therapy and alternative treatments can help you manage pain through movement, body work, supplements, and surgery. These work best when you care for yourself properly at home, and add medication as needed. You may find an increase in your pain when you start therapy but this usually gets better.


Celebrating 25 Years in Motion at Harvard-Westlake Community

An evening celebrating 25 years of the Harvard Westlake community at the Harvard Westlake Middle School Campus. The evening featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a special presentation in the Saperestein Theater. Hosted by Julia Boorstin 96 and Bill Whitaker p’06 ’08 featuring members of the Harvard Westlake Community.

This fabulous event included dinner and dancing under the stars for 1200 hundred people and was planned and coordinated by Mary Dann, Luxury Travel and Event Planning.
http://MaryDann.com/
Watch the Behind the Scenes video at https://vimeo.com/222703120


La Sierra University Promotional Film

La Sierra University Graduates Largest Class in School’s History 2017 – Highlight Film

06/20/2017 – Author: Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Early on the morning of June 18, before the heat of the day set in, long lines of black-robed graduates, many adorned with colorful leis and graduation caps, stood on the upper mall of La Sierra University’s campus waiting for the organ’s resounding strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” to begin at 8 a.m.

“It doesn’t seem real,” said Kaitlyn Witherby, a management and marketing double major as she stood in line with her classmates. “I’m excited, nervous, but mostly excited,” said chemistry and Spanish major Caleb Flores of Fresno.

A short time later, Kristen Soares, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities stood before La Sierra’s 2017 graduating class seated on Founders’ Green and advised them to create memory imprints of the day and of other special moments in their lives. She also told the graduates to value setbacks and mistakes as resilience-building moments along the path toward their goals.

Soares gave an address titled “Be Present” for La Sierra’s commencement which saw 475 students, the university’s largest graduating class to date, receive 494 degrees.

The AICCU represents the chief executives of California’s 79 private, nonprofit colleges and universities and those institutions’ 330,000 students on issues of public policy. Soares’ efforts include advocating for the Cal Grant, a state financial aid program for higher education. Before joining the AICCU, Soares served as a senior associate vice president for government relations and civic engagement at the University of Southern California for 23 years.

La Sierra University is a Seventh-day Adventist non-profit co-educational university located in Riverside, California, United States. La Sierra offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level degrees and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Adventist Accrediting Association.

To view photo albums of La Sierra University’s 2017 commencement weekend, visit https://www.facebook.com/LaSierraU