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The beautiful Sarah and handsome Reza along with 300 of their friends and family enjoyed a fabulous three-day wedding celebration at the Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Events included a Mexico themed Welcome Party with plenty of Tequila and a great DJ followed the next night with a Rehearsal Dinner with incredible food stations, fire dancers, an acrylic dance floor suspended over a pool and fireworks on the beach.
The wedding ceremony took place at sunset facing the Caribbean Ocean with the reception in a specially constructed tent on the sand. Fabulous food, lighting, decor, illuminated dance floor and incredible entertainment by Hector Tirado and his band made for a non-stop party until two o’clock in the morning.
This entire three day event was planned, designed and coordinated by Eventos Euforia led by the very talented Denise Courtney.
Beautiful Photography was provided by Melissa Mercado
This film was produced by Godfather Films – named One of the Top 25 Event Filmmakers in the World
Melissa + Gavin ~ Wedding Video ~ Mitten Building & Blessed John XXIII Catholic Church
Blessed John XXIII Catholic Church
Father Tyler email@example.com
Mitten Building- Redlands
(909) 793-1294 Mittenbuilding@gmail.com
Floral / Event Coordinator
Mrs. Brown’s Floral & Event Specialist
Megan Brown (909)583-7364
Marjorie & Tony (800)427-4686
DJ/ Photo Booth
Sound Garden Production
Sweet City Cakes
Sylvia/Ashley (951) 777-6865
Make up Arsenio Aragon
Hair Devyne Arsenio
Wedding Signs Designs
Ohana means Family
Lu An & Brian renewed their wedding vows during sunset while close friends and family enjoyed the ocean front Vow Renewal Ceremony on the ‘AMA’AMA Patio at the beautiful Disney Aulani Hotel in Hawaii.
A Cocktail & Dinner Reception on the Kipuka Lawn featured dancing in tropical rain and special guests, Mickey and Minnie.
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i
Photography, Hair & Makeup
Bellaisima Design Studio / Kelle Judah / Hair Care
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
Blossom Diseño Floral
Historias en Papel
Zuniga Productions and Events
Papeliux Party Studio
Rosy Valdez Productions on air
Photobooth Riviera Maya
Visita Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
Mexico Tourism Board
Cozumel Tourism Board
Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Resort
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
Allen Dalton Productions
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.
Little Flower Floral Design
Eagle Glen Golf Club
5 Star Mobile DJ & Entertainment Service
St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Church
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave Riverside, CA 92501
Loft 84 3840 Lemon St. Riverside, CA 92501
Willow Tree Weddings
Wedding & Event Coordinator
Riverside Mission Florist
Eve of My Lady
Late Night Snack
In-N-Out Food Truck