MPIOC Annual Summer Social 2019 at Five Crowns

Do you love all summertime soirees and celebrations? So do we!

That’s why this year’s MPIOC Summer Social, CROWNCHELLA happened in the sunny beach town of Corona Del Mar (aka “CDM”) at none other than Five Crowns, a premiere dining destination and Orange County landmark since 1965.

Meeting Planning Professionals enjoyed craft cocktails, a spectacular cheese & charcuterie experience, and mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres including Five Crowns famous prime rib. And the Meringue Bar courtesy of CDM’s Mixed Bakery made your dessert dreams come true!

With a nod to Coachella, CROWNCHELLA was held in Five Crowns’ sunlit Greenhouse & colorful English Garden, inspiring cool, calm, and beachy summer vibes as we networked and socialized while enjoying experiential elements that definitely wowed even the most seasoned event professionals!

Much appreciation to the Event Sponsors who made this event possible.

Visit Newport Beach

Five Crowns

French Buckets Florist

Baker Party Rentals

Selfie Media

Suzanne Wyman –
The Best Party Psychic Ever

Invisible Touch Events

Sundrop vintage Rentals

Mixed Bakery

Godfather Films

Meeting Planners International – Orange County
With over 200 chapter members and affiliates, MPI Orange County serves members in Orange County and greater Southern California, the Inland Empire and Nevada. MPIOC plans a variety of educational, networking and social programs throughout the year.
When you join MPI Orange County, you become part of an organization dedicated to your personal and career success. You’ll connect with the innovative learning, passionate people and big ideas that will empower you to become an agent of change and reinvent the world.

Anita + Adam = White & Wong @ La Venta Inn, Palos Verdes Peninsula

This picture perfect wedding had an amazing backdrop and setting at the La Venta Inn complimented by two families full of love who never stopped celebrating.

This spectacular celebration was made possible by an amazing team of wedding professionals.
Wedding Venue and Planning
La Venta Inn

Caterer and Wedding Cake Bakery
New York Food Company

Wedding Officiant
Michael Evans

Wedding Photographer
Lin and Jirsa

Reception DJ
Royal Entertainment

Wedding Flowers Florist
Be Buds Florist

Wedding Dress Gown
Le Marriage Couture

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist
Elizabeth Hickman

Venue Transportation
Starline LAX

Wedding Video Cinematographer
Godfather Films – John Goolsby 800.495.5530

La Sierra University University Marketing Film

In the final tally, La Sierra University’s graduating class was 507 strong on June 16 surpassing last year’s record number of 501 students to receive degrees from the institution.

This year’s commencement served as La Sierra University President Randal Wiseby’s last in his leadership role. He heads into retirement as of June 30 following 12 years at the university’s helm. On May 30, university trustees announced the selection of Provost Joy Fehr to serve as president beginning July 1.
In his welcoming remarks to the graduates, Wisbey noted their contributions to the campus and the world around them, some while enduring significant hardships. “You have looked for ways to extend the reach God’s kingdom, God’s justice and grace to members who have been underserved and have little or no voice. … You have helped to bring our university national and international attention through your service and through your leadership. The Class of 2019, you have left your mark upon each of us who serve at this university and we are more focused and faithful to our mission because of you.”
Wisbey also introduced commencement speaker Kendra Haloviak Valentine, author professor of New Testament Studies who was a freshman at Washington Adventist University, then Columbia Union College, when he arrived to serve as campus chaplain. Haloviak Valentine gave a commencement address titled “Just Moments.” In her message to the students and about 6,000 of their excited family members and friends, she urged graduates to not only savor their graduation moment, but asked, “…what is the relationship between here and where you want to be?” She advised, “if you want this moment to shape your life significantly, make it more than just a moment, make it a just moment.”
Haloviak Valentine illustrated her point through an analysis of the biblical account of Simon of Cyrene, an immigrant from Northern Africa whom the Romans commandeered to carry the cross of Christ. She noted how Jesus had previously told Simon Peter, the same disciple who later abandoned Christ along with the others, “If anyone wishes to follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross.” (Mark 8:34)
“But Simon of Libya does what Jesus asked: he literally took up his cross and followed,” Haloviak Valentine said.“The immigrant forced to participate in a system of oppression and torture and death, is the one person in the whole story who is literally doing the will of God,” and in so doing, subverting the regime.
“In an America today where many people of faith claim that their God works with the powerful, Simon of Libya’s story proclaims a counter narrative. God acts in solidarity with the weak of our world, the voiceless, the powerless, the poor, the stranger. Such acts proclaim no person is non-human, sub-human, less human,” she said.
She cited other notable individuals whose lives have been dedicated to opposing injustice by identifying with strangers in need, such as Mary Brewer, a 1929 graduate of La Sierra when it was Southern California Junior College and who became the college’s first missionary. At age 21 she travelled to Pakistan to serve as principal of a girls’ school where she learned the language and recruited students.
The Conferring of Degrees ceremony kicked off with a special recognition of one of Riverside’s chief community and economic development advocates. Wisbey, together with Fehr and John Thomas, dean of the Zapara School of Business, presented Cindy Roth, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa for her wide-ranging contributions to the business community, impact on government and public policy, and support of the city’s higher education institutions.
“Honorary doctoral degrees are the highest recognition a university can bestow. This morning La Sierra University has the honor to recognize an extraordinary individual who represents the deepest values of our university’s mission,” said Wisbey. He noted Roth’s crucial role in encouraging economic development such as the investment in the California Air Resources Board emissions testing facility in Riverside and the establishment of the School of Medicine at UC Riverside. He also cited her contributions to myriad community organizations as well her involvement and support of La Sierra University by serving on the university’s foundation board, support of La Sierra’s students through internships, employment, and chamber grants aiding the university’s Enactus team. Roth is a lifelong resident of Riverside where she lives with her husband, California State Senator Richard Roth who attended La Sierra’s commencement for his wife’s honorary degree ceremony. In 1999 she was selected to lead the chamber, following in the footsteps of her predecessor, mentor, and iconic Riverside supporter Art Pick who also served as a La Sierra trustee.

Our Love Will Last Forever * Chris & Rosalia * Leoness Cellars Wedding Video

The beauty and energy at this wedding celebration at Leoness Cellars was so enjoyable and we were honored to have been chosen to preserve these memories for Chris, Rosalia and their amazing families.

There were so many great elements, that this wedding couldn’t miss. Such as a beautiful bride, handsome groom, spectacular winery venue with spectacular views, a personalized ceremony, ring-bearer arrival in a wagon, proud parents, beautiful flowers, delicious catering, unique gifts, stylish attire, Classic Ford Mustang and a surprise choreographed first dance.

Making this event even more enjoyable was the fantastic team of professional wedding vendors.

Leoness Cellars
Godfather Films is honored to be the recommended videographer at this spectacular winery!

Wedding Photography
Legacy Photography & Design

Wedding Coordination
Leoness Cellars Weddings

David Cutler
Your Perfect Ceremony

Disc Jockey
Good Time Entertainment

Hair and Makeup
Patricia Norvell

Irises Designs – “Flowers for Weddings and Events”

Wedding Cake
Cakes to Celebrate

Wedding Dress
Mon Amie Bridal Salon

Wedding Video
Godfather Films 800.495.5530

Stephanie + Justin & Their Mission Inn Wedding Celebration

The handsome Justin married the beautiful Stephanie at the Historic Mission Inn Hotel and had all the elements of a great wedding celebration.

The location is the premiere Inland Empire location for a wedding which also featured a ceremony in the St. Francis Chapel followed by a festive reception in the Grand Parisian Ballroom.

Stephanie wore a spectacular wedding gown which was complimented by beautiful floral displays. Also included were emotional wedding vows, entertaining speeches, a cute flower-girl and a packed dance floor.

Godfather Films was honored to work with an amazing team of wedding professionals which included:

PS Photo Media

Wedding Venue
Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

5 Star Mobile DJ & Entertainment Service

Wedding Flowers
Riverside Mission Florist

Rev. Dr. Jeff Saville
SoCal Christian Weddings Officiant ​

Wedding Video
Godfather Films

Welcome to St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church – Promotional Film

Godfather Films was honored to produce this promotional film for this fabulous church in Lattingtown, Long Island, New York.

We at St John’s extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no hablo Ingles.

We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing like Frank Sinatra or like our rector who can’t carry a note in a bucket.

You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more religious than Billy Graham, or haven’t been in church since last Christmas.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you don’t like “organized religion,” no problem there for Episcopalians.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and YOU!

Welcome to God’s House.

St. John’s is a historic building with beautiful grounds and modern facilities. Ample parking and access to local amenities and businesses. We have many well-defined spaces, indoors and out, suitable for any organization’s needs for a pleasing and unique setting. Our facilities are diverse, functional and captivating. Please visit St. John’s and see for yourself.

New Members and Visitors
Welcome! We are glad that you are here…

The church is open most weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for prayer, study and/or tours and on Saturday’s by appointment. Sunday services are 8:00 am, 10:30 am and 5:00 pm.

Images by Lighting at FIDM Debut 2019

Images by Lighting began in 1982 in Los Angeles as one of the first event production lighting design companies. They have had decades of continuous growth and much recognition in the Special Events industry and from amazing clients. Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, Calif., was the setting for FIDM Debut 2019, the student showcase produced by the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

The show provides an opportunity for select graduating students to unveil their individual design talents during a professionally produced runway show in front of an audience comprising some of the industry’s most influential players with professional lighting designed by Images by Lighting.

In the years since lighting their first event, Images by Lighting has won many awards and earned the reputation amongst event planners, coordinators, venues, and individual clients for creative, beautiful, client oriented, and professional service. They continue to be a leader and an educator in the industry and are pleased to mentor and share ideas with our colleagues in the industry.

At Images by Lighting, their passion is lighting and sharing what lighting can do to transform your experience and your special events.

Lighting changes your experience, offers color and movement and creates additional dimension to a space and an event. This dimension brings about more of an emotional response to the environment and creates layers of atmosphere that enhance the surroundings. Images by Lighting specialize in the controlled manipulation of light. An award winning team of experienced professional lighting designers provide innovative concepts and designs for events, intimate to large, that create an exceptional environment and mood for your events Images by Lighting uniquely draws together many years of experience, the latest technology and excellence in lighting design with expert technical calculations, state-of the-art computer simulated imagery and superior project management and client care.

Partial Client List

Fox, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinemas, MGM Studios, DreamWorks Pictures, Disney / Buena Vista, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG Awards, HBO, Oscars Governors’ Ball, Emmys Governor’s Ball & Creative Arts Ball, New Line Cinema, Elton John, In Style, DreamWorks, Universal, Grammy Awards


Snapchat, Adobe, Palm Island Dubai, Charles Schwab, Coldwell Banker, WorldCom, Taco Bell, Nikken, Gillette, NFL Super Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Huntington Gardens, LACMA, MOCA, LA Zoo Beastly Ball, The Music Center, Natural History Museum Dinosaur Ball, Best Buddies, Concern Foundation, Carousel Ball, City of Hope, Magic Johnson Foundation.

Constitutional Rights Foundation’s 38th Annual California Mock Trial Finals Championship Trial 2019

Constitutional Rights Foundation’s
38th Annual California Mock Trial Finals
Championship Trial

Co-Sponsored by:
American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation
Daily Journal Corporation

Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse
People V. Klein

Shasta High School


San Mateo Menlo School

Honorable Justice
Rosendo Peña, Jr

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation’s youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country’s future by investing in our youth today.

CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America’s young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. Under the guidance of a Board of Directors chosen from the worlds of law, business, government, education, the media, and the community, CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.

Miami Beach Surprise Flash Mob

Miami Beach Surprise Flash Mob
David proposed to Leila with a surprise flash mob and Leila surprised David with a vow renewal proposal using this surprise flash mob on the beach in Miami.

Event Coordinated by Tropical Weddings

Flash Mob Logistics by Book a Flash Mob

Photography by Adam Opris Photography

Video Production by Godfather Films

ABC 2018 Annual Conference World of Weddings – Association of Bridal Consultants

ABC 2018 World of Weddings Annual Conference. We have been producing Highlight Films for the Association of Bridal Consultants and their Annual ABC Annual Conference – ABC World of Weddings for more than 10 years. Next year’s conference will be at Sandals Royal Bahamian October 26-30, 2019. You know you want to go!

The 2018 Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) Annual Conference was held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Florida on November 11-13. Attendees came from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Bolivia and Peru. After a year of planning and designing, it was great to see so many friends and colleagues and make new ones.

The opening keynote presentation was given by Kristin Banta of Kristin Banta Events. Her topic, Design to Impact: How to Push beyond What’s Trending and Generate Greater Depth in Design.Fellow Keynote presetations included Sean Low

Breakout sessions included topics on Branding, Sales & Marketing, Décor & Design, Business & and Professional Development, Technology & Social Media, Business Growth & Development and were presented by Heather Canada Randall, Jennifer Lloyd Ball, Melanie Ramone, Marie Danielle Vil Robyn Hejnosz Bruns, Allison Eberhardt JoAnn Moore, Mark Kingsdorf, Christie Osborne, Tom Chelednik, Anna Coats, Marla Diann Dennis, Rebecca Koop and Madlyne Kelly.

The Miss Dorothy Heart Award was presented to ABC Director of Latin America, Camelu Millan Vargas. Marian Hilliard, Casey Lee and Susan Perry were honored as Miss Dorothy Scholarship winners. The highest designation in the association, Master Wedding Planner was awarded to Yolanda Furbert.

ABC President David Wood and ABC Director of Annual Conference Carmen Mesa wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the conference team and partners. Nicole DaSilva, Elayne R. Anderson, AnnMarie Steiner, Tammy Waterman, Shelby Tuck-Horton, Andy Martin Photography, Godfather Films, Apple Blossoms Floral Designs DJ Felix Event Productions, Boone’s Professional Events, Breezin’ Entertainment and Productions, Spark Weddings Mobilewind, Over The Top Rental Linens Gabro Event Services Connie Duglin Specialty Linen, Simple Personal, A Piece of Cake, iPop Gourmet Popcorn, A1 Foliage, The Bride’s Bouquet, Pronto Farms, A Chair Affair, Inc., Geronimo Cigars Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sandals & Beaches Resorts Association of Bridal Consultants Central Florida West Association of Bridal Consultants Central Florida East LNG, @ABC South Florida LNG.