Tuesday, July 12, 2011


To all who have supported and been a part of the Weddings by SML family for the past 8 years. . . . THANK YOU so much!!! It is because of you that we have had the opportunity to film so many incredible couples and share so many unbelievable stories along the way. Storytelling is what we do and over the past 7 months, we have been reflecting and creating to come up with a new name. . . . a new image. . . .and a new brand. Something a little more reflective of who we are, what we do, and how we can apply that to your story.

Thus, you can now find us under the studio name "Threaded Films". In addition, you can follow the thread at www.WeAreThreaded.com. All future blog posts and features will now reside at that site in "The Fray". However, we will always keep this blog right here so we remember where we came from.

So, here's to all the fun we had with Weddings by SML, and here's to all the new journeys we are about to embark on with Threaded Films! See you at the new digs :-)

-Steve and the Team

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ashley + Ian + Postcard = Thank You for the Thank You

Everytime we get one of these in the mail, we feel we have to say thank you for the thank you. So here it is. Ashely + Ian. . . . . thank YOU for the thank you :-)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Brooke + Jason // Everything Sounds Better in Italian

Brooke + Jason have over the top personalities in all the best ways imaginable. Brooke is caring, genuine, thoughtful, gracious, and can laugh at just about anything. In fact, we found her laughing all day and taking it all in with a big smile on her face. Jason is a little more subtle in his overthetopedness (yes that is now a word). But, when we saw the watch he was rockin' as a rad wedding day gift from Brooke, we knew this guy had a personality as large as the watch itself, and he didn't disappoint.

The day after the wedding, these two set off for a country made for romantic getaways with a culture and history that is over the top in so many ways. . . . Italy. So what better than to incorporate little tastes of Italy through the wedding day like with Jason's custom Italian kicks and perhaps a reading or two in Italian during the ceremony??? Sure, why not!

Oh, and to top it all off, Brooke and her father busted out perhaps the craziest over the top father daughter dance we have ever filmed at a wedding, so kudos Brooke and Bill, you win the "craziest over the top father daughter dance award ever" from the guys here at the studio! Your magical performance is now externalized in this post just inches below this text. Enjoy :-)

While the wedding was over the top is so many fun ways, it was also very down to earth, real, and great to be a part of. For that Brooke + Jason, we thank you and you'll see that this trailer has a slight change of pace from some of the recent posts. The pacing is all done with intent to reflect the personality that is Brooke + Jason. And just remember, when all else fails and you are at a loss for words, no matter the situation in life. . . . . .  just say something in Italian, it tends to fix everything.

A very special thank you to Louis and Erin Palos of Palos Studio. Having known one another for years and never having had the opportunity to work together, this was a real treat for us and we can't say enough great things about Louis and Erin. Great photographers and great people as well. Also, thank you to Eric Morales from Extreme DJ for not only keeping the party rockin' but for being as helpful as he always is with all the technical aspects of the day.

Brooke + Jason

Craziest Over the Top Father Daughter Dance Ever

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Angie + Jason // An Extra Innings SDE

One day, two people were introduced by coincidence at a San Francisco Giants baseball game during a corporate outing. The game may have finished in 9 innings, but Angie + Jason could have continued their conversation all night. The rest is history and we thought it only fitting to give this Same Day Edit a name that played off the first time these two met one another.

We were so honored to be a part of their day and have the opportunity to share this Same Day Edit Saturday evening at their reception in front of all of their family and friends.

A VERY special thank you to Cassandra Santor from Cassandra & Company Weddings. When we are under the pressure cooker that is the Same Day Edit, it makes our lives so much easier to be in the company of a great Event Planner, and Cassandra and her team are fantastic.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Edward + Ashlee // I Love Her Man

When we are a little child and all we know is the comfort of a bedtime story or the sand in the park around the corner from our backyard, we learn to ask a simple question for all of life's mysteries. . . . "Why?"

Oh yes, the ever annoying questioning of the smallest minute insignificant things from a parent's perspective, but for the child, the question is so incredibly justified. Seasons pass and as we grow and begin to figure out things on our own, we gain so much through our own problem solving skills and deductive reasoning, but we find ourselves asking such an important question less and less often. . . . "Why?"

As a creative studio,  we make an attempt to ask the question, "Why" every time we film a scene, compose a shot, choose our lighting or color tone. Shot selection in all of our edits is always done with purpose and intent and as we tinker with scenes and fine tune each piece, we are still asking "Why" and making sure it can be answered.

And when two people decide to formally and legally join themselves in one of the greatest covenants that life has to offer, unfortunately there can be so many answers to that question because life gets complicated.

For Edward + Ashlee, their lives are complicated, just like everyone else. There are commitments and obligations and all of the complications that we all experience, but fortunately for them, none of those things were the answer to the simple question, "Why?"

. . . . For Ashlee, the answer to the question is multi-faceted, but the root to the answer revealed itself on her face as she sat and wrote her card to him and again as she approached Eddie for the first time on their wedding day. For Eddie, the "Why" was quite simple, as it should be. Perhaps the title to the post will clue you in on his reason, as so beautifully explained by the Best Man in the trailer.

A RAD shout-out to Nick Radford from Nick Radford Photography. With a last name like that, how could he not be awesome??? Seriously though, great guy and working with him was a pleasure. Special thank you as well to Nikki Page from Elegant Weddings as well as Michael Palacios from Progressive Sound Productions for their assistance throughout the day!

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