Why do you want to capture your wedding on video?

We find that we enjoy looking at videos more than photos when we look back at memories. They capture a person's characteristics more. We also want to see our loved ones' reactions as we share this special moment with them.

Why did you pick Amy Hung Films?

We came across a Brazilian Room wedding film of yours, and we loved it. We watched more of your wedding films. What initially caught our eyes was the high quality and the hues. We love that you use audio from loved ones and the vows, and that it's not just music playing the whole time. Love that you mix video footage (not just the day in sequential order). We noticed that the music goes with the video too. We're so excited to work with you!

How did you meet?

In Fall 2013, I taught my first math class (college). (I had just graduated from UCR and was always a TA.) I had Santos as a student, and didn't think much of him because I never considered my students as anything more than that. One night, we were walking to class from the parking lot, so we walked together. Making small talk, he revealed his age, and I realized that college students could be my age. I didn't try to talk to him until after the semester ended. I was moving to SD and felt that I should take a chance. I sent him an email saying I was moving to SD and wanted to get coffee with him. It worked! Rest is history.

The proposal.

We planned to go to Brian Head to snowboard for We love hiking, so we found a hiking spot along the way to Brian Head. There is a river through a canyon, which is basically the end of the hike. We always talk about how we don't take enough photos or video, so he said let's take a photo in the canyon. He set up the camera and the gopro. I didn't think much of it. We "took the photo" and he talked about how much he loved me and he proposed. I was surprised because I had planned the trip, so I had no clue that this was in our agenda.

The venue/s? Why this place above anywhere else?

We love hiking and the outdoors. Southern California is very dry during the summer, so we wanted somewhere that would have lovely trees and a forest look.


Why do you want to capture your wedding on video?

Because we will have all our favorite people in one spot. Being an international couple, we have friends all over the world. Our guests are coming from places like Tokyo, London, Germany, North Carolina, Seattle, LA ... and the bay area! When do we even get to see all of them in one place moving forward? Would love to capture this special day!

Why did you pick Amy Hung Films?

We got to know you through referral by Olivia whom we have worked with on engagement photos already and we had such a great time with her. And meeting you / watching your videos and photos, we loved your warm, friendly, authentic style. What we want is a candid record of our day, and we thought you would be a great fit!

How did you meet?

Online :) Chip was living in San Jose (he is originally from Virginia, went to school in Berkeley, and had been in California for about 10 years) and Rie was living in Mountain View (originally from Tokyo, went to business school in Boston and got a job in California after). Our first date was on Castro Street in Mountain View.

The proposal.

We went to Hawaii together and Chip proposed to Rie in Kauai on April 28, 2018, about 20 months after we met. We chose Hawaii because it was a sweet middle ground between SJ (Chip) and Tokyo (Rie). It was on day 2 of our trip. Rie was pretty jetlagged and tired that day, so after we explored nearby towns and had lunch, she suggested that we went back to our airbnb and took a quick power nap. After an hour or so, still half asleep and cuddled in Chip's arms, Rie said how happy she was to be with Chip and listening to the sound of waves relaxing together. Then Chip said, you are happy? you love me? .. Will you marry me? and he put a diamond ring in front of Rie's face. Being half asleep, hugged from behind and not being able to see his face but this ring, Rie was very confused. She still said... uhm yes?? but it was when Chip pinned Rie down on the bed and said "and I have decided to move to Tokyo for us! Let's do this" that she said YES!!!!! and gave Chip a huge smile. It was always a discussion point for us where we would live - Rie had to leave the US in Oct 2017 because she could not maintain her visa to stay in the US. So it was a huge deal that Chip wanted to move to Tokyo for us, although he didn't know any Japanese. The ring is an heirloom that belonged to his grandmother who passed last year. Chip was very close to her. It has got a unique design with leaves around the main stone, and we have designed the wedding around the leaves / botanical theme as well.

The venue/s? Why this place above anywhere else?

We knew we wanted to have a wedding in California because that's where we met and fell in love. Many of our friends are also in the area so we were like why not. AAG was full of flowers and greens when we visited, and it was like love at first sight. We wanted a warm, inviting, down to earth kind of wedding, and cute mission style venue was perfect for that.

What experience do you want to give your guests at the wedding?

Feel invited, welcomed, loved. We want them to know that each person is very important to us and we are so happy that they could join us. Have fun, relax, celebrate with us.

"No longer two but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. My best friend, my person, my life, and today, my wife."

So happy to share this highlight video of Alyssa and John's wedding on April 6th, 2019. What a beautiful wedding at Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, CA. These two love birds are so cute together. Not only they complete each other, their commitment to god is what makes their love so strong. Congratulations to Alyssa and John!

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