Bushra + Atiq // Wedding Preview

Three days of food, family and fun. Three days of ceremony, tradition and celebration. Three days of music, dancing and laughter. Bushra and Atiq's wedding was nothing short of one of the most exhilarating and colorful parties that we've had the privilege of capturing.

Held in multiple venues spread across the east side, this beautiful couple that met at the University of Washington tied the knot in grand fashion this year. We'd love to tell you more about their special day, but instead we invite you to take a look at their wedding film preview!

Lan + Tim Highlight // Kicking Off Wedding Season!

You may remember Lan and Tim from our previous post, well we're back with their wedding highlight film from scenic Puerto Rico!

VIA is stoked to share this one with you all as we were able to spend several days shooting on site and we really think the end piece came together nicely to showcase not only the beautiful scenery and festivities of the day, but really showing who Lan and Tim are and the love that they share with each other:

Are you excited? We're excited! This wedding was awesome because it got us amped up for wedding season early this year! With several weddings on the horizon this summer, we can't wait to come together with different couples on their special days to capture and share their stories!

We want to again thank Lan and Tim for allowing us to be a part of their awesome wedding day and for taking such good care of us while in Puerto Rico. VIA always feels so very blessed to be able to work with amazing couples, as every wedding is truly an adventure for us!

To read up more on Lan and Tim's wedding and to watch their hilarious and endearing Love Story, head to our previous blog post: http://viacreativesblog.com/home/2014/4/11/lan-tim-a-puerto-rico-wedding

Wedding day vendors:

Flowers & Decor - Blanco by Mara
Rentals - Ambiance Event Rental
Cake - C+M Cake Designers
LED - Soul Music Events
DJ - Joel Bigj
Wedding Planner - Eventus by Zahira
Photography - Saul Padua

Lan + Tim // A Puerto Rico Wedding

From the moment Lan and Tim told us they were having a destination wedding, we knew we were going to be in for an amazing ride!

It's an early morning in late March and we find ourselves departing from a sleepy, chilly Seattle and readying for the 80 degree weather that awaits us in San Juan, Puerto Rico. VIA works with Tim's company on quite a few projects and as the big day drew nearer, he would always remind us, "better bring your sunscreen!" It didn't settling in how hot it was going to be until actually stepping off the plane and feeling the mildly foreign wall of heat that you experience after a long Seattle winter, kind of like the opposite of walking into a department store with those super high powered A/C fans that blast a definitive barrier of cool air as you walk in... yeah, the exact opposite of that. Regardless, it was a welcoming change of climate as we arrived at La Concha Renaissance Resort, where the wedding was held. It was bustling and BEAUTIFUL. One of the first things we noticed when we were there (other than that it reminded us of a sort of Spanish influenced Waikiki) was that the sunsets were gorgeous but set incredibly fast! Here in the northwest, it feels like the sunsets like to linger and slowly fade into a gentle pre-dusky glow. Not here in Puerto Rico, it went from late evening light to brilliant sunset to pitch black night in less than an hour.

The view from the top floor of the hotel at sunset.

The view from the top floor of the hotel at sunset.

Lan + Tim and some of their friends and family at a dinner the day before the wedding.

Lan + Tim and some of their friends and family at a dinner the day before the wedding.

Lan and Tim have definitely become a couple we've gotten to know much more closely as a result of getting to shoot this Love Story with them. As soon as we got to Puerto Rico, they both took such great care of us and treated us like family. That was one of the defining aspects of these two that we really saw shine through during this trip, that they really, REALLY took incredibly good care of their people. They spared no expense in order to make all of their guests feel welcomed and loved during the entire trip, us included! We were incredibly moved by all the positive things that those closest to them had to say about Lan and Tim, both individually and as a couple. 

Get the shot!

Get the shot!

The ceremony location looked amazing, set in the outdoor seating area of the hotel pressed up against the beach, close enough to hear the waves gently crashing on shore and to see the occasional surfer cruise by. More often then not though, curious beachgoers walked past or stood by at a distance to admire the beautiful scene.

I spy orange sunglasses.

I spy orange sunglasses.

Rewind several months to an autumn evening in Seattle; Tim and Lan had decided that they wanted to share in a very special experience with all of the wedding guests at the reception, so they had us shoot a Love Story with them all over Seattle! We interviewed the two both separately in which they detailed how they met (which is a pretty hilarious story in itself), fell in love, and were engaged... but the most notable aspect of all this was that they didn't know what the other had said in their interviews until the actual day of the wedding! It was just as much a surprise and unique viewing experience to them as it was to the rest of the guests, as it was EVERYBODY'S first time seeing it.

With that, we invite you to watch the Love Story that premiered at their reception!

The rest of the reception was an absolute party and a joy to watch Lan and Tim let loose surrounded by loved ones. There was plenty of laughter, photobooth fun, good food, and dancing of course atop the beautiful hotel overlooking surrounding waterfront area.

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We are super thankful to the both for allowing us to be a part of their special day and look forward to sharing more from the trip in the future!

Special thanks to Saul Padua for providing photos of us during the wedding! You can check out his coverage of Lan and Tim's special day here:

http://saulpadua.com/blog/lan-tim-destination-wedding-at-la-concha-resort/

As always, thanks so much for checking in with us here at VIA Creatives! If you know anyone getting married who has an awesome story they'd love to tell, don't hesitate to let us know!

Till next time,

Matt + Team VIA

Team Structure // Editing

Every company has its own structure, culture, and general way of going about doing things. What do we do here at VIA, you ask? Well, every Tuesday meeting that we hold traditionally opens with one of the team members showing a video they found earlier in the week. The criteria? Nothing, other than that the team can take away something from it, whether it be a laugh or a lesson learned.

Last week, Tyler showed us an awesome video from Inside The Edit, who released a short animated film that very neatly encapsulates one of the core elements that marks us as artists and filmmakers: editing.

This beautifully animated short got us thinking more critically about our roles when we sit down at the computer and come face to face with hours of untouched footage. It is indeed often an intimidating ordeal, but at the same time it is an exhilarating process.

More often than not, a lot of people ask questions like "Who shoots and who edits?" which is actually a great question. At VIA, everyone has a hand in the editing process, whether it be filtering through and trimming footage, storyboarding and building sequences, or reviewing and color grading. While a larger or more traditional business structure might point to people within the company having very specific niche roles, one of the great things about having a small studio is that everybody does a little bit of everything!

We believe that being a better shooter in the field makes you a better editor back at the desk, and vice versa. Quite often, we will take the time to go back and review our own footage from a recent shoot to see what we did well, what we didn't do well, and what we can do better the next time we're out on the field. There's nothing more motivating than seeing what could have been a beautiful shot sullied by a bit too much instability or movement (warp stabilizer anyone?) or a detail shot that wasn't quite held for long enough. Expectedly, striving to consistently create an awesome piece in the editing room is always a challenge when you don't have enough great material to work with. Spending enough time wishing you had one more angle to cut between or a more dynamic shot helps give us the creative vision we need when we're out on a shoot in order to come back with that killer material for a stronger edit.

While we definitely each have certain areas that each of us focus in within to help the studio flourish, all in all we have all had our fair share of footage to cut and think that the "The Editor" did an absolutely beautiful job capturing and communicating the essence of what it is we strive to accomplish.

Thanks again for checking in with us here at VIA Creatives!

~ Matt and Team VIA

M.W. Boone and Associates // More Than Money

Hello all, 

Our latest work features Bellevue based investing firm, M.W. Boone and Associates. As we listened to their story, and got spend time around their office, what really stood out was their tight knit, team atmosphere and how that translated to serving their clients. One of the common themes throughout all the interviews was that they cared about building relationships.  Clients were treated as more than just numbers on a spreadsheet, but rather like family. Each person mattered no matter how big or small his or her portfolio.

In short, we learned that they genuinely care and look out for their client's best interests. Its not everyday that you see this in corporate American so when you get to tell the story of a company like M.W. Boone, its very refreshing.  

All set up and ready to go. One of the shoot’s challenges was filming in relatively narrow spaces. Ideally we would have had more room to add more depth to the shots, but in the end, the awards hanging on the walls proved to be a nice backdrop to the interviews.

All set up and ready to go. One of the shoot’s challenges was filming in relatively narrow spaces. Ideally we would have had more room to add more depth to the shots, but in the end, the awards hanging on the walls proved to be a nice backdrop to the interviews.

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Michael Boone, the founder of the company. One of the better interviewees we’ve ever had. He was well spoken and his passion about his work really came through on film. A great leader lives and breathes what he says and we could tell Michael truly lived out his philosophy. 

Michael Boone, the founder of the company. One of the better interviewees we’ve ever had. He was well spoken and his passion about his work really came through on film. A great leader lives and breathes what he says and we could tell Michael truly lived out his philosophy. 

Tyler on the Kessler Pocket Dolly getting some detail shots.

Tyler on the Kessler Pocket Dolly getting some detail shots.

And that’s a wrap. Thanks for being such a great host Cody!

And that’s a wrap. Thanks for being such a great host Cody!

More VIA adventures to come…

Tyler + Team VIA