It’s a wonderful experience working with Steve and Ton-Essa, I enjoyed the filming process and it’s really a special part of our wedding. I want to point out their professionalism, especially helping us to accommodate the language and subtitles. The movie is marvelous, we showed it in our wedding at China and it was a complete ‘Wow!’ They are very easy-going people to work with and we enjoyed the experience both in the filming and just hanging out with them.
I am a very thorough researcher and have looked at more than 20 different videographers,but did not find the “click” moment. I fell in love with Loudbyte’s style the moment I saw their first movie. Through working with Steve and Ton-Essa, I have come to understand why they call themselves cinematographer, not videographers. Different from just recording what happened on the big day, Steve and Ton-Essa put in a lot of thoughts before hand to get to know us, create a storyboard for our unique movie and work endless hours to edit our movies so it looks like what you would see in the movie theater. Steve and Ton-Essa are not afraid of challenges, our movie was in Chinese with English subtitles. Without knowing a single word in Chinese, Steve and Ton-Essa were able to finish our movie beautifully, what an achievement! Steve and Ton-Essa are charming to work with, they are very dedicated and quality-driven, you will for sure get an amazing movie, but be prepared to work long hours to achieve that! At the end, it’s all worth it.
A fusion love story combined with a wedding. Shot entirely in Chinese.
Locations for this film were San Francisco, Palo Alto, Stanford University, Tampa and Gainesville Florida.
We’d like to thank the following people for helping make this production possible…
Fiona Shi + Aaron Wang
Margaret Fu, Kai Ding, Cheng Xu and Lin Bao
Melissa Prestinario at Stanford Memorial Church
The Laughing Cat Bistro
Wedding Photography by our friends, Tommy Xing + Wei Wei from Xing Photography
Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca
Dress Purchased from The Collection Bridal – Orlando, FL
Shoe Designer: Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna
Grooms’s shoes: Bergdorf Goodman
Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
St. James Chapel-Archbishop Quigley Center
Planner – One Fine Day Chicago
Hair – Juan Jose Herrera
Makeup – Kristen Repta
Florist – Stemline Creative
Limo/Bus – Emperor Limousine
Photographer – Shane Welch
DJ – While Label DJ’s
John Norman Music LLC
Wedding film by Loudbyte Cinematography
We had an amazing time with Abby and Andrew, shooting their love story before the wedding. If you haven’t seen their love story, check it out. This short film premiered at their wedding reception. Here’s a few photos of crowd reactions. If we could bottle the energy of the crowd after seeing a love story, we’d have lightning!
Participating Wedding Specialists:
Bridal Prep: InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
Bridesmaid/Mother Of Brides Dresses By Lazaro: Macy’s Bridal Salon
Car: Classic Car Chicago
Caterer/Coordinator: Simply Elegant Catering
Limo Transportation: M&M Limousine
Charter Buses: Cheeseman Coaches
Dress: Vera Wang
Florist: Anthony Gowder Designs
Hair and Makeup: sonia roselli.com
Groomsmen Tuxes – Vera Wang Black: Men’s Wearhouse
Honeymoon: Hellenic Holidays, Inc.
Cinematography & Photography by Loudbyte Cinematography
We had a blast exploring South Side Chicago with Elia Alamillo of E.L.A. Photography and her fiance Danny Rico.
This urban love story also features graffiti artwork by Elia’s brother Tim “Tubz” Alamillo!
Congrats Elia + Danny!
Also, check out the Behind the Scenes from our shoot with Elia + Danny!
This really touching love story between Abby and Andy premiered at their wedding on 6.22.13 at the gorgeous Chicago Cultural Center.
Also, check out the behind the scenes photos from our shoot with Abby + Andy
If we could bottle the excitement, tears and laughter that happen when we screen a love story, we’d have lightning!
BEHIND THE SCENES IMAGES….
In participation with the following wedding vendors ….
Church: St. Michaels in Old Town
Venue: The Palmer House
Cinematographer: Loudbyte Cinematography
Photographer: Carasco Photography
Singer: Johnny Vincent
DJ: DJ Rock City
Florist: Exquisite Designs
Makeup: Makeup by Aga
Hair: Tornabeni Productions
Stylist: Evolve Chicago
Event Designer: Erickson Design
Cake: Take The Cake
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
Bridal Salon: Belle Vie Bridal Couture
Planner: Michelle Durpetti Events
Badgley Mischka Bridal
The Dress Doctor
Left Bank Bridal
Carrot and Gibbs
Limo: Windy City Limo
Assistant Cinematographer at the reception: Mike Fierros
“Amazing film from the very talented LoudByte Cinematography of our wedding day from last September! Christa Nodolf and I are beyond thrilled to have our memories captured in such an incredible way – it takes us right back to that magical day as if we are reliving every special moment! Thank you
Cinematography – Loudbyte Cinematography
Florist- Pretty Things by Bobbi Jindra
Catering – JW Marriott
Band – Chris Sarlas Orchestra
Photo – Mora Photography (Robert and Rich Mora)
Ceremony & Reception Site – JW Marriott Chicago
Officiant – Tom Maluga
Bridal Hair & Make-Up – Salon Blue in Lincoln Park
Bridesmaids Gowns – Dessy Collection
Groomsmen Suits – Indochino
Ring Bearer suits – JCPenny
Flower Girls Dress – Custom
Ring Bearer pillows – Etsy
Flower girl basket – Etsy
Staging & Draping – AVT Event Technologies
Chuppah – Handmade by Ian’s late grandmother, Nonni
Cake Toppers – Swarovski
Wedding Programs – Invitation Pie
Rea & Ian’s Story
Rea and I were officially introduced when I was urged by friends to ask her to the Junior Prom. I was told it would be a good idea to ask her, even though I barely knew her. Who knew it would blossom into the relationship it has. We quickly formed a bond around our love for one another and close family and friends. It’s hard to explain our relationship in a few words but we know we have something special and we don’t take it for granted.
Planning a wedding is a full time job, anyone who has done it knows this to be true. But let us say that Steve and Ton-Essa made everything easier when it came to our film. From the moment we met them in their studio until the cameras shut off they were fantastic. Their professionalism and knowledge is unparalleled and this was clear throughout our process and on our final film. Their ability to incorporate guests in the film and make us feel comfortable and stress free was something we truly valued. We practically counted down the days until we would receive our final film. When it came we were speechless! The film blew us away! We aren’t exaggerating when we say we watched it at least 20 times in the first few days of having it. One of the best suggestions they made was to order the raw footage as well. We were hesitant at first but when you see yourself go through the unbelievable range of emotions during speeches and the ceremony it makes it all worth it. We can’t begin to thank both Steve and Ton-Essa enough for their hard work on our film. If you are looking for someone to make your day special for years to come, there is no competition for these two, they are the best!!
Thanks guys, your the best!
Ian and Rea Sarachan