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Charged and Ready to Go…

The team just arrived back from this year’s WEVA Expo in Orlando, Florida and from what they shared with me, I know that they have picked up a lot of tips and tricks. We’re all excited sharing our learnings with each other and therefore, we’ve scheduled a team meeting on Friday the 25th. Some of the topics up for discussion include: new partnerships (with GetMarried.com), adding to our collection of toys (example: Canon 5D and SteadiCam), and of course, sharing knowledge and adding to our toolbox to continuously innovate our offerings. Also, we want to thank all of our new friends from WEVA and the Guest Speakers for 3 days of inspirational sessions. We’re pumped and ready to implement… From Left to Right (Hussain Manjee, Kelley Crowder, Sofia Manjee, Ayaz...

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WEVA EXPO 2009

Hakim Sons Films’ family will be leaving tomorrow morning for Orlando, Florida to attend the 19th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo, which is the biggest convention and trade show for professional wedding & event videographers from around the world. Presented annually by Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA), this is the information-packed EXPO where videographers at all levels learn new breathtaking creativity that sells, cutting-edge techniques, compare state-of-the-art technologies, and network with fellow videographers worldwide. Over the past 10 years, we have always focused on being a leader in the wedding film industry and continuously strive for innovation and advanced education. We’re ready for another jam-packed week! WEVA 2009, here we...

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Featured again…

We have recently been featured in “The Wedding Party Studio” article Library members rock the WFAA A-List. Check out the blog post below: We’re thrilled to see that our members are being recognized for their fabulous work by WFAA-TV of North Texas! WFAA’s 2009 “A-List” includes so many of our vendors it’s no wonder they’re the best of the best: Waxpaper Invitations – #1 Wedding Invitations in North Texas Paige Chenault Events – #1 Wedding Planner in North Texas And even more of our members were listed in the 2009’s Top 5 in their category! Bride Associates Andrea Polito Photography Fairy Godmother Mo Bowers Blush Couture Hakim Sons Films Bella Flora of Dallas Come make an appointment at the Wedding Party Studio to find out more about these...

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Lights, Camera, Action!

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to any bride or groom when looking into filming their wedding is to have good lighting at their event. Lighting is one of the most important components of making a good wedding film an amazing wedding film. From color washes, spot lights, lanterns, to personalized graphics and monograms, lights transform a venue and allow the bride and groom to set the mood and tone of their event. When proper lighting is achieved, one feels like they are entering into a different world. Not only does this affect the wedding film from a cinematography standpoint, but everyone entering into this “world” picks up on the tone and the “wow factor” is accomplished. Another advantage of lighting is that it allows the important elements of the event to stand out. Without proper illumination, even the most beautiful flowers and delicious cake will fade into the background. Lighting provides a third dimension to those special details that most couples work so hard to make part of their big day. Take your wedding to the next level. Let the lights of your event reflect the radiance in your...

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Featured on “Society Bride” Blog

Hakim Sons Films has been featured on Society Bride blog. Here’s what they had to say about us… Experience romance, define destiny, and live in the moment over and over again with Hakim Sons Films. We proudly announce Hakim Sons Films as the first member of our cinematography category at The Studio! We could go on forever about their cinematic, timeless masterpieces. This delightful camera crew and director will capture and execute fashionably, every detail of your wedding. Our favorite part is their ability to making every moment as picturesque as it feels. Hakim Sons value your unique story; all their work is customized to animate all the fine details to illuminate your wedding day experience. They incorporate a great balance between elegance and originality into their work. And check out their newest concept: Web Only Invitations! These “green invites” are the next generation of invitations for socially conscious couples. Eco-friendly and affordable, Web Only Invites incorporate all the handy-dandy new recording devices while saving on stamps, paper, and printing. Shezad, the ultra-talented managing partner of Hakim Sons, even used a Web Only Invite for his own wedding… “Wedding day jitters, anticipated perfection, a mist of perfume; your wedding day is more than a single moment.” Experience more inspiring film from this cinematographer at...

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What do I say?

The groom’s speech is usually the second speech of the reception; it traditionally follows the father of the bride’s speech. Most grooms dread getting up in front of all their family and friends and saying something. However, this is a great opportunity to thank everyone for coming and give special recognition to those who deserve it. That being said there are some key things that the groom need to know before he gets up to give his toast. First off, short is sweet. You need to remember that there are a lot of toast going on, so the toast really shouldn’t be more than 5 min. Secondly, there are some key people you need to thank you in your toast. First are the parents of both the bride and groom. Make sure you thank them separately, and thank them for raising both and your wife to the people you are today. Secondly you need to thank the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. Remember that they put a lot of time and energy into being a part of you wedding day. Thirdly is your best man and lastly but most importantly is your bride. These are the people you must include in your speech however you can add anyone else you would like to honor as well. You definitely will want to add a little bit of humor but make sure that you keep everything appropriate for all of the guest who are attending. Some things you should try to stay clear of would be politics, religion, or anything about your wild night in...

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Can you believe this?

I recently ran across this video on the web and thought it was a joke but after some research soon realized that many people have fainted at their wedding before. I think it’s a good laugh while you’re in the midst of planning your wedding day. ENJOY Editors Note: Help avoid fainting at the alter by getting a good nights rest the night before the wedding, eating before the wedding, not locking your knees. . .and remembering to breath while at the...

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Yup, it’s true!

  So, everyone is been wondering if the rumors are true. Yes, I am getting married this month on June 28th, 2009. And everybody’s been wanting to see our concept video. So, here it is…This was used as our Invitation Video. Thanks for all the Well Wishes from our friends around the world....

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Top 100 Wedding Blogs (and Twitters) To Follow In 2009

I wanted to share this great resource with our readers. I have personally reviewed most of these blogs and found loads of useful information to share with our brides. There are several categories within this TOP 100 list including: -DIY Wedding -Design,Style & Fashion -Eco & Green -Inspiration -Practical and more. Click on the image below to access the list by...

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June Weddings – What’s the Origin?

Ok, I have to accept the fact that I am guilty! I have been missing in action because I have been planning my own “June Wedding”. My fiance and I are planning on “jumping the broom” on June 28, 2009 and as we have been in the middle of the Wedding Season and planning our own wedding, I felt curious to find out more about “Why June Weddings?”. In my research, I found this great article that I wanted to share with all the other brides and grooms in our shoes. Article Source: wedding-blog.net written by Lesley-Ann Graham; Image Source: StyleMePretty. “For as long as I can remember, getting married in June seemed to be the right thing to do. That is why when an aunt of mine got married in December, I couldn’t quite understand why. Come to think of it, I never understood why people wanted to get married in June either. So where did tradition stem from? Remember that cliché all roads lead to Rome? Well, June weddings can also be traced back to the Ancient Roman times. For one, the Romans placed special attention to June weddings because that month was the time when they paid special obeisance to Juno, the goddess of marriage. As such, getting married in June was deemed lucky. We all know how the gods of the ancient times were very much involved in day to day living. On the other hand, it was not all luck and superstition that had it going for June weddings. It also had a practical aspect to it. If a couple got married in June, it meant that if the wife conceived, she would give birth before harvest time. This translated to the fact that she would be well enough to work the fields come harvest time. There you are – the nitty gritty stuff about June weddings. With time, however, these reasons faded into the background. People of the modern times merely held on to the tradition that June is a good time to get married and that there is no other more romantic month than this. I have been trying to come up with modern reasons for June being the wedding month. I have done research and racked...

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Hakim Sons Films nominated for WFAAList

We have just been nominated for the best videographer in this year’s WFAA List. First, take a look at our Screening Room & if you think we deserve to win, please vote for us at WFAAList. We are truly blessed to have been nominated for this award and have been overwhelemed with all your support and wonderful comments. We look forward to hearing your feedback. — Shezad...

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Happy Earth Day! GO GREEN

We recently became fans of this great product, The NeatDesk, Desktop Scanner & Digital Filing System. In our efforts to go green here at Hakim Sons Films, we are using innovative products like this to reduce our paper usage. Today, for Earth Day, The Neat Company is giving away 10 of these units and all you have to do is enter their contest. Contest Information At The Neat Company, we take pride in building products that help people and businesses reduce their paper consumption and paper accumulation. After all, it’s the information on the paper that you want to keep, not the paper itself. NeatReceipts and NeatDesk can help you use less paper at work and at home, making the world just a little bit greener with every page you do not need to use. We are giving away 10 NeatDesk units as our way of spreading some awareness of sustainable paper management practices this Earth Day. Enter now for your chance to win a free NeatDesk ADF Scanner + Digital Filing System (Energy Star compliant, of course.) How to Enter: Comment on our blog post and tell us how NeatDesk will help you reduce paper clutter and simplify your life. Be sure to use a valid email address (not to be published) so we can contact you if you win! 10 winners will be selected at random at close of business on Friday, April 24th, 2009. Winners will be contacted on Monday, April 27th, 2009. For complete contest rules, click here. Also, checkout some tips for a Paper-less...

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We’ve got some great news to share!

Hakim Sons Films has been selected as a Preferred Vendor for TPC Craig Ranch. I had the pleasure of going to this amazing venue yesterday to meet with their Special Events & Catering Manager, Christina Degelia (who by the way is AWESOME!!! She is sooo sweet. I am really excited about working with her in the near future). From the location, to the ambiance, to the cuisine, to the smallest of details, expect to be impressed! About TPC Craig Ranch Situated on 233 acres of breathtaking countryside within the gated wellness and lifestyle community of Craig Ranch, TPC Craig Ranch continues to redefine the private club experience – combining award-winning golf; an array of premium amenities with the personalized service and privileges that have become synonymous with the PGA TOUR’s acclaimed TPC Network of clubs. At TPC Craig Ranch, remarkable golf is just the beginning of an outstanding PGA TOUR...

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Don’t Send Save-the-Dates Too Early

Recently while browsing the web, I found this great article written by Talley Sue Hohlfeld, Etiquette Expert on The Bride’s Guide Blog. I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. A reader recently asked us how soon she should send her save-the-dates for her October 2010 wedding. The standard answer to that question is “six months ahead,” so, May 2010. But I’ve been seeing an alarming trend with problems that brides and grooms encounter with the save-the-dates that I think is directly tied to how early they are sent. A couple of readers have sent them to a large group of people—and then discovered that they needed to cut their guest list. (Yes, that would be rude, in case you are wondering.) Another reader sent them to all the members of a group she belonged to—and a couple of people left the group and now she doesn’t know them well. And one reader sent them to her friend’s sweetheart, since he’d be invited along with the friend—and they broke up. Other readers have sent them to relatives who responded that they weren’t going to be able to attend—and then the couple is left wondering if they should send an invitation after all, and worrying that if they do, it’ll look like a gift grab. (Yes, they should send the invite anyway, in case you are wondering.) There are lots of solutions: -Don’t send them at all (they’re not required, and families have been alerting one another to upcoming weddings by normal and noncommittal means for years) -Don’t send them to everyone (but this may unnecessarily hurt the feelings of people who don’t get them but are accurately expecting a wedding invitation) -Don’t send them until you are completely and totally committed to your guest list—its makeup and its size (though this may mean you send them later than the outside recommendation) What do you think about save-the-dates? Are you going to send them? And what’s your plan for avoiding guest-list...

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Indian Bridal Couture Show – Hakim Sons Films’ booth

This past Sunday, March 29th, we had the honor of being the only wedding videographer featured in an Indian Bridal Couture Show held at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Texas. This show was organized by Prashe and Pramel, of Prashe Decor and Fusion & Hala, of Events by Hala. The turnout was fantastic with over 200+ guests. At Hakim Sons Films, we take great pride in documenting each one of our bride’s unique love story. It’s always awesome to see some of our past brides at shows like this, when they come and give you a big ol’ hug and say, our friends and family are still talking about the wedding video. Below you will find a couple of snaps we took before the show started and things got busy :-). We also gave away one of the grand prizes, a Concept Video, won by Bobby & Rachie (to be married August...

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Tuesdays with Morrie – 5 stars

I just got done reading this and I have to confess, there were parts in the book where I was in tears. This was a very emotional read but I truly enjoyed it.  I believe it teaches you many great life lessons. Just imagine how great of a book this is, if it has spent almost 4 years on the New York Times Best Seller List. If you have also read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts… My rating: 5 stars Tuesdays with Morrie is a 1997 biographical novel by American writer Mitch Albom. It tells the true story of sociologist Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his students. Memoir from wikipedia In the then best-selling memoir of all time, newspaper columnist Mitch Albom recounts his time spent with an old sociology professor at Brandeis University, Morrie Schwartz, who was dying from ALS (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Albom had not seen or corresponded with Schwartz since attending his college classes 16 years earlier. After Albom saw a terminal Schwartz on ABC’s Nightline talking with Ted Koppel about his experience with death and dying, Albom contacted Schwartz. The resulting book – based entirely on tape-recorded conversations between Albom and Schwartz about life’s most important lessons – was initially proposed for the sole purpose of paying Morrie’s medical bills. Four years later, it had spent 205 consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller...

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Inspiration Boards — For That Certain Look & Feel

While browsing the web today, I ran across this great reference website for all you brides out there… Dreaming of a certain wedding day look? Use an inspiration board or a color palette to tie the look and feel of your wedding together. Whether you favor a look that is traditional, formal, contemporary or somewhere in between, inspirational boards are useful tools to help you organize and romanticize, coordinate and complement the theme and style of your wedding. The result will be that cohesive, put-together look you’ve been dreaming of. To keep a fresh and modern look to your wedding, whatever your style, incorporate some of the newest, hottest trends of the year. Watch for eye-catching color combinations, changes in dress styles, fun favors and new ideas for creating a one-of-a- kind wedding celebration. Of course, trends come and go so be sure to check out the latest bridal magazines, wedding websites and wedding blogs to see what’s hot and what’s...

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Wedding Bookshelf

I often get asked from our brides, if I have any books that I would  recommend for them in the planning stages of their wedding? And, the answer is Yes, of course. There are some very useful books out there that I often refer to and others that I have purchased for my fiancé, since we are planning our own wedding. I recommend these 5 titles, but feel free to browse through the other titles: –    The Best Wedding Reception…Ever! | by Peter Merry –    Jo Gartin’s Weddings : An Inspiring Guide for the Stylish Bride | by Jo Gartin –    Emotionally Engaged – A Bride’s Guide to Surviving the “Happiest” Time of Her Life | by Allison Moir-Smith –    1,000 Best Secrets for Your Perfect Wedding | by Sharon Naylor –    Your Stress Free Wedding Planner – Expert’s Best Secrets to Creating the Wedding of Your Dreams | by Alison Davis –    BONUS for all my eco-friendly couples (like us) — Organic Weddings | by Michelle...

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The Couture Indian Bridal Show — Sunday March 29, 2009

Prashe Decor Presents: The Couture Indian Bridal Show The Four Seasons Resort – Las Colinas, Texas Sunday, March 29th 2009 If you have not yet sent your RSVP for the show please send them to rsvp@prashe.com. Come meet with these professionals & register to win… Prashe Decor Giveaway: Wedding Decorations (Mandap & Linens) Events By Hala Giveaway: Day of Coordination The Four Seasons Resort Giveaway: Overnight stay with Sunday brunch Hakim Sons Films Giveaway: Concept Video Threejays Carriages Giveaway: Horse on Wedding Day GladTower Live Productions Giveaway: Wedding Biography Montage The Saffron House Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificate Maitee Miles- Hair and Makeup Giveaway: Trial Run Worth $125 The Left Handed Calligrapher Giveaway: 50 Personal Wedding Envelopes Henna by Afshan Giveaway: Henna for the...

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“The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!”

One of our industry’s top-respected professionals and my personal friend, Peter Merry, has been on tour promoting his book, “The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!”  I had picked up a copy of Peter’s book but never gotten a chance to finish the whole thing. Last week on Sunday, I decided to sit down and finish this wonderfully written book, a must have for every bride. This should be one of the tools that you refer to when planning the entertainment and music for your reception with your DJ or Live Band. For more information about this book, visit Peter Merry’s book website. Hope you enjoy this book as much as I...

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YouTube Weddings

About a week back I wrote a post titled, “iPod Wedding Films” which sparked some questions from a bride about posting wedding films on YouTube. So, today we will answer some of the questions that exist around posting your wedding films online. First question that we often hear, can I make my video private on YouTube or does it have to be public? Well, the quick answer to this is YES, you can make the video private but most brides don’t mind sharing their love story with the world and would prefer it to be public. Secondly another question that we usually get is, YouTube is great but isn’t the video playback going to be low quality? The answer to this is, it doesn’t have to be…We upload High-Definition Videos on YouTube and people can play these videos back in High Definition or Standard Definition based on their internet speeds. Checkout a sample of a High-Definition Video and the same video in Standard-Definition. Lastly, once I post this video on YouTube, how do I share this with my friends and family? Well, you can send them a direct link to your video or you can embed the code for the video on your wedding website. Another cool thing about YouTube is that it allows you to share your video on Facebook , MySpace, and other social networking platforms. Now, you might be thinking to yourself, what if I am not Technically savy enough to post my video on YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, etc & I need some help. That’s not a problem at all. I highly recommend to ask your videographer to help you through this and if you can’t find any light, just shoot me an email. I would be glad to help. Good Luck with sharing your big day with the world using Social...

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“Save The Day” Kit

We understand that the stress of wedding planning is quite overbearing, especially if you don’t have a wedding planner. Here is a very simple tip to have a flawless day. Before your big day, make an emergency bag/kit (or have someone make one up for you).  Include some of these basic items: a water bottle, small snack, aspirin, shout wipes, a nail file, your fingernail polish, a bottle of clear nail polish, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, feminine products, safety pins, sewing kit, bobby pins, hair brush or comb, hairspray, mints, travel size perfume. Ask your make-up artist if you can have samples of your foundation, concealer and lip color. Include anything you may think will be necessary to have just in case. To help you further, here is a printable checklist. I wish you the best with your wedding planning. Hopefully, you won’t have to use anything from this kit, but in the event that you having a wedding day emergency, you will be...

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Hakim Sons Films wins Bride’s Choice Awards ’09

Hakim Sons Films wins Bride’s Choice Awards ’09 presented by Wedding Wire & Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank all of our previous brides for nominating us for such as auspicious award. Thanks also to all of our staff and our supporters in the wedding industry, we couldn’t have done this without...

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iPod Wedding Films

With the popularity of the iPhones and the iPods as media player devices, more and more interest is generated from our brides to get their wedding film for an iPod or iPhone video file so they can share it with their friends, families, colleagues, and sometimes strangers at the grocery store. We offer wedding film highlights for each segment of the wedding (bridal prep, ceremony, and reception, along with any other traditional/cultural festivities), and can provide our brides and grooms with a trailer/highlight reel that they can share with anyone at anytime on these wonderful iDevices. Let us know if you would like a highlights reel for your iPhone or iPod, and go share your love with the...

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