A Classic Wedding

We are thrilled to highlight Courtney and Brock on our wedding blog this week. This spectacular wedding is one of our Signature films shot by Voila owner, Alex Karas.

Courtney and Brock are both Florida natives who graduated from the University of Florida, but did not meet until after they graduated. They actually met years later at a Florida vs Georgia game. It was then that Brock worked his magic and landed a date with Courtney, which eventually lead to a proposal!

When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew right away it was going to take place in a coastal setting that had special significance to them as a couple. The Gasparilla Inn was the perfect venue!

This black tie wedding was nothing but flawless. Courtney took everyone’s breath away while walking down the aisle in a Vera Wang wedding dress. Brock didn’t look so bad himself in a Ralph Lauren tuxedo.

Sarah Fairbairn of One Fine Day made sure everything about the day was perfect, from the ceremony to the music to the details of the reception. The beautiful floral design, from Botanica, was a major scene setter in the reception tent. The classic ivory flowers and the vast amount of greenery really gave the reception a classic and clean feel.

We were honored to be a part of Courtney and Brock’s special day!

Event Planner: One Fine Day, Inc.

Photographer: Kallima Photography 

Venue: The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club

Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio

Cake: The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club

Entertainment: The Headliners Band, The Dillingham String Quartet

Linens: Over the Top Linens

Event Furniture Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals 

Stationary: A&P Designs


Courtney and Brock from Voila Cinematic on Vimeo.

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Amy & Sahil

Amy and Sahil met in Spring of 2011 when they both joined an intramural kickball league in New York City. He was a grad from NYU and captain of the team. She was a music major; her and a couple friends decided to join the team. Amy was first drawn to Sahil after he had sent the team a hilarious email. She loved his sense of humor and the two had instant chemistry! Amy and Sahil quickly realized they had the same unique personality, they fell in love and the rest is history!

We love shooting fusion weddings because it allows us to experience the traditional American wedding, as well as other cultural elements such as this one that incorporates Indian traditions. And, this one could not be more gorgeous! From the couple to the decor and design, it is exquisite!

We hope you enjoy this film and the gorgeous photos from our friend Kimberly of Kimberly Photography! Congratulations Amy and Sahil!

Venue: Loews Don Cesar

Event Planner: Tracie Domino Events

Photographer: Kimberly Photography

Florist: Suhaag Garden

Entertainment: Dudha Productions 

Cake artist: The Cake Zone

Transportation: Jolley Trolley, Ambassador Limousine, Skyline Limousine

Dhol Player: Dhol Mitul G

Stationary: A&P Designs

Moscow Mule Cup Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals & Design

Champagne Coupe Glasses Rentals: Rent-All City

Hair & Makeup: KyleLynn Weddings

Sari Dressing: Tejal Henna

Bridal Gown: The Dressing Room

Baraat Horse: St. Pete Carriages

Guest Room Block: Strata Beach Resort

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Birchwood


Amy and Sahil from Voila Cinematic: Associate Films on Vimeo.




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To “First Look” or Not to “First Look, that is the question

First Look: the official, and dramatic first reveal between the bride and groom in their formal wedding attire on their wedding day. In recent years, this has become a very popular wedding trend! Roughly 75% of our weddings include a first look. While opinions vary on the first look, it truly is a decision that needs to be made by each individual couple based on their ideas and traditions.

While some of our couples feel that this new trend ruins the “surprise” of the groom seeing the bride for the first time, others enjoy the intimacy of getting a private moment before the sometimes nerve- wracking ceremony.

When our couples are deciding if they will do a first look or not, we find that it is always interesting to hear why they choose to do (or not to do) this. The bride may say, “I think he may cry, so I want to wait for him to see me for the first time during the ceremony.” While the groom may respond, “I’d rather do a ‘first look privately IN CASE I DO cry!” One of the biggest cited reasons for having a first look is so that the couple can get their formal portraits done before the ceremony.

Whether you first look or don’t, we love capturing our couples seeing each other for the first time- be it down the aisle or in a breathtaking venue away from the crowds. Here are some couples that made some interesting decisions on whether to DO a first look or NOT to do a first look. Both options present their pros and cons- our only advise is to stick with what feels right to you! Watch while our brides and grooms decide what trends and styles work for their special day!

Brittany and William decide – NO First-Look:

Brittany and William from Voila Cinematic: Associate Films on Vimeo.

Leah and David decide – To DO a First-Look:

Leah and David from Voila Cinematic on Vimeo.

Brittany & William’s Wedding Day brought to you by:

Wedding Planner: Sabrina Simpson – The Southern Sweetheart
SandPearl Wedding Coordinator: Emily Olivieri – SandPearl Weddings
Photographer: Yaroslav Vinokurov – YV Photography
DJ Grant Hemond: Michelle Norman – Grant Hemond & Associates
Officiant: Russell Laggan
Reception Chairs: Carly Adair – A Chair Affair
Reception Draping: Jose Orsini – Elegant Touch Chairs
Ceremony Arch: Milly – Milly’s Flowers & Events
Wedding Cake: Chef Michael – Let them eat cake!
Photo-Booth: Monique Turley – Shutterbooth
Steel Drum Band: Bickley Rivera
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Davis – Destiny and Light
Florist: Debbie Welch – The Brides Bouquet
Videographers: Alex & Jocelyn Karas – Voila Cinematic

Leah & David’s Wedding Day brought to you by:

Planner: Susan Wesselhoft – Grande Affaires
Venue: Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans
Photographer: Lou Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Photography
Videographers: Alex & Jocelyn Karas – Voila Cinematic
DJ: DJ Reach – DJ Reach

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You’ll Know it When it Happens

This week, we are so thrilled to share Caroline and Brad’s Signature film by Alex Karas on the blog! Caroline and Brad knew they had instant attraction when they met at their place of business. It wasn’t long before Brad was whisking Caroline off to Lake Tahoe to propose! Their love of travel takes them all over the world but when they settle down, there is no place they’d rather be than in gorgeous St. Pete- which is why they decided to have a wedding at the bride’s parents home in St. Pete.

Upon meeting Caroline and Brad, I think one of the things I loved most about them is that they were so laid back! They were really focused on the love they have for each other and for the marriage that followed the wedding day. When crafting this film, we really wanted to capture the importance of how this couple seemed to be inevitably meant to be but also to capture the beauty of the location and the setup. Caroline and Brad both stressed how important having the wedding at the home was to them and how their love for St. Pete is really such a big part of who they are as a couple.

Enjoy this film and their story- I think it makes us all believe that when two people are meant to be, they will be! Congratulations Caroline and Brad!

Caroline and Brad from Voila Cinematic on Vimeo.

An amazing team of vendors was brought on board to create the bride and groom’s vision for the perfect wedding. Check out their work!

Wedding Planner:Tracie Domino Events – Tracie Domino
Florals & Decor: MMD Events – Amy Willoughby
Tents:Sperry Tents – Ryan Gross
Caterer & Rehearsal: Parkshore Grill – Christen O’Reilly
Cake: The Cake Zone – Alla Levin
Brunch Venue: Vinoy Renaissance Resort – Chris Starman
Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography
Videography: Voila Cinematic (Vimeo Page) – Alex Karas
Officiant: DeArruda Weddings – Michael DeArruda
Officiant 2: St. Athanasius Syriac Church – Father John Kouki
Hair & Makeup Artist: Rachel Artistry – Rachel Reumann
Ceremony Sound/Reception DJ: Impulse Entertainment – Curtis Carassco
Reception Band: Kamil Haddad
Stationary: A & P Designs – Alicia Rohan
Guest Room Block: Courtyard by Marriott St.Petersburg Downtown – Nikki Ervins
Guest Room Block 2: Hollander Hotel
Valet: 717 Parking – Claire Richardson
Executive Restrooms: Waterloo Washrooms – Walter Conner
Backup Generator: Coastal Rental Center – Larry & Brad
Security: St. Petersburg Police – Deborah Saathoff
After Party Catering: Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally – Michael Blasco

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Being on the Voila Cinematic Team –

Recently, one of our sweet brides posted a review on The Knot stating:

“All we can say is WOW! What a beautiful experience to get to relive our wedding over and over again through such a gorgeous video. Both videos are amazing and capture every moment and emotion as if we were there again. We wanted to watch them on repeat, they were that good! The entire team at Voila is truly exceptional and talented. We are so blessed to have hired them for our wedding. Words really can’t express the gratitude and appreciation we have for all of their hard work.”

This is exactly what we love to hear from our clients!! Unfortunately, I can barely remember my own wedding day. The adrenaline of the moment took over and I think I just smiled and waved- going in whatever direction I was told to throughout the day. Hearing that our couples are able to relive the small moments that otherwise might have gone forgotten is just the best!

One of my responsibilities at Voila Cinematic is to help with the chapter editing and burning of the DVDs before they get sent out to our couples. I might not remember all the details of my wedding day, but I can enjoy watching our sweet couples in these amazingly crafted films with all their emotion and excitement, reminding me of the beauty of this covenant that each couple is making, and the covenant that I too once made!

Thank you to all of our happy couples for reminding us daily how beautiful it is to fall in love with your spouse and to marry your best friend! Thank you for your kind words to us in your reviews! It is because of you that we love our job, and it’s because of you that we received the “2016 Pick from The Knot’s Best of Weddings!!”

Here is one of the first weddings I worked on when I joined the Voila Cinematic team. Enjoy!

Jordan and Aaron from Voila Cinematic: Associate Films on Vimeo.

This beautiful wedding was made possible by a phenomenal team of vendors:

Tracie Domino Events
Hyde Park Presbyterian Church
Hands on Sweets
Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa
Botanica Florist & Design
L. Martin Wedding Photography
Framed Fun Photo Booth
A&P Designs Stationery

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