Thomas Wedding Cinema

Aqua Vivus Productions was created in 2008 by Thomas O'Hara with the purpose of creatively capturing the stories between two people as they embark on their endeavor in marriage. As of January 2014, we have filmed over 160 weddings and have been featured on Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake, Martha Stewart Weddings, and more! Over the years we have been privileged to expand our work outside the wedding world as well, trusted by brands and organizations such as Sharp Healthcare, UCSD, Eldorado Stone, BumpNest, Autism Speaks, Cleveland Golf, Jedidiah Clothing, Medcline, and National Conflict Resolution Center. We are looking forward to telling your story!

09/13/2019
He Married His Dream Girl - Mind Blowing Wedding Venue in Laguna Beach, California - Oceana Estate

I can't remember the last time I had a dream worthy of being shared with anyone, let along in fron tof 200 people during my wedding. Maybe if my dreams were more like Matt's I'd change my mind :) Completely awesome day with these two and their dream vendor team!

Videography - Thomas Wedding Cinema
Planning & Design - Asheville Event Co.
Photography - Jodee Debes Photography
Florals - Nisie's Enchanted Florist
Hair & Makeup - Design Visage
Band - JumpStart Band
Ceremony Music - Angelica Strings
Rentals - Signature Party Rentals
Catering - Creme de la Creme
Cake - Grace and Honey Cakes
Venue - Oceana Estate

This wedding was practically perfect in every way @everafterevents @ameliaguess #granddelmar #granddelmarwedding #sandie...
06/07/2019

This wedding was practically perfect in every way @everafterevents @ameliaguess #granddelmar #granddelmarwedding #sandiegowedding

These two know how to pick a venue! Check out their pretty video - link in description #redwoods #redwoodwedding #redwoo...
05/09/2019

These two know how to pick a venue! Check out their pretty video - link in description #redwoods #redwoodwedding #redwoodswedding #forestwedding #outdoorwedding #californiawedding

So stoked to be part of this featured wedding on the front page of @stylemepretty - a truly magical day with some of the...
02/25/2019

So stoked to be part of this featured wedding on the front page of @stylemepretty - a truly magical day with some of the best in the biz! Check out the link in description to see the full posting! 📷: @bryanmillerphoto

Design and Coordination: @coutureevents

Photography: @bryanmillerphoto

Video: @thomasweddingcinema

Florist: @splendidsentiments

Ceremony Arbor: Arc de Belle

Tables & Tabletop: @brighteventrentals

Draped Structure: @southwestteepeerental

Chairs and Chandeliers: @hire_elegance

Linens: @latavolalinen

Lounge: @tbdsandiego

DJ: @stilllisteningproductions

Cake: @jennywennycakes

Calligraphy: @dixieondallas

Hair: @blushandadore

Makeup: @makeupbykandice

Bride’s Dress: @bertabridal

Venue: @theinnatrsf

01/24/2019
A collection of screen shots from our films
01/23/2019

A collection of screen shots from our films

A collection of screen shots from our films

01/23/2019
12/04/2018
Sneak Peek for Amelia & Greg // Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding Video

"You will always know that the other is just an arms length away..."

CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | Thomas Wedding Cinema
Photographer | The Youngrens
Planner & Design | EverAfter Events
Wedding Venue & Catering | Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Florals | Adorations Botanical Artistry
Hair | Audra René
Makeup | Ashley Fierro
Invitations & Stationery | Sweet Paper Weddings
Classic Car | Legends Car Rentals

11/27/2018
Living Pono at Catalina View Gardens

"I promise to live pono with you every day of my life." Pono is a beatiful word and way of life from native Hawaiians. Hearing Janelle & Cody speak of it during their wedding vows and seeing the emotional connection they had, it was apparent pono had a deep meaning and significance in their lives! In the midst of the great Pacific and warm California sun, this couldn't have been a more perfect setting. Enjoy the video!

CAST & CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | Thomas Wedding Cinema
Coordinator | Melinda Hurley with CanaryEvents
Photographer | Pine & Sea Photography
Wedding Venue & Catering | Catalina View Gardens
Florals | Allen’s Flower Market - Long Beach
Catering | The Depot
Cakes | SusieCakes Bakery
Ceremony Musicians | Jason Sulkin Music
DJ | VOX DJs
Invitations & Stationery | Minted
Calligraphy | Heidi Davidson Calligraphy
Hair & Makeup | Design Visage

10/31/2018

Each time we are able to create a Same Day Premiere for our couples it gives us a rush! After nearly 10 years in the wedding video industry I still think this is the best way to experience a video...amongst all your closest family and friends, sensing the heightened emotions, and feeling joyous shock waves that flow through the room. Michael & Maya's wedding was no different! After seeing how the bridesmaids reacted during their hula rehearsal in the getting ready room I knew Maya's dance would bring many teary eyes to the audience. While putting the video together I went with a little foreshadowing and included some shots of the dance rehearsal. Lo and behold, the climax of the video included some shots of the dance from the reception, #fullcircle #bringithome #mayadropsthemike . Enjoy the video filmed and edited in glorious 4K resolution!

CAST & CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | @ThomasWedThomas Wedding Cinema
Photographer | Mi Belle Photographers
Planner | Jennifer Kirsch
Wedding Venue & Catering | Pebble Beach Resorts
Florals | Michael Romero
Bagpiper | Michael Davenas
DJ | Miguel Villa Kelly Productions
Invitations & Stationery | Union Street Papery
Hair | Blush Makeup Studio
Makeup | Alison Hayashi

04/28/2018
Emotional Outdoor Wedding in San Diego

We captured a lot of great stories last year but it was hard to top this one. It's been a year since Tristan and Brian tied the knot so we're celebrating with a Happy Anniversary post and a shortened Highlight version of their video! Congrats on making it one year and may there be many more to come!

CAST & CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | Thomas Wedding Cinema (formerly Aqua Vivus Productions)
Photographer | Plum and Oak Photo
Wedding Venue & Catering | Ethereal Open Air Resort
Florals | Encinitas Flower Shop
Cakes | Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Ceremony Musicians | Missy Lukin
DJ | Greg with San Diego Partytime DJs
Invitations & Stationery | Tristan Quigley
Calligraphy | Colleen Ota with Outside the Bloom
Hair & Makeup | The Hair & Make-up Box
Bride's Dress | ARCHIVE BRIDAL
Bridesmaids' Dresses | Nordstrom and BHLDN
Menswear | Men's Wearhouse
Wedding Rings | Zoland Diamonds & Jewelry

04/09/2018
Incredible California Coastal Wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes

In 10 years of filming weddings this is hands down the most beautiful location for a church that I've come across! I was lucky to film the wedding of two of the kindest humans I've met, such a perfect day. Fun fact about Robin: her handwriting looks like she typed it on a computer, and she writes the nicest thank you notes. And Chris, well, if you're in need of drafting up a contract he's your guy! It was a pleasure, and I'm so excited to share your video!

CAST & CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | Thomas Wedding Cinema
Planner | Sweetest Love Events
Photographer | Devon Donnahoo Photography
Ceremony | Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes
Reception | Palos Verdes Golf Club
Florals | Butterfly floral & event design
Cakes | Torrance Bakery
Band, DJ | Luxury Entertainment Group
Stationery | Prim and Pixie
Beauty | Design Visage
Stage & Dance Floor | Choura Events
Lighting | Stage Labs
Draping | Royal Elegance Designs
Craft Beer | Draft In Style
Cookies | The Cravory
Late Night Food | In-N-Out Burger

12/17/2017
Classic Black Tie Wedding at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

Tall, confident, loud, dramatic, stunning, dynamite, unstoppable force...all these words were used by her family and friends to describe Rose. I would have to agree! When I met with Rose and her mom Rainey they showed me where all the events were to take place. They had a very clear picture of what they wanted before the wedding, and as they say - confidence inspires confidence. We felt great going into their day knowing there was no suprise or stone unturned, and that they hired a great planning team with Before I Do Events to execute their vision. Needless to say the entire day was a blast, their whole family was amazing to be around and we're so excited to share Rose and John's video! Before I sign off I just gotta say, seriously impressed by John and how he nailed his vows without any notes. Nice job John. And now onto the video!

CAST & CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | Thomas Wedding Cinema
Wedding Planning | Before I Do Events
Photographer | Paul Barnett photographer
Wedding Venue & Catering | Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club
Florals | Blush Botanicals
Ceremony Officiant | Jeff Jensen
Cake | Cake by Kimberly
Ceremony Musicians | San Diego String Quartet
DJ | Pro Motion Entertainment
Invitations & Stationery | Stacey Himmel Stationery
Hair & Makeup | Savvy Hair Studio Sherwood Browtique
Bride's Dress | Inez di Santo
Bride's Shoes | Valentino
Bridesmaids' Dresses | Jovani
Menswear | Brooks Brothers
Wedding Rings | KOSMIMAJewelry
Rentals | Abbey Party Rents

11/24/2017
High School Sweethearts Tie the Knot

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for a career where I get to capture such a special time in peoples' lives as they join their families together. Today we have a touching story of high school sweethearts who made the decision at 18 years old to do a long distance relationship 3,000 miles apart. I'm pretty sure at age 18 my biggest decision was what video game I was going to play that day, so the fact that they were able to make this decision and follow through with it is truly remarkable. Hope everyone has a meaningful time with friends and family and enjoy Kailyn & Garrett's film!

CAST & CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | Thomas Wedding Cinema
Photographer | Lauren Catherine Belknap
Wedding Venue & Catering | Highland Springs Ranch & Inn
Ceremony Officiant | Randy Skomsvold
Florals | Above The Stem Floral Studio
Cakes | Highland Springs Ranch & Inn
DJ | Jacob Corirossi with Sterling Productions
Invitations & Stationery, Calligraphy | Heidi Davidson Design
Hair & Makeup | Vanity Belle Beauty Boutique
Bride's Dress | Tatyana Merenyuk
Bridesmaids' Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu
Menswear | Topman
Wedding Rings | Anaheim Hills Jewelry & Coin

08/28/2017
Tristan & Brian | Beautiful and Emotional California Wedding Film

"Brian, your job is not to replace Eddie, rather you have been entrusted to care for these four amazing women that he has left behind." These words spoken by Ryan Sey, Lead Chaplain at Rady Children's Hospital and officiant at Tristan and Brian's wedding, were part of a beautiful ceremony full of emotion. It's safe to say there wasn't a dry eye, nor a face without a smile.

Last year I received an inquiry from Tristan about her upcoming wedding. The message she wrote left me speechless - "Brian & I met two years ago in March online. Back in 2013, my husband was killed in a car accident on his way to work, leaving me with our three young daughters. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to have a second chance at love & doubted I'd be able to find someone that be able to come into our lives and be what the girls and I needed. Boy was I wrong. To say Brian is amazing is an understatement. He loves not only me, but the girls so fierce and completely. He never tried to fill Eddie's shoes, he just brings his own perfect shoes to the table. He has two great kids of his own & we can't wait to blend our families together. We would love for you to capture our special day & tell this story for us :)"

It truly was an amazing day, here is their story!

CAST & CREW:
Wedding Filmmaker | Thomas Wedding Cinema (formerly Aqua Vivus Productions)
Photographer | Plum and Oak Photo
Wedding Venue & Catering | Ethereal Open Air Resort
Florals | Encinitas Flower Shop
Cakes | Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Ceremony Musicians | Missy Lukin
DJ | Greg with San Diego Partytime DJs
Invitations & Stationery | Tristan Quigley
Calligraphy | Colleen Ota with Outside the Bloom
Hair & Makeup | The Hair & Make-up Box
Bride's Dress | ARCHIVE BRIDAL
Bridesmaids' Dresses | Nordstrom and BHLDN
Menswear | Men's Wearhouse
Wedding Rings | Zoland Diamonds & Jewelry

10/27/2016
Hana & Max - Kaieteur Falls, Guyana - South America Destinatio...

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So this is hands down the most epic location I've ever filmed in! Earlier this year I had the chance to fly down to South America - Georgetown, Guyana to be exact - and capture Hana & Max's wedding celebration. The house where the wedding took place was jaw-dropping to say the least, but the trip to the waterfall really stole the show! The amazing scenery paired with our gorgeous couple was like a dream come true. While epic scenery is always exciting and great, you still need substance for a successful film and the speeches really delivered that. Thanks to all the wonderful people and vendors that we had the chance to meet there! Special shout out to our driver and tour guide Waja!

---- CAST & CREW ----
Cinematography: Thomas J. O'Hara, Travis Cossel
Event Planner: RED Entertainment
Photography: John Greene
Flowers: Debbie Nunez
Cake: Suzanne Persaud
Hair & Makeup: Ramona Gajraj, Renee Chester, Tenisha Garnett
Calligraphy: Lion in the Sun

10/21/2016
Ashley & Patrick - Founders Chapel USD, Rancho Santa Fe Privat...

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What an absolutely classic San Diego wedding. Ashley and Patrick did their early preparations at the Hotel La Valencia in La Jolla, held the traditional Catholic ceremony at Founders' Chapel at USD and then held a stunning reception at a private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. The entire day was top notch and we felt completely honored to be there capturing it all! Our biggest challenge was squeezing all that goodness into a short Highlight film, but I think we pulled it off ;) Thanks to all the fabulous people and companies we had the pleasure of working with that day!

---- CAST & CREW ----
Cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions
Event Planner: EverAfter Events
Photography: Paul Barnett photographer
Band: West Coast Music - Beverly Hills/Los Angeles
Flowers: Flowers~Annette Gomez
Hair & Makeup: JDM Salon
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Invitations: Posh Paperie

06/14/2016
Franco & Michael - Stone Manor - Malibu, CA

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Last year we had the pleasure of spending the day with two great families on hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I don't usually cry at weddings, but this one got me.

---- CAST & CREW ----
Cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions
Event Planning & Design: Bash, Please
Photography: Max and Friends
Venue: Stone Manor
Florals: Twig & Twine
Officiant: Michael's Uncle
DJ: The Flash Dance
Hair: The Sugar Skulls Loft
Cake: Carlitos Gardel
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Ceremony Musicians: Strings by Reiko
Lighting: The Lighter Side
Catering: Heirloom La
Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals, Found Vintage Rentals, Casa de Perrin
Rehearsal Dinner: Nobu Malibu
Transportation: Exquisite Transportation
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth

Bryan & Tatum's wedding is featured in Ceremony Magazine, woot woot!
02/03/2016

Bryan & Tatum's wedding is featured in Ceremony Magazine, woot woot!

Yay ~ Tatum & Bryan's beautiful Anthropolgie inspired wedding at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is featured in Ceremony Magazine!
Photographer: Petula Pea Photography
Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Rentals: Abbey Party Rents
Wedding Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Stationery: Brightly Designed
Videographer: Aqua Vivus Productions
Entertainment: Mobile Music Plus
#ceremonymagazine #realwedding #lodgetorreypines #sandiegoqwedding #sandiegoweddingplanner

Getting excited for this! If you or anyone you know is interested in learning all the ins and outs of wedding planning c...
01/05/2016

Getting excited for this! If you or anyone you know is interested in learning all the ins and outs of wedding planning come and learn! @everafterevents has created a seminar here in San Diego where many industry professionals will be guest speaking, and our founder Tom will be one of them! Inquire for more info - info (at) everafterevents (dot) biz

12/01/2015
MIchael & Julie - Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

As the year is coming to a close we experienced a huge first as a company last month. We had the privilege of being not only the official videographers, but also the photographers at the wedding of Julie and Mike. Yep, that's right, we handled all the visuals as a single crew! We were really nervous since it was our first one like this, but everything turned out great. It helped having such a cool couple to work with, Julie and Mike are officially rock stars. They even wrote and recorded their own song for the Same Day Premiere video, how amazing is that? We will share some pictures later on but for now enjoy the video our team put together.

CAST & CREW
Photo & Cinema: Aqua Vivus Productions
Event Planning & Design: Hannah Smith Events
Venue: Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
Officiant: Cory Volkening
Band: The Trip
Hair & Makeup: Glam Dolls
Florals: Whimsey Florals
Ceremony Musicians: Caprice Strings
Invitations/Programs: Wedding Paper Divas

11/02/2015
Alexa & Gavin - The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Enjoyed putting together this laid back, fun-loving video for Alexa & Gavin! Check out the moment when they say their "I Do's/Yes's", guaranteed to make you smile. Absolutely loved the team we worked with that day, we've added them to the credits below!

CAST & CREW
Cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions
Event Planning & Design: Lisa Lippe with Details Defined Weddings and Events
Photography: Dean Barker with Paul Barnett photographer
Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Officiant: Jordan Rubino
DJ: Michael Tiernan
Band: Jordan Music Entertainment / N'Demand
Hair & Makeup: Paula Mayer
Florals: Flowers~Annette Gomez
Cake: Elizabethan Desserts
Invitations/Programs: Wendy Ware
Rentals: APR Linens
Storage Solutions: Drobo #DroboWeddings

08/27/2015
Hannah & Austin {Highlight}

These two had us smiling all day long, just infectious. Loved the marching band leading the guests to cocktail hour to the tune of "Surfing U.S.A." Oh, and the special performance by the bride's brother? Yeah, that was amazing. Summertime, 365!

CAST & CREW
Cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions
Event Planning: Allie Pruitt
Photography: Garrett Richardson
Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar
Music: Allan Phillips
Hair & Makeup: Studio Savvy Salon Services, Janelle Nelson
Florals: Encinitas Flower Shop
Cake: V.G. Donut & Bakery
Donuts: Sensational Treats
Photo Booth: AmigoBooth
Lighting: Fuller Lighting Designs

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Thomas Wedding Cinema was created in 2008 by Thomas O'Hara with a passion for creatively capturing wedding stories. Over the past decade he’s had the pleasure of documenting over 300 weddings spanning 4 continents and 14 U.S. states. He resides in sunny San Diego with his wife and two children.

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