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Rose & Steve: Teaser Trailer




Rose & Steve
8.23.14
Wedding Teaser Trailer
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Youmin Woo

I must say it’s been an interesting journey for James Lee Films these last few years. We only started in 2012, but we’ve always challenged ourselves to become better with each wedding film, and because of that mindset we’ve come a long way. Looking back, I’ve noticed that our first clients were all Korean (as I am a Korean-American), but that really changed since 2013. We’ve now done Filipino, Catholic, Afghani/Muslim, and Sikh weddings, among others. I love the diversity of cultures and traditions we’ve had the opportunity to witness these past years. This year, Rose and Steve were our only Korean couple, and the first time we’ve gone to a wedding completely in Korean. Honestly, there was a bit of a culture-shock going in when it came to how/where the ceremony and reception are held and what is/isn’t proper to do in the wedding setting – but overall we had an awesome experience in a going-back-to-my-roots kind of way.

Steve and I met in grad school and quickly became friends. When I heard about this new girl in his life and the amazing story behind it, I knew I just had to capture it.

For those of you who don’t speak Korean, you might be wondering what is being said (if I get requests I might consider including subs?). Rev. Kim begins by telling the story of Rose and Steve: Steve is from the East Coast (Queens, NY) and Rose from the West (Seattle). Their paths crossed as if against all odds and finally lead to the two deciding to make their relationship permanent. On August 23, 2014 they proclaimed their love in front of God and family at Daedong Manor in Flushing, NY. Though very few words were spoken by them during the ceremony, Steve took advantage of the more relaxed setting of the reception to get down on one knee and promise his wife to “always be her cheerleader.”

It was a pleasure working alongside Ryan from DH Studio. He was courteous and professional, and a joy to work with. Overall, it was another smooth JLF wedding.

Congratulations again, Rose and Steve!

Amanda & Hassib: Teaser Trailer


Amanda & Hassib
8.15.14
Wedding Teaser Trailer
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Daniel Ho

Amanda and Hassib met while working at Albany Medical Center. After Hassib visitng Amanda many times to “check up on her,” he finally got the courage to ask her out for coffee. Years later, they decided to tie the knot in New Jersey where Hassib’s family mostly are. Like how “Wali”‘s friend says, Amanda and Hassib has to be the nicest couple ever. I usually have words to described our dear couples, and if I had to choose one for Amanda and Hassib, it has to be “kind.” They are so kind and sweet to the people around them and to each other. Needless to say, capturing their wedding was smooth like butter.

They celebrated a beautiful Afghan wedding on August 15, 2014 at The Tides Estate in North Haledon, NJ. We were excited to witness two cultures colliding at this wedding. It was a pleasure working alongside photographer Tom Harmon and his second Jenna Perfette to capture the story of the day. Actually, one of the screws on my mic had gotten loose during the night, and awesome Jenna pulled out a multi-tool for me – in minutes I was up and running again with my mic fixed. Jenna, you are awesome! :)

Congratulations again, Amanda and Hassib!

Allyse & Kevin: Teaser Trailer

Allyse & Kevin
7.12.14
Wedding Teaser Trailer
Music licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Youmin Woo

Allyse and Kevin had a cute love story; they met at work and were attracted by their love for country music and his sense of humor, but had to date in secret because of their work relationship. Years later, they decided to tie the knot and now profess their love to the world.

Allyse and Kevin said their vows in the beautiful St. Brigid Church in Gladstone, and celebrated the night away at The Palace at Somerset Park. We had the privilege of working alongside photography veterans from The Studio Photographers, fellow storytellers and just joyful and wonderful people. Overall we were blessed to witness this love story and the promises for many more years of love.

Congratulations again, Allyse and Kevin!

Marisa & Justin: Teaser Trailer


Marisa & Justin
6.14.14
Wedding Teaser Trailer
Jordan Critz – Echo
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Daniel Dai (m3crew.com)

I met Marisa through Julie because the two of them were classmates at Teachers College. I was amazed at her ability to plan and organize calmly and thoroughly – a perfect teacher. When I met Marisa and Justin over Skype, I knew this was going to be a fun and creative wedding.

Marisa Militello and Justin Russo became Mrs. and Mr. Russello at the beautiful Flowerfield in St. James NY. The staff there is perhaps the best we have come across. Many were amazed at how deeply in love these two people were and how well they fit for one another. The way they looked at each other and talked to one another showed that often they spoke a language of love only the two of them understood.

Congratulations again, Marisa and Justin!

Megha & Chirag: Engagement Highlights Film


Megha & Chirag
Engagement Highlights Film
Blake Stratton – Leave On A Light (Instrumental)
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographer – Julie Selnekovic-Lee

Julie and Megha were friends since the first grade, and Megha was the Maid of Honor for our wedding. Whenever we hung out with her, she was always full of life and had a certain level of peace, like she’s got everything under control, and I always had high regard for her because of it. Then one day, Julie told me that she started seeing this guy named Chirag, who she used to date in high school. Now, before Megha and Chirag, I firmly believed that once a couple goes their separate ways, coming back together will never work out – this of course, completely changed when I met with the two of them. They told me how they were very young in high school, and the time apart let them mature and become better partners for each other. While the four of us were painting ceramics together in Philly, I realized they were perfect together – and I knew that if it were to ever happen, I wanted to film Megha and Chirag’s wedding.

On May 17, 2014, Megha and Chirag held an engagement ceremony at Megha’s home in Browns Mills, NJ. The day was not only a joining of two individuals but of two families as they shared their respective traditions. The day was fully of laughter, joy, and love.

Congratulations, Megha and Chirag!

Patricia & Ryan: Same Day Edit




Patricia & Ryan
As screened on 5.10.14
Wedding Same Day Edit
Ben Rector – When I’m With You
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Daniel Dai

Cinematography: James Lee Films
Photography: JR Pena Photography
DJ/Entertainment: Daniel Linares Entertainment
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Nutley, NJ and Highlawn Pavilion, West Orange, NJ

James Lee Films begun the wedding season a bit late in 2014, but these last few months we’ve been quite occupied with non-wedding video production works such as nonprofits and church media. We’re excited to share with you our first step into 2014 with our now quickly-coming line of wedding films with Patricia and Ryan’s wedding. Patricia and Ryan said their tearful vows on May 10, 2014 before God and many at St. Mary’s Church in Nutley, NJ, and finished the night celebrating at the Highlawn Pavilion.

Photography by JR Pena (jrpena.com)

This wedding was such a blessing for the JLF crew. From earlier in the week, we were aware that the forecast for Saturday was heavy rain – and as the day approached the forecast eventually became scattered thunderstorms! We were especially bummed with the weather because the beauty of the Highlawn is that you can see the NYC city scape when the weather is clear. But Patricia and Ryan were cool and didn’t let the weather forecast phase them at all and simply focused on one another. The awesome, manly-man Ryan broke into tears as he saw his beautiful bride walking down the aisle. The amazing thing was, rain poured down heavily while we were in-transit from the church to the reception venue – but when we arrived and parked the car, the rain stopped and we saw several rainbows appear in the sky. Surely, God’s favor was over this wedding day! The rest of the shoot and night was full of love and joy.

Photography by JR Pena (jrpena.com)

Photography by JR Pena (jrpena.com)

Same Day Edits are always very difficult to pull-off and yet highly rewarding when you do. When we first turned on the video, not many people were there watching it – but soon a crowd began to gather, and laughter and tears ensued. When I saw Patricia and Ryan in tears to see their day and coming over to give me a hug, I know I did my job. Every time I make a film, I challenge myself to do better than before, and this time I feel as though I succeeded. Please, take time to watch the film and even the reactions of the couple below!

An another amazing thing about this wedding was that every vendor attached to this wedding was top-class and absolutely a joy to work with. Shout out to JR Pena for being an awesome photographer as always, and Daniel Linares for being awesome with holding a party and helping us run the SDE presentation. I highly recommend both of these vendors. Our crew consisted of my partner-for-life Julie, who was making a wedding film while making a baby, and good friend and fellow wedding filmmaker Daniel Dai from M3Crew helped us out. It being a Same Day Edit wedding, I wanted to make sure I had the best with me, and looking back I know I made the best choices.

Congratulations again, Patricia and Ryan!

Lina & Anthony: “I Belong to You”

Lina & Anthony
7.27.13
Wedding Highlights
Marie Hines – “Perfect Kiss”

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Sam Choi

Lina and Anthony were perhaps the cutest and most interesting couple we’ve met so far. Julie and I first met them at the lobby of their apartment in LIC. Their personalities were fun, animated, and later Julie and I grabbed coffee from Sweetleaf across the street based on Lina and Anthony’s recommendation. It was the best coffee I ever had, and I knew we had a connection with this couple right away.

The couple said their personally-written vows at an outdoor ceremony at the New York Botanical Garden on July 27, 2013. It was an honor working alongside photography legend Susan Stripling, and collaborating with her was smooth as butter. It also was amazingly helpful that Lina and Anthony took our advice and decided to have an unplugged ceremony. And yes, the guests obeyed the request and kept their phones and cameras away! What resulted was a calm, peaceful, and beautiful ceremony where everyone was fully-present.

Congratulations again, Lina and Anthony!

Jaclyn & James: Teaser Trailer

Jaclyn & James
8.23.13
Wedding Teaser Trailer
Sara Swenson – All Things Big and Small Instrumental
Tony Anderson – Hope
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Hayeong Choi

Jaclyn and James said their vows at the beautiful St. Rose of Lima in East Hanover, NJ and celebrated the night away at Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph. The whole day was full of tears and laughter, and just by the way they looked at one another you knew they were deeply in love and have been waiting for this moment for a very long time.

Congratulations again, Jaclyn and James!

Unice & Glenn John: Same Day Edit



Unice & Glenn John
As screened on 10.5.13
Wedding Same Day Edit
The Ember Days “It Is Well”
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Hayeong Choi

Julie and I met Unice and Glenn John at our church last year, and I got excited when they asked me about wedding cinematography. What got me more excited was that they and asked Pastor John Meyers, who officiated our wedding, to officiate their wedding as well. I was astonished and encouraged to hear their story during the filming of their Love Story Film, how the struggles they had the past year strengthened their faith in God and brought them closer to one another. It was a blessing to have witnessed their vows at the beautiful Stone House at Stirling Ridge on the morning of October 5, 2013.
Glenn John really wanted a Same Day Edit for his wedding, to which I excitedly obliged. Their SDE film was screened in front of Unice, Glenn John, and their friends and family. It was a joy to see them full of emotions as they witnessed their day unfold.

Special thanks to Glenn from MPW who was a great photographer to work with and Paul Anthony for being awesome with our SDE presentation. Both were highly professional and working with them was smooth like butter.


Congratulations again, Unice and Glenn John!

Helen & Arnold: Teaser Trailer




Helen & Arnold
8.2.13
Wedding Teaser Trailer
Kerry Muzzey – Carlito and Gordito
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Julie Selnekovic-Lee and Hayeong Choi

Helen and Arnold made the cutest couple we’ve seen yet. The couple made their personally-written vows at the beautiful Nanina’s In the Park outdoor venue. Just the day before the weather was terrible with thunderstorms, but on the day-of the sky remained solid blue all day long. But the day was still wet with the tears of joy from Helen and Arnold. Seeing the tears when she read his card and during their first look, we were all able to see how much they loved each other.

I always like to highlight the photographer of each wedding because I understand how easy it may be for many photographers and videographers to butt-heads during a wedding day. Helen and Arnold’s photographer, Albert Cheung, was a complete joy and honor to work with.

Congratulations again, Helen and Arnold!

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