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You shall be truly married. | Detroit Wedding Cinematography

Best of 2017 Wedding Cinematography

Novi Suburban Collection Showplace Muslim Wedding | Sabena + Masood Trailer

May this marriage be a sign of compassion, a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
This Marriage - Rumi

Congratulations to the newly married Sabena + Masood. They are a gorgeous couple!

Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
Photography by Richa Parekh Photography
Decor by Colonial Events
Ceremony and Reception at Suburban Collection Showplace

Crossfit 523 | Thirty Second Film

CrossFit 523 is an outreach of Soterios Ministries, Inc. and Strength to Strength, LLC for the purpose of ‘crushing chronic disease’ and seeing persons restored to wholeness, SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY!

Beautiful Creations Documentary Film

Beautiful Creations by Toy is a platform for spreading LOVE -- the strongest magnetic force in the Universe! 

Rustic MAKA Documentary Film

It's all in the family...from simple beginnings inspired by their mom to a business that pays tribute to their heritage. As they approach our 3rd birthday, it's hard to believe where their journey started and where they are at today. They are continuously committed to transparency, organic practices and communities around them as they move forward in growing Rustic MAKA.

Remember Forever This Day. Detroit Wedding Cinematography

Happy New Year! So excited to recap our 2016 weddings with this film.

Grand Wayne Convention Center Wedding | Sushma + Indra Trailer

Congrats to Sushma and Indra who got married at the Grand Wayne Convention Center over Labor Day Weekend!

Sangeet, Ceremony, and Reception at Grand Wayne Convention Center
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
Photography by Peter Jonathan Images LLC
DJ by DJ Stylz

Grand Wayne Convention Center Hindu Wedding | Sushma + Indra We...

Over Labor Day weekend we took a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana to film Sushma and Indra's wedding. Such a fun weekend! Our favorite part was during the ceremony- Sushma and Indra pouring rice over each other's heads...or maybe reaching for the rings in the vase!

Sangeet, Ceremony, and Reception at Grand Wayne Convention Center
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
Photography by Peter Jonathan Images LLC
DJ by DJ Stylz

Hidden Falls & Troy Marriott Sikh Wedding | Vibhuti + Karan Trailer

As I was going through footage for Vibhuti + Karan's Wedding Film I couldn't help but put this trailer together!

Ceremony at Hidden Falls Sikh Temple
Reception at Troy Marriott
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
Photography by Kevin Murawski

Cherry Creek Golf Club Hindu Wedding | Selina + Eric Wedding Film

One of our favorite weddings of the year, Eric and Selina had a three-day Labor Day weekend wedding culminating in an incredible outdoor ceremony at Cherry Creek Golf Course! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Ceremony and Reception at Cherry Creek Golf Club
Planning by Top! That Event
Photography by Randall Scott Photography
DJ by DJ Stylz

Virgin Mary Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral & Greystone Golf Club | Bethany + John Wedding Trailer

Congratulations to the happy couple! We’re so excited to show off Bethany + John’s wedding trailer! It was a wonderful ceremony held by the Nativity Of The Virgin Mary Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral, and a reception party at Greystone Golf Club that we’ll never forget. It was a pleasure working with Lia Giannotti Photography for the first time! Check out their trailer for a sneak peek into their wedding day.

Ceremony at Nativity Of The Virgin Mary Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral
Reception at Greystone Golf Club
Photography by Lia Giannotti Photography

Virgin Mary Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral & Greystone Golf Club | Bethany + John Wedding Film

Congratulations to Bethany + John on their incredible wedding! We had so much fun filming and even more fun putting their wedding film together. We hope you enjoy their film as much as we did! Congratulations again to Bethany + John!

Ceremony at Nativity Of The Virgin Mary Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral
Reception at Greystone Golf Club
Photography by Lia Giannotti Photography

Centerpoint Marriott & Rochester Gurudwara Sikh Wedding | Baljeet + Harishan Wedding Film

How would you like a taco food truck parked in your driveway? Well lucky for Baljeet + Harishan’s, El Charro showed up for their welcome ceremony the day before their wedding! It was so fun seeing family and friends lined up in their garage. Besides the tacos, they also got married ;)

Ceremony at Rochester Gurudwara
Reception at the Centerpoint Marriott
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
DJ by Sandeep DjSandman Hans
Decor by Colonial Events
Flowers by Bellasario Florist

The Henry Hotel Hindu-Muslim Wedding | Elora + Ajay Wedding Film

Elora and Ajay had a couple wedding events prior to their wedding day. Our favorite…their haldi. Family and friends took turns wiping turmeric paste on their faces. Some guests were more generous than others! Another favorite…when Elora’s dad asked Ajay what he saw in the mirror during their Muslim ceremony.

Ceremony and Reception at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, MI
Planning by Top That! Event
Photography by Ray Anthony Photography

University Presbyterian Church + The Wyndgate Country Club | Danielle + Scott Wedding Film

It rained on and off for Danielle and Scott’s wedding, but I bet you couldn’t tell…well maybe the umbrella might give it away. Bryce (Danielle’s brother) and Danielle’s grandma rocked the dance floor! Those are moments to cherish.

Ceremony at University Presbyterian Church
Reception at The Wyndgate Country Club

Hidden Falls & Troy Marriott Sikh Wedding | Vibhuti + Karan Wedding Film

Vibhuti and Karan have such awesome families! It’s kinda awesome that they’re now combined. Favorite part of their wedding…their vidaii when they walked out of the Sikh Temple as husband and wife and said goodbye to their families. Very emotional moment between the bride and her parents and sister.

Ceremony at Hidden Falls Sikh Temple
Reception at Troy Marriott
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
Photography by Kevin Murawski

Pointe Vision Care Success Documentary Clip

Before you can define your success you have to define yourself. Krista Anderson, an optometrist and co-founder of Pointe Vision Care, takes pride in improving her patients’ vision and their self confidence! Take a look at how she found her passion and turned it into a career to help others. 

Dave’s Sweet Tooth Success Documentary Clip

Not many people can say they expected to be making candy at 28 years old, and Andrew Chmielewski is no exception! Andrew is the founder of Dave’s Sweet Tooth, a Michigan based toffee company recognized nationally for its amazing taste. Watch how Andrew took a family recipe and turned it into a national success!

Isle Box 2 Success Documentary Clip

Travis Tamez heard a lot of “no”s and a lot of “it won’t work”, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing his passion. As one of the co-founders of Isle Box, his dream is to encourage as many people as possible to explore the great outdoors. Take a look at the video below to see the time he puts into his passion and how he measures his success.

The Ajamu Group Success Documentary Clip

Success can only come after failure, so Cheryl Ajamu took her failures and turned them into The Ajamu Group LLC. The Ajamu Group is a nationally known media advertising sales and event management firm based out of Detroit. Watch the video below to see how Cheryl used her failures and experiences to catapult her success to new heights!

Detroit Free Press Success Documentary Clip

A job can be a part of your success, but for Grace Leone it encompasses so much more. Grace has worked for the Detroit Free Press for the last 35 years and loved every day of it. Listen to how she explored other fields, but she always gravitated back to journalism and with it, her success.

(revolver) Hamtramck Success Documentary Clip

Success can be defined in many ways. For Peter Dalinowski success is doing what he loves everyday, and not answering to anybody is a bonus too! Peter is the owner of (revolver) Hamtramck, a chef’s table style restaurant that brings in different chefs and menus every week! Check out the video to see why he loves what he does and how his success keeps him motivated to try new things.

M Shannon Leadership Success Documentary Clip

Shannon Labruyere loves to help others the best way she can, and being her own boss lets her do just that! Instead of waiting for others to recognize her talents, Shannon started M Shannon Leadership and used her’s to help others to grow and learn. Take a look at why she started her own business and how she defines her success! 

Isle Box Success Documentary Clip

Kolin Karchon turned his passion for adventuring into a way to let others adventure the way he does. He is one of the co-founders of Isle Box, a business that encourages outside exploration by shipping curated camping and hiking goods to their subscribers. Success is a constant learning experience, listen to what Kolin has learned about success in the video below!

Government Relations Success Documentary Clip

Stepping outside your comfort zone is one of the most difficult things to do, but Sheri Gordon found her own unique sense of purpose and passion by doing just that. Check out the video below to see how she took her first steps into her career the real world and discovered her purpose in success.

Kindergarten Teacher Success Documentary Clip

Sarah Paone defines success as doing something you love that makes you happy, and she finds success teaching children everyday! Sarah is a kindergarten teacher whose passion is encouraging her students to follow their own passions and be successful in their own ways. Watch how she finds success impacting children’s lives, and how it pushes her to further her career.

Gus and Grey Success Documentary Clip

Success starts with a meaningful name, and thanks to a special cat Tara Grey found the perfect one: Gus and Grey! Check out how Tara found her dream career and the adventures that she has everyday because of it.

The Michigan Pedaler Success Documentary Clip

Success isn’t always the easiest ride, that’s why Mike Gill came up with something that is! The Michigan Pedaler is a 15-person party bike that takes tours though popular landmarks, bars and more in the city of Detroit! Take a look at how Mike put time, energy and passion into The Michigan Pedaler and was rewarded with success.

Moosejaw Success Documentary Clip

Some have success come from a passion, but Tom Lisi discovered a passion from his success. He began his career at Moosejaw when it was just starting off and as it continued to grow so did his love for his job. Watch how his passion for Moosejaw’s success became his own.

Mitten Crate Success Documentary Clip

He puts food in boxes, but to him it’s so much more. Take a look at how Cory Wright took a passion for food and turned it into the Mitten Crate success story.

Bon Bon Bon Success Documentary Clip

Some people express creativity paint, others through clay, but Alex Clark does it through chocolate! Using flavors all across the spectrum, Bon Bon Bon creates delicious bon bons in Hamtramck, the heart of Detroit, Michigan. Watch how she set out to taste some of the world’s best treats, and brought success back home with her.

Rustic MAKA Success Documentary Clip

Kasia Rothe, CEO and co-founder of Rustic MAKA, set out to make an organic, healthy deodorant product it was for her own use, so she had no idea how big of a success it would be! Take a look at how her personal quest to make a safe and natural product became the start of a thriving business.

dPOP! Success Documentary Clip

Before achieving success you need a proper workplace, and luckily Melissa Price designs them! Melissa is the CEO of dPOP!, a commercial interior design firm that creates working environments of the highest caliber. Check out the video below to see how Melissa defines success for herself and others.

Resource Office Interiors Success Documentary Clip

Greg Gozdor, owner of Resource Office Interiors, prides himself on building workspaces that reflect the culture and image of every individual business. Resource Office Interiors specializes in building incredibly designed working environments that are both practical and affordable even on tighter budgets. Take a look at how his idea of success was influenced and how he defines success today!

Lee Industrial Contracting Success Documentary Clip

Success means learning to make the decisions that matter. Ken Labruyere, of Lee Industrial Contracting, loves making those tough choices and teaching others to further the growth of the company. Check out the video below to see how he started his career and how he helps to lead others to success.

Attack Hunger Success Documentary Clip

Mike Ash is the founder of Attack Hunger, a company that gives back to charities of at-risk women and children across Detroit through every sale. His success has been watching Attack Hunger grow from the humble startup it was to the thriving business it is today! Watch how Mike decides not what’s best for him, but what’s best for his business and those he’s helping.

Wayne State University Success Documentary Clip

Sometimes success is leading others to find their own. Laura Hetzler is an academic advisor for Wayne State University, and helps students find what they need to do, both in and outside the classroom, to be successful in their goals. Listen to how she describes success and her advice for living a happy and successful life.

Labor Day Weekend Indian Weddings

3 weddings. 2 teams. 1 weekend...And we rocked it!
Congrats to the Newlyweds Sushma + Indra, Priya + Rishi, and Selina + Eric.

Great working with Troy Marriott, Arising Images, Utsav Planners, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Blissful Weddings and Events, Peter Jonathan Images LLC, Cherry Creek Golf Club, Top! That Event, Randall Scott Photography, Colonial Events, and DJ Stylz.

Cherry Creek Hindu Wedding | Selina + Eric Trailer

Congrats to Eric and Selina who were married over Labor Day Weekend at Cherry Creek Golf Club! The whole weekend was filled with fun festivities that culminated with an amazing outdoor ceremony. It couldn’t have been a more perfect weekend! Great working with Top That! Event and Randall Scott!

Ceremony and Reception at Cherry Creek Golf Club
Planning by Top! That Event
Photography by Randall Scott Photography
DJ by DJ Stylz

Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church + Palazzo Grande | Amanda + Tommy Teaser

Congrats to Amanda + Tommy! We were so excited with the footage we captured of their wedding on Sunday we couldn't wait to release this teaser!

Ceremony at Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church
Reception at The Palazzo Grande
Photography by Soul & Grain

Dearborn Inn Bangladeshi Walima | Kelley + Sakib Trailer

Congrats to Kelley + Sakib! They celebrated their wedding reception at The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel back in August. Great working with Rajul from Blissful Weddings and Events and also Sandeep from Sandeep Hans Entertainment!

Reception at The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
DJ by Sandeep DjSandman Hans

Hindu Wedding at Troy Marriott Hotel | Priya + Rishi Wedding Film

Congrats to Priya + Rishi who were married over Labor Day weekend! Great working with Prem and Cheridy from Arising Images and Sam from Utsav Planners,Inc.!

Ceremony and Reception at Troy Marriott
Photography by Arising Images
Planning by Utsav Planners

Centerpoint Marriott & Rochester Gurudwara Sikh Wedding | Baljeet + Harishan Same Day Film

Congrats to Baljeet + Harishan! So excited to share their Same Day Film!

Ceremony at Rochester Gurudwara
Reception at the Centerpoint Marriott
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
DJ by Sandeep DjSandman Hans
Decor by Colonial Events
Flowers by Bellasario Florist

Hidden Falls & Troy Marriott Sikh Wedding | Vibhuti + Karan Same Day Film

We had so much fun shooting last weekend and putting together Vibhuti and Karan's Same Day Film. There's nothing like watching your wedding film alongside family and close friends! Congrats again to Vibhuti + Karan!

Ceremony at Hidden Falls Sikh Temple
Reception at Troy Marriott
Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events
Photography by Kevin Murawski

The Henry Hotel Hindu-Muslim Wedding | Elora + Ajay Next Day Wedding Film

Congratulations to Elora + Ajay on the beautiful wedding weekend! We hope everyone had as much fun as we did filming it, and are happy to share their Next Day Wedding Film! Congrats again to Elora + Ajay.

Ceremony and Reception at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, MI
Planning by Top That! Event
Photography by Ray Anthony Photography

SUCCESS Documentary Film Release Party

The SUCCESS Documentary Film Release last night at Firebird Tavern was a success! ;) Thank you to all those who supported and participated in this documentary film. Below is the link to buy/rent the film…we’re so excited to share it to the rest of the world! Please contact katie@97films.com for more information regarding educational and corporate licensing.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/successdocumentaryfilm

Desert Southwest - The Great Unknown | Timelapse Film

We’re traveling the world and we’re not stopping. We had so much fun learning and shooting timelapses with Timelapse Workshops & Timelapse Moab! Here’s our latest adventure in Utah/Arizona last month!

Yumbitz | Monica Martin Success Documentary Clip

Here's another clip from our interviews for the success documentary. This is Monica of yumbitz talking about how her dream of making cookies came true.

Zingerman's Cornman Farms Wedding | Rebecca + Matthew Trailer

Rebecca + Matthew were married over the weekend at Zingerman's Cornman Farms in Dexter, Michigan. This wedding was pretty special; Rebecca + Matt wrote their own vows, took pictures with baby goats, and exited their dinner tent through sparklers to the dancing barn!

Planning by Melissa Marie Events
Photography by Heather Jowett
Floral by Sweet Pea Floral Design

Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club Wedding | Aditi + Chance Anniversary Film

Congratulations to Aditi + Chance on their one year wedding anniversary! We wish you and your new addition, Araya, a lifetime of love and happiness!

Hindu Temple of Canton and Crystal Gardens Wedding | Nirali + Vishal Same Day Film

First same day film of 2016. Played almost 24 hours ago exactly. Congrats to Nirali + Vishal!

Bride Mehendi/Pithi/Satak and Garba Location: The Hindu Temple of Canton
Groom Pithi/Satak and Ceremony/Reception Location: Crystal Gardens
Photography: Durling Photography
Mandap: Colonial Events


Nakee Butter | Evan Weber Success Documentary Clip

Over the past few months we've been working on a documentary film about success. We interviewed several Detroit business owners, CEOs, and inspiring/career minded professionals on what has made them successful. Here's the first of many clips from our interviews. This is Evan Weber from Nakee Butter talking about how the "Spread With Benefits" got started.

Dearborn Inn Wedding | Niki + Brad Trailer

Congratulations to Niki Marie and Brad! It was an honor filming their wedding. We wish them a lifetime of love and laughter.

Photography: Justin & Mary
Flowers: Floral Sense Flowers
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel

Dan Tillery + Diggy

Love this mini performance by Dan Tillery and his loving dog Diggy! Can't wait to share their documentary film. Meet me in the sand!

Long Distance Love Story Film

We met up with Shallu + Chirag a few weeks before their wedding weekend. We talked about doing something fun to introduce themselves to their families…big families on their wedding day. We thought doing a love story shoot would be the perfect way to tell their story! We played a mini clip before they were introduced at their wedding receptions in Detroit and Atlanta. We’re so excited to finally share their full love story! Enjoy!

Dearborn Henry Hotel Wedding Anniversary Film

Happy 1 year anniversary (+2 days) to Parul and Vijay.

Reception: The Henry - Autograph Collection
Planning: Utsav Planners,Inc.
Photography: Five Rivers Studio

Port Crescent Michigan Northern Lights

May 9, 2016 10pm First time out trying to catch the northern lights at Port Crescent State Park in Port Austin, Michigan.

Grooms Getting Ready for Wedding

Groom prep is important in telling the story of your wedding.

Anniversary Wedding Film | Lovett Hall, The Henry Ford Museum

Happy two year anniversary to Micah and Yong. Wedding reception at Lovett Hall at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Wedding First Look | Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel

Heeral + Navdeep's first look was my favorite from last year.

St. John Greek Orthodox Church Wedding Film

We love shooting at St John Greek Orthodox Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Photos from IMPACT Film Release Party | Brown Iron Brewhouse

So excited to share photos from the IMPACT Film Release Event at Brown Iron Brewhouse. Taken by the wonderful and talented Tara from Leigh Wells Photography. Thanks again to all who came out and supported this documentary film of the legendary Jeff Florkey. Here is a link to view the gallery and purchase prints. Click "Clients" then enter "97Films" when prompted for the password. Leigh Wells Photography

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IMPACT Film Release Party Highlight Film

Thank you to everyone that came to the IMPACT Film Release Party on Sunday at Brown Iron Brewhouse. It has been an honor telling the story of this amazing and inspirational man, Jeff Florkey. I hope his story motivates you to pursue your dreams.

Keith Evola Auto Service | Documentary Film

Since he was a kid, Keith has always worked on cars…it’s all he’s ever known. Keith Evola Auto Service is a full service vehicle repair and maintenance serving the Mount Clemens area. Their motto is “we fix what the other shops can’t.”

Frances + Jason Wedding Film

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Να ζήσετε Frances and Jason!

Ceremony: St John Greek Orthodox Church
Reception: The Royalty House
Band: Enigma Detroit

Ashley + Dominic | The Proposal

Dominic asked "Will you marry me?" and Ashley said "Yes!”

Ava + Eric Wedding Film

Congratulations Ava + Eric!

Planning & Design:
Take A Seat Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue:
Detroit Yacht Club
Photography:
Amanda Dumouchelle Desserts: Love & Buttercream Florist: Parsonage Events

Featured Again on Maharani Weddings!

I love editing Same Day Films! This Same Day Film was featured on the Maharani Weddings blog today as part of their Filmy Friday! Congrats again to Aditi and Chance.

Event planning and decor by Utsav Planners. Photography by Arising Images. DJ services by DJ Ice.

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Frances + Jason Same Day Film

Να ζήσετε Frances + Jason!

Ceremony: St John Greek Orthodox Church
Reception: The Royalty House
Band: Enigma Detroit

Stephanie + Matt Wedding Trailer

Να ζήσετε Stephanie + Matt!

Photography: The Double Exposure
Ceremony: St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Reception: The Palazzo Grande
Band: Enigma Detroit

Parul + Vijay Testimonial Film | The Henry Hotel

I met up with Parul and Vijay in their hometown of Chicago last weekend to shoot a testimonial. They had many wonderful wonderful things to say about their experience working with 97 Films and about the importance of capturing moments from your wedding day to save for a lifetime. Hint: Get a photographer and videographer ;)

Parul and Vijay’s wedding ceremony took place at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania in early May.  Their reception events with family and friends was over Memorial Day Weekend at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. Planning by Utsav Planners. Photography by Five Rivers Studio.

Aditi + Chance Wedding Film | Warwick Hills Country Club

Aditi and Chance’s outdoor Hindu Ceremony took place at Warwick Hills Country Club on a sunny day in July. We had so much fun capturing their Mehndi night, first look, and performances put on by parents, siblings, cousins, and friends. Congratulations again to Aditi and Chance!

Event planning and decor by Utsav Planners. Photography by Arising Images. DJ services by DJ Ice.

Heeral + Navdeep Wedding Film | Sheraton Detroit Novi

Heeral and Navdeep were married at The Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in the beginning of June. After 15 years, their two families united in Sikh and Hindu ceremonies. We are so happy for them and wish them many more years together!

Planning by Blissful Weddings and Events. Photography by Jonathan Durling Photography. Flowers by Bellisario Florist. Music by Sandeep Hans Entertainment.

Erika + Kurt Testimonial Film | The Dearborn Inn

Erika and Kurt, one of our couples last year, had some awesome things to say about their experience with us. We surprised them with a Same Day Film at their reception and their reactions were priceless.

Aditi + Chance Same Day Film | Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club

We surprised our couple last night with this Same Day Film. We're so excited to share it with the rest of the world. Congrats again Aditi and Chance! Outdoor Ceremony and Reception at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. Event planning and decor by Utsav Planners. Photography by Arising Images. DJ services by DJ Ice.

Maharani Weddings Feature

We’re so excited!! One of our Same Day Films is featured on the Maharani Weddings Blog today! Time to pop some champagne. Happy Short Film Friday....or as the Maharani Weddings blog likes to call it, Happy Filmy Friday.

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They were truly made for each other. Heeral + Navdeep Wedding Trailer

Happy Short Film Friday! More from Heeral and Navdeep's Wedding! We love this speech from Navdeep's mom! We had a blast working with Blissful Weddings and Events, Jonathan Durling Photography, Sandeep Hans Entertainment, and Bellisario Florist.

Heeral + Navdeep Same Day Wedding Film | Sheraton Detroit Novi

Heeral and Navdeep's love story started 15 years ago at the Birmingham Theatre. Their story has taken them all the way to Chicago. They wed over the weekend at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. We had the honor of putting together their Same Day Film played during the reception.

Planning by
Blissful Weddings and Events. Photography by Jonathan Durling Photography. Flowers by Bellisario Florist. Music by Sandeep Hans Entertainment.


Parul + Vijay Next Day Wedding Film | The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan

Parul and Vijay were married at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania in early May. This past weekend was their wedding reception. They chose Dearborn as the destination for their wedding reception because both of their families live in Michigan. But their story doesn’t start here. Parul and Vijay met over 10 years ago at a party in downtown Detroit. Since then they moved to Chicago.

We had a blast working alongside Rupali, Sam, and the rest of the Utsav Planners team (as usual). They did a beautiful job designing the grand ballroom at The Henry Hotel. We also met a new friend, the very talented Baz from Five Rivers Studio. He was so much fun to shoot with and he has an amazing vision!

The 97 Films Cinema Team wishes Parul and Vijay a lifetime of happiness! Safe travels and warm weather as they are heading to Dubai and Maldives for their honeymoon…soaking up the sun and hanging out by the ocean.

Ceremony footage provided by Nupur Productions.

Firebird Tavern | Greektown Detroit

Happy Short Film Friday! As part of our Your Story Is Yours promotion we selected four businesses to receive a cinematic business film. Over the next couple weeks we will be finishing up production of their films. This weeks' cinematic business film is Firebird Tavern. Constructed in the early 1880’s, this 120+ year-old building has been restored to enhance the handcrafted woodwork and exposed brick while also adding some modern touches like WiFi and HD flatscreen TV’s; all of which we have grown to love and expect in today’s establishments. This historic building originally housed a saloon operating under multiple owners for the first 20-30 years of its existence. As the years passed and the name of the street changed from Croghan to Monroe St, an auto upholstery shop, a local cafe and an authentic barber shop all called 419 Monroe street home. After some careful restoration and slight modernization, we feel we brought the building back full circle to its original purpose and are proud to give you the Firebird Tavern.“speramus meliora, resurget cineribus.” – “we hope for better things, it will rise from the ashes.”

Christos Baptism Film | Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago

We were in Chicago last week filming Christos' Baptism at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church in Chicago. His family and friends were there to support and celebrate this meaningful moment of young Christos’ life. He was a pleasure to film and the happiness surrounding him was simply astounding. We wish nothing but the best for Christos, his parents, and his new Nouna and Nouno! Photography by Carey Primeau.

"All the happiness in the world."
Shilpa + Daljit Highlight Film

Shilpa and Daljit, were joined together in Sikh and Hindu ceremonies at the Auburn Hills Centerpoint Marriott in January. It was a joy to capture the personal and extraordinary details of their reception at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn. We wish these newlyweds a lifetime full of bliss. Event planning and decor by Utsav Planners. Photography by Arising Images. DJ services by DJ Ice.

"Two wonderful souls." Shilpa + Daljit Trailer

Two wonderful souls, Shilpa and Daljit, were joined together in Sikh and Hindu ceremonies at the Auburn Hills Centerpoint Marriott last weekend. Event planning and decor by Utsav Planners. Photography by Arising Images. DJ services by DJ Ice.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to another unforgettable year full of bright opportunities and remarkable memories. Whether it is meeting new people or pursuing a divergent path, make 2015 one for the books! Can’t wait to see what the new year has to offer!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Cinema Team at 97 Films! We hope you have the most magical holiday rejoicing with family and friends. Remember to capture these moments...your cheerful holiday spirits and memorable festivities. Tis the season to be jolly! Happy Holidays!

Every single day.

This year, our weddings took us all over the country. From the Metro-Detroit area (our hometown) to Lake Tahoe, California. We feel so lucky to have had so many amazing couples let us share in their special day. So excited for all the moments of 2015 waiting for us to capture.