We are David and Colleen Estrella, a husband and wife wedding cinematography team based in Monterey, CA. We are passionate about creative storytelling in our films. We love to hear and tell stories, and we love love!
We met in the fall of 2010 at a young adults group at our church in Salinas, CA. Colleen knew instantly that David was the one for her. David was passionate about his pursuit of Christ and not ready to pursue Colleen.
We had our first date on Valentine’s Day, 2011, because although David wasn’t ready for a relationship, he thought there just might be something about this girl. And he couldn’t resist saying yes when she asked if he would be her Valentine.
It would be nearly 2 years before David asked Colleen out again. During that time, we lead the young adults ministry together, growing as people and as friends. David was waiting until he was ready to give Colleen his whole heart. This time he meant business. Within 6 days of our first “real” date, we began planning our wedding.
David proposed at Disneyland, one of Colleen’s very favorite places, on December 7th, 2012. As the Disney “snow” fell over the fairytale castle and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” played, David gave Colleen a diamond ring and asked her to be his forever.
We were married on May 11th, 2013. The ceremony was held in the meadow behind Colleen’s parents’ home in Carmel Valley, CA, and the reception was held at the Memory Garden in Monterey. It was a stunning day, if we do say so ourselves. One of the best ever.
David has been passionate about videography, and has been doing it professionally since 2005. He loves capturing beauty, telling stories, evoking emotion, and… he’s obsessed with camera equipment.
Colleen has been crazy about weddings since she was a small child. She has spent countless hours helping friends plan their weddings, planning her own, and she even has her own wedding blog, Soundtrack To I Do.
In 2014, we decided to combine our passions and start our own wedding cinematography business, Estrella Films.
The same year we began our business, we also began another grand adventure – parenthood.
Our daughter Gracelyn Amy Estrella was born at our home on April 8th, 2015. She is the best thing that ever happened to us.
Currently our days are spent editing beautiful weddings, making and cleaning up messes with our baby girl, and chasing dreams. On our days off we love to go on adventures in the great outdoors.