When Aira & Dave approached me to be the filmmaker for their wedding, they showed me their custom made “Save The Date” cards. I instantly recognized what they were. They were replicas of a ticket to a L.A. Lakers game! Aira & Dave are die-hard Laker fans and it was clear that it was going to be a Purple & Gold wedding. Not only did they want to use the team colors, Aira & Dave wanted their guests to experience the atmosphere of a game at Staples Center, the arena where the Lakers play their home games. Well they came to the right guy. I’ve been a Lakers fan since… well… before this couple was born! So when they asked me to make a video to be played before the bridal party grand entrance, like the one they play on the Staples Center jumbo screen before they bring out the Lakers, I knew EXACTLY what they wanted.
I spent an afternoon shooting with Aira & Dave their wedding entourage at a local gym running specific plays, even paying homage to Laker greats like Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. This wasn’t work… it was fun. Especially when you combine two of my favorite things to do, making movies and watching basketball.
When I found out that one of the maids of honor and best men were not able to make it to the shoot, we got together again, this time at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney to shoot an intro that would tie the film into the wedding, hence the title: Love + Basketball. Add some pulse pounding music from e.s. Posthumus and play-by-play commentary from the late great Chick Hearn (who I really miss) and we were ready to premiere this this video and get the reception guests on their feet.
The premiere at Aira & Dave’s wedding reception at the Long Beach Hyatt was like no other. The crowd roared like it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals and they welcomed Aira & Dave with gold rally towels waving in the air. Check out the video and it’s premiere below. And give us a shout out if you love the Lakers as much as we do!
Congrats Aira & Dave! GO LAKERS!!!