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Wedding at the Fillmore on Central

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The Fillmore On Central

This former church (over 100 years old) turned into an event venue that lies tucked in this beautiful little town called Fillmore at the edges of Ventura County, has been reimagined and done the right way, restoration. The Fillmore on Central recently underwent a full restoration from top to bottom, I can easily see this become the premier venue for miles in both directions. It sits at the corner of First and Central in a tiny neighborhood that has a very small-town, Main Street just a block away, and a town hall that’ll make for wonderful pictures as well. 

Inside you’ll find that the Sanctuary lends its beauty to both ceremony and reception. You’ll see vintage fixtures and walk on rich wood finishes from wall-to-wall, and up above you’ll enjoy the cathedral ceilings with hand-stenciled rafters. Stand on the balcony to take in all the details, to look at the grand restoration of the Fillmore, and see the stained-glass rose window. It’s mesmerizing.

Outside, you recognize the history of this architecture as a building that has stood there longer than its surroundings, having the neighborhood built around it slowly and through many decades. For cocktail hour you’ll get to enjoy the landscaped garden tucked in the inner courtyard with a white brick outdoor fireplace servicing as a unique focal point. 

Images provided by Michael Ares Photography

Documenting the Wedding

I was hired by fellow photographer and videographer, Michael Ares to film this Wedding at the Fillmore on Central. What’s that mean? Well, it means I had no contact with the couple before the wedding since they already had a vendor, it means we had no planning sessions, no vision casting for the film, or even any special instructions whatsoever, but luckily for me, Michael is such a professional that he sent my work to Caleb and Priscilla beforehand just to make sure my work was to their liking. When I arrived and saw the bride for the first time she thanked me for being there and told me I had the okay to work as I pleased; with this, the nerves I may have had going into this shoot simply melted away. 

If you’ve watched the film before reading this, you’ll see the highlight is on the Dads. I think it’s because I’m a #girdad that I immediately join the dads on days like that, out of solidarity, if anything. I listened for their wisdom to their children, the words they used to describe the beauty of marriage for these two, which were now becoming one. Each Father gained another child this day, and the thought of that alone is moving. I got to see how well respected these men were by their respective families and was further encouraged when I found out that Caleb’s Dad was also to be the Officiant on this special day. It became evident that for this wedding, Father’s Day was on January 1, 2022. 

The gift I could give back was to take the voices and images of the men, these giants, who mean so much to these two, and immortalize them forever in film. As a Dad, that feels like a big win.

Images provided by Michael Ares Photography

Minimalism in a grand setting

What makes the Fillmore on Central so special? Well, to put it in simple words: The Fillmore is stunning, but minimal. It isn’t cluttered with gems, but rather, they lie subtly in and around the building itself. You see, it’s the building, the wooden beams that run along the inside ceiling, the old-hand-crafted make of the Sanctuary; it’s the simple layout of the courtyard surrounded by greenery that’s just high enough to remove you from the surrounding area. There are homes just next door but you remain oblivious to it all because of the draw of the venue itself. At golden hour the light that comes in through the western face of the building is magnificent, just stunning. If you are a photo/video vendor, please take advantage of this wonderful happening should you ever have the privilege of working at the Fillmore on Central.

Images provided by Michael Ares Photography

I love Filming at the Fillmore on Central. Here's to many more films with this team.


Hello, and welcome to my site. My name is Ricky and I am a full-time creative. I shoot wedding films, do photography, build websites, and all other kinds of creative stuff but weddings are by far my favorite bits to work. I am from Los Angeles and currently reside in Orange County, CA with my wife, Deelisa, and our beautiful daughter, Elia.

Priscilla Stenzinger
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Ricky was the best surprise videographer hand-picked by our incredible photographer. We never met him nor did we tell him what we wanted or needed in our video. Truly, we didn’t know how good of hands we were in until we saw the 30 second teaser and I was in a puddle of tears of utter happiness.
To be able to tell a story that evokes such strong emotion in a wedding video is a gift. Most wedding videos are sweet and beautiful but Ricky’s video captured personal moments with sentimentality that is rare to find.
The video was never cheesy, never flashy, never wannabe “Vogue”, swoopy, nor trying to be too artsy or trendy. Also, I’m so glad my voice was not on that video and I’m so relieved Ricky took that risk to go a little off the usual script and was able to tell a compelling story.

Thank you Ricky for your editing and story-telling magic and professionalism.
Anyone interested in hiring this man, do not hesitate. Book him now! You won’t be disappointed.

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