Driving through the canola fields on a sunny Summer day. Red Ferrari. Top down. What could be better than that? It really was a perfect day for Jayelle and Benji's wedding. From the first look through to the bouquet toss it was just a fantastic experience. But don't take my word for it. Here's the proof:
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Hand drawn notes with the gift for each grooms-man. Vera Wang dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. The fort Garry ballroom looking resplendent in the year's most elegant colours. There was an enormous amount of thought and attention to detail that went into this wedding celebration. And what a great couple Lana and Sean make too.
My favourite parts of the day had to be the father of the Bride's speech and the live band playing as every single person in the room was in that big circle on the dance floor. I also love the open emotion that both Sean and his father-in-law-to-be showed at the first look in the hotel. Priceless. It's those real moments of joy that are the highlight of my day.
I'll let the cinematic feature tell you the rest of the story...
It was a scorching day. We had been walking around in the park for a couple of hours getting some pretty spectacular images and footage....
So what do you do when you've been in a heavy suit and dress tramping around the forest? You go grab a two four at the L.C. of course... in your dress!
Now that you're suitably refreshed, you go down to the river for more breezy photos.
And a little fun with the boys...
There will be time later for more emotions and a bit of romance when we get to the reception....
And, when it's all said and done, if you hire the right videography company, you will have a beautiful movie about the whole day too...
Congratulations Ashley and Hugh. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of your day. We had so much fun shooting you guys. My only complaint... I wish I could have been there for the trash the dress session too... that looked AWESOME! (readers: it was out of town and I was shooting another wedding. They went into the bush hunting in a wedding dress!!!)
I am always looking for new and interesting ways to shoot video during the "photoshoot" part of the wedding. I prefer to refer to it as the "let's have fun and try stuff" part of the day. It's the one chance we as cinematographers get to actually experiment during a wedding. The rest of the day is stacked with unmissable, one take and its all over, type moments that you don't really want to try stuff out on. You have to nail those shots 100% of the time. No room for error. No take 2. During the part of the day between the ceremony and the reception we get to let our creative juices flow. We get to pose you. We get to experiment and sometimes we even get enough time to shoot something twice.
This was an interesting little move that will be part of the cinematic feature for cristylee and Darryl's video a few months from now. I just wanted to share a little teaser of it now. It's a first attempt at the technique, but I think you can see where I am going with this. Thanks to the wedding party for playing my game!
It's no secret I love country weddings. The thing is I have a thing for city weddings too. So when April told me they were getting married out in the country and having the reception at the Fort Garry I knew this was going to be a good one!
The next big plus for this wedding was that Tammy from Divine Weddings was involved in the planning and décor. The whole day felt completely smooth and looked just gorgeous on camera. It was also a pleasure to work with Kamp Photography on this one too. I really like Jake's style both in terms of the finished product and his relaxed demeanour on the day.
I always get a kick out of seeing the bride and groom first thing in the morning. Sometimes they are nervous, sometimes excited and most just want the day to be over so they can get to enjoying the party. With April and Zach I just got an overwhelming sense of how much they DIG each other. They were just happy to be getting married! Love that.
For the camera geeks out there: I used 4 Canon 60D's, a gopro, multiple shotgun mics and Coollights for reception lighting... and I shot this wedding solo.
Without further ado, here is the main feature...