Tuesday, June 7, 2016

「 sde 」CECILIA & DANIEL




The best part of life is the unexpected. I think everyone likes to act like she or he knows what to expect and how to handle any situation. But we live for curveballs.

Having filmed quite a few Chinese weddings I thought I had seen it all. The groomsmen busted down the door, just like all the other groomsmen. But then a twist, not shown in the video: they turned around and locked the bridesmaids out of the bride's room, winning back some of their red pockets in the process! Hilarious. Definitely a good moment when every person in the room is smiling.

Cutting this SDE was pretty exciting and threw me quite a curveball itself. I met Cecilia and Daniel once before the wedding and they seemed very loving but also quiet. And so I chose two songs for their video to reflect what I thought the wedding would be like. I was totally wrong and had to scramble to find a better song. I stumbled across Soar by Gyom and immediately licensed it from the Music Bed. It's a huge rush that evolves into something deeper and more gentle. Perfect!

From that point on the video just came together. Such a great feeling to show an SDE for the first time, it never gets old.

Monday, April 18, 2016

「 highlights 」TINA & MIKE




This is the second time I’ve captured a wedding where it seemed like the tent would get picked up and tossed by the powerful winds. The extreme weather was on everyone’s minds and in the background of many of my shots. It gave me a great excuse to shoot some slo-mo as well as a slew of time-lapses. In the end, Vancouver just put on a show for us, as the rain stopped just in time for the photo shoot and the day closed with a gorgeous sunset.

Tina and Mike have been together for a long, long time, and they’d known for much of that time that they would get married. So at first they just wanted a simple wedding. In the end Tina’s vision and attention to detail came together in Science World’s Patio overlooking False Creek.

Their families are filled with love and now so is theirs!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

「 nde 」MEHTAAB & RICK






Mehtaab & Rick's wedding in the fall of 2014 was full of surprises, as was their journey to the day they said "I do." Rick put on a clinic for how to propose to your bride, as this video of the surprise proposal will show.



Clearly, Rick values Mehtaab so highly he didn't want to leave anything to chance, or miss the opportunity to show her how much he loves her.

The wedding itself was lavish and filled with love. Smiles everywhere. Dancing and singing breaking out all over the place. Family members getting a little TOO involved in Rick's maiyan ceremony. A dohl player that almost didn't show up leading Rick and his entourage to the milni. An epic shoe theft after the ceremony and then a stunning photo shoot with Pardeep Singh, complete with "props" and sand drawings supplied by Rick and Mehtaab.

Yes, this wedding had it all. My own personal favourite moment was the moment Mehtaab's mother first saw her, on the morning of the wedding.

「 sde 」RHODA & CHRISTEPHEN




Rhoda and Chris shared their amazing story with me when we first met. It was truly cosmic how they came together, and Coastal Church played a big part in that. Naturally, they wanted to hold their wedding there as well. It’s a unique space with a lot of angles you don’t normally find in a church.

I love details, annd I tend to overuse close-ups, and sometimes wish I captured more wide shots. On this occasion, I saved the big wide for their kiss, the only shot that shows the impressive view from the back of the church.

The family traditions on display in the morning were a joy to capture. Rhoda was happy to let her mom be in charge of each step of the process, and I think enjoyed being able to be a part of it as I did.

The day ended back at the Four Seasons, with an amazing choreographed dance that I scampered around to properly capture. Chris is a pretty calm and quiet presence, and I didn’t see those moves coming!

Monday, August 3, 2015

「 sde 」ELNAZ & MOE




Just in time for their one-year, here's Elnaz & Moe's SDE. It starts near the end and loops back to the beginning. Full on lavish decor by Upright and then one of my favourite ring shots ever.

These are two lovely people! Loved by their friends, and now you too! Happy anniversary Elnaz & Moe!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

「 nde 」JENN & MATT




If there's a family I'd like to be adopted by, it's the Lams. Mom and dad Lam had three lovely children, who all inherited their father's knack for telling a good story. And who all grew up and hired Love Story Media to film their weddings! It was an honour to be able to tell their stories. It has been a blast to hang out with these folks three times over, and I'm kind of sad that it's over!

I met Matt for the first time on the day of the wedding. It takes a wonderful guy to match someone like Jenn, and that he is. You can see it in his eyes when he listens to her. Her world is his.

Lam weddings are an outpouring of love, thoughtfulness and togetherness. It's basically a group of friends and family who all love each other. Everyone seems comfy and at home. The handmade signs - beautiful calligraphy by Jenn herself - enhanced the homey feel.

Weather has been on everyone's mind here in Vancouver, with a giant cloud of smoke covering the city for over a week. Gradually, winds picked up and a bit of rain here and there started to clear the air. But Saturday July 11th was the day it really rained. But not all day. The weather cooperated. Just enough rain to clear the air, but of course not enough to put out the fire.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

「 feature 」STEPHANIE & JEREMY




What a journey with these two! And to think, it was only a small part of theirs. Very excited to see what amazing things Jer and Steph will do in the future. I'm happy to count them as friends. Please take a look at their CONCEPT film here.