Sunday, January 23, 2011

Alexandra ♥ Adam … Highlights

{ Alex calls herself our "biggest fan" and indeed generates a good portion of the hits drawn by this blog. She has had unbelievable enthusiasm about the process of creating the video and has sent numerous e-mails about imagery and music. I'm really looking forward to hearing your comments Alex! }

It's always an honour to be chosen to film someone's wedding, but sometimes the honour is particularly intense. Alex and Adam have been together for practically forever. They've been friends since they were small. I think when you meet someone, and for as long as you love them, you carry a piece of who you were when you met. Perhaps this explains the extremely cute and childish tricks and games A&A play with one another, such as Alexandra's trademark fakeout-kiss that Adam likes to fall for, over and over.

The venue on this day was Hatley Castle, located just west of Victoria on Vancouver Island. When I found out where the wedding was happening, my mind raced to figure out how to best utilize the location. And to be honest, I was just in love with the word "castle." While we were filming, the grounds seemed to come alive with creatures, as you might see in a Disney film - or perhaps a Miyazaki. Bumblebees, hummingbirds, and peacocks flying and roaming around. You may even see a happy centipede if you watch closely. In the end, the castle itself became one of the important characters in this film. And how fitting that, like Alex and Adam's love, the castle has been around longer than anyone can remember, and will remain forever.

As an experiment I spent quite a lot of time on the sound for this video. The majority of the sounds in the first half are not the real sounds but were added to enhance the visuals. There is wind, bumblebee buzzing, hummingbird humming, a distant peacock call, a scissor snip and a a variety of jangling and tinkling sounds. Put on a pair of headphones and see what else your ears can discover.

Speaking of ears, the song is To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra. It's one of those beyond perfect pieces I've been waiting to use; now the moment has arrived! Similar to the title of this song, I feel like I built this video brick by brick as you would a castle, given how much planning and care went into it and how structured and perfect I tried to make it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Giovanni ♥ Ashlee ... "Tony" and his Principessa

I first met Ashlee and Giovanni in early 2009, at a small coffee shop in East Vancouver. "You must really hate Starbucks" I commented, since Giovanni had specifically chosen this indie cafe which was right next to one of the ubiquitous roasters. "Gotta look out for the little guy" was Giovanni's response. These two are so caring and considerate in every facet of their lives. They are so loved by their friends and take fabulous care of each other.

And by now they should definitely know how. Ashlee and Giovanni are accomplished actors, and on this day finally got truly married, after having done so countless times already on stage. They had some trouble escaping their own fame though, with TV cameras chasing them up the steps of the church.

Couldn't have asked for nicer weather or venues, plus an overall warm vibe matching the golden hues of the evening sun.

See the photos here.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Best Videography Award at BC Professional Wedding Awards

One month ago today, the 2010 wedding season was brought to a close at The Professional BC Wedding Awards, held at District 319. A horde of your beloved and hard-working wedding pros stood elbow to elbow, munching hors d'oeuvres and catching up after a particularly busy year. Then came the awards presentation.

We were so happy to see our friends Felicia Bromba and Dan and Kat Stone win their well-deserved awards. Suddenly it was time for the videography award, and we were stunned and ecstatic when "Love Story Media" was called. It's been a crazy year, and nothing could have capped it off better.

So we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful couples, who have been so fun and inspiring to work with. You are the ones that give us the chance to do what we love, and we thank you.

In case you haven't seen it, here's the video we submitted, the highlights from our first wedding of 2010.