Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mei ♥ Danny ... SDE

Let's be honest: a lot of weddings are all about the bride. Her dreams for the wedding all come to the fore and the groom is pushed into the background. Sometimes literally to the background if you see what happens in some photo shoots. When it comes to wedding I guess men are sometimes reduced to out-of-focus arm candy.

Danny's profile pic on Facebook is himself on his yellow Ducati. At our first meeting, Danny told me that his motorbike was "kinda like my bride dress." A detailed construction-avoiding route to Mei's house was planned, and Danny recruited 12 bikers to ride with him along with three vehicles on the journey from Burnaby to Richmond. The morning was chaotic, with riders arriving and being prepped and wired with radios, and bikes and cars being mounted with our cameras. First wedding I've been to where we were an hour behind schedule after an hour of the itinerary.

There's always a leap of faith as we attach our cameras to a moving vehicle… How will the shot look? Will the vibrations be too much? Will the camera still be there at the next stop?

In the end the cameras (a 5D with a 24mm lens and a GoPro HD) were just fine. However, Danny's radio somehow fell out and was crushed, one of the grill mounted dolls was lost, and a rider who shall remain nameless was separated from the pack after the ceremony. It may not be worth mentioning that my hair got mussed a little while leaning out the window with an upside down monopod as we ripped along at 100 km/h. And the wind was deafening.

Also hard to ignore was the walkie talkie chatter. It was hilarious to hear Danny and his best man calling each other "Iceman" and "Maverick" like it was the most natural thing, and Cedric recorded an awesome soundbite that helped form the intro section of the video. With help from Lucky, Danny's arowana.

The survivors of the morning enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous wedding at Mayfair Lakes. This was our first wedding at this lovely location and our next is this coming Saturday! Mei and Danny had been watching the forecasts, and gradually the prediction for Saturday improved as the week wore on. In the end it was a nearly cloudless day with a slight breeze and more than enough sunlight for photos and sunburn to go around.

Music by Atomic Tom (iTunes link).

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