Gen and Shawn reached out to me two years ago (2012) about filming their wedding the following year. Shawn had been a fan of the live videos on hate5six.com, so chances are we had been in the same room many a time prior to the wedding. They were both hesitant about having a video of their day but they said after seeing my style in previous videos they knew I would complement their day perfectly.
I enjoy every wedding I shoot and it's impossible for me to choose a favorite highlight reel. They're all special and unique in their own way. I don't know if it was the song they chose, or the look on Shawn's face when he first saw Gen, or the spectacle that ensued during the reception, but editing this wedding together truly tugged at my heartstrings. I did my best to capture the raw love throughout the day but ultimately a camera from an objective observer can only go so far. Gen and Shawn's love for one another, however, was so palpable that I knew simply filming them together would carry the edit just fine. And it did.
Two of the first people I met when I moved to Boston were Ashley and Chris. It was clear to me that they would one day marry, and I think they were aware of that fact well before I met them. It was such a pleasure for me, as a friend, to be present and take on the task of preserving the key moments of the day for them.
Ingrid Michaelson - Little Romance
Alabama Shakes - I Found You
Filming weddings has always been a side project of mine and, as a result, I can only take on so many each year. It was late last summer when my good friend whose wedding I previously filmed contacted me saying her co-worker, Renee, fell in love with the video I produced. By the sound of things she and her partner, Marla, were so keen on having me come out and document their wedding early that fall. Though I was hesitant given my limited availability, I couldn't turn down an opportunity to work with such a beautiful couple who felt so moved by my previous work. Their wedding was intimate and full of love, and it was the first time I filmed a "first look", so my gut kept telling me to follow a different narrative arc when producing the highlight reel. Marla and Renee's wedding reinforced my belief that love is unbounded and should never be confined.
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
As soon as my brother and Megan got engaged it was clear to me that I would film the wedding. Despite meaning I wouldn't actually be in the wedding, I felt like I'd be more in my element if I could document the day. So I did. It's very rare for so many of my extended family to all be in one place, especially because most of them still live in India. To have them be there for Sharad and Megan was incredibly comforting. This video is for all the friends and family, on both the Singh and Kearney side, who couldn't be there to witness this union.
Last May I flew out to California to film a wedding for a couple I had never met, which was a first. Alicia and Casey had seen a previous wedding video of mine on Pinterest and were dead set on having me come out to document their day. We clicked immediately and I felt like I was filming a wedding for two close friends. This was also the first time I filmed at a venue of this size and atmosphere, so I spent a significant amount of time in my hotel room after the rehearsal with a notepad just going over how I would choreograph each and every shot. And the reason it's taken me days shy of nearly a year to edit is because I wanted it to be absolutely perfect, in harmony with the music they had in mind, and also done in a way that significantly raised the bar I've set for myself. And I wanted to find a way to honor the memory of Casey's father, Bruce Kerr.
I couldn't be happier with how this turned out.
Ingrid Michaelson - You and I
Journey - Faithfully
Hell or High Water - Gimme Love