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The word paradise originally meant a walled in area created for gardening or hunting. Some of us roam the earth looking to know or possess all, and others content themselves with building a little piece of happiness, and staying within the boundaries of that perfect life. I don't know which is better, but I'd say that most of the couples I meet are the latter.
I'm not a great collaborator, but for weddings like this, I am forced to admit that I could never do it alone. Chermaine had the job of doing basically everything. That's a lot. But never does she get stressed or overwhelmed. She makes it possible for me to do what I do. Amish joined us today and acted as driver, consultant, and pretty amazing steadicam op for the motorcycle portion. Aside from his trunk door hitting me on the head at least 5 times, it was the perfect collaboration. Finally, it was amazing to work with photographers Raymond and Jesse again! Check them out; their work is beautiful and they are so fun and exciting to work with: raymondleung.ca/index2.html
Angela and Patrick approached me just over a year ago, with the idea of including motorcycle footage with their wedding video. It so happened that soon after, we filmed Mei & Danny's wedding (vimeo.com/24674547), with bikes galore. Their SDE blew Patrick's mind, but I told him we wanted to do even better with his wedding.
Alongside the footage shot from Amish's car - either with a camera mounted with a suction cup, or me sitting in the trunk with a steadicam - we decided to do some filming from land, to really get a sense of the speed and power of the bikes. I incorporated the sound of the bikes, which adds so much to the sense of being there. We also did some slomo filming to add that epic feeling of the intro. I am really happy with how it turned out.
Forming the rest of the slow motion intro are shots of the flower girl jumping on a bed. You'll notice fruits and sprigs of leaves bouncing around. This is a Chinese fertility tradition, which you can read about here: chinese-wedding-guide.com/bridal-bed.html. Interesting stuff. And hey, once you've found the right person, it just makes sense to raise the four walls and create your own paradise together.
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