sometimes the unexpected can turn into the most memorable. we had originally booked a corporate event in italy, and were hoping to film a wedding while in europe. a couple had booked us for theirs in siena, and we were completely stoked. then, just a few weeks prior, the couple cancelled. while devastated, we didn't give up hope. then, the day before we left to europe, we got in touch with robert and lindsay. the connection was instant. and now we were going to spain to film and photograph their wedding.
what most attracted us to r+l, was the easy going nature they had about them. their approach to the celebration had an element of spontaneity, including where at the house the ceremony would be held. plus, they were so much fun to hang around! they were also open to discussing ideas and engaging in the process of allowing us to capture their wedding, which is always our primary concern especially with such a last second booking.
originally, we had filmed a session with the bride taking eggs to a nun to be blessed with fertility. it had tons of potential, however, the nun did not want to corporate with us. and while it would have still been fun to shove it into this short film, it didn't seem right.
in the end, what seemed right was to highlight the simplicity of their love for each other.
with the mother of the groom preparing the flowers along with the father of the bride building the arch, all the planning and preparation was beginning to materialize. getting married right around the summer solstice in europe allowed for a near 8 pm ceremony time, and a great flare from the sun as lindsay walked down the aisle. definitely one of our all time favorite shots. :)
the first look was a challenge, as the area was filled mostly with private property and unmanageable areas for a bride to walk. however, we found an old frame of a home probably hundreds of years old in which to do it. we felt that matched well with the overall feel of the environment. obviously, robert showed true excitement at his beautiful bride.
but it was the vows that really was the highlight. we always encourage handwritten vows to express a couple's true feelings and commitments to each other. robert + lindsay, like everything else, wrote theirs on the day of the wedding. it didn't take long for them to produce heartfelt vows worthy of a tissue.
this was a valuable learning lesson for me personally as it showed how to adjust to the true story. a mistake often made by wedding filmmakers is to try to use all the best footage from every aspect that sometimes simply doesn't fit into the story. additionally, we often bring 3-5 cinematographers for our local events. however, this time i brought only an intern to help film the wedding with me. sometimes, it's easy to slip into a role with a larger crew, but by filming 90% of the footage, it forced me to always be directional in the process as i was fully engaged in every nuance and detail.
as i mentioned, i shot this wedding with an intern to help me with lenses, carrying equipment, and providing camera operating. her name is taryn and she was so valuable! she brought her positive attitude and hard work mentality for the entire europe trip. we couldn't have done it without her!
song licensed through the music bed
song - surprisingly so
artist - amy seeley
produced by inSIGHT studios