People More. Weddings Less.
I believe every film, wedding or otherwise, should be a reflection of those in it. Every decision should be inspired and relevant to those characters or that story. For a while my wedding features were long, 45+ minute pieces that were very much driven by soundtrack. Sometimes I would let a classic bridal hair and makeup montage go on for several minutes, or the duration of an entire song. They were great quality, but they used the same old wedding film paradigms and, for lack of a more pretentious term — they were boring.
This season more so than any other I am driven to break through, and steer my productions away from some of these paradigms. By focusing my attention on getting to know the couple and what makes them special, and focusing less on the wedding. Whatever it is that makes them special, it’s my job to use it to make a well-documented reflection of what their relationship is at this point in time — on their wedding day. In the simplest terms: find what makes the couple different, and throw everything else out the window.
You know they’re getting married because they’re in love — but what’s special about that love? For Ale and Raymond the most obvious (and meaningful) answer was their commitment and devotion not only to each other but to their faith. Their ceremony and vows provided the opportunity to allow God to be “present in this place” almost as a separate character in their love story. So it only made sense to use this as the thread that sewed their highlight together. The blending of Cultures: was also something I wanted to emphasize. Ray is originally from Hong Kong and Ale a small town in Colombia. Again their ceremony allowed this “blending” to take place through the translation of priest’s words.
Here's what came of Ale (Alejandra) and Raymonds relationship:
Ceremony: Estates of Sunnybrook (The Coach House)
Reception: The Estates of Sunnybrook (The Coach House)
Photography: Ryan Van Der Hout @ Luminous Studios
Photobooth: Luminous Studios
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