It's always an honour to be chosen to film someone's wedding, but sometimes the honour is particularly intense. Alex and Adam have been together for practically forever. They've been friends since they were small. I think when you meet someone, and for as long as you love them, you carry a piece of who you were when you met. Perhaps this explains the extremely cute and childish tricks and games A&A play with one another, such as Alexandra's trademark fakeout-kiss that Adam likes to fall for.
The venue on this day was Hatley Castle, located just west of Victoria on Vancouver Island. When if found out where the wedding was happening, my mind raced to figure out how to best utilize the location. And to be honest, I was pretty much in love just with the word "castle." While we were filming, the grounds came alive with creatures, as you might see in a Disney film - or perhaps a Miyazaki. Bumblebees, hummingbirds, dragonflies and peacocks flying and roaming around. You may even see a lovely centipede if you watch closely. In the end, the castle itself became one of the important characters in this film. And how fitting that, like Alex and Adam's love, the castle has been around longer than anyone can remember, and will remain forever.
As an experiment I spent quite a lot of time on the sound for this video. The majority of the sounds in the first half are not the real sounds but were sampled from a great website called freesound.org. I added wind, bumblebee buzzing, hummingbird humming, a distant peacock call and a few jangling and tinkling sounds as needed. Put on a good pair of headphones and see what else your ears can discover.
Speaking of ears, the song is To Build a Home by Cinematic Orchestra itunes.apple.com/ca/album/to-build-a-home/id255464394?i=255470095. It's one of those beyond perfect songs I've been waiting to use and now the moment has arrived! Similar to the title of this song, I feel like I built this video brick by brick as you would a castle, given how much planning and care went into it and how structured and perfect I tried to make it.
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