Tag: Same Day Edit

Mementos and Sombreros

Nigel’s career brings him all over the world and so, naturally, Cassandra & Nigel’s lives go hand in hand with traveling, trying new restaurants, wine tastings and socializing. One of Nigel’s groomsmen’s favourite moments was when Nigel lead Team Canada and the tournament and scoring in Helsinki with a big 6 goals and 11 points in Hockey.

Over the years, they had collected small mementos to one day look back upon. As their wedding day approached – a day planned with a lot of care and thought, they both decided to look through their memory box. They also decided to each carefully choose one item to share with each other the morning of their wedding. Nigel thoughtfully picked out what he said was an easy choice. Because it was what he considered their start; a U2 ticket. It was a happy moment together, after first dating in Chicago they were finally able to go out as a couple in Winnipeg. Cassandra was hoping to find that ticket Nigel bought for Cassandra in 2010 to come visit him in Atlanta. It was what she considered the beginning of their relationship. While looking for it, she found an item he had left for her that same fall when he had come to visit her.  This made her realize just how long ago she had fallen in love and so, here they are three and a half years later.

We had the incredible privilege of weaving together their story into this Sam Day Edit to share with all their friends and family gathered that evening at The Gates on Roblin along with the very talented Simply Rosie Photography.

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With All My Heart

Emma + Colin both light up when they are together. They’re a quiet, romantic couple that really take in and appreciate all the little moments that happen throughout a day and the day of their wedding was no different. Both enjoying a range of activities including travel, sports, watching movies, telling jokes and laughing. The ceremony was especially significant with Emma’s father leading the ceremony, bringing everyone together through well chosen, heartfelt words. It’s always a pleasure working with Joel Ross & Jennifer Webber.

Colin really gets Emma and is able to recognize, help and encourage her to follow those dreams as he manages to follow his own. Later at the reception, Colin had shared a quote from his mother about the important things on relationships which they both value and hold dear. “It isn’t so much how often you gaze into each-other’s eyes as long as you put in the effort to gaze in the same direction.” How true and what a beautiful quote to draw on together.

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A Wedding Planner’s Wedding

We’ve always find a couple scenarios that could potentially make us get really nervous when filming. Things like bad weather; it can really change the look and feel of the day. It was something else for this wedding. It was filming someone whom you deeply respect and know as a friend. You always want to make the story perfect. The butterfly’s where of plenty.

We have known Andrea for a long time, both personal and professionally. We usually have the great privilege of working with her event planning company, Soiree Event Planning. She has literately seen us in every scenario possible, especially during same day edit. So naturally, when she asked us to film her wedding, we were thrilled! We also had the privilege of working along side our friend Jeremy Hiebert.

What we love about this film is its such a simple, timeless story. Andrea could have done anything she wanted. She has seen it all. But she kept everything meaningful and elegant for herself and her husband Ryan. A simple expression of exactly who they are. It was a privilege to be apart of this day. We were able to once again, not only work along side Andrea, a friend, but were also a witness of their commitment and celebration.

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Who’s the Unicorn?

Heather and Chris’s eyelash trick was all a ploy to sneak in a kiss.. it didn’t work but the attempt spoke for itself, the message was clear.  But wait, this also meant Heather was not an ordinary woman.. she was special.  Chris and his fellow men had a test to see weigh in on the character of a woman pending the right timing of coarse and Chris went for it while at Rushing River while on a camping trip.  Love can blossom in so many ways and naturally it can happen over normal day to day events.  We love to hear stories like this that bring out the full scope of who these two people are.  The moment of truth came when Heather was not swayed by the fake eyelash question and figured out what was about to happen before Chris could follow through.  Thus she was a true unicorn as per Chris and his friends had determined what that character would look like.  Love stories…. we don’t grow weary of them and in fact it spurs us on to tell them as best we can.

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Evening Delight

Jess and Jake are two people deeply in love. So much so that Jake surprised Jess with a five year wedding anniversary vow renewal on their patio with 35 guests. Being there to witness their exchange and account of what they mean to each other was emotional and inspiring and hearing how much they cherish each other is a true testament of what a thriving marriage can look like. Jake did a heck of a job planning everything for the surprise and pulled off an amazing celebration. The weather was gorgeous and evening light was magical. The dancing continued as the sun went down and it was a close and intimate time, just beautiful. Being the amazing photographers they are (Kamp Photography) it was a privilege to capture this time in their lives that will be so meaningful to them in the years ahead. Hearing Jakes account of his planning and surprising is a must read as well.

 

 

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Pièce De Résistance

Our goal is always to capture people’s personalities and their characteristics in a film. It’s a challenge to fit everything into a same day edit (given the time constraint), but we’re always up for a good challenge. As colourful (planning by Soiree, flowers by Academy) and detailed (check out those cards by OnePlusOne and photography by Lani Elias) as everything was that day, for us – a story is everything.

Dena and Dustin are an amazing couple. What really stood out to us was their ceremony. It was so personal and sincere. They sealed a time capsule during their ceremony containing wine, glasses, the day’s newspaper, a dress Dena wore on their first date and their vows. Sealed for 10 years, being opened again 2023. Imagine when they both look through these things again? It’s a whole other way to experience the wedding day again.

Weddings are generally full of suprises. Dena and Dustin’s biggest suprise (next to the full custome chicken dance at the reception) was during their ceremony when they decided to take time after their vows to honour their close family sitting in the first two rows. They brought each of them roses and hugs and as they went down the isles, you could feel the warmth and awe everyone had for this newly married couple. It was a powerful moment and it spoke so well of their character.

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Eyelashes Light the Fire

Heather and Chris’s spark started with a question, “do you have fake eyelashes?”  Seems like a reasonable question if the circumstances were different, for instance not on a camping trip.  Well these two made a connection that day that will forever be their story.  We got to know Heather and Chris really well during their portraiture session which you will see pieces of in the Same Day Edit.  Each of the them walked us through their first meeting story and how the progression lead them to their wedding day, which is always interesting and fun to hear two sides of the same story.  And then on the wedding day this first meeting story came out in several versions.  So from our perspective we have a pretty good idea of how this all came about, hearing it from them, and their close friends tying it altogether.  We’ll be later sharing their Feature on our blog, which ties their films and completes their story.

When we first met with them back in 2011 they were so excited about having a film to capture their day and decided on adding a Same Day Edit to allow their guests to experience it with them.  The upbeat nature of their personalities and outlook on life shone through in each of their films and it was a huge highlight for us to play their Same Day Edit. The Gates as always was a beautiful backdrop to have their wedding and their service and staff are impeccable.  We were also very lucky to work with Jack & Ruby Photography who are always fun to work with.  Of course there were many more very talented people working behind the scenes who we appreciate working with, cheers to everyone who made the day look and flow so smoothly.

 

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Eyelashes Light the Fire

Heather and Chris’s spark started with a question, “do you have fake eyelashes?”  Seems like a reasonable question if the circumstances were different, for instance not on a camping trip.  Well these two made a connection that day that will forever be their story.  We got to know Heather and Chris really well during their portraiture session which you will see pieces of in their Same Day Edit.

Each of the them walked us through their first meeting story and how the progression lead them to their wedding day, which is always interesting and fun to hear two sides of the same story.

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“Do you love me?”… “Why?…  “Because I do”…

When we heard Ben’s speech to Tran we couldn’t help but get excited because, little did he know, he had just given us a core narrative piece for this film. We sat back after the wedding and started storyboarding their adventure. No one forced these two together… it just worked out. There was something special about Ben and Tran’s first dance. Something seemed familiar. To their guests, it was something new. To us, Ben and Tran carried out every turn throughout their day as they kept celebrating. Rehearsing their carefully thought-out steps and twirls. That dance became a major thread in their story; it was exhilarating to see how they all just fit together – almost flawlessly.

As always, the day flew by so fast and there was truly special moments for us. After dinner,  we accompanied Curtis Moore to the river bank at the Gates on Roblyn during sunset. These two lost themselves in the moment. It could not have been a more perfect cap to the day (it did get better). The water was still and the air was filled with tiny dandelion seeds dancing around, giving us a a beautiful canvas as they continued dancing. We feel so fortunate to have been part of their special day. They truly made us feel apart of their family. Thank to Curtis Moore of Moore Photography and Melissa from the Gates on Roblyn. It’s always a pleasure working with a great team.

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Icelandic Scenics

Driving out to Gimli (Manitoba’s Icelandic community) early in morning had us excited for a water front cottage feel to Heather and Timothy’s same day edit.  There was one thing that we were nervous about and that was the dark clouds that threatened the outdoor picturesque filming we would be able to do.  And we are so thankful to say it couldn’t have turned out much better than it did for the entire day’s schedule.  The ceremony and reception took place at the Waterfront Center which had fabulous lighting and the atmosphere fit so well for their celebration.  We were so thankful that their first look on the pier turned out beautifully with the sun shining down.  They were both so ecstatic to see each other that Timothy bolted as soon as he could hear that Heather was close behind and they were so ready to get married.  This location is particularly meaningful for the family with its history of spending time together at the lake.  And now having been married here it will forever hold deep meaning with them.

Thanks to Photographer Rebecca Croft for a day of fun. Always good to work with you!

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Acts of love

Everything about Jennifer and Stephane’s wedding felt like a fairytale. The weather, location, the atmosphere and the obvious match that they are for each other all had a part to play in their story. They’re both young, passionate individuals who both devote a lot of their time lifting each other up. If the stories we heard at the reception were any indication of their character, they’re both incredible people.

One moment that particularly stood to us was the first time they saw each other. Earlier in the morning, Jennifer formulated how she felt about Steph in a note. The excitement they equally shared in seeing one another was complimented with this intimate moment, reading through the letter. We saw how grounded and led by faith they are. All of this had played a major part in their same-day-edit and we’re happy we can share their story with everyone.

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A Winter Wonderland…

David and Danielle both share a deep love for each other. Their wedding day was filled with warm words from friends and family as they celebrated their coming together. Hearing Danielle’s father speak powerful, warm blessings over his daughter and new son-in-law’s marriage helped establish a level of emotion their ceremony and the rest of their day would continue in. There was a multitude of detail in the decor at the ceremony. Danielle walked along side her parents down the white isle, surrounded by fifteen foot high white-painted trees that David had cut down and carefully brought in himself. Their kiss was accompanied by falling rose petals from the chandelier above. Outside, we were surrounded by chilly but beautiful fresh white snow and everywhere we went we were overwhelmed by Christmas season decoration. The lights fit so well with their theme and kept that magical feeling going from the ceremony to the reception. Danielle and David have a vibrant display of joy; one that is genuine and outwardly conveyed in their film.

This was our very last Same Day Edit for 2011 and it was a great one to end the year with. We presented it right before their speech and we can’t say it enough; we love what we do and we are so appreciative when the couple values the memory enough to have their day captured. We are so honoured to be a part of their day and for their community to welcome us with open arms. Kara & Becky of  Jack and Ruby Photography made everyone feel so comfortable and made the day even more fun. It’s always a treat to work together with them. Thanks to Cody and Melissa for assisting us during the ceremony.

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Chop Sticks & Naan Bread…

On the day of they were calling for rain… well the clouds parted very early and the sky was blue all day long!   Lan & Amit had a Vietnamese/East Indian wedding and we can’t be more excited to share their Same Day Edit.  This blend of cultures made for some very visually stunning details such as Lan’s necklace and henna on her hands and feet.  The sparkles glistening and reflecting from the light are what grab our attention instantly.  Lan & Amit both showed themselves as poised and relaxed throughout the day but definitely showed more of their personalities during the photo shoot with Manny.  There were larger than life smiles and joy as they were letting loose with the bridal party.  One thing you won’t see on the SDE is their first dance due to scheduling, however this was our first glimpse of these two displaying their romantic side dancing with grace and elegance across the floor.

White Horse…

Filming Amit during the Baraat brought out the first signs of exuberant celebrations that would follow throughout the day.  The white horse trailed the beat of the drum and celebratory family members of Amit leading him to his bride with their hands high in the air and voices raised up.  Cultures all have their unique signs of celebration and the most admirable quality of this group is the sense of welcoming and acceptance. Thank you Lan & Amit for letting us share your day with you!

Special Thanks: Manuel Sousa Photography – You are the most energetic person around. It was such a pleasure to finally work with you! Events by Emma – Thanks for taking care of us all day, especially when it came to showing the Same Day Edit ;) Chocholate ZenFloral ElementsPlanned Perfectly Linens, Makeup Expressions, Hair by Karen

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Tamara + Jeremy and Everything Else…

May 7, 2011 – Tamara & Jeremy’s wedding was one we were really looking forward to! We felt privileged to be able to spend the entire day filming with them and present a Same Day Edit right after the father daughter dance.  Shooting some hoops with the guys was in order before the strenuous activity of getting suited up in the morning.  Typically filming the guys getting ready can be quite short so it is fun, so to see these guys chill’n out and having a good time together before the formal part of the day.  The morning started as usual for Tamara and the ladies…hair and makeup was being done at their home which overlooks the rising river in Winnipeg.  Even Roxy & Brodie got in on the wedding attire; wearing a little doggie tuxedo and veil for a few photos.  With a few minor adjustments to the dress before the ceremony we were off to the extravagant ceremony at Springs Church.  We had a lot of ground to cover at the ceremony and access anywhere we wanted, so you will see some shots that we don’t normally get to shoot.  There is something very surreal for us when we can be on stage and have clips looking out over the guests. We appreciated the all access pass.  The whole day was a grand celebration and we are so thankful we could be apart of it!  Congratulations Tamara  & Jeremy!

A Little Help From Some Friends… We have to make special mention regarding some of the crew working with us this time around. Usually we shoot with a very limited crew, but not this time. It’s not everyday we get to film with friends! Let us explain…We required a bit more man power because of the size of the sanctuary and the shots we wanted to get. So we called in our trusty side kick Steve from At First Sight! What we appreciate most about these guys is not only that they are friends, but they share a passion for film like we do. We feel it is so important in the industry to work together and help each other out as much as possible. Thanks for all your help! As well a big thank you to Rachael & Brian from Luckygirl Photography.  Working with them is always the best day ever and we are stoked we have a few more wedding booked with them this summer. Enjoy the SDE! If you haven’t already, feel free to check out their SDE Trailer

 

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