Filled with a clever balance of wit and sentimental regards, Nick and Taryn’s fun story reminds us of one of the reasons we do what we do: family
“Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God. May God deal with me severely if anything but death separates me from you”.
These words, taken from the story of Ruth in the Bible, at the beginning of their ceremony began the parallel of Debbie’s transition from Boston to Paris to build her relationship with Pierre. Last weekend, they sealed the deal in a small town called Montgeroult just outside of Paris. Here is a little sneak peek of their story that I had the privilege of being a part of.
Big shout-outs to all those who helped to bring (and hold) together the day, especially Mia and Anijah
As we narrate together!
I started off my 2017 capturing the story of a very fun and genuine couple. I don’t just say this for a cool opening sentence, but you can see it in the visuals and hear it as their friends and family comment on their character and strong faith, which was key in their long-distance relationship. These guys managed to squeeze in a lot of festivities into the 15-hour day of shooting, and the result makes me nostalgic every time I watch.
This is was filmed in Marietta, Georgia! It was such an honour to fly down with Elton, Stephanie and the posse to be a part of the celebrations. It was my first time there but we didn’t really get much “southern hospitality” from the weather. It was actually COLDER than Toronto while we were there with the climax of the bad weather on the day of the wedding: wet snow and freezing rain. This is not normal in Georgia and, as a result, Atlanta was shut down by the evening, dissuading about a third of the wedding guests from attending the reception for fear of unsafe road conditions later on. But the Canadians were like, “Hey, this is sweater weather”
They say that rain on the wedding day is good luck. Well, last weekend in Toronto we had 3 days of non-stop from Thursday to Saturday. Paul and Marielle’s wedding was on the tail end of this monsoon. Needless to say, we have high hopes for their marriage!
The wedding party and the DJ put together such a spectacle that got everyone energized after the cocktail hour. The bride and groom’s entry was equally as fun, ending with a touching first dance with them singing to each other and literally dancing serenely as if no one were watching. The next hour would be the most challenging of the whole engagement process: sitting through a series of speeches similar to a Netflix marathon, but without fast forward button, with a fraction of the engagement and definitely with no chill.
I’ve wanted to write this series on preparing a good line-up of speeches for your wedding (or event) for some time now. With my attendance at tens of weddings and having to relive them ALL through the editing process, I’d love to offer some insights for making your speeches a fertile oasis in the program instead of “something to kill time with during dinner”.
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!