So, you know those love stories where the North American girl goes to Europe and falls in love with a French man with an accent? Yea, well, this one of those! I'm very excited to present Pierre and Debbie's love story:
“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”
I started 2017 with a bang! As some of you may know, I moved living and office spaces this past December. With just over half of the unpacking done, I was off to Georgia, USA with some of my crew to Elton and Stephanie’s wedding weekend. I’ve attended Chinese weddings before but I learned a lot of “super-traditional” things at this one, courtesy of the bride’s mother. Some of these traditions started the night before the wedding; I’ll try to feature these in the final film in several weeks.
This sweet couple is the second YYZ-ATL (Toronto-Atlanta) love affair that I’ve captured in the last six months, and Canada gets the win on this one as Elton plans to join his bride here in the tundra (Side note: the other is Jamaal & Alisha, whose feature is coming soon!). Elton and Stephanie are very dear to me and, not only did I have the honour of capturing their day, but I also had quite a few more roles for the weekend. One of those roles will be obvious when you watch the video.
Big shout-out to JP Framework, who partnered with me to capture the celebrations, and to all the other great vendors I worked with along the way. Enjoy the sneak peek!
Adrian and Tenn-lai's passion for each other led them to sunny Runaway Bay in Jamaica for their destination wedding. The attendance was quite a testament to the strong and supportive community around them as 120 people attended, with only a very small percentage hailing from the locales. As my first destination wedding shoot outside of Canada, I was naturally very jittery. There would be a few extra steps in making the video come to life, including more travel arrangements and basically travelling light BUT, at the same time, bringing everything I would need (no photo/video rentals where I was going!) - and all this without one of my trusted shooting partners.
We had landed in Calgary some days before and now it was time to drive to Okotoks, a town about an hour drive away. Andrea and I arrived at the Cannon Estate navigating on gravel roads. We had doubts of where we were but soon the canopy of the tent emerged from behind the trees and we knew we were in the right place. Andrea and I pulled up along the gravel driveway to the sight of family and friends calmly buzzing about getting the last batch of the preparations done for the festivities the following day. The family and friends were enough to get us excited but there were a few other things that made this wedding so cool:
1) The ceremony was held in the vicinity of a gazebo that the groom's father had built himself (and was even still putting the final touches on that week). Basically he thought, "I've always wanted to build a gazebo; I guess the wedding would be a good occasion to finally get it done". I wish I could just build a gazebo
2) The reception was done entirely in a giant tent (enough said).
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!