When you have a joie de vivre like the Ireyomi family, you have a serious golden celebration. The night was filled with many thanks and praises for mom’s 50 years of life, lots of food and, in classic Nigerian fashion, an abundance of dancing. Here’s a very minute taste of the action from this past weekend.
So about this past weekend! We got to hang out with the gorgeous, funny and adventurous, Chris and Ashley! They do things very differently, and it was evident by how we first encountered them, their wedding and them wandering on the roads of Downtown Toronto during our creative session. Here’s a quick peak at their day.
And the award for fastest wedding goes to Phil & Anna! With only a few months to plan their daytime wedding, they pulled it off with class and efficiency. Here’s a little peek at their day.
I finally get to present this truly unique wedding film, featuring Duane and Renée’s white themed wedding. It was such a sick experience blending in with the sea of white and having the privilege of being THE videographer for this occasion. Here’s the story of these wild hearts unchained.
Duane and Renée - where do I start? Well, I can tell you that after Renée booked us for the wedding, she sent another email saying, “Oh, by the way, it’s an all white theme and I’m requesting that all the guests and vendors dress in all white”. Umm… can you say “giddy”? And that I was for the several months leading up to the wedding! A week before the wedding, I scoured Yorkdale mall looking for white pants. Let’s just say, if you need recommendations on where to find those there, I got you!
Never thought I would shoot a Hindu and Catholic ceremony in the same weekend… for the same couple! We experienced this unique combo at Venoth and Ann’s celebration this past weekend. Here’s a quick sneak peek!
If the bride wants white, she gets it. Not only her dress, but all the wedding party, the decor, the guests, and even the vendors! Team Aperture Lane got to sport white outfits for this one… and also eat some great Caribbean food! Big-ups to Duane and Renée for having us capture such a unique event!
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”
This Nigerian celebration had the visual semblance of a South Asian wedding with bright and shimmering colours but it was unmistakably a West African wedding characterized by lots of story-telling and many opportunites to dance all through out the evening. Olatokunboh, affectionately called "Toks", and his wife Abiola, give Team Aperture Lane their first taste of a traditional Nigerian wedding. The couple opted to use the traditional names in light of the celebration.
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.
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!