We presented our first Aperture Lane Next-day Edit for Shehan & Haseena's wedding this past spring. It was quite the rollercoaster ride but we made it happen! For those of you who are not current with the lingo, the "Next-Day Edit" is a film that we present on the day after the event itself was shot. You'll typically find this kind of video at events (especially weddings) that span over multiple days. Wedding couples in particular like to have a Next-Day edit to help guests absent from the previous day(s) to understand what they missed and feel more involved.
The first day of this couple's celebrations consisted of preparations for their Nikkah (Islamic wedding ceremony) where family and those of the community were adorned in colourful and jewelled South Asian style formal outfits. The ceremony consisted of lessons on faith, some prayer and a few cultural traditions performed by the couple and their families. Haseena rocked a blue lenga and matching dupatta (head covering) while Shehan wore white.
The second day, however, consisted of a more "Western" look with a switcharoo; Haseena choose a traditional white dress (with some South Asian flare) while Shehan wore blue (I'm not sure if it was intentional, but it was cool!). Even though they got married the evening before, the couple thought it romantic to do a first look before heading to do pictures for the day. After waiting anxiously in his tux for Haseena, Shehan got to see his bride in her day-two outfit - which melted his heart, by the way - and then they and their wedding party left in the "party bus" (as it's so affectionately called) to the park for pictures, followed by the banquet hall for their reception filled with emotional speeches and lots of dancing
Upon arrival at Apollo Convention Centre, we realised, "Oh, right! There are actually 800 people coming to this thing!" Yes, you read right - 8-0-0 people. I don't even know that many people well enough to want to invite them to my wedding. But hey, it's not about me! Despite our best efforts, we didn't adequately capture the scale of the event. The room was so big, we agreed to project the key moments of the night onto screens around the hall so people could see what was going on. Along with the regular wedding reception festivities were a magician, a belly dancer, and the Guyanese/ Trini staple, the tassa band!
This was definitely a passionate, fun and very out-of-the-box couple, and we loved working with them and tackling the problems of the scale of their wedding. Lots of lessons were drawn from this wedding, some of which I'll share in future posts. But for now, Enjoy the day two of Shehan and Haseena.
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!