With over 90% chances of heavy downpour spread throughout the entire day, there was no escaping the fact that Alexis and Eugenio’s wedding day was going to be a wet one. But no one was really too disappointed; the couple braved the rain and we got our best lineup of weather-sealed lenses ready.
The constant showers couldn’t detract from the intimate celebration these two shared with their closest friends and family, who all had fifteen years worth of stories to draw upon throughout the night. And although this wedding was a long time in the making (we mentioned fifteen years, right?!), almost everyone touched on how Alexis and Eugenio met. It may or may not have been in an Introduction to Spanish class at Queens University for which Eugenio, being half-Argentinian, may or may not have been overqualified for — it all depends who you ask and which side of the room they were sitting on. But as Eugenio so eloquently put it, it doesn’t matter how they met, it just matters that they met each other.
A couple of weeks before the wedding day, we met with Alexis and Eugenio and they told us how so many of their guests would be traveling in from different parts of the world — specifically for Eugenio, most of his family would be coming in from Brazil and Argentina, but Alexis’ sister Michelle would also be travelling in from London. It was a monumental event with family members traveling from near and far to celebrate their love. As storytellers, it seemed like a daunting task to work this into Alexis and Eugenio’s story in a way that didn’t feel forced or contrived. But they did give us some pretty helpful clues: (1) Michelle would definitely be saying something significant about them in her speech, and (2) her dad would most definitely try to say something in Portuguese. Banking on those two ideas, we put an emphasis on their family and friends throughout their day, while making sure not to lose track of the storylines we were capturing. In the final piece, we feel this idea just sort of washes over you in a good way; you’re unconsciously aware of the overarching presence of their family and the important role they play in their wedding day, but the focus remains entirely on Alexis and Eugenio.
The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto provided the perfect setting for a beautiful naturally-lit dinner, but one of the evening’s most notable highlights was when they opened Koerner Hall for us, giving Alexis and Eugenio a visually-stunning backdrop to practice their first dance against. Given all the architectural splendour of the day (the ceremony was at St. Basil’s Parish), we made constant use of the Canon 14mm rectilinear prime on C100s. That combination on the Movi M5 helped us create some pretty breathtaking sequences of the couple making their way through these amazing interiors.
We had a blast sharing in such a perfect day and we couldn’t have done it without Lisa at Bliss Events who made sure that all we had to worry about was our framing and storytelling!