You’d be hard pressed to find a moment in which Carly and Mike aren’t blissfully laughing. It’s true — almost every shot in this film features a smile or laugh from either or both of them. That light-hearted energy lends itself to create a beautifully touching film. Just like their wedding day, Carly and Mike’s story is simply about celebrating their love and the people who stand by their sides supporting them.
When we first met the couple, they were living in Newfoundland and, although 2 years later that’s no longer the case, they kept the water close to them on the wedding day by booking lakeside rooms for themselves and their out-of-town guests at the Westin Toronto. Carly and Mike had each sent us their vows and filled us in on their speech so we had a very good idea of just how intimate this film would be from very early on. From Carly’s poem reflecting on the start of their relationship to their emotional vows, we knew we had a narrative that their laughter would bring to life. We wanted our visuals to be just as impactful as their story, so we made the decision to shoot each key moment of the day in slow motion. Typically, this adds a lot of drama to a scene, but in the context of Carly and Mike’s celebration, it highlighted each light-hearted moment, bringing each singular laugh and smile to the foreground.
There’s things you can predict and things you can’t predict when it comes to a wedding day. Although we knew slow-motion was the right call for this story, we could have never foreseen just how powerfully the visuals would compliment the narrative and just how perfectly it would capture Carly and Mike.