As Allie mentions in this film, in the NHL, the off-season is the only time you can really count on for non-hockey-related endeavours. She was referring to the one time of year that Cody could realistically propose, but it’s something we’ve learned from NHL weddings: you meet the couple in the off-season and you don’t see them again until the following off-season just a couple of weeks before the wedding and amidst the player’s strict training schedule.
Allie and Cody first met at their summer camp, Muskoka Woods, when they were just kids. The camp itself is just a short boat ride away from their cottage, so from our first meeting, we always talked about revisiting it with them and doing some of their favourite activities on the water. As amazing as this all sounded, finding a time to head up to Muskoka proved almost impossible between Cody’s training and the crazy weather leading up to each shoot. After a couple of cancellations, we nailed a date just a week and a half before the wedding day and decided we’d make it work regardless. continue reading
Christina & Thilakshan are adventurers. It’s something we picked up on very quickly as they told us of their many and varied shared experiences — from shark-cage diving, to hiking through Banff and traveling across Thailand. We thought we could relate by letting them in on what was then our soon-to-be flight on a tiny plane with Jenny and Neal, but then they told us they had also sky-dived together off of a small and very questionable plane themselves. Like we said, Christina and TK are adventurers.
It was an aspect of their relationship that we wanted to highlight in their film. Throughout our first few talks and into our first face-to-face meeting with them (once they found themselves in Toronto), we talked about why wedding cinematography was important to them and what they envisioned for their wedding video. For one, they wanted a story that reflected “them” drawing upon their wedding day and elements outside of it to paint a full portrait of who they really are. Another important aspect would be their Sri Lankan Hindu ceremony, which would have so many intricate rituals. Both of these components were right up our alley and we wouldn’t dream of making a film — wedding or otherwise — that wouldn’t reflect our subject. continue reading
There is no shortage of places that our portrait shoots have taken us on. We’ve ventured into couples’ kitchens and their cottages, have ran along lakeshore and hiked through the cliffs of Tobermory, but we never imagined that one would take us up in the air on a plane piloted by a groom.
For as long as Jenny and Neal have been together, Neal has owned a single engine airplane. It’s been something they’ve enjoyed throughout the years, flying to the U.S., the Caribbean, or even just up to Timmins for poutine, but we were particularly hooked when we found out Neal proposed to Jenny on one of their flights. Neal mentioned he wanted the wedding video to be epic and with a ceremony at St. Paul’s Basilica, a reception at the Arcadian Court and Loft, and the fact that they were chartering a fleet of streetcars to transport their wedding party and guests to all these locations, we knew it’d be just that — but we also knew that there’d be nothing more epic than to go flying with them and work that element of their story into their film.
This is a simple story, and we love that. Why? Because within the simplicity of this narrative lies a powerful theme — one that we can compliment with complex sequences of visuals and audio and still not distract from the message at hand. Those are our favourite stories to tell.
Within the simplicity of this narrative lies a powerful theme — one that we can compliment with complex sequences of visuals and audio and still not distract from the message at hand.
Blanca and Alphonse met with us two winters ago in hopes of creating a wedding film with a portrait portion, shot before the wedding day itself, to really capture who they are as a couple. Over the coming year, we talked about what made them them — what they liked to do together, what each had brought to the relationship — and one theme we picked up on was their passion for cooking and eating together. We suggested they cook something for our shoot and we were delighted when they arrived at sushi. It was a simple yet complex process with a lot of repetitive tasks which would allow us to get creative with our shots.
Over the past few months we have been detailing our travels across Japan that took place just over a year ago. In Part 1, we arrived in Tokyo, and in Part 2 we made our way to Fujisan and Yudanaka’s hot springs. This, is Part 3.
It had been six hours worth of train rides from Yudanaka to Kyoto and we arrived just as the sun was starting to set. We hopped off of our train and walked under and through Kyoto Station’s marvellous architecture, rushing over to the taxi stands so we could acquaint ourselves with the city in the little bit of daylight that was left.
In our time there, we came to realize that Kyoto is a city donning many different hats, and at its core, is the melting pot of Japan’s past and present.
Kyoto is probably most famous for its over 1600 temples — the very reason we found ourselves in Japan’s former capital. But in our time there, we came to realize that Kyoto is a city donning many different hats, and at its core, is the melting pot of Japan’s past and present. The result is historical landmarks surrounded by modern architecture and sophisticated shopping districts, a duality that makes for some always interesting, occasionally jaw-dropping walks. For us however, it was the city’s intricate network of alleyways that really stuck out and where we spent most of our time exploring. The truth is, if you’re not on a main street in Kyoto, you’re probably in an alleyway, littered with hundred of bicycles, residents, shop-owners, and the occasional mini-truck trying to make its way through.
We checked into the Mitsui Garden, a sleek little boutique hotel off of one of these very alleyways. Like Kyoto, it blends modern design with Japanese cultural elements to create a really unique aesthetic. Small warning: if you constantly flip your pillow to the cool side throughout the night, you won’t be doing that here because they fill the underside of their pillows with a thin layer of rocks. It’s an interesting concept. continue reading