Ethereal Styled Shoot at District 28

Back in ear­ly May, Alexan­dra from Blush & Bowties approached us to do a wed­ding styled shoot at Dis­trict 28. She had gath­ered an amaz­ing team of Toron­to wed­ding ven­dors and want­ed us on board to shoot some cre­ative ele­ments while doc­u­ment­ing how it all came togeth­er. There were so many things we loved about the project from that first talk — the blend­ing of indus­tri­al and ethe­re­al ele­ments, the incred­i­ble “white dome” room, and the sim­plic­i­ty of the con­cept, which would real­ly let the spaces speak for them­selves — so we set out to cre­ate a short piece that high­light­ed these ele­ments while telling the sto­ry of the shoot itself.

District 28 Wedding Style Shoot Outside In Studio on the Canon C100 Wedding Stationery Toronto

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Into the Wild — The making of a WedLuxe editorial.

It was at the busiest point of our 2015 sea­son that we took a 7-hour road trip up to Tim­mins, Ontario to be a part of an edi­to­r­i­al shoot for Wed­Luxe Mag­a­zine. Lau­ra from Lau­ra & Co. had reached out to us and filled us in on the project — there was talk of fox­es, fal­cons, and the great north­ern wilder­ness.

We were con­vinced before we had even fin­ished read­ing the e-mail and were ready to move heav­en and earth to be a part of this project.

So hav­ing just shot Andrea and Jeff’s wed­ding on the Sat­ur­day, we charged our bat­ter­ies, backed up our cards, and packed to dri­ve up on Mon­day, shoot for the next two days, and come back for Thurs­day to get every­thing ready for Crys­tal and Jer’s on Fri­day and Rachael and Navid’s on Sun­day.

We left around noon on Mon­day, tak­ing a small detour to Neo Cof­fee Bar for some good cof­fee and snacks. We had heard a lot about this place but hon­est­ly, it was love at first sip and is now one of our favourite cof­fee spots in Toron­to.

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Elisa + Joel — The secret ingredient is chocolate // a portrait film.

Elisa Joel Portrait

It feels sur­re­al watch­ing this now, hav­ing just seen Elisa and Joel exchange their vows this past Sun­day. Although we always get to know our cou­ples exten­sive­ly, it’s one thing to know that they love mak­ing gluten-free pan­cakes on week­ends, but it’s com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent to be there shar­ing in this per­son­al rit­u­al with them, and then hear­ing them talk about it in their per­son­al vows months lat­er.

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We love por­trait films because — well, aside from the fact that we have a blast shoot­ing them with our cou­ples — we get a sort of insight into their dynam­ic that we wouldn’t reg­u­lar­ly cap­ture in a wed­ding film. We get to paint a true (mov­ing) por­trait of who these peo­ple are and, rather than being or feel­ing like a com­plete­ly sep­a­rate enti­ty to the wed­ding film, it actu­al­ly com­pli­ments it so well. It’d be almost impos­si­ble to work in gluten-free pan­cakes and motor­cy­cle rides on Elisa and Joel’s wed­ding day, but see­ing these ele­ments of their rela­tion­ship in their por­trait film adds a whole oth­er lay­er to their sto­ry when they’re touched upon in their vows or a speech in their wed­ding film. con­tin­ue read­ing »

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Sarah + Mike — Looking at the magic behind a same-day edit.


Every time we sat down with Sarah and Mike, we’d some­how lose track of time and spend three hours hit­ting it off over cof­fee, or drinks, or piz­za — they’re just that much fun and easy-going. By the time the wed­ding day arrived, we were all just friends, hang­ing out and cel­e­brat­ing their wed­ding day — it just so hap­pened that we had cam­eras in our hands the whole time.

Over those lengthy talks, we dis­cov­ered a few things that we want­ed to cap­ture for their wed­ding film: 1) they com­pli­ment and con­trast each oth­er in the most per­fect ways, 2) their ener­gy is infec­tious, 3) their wed­ding par­ty was made up of friends and fam­i­ly mem­bers who were all very spe­cial to them and would play a huge role in the wed­ding day itself.

Mike Hot Shave Sarah Make-UpMike ToastWedding Party First Dance

Anoth­er impor­tant thing to note is that they booked us to cre­ate a same-day edit for them. Now, although we approach same-day edits in the same way as our high­light films, they do require a whole oth­er way of think­ing and a lot more pre-production to ensure that we can put a strong piece togeth­er in a short amount of time. That means we ask a lot more ques­tions to ensure we stay two or three steps ahead of the action and have the flow and feel of the sto­ry almost entire­ly planned out before we arrive and start film­ing. con­tin­ue read­ing »

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Jen + Dave — A portrait film.

Por­trait films are what we like to think of as the video alter­na­tive to engage­ment pho­tos. Film how­ever, allow for an almost 3-dimensional look into the life­syle or per­son­al­ity of a cou­ple, draw­ing upon sight and sound to help tell a sto­ry. So for us, the goal is to cre­ate a video “por­trait” of the cou­ple, using our tools to tell the sto­ry of their indi­vid­ual and shared expe­ri­ences.


As with all of our films, the inspi­ra­tion for this por­trait came right from Jen and Dave. They made it real­ly easy for us and unknow­ingly pro­vided the for­mat of their video in their answer to our first exer­cise: How do you Sun­day? They told us that Sun­days were their day to take it slow and catch up on life. Dave spends most of the morn­ing doing dish­es and loung­ing in front of the TV, while Jen research­es recipes for the week. They con­fessed that they were a “bor­ing cou­ple on Sun­days” but we loved the idea that the two of them could feel close while being in the same space and enjoy­ing total­ly dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties. Their Sunday’s also includ­ed a week­ly vis­it with fam­ily for a good ole’ fash­ioned BBQ and we of course tagged along.


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