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.
We proposed the shoot and marked the date on our calendars, but as the date approached, Jenny and Neal had so much on their plates that we never got a chance to squeeze it in before the wedding day. No big deal. They had so many different elements that this small missing piece of their story could be overlooked in their final film. But then the speeches came, and one after the other, they spoke of Jenny and Neal’s love for flying and their many adventures in the air, and then came Jenny’s amazing speech in which she so eloquently described the beginnings of their relationship and how she fell in love with Neal and flying.
This is where story comes into play. Could we have put together a wedding film for Jenny and Neal that draws upon their speeches but didn’t show them flying? Yes, but we would have completely failed them as their wedding cinematographers. Had we done that, the film would have felt like it was missing this whole other third character — one that is talked about but never introduced. So we reached out to them the next day and luckily, with all the preparations for the wedding out of the way, we were lucky to find a date that worked once they got back from their honeymoon — one that was almost two months from the wedding itself, but we were all willing to wait for the sake of the story.
It was all more than well worth it though. From the first shot, which draws you in and lets you know this isn’t your typical wedding video, to the flight to the CN Tower Toronto, which then so perfectly transitions to the wedding day in the city as we establish the streetcar theme guided by Jenny’s narration, there are so many things we love about this wedding film. But as always, we’d probably talk too much about every single shot, when it would just be best to let you enjoy it for yourself.