Jenny + Neal — I’d fly with you anywhere.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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