With a beautifully-crafted celebration tailored to their closest friends and family and spread across a couple of days amongst the sun-kissed vineyards of Niagara on the Lake, Melanie and Carey’s wedding is one of the most epic films we have ever put together. Starting with the exquisitely-told story of how they met at a party in Toronto, the narrative goes on to take a life of its own using their speeches and vows to tell the story of their day, their relationship thus far, and what it has and will become. It’s a complex and interwoven narrative that frames all the different elements that make this film so special: the bohemian, picnic-style rehearsal dinner at the Woodburn Inn, their perfectly informal speeches, the intimate ceremony tucked away on the edge of the Ridgepoint Winery vineyards, and the rustic open-air dinner that followed.
It’s a complex and interwoven narrative that frames all the different elements that make this film so special.
Two things were clear to us from our first meeting with Mel and Carey well over a year before their wedding weekend: 1) it was going to be an intricately designed, family-centered celebration with lots of moving parts and (2) wedding cinematography was very important to them. They had ideas, both technical and creative, which they were eager to incorporate into their story, which in turn inspired us in what quickly became one of our most expansive technical undertakings for a wedding. From drones, to hopping in the back of our car with the Movi to follow the couple’s drive into the vineyard, cranking the low-light capacities of the C100s to film their rehearsal speeches, there is not a single tool in our arsenal that wasn’t used throughout the two days.
Yet as intense as this process sounds and as packed as Mel and Carey’s celebrations were, you wouldn’t be able to tell from their wedding film. The result is so immersive and flows so effortlessly from one scene to the next, blending the rehearsal dinner with the wedding day into one beautiful story.
It took a village of extremely talented people for this to come together: Danielle of Shaw Events who brought Mel and Carey’s entire vision to life, When He Found Her, Bloom & Co., Flourish Calligraphy, and countless others. Best team 🙌🏻