It was clear very quickly that this day was very important to Michelle and Lee. Yes, the wedding day is important to every couple we create a film for, but for Michelle and Lee, the wedding day itself became their story. The process of little things coming together into something grande is one we can identify with as filmmakers, where a lot of related and unrelated shots and storylines interweave into the final product. In the same way, this wedding day is about a lot of different personal, handcrafted details coming together to create a beautiful ambiance — and that’s exactly what we set out to show.
But like in most of our films, we wanted to dig a little bit deeper to make something truly personal for Michelle and Lee. The ceremony and reception were taking place at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, a former quarry and industrial site transformed into a community environmental centre. The park is an exemplary pillar of green living, teaching citizens ways to live a little bit more sustainably. Regardless of where you look in this space, you will see ways in which nature and human-made structures exist in perfect balance. Brickworks is a site that Michelle and Lee constantly visit to walk on the trails, and Lee himself filled us in on a bit of its history, so we knew the space would be a central character within this story.
So in our establishing shots, and throughout the entire film, whether it’s at Evergreen or in their condo downtown, we worked in this balance between nature and humans wherever possible. Sometimes we got incredibly lucky, such as when a ladybug is crawling on the trailer door near the beginning of the film, but most of it we had to look out for and shoot with intent. We found the whole idea of coming to this space and having a wedding allowed for a lot of this imagery to occur naturally — and that made it really easy for us.
We’ve probably seen this a million times as it came together, but we can’t get enough of how beautiful the play between the green and the industrial translated into the final film.