You can always count on the bride being a little late to the ceremony, and Tea was no exception. Now that gave us plenty of time to set up, but we’re pretty sure Matt was sweating it out during that wait. A little bit after an hour however, Tea walked down a beautiful aisle leading up to a majestic weeping willow, and the ceremony flowed as if nothing had happened — aside from a handful of jokes about timeliness, of course.
One of our very first questions when we meet with any couple is, “are you writing your own personal vows?”
If yes, that’s usually followed by, “will they follow a specific format or will they be a speech?” We were delighted when Tea and Matt said they’d be more like the latter. We love personal vows, for many reasons, but especially because they create an open dialogue between a couple during the most important part of the day. They’re full of character and intimacy, and they lend us a powerful narrative that we wouldn’t have otherwise.
Tea and Matt’s vows were simply perfect and the serene little spot where they exchanged them in on Niagara on the Lake was a dream to shoot in.
But aside from these incredible vows, there was one thing we were dying to work into their film. Matt told us that one of the things that Tea had introduced him to was mangos. He had never tried one in his entire life before meeting Tea, but soon after getting his first taste of mango, he started having one every single day. We knew we had to work this in somehow, so we asked them to greet each other with a couple of mangos and then go to town on them. They did, and as Tea says in their film, it was exactly what she needed at that point in the day.