Vineet + Dan — On a subway in New York.

Vineet and Dan met in New York, live in LA, and brought close to 95% of their guests out to Toron­to for an incred­i­ble week-long cel­e­bra­tion. Luck­i­ly, we got the chance to spend the bet­ter part of that week with them film­ing every sin­gle epic step of their adven­ture — which includ­ed a lot more run­ning, yoga-ing, danc­ing, horse-riding, and par­ty­ing than the typ­i­cal wed­ding.

We first met Vineet over Face­Time about a year and a half ago, but it wasn’t until her and Dan flew into Toron­to this past spring that we were final­ly able to grab a cof­fee and talk about what they had in store for their wed­ding day(s) and what they envi­sioned for their film. They had a lot of amaz­ing things hap­pen­ing — per­for­mances, chore­o­graphed dances, two cer­e­monies, two first looks, lawn games, a barat and tons of oth­er tra­di­tion­al Indi­an cel­e­bra­tions. We knew there’d be no short­age of ele­ments to draw upon for their film, but at the same time, we didn’t want the cou­ple and their sto­ry to be lost amongst all of these events.

The nar­ra­tive would have to be as strong and multi-faceted as their cel­e­bra­tions, with Vineet and Dan’s beau­ti­ful per­son­al­i­ties at the cen­ter of it all.

We want­ed the film to have a vibrant ener­gy and decid­ed ear­ly on that fast cuts, great move­ment, and mul­ti­ple speak­ers would help us cre­ate that atmos­phere. Rather than fol­low­ing a sin­gle sto­ry­line, their nar­ra­tive would revolve around how “daneet” met, who they are, the sig­nif­i­cance of their cel­e­bra­tion, the com­ing togeth­er of their fam­i­lies, and their promis­es to each oth­er going for­ward. In oth­er words, a lot of lit­tle pieces cre­at­ing one sin­gle com­plex nar­ra­tive — which in many ways echoes all of the dif­fer­ent events com­ing togeth­er into one big cel­e­bra­tion.

Toronto Buisiness District Toronto West End Vineet Yoga Dan Running Lakeshore

The film opens with (very) ear­ly morn­ing shots of Toron­to to estab­lish where the sto­ry takes place; start­ing at the heart of the city and mov­ing away towards the out­skirts, where Vineet and Dan rent­ed a home for the week. When we first told the cou­ple that we want­ed to cap­ture who they real­ly were, their first sug­ges­tion was run­ning and yoga. So we did just that. Vineet showed us some of her fan­ci­est yoga posi­tions and Dan ran by the lake shore (and Ricar­do did his best to keep up with him on the Movi).

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The Movi was our best friend on this project. For one, we were able to employ fast pans and tilts while con­sis­tent­ly fol­low­ing Dan and his fam­i­ly dur­ing the Barat. That por­tion of the film is puls­ing with ener­gy, and right­ful­ly so; the real-life ver­sion of that was full of ener­gy and laugh­ter. But the Movi also allowed us to slow down and sim­ply fol­low along with Vineet and Dan’s first dance, cap­tur­ing its ele­gance and those mon­u­men­tal spins that had us pick­ing up our jaws off of the dance floor.

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Oth­er than that, we sim­ply kept two to three steps ahead of all the action — which is a lot eas­i­er said than done — and focused on our fram­ing and motion on the monopods as usu­al.

Vineet and Dan con­fid­ed in us ear­ly on that one of their favourite things to do when they have some time off togeth­er is to go out and enjoy craft beer. We knew we had to some­how fit this into their film, so we booked a pri­vate patio for them at the Ams­ter­dam Brew­ery on the last day of their cel­e­bra­tions. When that day arrived, things were run­ning a tad behind sched­ule (as they usu­al­ly do). It was a very close-call, but we were still able to squeeze the shoot in, and were hap­py to give the cou­ple a moment to sit down and relax amongst all the hec­tic­ness while cap­tur­ing some can­did moments that reflect­ed who they are.

Vineet Bride's Prep Dan's Groom's Prep Liberty Grand Outdoor Ceremony Liberty Grand Outdoor Ceremony Amsterdam Brewery Wedding Shoot

This is a film we’re incred­i­bly proud of and one that took a hand­ful of amaz­ing peo­ple in order to ful­ly real­ize. It didn’t feel like ven­dors were just show­ing up to do their thing, but instead, we all found our­selves work­ing with each oth­er every day to cre­ate the best, and most visu­al­ly stun­ning expe­ri­ence pos­si­ble. Rich­ha from Aro­ra Events was amaz­ing to work with; plan­ning every­thing to a t, answer­ing all our crazy ques­tions and allow­ing every­thing to flow smooth­ly (even through­out the most jam-packed por­tions of the days). We were hap­py to shoot along­side ikon­i­ca images, work­ing seam­less­ly around one anoth­er and bounc­ing cre­ative ideas off of each oth­er all week­end long. Sara Baig Designs turned the Eaton Chelsea and Gray­don Hall into the most beau­ti­ful and ele­gant recep­tion spaces we’ve ever seen. Mean­while, the endlessly-talented Rachel Clin­gen blew us away as she usu­al­ly does, trans­form­ing the Lib­er­ty Grand into an enchant­ed for­est.

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