It’s an honour to be asked to capture each and every wedding story. When Ollie Denny, a fellow cinematographer in the UK, asked me last fall if I would consider coming over to capture his wedding story it really meant a lot.
Rewind 4 years when we first met Joe Simon at a workshop in Austin, Texas for wedding cinematographers. We were fans of Joe’s work prior to the workshop and after hearing him speak and then following his progression in filmmaking I attended another workshop he offered along with fellow filmmaker Kevin Shahinian in New York City in the spring of 2011. Both Joe and Kevin are considered part of an elite group known in the filmmaking community as the ‘best of the best’ cinematographers in the world. A few months later Joe asked me if I would fly to London and shoot a wedding with him and it was on that trip that I met Ollie, owner of Storybook Films based in the U.K.. Ollie helped Joe and I shoot that elaborate Persian wedding and since then we’ve stayed in touch. 18 months later, in May 2013, I found myself back in England shooting Ollie’s wedding with Joe. It was surreal to hear Ollie say that he had his “dream team” of cinematographers there on his big day. It was definitely a beautiful wedding and capturing Ollie and his guys in the morning was definitely fun. The opening sequence of the film brought me right back to that day, sitting in the back seat as we made a mad rush for the ceremony. As with all of Joe’s films, when you watch this you really are taken right back to that moment, drawn into the story, whether you were actually there or not. We are honoured to share Kerry and Ollie’s highlight film, produced by Joe Simon, here on our blog.
Yesterday was the most amazingly beautiful day! With an outdoor ceremony planned at Hart House, inside a gorgeous courtyard at the University of Toronto, we had all prayed for a perfect weather day! I joked with Jo yesterday that her bridesmaids all looked as though they had gone through a rigorous screening process similar to the Bachelorette … how else could one find 9 bridesmaids and 2 maids of honour that are ALL stunning ? The entire wedding party was awesome and we had a really great time! Monika and her entire dream team from MakeUp Worx were there bright and early, we absolutely loved both of Jo’s bridal looks – one for daytime and another for evening. Jackie from Jackie Penner Events was such a pleasure to work with. She kept everyone on schedule and truly created a dream wedding day for Jo and Dennis. I have only quickly gone through the images from yesterday and found my jaw drop a couple of times at the special moments we captured. A full post of photos will come later but for now we wanted to share their Same Day Edit from last night.
Music: You are Mine by Spencer Combs featuring Holley Maher, licensed though the Music Bed.
Today is a special day. It marks the 5th Anniversary since the day we captured our very first wedding story. We will never forget that day! It was stressful, nerve-wracking and definitely a lot of fun! We knew that night that this was something we really wanted to do and the passion that was ignited in us back then has only grown over these past five years. We are so lucky and blessed to meet such amazing people. We have become friends with many of our couples and still see them from time to time. It’s always amazing to be asked to capture the wedding story of a family member or friend of a past couple and we really appreciate all of your referrals. So often we see past couples at weddings and it’s nice to catch up with them and see how they are doing. I am honoured to take maternity, newborn and family photos of many of our couples and watching their families grow through our sister company Lemon Love Photography is so special.
In honour of our 5 Year Anniversary we’d like to extend a very special offer to any new couples booking with us. From now until August 31, 2013 if you book any cinema, photo or cinema + photo package we’re going to give you $500 off the package price (contract and save the date booking deposit must be in place by Aug. 31, 2013). A $500 savings in honour of our 5 Year Anniversary !!! Please spread the word. We’ve never offered anything like this in the past and this offer expires on August 31, 2013. Share it on Facebook – go ahead and tweet it !
Thank you to everyone who has believed in us and supported us over the years. We absolutely love what we do and feel so honoured to be the keeper of such precious memories! Here’s to many more years and many more amazing couples and their wedding stories!
Wanda and Brian