Meet Ashleigh + Evret. Two of the kindest, most lovely souls we've ever met. On a windy (then sunny, then windy, then sunny, then cloudy, then windy, then rainy, then cloudy) and beautiful day in August, Ashleigh and Evret invited their loved ones up into the mountains to be a part of their wedding. It was perfect. See for yourself.
When I think about what we do, I have moments when I really realize just how lucky we are. We get a front row seat to one of the best days of a couples life. We get to be with them more than anyone else that day, and we get to see everything! We see the nerves in the morning, the excitement of the first look, the emotion at the ceremony, the joy at the reception and all the moments in between. We see it all. And we've seen it all. Every combination of emotion/reaction to every moment of the day. And as far as seeing a couple right up close goes, watching Alanna + Brandon on their wedding day was one of the most fun 'front row seat' experiences we've ever had.
These two are fuuuuuun. We fell in love with them when we first met them. We fell even harder when we created a film for their business a few months ago (watch here). And finally in creating their wedding film, we straight up fell over.
Watch this film. We know you'll fall for them too.
We met Jess. We LOVED Jess. She told us we would love Chris (who was in London). We believed her.
Fast forward to just before the wedding. We finally meet Chris. Jess did not lie. We do love Chris.
Jess and Chris together are SO fun, super laid back and addicted to travel. They even incorproated travel into their wedding and came from their home in London to the little mountain town of Pemberton to get married (doesn't matter that Jess is technically from Vancouver... )
As their love for travel and adventure is so apparent in all they do and the fact that BC blessed them with the best weather we've had to date this year - I think travel loves them too :) We hope you enjoy their film!
Suprise! This is not a wedding film!
While we (obviously) predominantly create wedding films, we have been doing commercial films as well for quite some time. We have always wanted to make it a bigger part of our work, but we've always been too busy! So this year we decided to MAKE time. We really wanted to create a film for a business that we were super interested in, tell a great story of the people behind it and just get creative with it! So we called up Alanna.
We met Alanna and Brandon when they hired us to film their wedding! (next month actually - yay!) We found out about their business and were immediately so impressed with how stinkin hard they work and how AWESOME their stuff is. If you live in Vancouver, you've probably seen their stuff. Been to Tacofino? They reno'd it. Been to Meat and Bread? They make all the boards for it. You've likely seen their "Pacific" logo somewhere. (Formerly 'Pacific Design Lab' and/or 'Pacific Solutions Contracting') Also you must add Daren to the Alanna + Brandon equation to make it complete.
When we met up with them to make this film we didn't realize just how much fun we would have and how much more we would come to love this company! While we were all talking, Daren told us how everyone at Pacific is like a family. A lot of people say this but these guys live it. After two shoot days we truly felt like we were a part of this family, which made telling their story so much fun.
And with that... meet Pacific.
For Maclean's birthday this year, we decided to go up the sea-to-sky gondola for the first time! This place is a must. see. A MUST SEE! Words cannot describe this view! Having spent my entire life driving the highway to Whistler, I had NO idea what I wasn't seeing! We invited some of our good friendsto come with us along with us - Shari and Mike Photographers and Jenna from Revel events (and Erica from Filosophi) and had SO much fun! Oh wait a second, my bad. Candice May and Chris invited all of us to come up because it was their wedding!
Either way this place blew my mind. Blew it right out of my head. And if you add to this view a gorgeous couple with a beautiful love story you get - one of my favorite wedding films yet.
So happy birthday Maclean! Even though we were technically 'working', we got to witness something beautiful, create something amazing AND spend it with some of our favorite peeps. Pretty solid day.
As our first wedding of 2016 and our first elopement ever, this wedding really raised our expectations for the rest of the season!
Kate and Scott chose to elope, to put it in Kate’s words, “because I’m the most awkward person ever”. A statement which later proved to be completely false . She was only a little bit awkward – more just super goofy and hilarious. Either way, eloping felt like the perfect fit for these two. We had so much fun shooting at the beach and in the forest and getting to play with Kate and Scott’s ginormous and super friendly dogs (it took me a little while to stop being terrified by the sheer size of these things, but they did turn out to be the most lovely dogs).
Kate + Scott are all about adventure, and now they are about to start a new one. We hope you enjoy the film.
PS We are so excited to be heading out on the road in a couple weeks down to California. We've got quite the adventure lined up. Follow along with us on Instagram!
If it wasn’t already obvious by my indistinguishable European-mashup of a name, the fact that I live my life void of any real discernible style or flair, combined with the absense of any accent – I am Canadian.
No, like seriously Canadian.
Not only was I, my parents and both sets of grandparents born and raised here, but when I ask my Grandma where her family was originally from she says ‘Canada’. Every. Single. Time.
“No, for real Grandma, they had to come from somewhere! What are we?!”
… “We’re Canadian!”
“No, you know what I-”
So there you have it. I love being Canadian, but its all I know! Which is probably why I am so fascinated by other peoples cultures.
Lets be honest here everyone, - of all the cultures I’m pretty sure Canada has the LEAST number of traditions. Especially in weddings. What do we have… Cake cutting, bouquet toss aaaand garter toss (which is weird right? Where did that one come from!) And that's… it?
Now look at Indian wedding traditions. Can they be counted? Not by me. I will guess there are a thousand.
Combine Indian traditions with our (3-ish) traditions and you get SUCH a fun wedding! I LOVE fusion weddings (that's what people tell me they are called) and in theory, I would like to have one! - Except I’m already married, and to another plain ‘Canadian’ (who I love so very much – Hi Mac!)
Pamy and Jake's wedding was no exception to the fusion-fun rule. And can I just say, the quality of the guests at this wedding was off the charts. Everyone was beyond lovely to Mac and I and we truly felt like guests with cameras.
It's that time of year again! Our busy season of shooting weddings is behind us and so Erin and I took a quick trip to Disneyland to relax and have some fun. I recently picked up an iPhone 6s (as I am a shameless tech geek) and we thought since the camera has had a major upgrade that we should do a repeat of last year and test it out in Disneyland! I honestly think it's one of the best places to test a camera given all the different settings/lighting situations. Plus you have tons of fun in the process!
Unlike last year, this time we decided to shoot AND edit the film on the iPhone. It's so crazy that you can capture 4k video, edit it, and colour it all without removing the footage from the device or going through a computer. If I told my 8 year old self that one day you'd have a device that could do all of this and it fits in your pocket, I'm pretty sure I'd poop my pants.
The whole film was shot using the Filmic Pro app. I had never used this app until our trip and I have to say... it took a bit to get used to. The most recent update seemed to be pretty buggy (I needed to re-install the app like 5 times to get it to configure footage), but in the end it worked great. The main reason we shot with this app is so we could use the 2.39:1 ratio and to shoot in 24fps (which the default camera app does not allow). Filmic Pro also gave us the benefit of shooting some 4k time-lapse footage which was perfect for low light scenarios. The whole film was shot handheld with the exception of the static/time-lapse shots which we used a little pocket gorilla-pod.
The editing was done in iMovie for iOS. At first I was pretty hesitant to use this app for the film. The learning curve wasn't very steep but I'm pretty set in my ways when it comes to my editing workflow. But when it comes to straight forward editing to a song, iMovie works a treat. We also used Chromic to add a little colour touch up.
All in all this film was super fun to shoot and we hope you enjoy the film and some Disneyland goodness!
A huge thank you to Jonny Dylan Hughes for letting us use his incredible song “Riches & Honour” from his instrumental project Branches for this film. Buy the track here!
Its OctOBER?! How did THAT happen?! Whats happening to time?! Remember when you were a kid and you were given mandatory ‘quiet time’ and had to play in your room for an hour? And that hour took forrrrrevvvverrrr? Now it seems an hour isn’t enough time to do anything! It certainly isn’t long enough for a decent ‘quiet time’…
So summer happened. And it was solid - not only did we hit the jackpot with our couples this year, but we worked with some seriously fun vendors! Over the past 9 years, I’ve fallen hard for quite a few of my vendor-friends and let me tell you, working with amazing and super fun vendors can take a wedding day from ‘Wow! That was such a nice day!’ to ‘OMG THAT DAY WAS THE BEEEEST!!!’ And one wedding that was "THE BEEEEST’ was Allie and Dave's!
We first met Allie when she was a bridesmaid at Claire + David’s wedding last year and we were so excited when her and Dave (not Claire's Dave) reached out to us about creating their film!
We touched base with Allie + Dave last year over a skype call but we didn't get as much time to talk as we would've liked as they are both Doctors (almost) and have seriously crazy schedules. How they planned a wedding through it all I'll never know ;) We didn't really get to sit down with them and get to know them until a few days before the wedding. Luckily, we hit it off immediately because they're so relaxed and easy going. All day we kept saying to eachother that we felt like guests watching our friends get married and we just happened to have cameras. The best!
It's always a pleasure to work alongside such talented vendors. This wedding was seriously stacked. Check out these amazing people...
Event Planners: Filosophi
Photography: Shari + Mike
Venue: North Arm Farm
Band: Side One
Catering: Savoury Chef
Officiant: Modern Celebrant
Guestbook Photography Booth: Adam + Kev
Decor: Delovely Creative
Hair + Makeup: Nadia Albano
You ever meet someone and after like a half hour you forget you haven’t been best friends with them your entire life?! Me either. Until we met Diana and Kerry. We sort of fell in love with them at our very first meeting and since then basically had a countdown calendar on our wall just waiting for their wedding to come.
Well the day came! Remember hearing about that insane storm in Vancouver in August? Yup –it was that day. Crazy wind, torrential rain – Kerry didn’t care – he went swimming. Power and hydro out in Diana’s house – she didn’t care - she didn't stop smiling for one second and just… held it till the ceremony ;)
I have never experienced a wedding with more rain. Oh I forgot, also it was mostly outside. I have also never experienced a bride and groom who were LESS worried about it than Diana and Kerry. They just wanted to be with their friends and family – they just wanted to be married! Them being ok with the storm made everyone else ok with it and so the wedding was just as awesome and fun underwater as it would have been in the sun :)
I knew we fell in love with them for a reason – they’re the BEST!