Nigerian Wedding

Oyin & Kunle | Wedding Highlight | Calgary

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Sometimes things don’t always go as planned. I think most of the weddings we shot this summer fall under that category. It seemed like every one of them had traffic hold-ups on the way to the ceremony or other things that makes it crazier and just a little more stressful for us. That’s okay though. If the bride is late, they can’t start the ceremony without her. This wedding was along those lines and in this case the make-up artist was late. Instead of freaking out Oyin and the girls took it with stride and had a competitive little game of cards. From a film standpoint I LOVED it. I’m always up for stuff that’s a little different. It changes it up from the beauty shots of the hair and make-up (not that those aren’t important), and makes a more interesting story. It went along perfectly with the guys activities watching World Cup on TV and getting a little passionate about it. I love how this highlight turned out… it’s just that… it was supposed to be a Same Day Edit. Yep I had planned on playing it at the reception later on in the evening. Totally do-able. I’ve done lots before, but as I said, some things don’t always go as planned. I usually start organizing footage during the bride preps and I had dumped some of my footage off onto my hard drive. Then on my way to the ceremony I put the laptop on the seat beside me in the car to load the rest of the footage onto the drive. In the middle of this process, there must have been too many bumps on the road and the drive failed. Like done. Devastating. I forged ahead and focused on capturing the ceremony. I even stopped at Staples to grab a new drive on the way to Okotoks, where the reception was, and try to assemble something with what I had. I tried for awhile but eventually threw in the towel. I lost a big portion of the story without the bride preps. So as hard as it was, I told Oyin and the photograph saved with the day with a stunning photo montage of beautiful shots from the day. Thankfully, I was able to take the hard drive to Calgary for recovery and retrieved the lost data. Gulp! Phew! It was worth having that part of the story back though. Not quite as planned but we still put together an amazing wedding...

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Linda & Immanuel – A Journey from Friendship to Love

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Theirs is a pretty amazing story. For Linda and Immanuel they had become the best friends unaware there was something more. For years they continued like and eventually things turned to dating. Although I could try to tell it, it works much better to hear it from them. This was a fun take on our Can’t Help Falling In Love Film where we integrated some incredible photos from their engagement shoot. Special thanks to Anna and Chris at Cineart Photography for allowing us to use such stunning images. It definitely made the film. So that’s their story leading up to their big day… or should I say celebration, as it was a Nigerian Tanzanian wedding with a traditional ceremony leading up to everything. It’s so enjoyable to participate in a wedding so rich with culture. Enjoy their Wedding Recap Film as...

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Lynn & Chris – So many Tales to Tell

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A wedding film is an awesome thing to create. Every wedding is unique. And it’s not up to me write the script but rather to discover it. Everything said… the events of the day… the ceremony service…. the speeches at the reception; these all help tell the story, not just of the day but of an incredible love two people share. Each story is different so each wedding is different. And when I do an edit I love to see how it sometimes just falls into place. Most every time it surprises me as what I intended to do as “director” of the film is changed as something works itself in perfectly. And I have to be open to that because it isn’t my story… it’s yours. The Wedding of Lynn & Chris was one completely rich with story. They just have such a neat bond. And as I have just finished editing their Main Feature Edit I wanted to share their Recap video. It gives you a glimpse into all the many wonderful little stories I had to work with. One of them was the story of Jaka, who being pregnant and on bed rest, was not able to attend the wedding. She was a bridesmaid. And although she was far away in a hospital somewhere she was still very much included in the day. Early in the day she sent Lynn flowers. Emotions started rolling. Then thanks to the amazing power of technology the bridesmaids used an iPad and FaceTime to make it so she was right there catching it all as Lynn put on the dress. It could have been an Apple commercial because they used the same technology to allow Jaka to personally deliver her speech via an iPhone. It had so much impact. Absolutely amazing. Then Chris and his groomsmen were jamming it out crazy style when we arrived to shoot the groomsmen getting ready. It was terrific. Chris must be able to play 10 instruments, he blows me away. Music is a shared love for Lynn and Chris so it made such an addition to their film. Then… their speeches were amazing. So much content and incredible words said gave me so much to work with putting together their edit. So as you’re planning your day, the one thing I try to encourage couples to do is to really act on these things that will create that incredible story. Guys… find something different to do in the morning. I know it takes you 5 minutes to get dressed but there’s so much more that you could be doing so we don’t have footage of you just hanging out drinking beer. Although that’s still part of the day, there are other things too. Just be creative. If you want ideas, I’d love to throw a few out. Are you going to give each other a gift? This is such an opportunity to really give a background on your love because we can film both of you receiving and reading the card. It helps build the emotion in the film and tell the story that much better. Couples… don’t throw away speech at the end of the night. I know you’re going to thank everyone from the flower girls to the caterers but don’t forget...

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Sope & Seyi’s Same Day Edit – Calgary

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Lately we’ve had the privilege of filming a few Nigerian weddings and events. Each time is so enjoyable because it’s truly a celebration and for Mosope and Oluseyi it was not hard to have that feeling of celebration especially with so much dancing and culture. We were given a unique opportunity to capture not only the church ceremony but also the traditional Nigerian Ceremony. It’s really a time where they praise God, and experience not just the joining of two people, but two families. There’s a lot of singing, praising, bantering and dancing all in an effort for the groom and his entourage to find acceptance from the bride’s family. Finally the bride and her party arrive and are greeted with dollar bills and an array of gifts on a table. Among the gifts is a box containing a ring, gifted by the groom and when Sope found it and accepted it Seyi put it on her and the families rejoiced. It really added to their recap to be able include these celebratory moments and really feel the culture deeply ingrained in the couple and all participating. It made the edit a little harder but definitely worth it when you’re able to see more of a story as and allow a little more of their personality to shine through. Enjoy Sope and Seyi. A Cultural...

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