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Shamsa + Nabeel – Official Trailer

Shamsa and Nabeel’s wedding was the kind that reminds us of what a marriage really celebrates- a shining new love between two individuals, their families, and a spirited sense of togetherness.

Each of their wedding functions was full of mirth, laughter and excitement- the guests seemed just as happy to be there as the bride and groom were. The decor was colorfully ornate and tasteful each day, and their reception backdrop incorporated a magnificently starry, shimmering fabric- something we are sure will become a trend in evening reception decor.

Shamsa made a beautiful bride, her use of jewel tones and warm hues in each of her outfits complemented her stunningly. Nabeel was a smiling, good-natured groom who wore his happiness as proudly as his wedding attire. Together, they were the picture of a blissful bride and groom, looking forward to their future together and surrounded by the company and well- wishes of their family and friends.

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Destination Calgary – Emy + Nancy – Wedding Film

In our line of work, we are called upon to do all kinds of weddings. Big, small, extravagant, minimalist…you name it, and we’ve probably had the luck of capturing it. As a result, we have travelled across the world and have bore witness to many unique traditions and cultures. Days can be just as long as nights, jet lag must be quickly overcome and rest between trips is a commodity that is used sparingly. But when you love what you do, you learn more each time you do it- and Emy and Nancy’s wedding in particular, reinforced that for us in a very real and meaningful way.

We were no strangers to this family, as we worked with Emy’s sister four years ago and filmed her wedding celebrations in Nigeria (click here) and Toronto (click here).  A large, lively bunch with a lot of love to go around…we were excited to be a part of their lives once more.  The day before the wedding, we had another ceremony in Vancouver we were working on which ended at 11 pm. A next-day edit needed to be complete by the following day, but our team had a flight to Calgary at 7 am in order to make it to Emy and Nancy’s ceremony. By midnight, we set to work on the next-day edit, completed it by 5 am, rushed to the airport and within minutes were boarding our flight to Calgary. We reached our destination right on time and headed to meet Emy and Nancy as their wedding festivities were scheduled to begin shortly afterward. Thanks to the wizardly film-making skills our team has acquired over the last few years… we successfully managed no sleep in a total of 62 hours. (Loving what you do is definitely key for pulling something like that off. Not to be attempted otherwise.)

Emy and Nancy had a beautiful church ceremony and Nigerian style reception to follow. Their wedding was full of character, replete with colorful splendor, tasteful decor, and fantastic energy. To interested brides and grooms- there are lots of fashionable pieces to keep watch out for as well. Feathers are a big trend this wedding season and no wonder, when they look as gorgeous as Nancy’s feathered skirt does. She looked perfectly divine as she floated down the aisle in the halo of feathers that frothed around her bodice. Emy’s exquisite shoes made it very clear whose special day it was, and it’s always nice to see grooms take as much pride in their wardrobes as brides are wont to do. Red was the color of the evening, and it created a strikingly romantic and bold ambience. Tall crystal vases, glittering chandeliers and sumptuous florals were everywhere one turned. The many fabrics, textures and ornate headdresses donned by the bride and ladies in attendance were also eye- catching in their appeal. Every minute detail was worth noting.

In Emy’s touching address to his mother, we saw a side to him that is often difficult for grooms to reveal. His voice was still that of the little boy who needed the comfort his mother’s love, the gratitude he felt as a young man to her and the eagerness to share a new kind of familial love with the beautiful bride by his shoulder.

When one has the chance to capture life’s moments like that for a living, and forge strong bonds with different people as they experience milestones in their personal journeys…no sleep is not much of a price to pay.

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Ali + Komal – Next/Same Day Edit

If there were ever an award for an outstanding display and range of colours in a wedding- Ali and Komal’s would be a top contender. Their use of mouthwateringly bright, invigorating colors is the quintessence of every decorator’s dream. Their switch to sheer, shimmering fabrics, glowing candlelight and cool, elegant whites for their reception decor was the perfect finish to their week of vibrant events.

The couple had a very traditional muslim ceremony and stylish modern reception. A visible chemistry shared between the bride and groom was noted in each event, for despite the conservative tone of certain rituals- the energy in the air was full of excitement and a new, sacred kind of love. Komal wowed their guests in her spectacular bridal attire and there was hardly a moment that Ali was not smiling. Both were looks that wedding fashion police would applaud.

Ali and Komal are both very family- oriented and it was clear that each of them had long desired a large, stylish wedding. It was indeed an occasion with plenty of family, good cheer and fun married with uniquely feel-good aspects like group performances, adorable messages for the couple, a breathtaking fireworks show and floating Japanese lanterns. It was truly a whirlwind of colors and deep emotions which even for us, too soon, came to an end. Congrats to the couple!

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Monica + Christian – Wedding Film

When you watch this wedding film, you’ll understand why Monica and Christian’s fusion wedding is one of our favorites. It was an interesting medley of French and Indian influences that was entertainingly original and tastefully put together.

The wedding took place at the stately Graydon Manor Hall, with the ceremony held outdoors against an intimate backdrop of private gardens, tall floral arches and crisp greenery.  The sun shone down jubilantly on this couple as they pledged their vows in the company of their on-looking friends and loved ones. Our groom Christian had gone above and beyond to make sure everything went exactly as Monica wanted on her special day and one can tell by the immensely satisfied looks on their faces, they both got just that.

Monica scored major bride points as she made quite a statement with her choice in the design of blouses and jewelry she wore. Glamorous from head to toe, she turned heads wherever she went. In addition, her bridesmaids were a perfect complement to her ornate red and white lengha in their dazzling gold sarees. The jewels create a kaleidoscope of color when they are caught in the sunlight- an awesome style tip for outdoor brides looking for bridesmaid wear.  The bride and her girls weren’t the only ones to inspire wardrobe ideas however, as Christian and his groomsmen had a few tips of their own to share. As you’ll see in the video, they were full of solutions that afternoon as the men quickly searched YouTube just moments before the ceremony on how to make handkerchiefs. What better than men dressed sharply in suits who are as handsome as they are resourceful? Another point for Monica.

There was no shortage of entertainment that evening, with French and Indian inspired dances, a Gatsby-style performance and a romantic piece by the couple; guests watched on in awe in between visits to the poker table, the bar and the incredible culinary arrangements on site. Amidst all the merry-making, the event was not without its mixed emotions for the bride and groom.  Christian had lost his father and Monica her mother, so although it was an occasion to look to the future, it was also a time of reflection for them both. The song used in the video highlights this, and is particularly significant as it discusses the trials and tribulations a couple faces before they reach a unifying stage in their relationship.  Hats off to Monica and Christian for an exquisitely poignant evening.

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Gagan + Harjeet – Same Day Edit

For Gagan and Harjeet – it was all in the details. Their events were a constant visual feast for both guests and the camera alike. From the jewelry and outfits to the wedding stationery and favors, deep jewel tones pervaded many of the feature accents in this wedding and helped to create a most majestic feel.

There was a climactic build-up in color scheme and décor over the course of events, with the ceremony focusing on light pastels, a demure and pretty mixture of creams, pinks, oranges and peaches. This was offset by a unique dupatta the bride donned, which was a blend of orange, pink and red. Upon seeing the exquisite garment, one immediately conjures to mind a spring blossom. For brides looking to infuse a bit of their own creativity into traditional bridal wear- it was a beautiful touch.

In contrast, the palette used at the reception incorporated deeper hues, lighted trees which made for an enchanted feel, and royal details such as water fountains surrounded by stallions and eye-catching decorative peacocks.

But details alone do not complete a wedding, and there were plenty of all the other goodies that make up this list; lots of music, dancing, delicious food and playful mischief. As plainly as it is seen in this clip, Gagan and Harjeet were married in regal style, surrounded by the love of their family and friends.

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Jaan Pehchan Ho – Concept Music Video

This concept production was a perfect window into the personalities of our couple, Rishi and Jehan. Although they are both busy professionals with schedules that don’t allow for an excess of leisure time, the key to their success is the manner in which they wholeheartedly delve into the tasks before them. Much like the roles they have in reality, these two jumped into their characters with energy, spirit and a rocking sense of fun.

With a vintage flair, the choice of filters in this feature reflected the roaring era of the 60’s, notorious for that famous swiveling of the hips known popularly as the “Twist”. It’s a dance move that lights up the screen in this little number. Of course, no concept film is quite complete without its costume and location changes, props and in this case- even instruments! The couple made sure that the selected song would be enhanced by the use of these, and the result was nothing short of nostalgic.

We can assure you this was one for the books. Indeed, the couple had as much fun making this video as it looked!

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Rishi + Jehan – Next Day Edit

The couple featured in this next-day edit both live in New York City, but their wedding festivities bring them to Vancouver, British Columbia where the groom originally resided. Both of them are full-time professionals, with busy schedules and fast-paced lives. Yet each can agree that one can never be too busy for a good time.

As the first few minutes of the clip reveal, there was a fun and upbeat vibe to Rishi and Jehan’s events. Rishi’s younger sister, along with the help of her family and friends, put together an entertaining skit imitating him as well the love story shared between the couple. Colorful in spirit and in detail, from the skit and amusing songs performed to the vibrantly ornate bridal lengha Jehan wore, to the quick stop at the casino the bridesmaids made prior to the ceremony- every minute aspect of the wedding betrayed a playful, creative style.

Two years ago we filmed Rishi’s sister’s wedding, so it was a pleasant little reunion for us as well as many recognized our crew and team. No matter how many times you work with a family however, the mood of the events is largely set by the bride and groom. Rishi is energetic, quick to help and strikingly genuine. Jehan is more demure in nature, with an observant eye and a knack for thoughtfully quick decision-making. Although they came to the wedding drawing board sometimes with two different visions, it must be admired at how she placed her groom’s happiness at the top of her list of priorities. A fusion wedding is always interesting because of the many harmonizing elements that are integrated into the proceedings and the learning experience it is for all who participate. This held true for Rishi and Jehan as well. Our couple’s wedding celebrations not only stunningly fused together two cultures, but two distinct personalities and tastes.

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Farhan + Gopika – Next/Same Day Edit

It’s not too often that one hears about wedding etiquette for grooms. Of course he is expected to be patient with his overwhelmed and rattled bride, maybe surprise her with a gift before the ceremony and of course, he must smile gallantly at any painful mishap that may occur during the fated proceedings. Our groom Farhan, is an excellent candidate after whom groom etiquette should be modeled. He was impressively anything but passive and uninvolved.

We first met Farhan when we filmed his brother’s wedding, and it was great to be working with such a pleasant family again. He is a very professional individual, extremely organized and cares a great deal about presentation. He was attentive to detail and particular about what he envisioned for their big day. This highly complemented Gopika’s style, as she was a bit more unhurried and relaxed in personality, and cared primarily about everyone having a good time. You will notice how radiant a bride she makes with not the slightest cloud of stress over her brow. Future brides take note- this is the best beauty secret you’ll ever receive- if you want Gopika’s shining eyes and beaming smile that betray unmatched happiness, you’ll want a groom who can ably share in and alleviate the wedding pressure.

Their outdoor ceremony took place at the prestigious Turnberry Golf Club. Verdant hills, wine-red hues and seasonal shades of amber comprised the autumnal color palette of the natural landscape around them, enhancing their elegant tent and decor. The reception was a sumptuous affair at the Liberty Grande with lush accents that played upon the ivories, creams, whites and golds that are so au courant this season. Crystals, patterned fabric, soft candlelight and gleaming candelabras were just some of the notably jaw-dropping elements of their evening. Congrats to Gopika and Farhan for such a well- executed, beautiful wedding!

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Yashi + Paul – Wedding – Official Trailer

What makes marriage so extraordinary is its unifying quality. It’s ability to transcend differences. Be it between two lives, two families and sometimes even cultures. Paul and Yashi’s wedding captures and celebrates the very spirit of this.

A very humble and soft- spoken couple -as evinced by this trailer of their wedding- many of its’ most poignant moments are the loving glances and physical affection they share that seem enough to make the world stand still around them.

Paul was very openly new to Yashi’s Sri-Lankan culture and practices, but his friends and family were equally excited to help him get involved and participate in the rituals. Yashi was just as magnificent in her efforts as she transformed from sri- lankan beauty in a traditional bridal sari to a fabulously fitting and detailed white gown, becoming of her fusion of tastes and styles.

For this couple, the magic of their festivities truly lay in the pride and happiness that shone in their eyes each time they looked at eachother. Throughout the entire weekend, there was hardly a more captivating aspect of decor, attire or moment of typical wedding fanfare to admire than that.

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Reshma + Sunjay – Same Day Edit

When it comes to wedding planning, couples like to have the luxury of time to coordinate each detail to perfection for their special day. In our experience, 12 to 18 months is usually the happy medium. Ever so often however, we meet individuals who get right down to business- knowing exactly what they want, how they prefer it and when it needs to happen. Enter Reshma and Sunjay.

Within 6 months their entire wedding was planned, every vendor they wanted was hired and they coordinated with us frequently to produce a one of a kind concept film. From the initial stages of our creative brainstorming together, Reshma had a solid vision of what she desired. Energetic, artistic and eager to get started she let us know that she was passionate about Spanish culture and wanted their concept film to reflect that. Sunjay’s primary concern was that his lovely bride got exactly what she asked for, but he was completely trusting, cooperative and excited to see the end result.

Their same day edit was nuanced with artistic edge. The song used was written, composed and performed exclusively for the the couple and same day edit. The video is enhanced by aerial views made possible by our remote-controlled helicopters with cameras beneath them. The couple’s organized style and unique tastes make for a statement wedding. Just see for yourselves.

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