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VIDEO: SARAH + PATRICK
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Shooting for Sarah and Patrick was a joy.

It was one of those sticky August Saturdays where you just knew it was going to rain. And boy, did it ever: on my way to the venue in Bolton-Ouest, Quebec, it poured so hard I had to stop driving. The clouds eventually parted, revealing glistening fields and farmsteads. By the time I arrived at the venue, a stunning tree-laden property owned by Sarah’s grandparents, I just knew this was going to be a great day, rain or shine.

Sarah and Patrick are the type of couple you root for. I got a good feeling from them the moment we met back in the winter: friendly, relaxed, and open-minded. After spending a few hours with their families before the ceremony, it was obvious where they got their energy from. Everyone was so accommodating and happy. When I reviewed my footage of the ceremony prep, I had a hard time choosing the best, most touching moments, there were just so many of them.

The ceremony could have been out of a movie. Sarah and Patrick were gorgeous. The altar was picture perfect. Their families and guests were all beaming. The night unfolded under an incredible tent – one of countless amazing touches by the always impressive Elyna Kudish Events – where the dancing, the laughing, the loving didn’t stopped.

Sarah and Patrick and their families deserved this day in spades. It was a picture perfect wedding, and a privilege to cover it.

INSPIRATION: CHEF'S TABLE + THE BLAZE
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My job as a wedding videographer is to tell a story, and my job as a storyteller is to find a balance between well-composed and emotional. It’s truly the best when that happens.

I look for that balance every day: in music, dance, comedy… even in food. I could write many, many pages about cheeseburgers that moved me to tears because they were not only delicious but also perfectly assembled.

But we’re not here to talk about cheeseburgers. Maybe another time (I have lots to say). Today, I want to focus on two recent discoveries. They’re each beautiful to look at, but they also have this rich vein of emotion running through them that just hits me right in the feels.

The Blaze - Territory

Music videos of this caliber always stay with me. This beautifully-shot portrait of a young North African man who seemingly boxes? Hasn’t seen his family is a very long time? Got in trouble? There’s no dialogue to work with, so you're left piecing together your own backstory for him with these cinematic, often haunting little vignettes of his return home.

Chef’s Table – Season 4

Chef’s Table is an ongoing source of inspiration. Since I first discovered it a few years ago, I’ve been pausing and screen-grabbing specific shots so I can try to adapt it to a wedding shoot. I just finished Season 4. I mostly want cake, but I also want to point out the series’ balance of aesthetic and emotion. I love how the focus is not just on the food. There’s a subject here: a cook, a creative, a person with flaws and fears. Again though, none of this is revealed explicitly but rather inferred through camera techniques: close-ups, slow motion, shaky cam, etc.