It's taken me a long, long while to feel ok about this. For quite some time I felt very badly and terribly embarrassed that I wasn't able to get our film published on wedding blogs. I submitted it to a number of blogs, all of whom passed on it. By that point, I just wanted to crawl under a rock. I felt a total failure and that I had let my other colleagues down. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why no one leapt at it. Yes, it wasn't perfect. But there's a LOT....and I mean a LOT of not perfect stuff out there. Or perhaps, it was too earthy, a little too real for the wedding blogs out there. I don't know what it was but I decided I needed to take a break from it as it was actually breaking my heart to get the rejections. I thought it was beautiful despite its' imperfections and indeed, because of them. It's only in the last couple of weeks that I've gone back to look at the film since last year. I've watched it over and over again and finally I decided to publish it on my blog. While I am no longer pursuing wedding work, I owe my other colleagues a very big apology for not getting the film the attention it so deserves. The work is outstanding and I hope they will all feel as proud as I do.
So here is the back story.......
A couple of years ago I worked on a film/photography shoot with some amazing colleagues. I had always wanted to do a wedding story that felt authentic and romantic without all of the sugary, cutesy details. And I always wanted to do a little film to complement the photography. The stuff I kept seeing online and in magazines just didn't do a thing for me and left me feeling less inspired, not more. I wondered if any of my other colleagues felt the same. The first person I approached was the wonderful photographer Rebecca Wood.
Rebecca completely understood where I was going and agreed to collaborate with me on the project. When I mentioned I wanted to film it, R recommended Vuk Dragojevic, someone she knew of through his work on another project (not wedding related). Vuk is not a wedding cinematographer and as far as I know he's not pursuing wedding work. But when I saw a couple of Vuk's films on vimeo, I knew right away he was our guy. His work is beautiful. Vuk agreed to meet with R and myself and I had put together some inspiration boards and a story line. But he hesitated. He wasn't sure he wanted to go down this route as he wasn't really interested in taking on wedding work. It took us a while to convince him, but eventually he came on board.
We wanted to tell a simple, authentic story about a wedding. One that felt romantic, slightly vintage in style with an earthy, quiet elegance to it. The inspiration is a young horsewoman who is planning to marry at her family home in the countryside. On the morning of her wedding, rather than the usual wedding preparations, she chooses to go for a ride on her much beloved horse. On the day of the shoot in late October the weather was cool and slightly rainy.
We envisioned a wedding with subtle, but high quality details. The idea; to bring wonderful personal style, create a warm atmosphere and to introduce a sense of place. Our other creative partners completely understood where we wanted to take the shoot and were on board immediately.
Our creative partners:
Top caterer Couture Cuisine created a rustic style menu and complimented it with fine wines and champagnes, finishing with a Tuscan bridal cake that was absolutely stunning and scrumptious. Our dinner table was dressed with exquisite family heirlooms and set "en plein air" with the old apple orchard in the background.
The invitation, menu and "family crest" were all hand drawn and hand written by Post and Plume, a superb calligrapher.
Our bride Amelia, wore a vintage riding jacket and classic equestrian fashion for her morning ride and then changed into a vintage wedding dress by Lowon Pope, renowned for their bias cut dresses and vintage gowns.
Amelia's jewelry is by Anne Sportun; simple gold earrings and her stunning engagement ring are perfectly suited to Amelia's style.
Amelia's hair is styled back in a loose chignon and her make-up kept natural. Both created by Ivy Lam.
We purposely kept the flowers minimal.........just one statement piec for the charcuterie/dessert table and some loose blooms and foliages for the dinner table.
I hope you like it....
My name is Margaret and my flower studio is Wild Thyme Flowers. We deliver beautiful bouquets all over the city of Toronto and beyond. I look forward to sharing my life in flowers with you, as well as some of the other things that I love or find very beautiful or very interesting. Expect posts on flowers, art, books, films, restaurants, inspirational people, lifestyle and travel. My sister Jacqueline will also contribute to this blog twice a month chatting about the two passions in her life, wine (she is a sommelier) and dogs (she trained with Cesar Milan). We hope you'll join us.