Archive for February, 2014

John and Marinna – Lakeside wedding

This is a wedding story that couldn’t be told in one day.  We begin in July when John plans his last trip home before the wedding.  Marinna surprises him by being in town the day he gets home.  That part of the story was covered in a previous blog post and can be seen here. The wedding was set in a beautiful setting at Dog Lake surrounded by close friends and family.  Soon, they were off on their honeymoon and then back to reality with John back in Afghanistan.  From the very beginning we were pulled in by their story of physical distance.  Yet they seemed to find some normalcy of their hectic life.   Normally we have a few meetings leading up to the wedding.  Budgets didn’t allow me to go to Kabul, so we used Skype.  I can’t imagine the experience working in Kabul; especially after going back there after your wedding.   When it was time to come home Thunder Bay Police Inspector Lorne Clifford told me he was going to make sure he had a hero’s welcome.  He assembled officers in full dress and brought along a piper from the Police Band.  The Giant Fm mentioned the homecoming on the radio.  It’s only fitting that this is where our story starts….where their life together begins.

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Joel and Danielle

 To say there was some anticipation with posting this wedding is an understatement. Over the years we’ve learned we get a better wedding film and story the more we work at getting to know our couples. After going over a few details I asked Joelle and Danielle if they ever considered writing their own vows for their wedding. The loved the idea and proceeded to work with the church to make it happen. During the ceremony the priest brought to our attention that in over 90 weddings he’s presided over this was the first where the couple wrote their own vows. It’s common at outdoor weddings but rare in a church. He was blown away with their words and so were we. It was an incredibly great feeling as well as an honour to think that we had a part in making that day the beautiful day it was.

When Danielle mentioned that not only was her sister Nicole planning on singing at their wedding but she had written a song for the two of I knew we had something really special here. There was no question that this song was to be the music used in the video. But that also created a challenge….finding time record. The earliest was mid December! We assembled Nicole, Noles and Steve here in our studio and recorded the song. They did it two takes!.


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Joel and Danielle – A wedding Teaser

It would be an understatement saying there has been a bit of anticipation with this one.   I’ve got so much more to say…but then, it wouldn’t be a teaser.

The rest of their story is coming soon!