a couple weeks ago we got a call from canon. they had a new camera coming out, and they wanted us to give it a test drive. sounds exciting right? but, having a camera before its announced, not being able to take it outside with any labels showing, and needing to be ultra top-secret certainly has its pressures. nonetheless, we felt so lucky to get that call and were just waiting for the right oppurtunity to see what the camera could do.
enter jc + esther.
if i had to choose one word to describe these two it would be, without a doubt, organic. the dress esther chose to wear was made entirely by her aunt norma. not only did she make the dress, she also helped esther get into on her wedding day. the beer at the reception was one of jc’s home brews. their cakes stood atop towering stumps, their place cards set amonst a tray of grass, and the present jc got for esther was unmistakeably original and very organic. all of this, and i haven’t even got to their so very touching vows.
armed with two pre-production 7ds, i don’t know if i was quite prepared for all that i would experience that day. i’ll start with the imagery from the 7d, their highlights film, and follow up with some of our first impressions later in the week. if your interested in more technical details, follow the link to vimeo for a complete write-up.
sorry for the tech speak at the beginning and ends, canon asked us very nicely to share that with you since it is a pre-production camera :)
we met terry and warren a while back through andrea + derek, whose sde and a portion of their main feature was featured here. terry gave a reading at andrea’s wedding, and andrea was a bridesmaid for terry. jenn, the maid of honor, was also andrea’s maid of honor. what a fun circle to be a part of :)
when we got together with terry and warren before their wedding, they mentioned that they were a tad nervous for there first dance and were thinking about practicing it before the reception started. i got some pretty weird looks when i showed them how excited i was to shoot their practice, almost as if it was the highlight of my day (which it was). the idea of having them practice, fully dressed, in an empty reception hall, just minutes before guests packed the place was too much to pass up. it was just terry and warren (and me with a few wait staff who were setting up at the time) in this grand hall, having a fleeting moment together.
when the reception started and the wedding party entered, the girls who i thought were on the quieter side, broke out into a mock bollywood dance to jai ho, along with the guys, for some pretty lively reception entertainment.
we get to experience some pretty insane things. seeing a rendition of ‘baby got back’ performed by the entire wedding party, on a beach in maui, is certainly among them. while you will only get a sneak peak of the epic dance that set the place on fire that night, you will also see the energy and dedication that marie and mike have, both of which you would need a ton of to pull something like this off.