Marcus and Luigi's wedding day started early Saturday morning in Seattle. Clouds covered the city and the smell of rain soon enveloped the air in the downtown streets. Danielle, Nathan, and I each took in loads of gear to the hotel and I happened to leave the Steadicam vest in the car, thinking I would grab on the last trip down. I forgot though that I had actually set it next to the car and not in it. I ran into the elevator and rushed down stairs and out to grab the vest, which was luckily still on the curb. However, the skys had decided to pour heavily and the entire vest was dripping from every crease. No problem..."just go with the flow and everything will be ok." I headed up to the room looking like I had just ran a marathon and perspired 10 gallons of water. AWESOME! Great way to start the day. No one seemed to notice though (not even Danielle), and all went well ;)
Despite its soggy beginnings, the rest of the morning was awesome. It was fun to see Luigi, her mom, and friends all having fun and telling stories together. The room was full of smiles, laughter and just as I began filming the clouds cleared a little and the sun broke thought into the window. After we filmed for a bit with the girls, I went into Marcus's room one floor below. A contrast from the busyness of the girls room, Marcus and his twin brother, Chris, were quietly getting ready together. Calm and collected, there was a sense of eager anticipation and excitement. I could see that Marcus was ready for this day. Before I left, he asked me how everything was going up in the girls room.
While walking back, I began thinking about his question and realized that there is a unique, unpronounced side to being able to create someones wedding film. I thought about how I get to see each person get ready for the day that will change their lives. The day where they will start a new life together.
I get to see the anticipation and witness how each person builds excitement to see the other for the first time. Filming Marcus and Luigi's first look was a culmination of this, and it was truly awesome to be there and capture their first moments together on their wedding day.
My memories from the rest of the day move by with a blur, but it is those quiet moments in the beginning that build the story for the entire day.
Smaller resolution Vimeo video below.