This summer I had the chance to head back to the Midwest to film a Chicago wedding and I could not have been more excited. Not to mention a Chicago wedding on a farm! So I packed my bags and cameras and headed out to capture Szewai and Chris' wedding on Super 8 and Polaroids!
Szewai is a dance instructor in Chicago and wanted to uniquely capture her wedding day as well as their special first dance they planned for the day. I got to the picturesque, Elawa Farms and had a blast getting to know them and their awesome friends throughout the day. The location itself was amazing with a large main brick farmhouse overlooking their fields where the wedding would be held. For their first look, we found a cute little trail in some flowery fields and knew it'd be a perfect spot for a quiet moment before strolling around the grounds to the numerous vine covered walls and pathways for more time together before the ceremony. Check out their full highlight film below and more Polaroids and Super 8 below that!
During the ceremony, a couple of Szewai's close friends played as the family and friends poured in. The ceremony was really sweet and the skies held out just long enough for it to finish before giving everyone a slight sprinkle. Not phased by it at all, things transitioned indoors for a cocktail hour with bubbling "Game of Thrones" inspired drinks and the wedding party literally danced their way into the dinner. It was really awesome!
And of course once the reception started getting going, so many good dancers in one place makes for a killer dance floor, accompanied by a live band "Gussied" who were killing it. Chris and Szewai then had their big moment for their first dance and they absolutely nailed it. A unique request from Szewai was to capture the entire dance in its entirety on Super 8. A thrilling experience to shoot a whole roll in one pull of the trigger but I think the final result is a really lovely memory of their dance. Catch Szewai saying "100 per-cent" at the very end! Ha!
After the night wound down, a sparkler exit sent the two off after a spectacular day! You can also see their little teaser film I edited to their friends playing during the ceremony. All in all a wonderful wedding for a wonderful couple. So happy to have been there to shoot it all on film.