Anika & Zack: “One Tree, Not Two”


Anika & Zack
10.8-10.14
Wedding Film Teaser Trailer
“One Tree, Not Two”
Licensed by TheMusicBed

Director/DP/Editor – James Lee
Cinematographers – Dan Ho and Dan Dai (m3crew.com)

Anika and Zack was our first multi-day couple, and we’re so happy it was them. They were a very fun-loving couple and exuded love for one another all three days we were together. Both are free-spirited, artistic, and musically-talented – throughout the days Anika and Zack surprised their guests with musical performances and surprise appearances from a saxophonist playing “Careless Whisper” at random moments.

I was especially blessed to have been able to capture alongside Ajit Singh (http://www.asinghphotography.com/), who was a tremendous help and simply a cool guy to work with. Working three days together, by the last day we were cracking jokes. Overall he is amazing storyteller and an expert in his craft. I had the privilege of working with Daniel Dai and Daniel Ho as my assistant cinematographers throughout the three days. Always a pleasure working with these dudes.

After an evening spent celebrating at home and a Sikh Ceremony at the GSS Gurudwara in Bridgewater, NJ on the second day, Anika and Zack made their beautifully-written vows to one another before family and friends at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ. The theme of the wedding was “family tree;” both described themselves as deeply-rooted in their families and saw the wedding as a combining of two families and cultures. This sentiment was beautifully captured in the reading from Louis de Bernières’ “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” which we included in the last portion of the trailer. By the end of the night, the two families were no longer two, but one.

I always like to get to know my couples before the wedding day so we’re not total strangers on the day-of, but it isn’t easy to get to know everyone else such as the parents of the bride and groom or the bridal party. In previous weddings, I had a hard time remembering the best man’s name or felt uncomfortable conversing with the parents. The thing is, not only were Anika and Zack’s family and friends all super laid-back, but because this was a multi-day wedding, by the third day Anika’s dad Jas and I were on a first-name basis. During his speech late on the final evening, he was originally standing in a spot that was terrible lighting – three or four feet away from a really good spot. Any other wedding I would’ve just shot it as is, but because I felt comfortable with Jas, I was able to ask him quickly: “Hey Jas, do you mind just taking two steps to the right?” and he happily obliged. Overall, the importance of relationships with the people you shoot before you shoot them is crucial. Because we had three days to get to know them, what resulted was an awesome multi-day wedding with lots of amazing shots and an amazing film to come.

Congratulations again, Anika and Zack!