Joanna & Louis – 3/16/08

After weeks of finalizing plans with Joanna from opposite sides of the globe (either she was in Australia or I was in Thailand), we were finally united on the weekend that mattered most, the weekend of her wedding to Lou at the Omni Severin Hotel. My coverage started with a rehearsal in one of the meeting rooms, and I could tell right away from the chairs that this would be a wedding “in the round,” just one of many unique touches to come. Another thoughtful idea was having a cocktail party instead of a rehearsal dinner, as the couple wanted to invite all the guests who had already arrived from afar at the hotel instead of just the customary select few.

I arrived early on the big day, so I was able to capture some extra moments behind the scenes before getting some nice shots of the ceremony arrangement in the ballroom, tastefully decorated by McNamara Florist. The ceremony was an elegant affair in an intimate setting punctuated with much levity by the groom throughout. Following the ceremony, I squeezed in a cab with the couple and photographer Andrew Scalini for some fun shots around the town, including the canal’s newly refilled water dyed green for St. Patrick’s day.

There was more green to come at the reception, as a bagpiper surprised the guests, accompanied by green beer and some nimble footwork by the couple. DJ Brian Whitis did a wonderful job the rest of the evening at keeping the small but very spirited crowd moving on the dance floor. How spirited? Let’s just say for example that I’ve never seen a groomsman wear an ice sculpture as a necklace before and leave it at that. Big thanks to the Omni ladies – Carrie for the referral, and Amanda for letting me store my gear in her office while taking in the Big Ten Tournament game (which I had HOPED would be IU vs. Purdue when I bought the tickets) prior to the rehearsal. And congrats to Joanna (Happy Birthday, too) and Lou!

Photo by Andrew Scalini

Trere are 5 comments on this post

  1. Anonymous March 23, 2008, 2:50 pm

    We all had a great time at the wedding!!! And hope you guys are having a lot of fun on your honey moon. The video was great! 🙂

  2. Anonymous March 24, 2008, 7:14 pm

    Awesome video!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Remember…. the ice sculpture was an accident. Why won’t anyone believe me?
    Have an awesome time in Hawaii!!!!
    See you in the summer!


  3. skippy March 29, 2008, 10:42 am

    The pictures are beautiful. Jo you are beautiful and Lou you look amazing! Congratulations and Welcome back! I want to see pics of the ice necklace! Cheers, Chip

  4. Anonymous April 4, 2008, 9:24 pm

    Nice camera movement and music sync.

    The camera seems to blow out easily. How is the dynamic range compared to a good 1/2″ pro camera like a 390? Sensitivity?

    What light do you use on camera? Does it cover the entire frame, edge to edge, or does it have a hot spot in the middle?

    Did you consider an EX1? What NLE do you use and how are the conforming times?

  5. Bob April 5, 2008, 5:52 am

    Thanks! That’s not the camera blowing out – it’s a glow effect I add to my highlight segments, as well as a slight vignette that may add to the appearance of a hot spot if any. I try to give the highlights a dreamy and romantic look, not the best way to judge a camera’s specs. In reality, I’d put the dynamic range right in between my DSR250 and (1/2″) DSR300. Low light is incredible – more grain than the 250 on the highest gain (which I need to bring down from 21db to 18db) but much better colors, and infinitely better overall than other HDV models. I use an Anton Bauer Ultralight, which goes edge to edge with the right diffusers. Just added AB’s UL Soft Box, which I love so far. Considered the EX1, but media is MUCH cheaper for the S270/Z7U, and I can’t imagine shooting to memory yet without a tape backup. I edit on Sony Vegas, which renders a full AVI video (with effects, filters & transitions) in less than real time, and HDV overnight.

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