We’ve been working on the logistics for filming Mei + Brian’s Chicago engagement video for four months! Mei first contacted us in December about producing an engagement video in downtown Chicago for them. If you know Chicago, January is not a great month to film outdoors. So, we waited until April to venture outdoors. With their wedding a few weeks away, we thought it would be a good day to film (or so we thought).
Mei & Brian met on an internet dating website. Brian was the only person who responded to Mei’s profile. They decided to meet in Southern Illinois, where Mei works. Their first date lasted 4 hours! Brian’s drive back to Wisconsin was a long one but it wouldn’t stop them from planning more dates in Chicago, where they eventually fell in love.
So, both Mei & Brian traveled several hours to Chicago from different areas to film with us on this particular day. We had planned to do a sunset shoot in the late afternoon/evening. We wanted to film around North Avenue Beach, Olive Park, and the Planetarium campus-all with great skyline shots of Chicago! The morning that we wanted to film, the forecast included thunderstorms for the exact time we wanted to film their interview. So, everyone scrambled.
We met Mei and Brian out at North Avenue Beach earlier than originally planned. There was this beautiful fog that surrounded the whole Chicago skyline. It looked like a dreamy mist in the air. Since we were early on a weekday, we were able to capture Mei and Brian out on the North Avenue Beach breakwater light tower. We also went to Olive Park and filmed around the honeycomb structure and around the Planetarium campus. We were able to capture some great shots from the ground and in with aerial drone video. Oh, and the thunderstorms that were expected? They never arrived! By the way, after you watch the video, did you notice how there’s a bird flying in almost all of the skyline shots?
Mei + Brian loved their interview video so much, they also wanted us to produce a music video for them using Christina Peri’s “A Thousand Years”. Here’s how it turned out: