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henever I watch this film, I can't shake the feeling that I'm on summer vacation. Opening with guys hanging out at the lake naturally primes you for that relaxing vibe, but it's more than that. I think the color grading actually plays a big part in maintaining that feeling throughout the film, and here's why I think it's effective. Colors look best when they have complementary colors to be contrasted with. It's not enough to boost the yellows in your shot if that shot is a bride standing in front of a white wall. Then all you've got is a bride in a yellow dress in front of a yellow wall.  Notice how much of this film takes place in the woods. We're really able to feel the warmth of the shots because the yellow colors we're seeing are bouncing around all kinds of green shades. For me this is a good reminder that color grading begins as soon as you hit that record button. As wedding filmmakers, there are many places we will have to work in (hotel rooms, event spaces) that won't always have the most dynamic color schemes. And while we won't always have awesome woodlands at our disposal, we can at least keep our eyes open to nearby locations that might offer more to work with in post. I went more technical today than I was expecting so I feel like I have to throw this out there too. Obviously the primary reason this film is so good is because the couple and their love for each other are on full display. Beautiful colors without heart is not good wedding filmmaking. Props to Bella Hill for nailing both.