A wedding is a life-changing occasion. While this is always true for the betrothed, it can even apply to all parties involved, from family and friends to photographers and film houses.
In 2018, photographer James Day was asked to shoot the wedding of Australian couple Steph and Rob. Steph, who inherited Cone Rod Dystrophy from her mother, Linda, lost her eyesight shortly before meeting Rob. Nevertheless, they fell in love, got engaged, and excitedly planned a November wedding.
Tasked with telling the couple's inspiring story, James Day teamed up with Lemon Tree Film House, a studio that specializes in one-of-a-kind wedding videos. Together, they captured the ways that the “emotionally overwhelming wedding” was tailored with Steph in mind, including blindfolding guests as the couple said their vows and Rob's creative use of scented and textured textiles to “document” the most memorable moments of the day.
The special touches did not stop there. One month after the event, Sony Australia flew everyone out to Sydney for a special screening of Lemon Tree Film House's touching 20-minute wedding video. Following this emotional viewing, Rob presented Steph with another unforgettable gift: a multi-sensory wedding album crafted by Vision Art.
“Inlaid in the album were the 10 pieces of fabric which had been handed to them on their wedding day, along with 10 crystal bottles containing the corresponding essential oils, James' photos that matched each scene and audio snippets we captured during those moments of the day too, so that they were literally transported back to their day in every possible way,” Lemon Tree Film House tells My Modern Met. “Needless to say, they were absolutely overcome with emotion.”
The thoughtful album was also accompanied by tactile prints of Day's photographs. Created by Vision Australia, these unique aids allowed Steph and her mother to “see” the stunning photographs—and, ultimately, served as a poignant metaphor for what the entire experience was truly all about. “Though they couldn’t see the colors,” Lemon Tree Film House explains, “they could imagine them as they touched the raised arc of the rainbow that appeared on the wedding day.”
In 2018, James Day Photography was asked to document the nuptials of Australian couple Steph and Rob.
As Steph is blind, the wedding was a multi-sensory experience.
This approach is even true of the wedding album, which Rob had specially made for his bride.
It came equipped with textured fabrics and scented oils that would remind Steph of the special day.
It was also accompanied by tactile photos of the day.
These photographs allowed Steph to “see” the stunning wedding shots.
In addition to photographs, Steph and Rob's wedding was also immortalized in a touching short film by Lemon Tree Film House. The couple and their families were even treated to an emotional screening of the film.
You can watch the video below—though Lemon Tree Film House suggests closing your eyes “to experience it just audibly as Steph did.”
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