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16 April 2022

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 444th in our series of Saturday matinees today: A Beautiful Day at the Barn.

It's rare (really really rare) that among all the wedding vids and real estate gigs we wade through every week, we actually find some video on some subject we think you'll enjoy as much as we did. And it's next to impossible that would be a wedding video.

But here you are. In a minute and a half, photographer Florin Stefan tells the wedding story of Inna and Naric, two people you will feel like you have always known before a few second elapse.

The first thing we liked about this was that it's all stills. No video. Which is what photographers do at weddings. Stills.

The images dance to the music. Beautifully.

The second thing we liked about it was how Stefan cut to the music. We're living in the age of the one-second cut.

Think that slap was the defining moment of the Oscars? Think again.

It was the Godfather tribute which cut mercilessly from audience to stage every blink of the eye, so quickly you couldn't identify the three people on the stage.

None of that nonsense here. The images dance to the music. Beautifully.

The third thing we admired was, well, Inna and Narcis. This was their wedding, not a destination wedding, not a Disneyland wedding. No make believe. Just a real place with real people doing something special.

They wore sneakers with "Husband" and "Wifey" written humorously on the back strap rather than some expansive designer sandal for the bride and some non-descript patent leather loafer for the groom.

And that pre-ceremony shot in intimate surroundings? Which is usually the rings or the dress hanging by the window or some other glamorous artifact. Just a bed in a dormer room. The two of them together. That old thing about not seeing the bride before the ceremony is just a superstition for this couple.

But it isn't entirely unconventional, either.

Somehow stewardesses figure into this as maids of honor. And co-pilots as groomsmen. And there are empty picture frames hanging in some of the shots as if awaiting moments still to come.

The meaning may be clear only to Inna and Narcis but we love that. This is about them, after all.

It takes a genuine couple to pull off a wedding this like this. The rest of us just play the roles we have been assigned. Which, given the consequences, is a nice tradeoff.

But, oh, once in a while, you run into something that embodies what it's all really about. In still after still, cut to the music.

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