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Blood, Sweat, and Beers: Making of Two Mann U

A Story of Relentless Obsession

If you know us, you’ll know we can be relentlessly determined (especially me), brutally honest (especially Erika), and hopelessly ambitious (both of us).

When it comes to anything that we care about, we just can’t seem to half-ass it. It’s full-ass, or no-ass.

Case in point, the past 42 months has been full of sweat, cursing (think; Winnebago Man), fighting (which we excel at), making up (which we also excel at), and pushing through to birth a giant amazing baby into the world.

That baby; is Two Mann U.

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A Story of Tartans

These photos tell the story of Nikki, James, Heather, Finlay, and Otis. It’s the story of an intimate, relaxed, family wedding in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s also the story of someone who is not physically present in the photos, but present nonetheless.

Elaine had the kind of quiet wisdom you didn’t necessarily notice in the moment, but its absence is loud. Like her family’s tartan, from her Scottish heritage, her wisdom was strong. It was bold while being subtle and understated. It was a distinct pattern of white, green, and dark blue, with the most beautiful vibrant yellow lines running through it. Its tight weave thick, protective, and rugged. A little itchy next to the skin, letting you know it’s there. Durable. Dependable. An heirloom passed down for generations.

Elaine’s tartan, with its yellow streak of wisdom, weaved into its pattern, blanketed James, Heather, and Finlay, in warmth and protection.

As she got closer to death (from esophageal cancer), the tartan’s protection became tighter, more enduring. As the yellow got brighter, the wisdom got stronger. So strong you could feel it in the air that surrounded her, without even exchanging words. When Elaine passed into another world on Feb. 3, 2015, the tartan’s yellow streak shone brighter than ever. The tight weave of the fabric, steeped in warmth, knowledge, and durability, wrapped around her family as tight as it could.

Slowly, and unknowingly at first, the tartan began to loosen its tight weave. It still protected the family, but the weave loosened just enough for another, completely unique fibre to weave its way into the already bold pattern. The new fibre was different than the yellow streak.

It was silky. It was smooth and it was a bright blue. It felt nice against the skin. It was also durable. And it was also wise, but in a completely different way. It was warming, comforting, protective, accepting, non-judgemental. It was pure. Pure love.

This is also Nikki’s story.

Nikki’s love became woven into the tartan, making it stronger, with a brand new bright streak next to the yellow. It became a pattern so beautiful for its inclusiveness, commitment, and its vibrant contrast.

This is the story of Nikki, James, Heather, Finlay, and Otis. And of Elaine. A beautiful, technicolour family of many weaves and dreams.

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Getting Weddy

The anticipatory moments leading up to a wedding can be hectic, emotional, hilarious, and downright ridiculous. Documenting it all, can be a challenging adventure, to say the least.

Here are 100 getting-ready photos from the trenches…

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Best of 2019

Our 2019 adventures in wedding photography gifted us extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people.

These 2019 numbers made possible by a whole lot of trust from a whole lot of people:

123,000 km traversed across 4 continents and 5 oceans.
10,300 hand-crafted photos delivered.
12 sold out workshops in 8 countries on 4 continents (alumni from 42 countries).
11 more Oscars from Fearless Photographers.
9 countries travelled by plane, train, automobile, bicycle, kayak, canoe, ski, and paraglider.
8 keynote performances in 6 countries on 4 continents.
7 diverse weddings celebrated in 5 countries.
2 kids world-schooled through 5 countries across 4 continents.
1 epic Alumni Reunion.

Below are just some of our (and your) favourite wedding photos from this past year.

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Jena & Sameer’s Wedding in Dallas, Texas

Charmi Peña is one of our photography heroes. Heck, she’s one of our human heroes. Hence, when she advised her family to trust Two Mann Studios with the memories of Jena and Sameer’s multicultural wedding, we were honoured; then anxious; then terrified; then, ultimately, rewarded with the gratifying pleasure of documenting a beautiful union of two wonderful families. Even though Charmi was tasked with recommending the photographers who’d shoulder this responsibility, Jena and Sameer and every one of their family members welcomed us right in like trusted friends. We were humbled, start to finish, by their unfettered love for one another, and oblivious trust in us to commemorate it.

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Silhouette of newly-wed couple under the leaves of weeping trees.
Bride prepares for her wedding with the reflection of a high-rise building.
Wedding gown on a chair.
Bride does her eyebrow makeup.
Little girl walks toward bride as she has her hair done.
Little girl sits on bride's lap as she gets ready.
Woman hangs up "Just Married" decoration.
Bride's reflection as she has her hair done.
Man inspects his glasses.
Man cleans his glasses.
Woman puts on bright lipstick.
Man carefully shaves his head.
Dimly-lit by two lamps, a man shaves his head.
Groom prepares and gets dressed before the wedding.
Ladies get ready for the wedding.
Young boy watches as women adjust the bride's wedding veil.
Bridesmaids steam wrinkles out of wedding veil.
Groom hugs his mother before the wedding ceremony.
Beaming bride walks with her father at the wedding ceremony.
Wedding ceremony with the reflection of sky and trees.
Bride and groom smile during exchange of rings.
Wedding guests cheer as newly-wed couple share their first kiss.
Groom's back as he kisses the bride.
Bride and groom laugh as they walk together holding hands.
Silhouette of couple at the top of a staircase.
Two women dance at the wedding reception.
Bride hugs man as the band plays in the background.
Bride dances with woman at the wedding reception.
Bride and bridesmaid hug a woman.
Party guests watch as groom dances with his mother.
Men having a good time at the wedding reception.
Busting out the moves at the wedding reception.
Women dance and pose on the dance floor.
Weddings guests dance.
Wedding guest dances with his arms around two other guests.
Bride having a good time at her wedding reception.
Confetti flies as the newly-wed couple walk down the aisle.

Lyndsay & Preston & Jason’s Wedding in British Columbia

Freewill is an illusion. Or it’s not. Either way, strange and mysterious forces are at work beyond our wildest comprehension.

Case in point, the miraculous entanglement of external and internal forces that willed Lyndsay and Jason’s lives together (and Erika and mine somehow into that mix). Imagine the labyrinthine brew of coincidences that conspired to compel Lyndsay and Jason to mutually, fatefully swipe right. Or the chronic dating mishaps and near-misses that must have transpired to leave Jason, despite relentless efforts, conspicuously single after 35 years of bachelorhood (to say nothing of Lyndsay’s perplexing eligibility).

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Silhouetted couple hold hands as rays of dawn shine through.
Phone photographs bride and her makeup.
Man and his reflection as he applies shaving cream.
Bride and women embrace.
Bride and bridesmaids in matching bathrobes laugh together.
Bride and women make funny faces.
Boy puts on his socks while a man looks through his closet.
Man helps child dress.
Man puts on socks with his face on them.
Bride wipes away tears while reading a congratulatory card.
Boy buttons up his dress shirt.
Bride and women laugh while looking at a phone.
Boy and man button their shirts together.
Groom and shadowy reflections of him as he does his hair.
Bride covers her breasts as the wedding dress is brought to her.
Bride wipes away her underarm sweat.
Man helps boy do his hair.
Boy sees his mother in her wedding dress for the first time.
Boy holds his mother's hands as they share a moment before the wedding.
Boy and mother rub noses before the mother's wedding.
Boy dances with his mother as bridesmaids laugh.
Boy follows bride down stairs.
Boy relaxes on the stairs while bride helps man put on a corsage.
Photographers capture the moment the groom sees the bride for the first time.
Groom lets out a big smile when he sees the bride.
Bride and groom kiss.
Bride wraps her arms around her betrothed.
Groomsmen stand on a balcony above friends and family below.
Wedding couple and guests compete in wheelbarrow race.
Bridesmaid comforts flower girl.
Groom offers a fist bump to flower girl in the front row.
Bride accompanied by her father with bridesmaids in the foreground.
Bride jokes with her son before the wedding ceremony.
Bride and her son laugh together.
Bride reads her vows.
Sky and trees are reflected on a couple's wedding ceremony.
Bride, groom, and wedding officiator laugh together.
Mixed reactions at the wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom share their first kiss.
Friends and family look as the bride and groom share their first kiss.
Bride and groom hold one another.
Friends embrace the bride.
Women hugs the bride.
Boy is tired and bored at the wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom walk into the clouds together.
Newly-wed couple smile together.
Groom holds the bride in a grove of evergreen trees.
Bride and groom look into each others' eyes.
Newly-wed couple stand on a hilltop.
Man delivers speech to bride, groom, and a boy.
Newly-wed couple share their first dance as bridesmaids and groomsmen watch.
Women wipes away tears and man looks intently during wedding reception.
Bride shares a dance with her father.
Boy reaches out his hands during the groom's wedding toss.
Bridesmaid dances with a boy.
Young girl is surrounded by weddings guests having drinks.
Bride's dress is illuminated by the vibrant lights of the dance floor.
Wedding guests play limbo.
Bridesmaid dances at the wedding reception.
Wedding guests bust out their moves.
Boy sits on a bridesmaid during the wedding reception.
Boy sits on the groom's shoulders during a dance.
Bridesmaid does the limbo.
Women struggles to make it under a makeshift limbo bar.
Piggyback rides at the wedding reception.
Man dances surrounded by his friends and family.
Girl waves her jacket as she dances.
Bride rides on her friend's back at the wedding reception.
Bride dances as she rides on her friend's back at the wedding reception.
Girl waves her arms and jacket as she dances at the wedding reception.
Bride, groom, and groomsmen hold a dildo on the wedding dance floor.
Everyone is dancing at the wedding reception.
Party guests ride on each others' backs.
Two party guests dance together.
Groom is lifted above the party crowd on a chair.
Closed eyes, just vibes.
Piggy back rides at the wedding reception.
Bride's dress flows as she dances at her wedding reception.
Men have fun on the dance floor.
Women piggy back on the men at the wedding reception.
Wedding guest doing handstand as onlookers watch.
Time to sleep after the wedding reception.
Bride and groom embrace under the stars.