With a background in stage lighting, behind-the-scenes Fashion Week films and tongue-in-cheek style advertorials, Adrian Toto has been creating films for The Day over the past 10 years that are equal parts stylish, playful and emotionally resonant. Intermixing video with super 8, time-lapse and aerial footage, Adrian’s features are a moving tribute to some of the world’s most memorable weddings.
Adrian is somewhat of a shape-shifter. He shows up with all his gear and before you know it you forget all about him. Yet he is always there with you, when you’re jumping on the bed or popping the champagne, fighting mom’s tears or letting them roll as dad walks in. He’s there when you’re at a loss for words seeing your bride for the first time, he’s there when you dance with your groom on Fifth Avenue and for a heartbeat the whole of Manhattan becomes a blur around you. He’s there when your hand trembles so much you can’t even read your vows, when you hold your husband’s hand for the first or for the millionth time. When you kiss your wife before you “may” because you just can’t help it. When you’re afraid you forgot your first dance steps, when you’re holding on to the chair for dear life, when you’re crowd surfing and when you just. can’t. stop. kissing. When you broke your heel and your cousin ripped his pants and neither gave a damn. When you finally take a breath and for a brief second ask yourself “Is this real? Am I dreaming?” Then poof! he disappears into his editing cave.
When he comes back out, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll dance in your underwear and spill wine on your brand new carpet. And you’ll want to do this all over again, no worry that it’s 3 AM and you’re making the dog bark. Because you finally have your answer: yes, it was a dream. And you get to dream it again and again and again.
“It is often said that before you die, your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”