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Nashua sets the stage for romance in couple’s proposal video

One couple added some extra color at a Nashua’s Art with a Splash paint bar on June 20.

Dan Messick, of Manchester, chose to propose to Elyse Therrien, of Litchfield, at the Main Street shop and recruited local film-making company Lightcanvas to capture the moment. ...

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One couple added some extra color at a Nashua’s Art with a Splash paint bar on June 20.

Dan Messick, of Manchester, chose to propose to Elyse Therrien, of Litchfield, at the Main Street shop and recruited local film-making company Lightcanvas to capture the moment.

Their proposal video has spread on social media – coming to The Telegraph’s attention via Twitter from Paul Shea, board member at CityArts in Nashua. Shea tweeted the couple’s video using #DaretoBegin, the city’s official new motto, and #Nashua
Romance.

The city guest-stars as the
backdrop to the couple’s proposal in the video.

Messick said he chose the paint bar as a setting for the proposal because Therrien is an artist.

“There are a few places like that around … but they had the space for what we wanted to do, and they were willing to work with us,” he said.

Lightcanvas Films is based in Manchester and is young, having first registered with the Secretary of State’s office this year.

“As a company, our vision is to create films that are cinematic and touch the heart,” said Ross Tsantoulis, who filmed the couple’s video along with Lightcanvas peer Kevin Weaver.

The company specializes in wedding films, as well as proposals and engagements.

“We saw what others were producing in the area, Tsantoulis said. “We try to stand out from the pack of competition.”

He said when filming, they typically do some reconnaissance at the city or venue to see what shots might be best.

He said the Nashua-based proposal film had some lighting trouble, and they wanted to make it as simple as possible, which included avoiding the use of artificial lightning.

They captured the moving shots with a
camera stabilizer, or glider.

“Fortunately, it was a beautiful night,” Tsantoulis said. “We just focused the story on them. In a world of media we’re overexposed. At a wedding, everyone has their phone out, it’s almost too much. We try to produce something above that noise.

Since their engagement, Messick and Therrien have jumped back into a busy summer, spending the last week with Christian nonprofit WorkcampNE in Brattleboro, Vt., and the next two weeks with the organization in Litchfield.

The couple is part of the Manchester Christian Church where Therrien works as a worship leader.

She said they got a good response from their peers on the worship team after the video came out.

“It was a great video from Lightcanvas,” Therrien said.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402 or tforbes@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Forbes on Twitter (@Telegraph_TinaF).