Directed, film and edited by Mark Relf
Photography (including our video cover) by Jo Kemp Photography
Planning and Co-Ordination by Philipa Events
Makeup and Hair by All Dolled Up Studio
It’s a pretty good day when you receive an enquiry requesting Wedding Cinematography near Barcelona in Spain. Hiram and Marylise had come across Matt and Jo’s Wedding Film when searching for venues and loved our work. We got talking at the end of last summer it transpired that we were both moving from our respective locations to Toronto in the coming months! We were actually able to meet in person and chat about their videography needs, rather than doing it all over Skype. It also meant that Marylise could talk to Danielle (who also owns alldolledupstudio.ca) about her hair and makeup and have her trial before the wedding too.
Personally, I love filming weddings in Europe (who doesn’t?!). For one thing, its a great opportunity to stop by London on the way and visit friends and family. But its also a chance to film at some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Just look at this venue!
Admiral De La Font is a venue of history and beautiful architecture, surrounded by palm trees and vineyards. But an amazing venue is nothing without wonderful people to fill it with. Hiram and Marylise are the sweetest couple you could meet. They’re energetic, adventurous, find and bursting with unique ideas. They had surprises for each other throughout the day and truly lived the experience of being surrounded by loved ones. They have lived in multiple cities across the world and made many close friends along the way. As someone who lives across an ocean from my family and old friends, the scenes of guests arriving one by one the day before the wedding really speak to me. Being reunited with people you love and haven’t seen for such a long time is a really special experience, and having them all travel for your wedding is a feeling I can’t describe. Danielle and I were married in Italy and when ever I film a destination wedding it brings back a lot of memories!
The actual ceremony took place at the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, perched on top of the hills surrounding Barcelona. How could we not do our best to shoot this amazing place (see aerial shots and hyper-lapse!). The on-looking tourists added to the grandeur of the moment, gazing at the beautiful bride as she walked towards the huge doors of the church. Its one of those slow moments for sure. Then back to the Admiral’ for a reception like no other. A quick summery of what that included:
- Everyone releasing butterflies (yes, really)
- The best wedding meal I’ve ever experienced
- The best series of speeches I’ve ever heard (I can’t tell you how hard it was to pick “the best bits” for this film)
- A slow mo booth (think photo booth on steroids)
- A surprise spice girls dance
- A surprise serenading of the bride
- A choreographed first dance
- A Spanish inspired dance-off.
Having got to know Hiram and Marylise, it makes absolute sense that their wedding was an off-the-charts celebration. It was adventurous, humorous, loving and sincere. I feel so lucky to have been a part of it and am very proud of the film we created. Enjoy!