Our latest Wedding Films, Reviews and Wedding Tips

Welcome to our blog! Not only will we be show-casing our latest work but we will also sharing a “videographers perspective” on weddings in the hope that we can provide a few little nuggets of advise for anyone about to embark on planning their big day. As wedding cinematographers we have the unique opportunity to be able to analyze weddings in a deeper way than anyone else. We’re the “fly on the wall” at every moment of the day and we’re the people that spend hours watching through every second of the footage that has been captured. There are so many ingredients that make a wedding great and they’re usually the same ingredients that make a great wedding film; design, location, costume, story and most importantly character. A wedding should be all about you and so should your wedding film. 


  • Wedding Film at Painted Rock Estate Winery, Penticton BC | Taryn + Mike

  • Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional Cinematography by Henry Zhang
    Co-ordination by Dream Big Event Management
    Photography by Blush Photograhy 
    Decor and Design by Vintage Origami
    Officiated by Sondra Richardson
    Flowers by A New Leaf Floral Design
    Make up by Jenny McKinney
    DJ and Sound by Alex Bird Music
    Live Music performed by The Young’uns
    Catering by Brodo Kitchen

    This is one of those weddings where EVERYTHING comes together and I get the opportunity to create something that I feel hugely proud of. We have an amazing venue (Painted Rock Estate), beautiful decor (thank you Vintage Origami), the best shooting partners (Blush Photography), diffused lighting (thank you BC Wildfires) but most importantly a couple who were so down to put their all into helping us make the best film possible. 

    Taryn and Mike met in the famous Drake Hotel in Toronto (a favourite of ours as well!) and were kind enough to share their story with me in a little interview session. I love hearing stories where fate seems to play a part. Mike didn’t want to go out that night and he wasn’t the type of guy that would just walk up to a girl in the middle of the dance floor. But as he said, there was just something about that night. For some reason he felt compelled, and here he is, expressing himself in the most sincere way about the love of his life. I can’t describe how much I appreciate it when couples open themselves up to me. Going through an interview session isn’t exactly easy but when someone is open to revealing their inner thoughts and feelings it can add so much depth to their story. 

    When I spoke to Taryn and Mike over Skype they told me how this was going to be a destination wedding for them (since they were from Toronto). When ever we do destination weddings I always pitch the idea of filming a little extra since we’d be travelling the day before anyway, and there’s usually some kind of extra event with friends and family. I think seeing a couple outside of the wedding itself opens up their “world” a little. Its an opportunity to film something more candid, away from the spectacle of a wedding day. It also allows guest to get a little more used to the idea of cameras being present and for us to gauge the spirit of the event. 

    The wedding day itself couldn’t have gone better for us. We got to spend a ton of time with the couple while they were getting ready, hanging out, writing vows and generally getting excited by the day. Smoke from the wildfires was still lingering and beautifully diffused the sunlight while the wind picked up and dropped throughout the day enabling us and Blush Photography to capture dramatic visuals. Vintage Origami’s decor was splendid, Sondra Richardson led a perfect ceremony and Alex Baird and The Young’uns got the crowd whipped up for a great night of partying. I must send a shout out to Dream Big Event Management who helped us to keep on track with the running of the day and organizing our very easy meal from Brodo Kitchen ; )

    I hope you enjoy this film. We’re now a little half way through post production for out 2017 weddings and I’m so excited to share more soon…..

  • Barcelona Wedding Film | Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor |Admiral De La Font | Hiram + Marylise

  • 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!

  • Toronto Wedding Film at Palais Royale | Amy + Matt |Teaser Film

  • Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional Cinematography by Grant Lynch
    Planning by Karen G Events
    Photography by Alex Nirta
    Make up and Hair Styling  by All Dolled Up Studio
    Officiated by Tade Creudger
    Flowers by Cool Green & Shady
    Cake by I Do! Wedding Cakes
    Live Music performed by The Intentions

    Sometimes when we begin putting together edits we can’t help ourselves but to put together a little teaser edit. And Amy and Matt’s Toronto Wedding Film is shaping up to be one of our favourites this year. We loved shooting at the Palais Royale, perched on Lake Ontario, with its unique decor and history. Not to mention the view across the water which is the perfect backdrop for a romantic ceremony. 

    Amy and Matt are two of those people that you can only hope will come into your lives. People full of energy and warmth. These guys have A LOT of friends. And I mean good friends. Its amazing to see how people gravitate towards them, but most importantly, how they gravitate toward each other. They’re inseparable and only seem to make each other better. They laughed, joked and cried together and truly lived the experience of getting married. 

    2017 has been our first full year filming weddings in Toronto and we couldn’t have asked for a better start. We only have one more left to film and are so excited to publish some AMAZING films that we are super proud of. Stay tuned……

  • Tiffany + Levi | Wedding Highlight Film | Hatley Castle + Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria BC

  • Directed, filmed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Laurent Danis
    Planning by French Kiss Events
    Photography by Ryan Flynn Photography
    Flowers by Verbena Floral Design
    Decor by White Event Studio
    Make up by Carly Flint
    Hair by Conscious Hair
    Cake by Passion For Cakes
    Live Music performed by Side One

    My favourite moments in weddings are those that are surprises. Tiffany and Levi put on a stunning wedding helped by the expertise of Barb and her team from French Kiss Events. The ceremony was at the breathtaking Hatley Castle with a grand reception at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. But the most beautiful moment in the day, nestled between the live band, mojito bar and speeches, was an impromptu first dance down by the pier. 
    As we often do we (along with Ryan Flynn Photography) took the couple out for a 15 minute sunset shoot. These “Golden Hour” shots are always some of our favourite and we love to film soft, glowing images. As we headed to our destination we passed a band, busking to a small crowd. Of course, they all gave a “congrats” as we went by, but as soon as we stopped just a little way down the band called out and offered to play Tiffany and Levi’s first dance. The song was “Georgia” by Vance Joy and the band nailed it perfectly. When we shoot couples we always try to give direction that produces candid moments but all we had to do was give them a little space and hit record to capture a sequence of laughs, kisses and tender moments between a couple in love. Combined with that warm evening light and waterfront location we couldn’t help but feel stoked at the footage we got. There were high fives all around, of course. 
    The rest of the day and evening was incredibly memorable too. Verbena Floral Design and White Event Studio had Hatley Castle and The Empress Hotel decked out with florals and decor, respectively. And Side One Band kept the crowd entertained with their tight set of songs. I also have to give a special shout out to the Mom’s in the this wedding. They both gave speeches which really helped to show the romantic side and fun sides of the day. I guess its a little bit of a “hers and his” format, which is a little different. Great speeches make a HUGE difference to our wedding films, and these guys set us up perfectly. 
    Anyway, thats enough typing. There’s plenty of eye candy in this one, so Enjoy!
  • Audrey + Jonathan | Wedding Highlight Film | Holcim Waterfront Estate, Ontario

  • Directed, film and edited by Mark Relf
    Photography by Andrew Mark Photography
    Planning and Co-Ordination by Designed Dream Wedding & Event Planning
    Flowers by Leaf & Bloom
    Hair by Uno Jo
    Makeup by Judy Lim

    There are some truly beautiful wedding venues in close proximity to Toronto. Holcim Waterfront Estate (Formaly Harding Waterfront Estate) has to be right up there with our favourites. Its a beautifully restored house set right next to Lake Ontario. There’s the lawn for the wedding ceremony, characterful rooms for bridal preparation and a spacious tent for the reception. But the best part is just how many great spots there within the grounds for a creative shoot. What about that cute little beach at the end of the estate? I think one of my favourite shots is Audrey out on the little spit waiting for Jonathan to meet her. 

    Speaking of favourite things, here are a few others (top 4, in no particular order):

    1. The moment Jonathan gets a little choked up reading Audrey’s letter to him
    2. The Audrey-waiting-at-beach shot mentioned above
    3. The well-organized sparkler session (these are WAY harder to set up than you might realize. Just think of dozens of slightly inebriated guests given a specific set up instructions while they’re not really paying attention). 
    4. The kick-ass dance party which got busy right away (just as it should). 


  • Patrick + Julia | Wedding Highlights Film | One King West, Toronto

  • Directed, film and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional Cinematography by Marco Libretti
    Wedding Planning and Decor by Love by Lynzie Events
    Photography by Green Autumn Photography
    Cake by Nadia and Co
    DJ’d by Impact DJ
    Florals by Flower 597
    Officiated by Martin Firth

    We recently began offering  Wedding Cinematography in Toronto and Julia and Patrick were our first clients in this amazing city. I couldn’t be happier with how this Wedding Film turned out and feel so lucky that we had the opportunity to capture two beautiful and fun-loving people. I love how they incorporated so much of their personalities into the day (see “Star Wars”) and really didn’t take a break from joking, laughing or enjoying themselves to the max. I think I can honestly say that I don’t have any footage of Julia where she’s not smiling!
    I should take this opportunity to write a little “Thank you” to Carlee and Lynzie from Love by Lynzie Events and Design. Not only for referring us to the couple but also for making the day a breeze. Thank you ladies! I’d also like to thank Sonia and Jimmy from Green Autumn Photography for being such great collaborators. This was our first time working with wedding vendors in Toronto and it was a fantastic experience. Can’t wait to do it again.
  • Jessica + Cody | Wedding Highlight Film | Cecil Green + Vancouver Convention Centre

  • Directed, film and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional Cinematography by Daniel Brand
    Wedding Planing & Co-ordination by Dream Group Productions
    Photography by Jamie Mann
    Makeup by Melanie Neufeld
    Hair by Chris Weber
    Florals by Flowerz

    It was Jessica that suggested that she record a message for Cody as a surprise in their Wedding Film. I have to say I was a little hesitant at first because things like this often don’t work out. I’ve seen THOUSANDS of wedding videos and films over the years and addressing the camera has always felt a little cringe worthy to me. A little cheesy, too deliberate and just not a genuine in-the-moment moment. As you can see, there’s a lesson to be learnt here because, in this case it really does work. I remember thinking “GOLD!” as soon as Jessica finished speaking. It was short, sweat and absolutely perfect. About as genuine as you can get and full of emotion. We always have different ideas floating around, ready to see what works, and sometimes you realize that it doesn’t matter what the idea is, as long as its genuine and comes from the heart. If someone is enthusiastic about an idea, then we should always try it out. 
    Cody was a little more nervous in front of camera and so Jessica and I decided that we’d do a short, pre-ceremony interview. Just a casual recorded chat about the day and how they had got to this point in their lives. Cody was so open, filling us in on their history, their family, their son Hudson and how he felt about their relationship.  As a father to a child, just a few months older than Hudson, I could really relate to so much of what Cody talked about.  “It feels like coming home” really does some it all up. To us, Wedding Cinematography is all about connecting with characters and doing our best to understand who they are. I think this is a great example of a couple allowing us to reflect their personalities and lives by giving themselves fully to the experience.
    Something else I love about this film is the journey that Jessica and Cody took us on through Vancouver. Beginning at the Fairmont Pacific Hotel and ending at the Vancouver Convention Centre via Cecil Green Park House at the University of British Columbia. It might have rained a little, but we were compensated with bright personalties and a spectacular reception decorated and planned by the amazing Dream Group Productions. We also had the opportunity to shoot along side the very talented and super chill Jamie Mann which was a great experience. Jessica and Cody were the last couple we worked with in Vancouver for 2016 and it felt so great ending the season on a high. Just a few months to go before we kick things off again! 
  • Anna + Ian | Wedding Highlight Film | Metchosin, Vancouver Island, BC

  • Directed, filmed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Grace Gadston
    Photography by Keegan Pearson
    Makeup and Hair by All Dolled Up Studio

    We love festivals and we love weddings. We also love Pimms (especially Danielle), dancing in fields, rope swings, vintage cars and good natured people who are clearly in love. Ian + Anna = top 5 weddings for sure. Set in the village of Mechosin near Victoria on Vancouver Island, Ian and Anna were married on the very same farm that the first EVER wedding in British Columbia occurred. How cool is that? What was even cooler was the inclusive nature of the day, with friends and family camping on-site and all pitching in to get everything in place. I really believe that having your guests invested in the wedding adds so much to the day. As with destination and multi-day events everyone gets to know each other a little more, they feel that they’re part of something bigger and ultimately, they just have more fun. 
    I don’t think anyone could watch this film and not wish they were a part of Ian and Anna’s big day.
    We had to open the film with their vows which set the tone perfectly. They let us know who these people are and where their journey began. They reflected the sweet nature of their personalities and the deepness of their love. Ian’s words “…every chance meeting, I’d be overcome with a strangely wonderful combination of butterflies and calm…” perfectly sum up that giddy feeling of falling in love with your soul mate. 
    There’s so much about this wedding film I would love to write about, but there’s really no substitute for hitting play and learning for yourself. I would like to share a few words from Ian and Anna who wrote to us after we sent them their film…

    OH MY GOD YOU ARE A VIDEOGRAPHY WIZARD!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!! WE LOVE IT!!  holy cr*p you’re so good at videography and story telling and putting it all together!!! INCREDIBLE WORK!!! 

    besides all our caps locks we are speechless – you’re amazing!! 
    Thank you!!!!
  • Alli + Eric | Wedding Highlight Film | Hatley Castle + Empress Hotel, Victoria BC

  • Directed by Mark Relf
    Additional Cinematography by Grace Gadston
    Photography (including cover image) by Blush Wedding Photography
    Co-ordinated and decorated by Trend Decor and Events
    Officiated by Barbara Densmore
    Flowers by Platinum Floral Design

    Ever wondered how a “Downton Abby” themed wedding would look? Well this is it. Victoria is famed for being more “English than England” (being English I’m just going to say that the claim is a little bit of a stretch) but when you throw in a Hatley Castle you really are pretty much there. We love Hatley Castle. Its such a stunning venue and full of character. Its also home to The X-Men, and thats pretty cool too.
    I don’t think we’ve ever seen a bride take so much care in designing wedding decor. The attention to detail is simply stunning and Alli’s hard work paid off to create a warm and charming environment. There are several shots in the film which feature the details, but really, you had to be there to appreciate the effort. 
    As with any wedding, the details, the dress and the venue all contrite to the overall “personality” of the wedding. But in the end, the most important part is the celebration of two people in love. From the letters that Alli and Eric wrote, to their vows, speeches and incredibly touching moments (yes, Eric really did spontaneously serenade Alli) this wedding was bursting with love. This wedding was a film-makers dream. Amazing production design, unique characters and plenty of emotional moments. Thank you Alli & Eric, for making our job so easy and joyful. 
    Here are a few words from Alli:
    I am speechless and full of tears!! That was absolutely amazing!!!! 
    Wow Wow Wow!!! 
    I just wanted to touch base and say a MASSIVE thank you for that highlight video. The day I posted it to my personal Facebook, it got over 1500 views and literally every person I knew was reaching out saying they had never seen a wedding/wedding video like that in their lives, and that their brothers/boyfriends/fathers were even bawling watching it. And it was only because of the way you captured everything so perfectly. Every time I re-watch it I start crying again. It is absolutely priceless to have this as a memory and it was definitely the best wedding decision we made of having you there! 
  • Jennifer + Alex | Wedding Highlight Film | Salt Spring Island, BC

  • Directed, filmed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Alvin Keung
    Planning by French Kiss Events
    Photography by Erich McVey
    Flowers by Verbena Floral Design
    Decor by White Event Studio
    Make up by Jenny Clark
    Hair by Conscious Hair
    Cake by Passion For Cakes
    Music by Side One

    Look at this venue! I think this is about a nice a setting that you could imagine and could definitely hit a top 5 list for best back yard weddings of all time. Perched on the shores of the beautiful Salt Spring Island Jennifer and Alex exchanged their vows in front of friends and family before dancing into the night backed by the amazing Side One band
    We were put in touch with Jennifer and Alex by Barb from French Kiss Events. She had seen a few of our Wedding Films and thought we would make a great match for this wedding. One of the best aspects of a back yard wedding is that everything happens in one place. We get to be around all the vendors as they set up whilst filming a bride and groom get ready at the same time. I can’t write this post without giving kudos to Barb and her team for pulling such an elaborate occasion together, especially since all the vendors came over from the mainland. Along with Verbena Floral Design and White Event Studio they were able to style and decorate the event with class and style.  I would also be remiss of me to not mention Amy and Eric McVey who photographed the wedding. These guys were such a pleasure to work with and we can’t wait to see what magic they’ve created. 
    Of course, working with amazing vendors at a beautiful location is a real privilege but the reality is that a wedding always comes down to the couple. Luckily we were fortunate enough to film two very easy going individuals who together form a power couple of adventure and success. As mentioned early in the film, Jennifer and Alex are loved by so many people and that is why they flew from all over the world to attend their big day. We feel lucky to have had a glimpse into their lives to see why. 
  • Robby & Joti | "They Are Love" (Pre-Wedding Film) | Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton AB

  • We were so excited when Robby and Joti got in touch with us last year to see if we’d be willing to spend a week with them in Edmonton to film their week long wedding celebrations. Its not often that you get to spend so much time with a couple and this was a fantastic opportunity to produce some really unique content for them. As well creating their wedding films we decided it would be great to come up with something that they could play at their wedding reception. On one of our Skype calls Robby and Joti suggested a movie-trailer/perfume commercial type video which would compliment the classical oscar party style reception they were throwing. 

    So away I went to have a think about how to make something that felt high-end that I could shoot and edit within a few days (quite a challenge!). The plan was to shoot in a variety of locations to make our “world” feel as big as possible, include multiple people, sets-ups and emotional moments along with some beauty shots. Our main location was the stunning Fairmont Hotel MacDonald which really added a sense of grandeur to the video along with some more intimate moments in the River Valley. I also had the opportunity to shoot some great footage from a few of the events that took place earlier in the week which were full of moments of complete happiness and joy. From the beginning I knew that we would need a great narrative to tie everything together. The original plan was to interview a few key friends and family members but in the run up to the filming I felt that we might need something a little more scripted, just to get that movie trailer (rather than documentary) feel. And so I came up with the idea of “what is love?” and how do Robby and Joti epetimise that? The script pretty much wrote itself during the first few days I was there, after getting to know everyone a little more and seeing how the footage was coming together it became very clear what Robby and Joti were all about and I had one of those amazing 10 minutes when words flew out of my brain and onto the keyboard! 

    When we discussed the idea of this short film I have to admit that I felt a little nervous! I wasn’t sure if we were setting the bar a little high and if we could pull it off in such a short space of time. But in the end we were lucky to have such a great couple to work with who really threw themselves, along with their friends and family into the project. We’re so happy with how this little video turned out! And we can’t wait to create some more unique projects with couples in the future!