We love a good “gear change” in the middle of a wedding film and what better way to segue from epic scenery and emotional moments to mischief and fun with Carrie’s card to her future husband: “Love is….killing each other softly with farts”.
This is a film of two halves that reflect the personalities of this sensitive yet fun loving couple. As Julien says in his vows, he couldn’t imagine falling in love with someone so different from himself. And while their personalities are indeed different, it was clear on the day that they had so much in common and that they complimented each other so well.
As BC wedding film makers we’re privileged to be able to film in some truly breathtaking locations and Fraser River Logdge in Agassiz is right up there at the top of the list. Its just so vast and beautiful. Even from the air its impossible to show off the true beauty of the scenery but we do our best and look forward to returning in the future.
A big thank you to the Nickersons who’s unique approach to photography really helped to create some great moments in our film. And of course we have to mention just how good sports Carrie and Julien were to brave the heat for the portrait shoots. It was hotter than the sun.
Directed and edited by Mark Relf
Additional cinematography by Alvin Keung
Photography by Blush Wedding Photography
Planning and decor by Chandelier Wedding & Event Design
Make up and hair by Tori Blush
Hart House at Deer Lake Park was the first venue we shot at in Vancouver and its always a pleasure to return. We recently filmed Elisa and Andy’s wedding there and lucky for us Kristy from Blush Wedding Photography suggested an alternative location of their ceremony, a beautiful shaded spot down by the creek. For Andy this wasn’t just a wedding but also a reunion with old friends (he grew up in Vancouver and now lives with Elisa in Hong Kong) and so this day had extra significance for him. Elisa had remarked to me that they had wanted to incorporate “the essence of Vancouver” in their video somehow and so we headed to Granville Island for some ice cream and a few snaps. As the sun went down we returned to Deer Lake and had Elisa and Andy take a boat out onto the lake. This was, of course, the perfect opportunity to include some aerial videography and get a little more creative. All we’re missing is a tiger, an orangutang and a zebra ; )
Many of our couples write to each other on the morning of their wedding day and we really believe it is such a special moment that adds to the anticipation and excitement of a wedding day. It is especially important if you’re doing traditional vows as it adds a personal touch that you otherwise might not have, not to mention a healthy dose of emotion that looks great on video! Crystal and Will’s letters were so heartfelt and formed a perfect narrative to the opening of their film. “I have loved you for 2465 days…” is such a great statement that begins the story of their new chapter in life. If you’re thinking of writing letters to each other, take note of of the words in this film. They tell a story and reveal their hopes for the future.
Oh and one more tip for prospective grooms out there – take a pair of sneakers to your reception. It will help with your dance moves for sure!
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a groom adore his new wife as much as Jess. Natalie’s words and Jess’ expressions of pure joy fill their film with emotion and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
We were excited to receive Natalie and Jess’ enquiry back in the winter – Whistler is such an epic location and we love filming there. We wanted to make sure that we showed off the landscape, not just for the sake of the film, but because Whistler is a place that this couple love (they both live in Hong Kong and this was a destination wedding for them). So we took our new “flying camera’ back up into the mountains a few days after the main event and had some great fun getting a birds eye view of the place.
With all our films we really try to extract and amplify the personality of the couple and amongst all the footage of spectacular scenery it really is the intimate moments that shine through; Natalie’s beautiful letter, Jess’ reassurance to her as she reads her vows, his beaming smiles throughout the day, their un-ending affection for each other… To film a couple so happily in love, surrounded by friends and family who had travelled from afar to be with them, was an absolute pleasure. To Natalie and Jess, thank you so much for having us be a part of your day. We’re so happy for you both.
We recently had a crazy weekend of BC wedding filming. Whistler on the Saturday and Kelowna on the Sunday. Normally this isn’t the sort of thing we’d do since its pretty exhausting, but when an incredibly friendly couple such as Blaine and Wyn ask you to film their wedding at a vineyard in the Okanagan it really is hard to resist.
It was a privilege to be a part of their intimate wedding. As a vendor you really feel more “embedded” in the day when the guest count is lower, being more familiar with friends and family and having a chance to get to know everyone just that little bit better. By the end of the day you’re just as much a guest as a vendor! A significant number of their friends and family were also British so it was great to reminisce about the homeland!
In the end it was absolutely worth making the early morning journey to Kelowna, to film a couple who are obviously deeply in love in a stunning location., to get to know a great group of people and to party the night away (even if that meant failing miserably at beer pong). A big thank you Blaine and Wyn.
Its Mothers day! And as a cinematographer what you do you? You collect some of the best footage of your beautiful baby over the last 6 months (Isla was born in November) and make a mini film for your wife. Putting together these little personal films is so much fun, I was grinning from ear to ear as I edited away. It makes you realize how fast they grow up and how important it is to capture those moments as they fly past you without noticing.
We recently had a fantastic time with Nikko and Darell, filming their wedding and other fun activities from the week. It was clear right from the get-go that this wedding would have tons of energy and it was important for us to reflect this in their wedding film. We wanted to capture lots of genuine happy moments and intercut with some more epic romantic and scenic shots to give the film a more dynamic feel. When it came to editing we decided to mix up the speed of the shots, ramping up and down from slow to fast and complimenting that with sound effects. Finally we added a nice punchy colour grade and a pumping sound track!
When we film destination weddings we often spend several days or even a week with the couple, family and friends. This gives us the opportunity to film some extra tidbits such as a pre wedding event, a day out or other important moments. Nikko and Darell asked if we could put together a pre-wedding film to get their guests excited for their entrance to their reception and we gladly obliged! Again, the emphasis was on fun so rather than trying to produce something that was focused on romance we decided to squeeze in as many activities as possible, dive in the sea and just go out and play! We found a great short poem about love and adventure and had Nikko and Darell read it so that we had a nice little narrative base to the film. Anyway, its always better to watch rather than read so take a look….
We’ve had a great couple of weeks here at Kismet HQ. A new edit suite, a string of bookings (2 slots left for 2015 folks, book fast!) and two features in Style Me Pretty! First up was our New Year Vancouver wedding with Sasha and Chris. Sasha actually submitted the film we made herself and Style Me Pretty decided to feature it along with photographs from Blush Wedding Photography. You can take a look at the feature here.
And finally here’s a pic of the edit suite! We especially love the mountain and ocean views (you’ll have to believe us). Right! Back to Wedding films….
We love filming weddings in Vancouver, but at this time of year we gotta get out! Nikko and Darell invited us to join them in Mexico for the week and we had a blast! We shot a bunch of footage with them for a pre-wedding film for them to play at their wedding and then a whooooole lot more for their wedding day. You can just imagine how an East Indian wedding on a beach in Mexico would be full of colour and celebration……well check out this teaser for their upcoming films and you’ll get an idea.
Oh, and we’ve also snuck in a cheeky pick of our very own baby Isla who we brought along for the ride : )
We love it when a wedding comes together with all the right elements; a great couple, awesome location, beautiful weather, touching speeches and an energetic crowd! And its even better when a wedding has a little something that sets it apart from others. We started 2015 with a bang, or more specifically Sasha and Chris. They invited us to film their new year wedding at Coal Harbour, Vancouver and what a day it was. Not only did the sun shine brightly but we got to work with possibly the easiest going couple in the world. Plus we were joined by Kristy and Ken from Blush photography who are good friends of ours (you’ll see several of their pics across our website) and Briar from Epic Events who we have worked with several times before. It was also great to bump into Darian Kovacs who we worked with on a wedding in Whistler a year ago. We were really impressed with how he conducted his ceremony and he gave us some great audio snippets to work into this film.
There really is something special about new year. A time for reflection, excitement and the climax to a period of time spent with loved ones. And the realization that we’re all on a giant spaceship that just flew AROUND the sun! We wanted this film to feel epic and intimate at the same time. Beautiful and emotional, yet fun and full of energy. Because thats exactly what the day was. We hope you enjoy!
……we film other stuff! We are a team of creative individuals who thrive on new challenges and interesting ideas so it should come as no surprise that we love to spread our wings a little and dabble in some other projects. For example did you know that Alvin is currently compositing shots for Hollywood features? (this last year he worked on Thor 2, Transformers 4, Into the Storm and the Maze (amongst a few). Cool huh?
Our Creative Director Mark writes , directs, shoots and edits for a whole range of clients (including the BBC, Warner Brothers, Disney, EA and Eidos Montreal). Whilst shooting weddings over the weekend many of Marks weekdays this year were taken up in Seattle and SanDiego directing and co-producing a documentary web series for Warner Brothers about the making of “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor”. Not only was this great fun but an awesome opportunity to work with an inspiring team of passionate individuals as they crafted one of the most successful video game releases of 2014.
So how does this all relate to our wedding videography in Vancouver? Well, it all comes down to creativity really. By working on a range of projects over the year we’re able to stimulate our minds in many ways. Each film or video we make in some way feeds back and informs our brains of new ways to work in the future and means that our work will never become stale. We approach each wedding feeling refreshed, inspired and with renewed energy which is such a great feeling. Variety is the spice of life after all!