Category archives: Blog

  • 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!

  • Tamara & Andrew | Wedding Highlight Film | Brock House, Vancouver BC

  • I can’t get over Tamara’s smile. It doesn’t stop! Tamara and Andrew’s wedding was one of warmth, family and crazy fun. The day started a little grey but as you can see the sun popped out and gave us the most beautiful lighting conditions and some of my favourite all time wedding-film shots. Check out that sunset and those clouds! This wedding had such great energy with so much personality. Tamara and Andrew put a lot of effort into representing themselves and their cultural backgrounds through the details and activities present at the reception. The bag-piper-entrance was definitely a unique touch and was a great surprise whilst Tamara’s Pilipino influences brought music, dancing and good times! 

    Directed, filmed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Daniel Brand
    Photography by Britney Gill
    Flowers by Granville Island Florist
    Make up by Laura Murray
    Hair by Chris funk

  • Indy & Sanj | Wedding Film |Akali Singh Temple, Vancouver

  • Its always the audio that drives the narrative of our wedding films and in most cases its a combination of letters, vows and speeches. But Indy and Sanj didn’t have any of those! So what do we do? We talk, listen and pay attention. We spent a little time with them during their reception casually chatting about their relationship and recording what was said.  We’re so grateful that these guys were willing to take a little time out to do that, when you watch you’ll see it was totally worth it! 

    We really love this film. Indy and Sanj were such a joy to be around because not only were they very personable and easy going but when they talked about their relationship it reminded us so much of our own experience when we were an ocean apart. Hearing Indy say that his days didn’t feel complete unless he’d head from Sanj really put a smile on our faces. We know exactly how that feels! You can tell how their relationship has been built on such a solid foundation just by seeing how at ease they were around each other. They were constantly playing, joking and enjoying each other’s company, and it was a real pleasure to be able to capture those moments. 

    Oh and one other thing, check out the colour in this wedding! I love the bold red and blue, its so punchy and complimentary to the decor of the venue, especially on a bright sunny day. Anyway, enough talking, time to watch…

  • Ruby & Armand | Wedding Highlight Film | Cecil Green Park House, Vancouver BC

  • I really felt a connection with Ruby and Armand. I think its really just that they reminded me of my and Danielle’s relationship. Just like us, they met at a time of their lives when neither of them had absolutely any desire to be in a relationship and they were completely happily single. I read once that you can only truly love someone when you love yourself and I think its this state of mind that gives you the foundation for being a great partner. When you just happen to meet someone who is in the same state of mind you can’t help but be drawn to each other. Its your secret club of happiness and it quickly evolves into a state of love. Ruby and Armand soon found themselves spending day after day with each other and realized that they were meant to be. 

    This video is a little different to many of our films because we incorporated some interview footage. Often interviews can feel a little “rigid” to me but I wanted to just film a conversation that I had with each of them. I felt that I wanted to learn more about them and present a glimpse into their experience of meeting which could compliment the great best man’s speech. It co-incided with some thinking I’d been doing recently about character development (all to come in the next blog post) and how I can expand the story-telling process by revealing some more details about a couple’s personality. I’m hoping you like it because I think we’ll be doing more of it in the future!

    Anyway, back to the wedding. Awesome couple with amazing friends. A beautiful fall day, stunning location and best of all……..a smoke machine!!! (seriously, can more people have smoke machine’s at their weddings please?) 

    Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Daniel Brand
    Photography by David Cho Photography
    Co-ordination by Weddings by Mia
    Flowers by V&J Plant Shop
    DJ’d by Brent Faddies
    Featuring Vancouver Flipbook

  • Jennifer & Kevin | Wedding Film | UBC Boathouse, Vancouver, BC

  • In all the time we’ve been filming weddings in Vancouver, we’ve only shot 2 weddings in the rain. Pretty unbelievable huh? That might seem lucky but I’ve always found the grey days to be lovely to shoot on. Everything is a little softer, quieter, the clouds linger over the trees and it all feels very BC. Which was very apt since this was a destination wedding for Jennifer, Kevin and their guests. This wedding was our last of the year (kinda funny how we began and ended the year at UBC Boathouse) and a really great one to finish with. Jennifer and Kevin really are some of the nicest people you could meet (a BIG thank you for the 5 star review!) and they put together a beautiful wedding, complete with tons of personal touches which brought their venue to life. My amazing wife Danielle (All Dolled Up Studio) provided some stunning makeup and hair styling and we worked with Matt and Carissa Kennedy (mattkennedy.ca) for the first time which was a fantastic experience (especially watching Matts sparkler wizardry).  We also bumped into Darian Kovacs (Vancouver Officiant) yet again which is always a pleasant surprise. 

    We wanted to have a slightly different tone for this wedding film, setting the scene with some gentler music and a softer look to the shots. We used a lot of vintage lenses and a slightly shallower depth of field than we would normally do. Its hard to explain why it feels natural to do something different when it comes to being creative, but I think it just comes down to communicating a feeling of what a wedding day was like. As mentioned above, this was a destination wedding and so it felt right to begin with a shot that revealed Vancouver in its rainy glory and so a few days after the wedding I headed up to Cypress mountain and flew the drone up into the clouds….hope you enjoy!

    Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Brooke Lotzkar
    Event co-ordination and florals by A Day To Remember events
    Photography by Matt Kennedy Photography
    Make up and hair by All Dolled Up Studio
    Officiated by Darian Kovaks
    Cake made by When Pigs Fly
    Stationary  by The Social Page
    DJ’d by A Day to Remember DJ
    Catered by Savoury City
    Dress by Haley Paige

  • Giovanna & Joe // Highlights Film // Hart House, Burnaby BC

  • We were so spoilt by the first weekend of October here in Vancouver. Not only did we have the most beautiful weekend but we were also very fortunate to film two of our favourite weddings of the year. Gi and Joe chose to get married at Hart House (if you’ve read our previous blog posts you’ll know its a top-5-for-sure location for us), they picked Whitney Lane and her husband Kal to photograph (absolutely one of our first choice photography teams to work with), had Wedding Design Studio provide decor (you’ll see plenty of them in our films, and for good reason) and the lovely Paige Petriw took care of the co-ordination. In short, it was one of those everything-coming-together type of weddings. The best thing was that we got to do a Same Day Edit! I don’t know why but I love the pressure of Same Day Edits (SDE’s), maybe it comes from my days editing sports highlights in Sydney or the crazy tight deadlines of my BBC News days, but having the team on site, throwing (not literally) footage at me throughout the day, frantically editing, gulping away at what ever caffein is within arms reach and finally hitting the “export” button just in time really gives me a buzz. Of course the best part was seeing the faces of Gi,  Joe and their guests as they were able to re-live so many moments of the day, especially one filled with so much colour, beauty and wonderful moments. 

    Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Alvin Keung, Laurent Danis and Daniel Brand
    Event co-ordination by Spotlight Events
    Photography by Whitney Lane Photography
    Make up and hair by Fay Smith Makeup
    Officiated by Victoria Lyon
    Cake made by Sweet Nom Bakery
    Flowers and decor by Wedding Design Studio
    DJ’d by Girl on Wax Entertainment

  • Michelle & Josten // Fall wedding film // Brock House, Vancouver BC

  • Most people book their weddings in the summer and do you know what? They’re missing a trick. This year the last weekend of September and first weekend of October were by far the nicest weekends for weddings; warm but not hot, the days were still long and the light was just perfect. It was almost like filming at golden hour for the whole day, with the sun just a little bit lower in the sky with nice long shadows and directional light. As you can see from Michelle and Josten’s wedding the natural beauty of the day complimented everything about their wedding. It was all just, well…… really really pretty! The bride, the decor, the lovely big willow tree at the fantastic Brock House and the sound of the ocean near by (there was even a whale that passed by mid ceremony!). Michelle and Josten were a little unsure about hiring a professional videographer for their day but I’m so glad they found the budget for it and we were able to work something out. There were so many special moments that would otherwise be confined to hazy memories. This wedding is a perfect example of why I believe in what we do 

    We were very fortunate to work with a real dream team of  vendors on the day (please see the credits below). But a special shout out to Danielle from All Dolled Up Studio who gave the bride a naturally glamorous look (and had her ready on time, thank you!), Kirsty and Ken from Blush Wedding Photography who picked some amazing spots for the photo shoot (and gave us plenty of time to do our thing too), Darian Kovaks who always keeps the guests entertained and has some truly special things to say, Wedding Design Studio who provided so much eye candy for the reception and Alicia Keats who brought it all together on the day.

    Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Daniel Brand
    Event co-ordination by Alicia Keats
    Photography by Blush Wedding Photography
    Make up and hair by All Dolled Up Studio
    Officiated by Darian Kovaks
    Cake made by Anna Elizabeth Cakes
    Flowers and decor by Wedding Design Studio
    DJ’d by Man About Town
    Photo Booth by Hoopla Photo Booth
    Featuring Mariachi DelSol

  • Paul & Andrew // Wedding Film // The Vancouver Club, Vancouver BC

  • Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Cinematography by Alvin Keung and Laurent Danis
    Planning by Love Struck Events
    Photography by Green Pomme Photography
    Make up and hair by Savannah St. Jean from Savvy Beauty Design and Kris Reign 
    Flowers by Flowerz
    Wedding officiated by Roxanne Thornton
    Band Sideone
    Cake by Sweet Thea Cakes

    Have we ever had a wedding film with more emotion? Paul and Andrew’s story is rich with history, adding so much depth to their wedding film, and we loved that we had such a unique story that we could mould with some truly engaging visuals. You can really feel how close they are when you hear the influence they’ve had on each others’ lives. These guys are an example to all future couples the importance of giving everything to really live  your wedding day by being open and emotionally exposed whilst surrounded by friends and family. The toughest part of putting their film together was picking between all the amazing speeches, vows and special moments! I’m not sure we’ve ever been so spoilt! We love making dynamic films and Paul and Andrew give us everything we needed for that. Laughter, tears, a touch of goofiness and a ton of romance.  

     

     

  • Dahye & Kevin // Wedding Highlight Film // Vancouver Club, Vancouver BC

  • Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Daniel Brand
    Photography by Taryn Baxter
    Make up and hair by The Love Team by Coa
    Flowers by Bello Decore
    Wedding officiated by Karen Ell
    Cake by Thea Cake

    What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Sometimes you bring them home and marry them, especially when they just happen to be from the same town as you. Fate and sheer persistence brought Kevin and Dahye together and we love how their story was present throughout their wedding day.  They were married in the Vancouver Club, one of our favourite downtown locations (maybe its all the British memorabilia?) and decked it out with beautiful arrangements and details. The whole event hit a perfect balance between elegance and fun, filled with great energy and emotion (thank you for the tears Kevin). You guys really knocked this out of the park and gave us everything we needed to create a great Wedding Video.

  • Andrea & Austin // Bridges Restaurant Granville Island // Vancouver Wedding Film

  • Granville Island is a very special place in Vancouver and somewhere that we’ve had the pleasure of filming at several times. So we were ecstatic when we received a message from Taryn Baxter letting us know that she had some clients who were thinking about having their wedding filmed at Bridges Restaurant. Andrea and Austin’s film is one of our favourites from this year, not just because of the location, but because its just bursting with love and energy. We really wanted to create something that felt grand and yet intimate at the same time. We loved that we were able to capture some personal moments and have the opportunity to show off the breath-taking scenery as well. We really do appreciate it when a couple, their friends and family give us amazing material to work with. The letters, vows, speeches and setting really came together. This wedding had it all! Thank you Andrea and Austin.

    We must also Thank Taryn Baxter for being so great (as usual) to work along side on the day. To Erica from Filosophy Events for keeping us in the loop at literally EVERY moment (much appreciated) and Christina from Red Carpet Ready for not only making the bride look beautiful but for being so patient when we needed our shots.

  • Carrie & Julien // Wedding Film // Fraser River Lodge, Agassiz,BC

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    Directed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Daniel Brand
    Photography by The Nickersons
    Make up and hair by Aly McRae

    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. 

  • Elisa & Andy // Vancouver Wedding Film // Hart House, Burnaby BC

  • 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 ; )

  • Deus Ex: The Mechanical Apartheid

  • You might have gathered from the title, that this is not a wedding film. It’s actually a short film/trailer produced for a video game, called “Deus Ex, Mankind Divided”(made by Eidos Montreal). The tr[...]