Category archives: Blog

  • 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 ; )

  • Crystal & Will // Wedding Film // Richmond, BC

  • Filmed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Chris Ricci
    Photography by Vasia Photography 
    Make up and hair by Kaitlin Hargreaves

    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!

  • Natalie & Jess // Whistler Wedding Film // Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, BC

  • Filmed and edited by Mark Relf
    Additional cinematography by Chris Ricci
    Photography by Gucio Photography 
    Make up and hair by All Dolled Up make up and hair studio

    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.

  • Blaine & Wyn // Wedding Film BC // Cedar Creek Winery, Kelowna, BC

  • Filmed and edited by Mark Relf
    Planning by Sweetheart Events
    Photography by Suzanne Le Stage 
    Make up by Shimmer and Gloss
    Hair by Alana Lyla

    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.

  • Nikko & Darell // Destination Wedding Film // Mayan Riviera

  • 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….