Category archives: Blog

  • Anna + Ian | Vancouver Island Wedding Videography | Bilston Creek Farm, Metchosin, BC

  •  We love festivals and we love filming Weddings on Vancouver Island. 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. The site of British Columbia's First Ever Wedding! Ian and Anna were married on Anna's family farm in the village of Mechosin near Victoria on Vancouver Island. It's a beautiful property set between the ocean and the forest where they grow lavender, honey and other goodies. Its also the very same farm that the first EVER (non first-nation) wedding in British Columbia. It occurred way back in 1855 between a Martha Chaney and Captain Henry Ella. How cool is that little history nugget?  An Inclusive Festival-Style Wedding We loved the inclusive nature of the day, with friends and family camping on-site and all pitching in to get every[...]
  • 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 sh[...]
  • 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 ev[...]
  • 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, inc[...]
  • 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 b[...]
  • 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 c[...]
  • 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 trailer was made by the talented folks at Goldtooth Creative in Vancouver and I (Mark) was brought on board to help write, develop, shoot and edit.  This was really an incredible project to be a part of. I spent several years working as the Supervising Editor at Goldtooth Creative and so it was a real pleasure to be back in the studio, working alongside the Director, visual effects artists and management team. All of us working on the film were really invested in the project having also worked on other trailers for this game and and the previous title “Deus Ex, Human Revolution”. We all worked together to develop the story and come up with creative ways to bring a science fiction dystopian fu[...]
  • The Importance of Character in Wedding Filmmaking

  • We like to think of ourselves as story driven film makers and we’re always looking for ways to make each wedding film different and stand out against other wedding videographers in Toronto and Vancouver. I find myself wondering, should I change the structure of our edits? Should I change the way we film? Maybe we do something different with he colours?  But the thing is I like the way we structure edits, the way we film and the way we manipulate colours. I don’t want to change things just for the sake of making something different. When you deliberately stylize your wedding films before even meeting a couple, you're setting yourself up to look dated, one dimensional and "canned". So then we think about the story, how can we that different? When the main plot of a wedding day is essentially the same for the majority of people (two people get ready, get married and party the night away) [...]
  • Isla Gray | Mothers Day 2016 |Vancouver, Toronto, Mexico, UK

  • I'm so lucky to have the most amazing wife in Danielle. She makes me incredibly happy and I'm still a little giddy when ever I wake up net to her. Her greatest gift to me is our daughter Isla. I will never know the pain and discomfort that Danielle went through to bring Isla safety into this world and I will be eternally grateful for that. Last year I made a short film and this year I have done the same. This is literally my favourite project ever! Looking back through all the moments we've shared as a family is a fantastic experience and one I intend to keep doing every year. I can't believe how much little Isla has grown....    For anyone that is interested, the footage was shot on a Sony A7s and a Panasonic LX100. I bought the LX100 to have a more "pocketable" camera that I could carry around and film little snippets as we go. I've been super impressed by this camera! I[...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 an[...]
  • Austin, Amanda & Curtis // 30th Birthday Celebration // Emerald Restaurant, Vancouver BC

  •   The best aspect of working in the wedding industry is that you're able to build up personal relationships with your clients that you might not get a chance to in other jobs. As a Wedding Cinematographer you're an important part of a very personal experience and so to be asked to document another milestone in someone's life is a real honour. Andrea (of Andrea and Austin) floated the idea of capturing Austin, Amanda (bride's maid) and Curtis' (groomsman) joint 30th party back on their wedding day and it sounded like a great plan to me. We talked a little more over the next few months, put together a nice little package and made it happen. It's really fun to see your clients again, to catch up and continue to document their lives. Its a fun little video and I hope we can make many more in the future!