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Shangri-La Toronto Wedding Film | Toronto Wedding Cinematography | Monica + Garros

Filming Weddings in Toronto has its challenges. Like Parking. But it also has its rewards. Like being spoilt for choice for awesome downtown locations. I think we hit 5 or 6 spots in the space of about 90 minutes during their photoshoot! University Avenue, Campbell House and Osgoode Hall to name a few. I love how it makes it feel like Monica and Garros have been on a little journey throughout their day. 


Smiley Happy People

Being March, we fully hit the jackpot weather wise. Look at that blue sky! (OK, it didn’t last all day, but we got more than we could expect).  We also lucked out with a super energetic couple and bridal party. I’ve never seen a set of groomsmen get so into group photos. We had “Let get suits”, the “Octopus” and “West Side Story-click-your fingers” within just a few minutes. Please feel free to ask for an explanation….

Monica and Garros are definitely happy people. I know you’d like to say that about everyone you meet but you can just tell. You can hear it in their voices and see it in their eyes. Their easy going nature and constant joking around made it a really pleasure to be in their company. Thanks guys!


Some Really Emotional Wedding Speeches

There will soon be a blog post about what makes the best wedding films. And there will definitely be a section in that about speeches. Unfortunately we don’t get to write those, but we do get to edit them. Monica and Garros were fortunate enough to have 6 really awesome, emotional speeches that would have been perfect for their film. Unfortunately, getting them all into the edit would have ruined the pacing of the film. They all had slightly different stories and I didn’t want them to compete. 

Maybe its because I’m a father, but I was immediately drawn to the Dads speeches. I think its a combination of the wiser sounding voices and hearing how much they have loved their children over the years. A speech from a parent is also significant because it symbolizes the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. Its part of a bigger story. 

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A Shangri-La Toronto Wedding

We’re still quite “fresh” to Toronto and this was the first time we filmed at the Shangri-La. As mentioned above, its in a great spot downtown for multiple photo opportunities. The roof deck allowed us to shoot a nice first look with the backdrop of the city and the interior has tons of natural light. I loved those chandeliers in the ceremony room too! 

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Amazing Toronto Wedding Vendors

Its always a team effort but I’d like to give a special thanks to a few.  

Rebecca Chan and her team were so helpful and friendly with super clear communication. They really helped me keep on top of what was happening next (much appreciated). Their timeline was perfectly paced and allowed us to capture everything and more than we needed. Can’t wait to work with you guys again in just a couple of weeks! 

Svetlana and her team from Purple Tree Photography picked out all the photoshoot locations and did a great job! They were also totally gracious in giving us the time we needed to get our shots too. You could tell they’d spent a good amount of time getting to know the couple and I’m sure its going to show.  Can’t wait to see the photos!

TJ4 Productions provided a fantastic PA system for both the ceremony and reception. I can’t ever stress how important good sound is for our films and these guys certainly provided. A nice little touch of reverb on the recording helped out too! Thank you for being so co-operative and helping a fellow (former) sound engineer out!

We were also helped greatly by the rest of the vendors below. From letting us film you to providing great visuals for us to shoot, you’re all a part of this film. Thank you. 

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Directed and edited by Mark Relf
Additional Cinematography by Grant Lynch
Wedding Planning and Co-ordination by Rebecca Chan Events
Photography by Purple Tree Photography
Officiated by All You Need is Love
Make up by Hey Jolie
Hair by Tammy Cho
Decor by Delight Floral
Draping by Rose Petal Decor
Rentals from Detailz and Plate Occasions
Vinyl Dancefloor from Event Graffiti
DJ’d by TJ4 Productions

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