My favourite moments in weddings are those that are surprises. Tiffany and Levi put on a stunning Vancouver Island wedding helped by the expertise of Barb and her team from French Kiss Events. The ceremony was at the breathtaking Hatley Castle with a grand reception at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. But the most beautiful moment in the day, nestled between the live band, mojito bar and speeches, was an impromptu first dance down by the pier.
“Georgia”: A Sunset Dance in Victoria
As we often do we (along with Ryan Flynn Photography) took the couple out for a 15 minute sunset shoot. These “Golden Hour” shots are always some of our favourite and we love to film soft, glowing images. As we headed to our destination we passed a band, busking to a small crowd. Of course, they all gave a “congrats” as we went by, but as soon as we stopped just a little way down the band called out and offered to play Tiffany and Levi’s first dance. The song was “Georgia” by Vance Joy and the band nailed it perfectly.
When we shoot couples we always try to give direction that produces candid moments but all we had to do was give them a little space and hit record to capture a sequence of laughs, kisses and tender moments between a couple in love. Combined with that warm evening light and waterfront location we couldn’t help but feel stoked at the footage we got. There were high fives all around, of course.
A Tour of the finest Vancouver Island Wedding Venues
We have filmed at Hatley Castle a few times now and it’s a top-ten favourite, for sure. Not only is it the home of the X-Men, but its the home of many beautiful photo and video locations. You can wonder around for hours exploring the gardens, grounds and little nooks dotted around the venue. The lawn, which was used for the ceremony is surrounded by flowers and overlooked by the castle itself. The venue is grand and very unique for British Columbia.
Tiffany and Levi gave us plenty of time in their itinerary to take full advantage of the venue. And they gave us even more time to explore other locations on our way to the reception. We made our way back via parks and beaches before arriving at the Fairmont Empress Hotel for an evening of festivities.
We Love The Moms’ Speeches!
I have to give a special shout out to the Mom’s in the this wedding who are very strong figures in the lives of Tiffany and Levi. When I went through all the speeches, looking for a narrative for the film, it became clear that these speeches were key. They both helped to show the romantic side and fun sides of the day. I guess its a little bit of a “hers and his” format, which is a little different. Great speeches make a HUGE difference to our wedding films, and these guys set us up perfectly.
Vancouver Islands finest Wedding Vendors!
This was the 3rd time that we worked with Barb from French Kiss Events, and again, it was an absolute pleasure. She has spent years refining her list of vendors and we’re proud to be a part of it. Verbena Floral Design and White Event Studio had Hatley Castle and The Empress Hotel decked out with florals and decor, respectively. Carly Flint and Conscious Hair combined to beautify Tiffany and her bridesmaids. Passion For Cakes provided that delicious cake (I can vouch for it). And Side One Band, as always. kept the crowd entertained with their perfectly performed playlist. Take a look at more of our films here. If you’d like to know more about out Vancouver Island Wedding Videography, please get in touch!
Directed, filmed and edited by Mark Relf
Additional cinematography by Laurent Danis
Planning by French Kiss Events
Photography by Ryan Flynn Photography
Flowers by Verbena Floral Design
Decor by White Event Studio
Make up by Carly Flint
Hair by Conscious Hair
Cake by Passion For Cakes
Live Music performed by Side One