We are often times in situations where people ask us what we do for a living. It’s a common question and for most people there’s a fairly straight forward answer. We’ve struggled a lot over the last five years deciding what it is we should tell people that we do. We often resort to calling ourselves Videographers because that’s an easy term for people to understand. We don’t really like the term videographer. Wedding Cinematographer is the new catch phrase – but even that’s becoming tired. We eventually tell people we make films about people’s wedding days and we do our best to immerse ourselves to better tell their story. We sometimes use the term fly on the wall – but first off- I hate that term – and secondly it’s so much more than being simply there and out of the way.
We can’t easily explain that we do a lot more than film weddings. It’s more than pointing a camera and shooting. It’s about creating a bond that provides comfort and relaxation in the short-term which turns into long-lasting friendships in the future. We connect with our couples on a pretty intimate level, getting to know them over the course of sometimes up to 2 years before their ceremony. We care an immense amount about building trust and being a source of guidance for our couples as they navigate the craziness of wedding planning. We love that we know how much Valerie and David love their little Noosa and we remember the Beverly and Buki love their Deserts from Demetre’s and that Jenny and Chris love the fajitas at Lone Star! We take pride in reading reviews that come in after we’ve completed and delivered a wedding film to one of our couples when they tell us how comfortable we made them feel on the biggest day of their lives.
In this, our first wedding in our fifth year of owning this business that we built from the ground up, we had the chance to practice what we love about our profession and spent the day with Maggie and Jamie. Maggie is a nurse who is working on specializing her craft with just a few more university courses. Jamie is an executive in a very unique field of insurance that I find to be fascinating. They met on the website eHarmony.ca and fast forward to February 2, 2013, they got married at the Fermenting Cellar in the historic Distillery District just east of Toronto’s Downtown.
Maggie and Jamie had a candle-lit ceremony led by Gord Kushner who we think is one of the top wedding officiants in Toronto. They wrote their own vows as you’ll hear in the highlight film we made for them.
The music in the highlight film was the song “Vital Signs” by the band Clemency and was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com
There is so much we didn’t put in this highlight film (we wanted to save some of the good stuff for the Main Feature 😉
The wedding day was amazing not only because Maggie and Jamie are amazing, but also because we got to work with an incredible team of wedding rockstars! We already mentioned the Fermenting Cellar – but their in house team of staff and caterers were amazing! We have to take time to give our new friends Dani and Liz from Gush Events a huge big digital high-five because of their awesomeness. The wedding was beautiful and it was right on schedule all night! And speaking of all night – how about Toronto’s finest DJ/Emcee Mr. Michael Coombs. It was also awesome to work with Sarah who is a life-long friend of Maggie’s and took some great wedding photos (blog link coming soon).
A really heart-filling and satisfying moment happened for me personally at the end of the night when we were packing up to leave. Maggie gave Emily and I hugs and whispered that we made her feel comfortable and relaxed all day. I wish I could remember exactly what she said – but the the thought was there and it was enough to make me smile. We like the term Wedding Filmmakers because each time we sit down to complete a highlight film or a main feature, we’re creating a completely custom, from scratch, un-scripted film that will not only show our couples in the best possible light, but at the same time reveal the real people that are getting married because they really do love each other.
Thank you Maggie and Jamie for having us and while you better not be seeing this in the electronic-free St. Anne’s Spa, we hope you’ll enjoy this highlight film for years to come and think back to how amazing your wedding day was!
Andrew & Emily