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Grace and Kevin Highlights (0-01-33-21)Grace and Kevin Highlights (0-04-09-18)

Oh man, how many times am I going to say the ‘sweetest couple’ this year?!? Grace and Kevin have such a genuine and honest kind of love that everyone wishes their most cherished ones will find in their lives. We first met Grace when we filmed her brother’s wedding (Alfred + Amy) last year, and we were very happy when she contacted us again to have us film her own! She was just as sweet as we remembered her when we met for our consultation. And just as described by all of his family and friends on the wedding day, Kevin is the most gentle-hearted person you’ll ever meet. We know he is definitely going to take good care of Grace for the rest of their lives together!

VENUE: The couple held their wedding at Crown Prince Banquet, a Chinese restaurant that has AMAZING food! If you’re not going here for a wedding, just go here for dinner or dim sum some time – I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed!

MC: We need to give a big shout out to the MC that night, Anto Chan! There is a positive energy and vibe about him that seriously translates to the crowd. He kept the excitement up, kept everyone laughing, and kept everything running to schedule – all perfect characteristics for an excellent MC. He’s so good that he gets a lot of his work through word of mouth (as we are spreading it now!) so get in contact with him if you’re looking for something new and dynamic for your wedding. He works his bilingual magic (English and Cantonese), if you’re looking for that skill too! He actually moved to HK after this wedding for a year to take part in a comedy festival and be a part of the comedy circuit there. He should be back by peak wedding season next year, so definitely get in touch with him!

PHOTOGRAPHER: Really enjoyed working with Marvin Lam from PPB Studio – laid back, funny, and easy to work with! By the way PPB Studio also has wedding coordinating services – they helped Grace even coordinate things ranging from makeup to decor!

CAKE: The cake was so beautifully done that I was shocked when I heard it was the first wedding cake Grace’s co-worker (Kristen Matthews) ever made! She normally makes baby shower cakes, but I think she should definitely continue with the wedding cakes too! She is super talented!

MUSIC: We loved Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s Everything has Changed when it came out, and fell even more in love when we watched the adorable video that went along with it. Something this adorable needed to be paired with Grace and Kevin!

Big thanks to Grace and Kevin for giving us a wedding day full of firsts! It was our first time filming inside an ice cream truck (perfect for such a hot day!), our first time filming a bride/groom duet (super emotional for the parents), and our first time filming a human love bridge (what an amazing ice breaker)! We won’t forget your unique day!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

ADDITIONAL VENDOR DETAILS:

Wedding Dress: Ritche Bridal (Designer: Alfred Angelo)
Chinese dress: ClothHouse
Evening gown: Paris Fashions
Make up: PPB Studios
Hair: PPB Studios
Grace’s Shoes: Aldo, Le Chateau
Kevin’s shoes: Stacy Adams
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: DHgate.com
Groom Suit: Jenkdiun Korea
Groomsmens’ Suits: Jenkdiun Korea
Jewellery (Grace): Verragio, Chow Tai Fook, Swarovski
Jewellery (Kevin): David Yurman (cufflinks)
Wedding bands: custom designed by NB & S
Florist: You & Me Flowers
Decor/Backdrop: PPB Studios
DJ: Rommel Rivera – RMR Productions
Lion Dance: Sifu Calvin Chung from Chung’s Martial Arts Academy (Tim, Kevin’s brother, attends the academy and also performed on the night of the wedding! It was his wedding gift to the couple!)

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Don’t need to say much here – Maddox’s cuteness says it all! Hey, I love my sister and my bro-in-law, but Maddox always steals the show. Do you notice that when you have babies, all of your friends and family don’t greet you anymore and go straight for the kid! It’s so bad, sometimes I don’t even make eye contact with Laurie and Roger until I give my nephew a big cuddle! I can be forgiven right? Look at that face!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

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Kat and Andrew Highlights (0-01-25-12)katherineAndrew1

We actually met Katherine and Andrew the first time through Skype when we were on our trip back to UK. Because of the time difference, the poor things had to wake up super early to skype us – they were such troopers! We really appreciated their effort, and were happy we got the chance to chat and get to know them before the wedding day. Even though we were meeting them virtually, we could feel their warm personalities through the screen (as funny as that sounds)! And when we finally met them face to face at the wedding, it felt like seeing old friends.

FAMILY: I actually found out at the wedding, that the connection between Katherine and I might be stronger than I had originally thought! Katherine’s dad spoke to me during the reception and told me that he is from Kaiping, the same little village that my dad is from in China! What a small world! I actually visited the village on my trip to China nearly 4 years ago, and it was an experience I’ll never forget! Katherine and I must be related somehow generations back:)

SPEECHES: We heard some amazing speeches that night – some evoking tears and some creating laughter! Getting that range of emotion, is what a great wedding is all about! Henry went over to Andrew’s uncle just to give him a pat on the back for his kind words to the couple. Katherine’s sister was hilarious, and got a big reaction from the crowd! Her bit asking her dad if he was happy (but it doesn’t matter), cracked me up!

MUSIC: We used the song, If I Lose Myself by the amazing OneRepublic – love their stuff- so many of their songs pair so well with wedding videos!

Thanks again to Katherine and Andrew for waking up in the wee hours of the morning to meet with us, and having us film their big day!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

ADDITIONAL VENDOR DETAILS: 

Wedding Dress: Mori Lee Style 5168 from Sherry’s Bridal (Note from the bride: Amazing woman)
Chinese Dress: Pacific Mall
Make up and Hair: Mary L.
Shoes: David’s Bridal (Vera Wang)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Groomsmen’s tie and pocket square: Henkaa
Groom Suit: Tom’s Place
Cake/cupcakes: The bride!
Jewellery: Bittersweet, Tiffany & Co
Florist: Young Jong Fruit and Flower Market on Avenue Rd. (Note from the bride: Talk to Liv, she’s the nicest)
Favours: Ancaster Mill
Centrepieces: The bride and groom!
DJ: DJ Adam John

 

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Put a stunning couple in a stunning setting on a stunning day, and you get one stunner of a wedding! We experienced absolutely perfect weather for Victoria and Jonathan’s big day out on Kurtz Orchard in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. All the natural surroundings along with the choice of colour scheme and amazing decor were sun-kissed for just that perfect romantic feel. Everything about this wedding was my kind of style…seriously, check out my Joanie’s Wedding World Pinterest Board if you don’t believe me! Jonathan and Victoria are just such a lovely couple! We loved their quirky sense of humour and their ability to just laugh at themselves and have fun with parts of a wedding day that can be quite nerve-wracking – like posing in front of a camera! They did amazing during the photoshoot/videoshoot, and the footage certainly proves it:)

VENUE: Kurtz Orchards is a venue I would definitely recommend for couples looking for old world charm and a solid natural backdrop that has wow factor! There’s just something about a marquee surrounded by acres of vineyard that is so gorgeous and romantic! Elaborate decor isn’t even needed when you have the surroundings offered to you at this venue. However, as this couple proved, decor can certainly enhance an already beautiful foundation. The great thing about Kurtz Orchard is that you could have your whole wedding here without having to move once – from getting ready, to the ceremony, to the reception at night – every space for each portion of the day was perfect! The only thing that you will have to consider is the time this place has to close up shop. Since it’s earlier than a lot of venues, you will most likely have to shift your schedule forward to have an earlier dinner if you want to get some dancing in. It might be perfect for you if you don’t plan to have too much dancing in the end anyways!

VEIL: The bride was put together perfectly on her wedding day! Loved the dress, loved the shoes, and absolutely loved her unique veil – isn’t it so pretty?? It’s from LasVegasVeils on Etsy (I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I love Etsy! It’s a place that is perfect for wedding shopping – go there for great deals, unique items, personalized gifts, and more!).

MUSIC: We needed songs that would work with this couple and the setting. With such a romantic and emotional ceremony, we decided to start off with Always Be by Holly Maher. A lovely song that suits the opening of the video and the sweet vows that the couple wrote to each other. Then we ended it off with Stuck on You by Meiko, – cute, fun, and upbeat – just like the couple! They actually played that song when the bridesmaids were coming down the aisle, and I knew right there and then that it was going to be the song I was going to use. Great idea for a ceremony entrance song if anyone is still looking! Love the beats at the beginning!

PHOTOGRAPHER: We worked with the lovely team at Afterglow Images – perfect name for their photos! All their subjects certainly look like their glowing – check out their portfolio and website! (Note from the couple: Kirk and Angela were so on top of everything and take gorgeous photos)

COCKTAIL HOUR: I have to say this was one of the most beautiful and delicious cocktail hours I’ve been to! The highlight was a bread/cheese/fruit table centered in the garden where the cocktail hour was taking place – it was just so colourful and appetizing to look at! I eat with my eyes, so the way they displayed all the food stations certainly made my mouth water! I really liked how they had it self-serve style so people weren’t knocking over servers that could only carry one small tray of hors d’oeurves (because people are always hungry by 5ish)!

SHOE GAME: The shoe game should be familiar to people who attend weddings – it’s often played and always goes down well as it gets a laugh out of the couple and all the guests! Since it’s played quite regularly, we thought it was interesting when unusual questions were asked at this wedding. One question asked was, “if you were deserted on an island and you had no food, who would likely eat the other first?” Each person naturally picked themselves LOL! If you’re planning to do the shoe game as well, ask the person that is coming up with the questions to go down a unique route and think of questions you’d never think of yourself! Makes it more fun for you and all your guests!

I know Victoria and Jonathan were originally quite nervous having videographers follow them around all day during their wedding, so we’re very happy that these two threw caution to the wind and decided to trust in us to capture their memories! Not one bit of nerves showed up on film guys – you two are naturals! Thanks again for letting us be a part of a fantastic day!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

ADDITIONAL VENDOR DETAILS:

Wedding dress: Felichia Bridal (Designer – Watters)
Sash: Enrich by Millie on Etsy
Hair and Make up: Allure Hair and Makeup
Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ dresses: J Crew, Cos, BCBG
Groom Suit: Suit Supply (Note from the couple: we would highly recommend getting a suit from suit supply. very attentive service and really dapper suits!)
Groomsmens’ suits: Each groomsman wore their own suit (which is what I did at my wedding too!)
Cake: Jonathan’s mum, down to the beautiful handmade sugar flowers
Small Cakes: Willow Cakes and Pastries
Florist: Fleurish Design Studio (Note from the couple: so many people have mentioned how beautiful the flowers were and Jessica really delivered on our vision)
Favours: Jamaican wedding cake made by Jonathan’s mum
Centerpieces: Fleurish Design Studio
DJ: DJ Bowza (Note from the couple: DJ Bowza is an awesome DJ. He kept our friends and us dancing all night long.)
Steel Pan Drums: Old friend from high school

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Rachel and Andrew Highlights (0-04-28-22)
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There is something just so sweet and endearing about this couple. When we first met them, their kind and gentle nature just made us instantly go, ‘Aw, they are so darn cute!’ You can just tell that they are totally in love!

As the use of English and Cantonese was being interchanged throughout the whole day and night, we thought we would keep it just as authentic in the video and not use subtitles. For those of you who don’t speak Cantonese, I’m sure you can get the gist of what’s happening, as we were given an outpouring of different emotion from the couple and their family/friends. Their expressions of love, laughter, and tears truly crossed all language barriers!

VENUE: The couple held their wedding in the Grand Hall at the lovely Eagle’s Nest Golf Club. With a capacity for 250 guests, this room has two walls completely lined with large windows overlooking the stunning grounds below! They had their wedding outside in a lovely little area where a beautiful staircase can be used for the bride’s grand entrance. If you’re up for going down stairs in your wedding gown, this entrance can certainly offer you and your guests a unique view, as all your guests’ eyes are able to focus on you alone. Gives you more time to take it all in too!

BADMINTON: It was (as we tag-lined!) game, set, and love-match for Rachel and Andrew when they first met through their mutual love of badminton. Trust me, they are all-stars at the sport and had their whole badminton crew at the wedding to prove it! We knew we had to incorporate something that was so important to the both of them into the video, so it worked out perfectly that we decided to use it as a little title/intro to the whole highlight video. The best man’s speech was hilarious as well, and it just so happened that some of it was about badminton, so what a great start and set-up for the rest of the video!

DANCES: As you can tell from their highlights, the couple has a love for dance. They actually go for lessons once a week as a hobby and you can certainly tell as they gracefully danced across the dancefloor (twice!) to the delight of their guests. On top of the two dance performances from the bride and groom, they also surprised guests with a flash-mob dance to Everything is Awesome (from the Lego movie) by Tegan and Sara. People from the crowd just started filing onto the dance floor, dancing in unison with the whole bridal party! With their personalities and go-lucky attitude, Rachel and Andrew’s soundtrack to life should definitely be this song!

MUSIC: The favour for their guests was a CD compilation of all the important music the couple used throughout the day and night at the wedding. There were so many amazing songs to choose from, but we knew there was one we had to use for the highlight video, La Califfa by Ennio Morricone (the song used for the bride’s ceremony entrance). LOVE this song – super emotional and absolutely breathtaking – just the type of song we needed to show of their emotional first look! The rest of the day produced a range of emotions, but the overall feeling was sweet and fun, so we chose I Choose You by Sara Bareilles. Such a lovely tune and an amazing voice!

Thanks once again to Rachel and Andrew for choosing us to film their big day! We are so glad that the guests at your second reception in HK enjoyed watching the video as well – we seriously wish we could’ve been there to witness the reactions….and have the food too LOL! We love HK!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

ADDITIONAL VENDOR DETAILS:

Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston
Chinese Dress: Rental from Phoebe’s Collection (located at First Markham Place)
Evening Gown: Sweetheart (located at Pacific Mall)
Hair/Head Pieces: Satine Makeup & Hair Styling Studio (All head pieces were provided by Satine – the veil however, was made by the bride)
Jewellery: Satine Studio Jewellery (except the Dragon/Phoenix gold bracelets)
Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaids’ dresses: custom made
Groom Suit: custom made
Groomsmens’ suits: custom made
Cake/Cupcakes: Yummy Sweets (Note from the bride: I requested to have Green Tea as one of the flavours of my cup cakes! They are super nice to work with in terms of picking inspiration/design/colours/flavours)
Florist: Secrets Floral Collection (Note from the bride: They are super nice to work with too, Zoe has very good knowledge of flowers. She was willing to spend time to work with my inspiration while matching my budget)
Ceremony & Head Table Decoration: Secrets Floral Collection
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Annie Raymond Tin -

Perfectly lovely, so sweet, really enjoyed watching the video !!

Becky Chan -

Very touching to see such a sweet couple so much in love!!! Brought back fond memories and happy moments of the wedding day!