Henjo Films » Wedding Videography: Toronto, Mississauga, GTA

We had a blast (as per usual) with these three little rugrats when we traveled to London just before the wedding season kicked in. Being in their lives since the early stages has been amazing, as we’ve been able to witness how much these boys have grown up! We actually put a video together years back when we were living in London and babysitting them- it seriously brings back memories every time we watch it! We thought we would share this throwback video so you too, can see how much these boys have changed!

I love the De Maria’s and am looking forward to the next time we get to see them all again!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

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I’ve known Esther since I was 7 years old, and we’ve been on quite a few adventures together since then – most notably, our travels in Taiwan (I can’t wait to go back!). It was one of those times in my life that the support of good friends just made the experience that much better, and I’ll cherish it forever! Although it’s a time that’s hard to top, this latest adventure might just edge it out in a different way! When I found out Esther was pregnant, I was super excited for her and hoped that I would follow quickly along so our kids could be close in age, and grow up together…luckily everything just worked out!

I had so much fun shooting an amazingly organized baby shower filled with fun games, desirable prizes, and LOTS of food! Every guest was a willing participant and games certainly got intense! There was no shortage of laughter and it was great just watching everyone let loose!

Man, I can’t believe Esther’s is going to pop soon, and her ‘little bean’ will finally have a face and a name! Congrats once again to Esther and Carlo – your little one is going to be such a cutie!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

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Esther Chan -

Joans! These photos are phenomenal!!! They captured what an incredibly special day it was and all the warmth and emotions perfectly. Thank you so much for the lovely photos, Carlo and I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend. Can’t wait for the babies to play together! :D :D :D

Kimberly Joy Liao -

these pictures are so lovely.
congrats estee! so excited for you!!


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And the awards for the cutest, sweetest, and most adorable couple is….Derrick and Karain!!! I wanted to throw in genuine too, but 4 awards for one couple might start looking a bit disingenuous on my part! But seriously, I could give 4 awards or more to this couple, as they just swept us off our feet with their kindness and bubbliness from the first moment we met them! We knew we were in for a very fun and energetic wedding day when we had our initial consultation with them a year ago. They certainly didn’t disappoint on the big day as we laughed and laughed from morning til night with all the activities planned by both the couple and their bridal party. Their personalities really shone through and we think their highlight film reflects that. I never LOL’ed so much when editing a video – there were just so many funny moments!

VENUE: The couple held their wedding (both the ceremony and the reception) at Shangri-La Banquet Hall in Markham. They have a few different rooms of different capacities to choose from, and they also have a lovely little outdoor area for some photos and video. They offer a diverse range of food selection but are known for their Chinese cuisine – tell your guests to go with an empty stomach!

PHOTOGRAPHY: We got the opportunity to work with another hubby and wife combo, Sandy and Albert from Sandy Tam Photography. Lovely people who produce lovely photos! They surprised the couple with a slideshow of photos during the reception, which was a nice treat for all guests that didn’t get to join in on the shenanigans of the morning. Here are the photos from Derrick and Karain’s big day!

WEDDING COORDINATOR: It was great working with Berlyn Lai of BLoved Events as she was super organized and on top of the wedding schedule! It’s hard to stay on track sometimes, but she made sure the important events were happening when they were supposed to. She had the organization and also the flexibility needed to be a great wedding coordinator and truly helped execute an amazing event with decor to match!

MAKE-UP: Done by the lovely Fiona Man – she works with a variety of different faces from different backgrounds and all of them end up looking naturally beautiful after Fiona works her magic! Check out her portfolio!

DJ: We bumped into Matthew Chung again from Dreamlux Studios. We worked with him on Michael + Vivien’s wedding last year, and had a blast just the same with him and his music!

MUSIC: For the intro, we used the beautiful song Alice in Atlantis by Sue Verran and Philip Guyler. And to match their fun personalities, we used the upbeat and joyful Celeste by Les Enfants.

This wedding had us in tears for both touching and LOL moments – the perfect combo for the perfect wedding! Thanks to Karain and Derrick for treating us like friends and for making us feel like we were part of their big day rather than just a couple of vendors! You and all of your family and friends made us feel so comfortable, and we’re so grateful to have been witness to your love and union!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

ADDITIONAL VENDOR DETAILS:

Wedding Dress/Chinese Dress/Evening Gown: rented at The One Bridal
Hair: Kyana Bridal Hair Artistry
Shoes: Madden Girl (The Shoe Company)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom Suit: Custom suits by IM Label
Groomsmens’ suits: Custom suits by IM Label
Cake/Cupcakes: One of Karain’s amazing bridesmaids – Symphony Kwong
Jewellery: Swarovski and BitterSweet
Florist: You & Me Flowers & Gifts
Favours: Donation to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
Centerpieces: You & Me Flowers & Gifts

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Jimmy YH Chan -

Totally enjoyed the video. Once again, hearty congrats to the newly-wed couple. Sweet loving moments forever.

Sandy Tam -

Love the edit guys!! Now I’m teary…


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Everyone knows that a love story must have its main characters. For these main characters to succeed in reaching love however, we also know that the story must have its fair share of supporting characters – ‘supporting’ being the key word! This was the theme we saw through and through at Laurie-Anne and Craig’s wedding. Every single guest was there to support the union between bride and groom, and as Laurie-Anne said, were all partial authors of their love story.

THE COUPLE: We first met Laurie-Anne when we filmed her sister’s wedding (Kerri + Jos) a couple of years ago, so it was such a great surprise when she contacted us to film her own. Based on the experience we had at her sister’s wedding, we knew we were in for some amazing speeches, a lot of emotion, and most of all, a lot of love. Laurie-Anne and Craig did not disappoint – their wedding was a filmmaker’s dream! They just gave us so much to work with! The hard part was picking what to use.

VENUE: They held their wedding at Queenston Heights Restaurant in Niagara right on the border of Canada and the U.S.A. It was super fitting as Craig is from the States and Laurie-Anne is from Canada (which they incorporated into their decor and different parts of the wedding). It’s proof that amongst the friendly rivalry between countries, true love can persist!

PHOTOGRAPHERS: We were getting a few deja vu moments throughout the day, and one of them included working with David & Sherry Buck (they shot at Laurie’s sister’s wedding too!). Another husband and wife team that are lovely to work with and produces beautiful photos as well – check out Laurie-Anne and Craig’s shots!

WEDDING DRESS: Laurie-Anne’s wedding gown was gorgeous! I especially loved the delicate lace straps – really added something special to the dress! When the bride told me her dress was a Barbara Allin dress from Becker’s Bridal, I knew there was a reason I thought the dress was so pretty! I actually fell in love with a Barbara Allin dress from the same shop when out looking for my own wedding, but because it was out of my budget, I went down a whole other route (here’s an article on my ‘Online Wedding Dress Buying Experience‘).

MAKE-UP & HAIR: Paje Pokjowy and team from Be.You.Tiful Brides worked with all the girls to bring out their natural beauty – they all looked stunning! The bride and all of her bridesmaids were glowing and looked exceptional on camera, so props to you Paje!

MUSIC: We used three different songs (and actually, there’s a very interesting connection to Kerri and Jos’ song choice):

1. Intro – Heartbeats by Lights & Motion
2. Middle – Turning Page by Sleeping at Last (from the movie soundtrack ‘Breaking Dawn’ and Kerri and Jos’ A Thousand Years by Christina Perri was from the same one!)
3. Outro – Feel Again by OneRepublic

We had such an amazing time meeting new people and seeing old familiar faces! We feel incredibly lucky that Laurie-Anne and Craig chose us to be a part of such an intimate and loving setting. Thanks once again to the couple for letting us tell their story!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

ADDITIONAL VENDOR DETAILS: 

Shoes: Nina (Nordstrom)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: After Six: The Dessy Group
Groom Suit: J. Crew
Groomsmens’ suits: J. Crew
Cake: Vineyard Sweets
Jewellery: Mother-in-Law’s Pearls (something borrowed!) and new Pearl Bracelet from Laurie-Anne’s husband (something new!)
Florist: Niagara Parks Flowers
Centerpieces: Niagara Parks Flowers
Wedding Coordinator: Jen Eldridge from Genuinely Yours Weddings
DJ: DJ Blake (from By Request DJs)

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Craig Wallace -

Our wedding video is here. 5+ min of magic put together by the amazing duo at henjofilms. Thanks so much for your work, it’s just perfect.

Cameos from: Bret Wallace Ian Thompson Jos Diening Braddock King Kerri-Lyn Diening Kelley Alisa Jameel Jiwani Megan Piotrowicz Patty Piotrowicz Graver and more. And of course the star of the show: Laurie-Anne King

If you are a crier, get a tissue ready. This will get you :)


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This 3-day wedding event was all kinds of EPIC-ness – I don’t think I could describe it any better really! This was our first time filming a wedding of this size (1100 guests to be exact!), and boy was it an incredible sight to see. You could literally feel the energy, the electricity, and all the love in the room! The couple certainly put on a show for all of their family and friends that reception night and ended it all off with one of the best dance parties we’ve ever seen! They basically capped off an amazing 3 days filled with love, laughter, tradition and celebration.

VENUE: There aren’t many venues that hold over one thousand guests, but Paramount Conference and Event Venue in Vaughan is one of them! The venue was large but surprisingly intimate at the same time! Elegant, modern, and a perfect backdrop for most decor designs. They also did an amazing job of managing and serving a delicious buffet to a lot of hungry guests. The venue is part of byPeterandPauls hospitality and event group, which have an amazing reputation in the industry! They certainly know how to handle large numbers, so if you’re looking for a a venue with experience, this is the place for you!

PHOTOGRAPHER: Zaheer Molu from Z Molu Photography is a brilliant photographer! Love every picture I see him post on Facebook – he just has an eye for those details that people just miss! It’s difficult sometimes to produce something completely different in wedding photography, and I really think he does that. He’s able to step outside the box and see something unique. Not only is he a great photographer, he was a lovely person to work with. He is cool and calm while doing his job, but also likes to have fun with his couples and the guests!  We’re looking forward to seeing what photos he comes up with next!

WEDDING COORDINATOR: We had the pleasure of working with the team at Demaska Events. They were super organized and communicated with us before, during, and after the event! They were always making sure that we had everything we needed, and made sure we were aware of the schedule. I’m sure managing a large event is super stressful, but everyone on the team looked calm and cool, and based on what we saw, the event went on without a hitch! Or as great wedding coordinators do, the ‘hitches’ are smoothed over without anyone noticing!

MUSIC: We have been waiting for the right event to come along to use this incredible song, Surrender to Hope by Immediate Music. Initially we were saving the song for our next big holiday montage, but couldn’t resist using it when we went through the footage for this wedding. This song calls for grand and epic events, and that is certainly what unfolded over the 3 days at Taran and Preet’s wedding. This song will go down in my history anyways, as one of the best instrumentals ever – gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it!

A NOTE FROM HENRY:  I normally don’t write in the blog, but I wanted to share a short story that I feel sums up the groom pretty well. On the first day of shooting, I was due to finish at 10pm, however the food wasn’t being served until 10:30. Taran insisted that I have some food even after I said there was no need.  He took it upon himself to leave the party and his guests to take me into the kitchen and ask the boss if it was possible to hook me up with some food before I left. With the snap of the boss man’s fingers, my Indian food craving was fulfilled. This is just one anecdote of how the couple went above and beyond to make us feel as comfortable as possible at all times.

Thank you both again for being such a great couple to work with! We want to wish you both a lifetime of happiness together!

Until the next post,
Joanie x

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