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Hart House | Toronto | Jeremy + Valeria

Hart House, university of Toronto, Wedding Video

Walking into this wedding, was like walking into some sort of family reunion! We recognized so many familiar and friendly faces because we were lucky enough to film Jeremy’s brother’s wedding (Chris + Adrienne) as well as his cousin’s (Michael + Vivien). It just felt instantly comfortable when we started filming – like we were picking up where we left off! Even though all three weddings were very different, there was one common thread – great people, and great food!!!

We actually didn’t meet Valeria until the wedding day, but it was instantly like meeting an old friend. Her sweet, kind and positive energy just radiates from her and is such a perfect match for Jeremy. As Valeria’s sister said, Toby (the family dog) liked Jeremy right away, and he really is the best judge of character! Although Jeremy is soft spoken, we found him incredibly funny and we were happy this came through in our wedding videography. It’s a subtle sort of humour that’s not in your face, and I’m sure you all got that through listening to his speech. We chuckle every time he says that bit about ‘Val carrying the groceries’.

LOVE: ‘I love you’ is sometimes a very hard thing to say, especially to your family. I know that sounds weird to some people, but I can actually understand! I don’t know if it’s a Chinese thing, but my family has the same feeling of awkwardness when those three words are ever uttered around each other! It’s SOOOO weird, because we know how much we love each other, but those words are just rarely spoken. This was sort of a common thread through the speeches that night, which is why we incorporated it into the wedding video – it’s interesting because the words didn’t necessarily have to be said to feel how much love was actually emanating from the room between families (and can be seen in the video!). Jeremy did say it though, and all for the perfect day, his wedding day!

VENUE: We love Hart House in Toronto! As we mentioned above, the food was AMAZING!!! We still dream about the ravioli we had for a starter! It is an absolutely stunning venue that oozes history and charm…did I mention that I felt like I had entered the wizarding world of Harry Potter?!? It was like a dream come true! The vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, candle-like chandeliers, and the long rectangular tables, just all came together to offer one warm and elegant space. Who would have thought such a place existed within the University of Toronto grounds! Not to mention it made for great wedding cinematography too. It was also nice that they had an indoor area and outdoor tented space (plus the courtyard) for the cocktail hour, giving people loads of room to roam around when mingling, eating hors d’oeuvres and having their drinks. The ceremony space was also beautiful – I especially loved the long walkway for the entrances so we (especially the groom) could enjoy the gorgeous wedding party and beautiful bride coming down the aisle for longer 🙂 Totally recommend!

PHOTOGRAPHERS: It’s such a great feeling when you meet with a photographer and their team at the start of the day, and you just click! We had an amazing time working alongside Lucy, Kevin, and Dallas from Lucy Chang Photography. Lucy and I actually started messaging each other before the wedding, as we were comparing notes on being preggers. Yes, two pregnant ladies together = a lot of hormones!!! So straight off the bat, there was something in common between us to gab about. Our husbands also had plenty in common…dealing with pregnant wives on a wedding shoot LOL! Lucy and I were climbing on chairs, lying on the floor, doing whatever it took to get our shot – while our husbands could only look on and shake their heads. It’s funny because when I’m in work mode, I’m in work mode, and I just forget that I’m pregnant!  Anyways, they are not only great people, they are talented as well. Check out their portfolio! Lucy’s hubby Kevin has his own company too, Fungke Images.

WEDDING COORDINATOR: Lisa Wu from Wu La La Weddings & Events (I love that name – how clever!), was great to work with! Organized and on the ball – just what you need from someone that handles all the details for you on your big day! We’ve always said that it’s beneficial for couples to look into getting a wedding planner (even if your budget only allows for day-of coordination) as it really helps you relax during the wedding and ensures things behind the scenes runs smoothly!

MAKE-UP/HAIR: Isn’t the bride just stunning? Valeria looked so elegant and beautiful on the day – she just oozed old world glamour! The hair, the make-up the dress – it just all came together! Part of the reason she became the complete package was due to the talented Rhia Amio from Rhia Amio, Make-up and Hair Artistrhi. We first were witness to her talents when she did make up for one of our brides a couple of years ago, Kin-Mei (Kin-Mei + Michael). She has an extensive portfolio and works on a range of faces, from brides, to models, to celebs! Check out her work!

MUSIC: This song is just beautiful to say the least – I absolutely loved it when I first heard it! It’s You are Mine by Spencer Combs feat. Holley Maher (Holley Maher is an artist we used for another video we did recently for Victoria + Jonathan – what a beautiful voice!)

Thank you Jeremy and Valeria for choosing us to be your wedding videographers – it was such a beautiful wedding! We wish we could do it all over again…and not just because we really want to have that delicious dinner again LOL!

Until the next post,
Joanie x


Wedding dress: Paloma Blanca
Chinese dress: Pacific Mall
Evening gown: BCBG
Shoes: Nine West
Groom Suit: IM Label
Bride’s Jewellery: Jewel Case
Bridesmaids’ jewellry: Jienezza May Jewellery
Bridesmaids’ dresses:Pacific Mall
Flowergirl dresses: David’s Bridal
Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe
Florist: Plush Flowers
Favours: Dickey Bee Honey (decorated by bridesmaids)
DJ: Dreamlux Studios (Matthew Chung)
Officiant: Linda Wong (All Seasons Weddings)
Photobooth: Boothclicx

Published on HenjoFilms: Wedding Videography Toronto / Toronto Wedding Videographer

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