We all know the saying, ‘a smile that lights up a room’… but I didn’t understand the full extent of that phrase until I met Christine and Mark. Warm, genuine, joyful, and full of character – their smiles were completely infectious! I’m going to take a wild guess and say it must’ve been LOVE AT FIRST SMILE when these two first met…tell me I’m right!
ROB BURLAND: I want to acknowledge Rob Burland in this post, Christine’s dad, who seemed like an amazing man based on all the accounts of those closest to him. Although we didn’t get to meet him, we could tell his spirit and energy was there with everyone on the day! We were very happy to include old footage of him in this video to incorporate the strength of his presence in everyone’s hearts, and to also show off what his family called, his quirky sense of humour!
COUPLE AND WEDDING PARTY: The thing we loved most about these two (and their wedding party) was that they were up for anything! When we came to the photoshoot portion of the day, where a bit of directing is needed, we were getting amazing ideas left right and center from the couple and their whole crew! They excitedly did ring around the rosy, sang a love song at the top of their lungs, and the couple did an amazing job of running after each other swinging a spiky ball and chain on a stick! As we tell all of our couples during our consultation, we’re the type of videographers that prefer the candid moments over the more posed shots, so it’s refreshing when we are given new ideas to work with during the photoshoot! The blooper at the end of this video really sums it all up…Henry, as you saw, got a little tooooo excited when the group started singing some Meatloaf LOL!
VENUE:OslerBrook Golf and Country Club was the perfect space for wedding videography! If you’re looking for a cozy and warm venue that feels more like a beautiful cottage than a wedding hall, this is definitely a place worth looking at (the cottage feel we got reminded us of Chris + Adrienne’s wedding venue). The wedding space has a gorgeous patio that overlooks a sprawling golf course and basically provides a backdrop that looks so perfect it resembles a painting rather than reality. The venue is located in Collingwood, Ontario, so it will be a bit of a trek for your guests if they live in the GTA, but the beauty of your surroundings makes it worth it! The area also holds special meaning to Christine and her family as it is where her dad lived for the last 10 years. I totally understand why someone would want to surround themselves with this beauty 24/7!
MUSIC:We decided to use two songs for this wedding video because the best parts of each song suited different parts of the couple’s wedding highlights. We used the beautiful Love Will Be Enough For Us by Joe Moralez and the incredibly epicFix You by Coldplay. The lyrics and flow of the first song worked so perfectly with the wedding cinematography that we got for the getting ready bits and the ceremony. It also laid the foundation for some beautiful speeches by Christine, and Mark’s mom – talk about tugging at my heartstrings! The song really just helped highlight the words that Christine and Mark’s mom were saying. Once the photoshoot and reception kicked in, we knew we wanted to use a powerful song to push the video into overdrive, and the last section of the song Fix You did just that. It gives me goosebumps every time I hear it!
KISSING GAME: Another thing that I loved about this wedding was the Kissing Menu! What a great way to show off all the different ways to get the bride and groom to kiss! They had a menu for each table and it listed a variety of tasks such as ‘recreating a scene from a romantic movie’ (hence the Ghost pottery making moment in the video…I had to do a double take – I thought I saw Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze flash before my eyes!). All the guests were a barrel of laughs and were really involved in the kissing games. It certainly added to all the fun in the atmosphere!
BROTHER/SISTER DANCE: Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!! That’s the only way to describe the dance between Christine and her younger brother. Knowing how much of a special bond these two have with one another made the dance even more touching to watch. They started off with a nice slow dance to Tiny Dancer by Elton John, and the music quickly turned into Do the Bearcat by David Wilcox! It was a perfect way to get everyone up on their feet and onto the dance floor. It looked like a lot of guests knew the song which is something to note for your own wedding! It might help playing a song that is special to your group of friends or family, or that you know most people will know, to get everyone up off their chairs!
Thank you so much Mark and Christine for choosing us to be your wedding videographers. You two really made us feel like friends just tagging along for the ride (who happened to have cameras!) – thank you for making us feel so comfortable on the day and for being one of the nicest couples we’ve worked for!
Until the next post,
ADDITIONAL VENDOR DETAILS:
Photographer: MJP Photography
Wedding Dress: Everlasting Memories in Port Perry (designed by Stella York)
Make up: Urban Hair in Collingwood
Hair: a friend of the hair salon
Bridesmaids’ dresses:Everlasting Memories in Port Perry
Favours: Canadian Cancer Society and Teaplicity Inc.
Cake: Heavenly Sweets Cafe
Groom suit: Tuxedo Royale
Groomsmens’ suits:Tuxedo Royale
Flowers (bouquet/boutonnieres): Blue Mountain Flowers (quick review from bride: “most wonderful owner – no website but fell in love with his service”)
Centerpieces: Blue Mountain Flowers
DJ: Soundscapes DJ in Wasaga Beach
Published on HenjoFilms: Wedding Videography Collingwood / Toronto Wedding Videographer