Ellie & Dennis — You make it better

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Just one week before the wed­ding day, Ellie told us some­thing that com­pletely changed the way we approached her and Den­nis’ wed­ding film — she told us that the cer­e­mony was actu­ally the least impor­tant moment of their day. Her fam­ily resides in Korea and, because she doesn’t get to visit them that often, their wed­ding was a way for the cou­ple to cel­e­brate their union with their fam­ily and clos­est friends. Ellie told us that they get to see their friends almost every week, so we didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to worry about cap­tur­ing the guests, instead she asked us to focus on the peo­ple that were clos­est to them — for Ellie, that was her par­ents, for Den­nis, it was his grooms­men — who we were told were like his family.

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A day where the cer­e­mony actu­ally played a very small role — it was dif­fer­ent, and we were more than happy to oblige. We scrapped our orig­i­nal plans and looked for ways to bring the focus of the film onto the impor­tant rela­tion­ships: Ellie and Den­nis, Den­nis and his grooms­men, and Ellie and her par­ents. Their day was easy and relaxed and gave us plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to cap­ture these char­ac­ters can­didly. The magic hap­pened when Den­nis’ best man took to the podium to speak about the cou­ple and the change he’s seen in his best friend since Ellie came into his life, and then again when Ellie’s dad deliv­ered a very emo­tional speech to his daugh­ter. There wasn’t a sin­gle dry eye in the room, and because it was in Korean, we knew we had to trans­late it for their highlight.

Korean Wedding Speech

Ellie and Den­nis were pretty busy with their fam­ily the weeks after their wed­ding, so trans­lat­ing their Korean speeches meant that their film would take a lit­tle longer to fin­ish, but it also meant that it would be com­plete and truly reflect the cou­ple and their day. It’s a com­pro­mise we’d make over and over again. It’s funny because — in one of our meet­ings with Ellie and Den­nis — when we asked them what word would describe their day best, Ellie jok­ingly said “Asian”. It was a funny moment that stuck with us, and when faced with speeches in a lan­guage we didn’t under­stand, we real­ized that — jok­ing or not — this was an ele­ment of their wed­ding that played a very impor­tant role, espe­cially in char­ac­ter­iz­ing the rela­tion­ship between Ellie and her family.

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Lastly, we must men­tion the beau­ti­ful, inti­mate 60-person recep­tion at the Royal Ontario Museum. It was def­i­nitely dif­fer­ent work­ing for a government-owned venue — the rules were strict, and there were plenty of reg­u­la­tions we had to famil­iar­ize our­selves with. Michael — our con­tact at the ROM — facil­i­tated the process, and guided us through all the stan­dards that had to be met. After a few con­tracts, we offi­cially became tem­po­rary employ­ees of the Royal Ontario Museum — it was a pretty sweet deal. We couldn’t describe what an amaz­ing venue it was. Instead, we’ll let you expe­ri­ence it in our film.

As always, let us know what you think! We’re off to Port Dover — a small town renowned for its awe-inspiring sun­sets — to film Scott and Kris­ten tying the knot!

Enjoy the long week­end, friends.

 

  • Linda

    What a won­der­ful video!!! So well put together! Happy for you Den­nis and Ellie!