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!