Tag Archives: Toronto

Two day celebration in Toronto

31 May

A { First Kiss Films } FIRST!

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Two beautiful days celebrating Arane & Hersh’s love.
Two different motion picture mediums.
A multimedia highlight film!

Corina & Brett’s downtown vintage chic wedding

10 Apr

Corina & Brett chose to break holiday tradition and marry on a crisp day between Christmas and New Years Eve. They did, however, want their wedding film to be “extra vintagey” so we left our 16mm cameras at home this time and filmed everything on super 8mm. The classic camera was a fitting choice for a ceremony in a gothic church, followed by a streetcar ride to their reception at a restored Victorian hotel.

Both talented writers, Corina & Brett met back in school while studying journalism at Carleton University. After a few years of dating and traveling the globe, Brett surprised Corina while they were in New York City by proposing with an antique 1909 Edwardian engagement ring. It was a romantic touch for what’s proven to be a good ol’ fashioned love story.

~ Filmed lovingly on Kodak super 8mm film ~

Ceremony: St. Mary’s Church  | Reception: Gladstone Hotel  | Photo Feature Wall: The Printing House | Floral Design: Flowers R Us

Telegrams, typewriters and bow ties

3 Apr

“and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”

~ e. e. cummings ~

And what would a sneak peek be without a love note?

“Bridget, We watched our wedding film last night (several million times) and it is wonderful! Thank you so much! We relived the day while watching it, as I’m sure you hear a lot. You managed to get some shots that we didn’t have – finding a nice (read: not under scaffolding) angle of the church, footage of both Brett and I dancing with our parents together and some of the decoration details. You shot extra footage during the reception, which was above and beyond what we asked for (hugely generous). Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is makes up a very special part of our wedding and we are grateful that you created it. xo Corina”

Corina & Brett’s super 8 wedding film will be unveiled next week!

Be happy. Be loving. Be true.

20 Sep

Yumi & Barry thought they wanted their wedding captured on video, until they saw our work on Style Me Pretty. And I’m so happy they found us!

This adorable, fun, and loving couple were such a joy to work with and their wedding was seriously amazing! Did I mention they are super creative as well? Until Y&B’s vintage wedding film is featured on the blog next week, get a glimpse of the bride & groom’s creativity  by watching their own save the date video creation which was featured on Wedthings, the Wedding Bells blog.

Yumi & Barry’s lovenote to { First Kiss Films }:

“HI Bridget!!

We LOOOVE our film!! Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job. You captured  our day so beautifully. We have so many favorite moments. We love the music, the sounds. We are so happy to have this keepsake for the years to come. By the way, our families and friends LOVED the film. We were all laughs, smiles, misty and teary eyed… I relive the day and all the feelings I felt whenever I watch it.  Barry and I have watched it so many times. We still can’t get over how lucky we were to have you film our day. Thanks again so very much!!!

Yumi and Barry

PS:  I am so pleased that you got our dog, Sydney on film too! And she winked at us :) – it was great!!! hehe”

Toronto Star’s First Kiss

23 Jun

Weddings used to be a piece of cake... AFP/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Corina Milic is a journalist and a bride-to-be. She would also “love one of (First Kiss Film’s) vintage films” for her own wedding. But she, like many women planning their wedding, is trying to understand the myriad of expenses that come with a wedding.  

Ms. Milic has been sharing her experiences with Toronto Star readers about navigating her way through the wedding industry and recently interviewed { First Kiss Films } to get an inside perspective on the culture of weddings.  Here’s an excerpt of her article (one of a series) playfully titled “Seeking a little wedding drama, without the trauma”:

“Getting married is expensive. Canadian weddings cost on average $23,330, according to a 2011 WeddingBells magazine survey of 2,000 brides. That includes $1,798 for the average wedding gown, plus thousands more on must-have items like doves to release, monogrammed napkins, and separate brides’ and grooms’ cakes.

Speaking of which, do you know how much it costs to slice a wedding cake?

The going rate in Toronto is $3 to cut a slice, plus a flat fee for the caterer (whom you are already paying thousands) to cut and serve your cake (for which you have already paid hundreds). I feel like the wedding industry has sold me an inflated line and I have no choice but to buy it.

Not quite, says Bridget Redmond, founder of First Kiss Films, an Ottawa-based company that specializes in super 8mm and 16mm wedding films.”

Click here to find out what I had to say and find out more about Corina’s wedding planning journey.

The grandest wedding venue

3 May

It’s hard for me to express the countless reasons why I fell in love with film. But one of these reasons is that without film in my life I probably would have never met my husband. So it only made sense to hold our wedding  in a cinema here in Ottawa. But had we tied the knot in Toronto, we would have LOVED to have celebrated at The Eglinton Grand. Let me show you why.

The Eglinton Grand is a 1930’s former movie house has been transformed into a charming full-service facility that can host receptions for up to 750 guests. It still has all it’s stunning original art-deco details that look great on film such as a handmade etched glass mural in the theatre lobby and majestic siren statues that grace the sides of the beautifully decorated theatre screen. Plus, events are truly private at the Eglinton Grand as the venue is always exclusive for the evening!

A few cinematic details that I just love: having the bride and groom’s names on the marquee along with the title of a favorite film or a line from their first dance song…

…and creating a faux movie poster and hanging it at the theatre’s entrance. Both are such romantic and creative ways to set the stage as your guests arrive and showcase your love to anyone who passes by!

So if you live in Toronto, hopefully { First Kiss Films } will soon be coming to a theatre near you!

Photography courtesy HRM Phototgraphy.