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And If You Listen To The Light: a Wedding Inspiration Shoot at Airship 37

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Objects don’t inherently carry emotions; it’s the context that we place them in, how we approach them, that gives them meaning. The same goes with colour: where shadows end, where light begins - and the delicate in between - is where stories begin. This editorial shoot, recently featured on the Ruffled blog, was an exercise in finding beauty in quiet, in deliberately harmonizing opulence with sparseness.

Curated and produced by our Toronto wedding planner friends Bisous Events in collaboration with The Look Bridal, the shoot took place at Berkeley Events’ blank canvas events space Airship 37, where we gathered with some of Toronto’s best wedding vendors to explore a common vision of refined simplicity. The setting was staged and curated, yet each element of the setup, from the wedding tablescape to the carefully curated wedding dresses, remained emotionally authentic.


While the table itself was upscale and the objects were still, we focused on what brought the settings to life. We found inspiration in light and shadows, air and breath, texture and space. We created room for our model Sam to simply be herself and engage with the setting organically, transforming spaces into beautiful bridal moments.

During the shoot, filming with body rigs as we always do, we tried to give the viewer a sense of personal perspective, of actually being there.

We also went much deeper into our setup shots, trying to convey in motion the emotion that Coyote Flowers’ floral arrangements evoked. We tried to hear and interpret the delicateness of nature, the poetry created by the almost imperceptible movement of carefully arranged branches. We let objects breathe and watched an intimate relationship with the camera develop.

When you spend enough time with an object, it eventually speaks to you. And if you listen to the light, you eventually realize the stories it tells you.

Planning and Production: Bisous Events
Makeup and Production: The Look Bridal
Photography: Purple Tree Photography
Floral Design: Coyote Flowers
Venue: Airship 37
Wedding Dress and Accessories: White Toronto
Jewelry: Anice Jewelry
Engagement Rings: Bluboho
Wardrobe Styling: Katie Goodfellow
Hair: Morgan Inniss
Wedding Cake: Sweet Regards
Furniture Rentals: Detailz Couture
Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions
Stationery: Maison Maquette
Model: Sam Leung (B&M Models)

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Friends Friday: Niv Shimshon Photography

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Niv Shimson Toronto Wedding Photography
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Finding the right photographer for your wedding is not all about choosing someone who can just take pretty photographs, it's finding a person you can trust to capture your wedding in its uniqueness. Your wedding photographer has the important task of documenting those special details that colour your incredible day. Ultimately, he or she will know where to look for those moments that while small, are special.

Our friend and Toronto wedding photographer Niv Shimshon, with his polished, documentary-style photography, is one of the best at capturing this type of moment. His work is subtle and contemporary, his images memorable. What makes his imagery so special is that it never feels forced. Looking through his site, it’s immediately apparent that every couple he works with looks comfortable in their own skin; he makes room for them to express their individual personalities.

Originally from Tel-Aviv, Israel, Niv moved toward Toronto's bright lights where he now lives in the west-end with his baker-extraordinaire wife Alex and their adorable and high-spirited daughter Olive, and their dog Freddy. We sat down with Niv to chat about about his documentary photography process.

 His work has caught the attention of Junebug Weddings, The Wedding Co., Rock 'n' Roll Bride and Style me Pretty.

Niv Shimson Toronto Wedding Photography

One Heart Films: All couples want to look natural and at ease in their photographs, and we've always felt you do such a good job at facilitating that. So, what's your secret? How do you help couples feel more comfortable during a shoot?

Niv: Thank you! No special secret here, just talking with the couple before the shoot and helping them understand that this shoot is about them and not me. The couple doesn't need to pose for me, and they don't need to do anything they wouldn't normally do. This is the reason I tell my couples to choose a location/activity they would normally go to or partake in. I want them to be in their element and feel as if they are on a date. The most important thing is the connection between the couple, and I try to highlight this connection as much as I can with minimum interference.

OHF: In a lot of your photographs, location plays a huge role. How do find places that convey the right emotion for who your couples are?

Niv:  I don't look for a "beautiful" location and then suggest it to the couple. Instead, I talk to the couple and understand what they love, and why. Some couples will tell me about a particular location that they like, while other couples will say that they love urban/nature places, and so I suggest photo locations accordingly. I think that more important than the place is the light. Some of my favourite photos were taken in parking lots, in front of restaurant signs or alleyways. If I had taken them at a different time of the day, they would be a different photo altogether. The real challenge is to get the couple to feel at ease to the point they forget I'm there, and then the magic happens.

Niv Shimson Toronto Wedding Photography

Q: Speaking of location... you've taken a lot of wonderful photographs in Toronto and around the world. Out of all the places you've photographed, what is the most memorable place you've shot at?

A:  Memorable places I've shot aren't significant because of the location; they are memorable because I felt like I was having the best time, just hanging out with friends. Luckily for me, I feel like this most of the time.

Q: In many ways, what makes a session so special is the story being told out of the frame. What are some ways that couples have helped to make their love story more clear to you and, ultimately, helped you make it visible in the final photographs?

A: Communication is a key factor in having the couples' love story evident in the photo. I try to ask the right questions in our first meeting, and then usually we will talk a few days before the engagement shoot. I try to make them as comfortable as possible before the shoot, and I even encourage them to send me photos of what they are planning to wear. I tell couples that changing outfits too many times or bringing props to a shoot is usually a bad idea, as it will result in them concentrating on those things instead of themselves. The more a couple shares stories about their relationship, the little things that they love, with me, the better the photos will tell their love story.

Niv Shimson Toronto Wedding Photography

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?

A:  Mainly from photo books. I love going to Toronto reference library. On the fifth floor, you can find rare photo books of all the great photographers. Usually, most of the books I love are related to street photography or documentary photography. This kind of photography, where the photographer works with a given environment and makes the best out of it is, for me, the most basic and elegant form of photography. I also love to watch films and try to understand how they use light to create a certain feel, build a scene.

Love in All Colours / Happy Pride

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This morning, I was reading NOW Magazine's coverage of Pride and it struck me that, while I have always been open about my own support of the LGBTQ community, I had never publicly spoken about One Heart Films' views on this matter.

OHF is firmly in support of LGBTQ rights, from freedom of speech to washroom access, from protection from police brutality and systemic marginalization, to the right to equal marriage rights for all.

Dear LGBTQ neighbours, I want to keep this post short because this weekend is not about me or about us, but about you. I want you to know that while we haven't really worked together yet, we are in your corner, and you can count on us to be allies and friends. Happy Pride!

Truly yours,

Christian Peterson
Creative Director
One Heart Films

 

My wife’s the reason anything gets done.
She nudges me towards promise by degrees.
She is a perfect symphony of one.
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play.
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day
This show is proof that history remembers
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers,
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story.
Now fill the world with music, love, and pride.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda

Friends Friday: Ferré Sposa bridal boutique

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Ferré Sposa Bridal Boutique
Wedding Dress at Ferré Sposa

The dress a bride chooses to wear as she walks down the wedding aisle says a lot about her as a unique individual. So many styles, so many gowns, so many ways for brides to express themselves! That’s why it’s always best visiting stores where shopkeepers really value the decision-making process, not just the process.

Our friend Jennifer Dang is that kind of shopkeeper. Both Toronto bridal boutiques, Ferré Sposa and Elizabeth & Beau, are stores she's involved in that promote a culture of positivity, with dress consultants that provide pressure-free support; because buying a dress doesn’t have to be stressful.

We caught up with Jennifer to talk about some different ways brides can put their own unique twist on their wedding outfits so that their personality shines through on their big day, no matter what they’re wearing.

Jennifer Dang at Ferré Sposa

STYLE /  The traditional white wedding dress is by far the most popular choice for brides, but it’s not the only choice. As a buyer, you see a lot of different designs on bridal runways and in magazines. What are your thoughts on the spectrum of more creative or alternative choices for bridal wear?

JH: I like to label myself as a modern/traditional bride consultant. I do a combination of traditional looks, because ultimately when people are getting married, it’s their first time. Unlike someone who might be in the industry, they might not be as daring. However, because they’re into fashion and style, they might want to do something a little different. A little tradition with a touch of modern. I look for something modern and useful when I work with brides.

PROCESS /  When a bride comes into on of your shops, where do they start? How do you and your team help them start the process of looking for their wedding dress? Every bride is so unique, from her tastes to her personality. In what ways can you help a bride choose a wedding dress that best reflects her?

JH: A lot of people come in asking “what do you think works for me based off my body type?” I’m actually trained not to go off body type. Ultimately if you’re able to rock a look, that’s all that matters. So whatever the bride is comfortable with based off her personality is the most important thing. I figure out more who the bride is to give them more of an opportunity to look like themselves. Although they may not know what to choose, I start to pick up what they’re selecting and start making mental notes. If they’re picking something more simple, or extravagant, I start to go with the process of talking them through what they like and don’t like. I formulate a look that suits their personality. It has very little to do with their body type.

Ultimately, I showcase what brides are comfortable with. I find what they feel good in and hone in from there. Once I start to narrow down, it makes it a lot easier to pick the right wedding dress.

Wedding dresses at Ferré Sposa

TIPS & TRICKS / Being wedding filmmakers in Toronto, we see many original looks and know that anything is possible, but a lot of brides don’t always realize that there are other choices beyond the dress that can really make a difference in their bridal look. From shoes to jewellery, headpieces to clutches, there’s a ton of ways to express their individuality. Do you have any tips and tricks for brides in terms of accessorizing, whether it be through purchasing, renting, or even DYI-ing?

JH: When I shop for wedding gowns, I always tell brides “don’t take at face value.” That means that whatever brides see on the rack, they can still modify. So let’s say they’re looking for a long sleeve dress, or they’re looking for something with straps, they’ll tend to look at dresses that already have straps or long sleeves. This is very limiting because what’s been working for years is strapless gowns. So using a broader canvas, and finding something based on the silhouette and adding in accessories will allow them a variety of selection. They don't have to look at the five dresses that have spaghetti straps or long sleeves. They can look at the other 20 gowns that are in the selection of the silhouette, and if the budget allows, adding those accessories. That’s the first thing brides can think of.

The next thing is that once they’ve purchased their gown and want to add more personality to it, they can get really creative in how they shop. One great tip is that you can look at hair pieces to be added as a belt for a very unique look, it might be more of a dainty hairpiece. So that’s a really creative way to save money. Hair pieces tend to be cheaper than belts.

I also find that a lot of brides take an opportunity in their shoes to bring them personality. Your shoes don’t actually show that much when you’re walking, but it’s in your detailed shots that gives some personality. I actually have a bride that had taken pieces of her moms wedding dress and asked us to incorporate it. It’s all about creativity. It might be as simple as taking the lace of your moms wedding gown and incorporating it into your own lace. Or taking and adding buttons to your gown. There’s lot of ways to have that homage to your mom. I think that’s a really cool, fun detail. I think it’s in thinking about what’s important to you. I always tell people that whether it’s your wedding gown or your wedding day in general, it’s bringing a piece of who you are in your wedding day style that’s a really nice touch for everyone to see.

Wedding dresses at Ferré Sposa

WILD CARD / You do a lot of traveling! Have you picked up any cool wedding traditions, customs or unique looks that you loved along the way? Anything out of the box that might inspire our Toronto brides?

JH: Bring your personality. I get so many couples that are mixed from different cultures. I love when they take the opportunity to allow their guests to experience the combination of the two cultures. It’s super unique to Toronto. It’s a beautiful thing. What a lot of these brides like to do is incorporate their culture so they have their roots in their wedding. It doesn’t have to be a huge part of the ceremony, but partaking in small traditions are a fun and meaningful way to have something that is a part of who they are so the guests can experience that.

Last year a southeast Asian bride I worked with wanted to wear a wedding gown. Typically, she would have worn a sari that is mid-drift and can be a ballgown, or a slim dress with a scarf over top. I found a gown that looked similar to that: it was a t-shirt lace-top that was cropped... and it was a ballgown. I think she had incorporated a scarf afterwards. It was such a beautiful mix of the western and southeastern cultures. As a consultant, I love being a part of that mixing process.

Angela + David / Nestleton Waters Inn Wedding

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Oftentimes, when we discuss wedding film ideas with our couples, we chat about how distance shapes relationships, how serendipity is so precious, how our families shape who we are, how we can grow from complete strangers into each other's biggest fans, and so on. And then, once in a while, two people come to us with a story that can be told simply, in all but four words: it's always been you.

Enter Angie and David, who sat beside each other in grade one (he remembers it, she doesn't) and started dating at the end of high school. We didn't know this when we met them, but they've been each other's everything for a long time - ten years! What does that level of knowing each other look like? Well, when we showed up at the house to shoot Angela getting ready, the boys sneaked in like goofy teenagers; when they read each other's cards, they both cried so much reading that we needed multiple takes; when their 'official' first kiss happened, they had already kissed four times during the ceremony; and when they had their first dance, it felt more like a hundredth dance, silly faces and bows and all; In their wedding films, we tried to reflect all that: the comfort, the happiness, the playfulness that come with saying "we learned all this together, now let's do it all over again... and forever."

And so, as you watch the highlights film for Angela & David's Nestleton Waters Inn wedding, try and look for all this: that history in their eyes, those wordless expressions of love. There's comfort in the arms of someone that has known you since before you even fully knew who you were yourself. Speaking of A & D's relationship, the bride's sister said it best: "There was a time when I told Angela I didn't believe in relationships that started during childhood, because people simply grow up, and then grow apart. But I'm glad I was wrong about the two of you. You guys have turned me into a believer that puppy love can turn into true love, and that people can grow together rather than apart."

Angela and David, we wish you many more tens of years of discovery, of tender gazes and silly smiles, of true love.

Love,

OHF

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Bridewell, a bridal lifestyle series / Thank you for being there

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From the moment we first thought of creating the #BridewellSeries, our goal has always been to encourage positivity throughout the wedding process. From mental and spiritual wellness to physical health and self-confidence building, we've tried to cover topics that uplift and empower brides-to-be.

It's been six episodes of meeting with friends, both old and new, and now it's time for Season 1 of the #BridewellSeries to come to an end.

We appreciate all the love and feedback we've received since our very first episode, and truly hope we were able to provide some much-needed support for every bride and bride-to-be before their special day. We genuinely believe that your wellness should come first!



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To our best-in-the-city co-producer Barreworks: thank you for collaborating with us and being a force for good.

To our one-of-a-kind host Bo Lam: thank you for sharing your vibrant energy with us in every episode. You are the 'face of the franchise'. We love you!

To our guests Joanna (Barreworks), Phoebe (Phoebe Lo Events), Dawna (Dawna Boot Makeup), Ladylyn (Hair by Ladylyn), Hattie (Hattitude Jewellery) and Miranda (Barreworks): thank you for taking the time to empower our viewers. We appreciate you sharing all your invaluable advice on ways in which brides can feel confident before, during, and after their wedding day.

To my amazing OHF team, Tanya, Isabelle, Michael, Kathryn, and our shooter Anton: know that none of this happens without you.

And lastly to YOU, to all of you who watched or re-shared, intently or casually: thank you for joining us on this journey!

We hope you loved watching the #BridewellSeries as much as we loved making it. Please keep sharing your thoughts with us and stay positive, stay empowered, stay well. If all goes well, we'll be back!

Love,

 

Christian Peterson
Creative Director
One Heart Films

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Bridewell Episode 6: Miranda on Self-Care / a bridal lifestyle series

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Breathe, just breathe. With all the pushing and pulling surrounding wedding stress, it can be easy for exhaustion and fatigue to begin affecting your physical well-being. Taking a moment to find your breath – even if it’s simply for a couple of seconds – can help to reground and reset yourself to feel present and calm in the moment.
 
Self-care is the major inspiration behind Bridewell. We created this series with all the elements of wellbeing for brides in mind, including mental health, physical health, and building self-confidence. Our goal has been to encourage positivity throughout the wedding process.

That’s why for our final episode of the #BridewellSeries we spoke to Barreworks Instructor, Miranda Meijer, on the importance of introducing self-care into your routine, ending the series perfectly on a positive and reflective note. 

Thank you for joining us throughout the Bridewell journey. We truly believe that your wellness should come first. We created the Bridewell series with this in mind – we hope we were able to provide some much-deserved support for every bride and bride-to-be before their special day.

We hope you enjoy this final episode. 

Love,

OHF

Guest: Miranda Meijer, Barre Instructor, Barreworks
Host: Ming-Bo Lam, Barreworks
Makeup: Dawna Boot Makeup
Hair: Hair by Ladylyn

Thank you for joining us throughout the entirety of the #BridewellSeries! 


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Bridewell Episode 5: Hattie on Style / a bridal lifestyle series

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You don’t have to have your personal style completely figured out in order for your wedding look to be a success. Drawing inspiration from your own hobbies and lifestyle can help narrow it down: sometimes simply staying true to yourself is enough to feel confident on your special day. 

In our fifth episode of the #BridewellSeries we sat down with jewelry designer Hattie of Hattitude Jewellry at Barreworks Studio for advice on how to design a wedding that's distinctly yours. We chatted about ways to get inspiration from online sources, creating a vision board, trusting your gut, and paying attention to the little details to pull a look together.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

Love,

OHF

Guest: Hattitude Jewellry
Host: Ming-Bo Lam, Barreworks
Makeup: Dawna Boot Makeup
Hair: Hair by Ladylyn

Join us next week for the final episode of the #BridewellSeries on Self Care with Barreworks Instructor, Miranda Meijer!


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Bridewell Episode 4: Ladylyn on Hair Care / a bridal lifestyle series

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Whether you decide to keep your hair style simple on your wedding day or you're opting to make a drastic change, like dyeing your hair from blonde to brunette, the most important thing is to wear your hair with confidence! Your hair is the most personalized accessory you have, so whether it's pin straight, bob short, ultra curly or somewhere in between, how you choose to wear it on your wedding day should be distinctly you.

In our fourth episode of the #BridewellSeries, we caught up with hairstylist Ladylyn for some eye-opening tips on pre-wedding hair prep at the Barreworks studio. As the hairstylist for all our Bridewell episodes, we knew Ladylyn was the best person to talk to about some tips and tricks for hair that will look great, both in photos and walking down the wedding aisle! 

We hope you enjoy this episode! 

Love,

OHF

Guest: Dawna Boot
Host: Ming-Bo Lam, Barreworks
Makeup: Dawna Boot Makeup
Hair: Hair by Ladylyn

Join us next week for Episode 5 of #BridewellSeries with jewelry designer Hattie!


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Bridewell Episode 3: Dawna on Skincare / a bridal lifestyle series

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Feeling beautiful starts from the inside, which is why choosing your wedding day makeup artist is a process that goes more than skin-deep.

Having a strong connection and sense of trust with the person applying your makeup is so important – they need to share your values and, more importantly, also understand that it's not just about improving your complexion or covering up flaws! Good makeup artists will know how to accentuate the beauty you carry within so that it radiates out on your wedding day.

We chatted with incredibly talented makeup artist Dawna Boot at the Barreworks studio to find out more on how to foster that special relationship as well as skin prep tips for this third episode of the #BridewellSeries. Dawna is also the makeup artist for all our guests on the series, so if you want to see out more of her work, check out the rest of our Bridewell videos!

We hope you enjoy this episode! 

Love,

OHF

 

Guest: Dawna Boot
Host: Ming-Bo Lam, Barreworks
Makeup: Dawna Boot Makeup
Hair: Hair by Ladylyn

Join us next week for Episode 4 of #BridewellSeries, Hair Care, with hair stylist Ladylyn Gool.


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Bridewell Episode 2: Phoebe on Community / a bridal lifestyle series

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In the months leading up to your wedding, it can be difficult to stick to the original vision you had for your special day. That's why it's so important to surround yourself with a good community – family, friends, vendors – who will help you stay true to your values and stand strong in the decisions you make.

We had a blast chatting with Phoebe Lo at the Barreworks studio about the importance of community for our second episode of the #BridewellSeries. As a longtime Toronto wedding planner, Phoebe had some great advice for brides on how to filter through all the different resources for the wedding planning process and how to surround yourself with a great wedding team that supports you every step of the way!

We hope you enjoy this episode.

Love, 

OHF


Guest: Phoebe Lo Events
Host: Ming-Bo Lam, Barreworks
Makeup: Dawna Boot Makeup
Hair: Hair by Ladylyn

Join us next week for Episode 3 of #BridewellSeries with makeup artist, Dawna Boot!


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Bridewell Episode 1: Joanna on Posture / a bridal lifestyle web series

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Today's the day! We're so happy to be sharing this first episode of the #BridewellSeries with you.

When we first started producing Bridewell with our favourite fitness studio, Barreworks, our goal was to provide couples, especially women, with a resource for ways they could boost their wellness, and in the process, build self-confidence. 

A great way to gain that confidence is through healthy physical exercise, which is why we decided to chat with Joanna for our very first episode of Bridewell. As an instructor and studio manager at Barreworks, Joanna Eisen is an exercise pro. She shared some tips on ways to improve posture and spinal alignment and also showed us some great at-home exercises that you can do to build your back – and your confidence – for that special moment when you walk down the aisle! 

We hope you enjoy this episode. 

Love, 

OHF


Guest: Joanna Eisen, Barre Instructor, Barreworks
Host: Ming-Bo Lam, Barreworks
Makeup: Dawna Boot Makeup
Hair: Hair by Ladylyn

Join us next week for our next episode, Community, with Phoebe of Phoebe Lo Events!


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One Heart Films + Barreworks present: Bridewell, a bridal lifestyle web series

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Part of our mission at One Heart Films is to help brides and grooms go through the wedding process in a healthy and positive way. We are firm believers in community and reject the tropes created by reality-TV: every woman is a bridezilla-to-be, grooms don't care that much about the wedding, things always go over budget, etc. In fact, day in and day out, we are privileged to witness kind and loving people try to make – sometimes tough – decisions that will shape their wedding day. We see people caring about people, considerate gestures toward vendors, and supporting attitudes when times get rough. So while everything isn't always perfect, we believe in highlighting the good over the bad and encouraging positivity. We want to help people feel good about their wedding, their partners, and themselves.

And so, with this in mind, we’re thrilled to announce a new web series we’ve been working on in collaboration with our favourite fitness studio, Barreworks.

The show, called Bridewell, is a bridal lifestyle web series that focuses on wellness, positivity, and staying true to yourself during the wedding planning process. Every episode, we’ll be chatting with industry professionals about tips and tricks for self-care, posture, style, hair, makeup, and how to surround yourself with a strong community in the days leading up to your special day. The interviews, hosted by Barreworks' own Ming-Bo Lam, are meant be light and casual, and will hopefully leave you feeling informed and refreshed.

From the day we first started following Barreworks, we loved their branding, their course offering and, most importantly, the values they communicate through their social channels. We’re so excited to have had the opportunity of producing this series with them. Watching our interviews with their barre instructors Joanna and Miranda, you’ll understand why they’ve been voted Toronto’s Best Workout Studio by NOW Magazine’s readers for four years running!

Our goal with the Bridewell series is to encourage and promote positive ways for women to boost their wellness and build self – confidence – not just for their wedding day but for the rest of their lives. We hope you'll follow us on this journey. The first episode, Posture with Joanna, goes live on Youtube, Facebook and on our site, on Monday, February 13. In the meantime enjoy our teaser video!

Lastly, heartfelt thanks to everybody involved in this project. We could not have done it without you. You perfectly embody the spirit of community over competition, and we are lucky to count you as friends.

Love, 

OHF

Guests:

Joanna Eisen & Miranda Meijer, Barre Instructors, Barreworks
Phoebe Lo, Phoebe Lo Events
Dawna Boot, Dawna Boot Makeup
Ladylyn Gool, Hair by Ladylyn
Hattie Dunstan, Hattitude Jewellery


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Esther + Mike / Langdon Hall Wedding

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When our friend Heidi - of Heidi Lau Photography – reached out to ask us to document her sister's wedding, we were so excited (she is, after all, the first photographer on our referral list).

And then we actually met Esther and Mike, and that excitement grew, because it was clear from the start that Esther and Mike would become good friends of OHF. As we moved through the wedding planning process – and, along the way, helped Esther's bridesmaid Rosy's boyfriend Henry propose to her – we got to know two people that care deeply about those around them.

And then September came, and as we headed to beautiful Langdon Hall, the rain that came down seemed unimportant, almost unnoticeable. The bride and groom got ready, and we slowly grew closer to their siblings and parents, friends and nieces. Following some door games that included a memorable Backstreet Boys cover, E & M saw each other for the first time, and the day was underway!

Through a gorgeous ceremony, a dinner filled with lovely speeches and hilarious games, and a first dance illuminated by friends, Esther & Mike's wedding turned out to be all about friends and family, about focusing on the things that matter, and about sharing a good meal... just the way it should be!

Make up : Artistrhi
Hair : Puzzle Creations
Bow-tie : TYTAN
Bridal Gown : Tara Keely
Bridal Shop : Kleinfeld Bridal
Florals : Blush and Bloom
Venue : Langdon Hall


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Suzanne + Alan / Graydon Hall Wedding Film

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When Suzanne and Alan reached out to us to craft their beautiful Graydon Hall Wedding Film, we knew instantly they were not your average couple. Suzanne told us that her vision for the day was to keep it beautiful but simple: things would start in the afternoon rather than early morning, the menu would consist of hors-d'oeuvres only, with no formal dinner, speeches would be given in a cocktail hour setting, and then we'd be done. Wait, what? A half day... without a reception or a party?

Suze and Alan's plan was simple: a quick but lovely wedding day and, in the evening, a friends-only night of partying. At first, we were worried. With such a short wedding, we felt there wouldn't be enough footage for the film. A few discussions took place around whether or not we should tag along to Suze and Alan's evening party (at a lovely bar downtown), but the couple decided to keep things intimate. Ultimately, we really appreciated their desire for a more private celebration. We came to shoot the daytime portion of the festivities only, and got to witness so many industry superstar friends walk down the aisle alongside Suze.

At the end of the day, as you can see in their Highlights Film, Suzanne and Alan's wedding was action-packed and full of emotion. In the span of a few hours, everything from ecstatic moments of waiting to uncontrollable tears and laughter, was shared and captured on film.
We love when couples hold true to their vision because at the end of the day, it's not about the photos or the film, it's about you. When you let your wedding unfold the way you imagined it, even it means a little pushback from your family or your vendors, you'll enjoy it so much more.
Here's to Suzanne and Alan. We wish you to live your married life the same way you breezed through your wedding: with joy, in love, and on your own terms!

Wedding Planner : Love Kristine Events
Bridal Gown : Truvelle
Bridal Shop : Sash & Bustle Boutique
Groom Suit : Topman
Photographer : When He Found Her
Hair : Suzie Kim Bridal Hair
Make up : Aglowbyjoan Makeup and Hair Artist
Hair + Make up : Windy Chiu Make-up + Hair
Florals : Secrets Floral Collection
Venue : Graydon Hall Manor

If you loved the film, check out some of the best moments of the day in the slideshow below.

Friends Friday: Bisous Events

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There are few wedding planners in the city who do urban simplicity better than Jess Hoang, founder of Bisous Events. Bringing a breath of fresh air to the industry, she builds weddings for the modern couple looking to create an experience that’s heartfelt and polished, yet unpretentious. We chatted with the down-to-earth planner, and our dear friend, to talk tips on budget and keeping it simple. 

Jennifer See Studios

Jennifer See Studios

Photo by Eric Cheung

Photo by Eric Cheung

Mango Studios

Mango Studios

STYLE /  As a planner, how do you help couples figure out their personal style and come up with themes for their wedding? Where does one start?

JH: First off, I’d love to thank you for including us in #FriendsFridays! It’s lovely when you can be friends with those in the industry. 

As for getting started when wedding-planning, I always start with inspiration photos, their venue and their favourite colours. From there, we decide on the level of formality they would like their wedding (backyard, glam, black-tie, cocktail or semi-formal) and then we talk about what they are like as a couple. I want to know what their hobbies and date nights are like, how they met and what sort of lifestyle they have. The best weddings are those that are not only detailed and beautiful, but the ones you can tell their relationship was the muse.

PROCESS /  There are so many decisions couples need to make in regards to their wedding day. How can people turn this long process into a simpler, more enjoyable experience? Are there ways couples can help you help them? 

JH: The first step: hire a planner. Sure, it’s easy for me, a planner, to say that, but there is a reason why more and more couples are hiring one even when they have a smaller budget. When I start the design process with my clients, I always start big and funnel down. I take their huge Pinterest boards and inspirations and break it down into 1 page of 8 images to help them narrow down the theme. There are definitely an infinite number of each vendors in the Greater Toronto Area but not all deliver amazing work and seamless service. My job is to not only make their wedding special but within their budget and with the least amount of headache possible. 

Words like “vintage” or “modern” can mean a million things so visuals always help. Couples can help their planners by booking them early before they book most of their vendors so we can help guide their choices. They can also help by being realistic with their vision and their budget.

Becca Gilgan Photography

Becca Gilgan Photography

Becca Gilgan Photography

Becca Gilgan Photography

TIPS & TRICKS / Weddings can get pretty expensive if you don't plan them well. Any budget tips for couples at the beginning of their planning process?

JH: One tip is to make a list of all the vendors they would like and to put them in the “definitely” and the “maybe” category. After that, they need to do the same with their guest list. The best way to achieve their dream wedding on a budget is to have a more intimate affair. Also, more and more couples are opting to not have favours.

If you’re in the market for a planner, make sure you book earlier than later to get the best bang for your buck. He or she may have already worked at that venue if you’re still looking for the perfect location and know how you can save money by using the items they have on-hand. Your planner can also guide you to newer vendors such as florists or photo booths that can give a reasonable discount without adding stress to your big day. Often times, planners can save you more than it costs to hire one, never mind reducing the stress level.

WILD CARD / You’re getting married this year! How has the planning process been, and what are you most excited about for your own wedding? 

JH: I am... it is wild being on this side of it all! The process has been great since I always made mental notes at each wedding even before getting engaged, thinking, “Wow, this (insert vendor) is so beautiful… I’m going to ask them more details about my wedding!” But it is also very strange to be a bride-to- be, it’s like suddenly taking our working industry relationship to the next level. 

The majority of our family lives in other countries so I am most excited for our family to be all in one place together. I can’t wait to meet some of our little family members that I haven’t had the opportunity to meet to be there. Most of all, I can’t wait to officially call my fiancée, my forever-boyfriend.  

Mike Rousseau

Vanessa Heins Photography + Jess Baumung Photography

Vanessa Heins Photography + Jess Baumung Photography

Jess' profile photo: Olive Photography

Vendors & Your Seating Plan: Setting Us Up For Success

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As wedding filmmakers, about 90% of our time is spent working on our feet. We don't want to miss a moment – that's why we're busy shooting from morning to evening, making sure to capture the preparation process, the ceremony and everything in between. 

Most days it's not until halfway through the reception that we have a chance to sit down, but even then, we're still working. What's our strategy for introductions? How's the audio, the lighting? What angles are we planning on using for the first dance? These are questions we're asking ourselves as your guests prepare to enter from cocktail hour. The ability to work silently, efficiently, and most importantly, invisibly, is essential to us as the storytellers of your wedding.

That's why it's important to seat your vendors strategically in the reception hall.

We want to be as discreet as possible but we also need great visual access to the main stage. At the end of the day, we understand that vendors are there to lend our support to your wedding, not steal focus. Where you decide to seat us in the dining hall makes a big difference for what we can and can't do. 

Here's a list of tips to help you place your filmmakers right where they need to be on your seating plan to get the best shots possible, as well as some friendly facts to help you smooth the process for your vendors on your wedding day.

Seat Us In The Dining Room

Some couples choose to seat their photographers and filmmakers in a separate room, away from the hustle and bustle of the dining room during the reception. While that may seem like the considerate thing to do in regards to privacy and workspace, its actually counterproductive for us as imagemakers. Running back and forth from room to room leaves us less time for the important tasks, like recording, and disconnects us from the natural flow of your wedding. 

No matter how diligent you are, there's always surprises like an unexpected toast or an impromptu hug from Grandma during dinner. That's the beauty of weddings – the fact that they rarely go exactly as you planned, leaving room for candid moments. But if you don't seat your filmmakers in the dining room with the rest of your guests there's a chance we'll be missing out on capturing all those spontaneous moments that will make your wedding video that much better.

All that being said, we don't want to disturb your reception. A table placed at the back of the hall gives us a chance to take a breather while still being present and accessible when needed. We can keep our cameras right by our side while we eat and be ready to pick them up at a moment's notice. Plus, it's great to be able to connect with your other vendors; it fosters collaboration. Our personal preference is for the table to be as close to the DJ or audio board as possible so that we can quickly double-check sound quality before important speeches. 

Give Us A Heads Up

Most weddings tend to go off schedule, which means that it's difficult for us to know when, for example, the best man will do his speech. We can react, but we can't guess. Having the co-ordinator or MC give us a signal about 5 minutes before any speech is key. It'll give us time to adjust camera focus, check the audio, and start recording before any important programming starts instead of midway through.

Eating On The Job

On the day of the wedding, your filmmaker will likely include in their contract that they need to be fed. We don't care if we receive a multiple-course meal or a vendor meal (a simpler meal than you'd serve your guests). But do keep in mind how long it's been since we last ate. I'm a member of a lot of videographer forums online and I can tell you that failing to provide meals to your vendors is often a source of frustration and can be very detrimental to your relationship with your vendors. We love our couples, but when we arrive at the reception and are told that our meal will be served 'later', it's a bit tough to stay upbeat.

However you decide to work out the logistics, just keep in mind that vendors have often been working a very long day and likely deserve a break.

Be Open

We've had couples tell us that they'd rather their vendors not drink alcohol during the reception because they've had bad experiences at other weddings. We can understand that. However, most high-end vendors will act in a professional manner and would never do anything detrimental to your special occasion. That being said, you should feel free to share any concerns you may have with us ahead of time.

Our work with you is based on trust and honesty. That's why we wrote this blog post: not only to share some ins-and-outs of wedding filmmaking with you but also to be honest about what makes us feel respected and excited for the work ahead. After all, it's much easier to care about people that care about us! 

Hayley + Zack / Queens Landing Niagara-On-The-Lake Wedding

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When Hayley and Zack reached out to us, they were so excited to work together in sharing the story of their wedding. From our first phone conversation to the ideation Skype call, and everything in between, we always knew they would be such an amazing couple to work with.

Having learned to be adults together, through thick and thin, they are truly 'in sync'. There's a connection there, in the way he cares for her, the way she smiles at him, how they both make things happen together. These are two people that found themselves together, through the years. This film is the story of the moment Hayley and Zack shared those profound discoveries with others.

Shot at the Queens Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake, feature the funnest bridesmaids, boys tossing the pigskin around in the morning sun, a whole crew of the sweetest grandmothers around, and some waterside romance, this piece is also, in a way, our gift to two people that were always so kind to us.

Here's to you, Hayley and Zack. Here's not to two people choosing to get married, but rather to two souls learning, over time, to become one. We wish you all the happiness in the world!

Thanks also to our fellow vendors, especially our friend Anastasia of Olive Photography.

Venue: Queens Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Planner: Lynda Carpenter Events
Photography: Olive Photography
Music: Impact DJ
Photobooth: Photobooth by Babylon
Wedding Cake: Sweet Celebrations
Florals: Burlington Blooms
Stationery: Oakville Paper Boutique
Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay

White Lights Sale: 10% Off New Wedding Bookings in December

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With the most joyful season approaching, grateful for all the happiness shared in 2016 and excited about the beautiful moments that lie ahead in 2017 and beyond, we decided to spread some cheer.

To make your holidays brighter, we are thrilled to announce our White Lights Sale! For this special promotion, we will be offering engaged couples 10% off new One Heart Films wedding bookings all throughout December ($280-$380 Savings). 

To inquire about availability and to book One Heart Films for your wedding day, please fill out our contact form here.

From our team to you and your loved ones, with a heart full of magic, we wish you the loveliest of holiday seasons!

Terms & Conditions of the One Heart Films White Lights Sale:

- This offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.

- The discount offered as part of this promotion is equal to 10% of the pre-tax package costs listed on the Investment page, as of December 1.
- This offer is only valid for contracts signed in December 2016. The date of the wedding can be in 2017 or 2018, but a 50% retainer fee on the total value of the package must be received by December 31st in order for the offer to be effective. Standard contract terms apply on all bookings.

- This offer is applicable only on new bookings, and savings will not retroactively be applied to contracts already signed.
- This offer is subject to availability. We do not double book dates and thus cannot guarantee availability on your wedding date.
- One Heart Films reserves the right to cancel this promotion at any time, without prior notice.

 

'All That Shines' Berkeley Bicycle Club Wedding Film (Editorial)

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What makes a wedding unique? How does one express individuality when planning, confronted with the task of choosing from a myriad of bridal gowns, seemingly identical wedding venues, or too-similar, overly ornate plate options?

In 'All That Shines', an editorial collaboration with event planner Jessica Hoang from Bisous Events and photographer Alyssa Wodabek that was recently featured in Australia's Hello May Magazine, we tried to create a bridal editorial film that, while showing what a Berkeley Bicycle Club wedding might look like, would reflect our personal preference for simplicity in all things wedding-related. (In that, Jess is very much a kindred spirit!)

Building on the venue's inherent qualities, such as beautiful wood panelling (and a magnificent alcove), gorgeous stained glass windows, and spacious rooms, we invited our models Alyssa & Justin to connect intimately but softly, to make themselves comfortable in those nooks of rainy-day light, to inhabit those moments of quiet contentment. Thus, we kept the motion simple, allowing them to simply 'be'. The resulting film is meant to inspire brides and grooms seeking a sense of respite in their wedding. Be it at dinner, hands intertwined as they listen in awe or in more abstract spaces, alone or together, we made everything about pace and soft breaths, withholding any kissing to focus on how the way he looks at her - and how she looks back at him - carries so much weight, so much truth, so much love.

With a dedicated team of Toronto wedding vendors crafting every detail of this bridal editorial, whose working title was 'Copper and Linen', we had the opportunity to create a collective vision that included a stunning gown from Maureen Patricia Bridal and a veil from Posh Veils, set into a beautiful hairstyle created by Puzzle Creations and accented by a sparkly headpiece by The Loved One. Our bride Alyssa, whose makeup was done by The Look Bridal, elegantly handled flowers provided by Ashley Elaine.

Meanwhile, our groom Justin was clad in an Indochino suit, accessorized by Tytan Ties accents (custom tie & pocket square).

Table-wise, Plate Occasions made magic happen, while stationery was designed by Castlefield Design Co. and Crumb & Berry provided us with succulent, delicate cakes.

We hope you enjoy watching 'All That Shines' as much as we enjoyed making it. Here's to the simple things in life.