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The best things in life are not things. They are the memories of our experiences, adventures, and celebrations… hand in hand with the people we love. Your wedding is that one day in your life when all of the most important people in your life gather at one place at one time. Sadly, memories fade and most eventually disappear. We are ENGAGED FILMS and we sell time travel…

Like a fine wine, a wedding film is something that gets better with age. You are investing in having memories that will become priceless immediately following your wedding celebration. I believe each and every couple’s story is unique and will tell your story by adding various components of the typical wedding day to create personalized packages that can meet a variety of wants, desires and budgets. My approach to capturing your wedding day through the art of cinema is to recognize love in its wonderful shapes and forms. There is amazing beauty in each and every wedding and I pride myself on capturing the emotion, joy & love that will fill your day. I promise to value your day as much as you and deliver a wedding film that is like no other!

“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

– Mignon McLaughlin

LANA & RYAN – A spectacular Wedding day filled with LOVE at the Harvest Golf Course (WEDDING HIGHLIGHT FILM)

 

DANIELLE & OBAID… An Amazing Sparkling Hill Wedding Extravaganza (WEDDING HIGHLIGHT FILM)

If a picture is worth 1000 words, just imagine being able to hear those words … I’ve seen many great pictures of vows and speeches, yet always wonder exactly what is being said during those moments  

KIM & KEVIN – A love story at Summerhill Estate Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia (WEDDING HIGHLIGHT FILM)

JENN & MATT… Our Wedding at the COVE Lakeside Resort (WEDDING HIGHLIGHT FILM)

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This IS NOT a “cookie cutter” process… Tell me about “YOUR” day and “YOUR” needs… I promise we will come up with something that is agreeable to everyone.

 

SABRINA & STEVE – Wedding on the Naramata Bench at 1775 Winery (WEDDING HIGHLIGHT FILM)

 

DELIVERY

All ENGAGED Wedding films are delivered via Customized “WAFERcard” USB Flash Drives

Stay updated with the “EDITING” progress of your wedding film HERE

Wedding Film USB
 

LAUREN & CHRIS… A Banff Springs Hotel Same Day Edit Wedding Film (SDE)(SAME DAY EDIT)

SAME DAY EDIT {SDE}

Dialing up the time machine to go back just a few hours, the most popular wedding day INDULGENCE by far is to see the SDE of your wedding fully edited and ready for viewing @9PM on the same night of your ceremony. Does the best man know that his dropping the ring during the ceremony has been captured for posterity? Does the groom know that his fiancee’s eyes welled up when he surprised her with that song during the ceremony? Did everyone see the groom’s face when he saw his beautiful bride in that stunning gown for the first time?

If you want people talking about your wedding years after it happened. Then a Same Day Edit is for you. Edited on one of our mobile edit suites on location at your wedding. Allowing us to present a cinematic experience during your wedding reception. SDE’s are not cheap, but the “WOW” outweighs everything else.

“Remember, most people didn’t get to see close shots of the bride and groom as they saw each other, the emotion in their faces as they exchanged their vows, the ring slipping on the finger”. “People are used to seeing a photo montage or even a love story (at the reception), but a same day edit is truly breathtaking.”

 
“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”

– Martin Luther King

 

ALLISON & KEEGAN… Sarasota – Florida Destination Wedding Film (THEATRICAL TRAILER)

DESTINATION WEDDING FILMS

Over the past 25+ years, I have filmed weddings across the globe for couples that want the same service and quality I offer here at home. They crave the peace of mind that comes with making sure they get what they pay for, and not an unknown production company that might not have the same capabilities or talents that I offer. So why not take John Thiessen with you? I always provide extra coverage, as I love to be a part of the “destination wedding experience”. Pricing is a flat rate for “additional associated travel costs”. This includes ALL costs. Transportation, Accommodations, Car Rental, Food and Incidentals. It is less expensive than you think. One of the ways ENGAGED lets you get value out of bringing me along with you to your destination, is to provide either a free SDE or LOVE STORY for your reception. That way the $$$ you are spending for travel gives you something of value in return for taking me with you. Hawaiian Weddings, Mexican Weddings and Caribbean Weddings are always on our radar.

CHRISTIANE & MANUEL… New York City – New York Destination Wedding Film (THEATRICAL TRAILER)

“A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it’s something that must be created.”

– Fawn Weaver

 

WEDDING FILM FAQ

Weddings, are a once-in-a-lifetime situation. They require an intuitive sensitivity for the situation, and outstanding technical competency. There are no second chances. Brides & Grooms entrust the professional wedding filmmaker with this, the most precious time of their lives, and in doing so a strong partnership is created, if only for a fleeting moment.

I have filmed close to 2000 weddings, including at least 50 outside Canada. The following pointers – born of my 25+ years as a filmmaker – will guide you in your search for a Wedding Filmmaker.

Should my wedding be filmed?

You have dreamt about it for a lifetime, planned it for months, and then – it’s over in a day. ONLY video can capture, in MOTION and SOUND every detail: the vows, your laughter, the speeches, the music. NOT capturing the wedding is the biggest regret expressed by brides, grooms, and their family members. Couples and their families are delighted with the ability to relive the day, seeing things they otherwise may have missed. A video is not only an overview of your wedding day; it is also a wonderful way of reliving magical moments with relatives and friends who were unable to be there.

How much does a wedding film cost?

Like your wedding gown, the caterer, the photographer and your rings, there is a wide range of pricing for a wedding film. It never ceases to amaze me that in the search for a wedding filmmaker, decisions are often made based on price rather than quality or reputation. The adage is very true that you get what you pay for.

My advice? First look for the filmmaker’s ability to capture this special moment forever, in a way that you will enjoy viewing for the rest of your life. For no matter what size your wedding might be, my experience is that few people remember the details of their wedding day. Indeed, as the years fade into memory, the only reminder will be the images captured on film.

Professional wedding film production can range from $2,000 to $15,000, depending on the amount of coverage and post-production creativity you want. But not all film companies are created equal. In time, most people will forget a poor meal, a boring DJ, an old limo, or slightly faded flowers. But your wedding film is an INVESTMENT, the one keepsake of your cherished day that will transcend the ravages of time.

Why pay for a professional when a friend can do it for free?

When it comes to your wedding, there is only one chance to get it right. Why leave it to friends or relatives who don’t have the training, experience, or equipment that a professional filmmaker has? I have experience with all types of wedding ceremonies, as well as the issues that sometimes accompany them. For me, the opportunity to share in your wedding day is a precious gift. And being given this priceless moment, I will earn the trust of you, your friends, and your family, in the process entering personal relationships with all of you. This relationship might only last several hours, but the results will last forever, in a wedding film you can view and share with loved ones for the rest of your lives.

Do we need both a photographer and a filmmaker for our wedding day?

NO… a wedding film is way more important… :-)

A wedding film isn’t meant to replace photography, but to complement it. While photography captures one selected moment in time, a wedding provides a complete replay of sights, sounds, emotions. I honestly feel these two services are the most important things to hire on such a priceless day.

What do you require to reserve your services?

A 50% booking retainer is due at the signing of our services contract, a further 25% is due 3 months prior to the wedding date, final 25% payable 1 month prior to the wedding day. A 5% discount is given if payment is made in FULL at the time of booking. Payment in FULL is required if initial booking is made within 60 days of the wedding date and the discount will not apply. Visa, Mastercard and e-mail money transfers are accepted forms of payment.

How much do you film and how long will the wedding film be?

Every couple is different; each wedding takes on a life of its own. I’ve always been thrilled to share and capture what is often the most important day of their lives. I’m passionate about delivering a unique finished product that my newlyweds will be proud to share with their family and friends to enjoy for many years.

I will do my professional best to deliver a wedding film that will hold your interest from beginning to end, a keepsake that captures both your day and your attention. Your wedding film, like a really good movie, should be enjoyable to watch, not only the first time, but again and again.

How long will it take for us to receive our wedding film?

One of the most asked questions… Your wedding film becomes priceless the day after your ceremony and we understand your desire to get it as soon as possible… To produce a film of quality we make sure to give ourselves a fair amount of time. Please also understand that your wedding film is one of among 30 to 40 we shoot each year. We will do our very best to deliver before the 18 week mark… There is an option to have an expedited edit that guarantees delivery within 10 days for an additional cost… At ENGAGED we feel if you are kept abreast of the process you will find more patience… It is for that reason that we have created our Film Edit Status page. You can check in at your convenience to see where we are in the process of delivering your wedding film to you. We thank you in advance for your understanding of this process.

MICHELLE & GRAEME – A Kelowna Wedding Film at Summerhill Estate Winery (THEATRICAL TRAILER)

ROMANTIC AT HEART

A romantic at heart, I have produced close to 2000 weddings since first being honored by friends who asked me to cover their wedding day. I will never take any wedding ceremony lightly. In order for me to do my job properly, I am allowed to get into the hearts and souls of people and show the true romance and warmth inside. I will always consider it an honor to be a small part of a couple’s wedding day.

When my wife Debra and I were married, we eloped and had our ceremony on a small island off the coast of Venezuela. We booked all of our wedding services sight unseen. We had to put trust in people to take care of the “little things” that would help make our wedding dream come true. I will never forget the people that took care of us! They made our wedding day the happiest day imaginable! Years later I am called upon many times a year by couples who put the same trust in me. I will never let them down.

 

CINDY & LEN – Spirit Ridge Wedding Ceremony (THEATRICAL TRAILER)

“There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.”

– Ronald Reagan

 

JENNIFER & JOSEPH – A Wedding Film at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (THEATRICAL TRAILER)

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