WHAT SETS US APART
Levitate Wedding Films is a team of Filmmakers dedicated to capturing the awe inspiring moments of this most beautiful occasion, your wedding day. We believe in recreating the contagious energy of your love and commitment to one another, allowing you to relive the plentiful memories again and again.
Our services are representative of our team’s primary focus- the importance of each and every personalized detail. To define ourselves, we have blended years of experience, professionalism, creativity and exceptional technical knowledge. This approach allows us the opportunity to eloquently showcase your relationship, personalities, and style.
For your wedding Videography and Cinematography, Levitate Wedding Films will provide an unmatched standard of quality and ingenuity, while allowing you to maintain a practical budget. We provide you with customized options and packages, each tailored to meet your vision. The services you receive will consist of personalized feature and documentary films, highlighting the beauty and spirit of your wedding day.
Meet The Filmmakers
Russell Smithe has been a filmmaker since 2004 and has captured and/or managed over 1,100 weddings in his career. Growing up in New England, Russell is a lover of family, nature, good food and Boston sports. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart Michelle and they have a teenaged daughter named Talia.
Ironically, his venture into filmmaking stemmed from not having his own wedding professionally documented back in 2003. “Not being able to re-live my own wedding through video is my single greatest regret from that day. I’m on a mission to prevent my clients from feeling that same way,” says Russell.
Russell’s priority while filming weddings is to remain respectfully unobtrusive and not disrupt the organic flow of the day. His style is very unique, as historically other companies would encourage a script they felt should be followed, which would sometimes lead couples to feeling awkward or uncomfortable. “My goal is to capture the day as it unfolds, so that when each client is watching their film 10 years from now, they are experiencing their day as it truly happened.” Russell says.
Russell and his team have won numerous awards such as “The Knot Best of Weddings” and Weddingwire’s “Couples Choice” award for 13 straight years, and they hold a prestigous 5 star review rating online.
Russell lives by the quote “Choose a job that you love to do and you will not work a day in your life.” There is no one more passionate, hard working, organized and dedicated to delivering an unforgetable experience for his clients. He has transformed the wedding video scene in New England and will continue on his quest to offer affordable, high quality filmmaking with a personal and creative touch.
John Mullaney has been a filmmaker since he picked up his parent’s dusty old VHS camera and started making movies in his backyard in the nineties. As fate would have it, at the ripe old age of 19, he came across a “want ad” in the newspaper for wedding videographers. Throughout his years at Northeastern University as a media studies major, he shot over 200 weddings for the guy who ran the ad in the newspaper. His name was Mike Iriving and had started Affordable Memories in the 1980’s! Much was learned about being a professional, working with other vendors, working under pressure, remaining calm, and not being a distraction, but much was missed from the college experience.
A break was needed, and upon graduation from College in 2002, John went to work as a publicist for Miramax Films and Warner Bros. for 5 years. From there, the road twisted and turned quite a bit where he ended up as a middle school Health Teacher, bought a house, got married and had two awesome kids (they’re 9 and 11 now). Being a teacher afforded John the time to get back into weddings; having a house and kids made it a necessity. In 2015 he connected with Russell Smithe at 617 Weddings. Being out of the game for so long, it was a bold move by Russell to give John a chance to film weddings once again, but he did. It paid off for both guys as John was able to shoot over 150 weddings for Russ while at 617 and RSVP New England.
John’s style is creative, elegant and unobtrusive. He was once called a Ninja by a bride and it blew her away that he was able to capture everything he did by barely making his presence known. He loves to work with your photographers, DJs and other vendors as his “teammates” for the day. Generally speaking, he likes to have your photographer drive the bus when it comes to capturing your wedding and your photographer usually likes that.
Some Other Fun Facts about John:
- Studied Photo, Video and Sculpture in Florence, Italy.
- Drove Wolfgang Petersen’s limo to pick up some Beck’s beer for the director when working on “The Perfect Storm” press junket as an intern.
- Set up publicity tours in Boston for dozens actors and directors visiting the city to promote their films on radio, TV, and in print.
- Once got yelled at by Kevin Spacey in front of 600 people.
- Was at the A-Rod/Veritek fight and game 4 of the ALCS in 2004 when Dave Roberts stole second.
- Has created several viral Lip Dub videos with his Film Club at Abigail Adams Middle School in Weymouth.
Dane was the best DJ I could have asked for. He was extremely professional, truly a pleasure to work with. I can say that I had not a single doubt about Dane‘s ability to make our wedding day a success.
Thank you for making our wedding the most special day. You are a true talent and you’ll have a special place in our hearts !
– Caitlin and Andrew