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Adrian Toto

Filmmaker

Adrian Toto

Filmmaker

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With a background in stage lighting, behind-the-scenes Fashion Week films and tongue-in-cheek style advertorials, Adrian Toto has been creating films for The Day over the past 10 years that are equal parts stylish, playful and emotionally resonant. Intermixing video with super 8, time-lapse and aerial footage, Adrian’s features are a moving tribute to some of the world’s most memorable weddings.

Adrian is somewhat of a shape-shifter. He shows up with all his gear and before you know it you forget all about him. Yet he is always there with you, when you’re jumping on the bed or popping the champagne, fighting mom’s tears or letting them roll as dad walks in. He’s there when you’re at a loss for words seeing your bride for the first time, he’s there when you dance with your groom on Fifth Avenue and for a heartbeat the whole of Manhattan becomes a blur around you. He’s there when your hand trembles so much you can’t even read your vows, when you hold your husband’s hand for the first or for the millionth time. When you kiss your wife before you “may” because you just can’t help it. When you’re afraid you forgot your first dance steps, when you’re holding on to the chair for dear life, when you’re crowd surfing and when you just. can’t. stop. kissing. When you broke your heel and your cousin ripped his pants and neither gave a damn. When you finally take a breath and for a brief second ask yourself “Is this real? Am I dreaming?” Then poof! he disappears into his editing cave.

When he comes back out, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll dance in your underwear and spill wine on your brand new carpet. And you’ll want to do this all over again, no worry that it’s 3 AM and you’re making the dog bark. Because you finally have your answer: yes, it was a dream. And you get to dream it again and again and again.

“It is often said that before you die, your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”

Terry Pratchett


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I don’t have a recipe for my work. I try to create each film as something I do for the first time.

Adrian Toto

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03 / 05

Wedding

Jordan & Alex
Working with Adrian and his team was an absolute dream! I was nervous about having a videographer because they seemed obtrusive at most wedding I've been to. Not only did they not disturb the flow of the party, but they added to it. Adrian's enthusiasm and candor added so much to our special day. The finished product is beyond our wildest dreams - friends and family claim to have watched it several times. Clearly, we can't say enough good things! Thank you for everything!

Filmed by Adrian Toto

Wedding

Rachel & Ilan
Adrian just gets it. His talent is simply mind-blowing. Somehow, he captured the sweet, authenticity of us as a couple amidst 350+ psychotic adults jumping and thumping all around us. The cherry on top is that he is the easiest person in the world to get along with. I cannot say enough about my new mustache wearing best friend! – Rachel

Filmed by Adrian Toto

Wedding

Rachel & Ilan
I would have to say that my wedding day's hysteria unrivaled anything I've ever done. From the onset, Adrian and his staff were able to assert themselves and capture every poignant scene without being seen. They are akin to video ninjas. Add in the fact that his work is so unique and inspiring - he captured the sheer happiness and euphoria of that day, and made it truly unique to who Rachel and I are. A true testament to his incredible talents, Adrian is absolute joy in every sense of the word. - Ilan

Filmed by Adrian Toto