Movie makers to tie the knot on wedding film set in Regina
Farrah Aviva and Robin Dunne use set of romantic-comedy film for true romance
The guests will be extras and the bride will be wearing a dress from the wardrobe department when movie makers Farrah Aviva and Robin Dunne get married in Regina Friday.
"We have a wedding scene in the movie and we're going to shoot that. And then we're going to jump up on the stage and do our own wedding for real," Dunne said Thursday about the transformation from making a movie to actually getting married.
We just were never able to get around to planning our wedding.- Robin Dunne
Dunne and Aviva are in Regina shooting Welcome to Nowhere, a romantic-comedy. Dunne is starring in the film, which he co-wrote and is directing, and Aviva is one of the cast members.
"In our business it's really hard to plan for a wedding," Dunne said, noting that work and travel has kept them together but busy. "We just were never able to get around to planning our wedding."
Their current project included a wedding scene and that inspired them to "just do it" in Regina.
"A lot of our friends are in the movie, so a lot of people are already going to be here," Dunne added. "It just seemed like a great idea."
Friends and family flying in for the wedding will also be extras for the movie scene.
"I'm absolutely in love with the set dress," Aviva said when asked if she was planning a wardrobe change.
Aviva said they have worked together before on movies in Regina and to get married on a film stage will have special meaning for them.
"We love what we do and we've really grown fond of Regina," she said. "What's better than getting married doing what you love?"
Aviva said the themes of the movie, about finding oneself and love in the middle of nowhere, resonate in the couple's lives.
Getting married in Regina also reflects the movie and the character Aviva plays, she said.
"[I'm] experiencing Regina — a small town where people really, really want to help you," she said.
Family on board
Their non-traditional approach to a wedding ceremony was warmly received by their families, many of whom simply said "finally" when they learned the two had set a date.
"My mother's first thing was, 'Oh my God. I've got to get a dress,'" Aviva said.
The couple set their plan in motion three weeks ago.
On Monday we're back to finishing the movie.- Robin Dunne
"Once she got the basics done, she got extremely excited."
Dunne's family was also ready to roll.
"Some people even cancelled other trips to be here," he said. "It's been really nice and overwhelming to see how people are going out of their way."
The schedule for Friday is to shoot the movie's wedding scene, have their own wedding and then Dunne has another scene to direct for the film. After that, he will be free to celebrate.
Their honeymoon will also be brief.
"On Monday we're back to finishing the movie," he said. "I think a honeymoon will have to wait until the fall."
With files from CBC Radio's The Afternoon Edition