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Filmmaker Creates Action-Packed ‘Save The Date’ Video

By Hanssie on January 5th 2016

The other day, I received a ‘Save the Date’ postcard from some good friends of mine getting married later this year. The front depicted a lovely professional photo of the two of them and their pets and the date of the wedding. It’s hanging on my fridge. Though lovely, these types of ‘Save the Date’ cards are pretty standard reminder cards for friends and family; and then there’s this…

via screen grab

via screen grab

Last Spring (yeah, I’m a bit behind in my viral videos), Tyler Macniven and Kelly Hennigan ‘saved’ their wedding date – literally – in an action-packed, Mission Impossible-style video, called Operation: Save The Date. The filmmaker and winner of Season 9’s Amazing Race begins by emerging from the ocean in full scuba gear holding the hand of his fiancee. Stripping off their wetsuits and revealing full wedding attire, the two fend off enemies with a veil, garters, and a bridal bouquet. The video culminates with the couple saving an envelope labeled, “the date,” from a group of goons by giving them a wedding cake rigged with a bomb. The envelope reveals Sept. 26, 2015, as the wedding date as the pair sails off under the Golden Gate Bridge.

The groom is actually a restaurant owner by day, but is a “sometimes” filmmaker and has filmed an award-winning documentary about his walking the length of Japan. With this ‘Save the Date’ video, the couple enlisted the help of family and friends (bribed with sandwiches and champagne) and the bride’s brother, a former WWE wrestler who did the fight choreography. They had a $400 budget to create the 3-minute video you see below.  You notice that parts of the save the date video was shot via UAV on the DJI Phantom Vision 2+ drone.

The video went viral last year, and the wedding went off without a hitch this past fall (though I did read that the couple did arrive via helicopter to fend off five Sasquatches that were harassing guests at the reception). This is my second favorite couple next to the Drunk History couple. Here’s to creative people who keep us entertained.

Watch Operation: Save The Date

[Via Bustle/HuffPost]


Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Andy & Amii Kauth

    Very entertaining!

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  2. jonathan romain

    Reminds me of my own save the date Video :

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  3. David Hall

    Awesome work!

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  4. Jason Berry


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  5. Ken Thomas

    Great Imagination

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  6. Joseph Ford

    what a great way to send an invitation.

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    • Hanssie

      Seriously. I want to be friends with them so I can be a small part of their antics.

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