Owner John Severson graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 with degrees in Anthropology and Film. Combining his love for film and cultures, Severson completed a short and feature film titled “A Perfect Soldier” about a Cambodian making a powerful difference within his community. Building on this documentary experience, Severson wanted to create a company that would apply the same cinematic documentary techniques to films about important moments in people’s lives.
Chicago is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with nearly 1,000 weddings happening every weekend. Severson founded Smiling Toad Productions to create films that not only capture one of the most important days in your life, but also preserve it in a way that you’ll want to relive over and over again. Your wedding is already guaranteed to be unique and personal to you; our goal is to find the best way to show that uniqueness in a cinematic documentary.
Severson married his wife, Sarah, in 2009, and welcomed a daughter, Stella, to their family in 2013. Thank you for your visit to our site and we look forward to talking with you about your wedding! Please give us a call, submit an online quote request, or setup a free consultation at our studio where you can see examples of our films and meet with Severson to discuss your wedding film!