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Summer is finally here, and we are so excited for the wedding season to begin. Thinking of summer and sun and outdoor weddings, I pulled up a film we made for Matt and Laura in Niagara-on-the-Lake two summers ago. This remains one of my favorite weddings we have ever been at, and it tops my list of “if I got married again, my wedding would look like this…”


It is coming, so soon, I promise…summer is on its way. And until the thermostat hits over 15 degrees I will be thinking warm thoughts. So for today’s post I am pulling out of the archives one of our warmest, sunniest weddings of all times.  So sit back, relax, and imagine yourself on the beach, cocktail in hand, enjoying Mike and Sarah’s wedding….

Kelly and JP got married on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in a beautiful candlelit ceremony at the historic Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery District.

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The morning got started for Kelly at the Intercontinental Hotel on Front Street. It might have been a grey day outside, but inside was warm and bright. Both Kelly and JP got ready for “the big day” surrounded by their families and life long friends. There were lots of laughs and goofing around as the boys and  girls all spent the morning getting pretty!

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Kelly and JP had a beautifully intimate candle lit ceremony that evening in the fermenting cellar. They shared personal, handwritten vows and had each other crying and laughing at times.

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It’s incredible to think that their relationship has seen them through a couple years of living on different continents,  long distance phone calls, travel, and a few different languages, but it had all brought them and their families together on this one perfect night. It was hard to tell who was most excited about the marriage – the bride and groom or their families – there was so much love in that room!

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Kelly and JP thank you for letting us be a part of your incredible day! “Je T’aime Beacoup”!!!


The music in this film was, as always, licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com

It was great working alongside photographers Lauren and David from Oink & Coo.

Katie and Lee get married

Katie and Lee got married on a beautiful July Saturday afternoon. We made a Same Day Edit wedding film for them and played it at their Reception. Check it out:

Katie spent the morning getting ready with her sisters at their family home in Schomberg. The guys got ready at Lee and Katie’s place in Mississauga.

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Katie is the Bride getting her makeup applied
Bride waits at balcony before wedding

Katie and her Father walked down the aisle together to a beautiful wedding ceremony at Graydon Hall Manor in Toronto.

Silhouette shot of bride and her father walking down the aisle

We love it when wedding guests take photos. I think. Made for a cool shot anyways 😉

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We loved how real it got when Lee and Katie exchanged their wedding vows. The emotions were running full steam! We do love that!

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Elaine from ‘From the Potting Shed’, who also did the amazing florals, provided some really cool Lavender Confetti! That looked cool and smelled amazing!

Couple walks down the aisle together

And to top it all off, a candlelit wedding reception outdoors, under the stars at Graydon Hall. Pretty cool.

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We had an awesome time with our pal Lee Weston who took photos for Katie and Lee. She always does an amazing job and we love working together!

We also got to see Danny from DJ Floh Back again which was awesome. We haven’t worked with him in a while so it was great to do that.

The music in this film, as always, was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com

Katie and Lee – Thank you guys so much for having us film your wedding. We had an incredible time getting to know you two and it was a pleasure making this film for you. Have an incredible time in Fiji and just don’t bother trying to figure out what time it actually is 😉

Every once in a while, we get welcomed into our couples’ families during the wedding filming process. It feels really nice to get hugged by aunts and uncles who treat you like you are actual relatives! That’s how we feel with the Nitsopoulos crew. These Macedonians are a lot of fun too! After a few weddings with the same crew – we know all the dances and traditions and it is genuinely fun to be a part of the whole thing!

Tina & David got married on Saturday, May 3 in a traditional Macedonian ceremony. David and his family happen to be Italian, but were welcomed into the Macedonian family that night.

Here’s the highlight film we put together for them.

It was such an amazing day and we were so honoured to film Tina and David’s wedding!

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Tina gets into her wedding dress
Tina and David give their wedding speech

It was great to see Lenna & Mike and baby Santana and the entire Nitsopoulos and Angelidis crew!

Mike and Lenna with baby Santana

Thank you so much Tina and David for having us film your wedding. We can’t wait to share the rest with you – and PS – we should probably come with you next time you go to Europe! Those photos were amazing!!

Tina Kaye gets ready to marry David Costantini

The Music in this film was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com.  If you’d like to have Honey & Dear film your wedding, get in touch here


Honey and Dear moved our office to Toronto

This update has probably already made its’ way through social media, but we thought we’d let you know that we have officially moved our office from Barrie to Liberty Village, Downtown Toronto, ON. After years of commuting up and down the 400 highway to get to work (not unlike over 100,000 other commuters north of the GTA), we decided it was time to be downtown Toronto. In addition to opening our new offices in Liberty Village, we also moved into a condo that is a 4 minute walk from the office. We just literally shaved 3 hours each day from our commute!

Honey & Dear is now located at the Toronto Carpet Factory in Liberty Village

We have been filming weddings in Toronto since 2008 and we have had the pleasure of serving couples from all over the GTA and beyond. We’re that much closer now to Toronto Island Airport and of course Pearson. We do get asked from time to time to fly to different locales to film weddings. We enjoy doing the odd destination wedding each year. Being located in Downtown Toronto is going to help us serve all of you awesome people that much better. Did we mention how many amazing patios there are within seconds of our office?

Honey & Dear opens an office in the Toronto Carpet Factory for wedding videography
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Come by and check out the new space!

How much does a wedding video cost?

It’s a question we get asked by our couples, usually right out of the gate. It’s a completely normal question. Most people have no idea what goes into one of our wedding films. We love what we do and put an immense amount of effort into each film we create. We take pride in doing things with excellence. There are other wedding video companies that will certainly make a wedding video for less, and, there are multiple companies who charge significantly more than we do.

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When considering the cost and ultimately how much you are going to spend on your wedding video, it’s important to consider a few questions internally and be sure you know how to answer them. We stress that it’s crucial that you and your fiancee need to be on the same page about the total costs of your wedding and be ok with how much you are spending. You don’t HAVE to spend a lot of money to have an amazing wedding and more importantly – a thriving marriage. If you aren’t able to openly talk about money now, you’re asking for trouble down the road. Communication is key.

How much do you think a wedding should cost?

It’s a question that has a different answer for just about everyone. We have had couples tell us that our fees represented 75% of their overall budget. By contrast, we have been a part of weddings for couples who will book our top package and it might not reflect 5% of the overall budget. It really is different for everyone and there is no science to it.  The weddings we have been honoured to be a part of range in price from $40,000 all the way up to $500,000. As an example, a traditional Indian wedding with 500+ Guests could easily run up a bill of nearly $100,000 just for catering!

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When considering the cost of your wedding, it’s a good idea to think about value. The amount of money you spend on your wedding will bring you different levels of satisfaction and ultimately value. The chair covers, reception hall up-lighting, rehearsal dinner, antipasti bar, nine-piece live band, party-bus limo, matching brides-maids bracelets, trip to Tahiti etc. will all provide you varying degrees of value. Each item has a price tag and it’s important that you prioritize what matters most to you.

What’s important for you as a couple?

Everyone has a slightly different reason for wanting to get married and when they think about their wedding, each one looks a little different. (That’s much harder to say now with Pinterest- but you get the point!) At Honey & Dear, we believe both photography and cinematography are two categories that are worth investing in because they will last. You have to return the chair covers at the end of the night 😉

It’s Your Wedding!

We have been doing this since 2007 and with the experience we’ve gained from filming over 200 weddings, we’ve designed our pricing understanding what most of the couples we’ve served before you have asked for and what they have told us is important to them. You can read more about what we do by visiting our Products page.

At the end of the day, decide your budget first, focus in on your priorities second and finally make decisions based on research paired with personal referrals and you should be in good shape!

You’ve probably noticed the term Cinematographer on some websites.  We tend to call ourselves Cinematographers too.  So what is the difference between a Cinematographer and a Videographer and why does it matter to you?

According to the dictionary, a cin·e·ma·tog·ra·pher the person who is responsible for all operations concerning camera work and lighting during the production of a film.  A videographer by contrast is defined more simply as the profession of making videos, generally by yourself using a video camera.

In our own words – we think it comes down to how we approach filming an event, the story-telling aspect of our job, the equipment we use and of course what you receive in the end. There are plenty of people who will tell you to stay away from a videographer (cheesy, annoying, creepy, lazy, awkward – we hear these from people often).  Here’s a little excerpt we found from WikiPedia:

“The early days of professional wedding videography were primitive, with the equipment generally reproducing low image quality. Cameras required bright lights, had fuzzy pictures, poor color saturation and single-channel, poor quality audio. The cameras were bulky with a separate unit that connected to the video recorder via a cable, severely limiting the videographer’s movement. In post-production many wedding videos weren’t edited. Generation loss was also a limiting factor because of the nature of analog video tape.

From its earliest days and through the 1980s Wedding Videography developed a negative reputation of being an interference on the festivities, it was meant to document. The bright lights required to produce a quality image were damaging to the atmosphere many brides and grooms wanted to create. As the market expanded, it was flooded by many individuals who had little experience and technical knowledge, which left the consumer with fallen expectations. Consumer technology available to the wedding videographer could not equal broadcast quality of the time.” (reference)

The other thing is the actual finished product of a traditional videographer is usually not any better than something home-made.  The shots are usually very stagnant and drawn out.  The audio is usually muffled and unless they were using really bright lights, the footage would be grainy as the camera would have a hard time seeing in the dark.

So fast-forward to today.  People have probably warned you – stay away from ‘videographers’.  We read it in bridal magazines and in blogs all the time.  And it’s probably fair to say that some videographers are still doing some of the above things that brought on the reputation.With a reputation like that – why would anyone want to start a ‘videography’ business.

Well – times have changed, technology has improved dramatically.  New styles of film-making have basically been born and the term videographer just doesn’t fit anymore.  Gone are the days of big bulky equipment and 1000 watt lights that blind everything. Instead of 4 VHS tapes for your wedding totally 8 hours of straight footage – we know make you a 20-minute short-form edit that tells the story of your wedding day using voice-overs and music and non-linear styles of editing that help us to weave together a story.

Hope that helps you in your planning.

Beautiful Bride on her wedding day

Jessica Nakamura, who is perhaps best known for her supporting role in the 1995 Adam Sandler classic: Billy Madison, emailed us in the fall of 2012 with one of the sweetest notes we will ever get. I’ll summarize by saying she wanted Honey & Dear to film her wedding and she even changed her date and location based on our availability and recommendation.  That really made us feel special, so thanks Jess 😉

Jessica the bride smiles during her wedding day preparations film by Honey and Dear
Jessica and Anthony had been dating for some ten years by time they finally got to their wedding date. They had a beautiful candlelit ceremony in front of an intimate gathering of family and friends. The Steamwhistle Brewery, (which is our favourite event venue for so many reasons) was the site of the wedding. We just love filming there. So many great features. A great space for designing in. The guests get tours while they wait for the reception to begin. It’s pretty sweet. It was a snowy day in Toronto, but that didn’t stop Jessica and Anthony from having an amazing wedding!

It was a Winter Wedding with Snow at the Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Venue in Toronto. This wedding was filmed in Toronto by Honey and Dear (Honey & Dear: www.honeyanddear.com)
Check out the Wedding highlight film we made for Jessica and Anthony!

We filmed the first dance and happened to be in the right place at the right time when..

Jessica and Anthony have their first dance at the Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Venue. This wedding was filmed in Toronto by Honey and Dear (Honey & Dear: www.honeyanddear.com)
Anthony decided to perform a 10 out of 10 First Dance Dip. It was like we had planned it (although we didn’t). Sometimes you just get lucky
Jessica gets dipped by Anthony at the Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Venue. This wedding was filmed in Toronto by Honey and Dear (Honey & Dear: www.honeyanddear.com)
It is always a pleasure working with Lisa Mark, and her trusty husband/sidekick Justin, of Lisa Mark Photography

Jessica and Anthony are photographed by Lisa Mark Photography. This wedding was filmed in Toronto by Honey and Dear (Honey & Dear: www.honeyanddear.com)

As always, music in this film is by the band NeedToBreathe (our current favourites!) and was licensed through TheMusicBed.com – which if you haven’t been by in a while, you should check it out because they are adding loads of new music every day!

Stephanie Dimeski & Ryan Hairsine got married on Sunday, December 29, 2013. It was a mild day relatively speaking as most of Southern Ontario had just experienced an Ice Storm that made thousands of homes dark for Christmas. Needless to say, the wedding took place and it was amazing! Check out the Same Day Edit we showed later that night at Stephanie and Ryan’s Wedding.

This wedding will go down for us as a truly memorable one for a few reasons. The first would be how it all started. Emma Griffith, who is related to our dear friends and former H&D couple Alan & Kristine Wisniewski, contacted us back in June telling us that she wanted her best-friend Stephanie to have a film made by Honey & Dear but the key was it needed to be kept a secret! Emma would hire us privately to film Steph and Ryan’s upcoming winter wedding. Emma and Stephanie grew up together, but they hadn’t seen each other in person in over 3 years! Emma, who has been traveling in Europe for work, used Skype to keep in touch, but it wasn’t the same as being together in person. She wanted to do something special and something unique.

When we had our first Skype call with Emma, she was in Oslo, Norway (which on a side note is a place Andrew very much would like to visit). She told us all about their friendship and how much Steph meant to her. Emma arranged a secret meeting between Andrew and Steph at a Starbucks in Ajax. It was equal parts James Bond and Intruder for Andrew, who had his iPhone recording the whole thing (you can see in Steph’s eyes the “What on earth is this Creeper recording me for?!?”). Emma really wanted to see Steph’s reaction when she found out about the surprise! (Emma – we can all laugh about this now – but that’s the last time i’ll be playing the role of weirdo!)

Stephanie Dimeski gets a big surprise

Fast forward to December 29, 2013. With most of the GTA recovering from an ice storm that people will talk about for decades, Steph and Ryan tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at the Ajax Convention Centre who we have to mention have an incredible staff from top to bottom and were incredibly helpful not only to the wedding guests but to our team. Thanks for that!

Some more cool things about this wedding. We got to work with Ash Nayler who is a really great photographer from Peterborough. Ash is good friends with close friends of ours and it was our first time working together. Hope we get the chance more often!

Stephanie Dimeski and Ryan Hairsine get married

The Music in this Same Day Edit is by another good friend of ours – Marcel Preston and his band Sky Terminal. The music was licensed as always through www.themusicbed.com

We had a great day with you guys and we can’t thank Emma enough for bringing us along for the day.


  • Donna Taylor - What a perfect day.

  • Deborah Melissis - Stephanie and Ryan your Story was wonderfully captured and I hope you have many wonderful chapters to add in the future.

  • Susan Weston - What a beautiful wedding. The start of your long journey together. Much love and happiness.