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    "Who is the Honey and who is the Dear?"

    That is the question we get most asked by our couples. And after years of joking around about who is who in the Honey and Dear family...we have realized the answer is: you. Every wedding we film, every couple we choose to start a relationship with, we fit with because we look at them and we see a Honey and a Dear.

    The name originally came from a friend (albeit a branding savvy friend) who was picturing our couples, old and happy, thinking back on their full and wonderful lives together, a lifetime of "oh honey..." and "yes dear".

    What started as a husband and wife team of filmmakers is now a small and feisty family of folks passionate about film. We don't do many weddings. We don't have multiple teams or spend the weekends running from one wedding to another. When we do choose to film weddings, we choose people who get us. People choose us because we get them. We don't ask for much: a little trust, a sense of humour, and a bit of your time.

    And when your old and grey and your honey asks if you want to re-watch your wedding video, you say "yes dear".

Hello Friends 馃檪

Emily here. I had the rare honour of being a wedding guest recently. As a part of the Honey and Dear team, I have attended hundreds of weddings, sometimes upwards of 40 each year, but always for “work”. Attending a wedding as a filmmaker, rather than a guest, has a whole different set of rules. My job is to hustle, work hard, be incognito to guests, make the day better for our couples, and make a short film at the same time. We effectively compete in 12 hour film contests every weekend.

Filming a wedding, I get to observe through a different lens than most. Literally and figuratively.

So back to my friend’s wedding that I just attended. I felt a whole other sense of responsibility fall onto me. All of the sudden, my job was to participate in everything, chat with everyone, dance, have the funniest line to write in her guest book, make the best poses for the photographer, compliment everything, smile constantly, and above all: make the day better for everyone.

Now don’t get me wrong, if I make it sound like being a wedding guest is work, it’s not, it is as I said earlier “an honour”. But I did realize standing on the other side of the camera for once, that there are certain roles and rules of being a wedding guest.

So what are the rules of being a wedding guest?

A little googling later, I found most wedding etiquette articles go over RSVPs, attire, gifts, plus ones, children etc. (Here is a good聽one from one of my favourite blogs Apartment Therapy)聽but not many talk about what to do when you are finally at the wedding (apart from the obvious: don’t get drunk.)

So I have put my own rules together, gleamed from my observations of over 7聽years in the wedding industry.聽Things I’ve noticed go wrong and go right, inspired by the聽weddings I have been to professionally and personally as a guest.

1. Go to the ceremony.
Yes, even if it is on the other side of town, starts at 10am, and has no parking. The reception, the dinner, the open bar, all of that is to celebrate what you were invited聽to witness: the joining聽of two people into a covenant聽for life. Be there to cheer your lungs out when they have that first kiss. Your presence shows them how much they are loved.

2. Put your phone away.
Yes. Put it away. Unless the couple asked you before the wedding day to be their photographer or videographer, trust me when I say,聽they have it covered. They have spent thousands of dollars for professionals to capture their day. You’ve all seen horror shows of giant iPads and so many guests crowding the aisle to “get a shot” the groom can’t even watch his fiancee walk down the aisle. Your job is to witness the marriage vows. To listen to the speeches the fathers have worked on for months, to watch the first dance and take it all in. You are there in person. Be present. Your photos are likely going to be too dark or grainy聽anyway, I’m talking to you Blackberry offender (no offence, well, not much anyway).

3. Take your phone out!
Yes. There are many many times you should have your phone away and completely turned off. But during other more relaxed times, like the photoshoot, cocktail hour, the dance party, its fair game! Especially if the couple has a wedding hashtag or instagram account they have asked everyone to post to. Post away! Make everyone who is not at that wedding jealous they couldn’t be there. Just don’t post anything lewd (no nip slips), or any photos that make your hosts look less amazingly good looking than they are (again no nip slips). And just be mindful, unless there is specific instruction otherwise: don’t post any wedding photos before the couple does.

4. Enjoy the food.
Chances are, the couple paid a lot for you to eat and drink at their wedding. They would have gone to multiple tastings and picked the menu they thought you would love. If everything on your plate isn’t amazing, don’t comment. If there is a serious food allergy or requirement not met, quietly take it up with the event coordinator (look for a professional looking person with a clipboard, usually by the kitchen door) and they will do their best to accommodate you. Otherwise, eat up, smile, and be thankful.

5. Participate.
If the kissing game requires your table to stand up and sing a love song: go for it, look goofy, and enjoy it! Sign聽the guestbook, participate in the聽games, cheer聽for the speeches, and above all DANCE. Yes you might not like to dance, or feel uncomfortable, but you are there to celebrate your friends wedding. Get on that dance floor and show us your sweet moves – even if that is only clapping and tapping your foot.

All that to say, your “job” as a guest is an awesome one! Show up with a positive attitude and your best dancing shoes, and it will be truly a day to remember.

Happy Valentines/Family Day/Snowy Day everyone!

If you know of someone who just got engaged – tell them about your friends at Honey & Dear (who talk occasionally about Nip slips).

#NoNipSlips

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Hello amazing people. It’s been a few months since we’ve been able to share with you a new film. We have had some cool weddings but haven’t been able to post them all lately – but needless to say – we’re still alive! Speaking of that – We’re travelling to Mexico for 10 days – leading tomorrow. If we don’t make it back – we expect you all to band together and form a search party. Ok. Enough nonsense. Here’s Melissa & Andrew’s Same Day Edit:

Just a few quick shout-outs. First – we got to finally meet Rachel Clingen聽who did an incredible job decorating at Hazelton Manor. We’ve worked with Jennifer before but never managed to connect in person. We’re always off filming when Jennifer and her team are doing their amazing miracle work.

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Speaking of Hazelton Manor – we are going to start a campaign to get the awesome folks at Hazelton to upgrade the projectors to HD. It’s time guys. We love you and the entire team at Hazelton. George and his amazing service staff always take great care of us. But guys – our videos look better in HD! Let’s start the Hashtag – #HD4Hazelton

I will be personally offended if the above hashtag does not instantly trend. Melissa and Andrew had a hashtag that was trending last night – #meliandrags15

Melissa and Andrew – you guys are awesome and we hope you have a great time in Hawaii!

Until next time everyone!

Music Licensed through www.musicbed.com

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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…”

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It is coming, so soon,聽I聽promise…summer is on its way. And until the thermostat hits over 15聽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. 聽So sit back, relax, and imagine yourself on the beach, cocktail in hand, enjoying Mike and Sarah’s wedding….

Stingray Kiss

Stingray Kiss

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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.

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

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

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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’,聽who also did the amazing florals, provided some really cool Lavender Confetti! That looked cool and smelled amazing!

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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聽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 馃槈

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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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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. 聽If you’d like to have Honey & Dear film your wedding, get in touch here

 

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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?

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Come by and check out the new space!

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How much does a wedding video cost?

It’s a question we get asked聽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聽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. 聽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聽nearly $100,000 just for catering!

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When considering the cost of your wedding,聽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 馃槈

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聽our pricing聽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聽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!

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

According to the dictionary, a cin路e路ma路tog路ra路pher the person who is responsible for all operations concerning camera work and lighting during the production of a film.聽 A videographer by contrast is defined more simply as the profession of making videos, generally by yourself using a video聽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).聽 Here’s a little excerpt we聽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.聽 The shots are usually very stagnant and drawn out.聽 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.聽 People have probably warned you – stay away from ‘videographers’.聽 We read it in bridal magazines and in blogs all the time.聽 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.聽 New styles of film-making have basically been born and the term videographer just doesn’t fit anymore.聽 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

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