Honey & Dear » Toronto & Muskoka Wedding Cinematography - Same Day Edit Wedding Video - Liberty Village, Toronto, Ontario

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One of the things we love most about our ‘job’ is making new friendships and getting to experience milestones in our new friend’s lives. You might remember Lenna & Mike’s wedding last summer. Claudia & Mike were both in Lenna & Mike’s wedding party and we instantly were welcomed and treated like family by everyone. A month or so after the wedding, Claudia gave us a call to chat about her own wedding. We met Claudia and Mike for coffee and got excited all over again to be a part of the Taccardi/Vernace Wedding! If you didn’t know by now, Andrew is a bit of a sports fan and, he’s grown close to Mike (who has played in the NHL with a few teams, and currently in the New York Rangers system). Andrew (devoted fan and cinematographer) went and bought a Rangers hoodie the day we booked Claudia and Mike (no offence Angie;)

Claudia and Mike get married

Fast forward to July 6, 2013, Claudia & Mike got married on a hot morning at St. Philip Neri Parish in North York. The morning was full of energy. What felt like 50 people gathered at both the Vernace and Taccardi homes in anticipation of the day. I’ve never seen more kissing! We put together this Same Day Edit for Claudia and Mike and it instantly became one of our favourites.

We loved being there for Claudia and Mike and we consider it an honour to be friends and treated like we’re part of the family. Thank you guys so much and thank you to our pal Lee Weston who did an amazing job (as always) on photos that day. Mike had some downtime and wanted to learn how to shoot with our cameras so we decided to give him a crash course;)

Mike filmed with a DSLR

It was awesome having the talented and awesome Christopher Luk with us for the day. He did an incredible job joining team Honey & Dear as an honourary guest cinematographer;)

We also wanted to mention the great team at Bellvue Manor who went out of their way to make the projection of the Same Day Edit seamless. The George St. Kitts Band brought the party and kept it going all night. The Music in this film is Perfect for Me by Matt Beilis and was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com.

Thanks Claudia & Mike for everything. Can’t wait to see you guys soon!

Emily

  • Alexandra Cosentino - this is my cousins wedding.

Robin & David are the good kind of people. They love the outdoors. They love challenging and pushing each other forward. When they called us to film their wedding last year, they were emphatic about one thing: Bring Your Bathing Suits! Really, Who doesn’t want a beach party on their wedding day? We made the nearly five-hour pilgrimage from our studio, through Algonquin Park, passing two Moose, and finally arriving in beautiful Golden Lake, Ontario. After an early morning wedding ceremony in the middle of an incredible forest. Sunlight was peaking through the trees and mosquitos were definitely on the guest-list (although I don’t think they brought gifts).

Robin and David

Check out the highlight film we made to give you a taste of what happened that day.

Robin and David were so amazing to work with. We had a few Skype chats over the course of the last year planning for this weekend. They were so kind not only to us, but to each other and in various emails back and forth, the love they had for each other was just evident. They arranged a nice little cottage for the three of us which was so great. We arrived past midnight Friday night to a welcoming sign on the cabin door greeting us.

We wanted to push ourselves to capture the atmosphere of the beach party and find a way to document the fun without being too ‘in the way’. So we picked up a couple of GoPro Hero 3 Black cameras. These little cameras put out an incredible image and you’ll see- we were able to get a completely different perspective using these micro, waterproof cameras.

We used GoPro cameras for Robin and David

The Music used in this piece is the song ‘Honey’ by the band Us & Our Daughters and was licensed through www.themusicbed.com

Thank you Robin and David for everything. Your hospitality was so much so appreciated.

  • Robin Visser - You guys are absolutely amazing. Thank you for everything. Dave and I couldn’t have been happier to share our day with you.

Trust is something that we ask of our couples. It’s a significant part of our business. We ask you lovely people to take a few risks. Financial risks; Creative risks; and some other pretty important ones too. A wedding day can be the single biggest day in two people’s lives and we have the responsibility of not only filming the event, but also helping to guide each one of our couples through what can be an immensely difficult process. It meant more to us than Ashley & Byron will ever likely know that they fully trusted in us to not only be a part of their wedding day, but in helping them put other building blocks in place.

Ashley & Byron got married on Saturday, May 25, 2013. With roughly three months to go before the wedding, Ashley & Byron were in need of a new wedding planner. We won’t get into the why’s, but needless to say – time was ticking and things weren’t looking good. We called up our friend Joee Wong and asked who he would recommend to step in this late in the game. Joee, without pause, said Cindy Johnson of Platinum Events would take care of them. To skip ahead to the end of the story – Cindy and her team of incredibly talented and organized professional wedding coordinators saved the day.

Here is the Same Day Edit wedding film we put together and showed at the gorgeous reception that took place at Malaparte (atop the TIFF Bell Lightbox).

We appreciate very much working with professionals who not only do fantastic work, but go over and above to take care of not just what they were ‘hired’ for, but also to go over and above to take care of the people who have put their trust, not only in us, but in the entire team.

I also wanted to thank Joee who came out to film with us and also to make sure Ashley & Byron were taken care of. Thanks Joee for coming and being an honourary Honey & Dear team member.

The Music in this Same Day Edit is ‘All those Pretty Lights’ by Andrew Belle and was licensed through www.themusicbed.com

Engagement Film is coming very soon! Stay Tuned!

  • Sydney Brunton - sisters wedding<3

  • Rebecca Tyo - Hello
    I work for a TV production company who is looking for wedding videos for a new show.
    We will pay for footage.
    If you’re interested I can call you to discuss further.

    Thanks
    Rebecca
    Rebecca@jvproductions.ca

  • Byron McNabb - Andrew and Emily are amazing people with the biggest hearts! We couldn’t have picked two better people to work alongside! Thank-you so much for your amazing art! You’re the best.

  • Beverly McNabb - nephew’s wedding<3
    A lovely memory of a lovely day!

Jenny & Chris got married last September in the fine borough of Burlington. They are amazing people and we had a great day filming their wedding and hanging out with them as they became husband and wife. Check out this highlight film we put together for them.

We love how real Jenny & Chris are. They genuinely care for each other. I had a great opportunity to hang out with Chris one-on-one and the way he would talk about Jenny was just awesome. He truly honours her and treasures her. It’s a marriage that will stand the test of time.

Jenny gives Chris a big hug on their wedding day

We also love that they love Lone Star Fajitas. We shared some tasty Lone Star with them last summer when we filmed this Love Story Engagement Film:

Thank you guys so much for having us be a part of your wedding (and a part of your lives!). Jenny is always commenting on our films and encouraging us and nothing makes us feel better than the odd ‘like’ here or there. We really appreciate calling you two friends and can’t wait to show you the full-length film coming very soon (thanks for your patience!)

Jenny

I also wanted to mention how awesome it was to film at New York, New York Men’s Grooming Lounge in Burlington.  Check it out. It’s awesome.

New York New York Men

Music in both films as always was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com

 

  • Jennifer Thomas - Finally! LOVE LOVE LOVE you two.

  • Dan Gowland - Great video!! Can we expect another video when twins are born?

  • Christine Carol - Definitely just shed a little tear. So beautiful!

  • Kimberly Rutledge - <3

  • Linda Haylock - Beautiful memories for you:)

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We are often times in situations where people ask us what we do for a living. It’s a common question and for most people there’s a fairly straight forward answer. We’ve struggled a lot over the last five years deciding what it is we should tell people that we do. We often resort to calling ourselves Videographers because that’s an easy term for people to understand. We don’t really like the term videographer. Wedding Cinematographer is the new catch phrase – but even that’s becoming tired. We eventually tell people we make films about people’s wedding days and we do our best to immerse ourselves to better tell their story. We sometimes use the term fly on the wall – but first off-  I hate that term – and secondly it’s so much more than being simply there and out of the way.

Maggie and Jamie Kiss

We can’t easily explain that we do a lot more than film weddings. It’s more than pointing a camera and shooting. It’s about creating a bond that provides comfort and relaxation in the short-term which turns into long-lasting friendships in the future. We connect with our couples on a pretty intimate level, getting to know them over the course of sometimes up to 2 years before their ceremony. We care an immense amount about building trust and being a source of guidance for our couples as they navigate the craziness of wedding planning. We love that we know how much Valerie and David love their little Noosa and we remember the Beverly and Buki love their Deserts from Demetre’s and that Jenny and Chris love the fajitas at Lone Star! We take pride in reading reviews that come in after we’ve completed and delivered a wedding film to one of our couples when they tell us how comfortable we made them feel on the biggest day of their lives.

In this, our first wedding in our fifth year of owning this business that we built from the ground up, we had the chance to practice what we love about our profession and spent the day with Maggie and Jamie. Maggie is a nurse who is working on specializing her craft with just a few more university courses. Jamie is an executive in a very unique field of insurance that I find to be fascinating. They met on the website eHarmony.ca and fast forward to February 2, 2013, they got married at the Fermenting Cellar in the historic Distillery District just east of Toronto’s Downtown.

Maggie and Jamie Dancing at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, Toronto, ON

Maggie and Jamie had a candle-lit ceremony led by Gord Kushner who we think is one of the top wedding officiants in Toronto. They wrote their own vows as you’ll hear in the highlight film we made for them.

The music in the highlight film was the song “Vital Signs” by the band Clemency and was licensed through www.TheMusicBed.com

Maggie

There is so much we didn’t put in this highlight film (we wanted to save some of the good stuff for the Main Feature;)

Jamie and his Groomsmen await Maggie walking down the aisle.

The wedding day was amazing not only because Maggie and Jamie are amazing, but also because we got to work with an incredible team of wedding rockstars! We already mentioned the Fermenting Cellar – but their in house team of staff and caterers were amazing! We have to take time to give our new friends Dani and Liz from Gush Events a huge big digital high-five because of their awesomeness. The wedding was beautiful and it was right on schedule all night!  And speaking of all night – how about Toronto’s finest DJ/Emcee  Mr. Michael Coombs. It was also awesome to work with Sarah who is a life-long friend of Maggie’s and took some great wedding photos (blog link coming soon).

Jamie gives Maggie a little kiss on the forehead.

A really heart-filling and satisfying moment happened for me personally at the end of the night when we were packing up to leave. Maggie gave Emily and I hugs and whispered that we made her feel comfortable and relaxed all day. I wish I could remember exactly what she said – but the the thought was there and it was enough to make me smile. We like the term Wedding Filmmakers because each time we sit down to complete a highlight film or a main feature, we’re creating a completely custom, from scratch, un-scripted film that will not only show our couples in the best possible light, but at the same time reveal the real people that are getting married because they really do love each other.

Thank you Maggie and Jamie for having us and while you better not be seeing this in the electronic-free St. Anne’s Spa, we hope you’ll enjoy this highlight film for years to come and think back to how amazing your wedding day was!

Andrew & Emily

  • Cheryl Boswell - Absolutely made me tear up! What a lovely day it was!

  • Nicole Richards - AWESOME trailer Andrew! I adored working with Maggie! But I have to say, her beau Jamie is one of the most romantic grooms I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting. He had me tearing up with his words of love for his bride in a very sweet letter. It took 54bridesmaids to get through reading it because they were all getting choked up. What a fantastic day and a beautiful couple.

  • Ewan Phelan - Great stuff guys!

  • Leanna Gosse - Always amazing!

  • Kate Leigh - A true keepsake for years to come…Maggie and Jamie you will never forget that amazing day. A film that will be enjoyed by all….you two love birds are true romantics and I am so happy it was caught on film to share with everyone! xxoo

  • Linda McGuigan - Beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Alan Lyons - OMG! That was amazing. I cannot believe that this entire blog and video was put together in less than 3 days! This literally choked me up. Well done!

  • Kristy Shillington - And I cry again! Amazing

  • Kristen Kelly-Griffiths - So sweet Maggie, I have tears in my eyes. Awesome wedding vows. You looked beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Kaela Miller - Wow, beautiful, congratulations!

  • Sharon Crumley Studios, LLC - Saw your site from the Marie Forleo video and it is is fantastic! You (and staff) did an awesome job, love it! gotta step my game up!

  • Nicole Richards & Co. - Thank you Sharon!! Get to work! =)

  • Bridaful BridalBeauty - Saw your website and video! Congrats! So well done! Starting my MUA biz for brides in NYC. Just found Marie Forleo’s website. Your my inspiration! Great work!

  • Rishi Sood - good work guys!, just wondering in the end did you leave that clip purposely?

  • Honey and Dear - HEy Rishi – we try to throw in little bonuses every once in a while. Sometimes they are jokes, sometimes they are fun moments. Nothing too serious ;)

On occasion, we get the opportunity to travel for weddings. Over the past few years, we’ve had the chance to visit Australia, Singapore, Dominican Republic and most recently – the lovely town of Sudbury ! On our trip, we visited the Big Nickel, drove by Science North and took in the…. fresh… air;)

We also filmed the wedding of Ally and Suman. Two amazing people who come from different cultures but brought both families together in a beautiful wedding weekend. Check out the Same Day Edit we made for them that actually took place over two days…

On Friday night, Ally and Suman took part in a traditional indian ceremony which was a lot of fun!

Ally and Suman in their Indian Wedding Ceremony

The next day, they celebrated again in a Christian ceremony.

It was really cool to see both families come together through cultural differences to share in Ally and Suman’s wedding.

Ally and Suman during their photoshoot with Bernie Aho

We had a great day with Bernie Aho and his wife Lisa. They were amazing to work with and their photography is incredible! We are excited about getting the chance to work together again with Bernie and Lisa in 2013! The wedding was coordinated by Lauren Perry who did a remarkable job decorating the hall for the reception. It looked impeccable in their with custom lighting and just beautiful looking everything. Well done Lauren! Music licensed through www.themusicbed.com.

Thanks so much for having us to your beautiful wedding weekend, Ally and Suman! You guys are amazing people and a lot of fun! We had an incredible time and hopefully we’ll be able to see you guys sooner than later!

 

Saba and Babak got married on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Bellvue Manor, just north of Toronto. Check out the Highlight Film we made for them…

Saba and Bob (as he’s generally called) had a very unique and beautiful ceremony. It was a traditional persian ceremony and they are completely different than ceremonies we are used to:)

We loved the rich heritage and culture that was preserved – but we also loved that things were translated in english for the uninitiated in the room!

It was also a great day for us as we were able to work with Storey Wilkins who is a great photographer and now a friend! We had heard so many great things about Storey from our friend Lee Tynan who used to work for Storey a few years back. Storey and her partner Dave did a great job on the photos!

We made an engagement film for Saba and Bob too which you can check out here:

Thank you so much for having us for your Wedding, Saba and Bob. It was truly a fantastic day and we can’t wait to share the rest with you!

Music in both films was licensed through www.themusicbed.com

 

  • Saba Zamani - Thank you! We are so blessed to have met you and had you as part of our big day. Love the videos – you guys are truly the best <3.

  • Soheila Amiri - Love it Saba jan. So beautiful.

  • Soraya Namazi - The most beautiful bride that I ever seen.I love you both and wish you long happy life together.<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3.

  • Saba Zamani - Mercy Khaleh! Love you too xo

  • Kiarash Barghian - Bob & Saba really so nice and perfect, i just say wow.

  • Newsha Barghian - azizam baraton arezoy khosh bakhti mikonam

  • Noori Shahri - CONGRATULATIONS! tabrik ba arezooye khoshbakhti :)

Ilana and Josh got married on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in what was for us our last wedding of the 2012 calendar year. We have been excited about Josh and Ilana’s wedding for quite a while! Josh is a very hilarious and equally classy guy. Ilana is amazing and we love her! Their wedding was full of humour and it just made for a great day!

Josh and Ilana chose to have both their ceremony and reception all at one venue which always makes things convenient for everyone (including us!). They had their wedding at the new Hazelton Manor which is our absolute hands-down favourite wedding ballroom banquet halls in Toronto. The owners are incredible and they are very hands-on. Not only do they do whatever they can to make your wedding perfect, they also do the little things like take really great care of your vendors (like us!). Thank you very much to George and the team at Hazelton!

 Here’s the final same day edit of 2012 for your viewing pleasure!

We are lucky enough to take in sets from bands from time to time at weddings, but we can honestly agree that we’ve never heard a better band than George and his band. They kept playing hit after hit without stopping between songs. They were electric. You have to check them out. Although they didn’t make it into the Same Day Edit, the George St. Kitts Orchestra absolutely blew us away last night. Such and incredible group of musicians who literally made us stay  probably an hour after we were done just listening to them play. Josh and Ilana also had an incredible candy bar which also factored in the decision to hang around;)

We loved hanging out with our friends Justin and Lisa Mark who did the photography.

Thank you so much Josh and Ilana for having us along to film your wedding. We have so much more to show you and we can’t wait to do some shopping in Buffalo! Have an amazing honeymoon and we’ll see you soon!

  • Ilana Katz - Amazing! Thank you guys sooo much, both Josh and I loved the videos and it was awesome hanging out with you all day :)

  • Esther Winnick-Serota - This was stunning! What an awesome addition to the reception!! Beautiful job.

  • Sheena Breski - Beautiful Ilana! Congrats to you and Josh!

  • Ilana Katz - Thank you Sheena!!!

  • Kate McIntosh - Wow!! What an incredible thing to have to remember your day! Loved every minute!

  • Ilana Katz - Thanks Katie!

  • Jeremy Abergel - Mazel Tov! Wishing you health and happiness.

  • Ilana Katz - Thanks Jer! :)

Natalie and Jonathan are a really sweet couple. On the day of their wedding, Jon invited me into their basement to show me some cool things. Natalie has her own Letterpress machine that is something like a hundred years old (i really should ask her). She craftily hand-made all of her invites and stationary for the wedding. Jon showed me just a few samples of some of the stuff Nat makes and it is incredible for sure! On the same trip, Jon showed me his vinyl collection. Jon is the director of Union Events in Toronto. He is responsible for some pretty amazing concerts throughout the year. His HiFi system made me jealous and made my harmon/kardon setup feel very entry level;)

All of Natalie’s hard work paid off. After a quick ceremony at the Newman Centre on the U of T campus and a few photos in the arctic-like weather, we headed in to the reception venue at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Natalie also worked wonders making that place look incredible! I think there is a solid future in wedding planning for you, Mrs. Ramos;)

 

Well – here’s the highlight film for Natalie and Jonathan Ramos’ wedding….

We had a great day with Natalie and Jon on their wedding. It was cool to spend the day with our friend Tyler from Mango Studios.

The music in this film is Heart of the Young by the Green River Ordinance and was licensed through www.themusicbed.com.

Thanks so much for having us Natalie and Jonathan! Can’t wait to get some letterpress stationary made up for H&D!!

  • Chris Sorlie - NIce work as usual. Lovely couple.

  • Tina Eccles - Very beautifully done. Was a wonderful wedding and a very blessed couple.

  • Michelle Eccles McGlynn - Absolutely breath taking. congrats again!!!

  • Denz-al Washingcot - love this!

  • Kevin Messam - Well done guys! Enjoy!

  • Simone Salazar - Beautifully made, for a really lovely couple. Jonthan, hope to meet Natalie soon, she seems wonderful already!

  • Judith Salazar - Lovely pics Mr n Mrs Ramos you two look wonderful together Congrats once again

Sarah and Ryan got married on Saturday, September 22nd in a really nice outdoor ceremony at The Club at Bond Head. This is the highlight film we made for them.

Family is always a huge part of weddings. This wedding was very emotional and important for a few reasons. Sarah’s father passed away a few years ago and Ryan’s mother passed away just over a year ago. There were a lot of tears – both happy and sad – but both parents were remembered and honoured throughout the day.

We had a great time at Sarah and Ryan’s wedding. It was fun to spend the day with Sarah and Danielle from 22 Studios who did photography.

The Music used in this wedding highlight film is “Romantic Memories” by the band The Sky Life and was licensed through www.themusicbed.com

Thank you for having us guys!

  • Aron Goss - Excellent job you two.

  • Johnette Donegan - What a lovely memory. Well done everyone.

  • Susan Gonzalez Green - That’s was beautiful…

  • Dianna Noftle - Beautiful video Loved it and Love you guys XOXO.

  • Dan Keveza - What a tribute to a lovely couple. Love you.

  • Ellie Edwards-Matheson - Awesome! Congrats!

  • Amanda Everson - This is absolutely beautiful !! Love it! Love you guys xo

  • Kim Zapfe - Beautiful video. Congratulations Dan.

  • Kerri Henderson - Oh my goodness I love this Sarah and Ryan. Congrats!!! xoxo

  • Sue Lewis - Simply beautiful!

  • Andy Clarke - Yes..lol your a beauty…great video!

  • Michelle Westlake - Beautiful video of two beautiful people! Could not be more happier for you two. As emotional as I was as everyone else, we had an amazing time. Thanks for including us on such a beautiful day. Love you both!

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