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