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Honey & Dear licenses all our music through www.themusicbed.com

We get tonnes of comments on our films regarding the music and people are always asking how we find our music.  Without giving too much away – (actually really giving the whole secret away here) – we use a website called TheMusicBed.com

Wedding videos have historically kind of had a reputation for having cheesy music.  We decided very early on that we were going to search for music that we liked rather than dropping either an ’80s song or perhaps something from the Black Eyed Peas.

We had always tried our best to reach out to artists and ask for permission to use their music. Sometimes, we wouldn’t hear back so we’d figure that we were ok to use their music. Initially, we thought if we bought the song from iTunes, we were good to go. Not the case. We were technically illegally using music and we weren’t happy about that.  We had inquired about using music from popular bands right from the record labels and they told us it would be around $20,000 and up to use each song once.  That wasn’t going to work. We continued to research and one day we got an unexpected, but highly welcomed hand written invitation in the mail to try out a brand new website called TheMusicBed.com. The site offers fully licensable Royalty Free Music, Stock Music, and Production Music that we can use for our films. And the music selection is actually amazing. All kinds of artists that we love and they are adding more every week! They have music licenses for weddings, corporate videos, non-profit projects and more.

In the past, Royalty Free music has been extremely painful and never a good solution for our type of wedding films. That all changed with The Music Bed.  We’ve now used them exclusively for our last 15 wedding films and we are excited about continuing our relationship with The Music Bed.

Here’s what we love most about The Music Bed

• Amazing selection of songs for all kinds of projects

• The quality of songs is amazing – great music from amazing, mostly independent artists

• We are actually paying the artist an affordable, sustainable amount to use their music and everyone is happy!

• They give us the option to license songs for wedding films or for corporate videos

• Perhaps our favourite part is how cool their website looks and works. It’s got a cool wish list feature and you can listen to the entire song!

TheMusicBed.com and Honeyanddear.com

We got a chance to meet The Music Bed team at In[Focus] in Charleston and getting to know them and their vision for supporting artists and doing things the right way perfectly lines up with our goals at Honey & Dear.

Even if you’re not in the business of making videos for weddings or really anything else, check out the site cause you might fall in love with some new music!

 

Planning a wedding isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time, patience, tylenol, money, antacids and of course time. But as the day arrives, you forget about all of the labour you have put into the planning and execution of your perfect day and just let it all unfold. The past 18 or so months of effort are worth it because your day will be perfect.  Kim & Chris had their wedding planned at a particular church/reception venue and were excited to get married all in one spot. As the days grew closer, excitement and anticipation grew they asked about having a final tasting.  It was that phone call, roughly 90 days before their booked wedding was to take place, that they were told the venue had been booked with another couple and there was no record of their five-figure deposit anywhere.  After repeated calls to their contact at the venue with no success and after looking over all of their documents, it was clear that something bad was happening.

I can remember getting a phone call around 10:30pm or so one night in October. It was Chris on the other end and he wasn’t his usual confident self.  He said – I think we have a problem”. Without getting into too much detail – they were out a venue and a large sum of cash with less than 3 months to plan a brand new wedding.  I can remember frantically reaching out to some of our friends and then the idea of Steamwhistle Brewery came to mind.

A few days later, a more relaxed and confident Chris phoned back and said things are good – the venue is now Steamwhistle (which is actually now our favourite place to recommend couples – more that later). After a few bumps in the road, Chris and his strong but silent bride-to-be Kim began re-dreaming their wedding. Here is a look at how the day unfolded.

We had an amazing time getting to know Kim & Chris. After having one of the best steaks of my life about two weeks ago with these two, I just felt the real-ness and sincerity of their relationship. I also love that Kim hates carrots with a passion.  The most exciting part of this wedding was just how everything came together and honestly – after being involved with a hundred or so weddings ourselves – there wasn’t anything noticeably whipped together or rushed at all. It felt perfect and we were truly honoured to be there with them.

I would like to mention how much of a pleasure it was to work with Mirza from Wandering Eye Photography. It was a pleasure to spend the day alongside you – you made our day incredibly easy and we appreciate it.

The music in this piece is by one of our new favourites – Zerbin. The song is entitled ‘I Want You’ and it was licensed through the website www.themusicbed.com

Thank you again Kim and Chris – we’re so excited for your marriage together!

  • Kimberlea - Thank you soo much Andrew, Emily and Katie. Everyting was so perfect and the video is amazing. We have watched it at least 10 times already today. You were a joy to have with us on our day.

  • Andrew Sorlie - Testing our new comments plugin.

  • Scott Williams - is it suppose to FB integrated?

  • Andrew Sorlie - yep

  • Andrew Sorlie - just messing around with it

  • Andrew Sorlie - @[1162493493:2048:Scott] – can you just help me out and comment using the FB window on our latest blog post – just want to see how it looks

  • Andrew Sorlie - actually – hang on for a few minutes…

  • Chris - 2 months have passed since the wedding and we’re still watching our video with friends and family. One thing remains constant, everyone is emphatic about how impressed they are with the same day edit.

    We hooked it up to a big screen TV for the first time last night and were blown away yet again. We can’t say enough how happy we’ve been with this video and how much it added to our experience. Thank you so much for all your hard work and the creative talent you posses.

    Chris

This is sort of an update for everyone out there. We’re very excited to be exhibiting again at the Wedding Co. Show this weekend (January 13th, 14th & 15th) at The Carlu. There are well over 100 of Toronto’s finest wedding companies all getting together for three days of awesomeness. The Wedding Co. Site has been down due to the immense traffic it has been getting – but if you haven’t picked up your tickets now – they will be available at the door. If you’d like a bit more information about the show – click here to see the temporary facebook page they have put up while the website is being fixed.

One of the exciting things about this show is the launch of the first ever Wedding Co. Magazine.  We were asked by the Wedding Co. to create a series of teaser videos as well as this video below to promote the magazine. Have a look and see what you think:

The music in this video was licensed through our friends at TheMusicBed.com

In other news, we have found our intern for 2012! We are very excited to introduce Katie Bailey to everyone. Katie will be working with us and helping to assist us at weddings. We’re excited to have her and she’ll be at the Wedding Co. Show with us on Saturday and Sunday.  Emily and Andrew won’t be at the show on Sunday as we are travelling to Charleston, S.C. for the amazing [in]Focus event. This will be our second time taking part in the cinematography education and inspiration conference and we can’t wait to see everyone and learn some new things.

Make sure you come visit us at the show!

Andrew

Christina & Krist got married on December 17th in a tiny little snow dusted church.  It was the perfect setting for their wedding. Christina was hoping for as much winter as she could get because the forecast was calling for a green Christmas.  She was excited when there was a bit of snow on the ground the morning of her wedding. Here is the Same Day Edit wedding film that we showed the night of their wedding at the reception venue.

We loved spending the day with Christina and Krist. I had never been to the Mariposa Market before – but we went there for some photos with our good friend Luca Ragogna who did the photos that day.

Thanks so much for having us guys! We had an amazing time with you!

Music in this video is “New Earth” by the band Zerbin, licensed through TheMusicBed.com

  • Angela Hayes - We can not thank you enough for the amazing work that you had done for Krist and Christina’s wedding video!
    I have to admit, I was a tad frightened at the cost but was sold when Krist first advised me to view your blog as I cried during everyone of your videos! We are soooo happy that we had you!
    Thank you for also allowing us share the, Same Day Edit. I am pretty sure it has gone viral! I know I can’t stop watching it and also can’t stop crying every time! Krist and Christina’s wedding was such a magical day and Andrew and Emily, you certainly helped by capturing all the beauty.
    It was our pleasure to have met both of you and we couldn’t have been happier that you and your team contributed to our baby boy and his wife’s, perfect day!! Thank you again and we applaud you, Angela (Krist’s Mom)
    PS… I also have a friend in the film industry and I will be suggesting he check out your work!!

Sam & Jesse got married on November 19, 2011 in a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario.  Surrounded by a few hundred of their closest friends – with the partying half on one floor and the other half on the lower floor – they spent the night mostly dancing.  Jesse is involved in the electronic music industry and he was very excited about the music at this wedding.  4Korners – the official DJs of the Toronto Raptors got the dancing going right after a pop-up traditional ceremony including a portable Chuppah being supported by the groomsmen. Jesse had DJ Krafty Kuts fly in from England to take over the second half of the DJ duties. Needless to say – the music was pure awesomeness all night long.

Here’s the Highlight film we put together for Sam & Jesse:

We had an amazing time filming Sam & Jesse’s Wedding at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario.  The location was beautiful. The weather was just right. This was our second time spending the day with Zach and Rudo from Mango Studios. We really like how those guys work – and their photography is stunning.

This is a quick screen grab we liked! Sam is one stunning bride!

I’d also like to thank Andrew Rose and his colleagues from Westbury National Show Systems. These guys are top notch. They are the in-house sound company for the Royal Conservatory of Music and I have to say they were so friendly and accommodating to work with. Thanks so much you guys!

The music in this wedding highlight film is Inglend Part 3 by the band Last Lungs and is licensed through the website TheMusicBed.com

  • Joee - Just beautiful man ! Love the music too ! Great work guys !

  • Samantha Brown - Thank you sooooo much Emily and Andrew. I LOVE it so much and I keep watching it on repeat:)

  • JoJo - What a beautiful wedding!
    We were glad to be able to see a little of it.
    Sam…you looked stunning…..We can’t believe the little girl that spent so much time at our home…..sharing in our families lives…..is soooo grown up and beautiful!
    Jessie….you made a very handsome groom!
    Wishing you both years of happiness, good health and LOVE!
    Mazel Tov to both of you.
    Love you,
    JoJo and Henry xoxoxo

  • Deanna Doyle - Can anyone tell me who designed Sam’s dress please? Gorgeous

  • Samantha Brown - Hi Deanna, thank you and the dress is an Armane by Rivini, I got it @ White Toronto.

What an incredible wedding for two incredible people. Michael & Marian got married in one of the coolest all-around weddings I think we’ll ever be a part of. We actually couldn’t manage to fit in a quarter of the amazing things Michael and Marian had planned for their wedding – other wise their Same Day Edit would have been oh about 20 minutes!

Michael Daoud, owner of Pink Elephant Marketing invited us to his office about a year ago to meet along with his new fiancee Marian. When Marian started to talk about her family and how important they were to her and all of the planning that had already taken place for her wedding – we knew we were in for a treat. We spent 4 or 5 days with Michael and Marian over the past year getting to know them and being with them for some pretty special moments including her final dress fitting at Pearl Bridal House as well as Michael’s final Tuxedo fitting at John Ferrigamo in Yorkville. We loved spending time with their family interviewing them and gathering stories for a special engagement film we put together which will be online shortly.

We loved how Michael and Marian both grew up in the same Coptic Church and had their traditional orthodox ceremony in the same church. After the ceremony (where no kissing is allowed) – we went to the Thompson Hotel (which is quickly becoming one of our favourite places for some more shots. I would like to personally say that the very last shot in this edit from the rooftop of the Thompson may in fact be my favourite ever Honey & Dear shot. I’ll let you be the judge of that! There was a lot more to this wedding – but why don’t you just watch the Same Day Edit.

The music in this Same Day Edit is the song ‘Crazy’ by the band Stars Go Dim and was licensed through the website TheMusicBed.com

This wedding had so many awesome people involved who helped bring it all together. We loved spending the day with Sarah Cherry who helped keep the elaborate party on schedule!  We also had a great time hanging out with Matt from Xero Digital. The live band they had blew our socks off – Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm.

Thank you so much Michael & Marian for having us – we can’t wait to see all of your photos from Thailand!

Paige & Mike got married with 30 of their closest friends and family in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the five star Ocean Blue & Sand Resort. We were honoured to join them for their destination wedding. We first met Paige & Mike at Paige’s sister Whitney’s wedding (that we filmed back in June of this year).  Paige and her mom Dianna asked us if we would come to the DR and after taking about four seconds to pretend to think about it – we started making plans!

We arrived at the resort after a quick flight on WestJet from Toronto to Punta Cana on Tuesday, the day before the wedding.  We met up with everyone for an amazing Mexican meal.  We weren’t on the island more than 4 hours before we were formally introduced to Mama Juana.  Basically, Mama Juana is a mixture of bark and herbs left to soak in rum, red wine and honey. The solid ingredients (local leaves, sticks and roots) vary from region to region but are said to be medicinal.  It is consumed in ‘shot’ format and there is a fun little dance that you’re supposed to do. James initiated the first of several Mama Juanas.  Long story short – this group likes to have a good time and we felt welcomed as a part of their family instantly!

Well – the next day was the wedding day. We got off to an early start to catch the sunrise.  Well – enough talking – have a look at the highlight film we put together for Paige & Mike:

The music in this piece is ‘Let Love Be’ by Chelsea Lankes. licensed through www.themusicbed.com

We don’t offer photography – but we do use Canon 5D Mark II cameras which is certainly a professional stills camera.  Paige and Mike asked us if we would take a few photos for them and Emily was excited about the challenge.  While it was fun – and we did get a few nice shots – we are going to stick to what we know 😉  For fun though – here’s a few of what Emily came up with:

And here’s a few more from a little later on in the day:

Thank you so much to the entire Davies/Leeder & Pridding families and all of the friends who came for not only having us along for the wedding but for taking us in and truly making us feel like part of the group!

We always love your comments on the blog below!

  • Erin Pridding - Thank you Andrew and Emily, felt like I was there again, but with a different soundtrack. What a wonderful teaser of a video. We were very happy to have you both there as well.

  • Aron Goss - Awesome job you two, as always. Was fun to see the resort again, wish our timing was better and spent the week with you instead.

Emily & Charlie got married at the Boulevard Club on Toronto’s waterfront. In a short and sweet ceremony later in the afternoon, they exchanged their vows and made it official. The games played in the morning (a chinese wedding tradition) were hilarious – there are a few shots that we actually pulled because things got a little bit carried away with a banana!  One of the things we noticed right away was just how gorgeous Emily’s smile is:

 

After Charlie officially ‘won’ the right to marry Emily, it was time for some photos. We were so excited to work with Lisa Mark and her new husband Justin. They were so fun and amazing to work with! Their photos were incredible too! I saw a few shots through the back of Lisa’s camera and let’s just say – Charlie and Emily will be thrilled once their photos are ready! Here’s a quick frame grab from the photoshoot in an elevator!

Anyways – i’m rambling now. We had an amazing day and here is the Same Day Edit wedding film we made for Charlie and Emily:

Thank you so much for having us guys!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Music is ‘America’ by Imagine Dragons licensed by The Music Bed

  • Brianna Phelan - This makes my heart happy :)

  • Charlie and Emily - Hey Andrew and Emily, we LOVE our Same Day Edit. Lots of people have told us how impressed they were with the film. Thanks! You guys are awesome! Can’t wait to meet up and see the “banned” footage! See you soon!

Ahhh CeCe & Minh… We love you guys. We have been looking forward to this wedding for months! Here’s the Same Day Edit..

CeCe and Minh got married at Trinity Chapel on the campus of U of T. I must admit I was nervous about their ceremony because of all of the stories i’ve heard about other photographers and videographers being kicked out of the church mid-ceremony! After a quick chat with Cliff (who runs the show), we had our instructions and followed them 😉

Their reception at the new Thompson Hotel was amazing. I believe it is my new favourite reception venue. The place has style. It’s modern and clean and the staff are on the ball. The food here was incredible – quite possibly the best wedding food we’ve had this year! You should see the roof top infinity pool. It’s breath-taking. Thanks to Nick and his team for the incredible job they did.

It was amazing to work with Joee Wong and his team Chris and Therese! We’ve been looking forward to working with Joee for a long time – he’s an awesome guy and we hope to see you again real soon! Check out a few of the photos here: http://bit.ly/cece_minh

Music in this Same day edit is ‘Lost at Sea’ by the band Hope Atlantic. Buy the song here.

We thought we’d try something new by posting a few screen grabs for fun. Let us know what you think! We love your comments!

Thanks Cece & Minh for having us! We had an amazing day!!

  • Robyn Chew - you guys so rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your work:) So beautiful

  • Therese - wow! pretty awesome to work with you for this day! I LOVE watching SDE :) this one especially had a lot of emotions captured throughout the day! Keep it up! :)

  • Michelle - I love her brides maid dresses. Is there anyone that can tell me where she got them.

  • Andrew Sorlie - Hey Michelle – I wish we could help – but I’m not sure where the dresses are from…

Shane & Deanne got married at the historic Windermere House on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka.  We loved spending the day with Shane and Deanne and their son Liam! Check out the Same Day Edit that we put together for Shane & Deanne!

It was a perfect day and we were happy to have Nat Caron of Nat Caron Photography along for the wedding.  It was also great to have Aaron Sickle of Tier Delight Cakes on hand to deliver and set up his mouthwatering cake. Emily used to work with Aaron and his cakes taste amazing!! Emily actually helped Aaron on an episode of Cake Walk on the Slice Network which aired last week.

Thanks for having us to film your wedding, Shane and Deanne! We had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Deanne - Words cannot describe the meaning this film has towards us. We were blown away in the beginning when we saw your work in other wedding films but when it came time for our film to be done we were lost for words on how much meaning our film is and unique it was and how each film you both filmed are truly unique and have their own style. We still cannot believe all the details you captured in our film. We can’t wait to look back on our anniversary and many years down the road.

    As for all you other engaged couples who might be watching our film this is what I have to say. If your wondering and questioning if you should bother to put in your budget to have honey and dear as a part of your wedding then you will highly live in regret if you don’t. What Andrew and Emily do is truly magical and unique and will leave your guest speaking for months.Other “videographers” don’t compare to Andrew and Emily as with their films you will watch once and them take the DVD out and place on your shelf to gather dust and to never be brought out again. Instead, you should put your money towards a film and not just a video that is truly artistic and you will find yourself watching it over again and again and in many years to come. In the end the saying goes that when you walk away from your wedding you only have your pictures BUT with honey and dear you can have more than pictures but a film that truly takes you back to your day as they capture each individual memory of that day.

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