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How do we find our Music? Honey & Dear loves TheMusicBed.com

TheMusicBed.com and Honeyanddear.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 including Ben Rector, Holly Maher, Aaron & Andrew and our favourite Zerbin

• 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!

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!

 

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Kim & Chris – Same Day Edit Wedding Film – Steamwhistle Brewery, Toronto, Ontario

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!

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KimberleaJanuary 29, 2012 - 9:02 pm

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 SorlieFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Testing our new comments plugin.

Scott WilliamsFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:34 pm

is it suppose to FB integrated?

Andrew SorlieFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:36 pm

yep

Andrew SorlieFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:36 pm

just messing around with it

Andrew SorlieFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:37 pm

@[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 SorlieFebruary 8, 2012 - 10:39 pm

actually – hang on for a few minutes…

ChrisApril 8, 2012 - 11:12 am

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

The Wedding Co. Show is this Weekend – New Magazine + Honey & Dear Booth – What more could you ask for?

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

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Christina & Krist – Beautiful Christmas Wedding in Northern Ontario – Same Day Edit

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

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Angela HayesJanuary 6, 2012 - 2:32 pm

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 – Jewish Wedding Highlight Film – Royal Conservatory of Music – Toronto Wedding Cinema

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

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JoeeDecember 8, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Just beautiful man ! Love the music too ! Great work guys !

Samantha BrownDecember 9, 2011 - 7:18 pm

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

JoJoDecember 10, 2011 - 11:11 am

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 DoyleSeptember 29, 2012 - 2:59 am

Can anyone tell me who designed Sam’s dress please? Gorgeous

Samantha BrownJanuary 26, 2013 - 3:58 am

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

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