Behind every love affair is a great story. What’s Yours ?
Co-Founder of Honey&Bride and Loudbyte, Steve is an award-Winning Filmmaker and Director. Formally trained in NYC, Steve has pioneered the cinematic movement prevalent in today's weddings. He loves his wife, traveling the globe and playing guitar.
Co-Founder of Honey&Bride and Loudbyte, Ton-Essa is award-winning cinematographer. She is a classical pianist, global traveller and lover of all things hot cocoa.
Our style is modern, clean, elegant and always romantic.
Your wedding film shot & edited personally by the founders, Ton-Essa and Steve. Their work has been awarded by international organizations, WEVA and DV in the category of best wedding films. Ton-Essa and Steve were among the pioneers in cinematic story-based wedding films. Among their innovations, they designed a custom mic for the bride to capture the intimate sounds of vows, pioneered moving cameras to capture dynamic and cinematic shots, created a custom sound kit to consistently capture the highest-quality reception toasts and sound at the ceremony and created an effective directing approach to help couples look and feel comfortable. Their productions are often described as stunning, exciting, romantic, epic and compelling stories. Each wedding film is unique and true to the couples they were created for. The tempo and pacing of each film is based upon the events and personality of each client. Each wedding film incorporates a licensed soundtrack and real dialogue from the wedding day. The films are an estimated 5-7 minutes in duration but may vary based upon the amount of hours and the content of the day.
The team is comprised of a lead and second filmmaker. Both are professional, highly skilled technicians who will capture your day beautifully. Each filmmakers is personally trained by the owners to deliver the highest-quality productions.Each wedding film incorporates a licensed soundtrack and real dialogue from the wedding day. The films are an estimated 5-7 minutes in duration but may vary based upon the amount of hours and the content of the day.
A Honey & Bride destination production captures both the story of your wedding and the amazing environment you have to chosen to get married in. The final film is about 5-10 minutes in duration and varies depending upon locations and content. In addition to the wedding coverage, we can join you on many local adventures such as rafting, hiking, biking..etc. Imagine having a professional film crew to capture and document photo and film of your adventures together!
Created by the founders, Ton-Essa & Steve
Meticulous planning goes into each wedding we accept. This means bringing the right tools for the job. Our bags are never packed for the season. Instead, we pack each bag based upon the needs and creative ideas of your individual wedding. In order to create a Honey & Bride Film, we bring cinema grade cameras, lenses varying from super wide to super tight, tiny microphones, recorders, hand-held microphones, moving cameras, cranes, tripods..etc
The relationships we develop with our clients allow us to personalize each wedding story. By the time the wedding day arrives, we already know each other. We often receive invitations for dinner & drinks from many of our former clients long after their wedding. We believe this speaks highly about our efforts and desire to make the best possible films for our clients.
Experience is knowing how to achieve consistent results in ever-challenging situations. Couples often ask if we have previously worked at their venue of choice. While the venue may be the same, your wedding will not be. You will most likely have different vendors, timeline and needs. This is the key to an experienced team and part of your investment in Honey & Bride.
Loudbyte is top notch. Steve and Ton-Essa were the cinematographers for my brother and sister in law a few years ago. After seeing their production first-hand as a groomsman, it was a no-brainer for me to ask them to work my wedding. They make movies, not tacky, lame wedding videos. You should really check out their work. They capture the small details, and edit film seamlessly from one scene to the next. My brothers wedding was in Chicago, but I got married in Connecticut and it was not an issue for them to travel. We had two Facetime chats beforehand, and gave them an idea of what we wanted and they ran with it. They arrived the day before the wedding and got some great shots of the long island sound where the wedding venue was, and were able to really capture the scene. They take their work very seriously, which is what I imagine you would want from someone you're paying for. Their price was very reasonable, especially given they traveled halfway across the country for us. They are very creative and did not need much of a prompt from us. Also, they were not intrusive, and allowed us to enjoy the wedding while giving them the shots they need. Their drone shots were spectacular, and some of the stills they took are pretty awesome. Steve and Ton-Essa are very friendly. I highly recommend you choose them, you'll have a mini movie of your wedding day, and won't regret it at all.
Nina & Brian
When looking for my wedding videographer, I went to Loudbyte's website and started watching all their films. I was captivated by each and every one. I didn't even know these people and I would get teary eyed after watching. The way that Loudbyte captures the wedding day, I just knew I had to work with them for mine. And that was one of the easiest and best decisions I made for my wedding.
Besides being uber talented, Steve and Tones are the nicest people to work with. My fiancé and I met with them a few weeks beforehand to go over the timeline of the day, and one of the things they recommended to me was to write letters. So as most brides know, their is a lot to finish before the wedding and I completely ran out of time to write my cards until literally the night before the wedding at 1 in the morning. But, I am so glad I did because the way they captured the moment of my parents, sister, and husband, are special moments that I now while have forever.
Steve and Tonessa showed up early, with smiles on and ready to go. I had so much fun filming with them while I was getting ready. Then throughout the day, they kept checking in to make sure the microphone was comfortable while at the same time, really caring about making sure they were capturing each moment perfectly. Their attention to detail and how much they really care about their work makes them so successful. They even stayed a little longer to capture some extra family dancing.
When they told me my film was ready, I couldn't believe how fast they got it done. I for sure thought it would take a month or two longer. I was driving when it was released and had to pull over to watch it. And good thing I did, because I cried, I laughed, and I smiled...I was so happy all over again! They captured the day EVEN BETTER than I remember it! Our wedding filmed turned out even better than anything I imagined. I really feel they captured me and my husband and our families perfectly. I think I have personally watched it like 30 times. In addition, so many people called me to tell me they saw our wedding film and couldn't stop watching it ether.
The rave reviews have been non stop. Our film is something I will truly cherish and treasure forever. Thank you again Loudbyte for your amazing artistic talent. You guys are the best!
Darci & Phil
Before even starting to speak to their easygoing, professional character I would like to say a few words about the artistry and talent you would be bringing to your wedding day if you are lucky enough to have Loudbyte as your wedding cinematographers. Because, really, that is what drove us to start a relationship with them in the first place.
Allison and I are extremely detail oriented people and as such probably looked at all the wedding videographers and cinematographers in the Chicago, greater Illinois and Wisconsin areas before making our decision. Honestly, we simply could not find anything that even comes close. Steve and Ton-Essa have all the toys the very best wedding cinematographers possess (drones, a multitude of cameras, mics, lighting, etc.), but what sets them apart from everyone else is the superior quality of their wedding film. While most wedding videographers will capture decent HD footage and add a soundtrack, Loudbyte will envision, direct, capture and edit footage using all of their tools to seamlessly and masterfully create a true wedding FILM. I honestly think their work speaks for itself. Simply take a look at their video and audio choices, editing, timing and compare to whatever else is out there. You will be hard pressed to find anything else that even remotely compares.
I think these two are not only the best videographers in the Illinois / Wisconsin area but for sure some of the very best in the COUNTRY. Seriously. I truly believe they are set to do great things in the future.
But I would not be doing them justice witout saying a few words about their character, passion, work ethic and professionalism. I guess making films that are THAT good requires all of these traits.
Steve and Ton-Essa initially met with us in order to get to know us a little better and discuss our wedding day plans and expectations. Even then, I was so impressed with Steve's ability to breakdown the wedding day into its various steps and predict how much time they would need for capturing everything on video. This helped us so much when we set out to plan our day's schedule.
When I mentioned that they were passionate about their work, I really meant it: For our wedding, Steve and Ton-Essa travelled to Milwaukee a day early to explore the venue, source ideal spots for shooting and setting up their equipment. You will be hard pressed to find anyone, not only in the video industry, but in the wedding industry in general that goes to the lengths they do in order to ensure their clients receive the best service/product possible. Steve and Ton-Essa will meticulously plan every single detail of the wedding together with you, in order to make sure that their work meets the absolute highest standards they set for themselves!
AND they are really really nice, easygoing and fun to work with!!
Like many couples will tell you, getting a wedding cinematographer was the best decision we , too, ever made. However, choosing the right cinematographer is absolutely key. So, if you are planning a wedding in the Chicago or Milwaukee area... or anywhere else for that matter, I would recommend you look no further. Simply take a look at Loudbyte's work. See how good it is and rest assured that you are putting yourself in really great hands.
Doron & Allison
Loudbyte produces nothing short of a fantastic wedding film. Every person that watched our movie was moved to tears. The emotion and excitement that was conveyed was incredible . We had a very tight timeline with a lot going on before the ceremony began and Steve and Ton-Essa were able to maneuver through it all and still get us all the footage we needed to make a beautiful film.
Nicole & Steve Moltz
We were very fortunate to have Steve and Ton-Essa film our entire love story. Steve and Ton-Essa were nothing but professional, extremely kind and genuinely caring throughout the entire process. We were referred to Steve and Ton-Essa by one of our friends, and we’re extremely happy we made that choice. Not only did I see Steve and Ton-Essa perform exceptionally on for 8 days straight, but I still see their giving it their all at other love stories I watched. They are extremely hard-working and they always have a lot of ideas which makes the film to the best effect. I highly recommend Steve and Ton-Essa for your love story and wedding! You won’t regret!
Sissi & Li
I was first introduced to the concept of a wedding film when a co-worker shared her film on Facebook. Even though I did not attend that wedding, I watched their film over and over again. I’d never experienced such emotion looking at wedding pictures but every time I watched their film I cried. When we first met with Steve and Ton-Essa I told them this story and said I want to make people cry too. (in a good way of course.) Steve and Ton-Essa delivered a film for us that was our exponentially beyond expectations. Michael and I want to share our film with everyone we meet. The Loudbyte team was a pleasure to work with, especially on the day of our wedding. Taking some time out to focus on our film during the wedding day also gave us some memorable time to step away from the busyness of the day and focus on just us, husband and wife. I can’t say enough that the investment made was well worth it. We have received fantastic feedback from friends and family and know that we will cherish this film and the memories it captured for us for years to come.
Abby & Michael Cooper
Nothing but amazing! Steve and Ton-Essa were absolutely fantastic to work with and we could not have been more thrilled with our film! The day of the wedding they were early, organized and ready to start filming right away. Not only were they great from a professional stand point, they are just really cool people in general. Never once did we feel they were too invasive and at the ceremony the only time I noticed them was when I was walking down the aisle after we were married. As a caterer in Chicago, I’ve had the pleasure of working with this team at a different wedding. Not only were they professional throughout the entire night but they were so great at finding the right vantage point, it was like they weren’t event there. I can say nothing but great things working with them as a Bride and a vendor. Advice: If you don’t go with them, just forgo a film all together because you will be severely disappointed.
Katie & Austin Morris
We really enjoyed working with Steve & Ton-Essa. Deciding to make a wedding film with Loudbyte, as opposed a traditional videographer, was truly a unique and memorable experience. From the beginning Loudbyte was very prompt and professional. I really appreciate their passion and enthusiasm. Our conversations and meetings got us really excited about filming our wedding day. We had a few hiccups planning our schedule because of complications with our venue, but Steve and Ton-Essa were flexible and understanding. The wedding venue might have caused us a lot of stress, but it was always a relief to talk to Steve and Ton-Essa because they helped put us at ease. The day of the wedding they were on time, prepared and helped make sure we got all the shots we needed for the film according to the schedule we had discussed. They were team players had no problems coordinating with our DJ and photographer. To sum things up, they are professional, creative, and passionate about their work.
Mirini & Jason Kim
The first thing I noticed upon stumbling on Loudbyte were all the fantastic reviews. I was really impressed with all the great things everyone had to say... not to mention after watching a few of their trailers, I was blown away with the move-like quality work they produce... but I thought, could this be too good to be true? Well it wasn't! They are seriously nothing short of brilliant and creative geniuses. They are passionate and love what they do, and it oozes throughout all their work. This was our experience: (I love details, so I'll try to be as detailed as possible). Originally my husband and I hired Loudbyte to cover film our wedding. We were hosting our wedding in my hometown of Chicago, but we live in NJ. So we started off the business relationship via phone/internet. It was tough to work with certain vendors this way, but I immediately recognized and appreciated Ton'Essa and Steve's professionalism, timeliness and ease of conversation. They were full of ideas, and enthusiasm which made it so easy to begin the relationship. They have a great balance to them, which matched well with our personalities as well, so we hit it off from the start. The first time we met was at their studio, which is a charming reflection and glimpse into their personalities. They sat with for a few hours and walked us through the day-of schedule and how it would all work. They also gave great suggestions on streamlining our reception and great tips as well. I left feeling excited and knew I had entrusted the right ppl to take on this task. Leading up to the wedding, (actually a week before), I had this crazy idea to shoot a "Welcome video" for our guests, to play just before we made our grand entrance. I shot Steve and Ton'Essa an email asking them what they thought about it. They set up a conference call immediately, and a simple idea turned into an exciting full day shoot around downtown Chicago filming what turned out to be one of the most amazing pieces of work I could have ever asked for. I want to add, the shoot was only 3 days before the wedding, it was scorching hot outside, and yet they lugged their equipment through out the streets, sweating, and dehydrated (and this is no exaggeration), and yet neither stopped until they got what they felt were the perfect shots.. They were literally with us for approx 10 hours shooting and yet maintained the same vibrant attitude, energy and sense of humor throughout the entire shoot.. which helped b/c there were moments when I felt exhausted, yet having them so excited to shoot all the different scenes kept my excitement level high as well. They had 2 days to cut and edit that video before the wedding day and they came through like the champs they are. That video has become a sensation amongst our friends, and I have gotten more emails and facebook messages from strangers who somehow saw it because a friend of a friend forwarded it along and they just needed to tell me how amazing it was. You see, Steve and Ton'Essa just don't film footage, they're story tellers and that is what makes them unique and wonderful. We've yet to see the final cut of our wedding day.. and they are also going to be cutting up the footage from our honey moon to make a video out of that as well.. so I have a lot to look forward to and am so excited for that. I trust the final videos are going to be just as amazing as the welcome video. I know this review is lengthy, but I wouldn't be doing them justice if I hadn't elaborated on their talent. So again, if you are on the fence or exploring other options, don't even bother... Loudbyte has yet to disappoint and plain and simple; are the real deal!
Maria & Giovanni
west loop | chicago
Scripts are written, locations are planned, you're the star. The film premieres at your wedding...and yes, we have way too much fun!
The founders, Ton-Essa and Steve will personally film and edit your destination wedding.
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