Monthly Archives: February 2012

JPod Productions was awarded the bronze award in the “Wedding” category of the VISTA awards of New England on February 28, 2012 in Dedham, MA.  JPod Productions was the only Massachusetts company west of Worcester to win an award at the regional competition. JPod Productions’ wedding film “Jennifer & Jason” was deemed the 3rd best wedding video by cinematographer companies in New England.

The “Jennifer and Jason” feature film was a 22-minute video that told the story of Jennifer (Felix) and Jason Pease’s wedding day in June of 2011 in Ludlow, MA. The wedding took place at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Ludlow with the reception in the same town at the Lusitano Club. The VISTA awards are a New England-based competition run by the National Professional Videographer’s Association of New England (NPVA/NE). Awards are presented in four categories including “Wedding”, “Wedding Highlight”, “Corporate”, and “Other”. The “Wedding” category is comprised of longer videos that creatively document a couple’s complete wedding day.

In the world of wedding films, it is not legal to purchase music from Itunes and use it in a wedding film to post online. As I use the art of the wedding video to make a living, I have a lot of respect for musicians who are doing the same with their form of art. Without music, our world would move a step or two slower. Therefore, in 2012, JPod Productions is signing on with Songfreedom to bring our couples and business clients the best variety of music available for the cinematic films while supporting the musicians who are helping our industry thrive.

The reason I love SongFreedom is because of their selection – they feature a lot of popular music, such as Train, Rob Thomas, One Republic, Colbie Caillait, and many more!  The song selection is great, and this new music is going to add a whole new element to our feature films and wedding highlight films.

When it comes to great personalities, Lindsey Grgurich (Cassanelli) is right at the top of the list. Lindsey’s wedding day with Austin was a beautiful, warm summer day that has personality, genuine love and lots of fun. Lindsey and Austin chose to do their photos before the ceremony, which provided us with a great first look and ample time for a great photo session. Lindsey chose a beautiful one strap dress from Bridal Heirlooms in South Hadley, MA, while Austin was very stylish with a lighter grey tuxedo that better fit the season and the outdoor ceremony. Lindsey’s make-up was done by Naomi’s Salon and it looked perfect as well.

We got to work with a very cool and talented photographer in Eric Foley, while Dan Cavanaugh from And the Beat Goes On DJ kept the dance floor rockin’ all night. The ceremony and reception took place at the Riverview in Simsbury with much of the photo session taking place on the Old Drake Bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut. The bridge is an awesome drop back for photos if you are in that area for a wedding. Click here to see a direct link to some of Lindsey & Austin’s wedding photos. Music for this clip is licensed through songfreedom.

February’s vendor of the month can take an average looking venue and turn it into something magnificent. Who needs Hollywood when you have Jim Powers right here in Massachusetts. CJC Event Lighting has been in the wedding business since 1984 and their business specializes in lighting for events, especially weddings. Their experience has taken them all around New England in venues big, small and everything in between. Although weddings are their specialty, the experience of lighting trade shows, fashion shows and concerts only makes Jim Powers and his company more prepared for every situation.

When it comes to lighting, there are so many ways to improve the look of your venue. If you have watched shows like Platinum Weddings or My Fair Wedding, the mood lighting or color wash that changes the look of a room is accomplished through uplighting. CJC Event Lighting is providing brides and grooms the opportunity to include uplighting in the New England area and making reception rooms look spectacular. Simpler methods to enhance your venue are to use pin spot lighting or gobo projections. Pin spot lighting is a simple way to highlight one element of your reception like the cake or centerpiece on a table. Gobo projections are used to project a couple’s initials or an abstract texture pattern on a wall, ceiling or dance floor.

CJC Event Lighting can design a room that meets your needs and desires for your one and only big day. When designing this type of lighting at your wedding, you want a professional and Jim Powers is exactly that. In all the experiences I have had with Jim, he is cordial, personable, creative and professional. He’s one vendor I never worry about coming through with what is promised. Check out some of Jim’s lighting samples in the pictures below (click on the picture to see a larger version).