Monthly Archives: December 2012

One of the largest trends that has swept through the wedding industry is the use of uplighting in wedding venue spaces. At first, we were only seeing uplighting in our upscale Newport and Boston wedding videos, but now the trend is everywhere. To help breakdown the science of uplighting, I have enlisted Jim Powers of CJC Event Lighting to give an uplighting 101 lesson for this month’s wedding video tip. Jim has been responsible for uplighting several of our Boston wedding films in the past few years.

In part two of our wedding tip, Jim covers the difference between higher end lights used by professionals and less attractive lights used by some other add-on vendors. Jim will also talk about pin spotting which adds some nice white light to a reception room, as well as highlights elegant or important features like tall centerpieces or the wedding cake. I must add, that as a Boston wedding videographer who sees lots of different venues with uplighting, I prompted Jim to talk about the difference between “DJ’ lighting and professional lighting. There are some disc jockeys and other vendors who have good knowledge and equipment to uplight a room or space, but there are many others who see it as a quick way to make an extra buck. Use the information in this tutorial to educate yourself and ask the right questions. My favorite quality about CJC Event Lighting, as well as other top event lighting companies is that they will meet with the bride and groom at their venue before the wedding day to look over options in a live setting.

Amy and I connected this summer as she was working at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. Before our meeting, I had no idea she was engaged, but little did I know that our business meeting would turn into an instant wedding booking. And, what a fun couple to work with too.

The Vermont wedding video began at the Mountain Cuts Salon just down the access road from the resort. Then, the preparations continued at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel as the bride and groom got ready right down the hall from one another. Some of the highlights of the day included one of the funnest photo shoots we’ve had in a while as we moved to several locations in a well mapped out schedule (remember, she plans weddings) that included a stop at their first date location – the Wobbly barn. The reception was filled with surprises including a hot air balloon lantern release. The decor included a lot of DYI designs as the entrance way was built from white birch trees, the table numbers were put together from slices of a tree trunk and mason jars housed the floral bouquets throughout the day. Add some cowboys hats and some fancy yellow shoes for the bride and you had a lot of character for this Vermont wedding video. The music from the trailer is licensed through the Music Bed.

Vendors:

Church: Our Lady of the Snows

Photography: Cronin Hill Photography

Cinematography: JPod Productions

DJ: Starlight Entertainment

 

One of the largest trends that has swept through the wedding industry is the use of uplighting in wedding venue spaces. At first, we were only seeing uplighting in our upscale Newport and Boston wedding videos, but now the trend is everywhere. That is a good thing and a bad thing. Proper uplighting can transform rooms into elegant and beautiful ceremony, cocktail and reception spaces that look fabulous in a wedding video. But, who lights your room will make the difference between having some color on your wall and truly transforming a wedding venue.

There are a lot of wedding vendors who offer uplighting, so it is hard to figure out what you are getting in the end.  To help breakdown the science of uplighting, I have enlisted Jim Powers of CJC Event Lighting to give an uplighting 101 lesson for this month’s wedding video tip. Jim has been responsible for uplighting several of our Boston wedding films lately. I respect the time and effort Jim puts into each client by meeting them at the venue to discuss potential options for the space. In part one of this video wedding tip, Jim will cover color washing your walls, changing colors, and the use of textures.

 

We had yet to post a wedding video clip from Lauren Wiley and Jay Pisano’s Boston wedding from last December, so I decided to post one on their one-year anniversary. The Christmas-themed wedding was one of our favorites of the year, as Lauren and Jay were such an easy couple to work with all day long.

I loved the way this wedding film came together as the couple’s personalities really shined through. We loved their “golden eggs”, which had become a mainstay for Lauren and Jay as they traveled together or apart. The eggs, which Lauren uses like a rattle to shake out to good music, were present from the bridal preparations to the reception dance floor.  Their fun-loving personalities are present in the following wedding clip, which shows the end of the ceremony and the pre-reception activities. This upbeat section included a trolley bus ride, the photo session, cocktail hour and some of the reception details.

The Boston Wedding video started at First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA, with the reception at the beautiful Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA. Some of the other personal touches included the bride forgoing the father-daughter dance for a father-daughter unplugged duet with the groom and DJ Gary Jones on the guitar. The cake was simply gorgeous and the micro-brew beer was a hit as well. The piece ends with a Christmas-style photo session as the bride and groom are wrapped in Christmas lights for some awesome cool white light pictures. As a Boston Wedding Videographer, we enjoy seeing these details.

Photographer: Summer Street Photography

DJ: Gary Jones

Flowers: The Flowering Vine

Photobooth: Sonic DJ

Trolley Bus: A Limo Affair

Dress Shop: Mariella’s

Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm

Every year we get to shoot at a lot of new and beautiful wedding venues, and recently many of those have been in the heart of Boston. Earlier this year, that venue was the Four Seasons. It was an elegant, winter wedding that that brought Emily Glenn and Andrew Cleary together in a ceremony that had a ton of personality, thanks to officiant Elly Jackson. The couple and their wedding party were just a pleasure to work with, as we had a great time from the bride’s preparations right through to late night dancing. The classic, winter white decor was breathtaking from start to finish and every detail of this wedding were perfect. As a Boston wedding videographer, this had all of the elements of a wedding we love to film!

In this feature film clip, the focus is on the bride and groom’s prep’s leading up to the ceremony. We start with the exchange of gifts as Andrew blew away Emily with his choice of jewelry. Emily’s gift for Andrew showed up at a less opportune time, but it made for a fun moment in the wedding film. Nonetheless, the personality within the preparations demonstrates how every wedding film tells a different story. The video clip ends with a great first look on the staircase of the Four Seasons Boston. It’s definitely a classic Boston Wedding video.

 

Photography: Lisa Rigby Photography

DJ: 5-Star Events

Flowers: Lotus Designs

Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design

Cake: Icing on the Cake

Make-up: Dani Wagener

Hair: Jorgo Salon

Dress: Kenneth Pool

Jewelry; Alex and Ani