Tyler Unwin was the first of two JPod filmmakers and editors to get married in 2017. Tyler edited for us when he was in college at Western New England University, and he has now worked his way up the television chain to become a full-time videographer at Fox 25 News in Boston. Tyler met his beautiful bride Devon in their hometown in Vermont, as these high school sweethearts have stood the test of time including challenging bouts of long distance dating to reach their wedding day in the fall of 2017.

Tyler and Devon chose the beautiful Oceancliff Resort and Hotel as the backdrop for their fall wedding day. Devon and the girls got ready in one of my favorite bridal suite spaces, the Gatehouse, which is located at the front of the 10 acre property over looking Narragansett Bay. The card and gift exchange were very emotional, as Tyler wowed the bridal suite crowd with a box of Venus ET Fleur eternal roses. The couple chose to do a first look and pre-ceremony photo session, which I highly recommend if you want to look your best and have more time to enjoy your cocktail hour and reception.

The weather was picture perfect for an early October Day in Newport, Rhode Island. Devon and Tyler chose to have their wedding late in the afternoon taking advantage of their golden hour light by the water. What they didn’t expect is that a cruise ship would travel through the Bay right as Devon came down the aisle. The ship was kind enough to send a congratulatory horn signal to Devon and Tyler right as the ceremony was about to begin. It’s a moment that the couple and their guests will be talking about for years to come. A beautiful sunset graced the cocktail hour, as it may have been our best sunset of the year. In addition to the beautiful traditional decor, Devon and Tyler made sure that their dog, Coco, was included in the details. They had cutouts of Coco for their photo booth, and a doggie bag bar for guests to bring home treats to their lovable, furry friends. Enjoy our latest Boston wedding film from the edge of Narragansett Bay.

Wedding Professionals:

Cinematographers: Mia Major + Jamie Podworski

Photographer: Massart Photography

DJ & Photobooth: Luke Renchan Entertainment

Venue: Oceancliff Resort & Hotel

Florist: Golden Gate Studios

Cake: Pink Box Desserts

Decor: Drape Art Designs

Officiant: Charles Cavalconte

 

We met Maggie and Matt through a mutual friend of ours and Maggie and I hit it off right away when we first talked. We were excited as this Boston wedding film was going to be the first one ever at the JFK Library and Museum. Although the Library and Museum has been in existence since 1979, 2017 was the first year that this beautiful space began hosting weddings. And, what a space it is! Between the towering windows and ocean views from the cocktail hour space to the 10 acre property outside, to the reception space with endless possibilities, this venue has quickly established itself as one of the elite wedding venues in Boston.

Maggie and Matt’s wedding fit the space perfectly, as elegant was the perfect word to explain every part of their wedding. As I say that, I kind of laugh. Because, even though Maggie and Matt carry that elegance, they have a cute, quirky side that makes them such a great couple. Throughout the day, you could see how connected they were with their inside jokes and continued laughter.

The wedding preps took place at another iconic space, the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. It had such a great, relaxed feel all morning. You knew the bride was relaxed when she started steaming bridesmaids dresses. The day really got going as Maggie and Matt did a first look in the light rain outside the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. In the wedding film, the couple’s great connection really comes through during this first meeting. The rain stuck around for much of the day, but we were still able to sneak in an outdoor photo session under the trees in the Boston Public Gardens. The night continued into the JFK Library and Museum, which was transformed into an amazing space between the work of New Leaf Flores, DesignLight, and the JFK coordinator Jeannie Spence. We also have to add that we loved the post dinner treats and snacks – Blackbird Donuts and Fenway Franks. Thats a win-win! Enjoy our latest Boston wedding film from the city’s newest sophisticated venue.

Wedding Professionals:

Cinematographers: Mia Major & Jamie Podworski

Photographer: Suzanna March Photography

Reception Venue: JFK Library & Museum

Band: Sugar Babies

Church: Arlington Street Church

Preps: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Florist: New Leaf Flores

Lighting: DesignLight

Caterer: Gourmet Caterers + Gordon’s Liquors

Dessert: Blackbird Donuts

Makeup: Stacey Fraska

Hair: Michelle Decosta

Dress Designer: Lela Rose

Shoes: L.K. Bennett

 

Courtney and James were married on familiar turf for us, as their church and reception venue in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts matched that of Kate and Bryan’s wedding from a few years earlier. Beyond the wedding locations, Courtney, James and I bonded quite quickly during our first Skype conversation. Then, when Courtney and I found out that we shared an alma mater in UMASS, Amherst, it was like we were long time friends. I even got invited to take part in the UMASS group photo at the reception! The only bummer in this wedding was that Courtney and James’ dog, Race, was not going to be part of the wedding festivities.

This nautical-themed wedding started with a first look and photo session on the beach at the Hyannisport Yacht Club, which also neighbors the famous Kennedy Estate. The scenic photo session is featured throughout the couple’s wedding film, but it didn’t compare to the amazing sunset photos that were captured later at the Hyannisport Club. The ceremony took place in the quaint Union Chapel, which was standing room only to see Courtney and James exchange amazing, heart-felt vows. The reception moved over to the scenic Hyannisport Club for three great speeches, an amazing sunset and a party that did not stop all evening on the outdoor deck.

We got to work with some great wedding professionals as we filmed along side Molly and Erika from Molly Anne Photography. And, we couldn’t say enough about the band The Sugarbabies out of Boston. Their energy was electric and they kept the dance floor packed all night long. Enjoy our latest Boston Wedding Film.

Wedding Professionals:

Cinematographers: Jamie Podworski + Bryan Buckley

Photographer: Molly Ann Photography

Band: Sugarbabies

Venue: Hyannisport Club

Church: Union Chapel

Florist: Designers Touch Florals

Cake: The Icing on the Cake

Make-up: Natalie Shafie

Dress Shop: Allegria Bridal

Dress Designer: Eve of Milady

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

 

We met Stephanie and James through our good friends, Katie and Casey, at Katie O. Weddings & Events. With Stephanie’s roots in Boston and the couple having lived in New York City for a while, Stephanie and James chose the Berkshires as a middle ground for their wedding day. They found Gedney Farm to be the perfect location. It provided the natural outdoor setting combined with a rustic feel that they were looking for and it was a beautiful backdrop for our latest Boston wedding film.

The couple had a picture perfect summer day in the Berkshires, as the two got ready in opposite ends of the lodging barn. After a first look and pre-ceremony photo session, the couple was married up on the property’s most picturesque piece of land in front a vast and iconic oak tree. The couple wrote short declarations to each other, which they both read providing an amazing personal touch to the wedding ceremony. The reception moved into the rustic barn on Gedney Farm and included a heartfelt speeches from Stephanie’s sister, Kimberly, and James’ Best Man, Omar. The First Class Band took it from there with the party only stopping one time during the night, and that was for a surprise fireworks show in the neighboring skyline.

With the help of Casey from Katie O, the couple surrounded us with great vendors for this event including the ultra-talented Trisha McCormack Photography. The couple chose greenery and a soft pallet of flowers for their reception decor, which was executed to perfection by Kris Ann Elario and her team from Fleurtatcious Designs. This latest Boston wedding film displays what a wedding outside of the city can look like when planned perfectly.

Wedding Professionals:

Venue – Gedney Farm

Event Planner – Katie O. Weddings & Events

Photographer – Tricia McCormack Photography

Floral Design- Fleurtatious Designs

Hair and Makeup Artist – Sonya Heimann

Band – First Class Band

Cake: Sweet Tooth Bakery

Transportation – Dufour Tours

Fireworks – Berkshire Fireworks

 

We met Nicole and PJ through some filmmaker friends of ours and we knew right away that they would be a great match. Nicole was sweet as could be, and PJ was a firefighter. The cool things about their connection was that Nicole had an obsession with the movie 101 Dalmations. What a perfect match! When we found out that Dewey, their dalmation, was going to be a part of the wedding day, we knew we had the makings for a great Boston Wedding Film.

The two were married at the International Golf Club in Bolton, Massachusetts. The preps were a lot of fun as PJ took the something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue to a new level with his gifts to Nicole. It was a very thoughtful and cool part of the wedding day. On the flip side, PJ was taken back a little during the reading of Nicole’s card. After watching these two interact together, it was easy to see why they are a great match. Their ceremony was held outside on a windy July afternoon, in a quiet and scenic part of The International property. Throughout the film, you will see subtle touches of Dewey’s influence within the wedding day. We absolutely loved the energy of Nicole and PJ throughout the day and into the evening, as the dance floor was absolutely jammed all night long. We always say, “The bride and groom will drive the dance floor.”

We also loved Nicole and PJ, because they listened to some our recommendations on great wedding professionals to use. We got to share the day with Zev Fisher, which is always a pleasure, and then we also go to work with NuImage Entertainment, who always do a great job with the disc jockey duties.

Wedding Professionals:

Cinematographers: Daniel Herzog + Jamie Podworski

Photographer: Zev Fisher

Disc Jockey: Jimmy, NuImage Entertainment

Venue: The International Golf Club

Florist: Roche Brothers

Cake: Gerardos Italian Bakery

Cupcakes: Bella Cakes

Makeup: Laura Heffernen

Hair: Hey Good Lookin’ Salon & Spa

Photobooth: HotShots

Dress: Justin Alexander, Sincerity

 

There are certain couples that just compliment each other so well. With Zach and Chris, you have an outgoing personality and a quiet personality. A doctor and a banker. A runner and a weight lifter. But when you see them together, it is so obvious how well they balance each other out. They bring out the best in each other and I absolutely love that about these two in our latest Boston Wedding Film.

Zach and Chris were married on a beautiful November evening at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The romantic night time setting was one that was as sweet as these two are when they are together. The couple got ready at the Boston Fairmont Copley Plaza and did photos prior to the ceremony in and around the city at locations that were special to the couple. One of those spots was the Trophy Room where the couple first met. At that location, we were also able to meet their lovable yellow Labrador Ezra, as Zach and Chris took some photos with him. It also let us tie in one of the readings from the ceremony, which was entitled, “How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog”.

The reception included some heartfelt speeches that truly showed the family’s support for this same-sex couple. Zach and Chris were married during the Mannequin Challenge-phase of 2016 and they included one in their reception as everyone in their wedding party struck a pose. We also worked with some of our favorite wedding professionals including Jill for Person and Killian Photography and the Eye 2 Eye Band from Wilson Stevens Productions. Enjoy out latest Boston Wedding Film!

Wedding Professionals:

Photographer: Person + Killian Photography

Band: Eye 2 Eye, Wilson Stevens Productions

Getting Ready Venue: Fairmont Copley

Hair & Make-up: Charlotte Phinney & Company

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Boston Public Library

Flowers: Winston Flowers

Lighting: Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design

Wedding Planner: Kate Evans Events

Catering: The Catered Affair

Linens/Rentals: The Catered Affair at the Boston Public Library and Be Our Guest, Inc.

Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston

Ice Sculpture: Brilliant Ice Sculpture, David Chapelle

Tuxes: Brooks Brothers

Invitations: Goosefish Press

Favors: South End Buttery

 

When it comes to wedding preparations, few things are more stressful than buying bridesmaid dresses. While the bride certainly has enough on her shoulders to try to shrug this off, she will be a lot happier with the bridal party photos if she takes the  time to help the bridesmaids out with their selections.  Below you will find 10 woes that the bride and her maids will have to face and tips for how to handle them with grace.

 

  •  “This will not look good on me!”

    • Your bridesmaids will probably be very physically different. Each of them has wardrobe issues that they deal with every time they go shopping. The friend that is tall and thin. The shorter the dress the taller she looks. The bridesmaid that is very short and a bit heavier than the others should opt for a floor length dress that it is not tight
  • Communication failure

    • You told the bridesmaids to choose a green bridesmaids dress. Is it an emerald green bridesmaid dress or is it pastel green? Without detailed communication, you can expect to have some very interesting wedding photographs.
  • “The dress you chose for me costs how much?

    • Set an agreed upon budget. Use caution adding expenses to the dress that you expect the bridesmaids to pay for. Alterations and accessories may be out of their financial budget. Stay away from diamond earrings
  • “What is my size?”

    • Your bridesmaids may be out of state, If your dresses are all to be exactly the same, that means some bridesmaids may have to buy their dress over the phone or computer. But, all size 10’s are not equal. You may need a size up or a size down. Some dresses do not come in plus sizes. If you have bridesmaids who require plus sizes, they may not be able to get that particular dress.
    • Allow the bridesmaids to buy different dresses made of the same color but different hues. Give them some general guides such as length, sleeves, and neckline.
    • Buy the dress in the sizes the bridesmaids normally wear and ship it to them. If the dress is too small or too large, she will have the dress altered, which is an added expense.
  • “Do not change my hair!”

    • You can ask for the hair to be styled a certain way, but you cannot insist on cutting or adding extensions.

Here are a few other bridesmaid dress issues:

      • Consider the hue that will go with your dresses. For example a green bridesmaid dress, you can have the shoes dyed (though it is an expense). However, silver shoes go with all hues of green and they are easy to find.

 

      • Tattoos are forever. You know if your bridesmaids have them. If you do not want the tattoos to show, you must tell them. This may make it better to choose a dress with sleeves and a higher neckline. If the tattoos are on the back, a pretty shawl will cover the tatts.

 

      • Some people simply cannot afford to be a bridesmaid. The cost of a gown and shoes, with the investment of time for rehearsals, dinners, and showers are a reach for a college student or a new mother. You can offer to help her pay for the dress or you can be understanding if she chooses to decline.

 

      • Religion pays a huge part in our lives. If the bridesmaid’s religion is against uncovering her hair in public or not eating certain foods, you must choose a dress with a proper hair covering.

 

    • It takes a long time to plan a wedding. In some cases a bridesmaid may become pregnant, Even if she delivers before the wedding, she will have additional weight on her frame. Select a style of dress that will show off her assets. If you love her and want her in the wedding, make a choice.  

 

 

When two musically talented individuals come together like Christina and Steve, a harmonious melody is created and developed until we have a fantastic Boston wedding film. That is just the beginning of the musical references on this wedding day, as this Basoonist and her musically talented husband came together for an amazing wedding. Christina and Steve found us through one of our former brides, Tiffany Renfro (Tiffany + Matt). At our initial meeting at Starbucks in Newton, Christina and I hit it off immediately, and their fall wedding in the city sounded like it was going to be an amazing event.

Christina and Steve were married at St. Cecilia Church in Boston, with the reception taking place on the 33rd floor of the scenic State Room at 60 State Street. This couple, who met at the New England Conservatory of Music, planned a wedding with lots of musical touches including a string quartet at the ceremony, the amazing band Night Shift at the reception, and we even filmed Steve serenading Christina with a little Frank Sinatra number to end the reception formalities. You would never know it from the decor, but the wedding was a flower-free event. Christina took her vision to Table and Tulip who designed a beautiful array of ferns, branches and greens to create classic and elegant tablescapes. The other thing I will always remember about the day was the photo session. It ended during rush hour on a Friday night with a street shot of Christina and Steve in a cross walk without a car driving on the road. How this  happened on a Friday night in Boston, I will never know. Nonetheless, it was an amazing way to end that part of the wedding day.

Much of that photo session was amazing because we were working with not only a gorgeous couple, but a talented photographer in Emily Tebbetts. From the preparations at the Fairmont Copley to the dancing at the State Room, working with Emily and her sidekick Lexi was seamless and amazing as always. Emily and Christina were a good match too, because of their love of cats. Christina’s cats make cameo appearances on the cake topper, while the bride’s shoes also reflected her love of felines. Cats would probably be listed as the sub-theme of this wedding. Enjoy our latest Boston wedding film from some of our favorite spots in the city.

Wedding Professionals:

Cinematographers: Jamie Podworski + Mia Major

Photographer: Emily Tebbetts Photography

Band: Night Shift

Preparation: Fairmont Copley

Ceremony: St. Cecilia’s Parish, Boston

Reception: State Room, Boston

Floral Designer: Table & Tulip

Cake: I Dream of Jeanne Cakes

Cake Topper: Concarta

Transportation: Black Tie Limo

Hair: Red Carpet Ready by Sarah – Sarah Maher

Makeup: Neiman Marcus

Dress Designer: Atelier Pronovias

Dress Boutique: Musette Bridal

Shoes: Charlotte Olympia

 

 

As wedding filmmakers who like to tell a couple’s story, the wedding toasts at the reception play a vital role in our filmmaking process. When we reach out to our photographer friends to talk about an upcoming wedding together, the toasts are the one item we highlight as important to us. We take pride in filming them with good lighting and great sound quality, as we know that it makes our Boston wedding films stand out. Making them look and sound good is our job, but saying the right things is traditionally up to the Father of the Bride, Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor. So here are some tips to sounding good and making the best of your time in the wedding spotlight.

Length Matters

The best length for speeches tends to be about 2-3 minutes. I honestly believe a well-spoken father of the bride can extend their speech to 3-5 minutes in an engaging manner. But, at the end of the day, the reception is about eating, drinking and dancing. Therefore, speeches that carry on for too long (especially multiple speeches) only cut into the fun part of the evening. On the flip side, 30-second speeches add little the night’s festivities. If you have been selected to speak on behalf of the bride or groom, you have enough knowledge and background to talk for at least 90 seconds.

It’s Not About You

One of the biggest reasons speeches carry on too long is that speakers talk too much about their relationship with the bride and groom. Opening up a speech with your connection to them is a great way to start, but telling multiple stories about every part of your relationship is a way to lose the audience’s interest. Telling one story that exposes the great character traits of the bride or groom has to offer is a great way to show your connection with them. Remember, it’s a toast, not a roast. Save the long stories and razzing of your friend for the bachelor/bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner where the audience is smaller and more connected to the couple.

Courtesy Person + Killian Photography

Courtesy Person + Killian Photography

The Most Important Part of the Speech

All great speeches turn the focus onto the couple. That is what the wedding day is all about! We all have a story about the couple. Most often it was when they first met, or the first time you heard about their new boyfriend or girlfriend. There is always that ah-ha moment. Tell the audience about it. And, then talk about why you think the couple works so well together. It’s the feel-good moment of the night. Own it!

Opening and Closing

How do you start and how do you end your toast? That is the easy part. To start, simply introduce yourself. Secondly, it is a respectful gesture to thanks the parents of the couple for the wedding itself and rehearsal dinner, as most often, parents pay for much of the wedding.

To end a good speech, simply toasts the couple. It could be as simple as asking everyone to raise their glass (don’t forget this part) and wishing them a happy, healthy life together. To take it up a notch, connect your ending to the couple. For example, for an Irish Bride, end with an Irish Blessing. For a brother or sister, quote a respected family member.

Write Down Your Plan

There are two ways to approach the speech. The first is to write it out your speech completely, so that each thought is well thought out and delivered to your satisfaction. For others, reading word for word will cramp their style. If you are this type of person, do not wing it! Simply, just make an index card with a list of topics for each part of the toast. Each part of the speech can be delivered off the cuff, but have a plan in place. Then, you won’t forget to thank the parents when you get a touch nervous.

That’s the basics. Two to three solid minutes of content and you’ll be getting congratulations throughout the night. Do you need a template? I love the DIY wedding toast template Malcolm Fraser gives in his article for Huffington Post. And, one last tip, take a deep breathe as you get to the microphone. It will pay big dividends. Cheers!

 

We met Becky and Matt through our good friend Amber Hall who is married to Matt’s Best Man and Brother Ryan Hall. As a former sportscaster, these two were the perfect match for us. Becky is a former lacrosse standout who led Gettysburg College to a National Division III Championship in 2011. Matt was a basketball standout at my high school alma-mater before heading off to Stonehill College and Estonia for a professional basketball career. If these two have children, look out sports world.

Our latest Boston Wedding Film took us to the Connecticut shoreline as the wedding day unfolded in Becky’s hometown of Madison, Connecticut. We started at Becky’s house with an upbeat bridal prep that led us to St. Andrews Church for the couple’s ceremony. In addition to having Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal in attendance, the ceremony’s signature moment took place during the couple’s vows. It was the phrase “until death” that both Matt and Becky said with slight emphasis that drew laughter and smiles throughout the audience.

The photo session and reception took us oceanside to the Madison Beach Club. The photo session was one that was highlighted by a spectacular sunset, which also included the couple each firing off a rifle as the sun dropped behind the horizon. It was definitely the second signature moment from the wedding day, which we used to close out the film. The reception itself was more about the party than over the top decor. The hydrangeas used throughout the reception were classic and timeless, and the dancing throughout the night was as good as it gets thanks to the great music from the New York City Band Creations. Enjoy this Boston wedding film on the Connecticut shore, which epitomizes the personality and energy we try to incorporate in every film we produce.

Wedding Professionals:

Photographer: Kerry Schutz Photography

Band: Creations Music, featuring Kim Sozzi

Venue: Madison Beach Club

Church: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Flowers: Bakes and Baldwin

Hair: Madison Avenue Salon

Makeup: Lindsay J.

Bridal Store: Everthine Bridal Boutique

Music Licensing: The Music Bed