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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

 

Jenny and Dave Krupski are simply put, a JPod Films couple! They are definitely the first couple I can honestly say that found us through Yelp. Jenny had binge-watched a bunch of our films, so she reached out and we set-up a Skype meeting. Our meeting was an instant match, as Jenny and Dave were one of our first 2016 couples to book a Boston Wedding Film.

It all started in the location where Jenny vacationed for most of her life, the town of Osterville on Cape Cod. The bride prep took place in Jenny’s parents Cape Cod home, which they had bought a few years earlier in the same neighborhood that the family vacationed for years and years. Dave got ready in a house two blocks away with their dog Skylar, which set up a great first look right down the street at a local scenic bridge. The sweetness and excitement of these two seeing each other for the first time was definitely one of the highlights of the day.

The weather was picture perfect from the bride prep through sunset at the Oysters Harbors Club, which is where the ceremony and reception took place. The outdoor ceremony, overlooking the water, was highlighted by a well thought out ceremony including advice from Jenny and Dave’s parents, a perfectly read version of “How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog”, and personally written vows. David’s vows were excellent, but how well he delivered them, made them arguably the best we’ve seen in ten years of filming weddings. They were so good, that we used them as the backbone for the couple’s wedding trailer film late last year. The great energy continued through the day with lots of great details including the Ducky Rose cocktail, a map of Cape Cod Picture Sign-in and the Panda Head appearance which turned the dance floor upside down. Enjoy our latest Boston Wedding Film with love and excitement that is hard to match.

Wedding Professionals:

Photographer: Randall Garnick Photography

Band: K2 (Kahootz Entertainment)

Flowers: All About Flowers Wedding + Event Decor

Venue: Oyster Harbors Club

Hair: Makeup 2 Die 4

Make-up: Makeup 2 Die 4, Noel McKinnon

Wedding Planner: Main Event, Cindy Muzyka

Cake: Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe & Bakery

Rentals: New England Country Rental

Transportation: Cape Destinations

Dress: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca

Dress Shop: Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

 

 

We met Breanna and Matt through their photographer, Matt Hinkley of Hinkley Photography. We first knew the were a great JPod Films couple when Breanna told us that she was going to school to become a veterinarian, and that they had two dogs who were going to be included in the wedding plans. Although the two resided in the midwest, our Skype conversations felt so warm, as if we had known each other for years. It was also the first of four straight Boston wedding films that we had on the water in September (four different states too).

It was the second straight year that we spent the second weekend in September at Church Landing in Meredith, New Hampshire. Breanna and Matt got ready on opposite ends of Church Landing and then met for the first time on the back lawn of the property. It was one of my favorite parts of the day, as Matthew’s mid-western charm really came through. After some fun pictures with their dogs Ruby and Khan, we headed to a beautiful open field next to Moulten Farm for a pre-wedding photo session. We really got creative here and even opened the film with this part of the day. The couple had a traditional church ceremony at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Laconia before returning to Church Landing for the cocktail hour and reception. Some of the cool details include the Hoosier glass, tying in Indiana, used for the centerpieces as well as the Birch logs used throughout the reception decor.

We got to work with Matt and Liz Hinkley from Hinkley Photo (photo credit for picture above) for the second straight year in Meredith which was a blast, and we were also paired with one of our favorite bands in Honey Train. The day just had just a great vibe! Enjoy our latest Boston wedding film from the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Wedding Professionals:

Photographer: Hinkley Photo

Band: Honey Train

Venue: Church Landing at Mills Falls

Photo Shoot location : Moulten Farm

Florist: Lotus Floral Designs

Hair + Makeup: Cascade Spa

Cake: Jacques Pastries

Dress: Pronovias

Dress Shop: Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal

Shoes: Kate Spade

Stationary: Karli Strohschein Art

 

 

Our latest Boston wedding film came to us as a referral from the Renfros (Tiffany + Matt, Margarita + Steve, Zach + Chris). That connection helped us build a great relationship with Erica and Matt, as we got to meet them and Matt’s parents before the wedding day at Margarita and Steve’s wedding. It was at that wedding that we knew that Erica would be a fixture on the dance floor at her own wedding.

This Boston couple chose to get married close to where Erica grew up at the newly renovated Newport Beach House, which just reopened in 2016 under the management of Longwood Events. With a small wedding party, we started the day with an intimate getting ready session for the bride and groom at the Hotel Viking in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island. Erica waited until getting to the Newport Beach House before putting on her beautiful lace wedding dress in the bridal suite. Every wants a sunny day on their wedding day, but Erica and Matt got an overcast misty look over their water view. It sounds like a bad thing, but in reality, it was a magical look for the camera in what was easily one of the best photo sessions we have had in the past few years.  It doesn’t hurt to have to talented and funny Joe Laurin of Joseph Laurin Photography cracking jokes next to you, which put Erica and Matt in such a naturally relaxed and happy state. Just jump ahead t0 4:58 to take a peak. The ceremony and reception took place on the top floor of the Newport Beach House overlooking Easton Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

We worked with some awesome vendors in addition to Joseph Laurin, as Julie Keilbasa and Alison Barbara, hair and make-up respectively, were a fun addition to the bridal preparations at the Hotel Viking. We felt at home on the Rhode Island coast, as multiple Boston wedding professionals were with us as well including the interactive band Soul of Boston and Les Fleurs of Andover. Enjoy our latest Boston wedding film from beautiful Newport, Rhode Island.

Wedding Professionals:

Venue: Newport Beach House

Photographer: Joseph Laurin Photography

Band: Soul of Boston, Hank Agency

Flowers: Les Fleurs

Hair: Julie Kielbasa, Julie Rose Beauty

Make-up: Allison Barbera Beauty

Linens: Rentals Unlimited

Transportation: Newport Limousine Service

Dress Shop: Madeline’s Daughter, Portsmouth, NH

 

 

This week we have a wedding tip that simplifies the day! There are so many important details to plan for and to be excited about when planning a wedding. Things like choosing your dress, picking the right bouquets and centerpieces, finding the ideal linens for your reception space, and selecting the perfect ceremony music. But for their advice, Felice Pomeranz of the Gilded Harps and Lauryn Thibodeau of Lauryn Alyssa Photography are not focused on the music or photography. The two of them have isolated one simple thing that every couple should do on their wedding day. I was lucky enough to do this for 10 minutes at my wedding, but will you? You absolutely should! Find out what it is in this week’s wedding tip from the Boston Wedding Group and JPod Films. To see more wedding tips like this: visit: jpodfilms.com/category/wedding-tips/

Felice Pomeranz is the founder of the Gilded Harps and a Professor of Strings at the Berklee College of Music. The Gilded Harps provides solo harp and harp with many other instruments – flute, violin, cello, and also their world-renowned jazz harp trio and quartet for weddings and other social events. She is a long-time member of the Boston Wedding Group and a well-respected professional in the Boston wedding community.

Lauryn Thibodeau began Lauryn Alisa Photography in North Carolina before relocation closer to home with her husband in 2016. Based on her talent level and personality, she will quickly immerse into the Connecticut wedding scene and become one of the more sought out photographers in the area. One thing is sure about both of these women, they are passionate about their crafts and have their clients best interests always at heart.

 

There are certain couples that just have it! I can’t completely define “it”, but Jenny and Dave have it. It’s a look, an energy, a smile that just makes you feel good. And, I know it inspires me. It also makes it easy to create awesome Boston wedding films.

Jenny + Dave met through friends, but it took a few meetings before these two officially started dating. We met Jenny and Dave way back in 2015, and we just connected with them immediately. It felt like we had known them for years after just 10 minutes of talking. We became social media friends, even following their dog Skylar’s Instagram page (if you didn’t know, we love dogs).  Their Cape Cod wedding was one that we had circled on our calendar all year long.

We started the day just a stone’s throw from the water at Jenny’s parents Cape Cod vacation home, while Dave and his boys got ready at a second house just a few blocks inland. The wedding and reception took place at the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, MA. There is nothing like a perfect day weather-wise when you can spend it along the water. We got to work with one of our favorite photographers in Randall Garnick, as we mesh so well with his relaxed personality and dry sense of humor

It’s great when a groom writes awesome vows like Dave did, but it is even more amazing when he delivers them with an unmatched love and passion for his bride. That was the one part of the day that stood out to me the most in a wedding with so, so many great moments. So, for their wedding trailer film, we focused on the passion, the love and the delivery of Dave’s words. Enjoy our latest Boston wedding film which was given as a surprise gift from Dave to Jenny on Christmas Eve. (Photo Credit – Randall Garnick Photography).

Wedding Professionals:

Photographer: Randall Garnick Photography

Band: K2 (Kahootz Entertainment)

Flowers: All About Flowers Wedding + Event Decor

Venue: Oyster Harbors Club

Hair: Makeup 2 Die 4

Make-up: Makeup 2 Die 4, Noel McKinnon

Wedding Planner: Main Event, Cindy Muzyka

Cake: Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe & Bakery

Rentals: New England Country Rental

Transportation: Cape Destinations

Dress: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca

Dress Shop: Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

 

 

Zach and Chris’ Boston wedding film was the third wedding overall and the second this year that we have filmed for the Renfro family. For Zach and Chris, opposites definitely attract in many ways. Zach is outgoing, while Chris is more reserved. Zach runs, Chris lifts weights. Zach is a doctor, Chris is a lawyer. But together, these two are an unstoppable force of love and dedication to one another.

Zach and Chris started their day with preparations at the Fairmont Copley, and their exchange of gifts was a cool way to begin the day. It was evident at this point what a great connection these two had with one another. A first look outside on Copley Square, right near the Fairmont Copley was a second sweet moment early in this wedding day. Next, the couple travelled the city by trolley for a photo session that brought us to many of their favorite locations. It was during this time, we got to meet their first child Ezra, who is a young, energetic yellow Labrador retriever. After a brilliant early night photo session on iconic Acorn Street, we headed to the Boston Public Library for a sophisticated ceremony and reception.

We were fortunate to be surrounded by an all-star team of wedding professionals including Jill Person from Person + Killian Photography, Eye 2 Eye of Wilson Stevens Productions, Winston Flowers, A Catered Affair and Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design. It was the second time we got to work with one of our former brides and wedding planner Kate Evans of Kate Evens Events. She kept the whole day running extremely smoothly, while Suzanne and the Catered Affair staff turned the library into a elegantly designed space. Enjoy our latest Boston Wedding Film from the city’s Back Bay.

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

 

We met Sammie and Jeff through our friends Edna and Kasie at EFD Creative Event Planning and Design. What makes these two such a great couple is that they love each for exactly who each person is and has become. To quote the sarcastic Jeff is his vows, “I vow to be a quality roommate. I’ll work hard to drastically improve my home improvement and handyman skills to a solid ‘below-average'”. To quote Sammie in her vows, “I will continue to play games with you, even when we grow old and can’t remember the rules.” It was a Boston wedding film that I really think shows how we incorporate each couple’s personalities uniquely into each final film.

Sammie and Jeff and the team at EFD Creative did a marvelous job creating a beautiful and elegant wedding day throughout. The ballroom looked amazing for the reception and you can see how amazed the bride was in this video that we released shortly after the wedding. We loved the details that featurd the #gettinggrilloed hashtag that played off Jeff’s last name, as well as the superhero cufflinks that Jeff incorporated.

We were so lucky to work with so many great wedding professionals beyond the EFD Creative team and the Boston Harbor Hotel staff. David and Jo from Allegro Photography were our visual counterparts, while so much of the beautiful decor came from the talents of Orly Kohn Floral Boutique, Suzanne B Lowell Lighting Design and Cakes to Remember. Enjoy this perfect summer day on the Boston Harbor in our latest Boston Wedding Film.

Wedding Professionals:

Photography: Allegro Photography

Wedding Planner: EFD Creative Event Planning + Design

Band: Night Shift

Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel

Flowers: Orly Khon Floral Boutique

Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design

Cake: Cakes to Remember

Hair and Makeup: Studio 9