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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 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

 

 

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

 

Lauren and Sean found us through their photographer Matt Cavanaugh and their wedding planners Lauren + Ruthie of Eutopia Events. They reached out to us, as they thought our wedding films fit exactly what they were looking for: “authentic, not corny and modern/clean.” Their words, not ours, but I thought they described exactly what we strive to produce in each of our Boston Wedding Films.

This Boston couple traveled back to their college stomping grounds of Northampton and Amherst, Massachusetts to tie the knot. Lauren is a Smith College graduate, while Sean received his degree from Amherst College. They actually met at Amherst College when Lauren and her friends ended up at the wrong room and were coerced by Sean and his friends to hang out for the evening. That was their first meeting, but their relationship didn’t start until a few years later.

The bride got ready just a few houses down the road from Helen Hills Chapel on the campus of Smith College. There were so many great little moments from the bride’s preparations that add so much personality and character to this wedding film. The Reception was across the Connecticut River in Amherst at the Eric Carle Museum (right down the road from Amherst College). The Art filled walls created a unique space for Lauren and Sean’s celebration. The couple even created an “art project” for their family and friends, which served as their guestbook.  Enjoy our latest Boston Wedding Film…

Wedding Professionals:

Cinematographers: Mia Major + Jamie Podworski

Photographer: Matthew Cavanaugh Photography

Band: Hudson, Night Shift Entertainment

Wedding Planners: Lauren + Ruthie, Eutopia Events

Flowers: Forget Me Not Florist

Ceremony: Helen Hills Chapel

Reception: Eric Carle Museum

Transportation: M + L Transit Systems

Caterer: Blue Heron Restaurant & Catering

Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel

Music Licensed through The Music Bed

 

Meghan and Teddy were recommended to JPod Films through some friends of theirs. We loved the story of how they met, as they didn’t have the typical amazing love-at-first-site scenario. The two met at the less-than-romantic bar named Bradley’s Cafe near Providence College. Their initial meeting didn’t have Teddy sweeping Meghan off her feet, but over time, these two became a great couple.

The couple wanted an upbeat vibe to their highlight film, and their wedding day had so many fun moments that we had no problem delivering energy to this recap of their wedding day. One of the funny themes to this wedding was the fact that Meghan was not excited about giving up her last name of Glynn and changing it to Kinneen. The Phrase “Mrs. Teddy Glynn” kept arising throughout the day. She was funny about it, but I definitely know how this story goes. My wife had to give up Maloni to become Podworski. :-) We loved the gift exchange, as Teddy built Adirondack Chairs for Meghan, while Meghan gave Teddy some new artwork incorporating their wedding date for their house. Both gifts had that personal touch that we love to see.

Meghan and Teddy were married at St. Cecilia Parish on Belvidere Street in Boston, with the bride preparations and reception taking place at the Omni Parker House Hotel. Much to our delight, we got to work with photographers Mariah and Trish from Snap! Weddings for the second time in as many years. The band Clockwork got the dance floor moving for the evening and we loved the flowers from Rose Hill Garden. Enjoy our latest Boston Wedding Film…

Cinematographers: Mia Major & Jamie Podworski

Photographers: Snap Photography

Band: Clockwork

Church: St. Cecilia Parish

Reception Venue: Omni Parker House

Flowers: Rose Hill Garden

Cake: Montilios Baking Company

Make-up + Hair: Special Event Beauty

Bridal Dress: Ravini

Dress Shop: Cristina’s Bridal

Music Licensing: The Music Bed

 

In week three of our four-part series highlighting the four wedding photographers that have their images featured on our JPod Films website, we are featuring a couple who has supported us tremendously from day one. Dave and Eileen Breveglerei of Breveglerei Photography were the first photographers to really start referring our Boston wedding films. We will never forget where we came from…

Dave and Eileen are the perfect husband and wife team, as Dave is the technical guru who I can geek out with over cameras and road cycling. Eileen brings a punch of personality, as she is so much fun to be around. With that said, she can still round up and reign in the rowdiest of wedding parties as good as anyone.

When we work with Dave and Eileen, we always seem to fuel each other’s creative juices. One great idea will lead to another during the couple’s photo session. We always like to try and outdo each other’s ring shots too. It’s that kind of fun competitiveness that benefits the couple in the end. Check out some of their work below and visit their website HERE.

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There are wedding days where everything just comes together. A beautiful couple. A beautiful venue. Peak fall foliage. Great professionals to work alongside. And, not only perfect weather, but perfect timing with that weather. There might have been a fast approaching storm that almost interrupted the post-ceremony speeches, but Emily and Steve Sprofera had the perfect weather conditions during their ceremony.

In our latest Boston Wedding Film Clip, we feature the ceremony portion of Emily and Steve’s wedding at the gorgeous Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, Connecticut. This venue is a hidden gem outside of the I-495 corridor, but well within driving distance from the city. The processional of the ceremony was one of my favorite parts of this wedding film, as the sun continuously peaked through the trees as the wedding party made their way down the aisle. Add to that, bride Emily and friend Christine Cardot of HandyGer created an amazing design at the top of the aisle with two painted wooden doors inviting the wedding party towards the orange and yellow-leaved, fall backdrop.

The film starts with the first look, as Emily reads a card Steve wrote to her earlier in the day. From there, the ceremony gives you parts of the couple’s personally-written vows, as we sprinkled them throughout the entire- 21-minute feature film. Add to the vows, a great reading about the “Meaning of Love” and the audio portions of this wedding were priceless. We got to work with one of our favorite photography duos with Brittany Love and Shana Perry of Love and Perry Photography. Credit them with a few of the great set-ups we used within the ceremony portion of the film. I think Jackie at Lord Thompson will have couples duplicating the table and couch set-ups for years to come. Enjoy our latest Boston Wedding Film from just south of the Massachusetts border in Thompson, Connecticut.

Vendors:

Cinematographers: Mia Major + Jamie Podworski

Photographers: Love & Perry Photography

Venue: Lord Thompson Manor

DJ: Keith Alan Productions

Cake: Something Sweet by Michelle – our last wedding with her (Happy Retirement!)

Stationary and Design Elements: Christine Cardot – HandyGerl

Bridal Prep Location: The Cottage House

Hair + Make-up: Priscilla Mawson (bpmaws@yahoo.com)

Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Music Licensed through The Music Bed

 

As much as we love our Boston wedding films, one of my other favorite places to film a wedding is in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. When traveling out west, we always seem to cross paths with the greatest couples from New York City. Katie and Dave were no exception. Their sophisticated wedding took place at the Wheatleigh, a 22-acre romantic hotel nestled in the wedding-rich town of Lenox. This wedding didn’t just capture our eyes, as it was also featured recently on the Style Me Pretty blog.

Katie and Dave’s love story started at work, as the two worked together in a small group within a bank in New York City. What was charming about their story was the fact they tried to hide their early dating ways only to find out later that everyone knew what was going on the whole time. After a romantic proposal in Paris, Katie and Dave ventured a couple hours outside the city to declare their vows at the majestic and Florentine-inspired Wheatleigh Grand Hotel in Lenox. As Katie described it, their guests were transported to an Italian villa, with less travel time and the comforts of home. This Berkshire wedding film carries a travel theme, but what stood out the most were the floral accents put together by wedding planner Leslie Price of In Any Event Planning, Production and Design and Sayles Livingston Flowers that cascaded from the ceremony backdrop to the elegant tented reception on the back lawn of the Wheatleigh.

We crossed paths with some new wedding professionals as photographer Heather Waraksa was a pleasure to work with and I must give her credit for selecting the balcony for the bride’s final stages of getting ready. The extra natural light took Katie in her Michelle Lhuiller dress from gorgeous to breathtaking just by taking few short steps onto that balcony. The Hal Prince Band kept everyone rocking on the dance floor all night long, which always makes our job so much easier. Nothing ends a wedding film better than a fire pit with smores and a sparkler exit. Enjoy our latest Boston wedding film from the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

 

Vendors:

Cinematographers: Mia Major & Jamie Podworski, JPod Films

Photographer: Heather Waraksa

Band: Hal Prince

Ceremony Music: Vogue Music Events

Event Planner: Leslie Price, In Any Event

Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers

Lighting: Exquisite Events

Catering: The Wheatleigh 

Makeup: Nam Vo

Hair: Nikki Avanzino

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Earrings: Lux And Bond

Tuxedo: Seize Sur Vingt

Cufflinks: Barneys New York

Tent: Classical Tents & Party Goods

Linens and Rentals: Rentals Unlimited 

Stationery: Ceci NY

Paper Goods: Invitations By Ana