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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

 

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

 

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 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

 

 

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.