Posted on March 18, 2013
We met Allyson and Jacob through a bridesmaid who was in Lauren and Jay’s Boston Wedding Video, which you can also see on our blog just below. Allyson is the daughter of former Washington Redskin’s Linebacker Pete Cronan, who has been the color commentator for Boston College Football since 1988. The wedding day was one that saw the rain come and go, but a break in the clouds allowed us to get outside for a short photo session before the skies opened up again. Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Shields were married at St. Jude Catholic Parish in Watertown, Massachusetts with a tented reception right up the road at Gore Place.
One of the reason’s I chose to post this wedding clip was because of the personal touches that Allyson put into three separate gifts for two aunts and her Mom. The three gifts are the backbone of the first part of the wedding film and they really set the tone for the wedding day. The personal touches are what makes the personality of this film different from many of the other ones we have edited in recent months. The film also opens up with a part of the speech given by the Father-of-the-Bride, Pete Cronan. I am a strong proponent of a welcome speech from the father-of the-bride, as the fathers always seem to speak from the heart and this day was no different. Other great vendors we worked with were the awesome Boston band Men in Black, Alicia Schneider Photography, and one of my favorite Boston caterers, the Catered Affair. Enjoy the first few minutes of this Boston wedding video…
Posted on March 4, 2013
JPod Productions was honored to be one of five video production companies who won multiple awards at the annual VISTA awards of New England on February 25, 2013 in Dedham, MA. Even though we consider ourselves a Boston Wedding video company, JPod Production’s top award came in the “Other” category for our short film “Meet Hannah”, as it received the coveted Gold Award. This film captures an emotional journey that a family enjoys while welcoming a new baby girl into their lives. It is a feature piece on the family films section of our website and the short film can be seen HERE.
JPod Productions also took home a bronze award for the second straight year in the “Full Wedding” category, which is the category that showcases our feature films. The Boston wedding video “Lauren + Jay” was one of our favorite films of all-time as the couples personality was a fun one to tell. The ceremony took place in Littleton, MA with the reception at the Barn at Gibbett Hill in Groton, Massachusetts. In addition to personally written vows, the couple took their “golden eggs” with them throughout the wedding day. The end of the ceremony and post-ceremony section of the feature film are featured in the video clip below.
The VISTA awards are a New England-based competition run by the New England Professional Videographer’s Association (NPVA). The NPVA is an organization of not only Boston wedding videographers and corporate producers, but companies across New England who meet once a month to learn from regional and national speakers who specialize in the film making industry. Awards in the VISTA competition are presented in four categories including “Full Wedding”, “Wedding Highlight”, “Corporate”, and “Other”. The “Full Wedding” category is comprised of longer videos that creatively document a couple’s complete wedding day. The “Other” category is designed for videos that do not fit into the other three categories of the competition.
Posted on December 11, 2012
We had yet to post a wedding video clip from Lauren Wiley and Jay Pisano’s Boston wedding from last December, so I decided to post one on their one-year anniversary. The Christmas-themed wedding was one of our favorites of the year, as Lauren and Jay were such an easy couple to work with all day long.
I loved the way this wedding film came together as the couple’s personalities really shined through. We loved their “golden eggs”, which had become a mainstay for Lauren and Jay as they traveled together or apart. The eggs, which Lauren uses like a rattle to shake out to good music, were present from the bridal preparations to the reception dance floor. Their fun-loving personalities are present in the following wedding clip, which shows the end of the ceremony and the pre-reception activities. This upbeat section included a trolley bus ride, the photo session, cocktail hour and some of the reception details.
The Boston Wedding video started at First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA, with the reception at the beautiful Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA. Some of the other personal touches included the bride forgoing the father-daughter dance for a father-daughter unplugged duet with the groom and DJ Gary Jones on the guitar. The cake was simply gorgeous and the micro-brew beer was a hit as well. The piece ends with a Christmas-style photo session as the bride and groom are wrapped in Christmas lights for some awesome cool white light pictures. As a Boston Wedding Videographer, we enjoy seeing these details.
Photographer: Summer Street Photography
DJ: Gary Jones
Flowers: The Flowering Vine
Photobooth: Sonic DJ
Trolley Bus: A Limo Affair
Dress Shop: Mariella’s
Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm
Posted on December 4, 2012
Every year we get to shoot at a lot of new and beautiful wedding venues, and recently many of those have been in the heart of Boston. Earlier this year, that venue was the Four Seasons. It was an elegant, winter wedding that that brought Emily Glenn and Andrew Cleary together in a ceremony that had a ton of personality, thanks to officiant Elly Jackson. The couple and their wedding party were just a pleasure to work with, as we had a great time from the bride’s preparations right through to late night dancing. The classic, winter white decor was breathtaking from start to finish and every detail of this wedding were perfect. As a Boston wedding videographer, this had all of the elements of a wedding we love to film!
In this feature film clip, the focus is on the bride and groom’s prep’s leading up to the ceremony. We start with the exchange of gifts as Andrew blew away Emily with his choice of jewelry. Emily’s gift for Andrew showed up at a less opportune time, but it made for a fun moment in the wedding film. Nonetheless, the personality within the preparations demonstrates how every wedding film tells a different story. The video clip ends with a great first look on the staircase of the Four Seasons Boston. It’s definitely a classic Boston Wedding video.
Photography: Lisa Rigby Photography
DJ: 5-Star Events
Flowers: Lotus Designs
Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design
Cake: Icing on the Cake
Make-up: Dani Wagener
Hair: Jorgo Salon
Dress: Kenneth Pool
Jewelry; Alex and Ani
Posted on September 14, 2012
How is love like a Big Mac? Well, John Fleming answered that question when his daughter, Stephanie, married Mike Montessi. The back story is that John was trying to relate to his daughter when she was a teenager about breaking up with a boyfriend. That’s where the Bic Mac story started and the wedding day is where it ends. Most of John’s speech ended up in the first 10 minutes of the feature film, but the punchline came in the final minutes of the cinematic wedding film. Therefore, this blog post has two clips – the first 10 minutes of a wedding film, and a clip that helped close out the film.
What can I stay about Stephanie and Mike? Simply put, I love them! They are the ideal JPod Productions couple as they came with California style back to their hometown of Agawam, Massachusetts. This is the longest clip we have posted on our blog from one wedding film. It takes you from the Bellucci Salon & Day Spa to the Springfield Sheraton, and continues on to Stephanie’s parents’ house for the final bridal preparations before finishing with the processional of the ceremony. The feature film wedding clip really shows how the personalities of the couple and their families are captured within the final feature film.
Stephanie and Mike, who now call Los Angeles home, were married at Hope Community Church with the reception at nearby Oak Ridge Golf Club. We teamed with Schaler Photography for the second time this wedding season and CJC Event Lighting did a wonderful job uplighting the reception venue. I also must thank Stephanie, as she was one of our top cheerleaders in the recent Best Videographer of Boston contest that we just participated in. Music is licensed through Songfreedom and the Music Bed.
Posted on August 20, 2012
We are still getting caught up on posting wedding film clips from the past year. Jess and Seth were the first couple to book us for the 2011 season. Their prime October date was the most coveted Sunday we have had in some time, as four different inquiries came in for the date. Jess and Seth live in Boston, but they chose to get married in the Berkshires close to where Jess grew up.
With the foliage beginning to turn, Jess and Seth decided on a pre-ceremony photo session, which allowed her to get unbelievable photos and video from the highest portions of the Pittsfield State Forest. It also provided a scenic first look video opportunity. We saved that first look until the end of their film, because it tied in perfectly with a card that Seth wrote to Jess. In addition to storytelling, when people ask me what makes us different, one thing I always say is that I believe we excel at bringing the wedding day energy into our films. We always try to end our wedding films with a high-energy section and this clip is a great example. The first look was the bonus as it provided the perfect ending. And, kudos to DJ – Dan Cavanaugh, as his energy always has a positive influence on our films.
Ceremony: First Baptist Church, Pittsfield
Reception: Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield
Photographer: Melissa Coe Photography
DJ: And the Beat Goes on DJ – Dan Cavanaugh
Flowers: Kevin Gaudette
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Dress shop: Special Day at Diedre’s
Make-up: Danielle Coates
Posted on August 6, 2012
This one has been on the website for a while, but we thought we’d share it on the blog on Katie and Shaun’s one-year anniversary. I consider it one of the best storytelling wedding films of 2011. The story of a two people, who lived in Boston but came from different backgrounds, coming together to make an awesome couple was a truly fun wedding to film and edit together.
The wedding ceremony was in Kate’s hometown of Ludlow, MA with a bus ride taking us to the reception at the Salem Cross Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The following wedding feature film clip starts during the bridal prep and continues through the ceremony and Kate’s vows. The clip shows the high energy and romantic swings within our wedding films, as the second half of the bridal preps has an energetic feel before the wedding film slows down for the beautiful ceremony.
We were fortunate to work with some great professionals with Jennifer Corridan from Jennifer Corridan Photography, while Greg Bedard from Greg Bedard DJ Entertainement kept one of the best dancing crowds we’ve seen in a while on their feet all night long. Katie’s flowers were from Carey’s Flowers in South Hadley, while her dress came from Manhattan Bridal in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Posted on April 11, 2012
We met Tarryn through a referral from another bride who mentioned us on the Knot forums. Tarryn was a sweetheart from the start and her wedding brought us to the Connecticut Shore, which is always a fun place to film a wedding. After Tarryn and I met for coffee in late June at It’s a Grind Coffee Shop in West Hartford, I knew this wedding was going to be awesome.
This Connecticut wedding video started with two awesome preparations with the boys having breakfast and playing bocce, while the girls just had a fun, energetic vibe throughout the morning of make-up and hair in Monroe, CT. The clip below starts at the end of the ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Stamford, CT and takes us to the Surf Club in New Rochelle, NY for the next part of the wedding video. Although rain was around for much of the day, we caught a break for a quick photo shoot by the ocean in New Rochelle during cocktail hour. The ceremony section demonstrates how we overlap portions (homily and unity candle in this case) of the ceremony to make the film more entertaining to watch. The post-ceremony segment of the film captures the receiving line at St. Mary’s, and the cocktail hour, reception details and the photo session at the Surf Club in a fun, re-energizing style.
The day was a breeze, as we got to work with some great vendors including Image Photography and Top Notch Music Productions DJ Service.
Posted on March 17, 2012
One thing we have very little control over as filmmakers is the content of wedding toasts. The better they are, the better our feature films tend to be. Marco Louvitakis, father of bride Katie Mocciolo (Louvitakis), had to be coerced into making a speech at his daughter’s summer wedding at the Salem Cross Inn, but it was could have been one of the best decisions in the wedding planning process. Now, this Boston couple has a wedding film that incorporates an amazing speech reflecting on the past and providing guidance for the future.
Most people who deliver a 5-minute toast will have talked for 3-4 minutes too long. But, not this dad’s speech. Marco’s toast took 150 people on a roller coaster of laughs and tears, while doing the most important thing of all – telling the bride and groom’s story. Telling stories about the couple during the toasts is one of the top ten things that I recommend you try and suggest to improve your wedding film. His opening story of meeting his now son-in-law Shaun tells a lot about how these newlyweds didn’t appear to be the right match on paper. These types of stories help us as filmmakers create films that bring out the personality of a newly married couple. Parts of this speech were spread out over the complete cinematic wedding film, but this is the speech in its entirety…
Posted on November 14, 2011
Our biggest passion at JPod Productions is creating feature films and I am very excited to release this extended clip from Jenny Chung and Pasquale Capaccio’s Wedding. Jenny and Patsy had a perfect May afternoon for a wedding, with a romantic catholic ceremony at Mount Carmel Church in Springfield and a blue sky photo session and reception at the Log Cabin.
The wedding day had some great personality, as the prep was shot in Jenny and Patsy’s brand new home. There was also a tea ceremony in between the catholic ceremony and reception which brought Jenny’s heritage into the wedding day, and the ‘pretty in pink’ room made the Log Cabin look fabulous. The following clip includes the second half of the bridal prep leading into the ceremony, followed by a transition section from the ceremony to the tea ceremony.
We worked along some excellent vendors with George and Barbara Schaler from Schaler Photography while DJ Rocco spun the tunes all night long. Mike Zaskey from Zasco Productions provided the uplighting for the room and Elm St. Flowers provided the rose filled bouquets. Jenny and the girls had their hair done at A & E Styles Salon in East Longmeadow, although that footage was in the first few minutes of the feature film.