Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rebecca and Tovy at Fairmont Copley Plaza

What a gorgeous wedding!
It started for us on Sunday morning when photographer, Corrine Schippert, called me ... and all I heard for a moment was the sound of laughter. It was 11 am on a Sunday morning, and I was on my second cup of coffee, while Jack was playing a double header softball game with his local team.

Once Corinne stopped laughing, she told me that one of her bride's dads had just contacted her asking if she could find a videographer to film the wedding which was scheduled to start at 3 PM THAT DAY. I contacted the dad, indicated that I needed to contact my partner, and sent out a quick contract, then began to charge batteries.

I texted Jack (who was probably in the middle of a serious pitch) knowing that it was unlikely that we'd get in contact any time soon. A little after noon, I heard back from Jack, we were a go - and we began to pack our gear.

So glad we did. Rebecca (the bride) had a very elderly grandfather. We caught him dancing with his girlfriend off to the side, away from the dance floor. That moment alone made our day - although there were many other memorable moments including some lovely toasts from both sets of parents.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Ballroom was stunning with fairy lights strung across the cobalt blue lit ceiling. The flowers and decor were created by Carol Silverston of The Original Touch and Jodi Raphael of Jodi Raphael Events.

The low key couple, doctors who met on the job, presented some truly memorable and light moments, as when the rabbi asked the bride if she would marry Tovy, and she replied, "sure". 

We wish them a hearty, Mazel Tov and many sweet years of marriage.

Where did Summer and Fall Go?

I'm embarrassed that we've been mia since the Summer. We've been holed up in our studio, getting ready to find a new studio space while glued to our computers editing the projects we filmed over the Summer and Fall.
If anyone knows of a space big enough to contain me, Jack and 2-4 assistant editors, please let me know. We'd love to be back in Boston. 

There are so many projects that are rolling off our post-production line that I'll be sharing in the next few weeks. I'm very excited to showcase some of them. January often seems like the time we start turning outward again, reconnecting with our clients, our colleagues and even our friends, and of course, sharing our work.

Love the green satin shoes! Thanks, Maressa and Andrew.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's been a good week!

To all our friends and colleagues who were named "Best of Boston" today, a BIG congratulations!

It's been a great week. Perhaps the stars are lined up perfectly.

We've just set an all time record for number of bookings within a week and we are PSYCHED! We've met so many new, wonderful, radiant couples, our hearts are just spilling over in gratitude.
Many of them have told us that they like our work because it's not "cheesy" defined here as: Trying too hard, unsubtle, and inauthentic.(Urban Dictionary)

Contrary to the current trend, our wedding films are decidedly NOT Hollywood.
Unless you or your partner is a Hollywood actor, we like to think that the reality of being in love can be even more wonderful than any romantic fantasy. We don't have a script.We don't stage weddings. We mindfully capture each story as it happens.

You only get one chance to capture your wedding day. Everyone will look their best and also say the sweetest, funniest, kindest, most loving things  you'll ever hear. You don't want to miss this - and you'll want to watch and listen to your wedding film throughout your life. In all likelihood, your children, should you have them, will be excited and enthralled by your love story, your wedding, your parents, family and friends.

Wedding films are like visual time capsules that come alive, in the moment, through sound.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Making a Difference in the World

Most people know us as wedding videographers. Some also know that we do mitzvahs, birthday celebrations, rehearsal dinners.

While we've always produced corporate and non-profit fundraising projects,
this year we are excited to have welcomed back two of our non-profit clients from last year - The Italian Home for Children and The Rashi School.

The Italian Home for Children holds a special place in our hearts. We know that the children cared for there have challenging lives, but it lifts our spirits to witness the love and dedication we see in the staff, and the smiles and warmth we see in the kids.

This year we were privileged to film the Life is Good Playmakers doing a training with The Italian Home staff. Steve Gross, founder of Playmakers,
amazed us with his understanding of children, and his passion for helping the Italian Home kids recover joy and laughter in their lives.

Here is the video we produced for The Italian Home for Children that was shown at the Gala, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in May. The event was produced by Tasha Bracken of SD Events.

The Rashi School in Dedham offered us the opportunity to focus on the Arts at Rashi. We were delighted to see and hear how important the Arts are at Rashi,
and the extent to which music, drawing, theater, singing, songwriting, music-making and even opera composition and performance, were seamlessly woven into the fabric of the school's rich academic education. We loved hearing the teachers speak so passionately about their areas of expertise, and we were 
overwhelmed with the enthusiasm the students expressed in describing their experiences with Rashi, its teachers and curriculum.

The gala was held at The Seaport Hotel in Boston, planned and executed by Kim Stone, now in charge of Rashi Events. 

We are proud of the work we do with our non-profits, and are dedicated to using our talents to make a difference in the world.

Monday, June 3, 2013

To Film (video) or Not To Film Your Wedding?

You've hired a great photographer. You love your venue. The flowers promise to be amazing. The colors are just what you wanted. You love your fiancee' (or fiance'). You are ready to take that wonderful walk down the aisle to marry the man or woman of your dreams in just a few weeks or days.

Your best friend, mom, dad or uncle asks you about your wedding videographer. You brush the question off, smiling, and say:

1. I don't want a videographer. They will just be in the way, and anyway, we're already over budget.

2. We'll have wonderful still pictures and don't need video.

3. I hate having all those cameras and lights around.

4. We'll never watch the video anyway.

I hear you. I also hear all those couples who wish they had hired a good videographer to capture vows, toasts, blessings, as well as all the subtle and ever-changing expressions and gestures that pass between and among all the close friends and family during the day. 

Your photographer can capture magical moments during the day but only your wedding cinematographer can capture all the scenes and interactions and SOUND.

We want to thank the father of the bride who at the very last minute (yesterday morning!) realized that he didn't want to regret having not filmed his daughter's stunning wedding at The Fairmont Copley Plaza. We want to thank our friend and colleague, photographer, Corinne Schippert for thinking of us.
And, we want to thank our newest intern for showing up and working with us on 
(literally!) a moment's notice.

There were so many tender interactions. I especially loved the many expressions that flickered across the groom's face as he watched his bride.
My eyes filled with tears (as they often do) as I watched - closeup, with a long lens - the parent dances.

Yes, it was challenging to put together a film crew at the very last minute. BUT we are very glad we could - and know that the family will be as moved as we were when  they see the trailer. Just the slow and sweet dance between one of the grandfathers and his girl friend could have made the last-minute decision worthwhile.

BTW - a good cinematography team should hardly be in the way - and many of our couples watch their wedding film on each and every anniversary. What a great way to remember why you married your partner!

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Nine-Year Anniversary of Gay Marriage in Massachusetts

“The arc of the moral compass is long, but it bends toward justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nine years ago we arrived at Rob and Dave’s home to film their getting ready for The Big Day. This was more than just any big day, though, as Rob and Dave were one of the seven plaintiff couples to win the right in Massachusetts for ALL couples to marry.

We met Dave Wilson and Rob Compton at a Gay Wedding Expo, co-sponsored by The Lenox Hotel and Bloomingdales. Spirits were high that day as vendors and couples alike were gearing up for the Supreme Judicial Court to rule on Equal Marriage in just a few days. Attorney Mary Bonauto had brilliantly argued the case for the seven couples, and as the ruling came down, with the decision written by Justice Margaret Mitchell, we all got ready for a big celebration.

A few days later we got a call from Rob and Dave, asking about our availability to film their wedding the coming Monday – May 17, 2004, the first day couples of all sexual orientation were able to marry in America.

We were proud that Massachusetts led the way with its historic decision.
We are now proud of all the 12 states that have realized that all people deserve the rights and responsibilities of marriage – should that be their choice.

On the morning of May 17, 2004, we arrived at the couple’s home around 7 am to chat and interview parents, children, in laws, and grandchildren.
The couple was being interviewed by one of the press, and Rob and Dave spoke emotionally and eloquently about their joy in finally, after being partners for many years, being able to marry.

From the couple’s house, we traveled to City Hall, where Mayor Menino welcomed us all to a private reception for the couple and family. Following the reception, we all descended to The Clerk’s Office in the basement of City Hall, so that Rob and Dave could sign their marriage license. There we were all greeted by a throng of news media anxious to document this historic day.

From City Hall we walked across the Plaza where the couple was greeted by thousands of well-wishers, to the courthouse, where Rob and Dave requested a 3-day waiver so they could be wed on the same day as they received their license. Waiver granted, we all piled into our respective cars to arrive at The Arlington Street Church, where members of the Gay Men’s Chorus sang as Rob and Dave walked down the aisle together, hand in hand.

The Reverend Kim Crawford Harvie officiated, reading the historic words from Justice Margaret Mitchell’s decision that gave all couples the right to marry. After the couple exchanged tear-filled vows, Reverend Harvie pronounced them “legally married in the state of Massachusetts”.

I will always remember the roar of excitement that accompanied those words as the couple shared their first kiss as husband and husband before recessing down the aisle, pausing for hugs and well-wishes from those in the church. It was especially sweet to see Dave’s 90 year old dad, and Rob’s mom hugging the couple as they recessed.

Here is a clip from Rob and Dave’s wedding film:

In the following years, there were efforts to overturn equal marriage, and I found myself following the trajectory of the story in the Statehouse and among friends until Equal Marriage was firmly established as the law in Massachusetts. As a result of the access I had to the political events around the issue, I found myself compelled to tell the story in a short film I made called “Legal at Last”.

Here then, is the story:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Summer Specials

If you are like many couples planning to get married Summer 2013, date, venue and photographer have been your top 3 priorities. Now that your wedding date is approaching, you may be hearing from friends and colleagues that you MUST have a wedding video. We don't agree. Just like there are venues and venues, dresses and dresses, shoes and SHOES (!) we believe that the only reason you should splurge on a wedding film, is if you believe that the toasts, vows, and reflections on your wedding day will have value in the future.

For those couples who have just realized that they want a great wedding film of their wedding this Summer, we have a few specials. Contact us - and see what we can do for you! If your wedding will be in Metro Boston, we can offer you an even more affordable option.

Contact me, Naomi, at Summer SPECIALS

To see what other couples have to say about us: wedding client reviews