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Wedding Ceremony Tips from a Wedding Film Maker - Part 1

You're busy planning your wedding. You have the perfect venue, the perfect planner, the best caterer. You and your partner are superbly styled and dressed. You've hired an excellent photographer and highly respected film makers to capture the day. And, you have 5+ attendants on each side. Let's imagine several different ceremony venues:

1. You're marrying in an beautiful, historic church like the Old North Church in Boston. The area where the ceremony will be taking place is 10-12' wide. Your attendants will be lined up on either side, curving around the couple. Very sweet. But consider: without being in the way (standing in front of your guests or hovering behind you and the officiant) where will the photographers and film makers be shooting from? Ideally, we should all be off to the side - but the side aisles are blocked. The pew boxes have 4' sides and the floor creaks.

2. You're having a Jewish wedding, and a stunning Chuppah is being created. The Chuppah is 8'-10' wide. Your plan is to include the following under the Chuppah: The couple, the rabbi, the cantor, both sets of parents, 1.5 sets of grandparents, your BM and MOH and of course, all 10 of the attendants will be lined up in front.  It will be a very intimate huddle. Sweet. BUT - where will your photographers and film makers be filming from? 

Few planners and fewer couples consider how to have the ceremony filmed/photographed in these situations.  We all want to be invisible, yet capture every meaningful moment. How can we do that without having room for our bodies, our cameras, our tripods or monopods?

Here are a couple of options:

1. If there's no room for your attendants to be standing during the ceremony without forming a tight huddle, have them sit. They can process and recess as part of the wedding party, but during the ceremony they can have a perfect view of the couple by sitting in the reserved front pew.

2. If you're having a Chuppah, consider the venue and the ideal number of people you wish to have standing under the Chuppah. If you want a crowd, have a BIG Chuppah. How big? As big as it needs to be to provide a foot of space between each of the people under the Chuppah. That way, your photographer(s) and film maker(s) have room to shoot without blocking guests or  becoming part of the wedding party.

 

 

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Iron Mountain - Library Space Solutions

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Hear about The University of Scranton's new library storage facility and why it's so important for them to continue expanding and enhancing their reputation. Using Iron Mountain's secure, climate-controlled buildings freed up space for ten thousand more books in their collection. With an extensive online database, students and faculty can search for whatever they need and have physical access to it within twenty four hours. That's the true magic behind a university library like this one.

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CJP SeniorDirect

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CJP SeniorDirect

CJP SeniorDirect is an information resource line for caregivers and older adults. CJP fully funds the program, and Jewish Family & Children Service administers it. Hear testimonials from people who have taken advantage of this wonderful service, and learn how it may be of assistance to people in your life.

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Robin Lyons 50th Hollywood Celebration

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Robin Lyons 50th Hollywood Celebration

Happy Monday everyone!

Imagine being the guest of honor at a huge, surprise 50th birthday party, and having everything be Hollywood themed so that you feel like a celebrity as you walk down the red carpet. For Robin Lyons, that dream came true. Hear from her friends and family about the star-studded event.

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Gateways 2016

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Gateways 2016

"Here at Gateways, Boston's central agency for Jewish special education, we believe every Jewish child deserves a Jewish education."

"Gateways offers programs and services to children with special needs and educational challenges in Greater Boston's Jewish day schools, congregational and community supplemental schools and Jewish preschools, as well as Gateways’ own Sunday school, B'nei Mitzvah preparation program and teen youth group."

Learn about the Gateways: Access to Jewish Education B'nei Mitzvah Program and the effect it has on students, families and the Greater Boston Jewish community.

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#GETSCENE Magazine Launch!

Jaclyn Zukerman, Editor in Chief of GetScene Magazine, gives us the low-down on her big promotional launch party, celebrating new businesses, entrepreneurs, startups, and products. With a highlight on local fashion designers, see what got GetScene Magazine on NEXTonScene!

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Boston Public Library Grand Reopening

This famous 168-year-old building recently went through a huge local renovation focused on transforming both the library building, and the library services. With a highlight on architecture and urban planning, this historical building has caught up to its 21st century literary audience. It reopened its doors in early July of 2016, and there's truly something for everyone. Watch the video to see for yourself, or go view it in person!

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Betsy & Mike Wedding Highlights

Weddings at the Seaport Hotel are always lovely, but Betsy & Mike made theirs extraordinarily beautiful. From their carefully written vows to Mike's spontaneous proposal followed by bacon, their relationship is like no other. Watch their wedding day unfold below.

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Lauren & Terry's First Dance

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Lauren & Terry's First Dance

Lauren and Terry had a nice, low-key backyard wedding in South Boston. The wedding was planned and executed by the couple and their friends and family. Watch their first dance as a married couple below, complete with romantic kisses and hair blowing in the breeze.

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LIANA & JARED - July 30, 2016

When a wedding takes place at the Four Seasons Hotel, you know it's going to be beautiful, but these two were incredible. Her long-trailed dress was gorgeous, their color palette was lovely and easy on the eyes. Complete with unique decorations and keepsakes, Liana and Jared made their day one we would never forget. Watch the trailer below:

And here's Liana and Jared's full wedding film:

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Mindy & Walter's Wedding Trailer

For a nice way to end your weekend, check out one of our more recent trailers.

Mindy and Walter met on OKCupid and knew from the start that this was something special. On November 12, 2016, Mindy and Walter, Walter's children, Mindy's sister, friends and family witnessed the two exchanging vows against a stunning sunset backdrop at the UMass Club in Boston.

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Lyndsy & Mike's Love Story

Sometimes on Match.com, two people find exactly what they are looking for.

Lyndsy was seeking a "nice Jewish boy", and Mike immediately caught her eye. He was not only drawn in by her photo but also by the substance and personality on her profile. They emailed back and forth for a few weeks, and eventually switched over to texting.

The first date was nerve-wracking for Mike, who couldn't stop talking the entire time, but that broke the ice and got each of them more comfortable with each other.

Being together was just easy. They liked spending time together and couldn't stop thinking about each other. Mike loved her dedication and compassion, while Lyndsy loved how he made her a better person, and how constantly supportive he was.

Almost a year later, on a trip to Deep Creek Lake, they confessed their love for the first time. Later on, Lyndsy was starting to wonder when he would propose, so on a trip to San Diego, Mike finally revealed the ring he'd had for months.

The wedding ended up being exactly what they wanted, and flowed as naturally as their relationship. Lyndsy and Mike know this is just the first beginning of many more wonderful years together, and are excited about what the future will bring.

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Michele & Zach's Wedding Feature

It's always an honor when we are asked to film an event for one of our industry colleagues. We were inspired when Michelle Ciccarelli asked us to make her wedding film. The couple, friends and family gave us many magical moments.

You saw their preview here, and now watch Michelle and Zack's wedding feature from the beautiful Seaport Hotel in Boston.

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Zoe and Stuart's Wedding Day

Zoe and Stuart decided to plan a different kind of wedding. With both partners busy with their successful businesses (he owns a health club; she, a salon) neither had the interest or bandwidth to plan a big wedding in Charlotte, NC, where the couple lives. 

It took just a few minutes for the couple to agree that elopement was a great idea, and since Zoe had spent Summers in Boston, Boston was the perfect location for their elopement. Somehow, Zoe's dad knew someone who knew GENERATIONS and a short phone call layer, Jack and Naomi were booked to officiate (Naomi is a ULC Minister); video (Jack and Naomi); and shoot pics around Boston (Jack).

The team met up the previous night at the W Hotel, where the couple were staying for an extended weekend. After toasts and conversation, plans were finalized for the following (wedding) day. Zoe had arranged for permission to wed on the Prudential Skywalk surrounded By a few curious strangers and the stunning views of Boston. The weather was perfect, the couple was sweet and adorable, and the plans made for one of the most charming wedding days EVER. 

This video was later played at a reception for the couple back home in Charlotte, so all the couple's family and friends could share the day with them. Watch their charming piece below.

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