CinemaCake has captured a lot of fun surprises at weddings in the past. From our couples breaking out into a perfectly choreographed first dance, to a spontaneous fireworks display, we had thought we had seen it all! That is, until Lisa and Paul's wedding reception. This beautiful reception started out with a traditional first dance and a fabulous dinner served to all 500 guests in attendance at Vie. Then, when the Father-Daughter dance began, everyone was blown away! Check out the ending of their Coming Soon Trailer, HERE!
"It's WONDERFUL!!! Oh my goodness!!!! It's fantastic!! Thank you so much!! We have been honored to work with you!!" -Lisa and Paul Getz
Months before her wedding day, Lisa had selected the song "My Little Girl", by famed country singer Tim McGraw, for her first dance with her father, thinking it would be a touching song for the BVTLive!'s JellyRoll to perform. Little did she know that her dad, Dave, had much bigger plans! Dave had secretly communicated with the song's co-writer and had McGraw sneak onto the stage and surprise Lisa at the reception! Alison Conklin was there to snap some beautiful shots and the CinemaCake crew was ready to capture some amazing footage, which you can check out in the sneak peek we released the day after the wedding!
Of course, it isn't every day that a three-time Grammy winner stops by a wedding for an impromptu concert! Philadelphia Wedding Magazine gave everyone the behind-the scene scoop an interviewed each of the vendors involved in the wedding. You can check out their article HERE! This story also became national news fast and Lisa and Paul were interviewed by a couple of news outlets about their out-of-this-world reception. Here is an interview they did with Fox 10 in Phoenix, complete with some of our clips of the jaw-dropping performance!
McGraw stayed at Lisa and Paul's reception after the Father-Daughter dance and performed a full set of songs for the newlyweds and their guests! Special thanks to all involved, including Cescaphe Event Group, the amazing team at Vie, Alison Conklin Photography, Beautiful Blooms, and BVTLive!'s Jellyroll!
This summer, CinemaCake has sent crews out all over the "City of Brotherly Love" to work with amazing couples and capture some truly beautiful wedding days. One of the best parts of filming in Philadelphia is all of the gorgeous and unique spots that this city has to offer. We have had the chance to film in several beautiful ballrooms, a green house, and even a museum! Here are some of our favorite trailers from this season of weddings.
Gabriela and Mike's Timeless Wedding at the Bellevue
Upon first review of Gabriela and Mike's wedding website and their beautiful engagement photos from Paris, we knew right away their wedding day would be nothing short of elegant. This adorable couple planned a traditional day and added personal elements throughout their reception at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, located in the heart of the city. Guests were seated at tables named for the couple's favorite Dave Matthew's Band songs and their card box resembled their adorable pooch! We loved working with Gabriela and Mike and we were thrilled to hear from them after we shared their trailer!
"We LOVE it! I have watched it five times since we first opened the email and keep picking out new things. Thank you so much for capturing our day and personalities so well, we couldn't be happier with the result! We loved working with your team this past Saturday, they were fantastic!"
-Gabriela and Mike
Madeline and Dan's Fun-filled day at the Horticulture Center
When we first met with these high-school sweethearts, they told us that their wedding day would be a fun one; and boy did they deliver! From a lively morning with Maddie and her bridesmaids during preparations, to the amazing dance moves at the end of the night, this sweet couple had a great time and made sure everyone around them did too! Maddie and Dan each wrote to us after they saw the trailer for the first time and both sent such heart-felt notes.
"Literally watched it the second I got home for lunch. Dan and I CANNOT stop smiling! Didn't think it could turn out that amazing!!!"
"I wanted to take a second to echo what Maddie said. I know this is only the trailer but we could not be more thrilled with how it came out. Every shot is gorgeous. I also just wanted to say that the film crew on wedding day was incredible. For the most part, we barely even noticed they were there!
Thanks again for the great work."
Lyndsey and Vincent's upscale affair at the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art
When Lyndsey and Vincent first reached out to us about filming their day, we knew this was an event that could not be passed up! They had decided to host their wedding at not one, but two of the most iconic art establishments in the city and their day was sure to be filled with love, beauty and elegance. The couple said, "I do!" in the gardens of the Rodin Museum and took photos with their guests in front of an enormous and gorgeous flower wall. From there, everyone traveled to the Perelman Building and each was greeted by traditional Taiko drummers. The guests then dined at one long, beautifully laid table that stretched nearly the length of the gallery. They danced to live music performed by a CinemaCake favorite, JellyRoll! The night was truly a spectacular one and you can check out all the moments in their Coming Soon Trailer, below.
We didn't just get to film in Philadelphia this summer! Check out our collection of trailers from the summer and see some of the beautiful weddings we captured throughout PA, the Jersey shore and Delaware!
Wedding Season is officially upon us and our crews have already had a chance to work with some unique and amazing couples! We were so thrilled when each of our recent brides personalized their CinemaCakes with a Coming Soon Trailer. They can’t get enough of the cinematic sneak-peeks, which we deliver within just a few days of their wedding celebration. Here are a few of our latest trailers!
On March 25th, Lauren and Ben said "I Do" under a whimsical canopy of pink flowers, before dancing the night away in a beautifully adorned ballroom. We shared their Coming Soon Trailer just a few days later and were thrilled to receive the happy couple's simple response:
"We loveeeeeee it!"
Nothing says spring like fresh flowers, but Amber and Sean took their spring wedding to a whole other level when they were wed in the Horticulture Center greenhouse in Fairmount Park! We couldn't wait to share their beautiful trailer with the happy couple and they responded almost instantaneously:
"Jess, Craig, Dave and Sheryl, you all did such an amazing job capturing one of the most incredible days of our lives! Not only was your team fun to work with but it seems like they are an extension of our family. Was so great to share the day with you all and even more touching to see what you all shaped from the raw material captured... Excited to see the rest as it come!
Amber & Sean"
Event Designer and Coordinator: Uncommon Events
Photography/Photo courtesy: Mary Dougherty
Venue: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
Catering: Starr Events
Entertainment: Elan Artists-Nation
Bride Prep Location: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
This couple’s day was nothing short of spectacular! Christina was stunning in her classic gown and tiara as she walked down the aisle of St. Agatha and St. James church to James. After the couple exchanged vows, they were joined by over 250 guests at the Union League of Philadelphia for a night of dining and dancing to an incredible band. Check out the happy couple’s response to their trailer:
I was so excited to see your email. While watching the video I kept thinking, "Oh my gosh this trailer is absolutely amazing"! James and I are speechless. We keep watching it over and over again! Thank you so much for sending this to us. We can't wait to see the full video and relive the bet day of our lives.
Christina and James
Photography: Sarah DiCicco
Ceremony Venue: St. Agatha and St. James Parish
Reception Venue/Catering: The Union League
Event Coodinator: Gina Sole the Wedding Planner
Floral: Kremp Florist
Live Entertainment: Sid Miller Dance Band
As we say goodbye and good luck to the current Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, Sheryl and I, with the entire CinemaCake team, decided to reflect back on some of the memories we have by watching a collection of films.
For over a decade, CinemaCake has been shooting films for Four Seasons clients and for the hotel itself. The people of Four Seasons Philadelphia have been so pleasant to work with, from the doormen who greet us to the entire catering staff. It has truly been an inspiring experience for us because rarely do we see the level of service and consistency The Four Seasons has demonstrated over the years.
As the Four Seasons moves into the next phase, we look back through our films to celebrate the events and the people who have touched so many lives.
Thanks so much to Style Me Pretty for featuring Liz and Greg’s Coming Soon Trailer in their latest post! This couple’s wedding was a true family affair, filled with many heartfelt moments, and we could not wait to share their trailer with them. Here was the happy couple’s response:
“Dave and the CinemaCake team,
The trailer is AMAZING! We love it and are beyond excited for the film to come out. Thank you so much!!"
-Liz and Greg
You can see several of the beautiful moments in their cinematic sneak peek, below, and you can check out the full post about their wedding day HERE!
Cinematography: Rick Stevens, Noah Stoner, and Tyler Knight
Editor: Rick Stevens
Reception Venue and Catering: Overbrook Golf Club
Ceremony Venue: St. Agnes Catholic Church
Photography: mk Photo
Florist: Tish Long Flowers
Entertainment: CTO 5th Ave
Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Joseph Anthony Spa and Salon
Music licensed by Songfreedom
Featured on Style Me Pretty: No doubt about it, The Lord Thompson Manor knows how to throw a wedding. Like the kind that has immaculately manicured grounds, elegantly arranged florals and perfectly personalized details – so yeah, basically the BEST kind. But, don’t take our word for it. Browse Tara Lynn Sen’s beautiful shots in the full gallery and Cinemacake’s sweet film!
Since the beginning of May, our team has accomplished some pretty amazing things! We have filmed a total of 27 weddings and more than half of our couples have ordered and received their Coming Soon Trailers! Our brides can’t get enough of the cinematic sneak-peeks, which we deliver within just a few days of their wedding celebration. We can’t fit all of the amazing Coming Soon Trailers into one blog post, so here are just a few of the first films of the season!
We met Stephanie when we filmed her sister’s wedding last year, and we could’t wait to create a beautiful CinemaCake film for her big day as well! Stephanie and Jonathan held their wedding at The Reeds, in Stone Harbor, and we delivered their Coming Soon Trailer just a few days later. Here is Stephanie's response: "It's amazing!!!! We just watched it 3 times in a row!”
Kristina and Bobby celebrated their wedding in May at the Union League of Philadelphia. This day held a special meaning to our team because we had worked closely with this couple on other projects before we arrived to film their wedding. For the past two years, we have created films for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, which is the non-profit organization Bobby's family created in honor of his sister. We were thrilled to be a part of their wedding day and hear that both Kristina and Bobby loved their Coming Soon Trailer!
When we first met Stefanie and Larry, we knew right away that they had an incredible love story (check out their Love Story film in our post: www.cinemacake.com/blog/wedding-films/everyone-is-loving-the-love-stories). We also knew their wedding day would be a beautiful celebration as they brought their two families together and we couldn't wait to give them a glimpse of their final film. We shared the Coming Soon Trailer and here was the happy couple's response:
"This trailer is INCREDIBLE! We absolutely love it!!!! The day and night of the wedding flew by so fast (as we knew it would), and now more than anything we're so excited and thankful that we'll have our CinemaCake films to remind us of everything that happened and to bring us right back to that wonderful day---almost as if we were there again---for so many years to come. Between your amazing work on the Love Story and this trailer, you guys are gonna have your work cut out for you to try to top what you've done so far with the final film.....But don't worry, we have faith in you!
Larry and Stef”
Caitlin and David celebrated their wedding over Memorial Day Weekend and we sent them their Coming Soon Trailer the following week. They had such a beautiful day and we wanted to make sure we included as many perfect moments as possible, so we were thrilled when we received their response:
"Dave! We LOVE the trailer!! It is perfect!!!
Jennifer and Greg celebrated their wedding in May and their day featured a great cast of characters, from Tony the Cat to the University of Delaware's mascot, the famous Blue Hen! Even with all the excitement, this couple really shined on their wedding day and our crew had a great time working with them and the rest of their amazing team! They received their trailer within days of the wedding, and this was their response:
"Sheryl & Dave, thank you guys so much! we love it. We've been in Hawaii & just got back yesterday- what a pleasant surprise! Sooo well done. Thank you guys so so much! I have to say, I really really enjoyed the videographers, they were a lot of fun to be around, very nice guys. Thanks again guys!”
Be sure to check back for our next set of Coming Soon Trailers soon!
On the night of Sara and Sean’s wedding, there were many speeches given about the happy couple and the attributes each of them possess. Kevin, Sean’s little brother and Best Man, talked about everything that Sean had accomplished in school and now in the workplace. Sara’s family talked about her creativity, her determination and her clear love of fashion and design. Sara’s eye for style was evident throughout the wedding, from her ornate wedding dress, to the time and energy she put into the look of their reception.
Sara, who has an extensive background in fashion design, not only picked the decor that was used throughout her day, but she actually designed specific pieces as well! When we asked the couple what they were most looking forward to, Sara wrote the following: “We are pretty excited about our decor that we have worked closely with Evantine on. I designed three prints that were printed on fabric that was then sewn into the dinner napkins for the ballroom, as well as into a few throw pillows in the lounge area outside of the ballroom.” She also created the long skirt that each bridesmaid wore over their sequined gowns, giving the dresses a totally new and elegant look. Throughout their entire Coming Soon Trailer you can see the effort that this couple put into making their day perfect and uniquely their own.
Cinematography: Dave Williams, Rick Stevens, and Taylor Duscha of CinemaCake Filmmakers
Editor: Joseph Storch of CinemaCake Filmmakers
Reception Venue and Catering: The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia
Floral Design: Evantine Design
Event Coordinator: I Do, Wedding Consulting
Photography: Sarah DiCicco
Ceremony: St. John The Evangelist Philadelphia
Entertainment: Vincent James Band
Hair: The Studio CL
Makeup: Victoria Roggio
We filmed Ashley and Chris’ wedding in September at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Our crew was really looking forward to this event because over the years, we have produced several films for this family, including weddings, commercials for the family business, and a non-profit film for the American Heart Association. We have worked with the family so much over the years that Ashley even listed “Seeing our long lost family member, Dave Williams!” as something she was looking forward to most on her wedding day! Check out the Coming Soon Trailer of Ashely and Chris’ beautiful day below:
Before the end of the reception, we were able to get all of our clients together for a photo. Just look how many of our brides and brides-to-be were there! From left to right, here are 5 CinemaCake Brides and 2 CinemaCake Brides-to-Be in one place! We love working with this family!
Cinematography: CinemaCake Filmmakers
Cinematographers: Dave Williams, Rick Stevens, Joanna Banks Morgan
Editor: Rick Stevens
Venue/Catering: The Grand Sandestine Golf and Beach Resort
Event Planner: Savoir Faire Weddings
Photography: Paul Johnson Photography
Makeup: Paint Me Pretty
Live Entertainment: Bobby and the Aristocats
Music Licensed Through: The Music Bed
Stephanie and Pat were married on July 20th, but they just saw their Coming Soon Trailer this past weekend. They had no internet access during their honeymoon and had to wait nearly 3 weeks to see their trailer. It was definitely worth the wait! Here was the letter we received after they viewed their film:
Hi Jonathan, Dave, and Sheryl,
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m so sorry for the huge delay! We didn’t have any reception or internet access while we were away on our honeymoon.
Thank you for enabling us to re-live the best day of our lives. God I can’t wait to see the final product!! This made me so utterly happy. I can’t stop smiling. I just watched it 5 times in a row. I especially loved being able to see the reactions of my family and friends and to see so much captured that I didn’t get the chance to see that night. I love it. Pat loves it. And we’ve only shared it with a few people so far, but they are absolutely crazy about it. I’m outrageously eager to see the final product!
I hope you guys had a good time at the wedding! I hope you were able to have some fun and were entertained by some crazy dancing! The whole day exceeded my expectations and my hopes. I was pretty devastated about the ceremony not being outside in the courtyard as I had planned for and dreamed of, but I think it was incredibly special and intimate inside the ballroom. Our florist, lighting, and the Four Seasons did unbelievable job transforming the room - which you certainly captured. And we worked so hard on writing the script so to speak and our vows for our ceremony, and I think it was all worth it. And then to see how they flipped the room for the reception and the massive amount of time we spent picking out table cloths and glassware and centerpieces - it was more stunning than I could have imagined. Oh, and guests adored our Love Story! So many people commented on it.
I’m so thrilled Kathy (The Wedding Factor) introduced us to you. I’m so happy and honored to have worked with you. And I can’t wait for what’s next!!
Thank you so very much,
Stephanie & Pat
The Love Story that Stephanie refers to above is actually the pre-wedding film we produced and shared with all of the guests at the beginning of Stephanie and Pat’s reception. Hear the amazing story of this couple’s relationship below!
“I may or may not have watched the trailer at least 15 more times And everyone who has watched it I think has had a similar tendency. My cousin, my grandmother, and one of my coworkers said they’ve watched it a million times. ” - Stephanie
Often our clients opt for the Coming Soon Trailer which can be delivered online in less than 48 hours of the event. It just so happens that this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday’s clients wanted that instant gratification. Here is a peek at both weddings.
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[Mobile Version] Sara and Michael’s Coming Soon Trailer from their One-Layer CinemaCake, edited by Jimmy Shelton
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[Mobile Version] Cydney and Matt’s Coming Soon Trailer from their One-Layer CinemaCake, edited by Josh Gold
We have been commissioned to shoot Brad and Kate on September 13th as they marry on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, which is part of the exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Yes, the couple will be in costume.
Hi, we’re Brad & Kate. We met almost three years ago at a Star Trek convention in Chicago, never suspecting we would meet the love of our lives there. Our relationship continued after returning home, and in March of 2008, Brad proposed to me on stage at a Star Trek convention in New Jersey. We began planning our dream wedding in Las Vegas, on the bridge of the Enterprise D. We hesitated because our father would be unable to travel so far. Our decision was made for us when, in the fall of 2008, the Enterprise-D bridge replica was torn down. Then when Brad’s father passed away earlier this year, it became essential for us to make sure my father would be able to attend our wedding in Pennsylvania. We realized it would be impossible for us to live the dream of getting married on the Enterprise bridge. But when we learned of the opportunity being offered at The Franklin Institute, we were ecstatic. Nothing would make us happier than to be able to pledge our lives to each other in the Star Trek universe, among our family, friends, and fellow Star Trek fans.
At the August 20th cake tasting with George Takei, less than a month before the wedding, film crew - Jordan, Dave, and Josh - take a break on the bridge.