The CinemaCake team is stacked with some pretty talented people! Sure, everyone here can capture and edit beautiful films, but you may not know about some of the hidden talents different team members bring forward to make our work better. We have had team members write scripts for some of our favorite Reveal Films and compose original songs for some of our Coming Soon Trailers. This time around we had a couple of people use their artistic ability to really spruce up the studio! Our Post-Production Manager, Jessica, along with Dave and Sheryl's daughter, Danielle, designed and created a full wall mural for the entryway of our West Conshohocken studio.
The entryway wall was completely blank and we wanted to create something that would not only be inviting to guests, but would also represent an iconic spot where our team often works! To get started, they created an extensive blueprint and several color swatches to give the painting depth, while still maintaining the CinemaCake shades. Of course, we set up a time-lapse to cover the entire creation and you can check out that film at the bottom of the post!
The idea for the mural was to bring a bit of the city into our studio and recreate a classic Philadelphia scene. The painting portrays the view of City Hall from South Broad Street, which is an iconic spot for newlyweds to visit during their photo session. There are even some CinemaCake Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the scene. See if you can spot them!
This project took time and dedication and the final product is something our team will treasure for a long time. Stop by our studio soon and grab your photo in front of this CinemaCake work of art!
When it comes to planning your wedding reception, every bride wants to make her party stand out! One of the best ways to wow your crowd is to allow for a couple of surprises and incorproate details that no one would be expecting. Here are 3 great ways to ensure your wedding is one that people will be talking about for years to come!
1. Put on your dancing shoes!
Every couple should take a couple of dance classes to make sure they don't resort to the middle-school-sway on the dance floor, but if you start your classes early enough you can plan something amazing! Jackie and Steve wow-ed the crowd when they broke out into an entirely choreographed first dance.
It's not just the first dance that needs to be choreographed either! Jeff wanted to find a fun way to surprise his new wife Lea at their Union League reception, so he reached out to a dance troupe and planned a fun surprise that no one would forget!
2. Give your bridal party (some) free reign in their toasts
One of the hardest things for brides when they are planning the perfect reception is letting go of some of the control. You want to make sure that your day is perfect and it can be down right stressful when your bridal party excitedly tells you they have "something" planned. Just take a breath and remember that you picked your bridal party because these are the people you trust the most and want to have around you on your big day. Set a couple of parameters and see what they come up with! You may even be blown away, like Melanie and Joe were during the toasts at their reception.
3. Pick meaningful songs for parent dances
As a bride, it's impossible to prioritize every detail of your day. There is so much to plan for but you will want to make sure that you give yourself some time to honor the parents during the reception. The parent dances can be a truly touching moment in the reception and your dear-old-dad will appreciate it if you select a song that is meaningful a lot to both of you! When Lisa got married, she surprised her dad by picking a Tim McGraw song that was sentimental for both of them. Her dad then pulled the father-of-all-surprises and blew everyone at the reception away!
What do you get when you put a fashionably dressed photographer, a film crew with a lot of GoPros, and a troupe of amazing singers together on a trolley?! You get Trolley Karaoke of course!
As Valentine's Day eve dawned on Philadelphia, the team of CinemaCake Filmmakers, Sarah DiCicco Photography, and Eddie Bruce Orchestra took to the streets to begin surprising people and asking them to sing a love song with us! There were several to choose from and with back up singers like CiBon, Charlene, and Eddie Bruce himself, there was nothing to fear.
Our day started with the team from the Logan Hotel nailing a wonderful rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, 'I Just Called to Say I Love You'. From there, we picked up the team at The Union League, who were busily preparing for President's Day activities and celebrations. They stuck with the Stevie Wonder hits and performed 'Ma Cherie Amour'. Then it was off to the Ritz-Carlton, where the ladies selected a classic, 'Stop in the Name of Love' by the incomparable Supremes.
We started hearing some more modern love songs as we headed to our next stop up on Market Street. First, we met up with the women of Philadelphia Magazine Events team and Wedding Magazine, who joined Charlene in a rendition of 'Love on Top' by Beyonce. Jim Weber, from Westin Philadelphia, was unfortunetly out of town, but one brave soul from the Westin staff did hop on and joined us in singing John Legend's 'All of Me'. The team at the Rittenhouse Hotel brought back the classics by performing 'Stop in the Name of Love' and had a ball on the trolley! We were all honored to then have the world-class Jazz singer, Marilyn Maye, join us in singing 'Delta Dawn' on the trolley!
After a quick lunch break, the trolley team raced up Broad Street to meet up with the crew at STARR Events. They changed up the day by singing Bruno Mars' song 'Marry You' and packing the largest group we had seen all day in the trolley! Our last stop of the day was at the world famous Philadelphia Museum of Art. The women of the event team boldly jumped on the trolley and performed 'Love will Keep us together' by Captain & Tennille! The day was a total success and you can check out the full film of our whirlwind adventure, below.
The trolley was generously supplied by Philadelphia Trolley Works and the Valentine's Day holiday decor was courtesy of Nicol Floral Design. Everyone loved the silk roses that Nicol included as well, and many of our karaoke performers used the flowers as makeshift microphones! After each group finished their song, they were each given a delicious cupcake, donated from Whipped Bakeshop. We had a blast surprising everyone with Trolley Karaoke, and who knows? Maybe you and your team will be next!