Judy & Paul {June 9, 2013} “My Girl”

We had the pleasure of filming Judy & Paul’s wedding a couple weeks ago among some truly stellar professionals. We wanted to be able to share some of the great moments from the day, which lead us to create this highlight video. Please enjoy what you are about to watch, share this post if you feel the urge, and if you start to sing along with the video, we won’t tell. (Music used with permission.)

 

 

Ceremony: St Catherine of Siena
Officiant: Mgsr. Paul V. Garrity
Reception: Brookmeadow Country Club
Videographer: Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry
Photographer: Pat Fournier (Founier & Malloy)
DJ/Master of Ceremonies: Patrick Lally (South Shore Entertainment)
Flowers: Judy’s Village Flowers
Wedding Cake: Montillio’s Baking Company

Small Business Spotlight: The Happy Frog in East Bridgewater

We’re starting a new series of posts that will appear through out the year, in between our event blogs. We’ll be showcasing local small businesses that we love. It’s not advertising, and no money changes hands,  just informative blogs posts to let others know about some really great small businesses.

Our first showcased business is The Happy Frog Copy Center in East Bridgewater.

The Invitation Room at The Happy Frog is, well... Inviting!

The Invitation Room at The Happy Frog is, well… Inviting!

We happened upon the Happy Frog one day when we were looking for something a little different, slightly unique but not too expensive. We needed something to help us “stand out” at wedding and bridal shows. We stopped in at The Happy Frog, unannounced, and met the owner and “top frog”, Rose-Marie Culp. We sat down in her side room and brainstormed. You need to understand that we did not yet know Rose-Marie is whiz kid with imagination. We told her what ideas were in our head, and she made them real. She helped us design a professional invitation to hand out to couples at shows that would “wow” anyone and everyone.

The front of our pocket style invitation, from our brain to Rose-Marie's computer, into reality.

The front of our pocket style invitation, from our brain to Rose-Marie’s computer, into reality.

The idea of blogging about great local small businesses came to me when Rose-Marie told me about their newly done over Invitation Room. Realizing that wedding invitations were quickly becoming a paramount part of her business, she decided to completely re-do her consultation area. What came about was a warm and alluring space to let the creative juices flow and overflow.

Welcome! Come in and sit and let's creative something sui generis!

Welcome! Come in and sit and let’s creative something sui generis!

Rose-Marie and her team have albums of standard invitations, but custom design is their speciality. Her design for our invitation is what is drew us in and kept us coming back. Have a look.

The many styles of The Happy Frog, showcasing their panache and pizzazz.

The many styles of The Happy Frog, showcasing their panache and pizzazz. The Happy Frog 

 

The Happy Frog isn’t just about weddings, nor are they just about invitations. They are a full service copy center, providing such services as high speed copying, full color and business printing, graphic design services, faxing, laminating, shipping and more. They are truly a small business success story, having opened their doors in 2001 with just two copy machines. They now boast 5 copy machines and employ three “tadpoles” to keep up with their ever-growing presence.
So much more than "just" wedding invitations! Check out the cutest little baby shower invitation you could ever hope to recieve!

So much more than “just” wedding invitations! Check out the cutest little baby shower invitation you could ever hope to recieve!

Everything on the shelves at The Happy Frog will catch your eye!

Custom candy car wrappers to match your invitations? At The Happy Frog, you'll get what you dream up!

Custom candy car wrappers to match your invitations? At The Happy Frog, you’ll get what you dream up!

We hope this peek into The Happy Frog has piqued your curiosity enough to encourage you to stop in and say hello. Rose-Marie and her crew can help make your next event, party or business event stand out and be remembered.

Rose-Marie Culp, top frog at The Happy Frog Copy Center.

Rose-Marie Culp, top frog at The Happy Frog Copy Center.

Let Them Eat Cake! {Wedding Cake}

It may seem like a small detail to some, but a wedding without wedding cake would be noticed by all. History tells us that the idea of wedding cake comes from the Roman Empire, when the groom would break bread over the bride’s head to bring good fortune.

There are so many traditions, superstitions and symbolism attached to wedding cakes over the centuries and they have brought us to where we are today. Some cultures said the cake would bring luck, prosperity or even fertility. In some eras, depending on who cut it and who served it, it was said to show the groom’s dominance over the bride. We’ve all seen the modern-day wedding cake where the bride and groom feed each other one bite of cake and then kiss. I think we also all dread any cake in face antics.

Having been to hundreds of weddings over the years, we have seen some beautiful wedding cakes. Some with such painstaking detail, you almost didn’t want to see it eaten. We’ve also seen some of the most unique cake toppers you can imagine.

Allison & Jason showed off the love for their dogs with their Boston Terrier cake topper.

Allison & Jason showed off the love for their dogs with their Boston Terrier cake topper.

Imagine using a topper that has been passed down from generation to generation. What a great tradition!

Old fashioned cake topper

Mark & Meredith kept a family tradition alive with this beauty.

Sometimes a wedding cake topper is there to showcase the couple’s personalities.

Motorcycle cake topper

Dorothy & Kathleen were able to capture a little bit of themselves with their cake topper.

And yet something as simple as a monogram can still be as elegant as any other wedding cake topper.

Monogram cake topper

Tony & Donna’s cake topper got an “A”.

And finally, as far as wedding cake toppers go, classic never goes out of style.

Classic cake topper

Kara & Tony were as cool, calm and collected as their cake topper.

The details on your wedding cake can be eye catching, exquisite, subtle or WOW! It all goes along with you, your theme and your personalities. I loved this autumn themed cake, and the edible details.

Patricia & Ross had an amazing true to life detail wedding cake.

Patricia & Ross had an amazing true to life detail wedding cake.

As many cakes as we have seen, we can still be “wowed” and amazed at the talent, time and craft that must go into achieving the detail like you see here.

Tony & Diana's wedding cake had a "built in" amazingly edible topper.

Tony & Diana’s wedding cake had a “built-in” amazingly edible topper.

Sometimes it’s the cupcake buffet that makes an appearance and surprises everyone’s taste buds.

Stephanie & Dan gave their guests a great surprise by surrounding a smaller cake with cupckaes at their wedding.

Stephanie & Dan gave their guests a great surprise by surrounding a smaller cake with cupcakes at their wedding.

It’s no wonder black and white has always been thought of as elegant.

The wedding cake was a three tiered black and white cake with cascading flowers, prepared by White's Fine Cakes and Pastires.

Debbie & Joe’s wedding cake was a three tiered black and white cake with cascading flowers, prepared by White’s Fine Cakes and Pastires.

Black and white elegance, part deux…

This gorgeous and delicious cake was made by Montillio's Baking Company.

Amy & Steve’s gorgeous and delicious cake was made by Montillio’s Baking Company.

While the traditions of centuries ago dictated a white wedding cake to indicate purity, today’s modern couple gets to have fun with color as they please.

Florence & Steve's cake displays just enough color to stand out.

Florence & Steve’s cake displays just enough color to stand out.

When a wedding cake can become the center of the entire room, it really makes a statement.

Ericka & Mark's wedding cake took center stage with uplighting enhancement.

Ericka & Mark’s wedding cake took center stage with up lighting enhancement.

We’ve seen cakes by the larger and popular bakeries in the area like Montilio’s, White’s and Konditor Meister. When you start you wedding cake search, don’t forget the smaller guys like The Cake Lady and Veronica’s Sweet Cakes. So many delicious choices!

Debbie & Joe {May 26, 2012} From Plymouth to Norton…

When we first met with Debbie and Joe, it was to discuss the videography for their wedding. They were dream clients who knew exactly what they wanted. They weren’t sure about who they would hire for photography, and the DJ was still up in the air at this point, but they had their videographer.  🙂

We gave them a DJ referral to Big Daddy Ray at Rob Peters Entertainment, and that meeting went so well that they had their DJ by the end of that meeting. They were still undecided on a photographer, and had told Big Daddy Ray that they probably only wanted formal photos done. Big Daddy Ray gave them an idea… ask us to do the formal photos in addition to the wedding video. That idea was just crazy enough to work! And what we now present to you is the first wedding with photography and videography both done by Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry.

We did more than just formals in the end, simply because we could. The ceremony was held at the Christ Church in Plymouth. This is a beautiful church rich in history. Reverend Fredrickson and the church wedding coordinator, Donna, could not have possibly been any more accommodating. The church is beautiful, inside and out, as you can see the inside…

Debbie & Joe’s vows at the Christ Church, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

A wonderful, heartfelt and tear evoking ceremony that ended with “you may kiss your bride” with family and friends to bear witness went just as perfectly as planned.

Reverend Fredrickson proclaims “You may kiss your bride” and the crowd goes wild!

Did I mention the outside of the church is as beautiful as the inside?

They entered the Christ Church as two hearts, and exited as one…

One of the formal photos outside the church…

Debbie & Joe posing sans the wedding party, a moment to just take it all in as husband and wife.

After the ceremony, it was off to the reception at The Chateau in Norton. Nicole and all the staff were ready, willing and able to help the newlyweds celebrate in style.

Coming down the stairs from the bridal loft, the light coming in from the window helped to capture a stunning image of the bride.

The lighting at coming down from the bridal loft at The Chateau captured Debbie as a timeless beauty.

Of course there was cake! It was made by White’s Fine Cakes and Pastries, and yes, it was as delicious as it was beautiful.

The wedding cake was a three-tiered black and white cake with cascading flowers, prepared by White’s Fine Cakes and Pastries.

Before Big Daddy Ray provided plenty of traditional Irish and traditional Greek music to get all the wedding guests on the floor, the bride and groom had their first dance together. The bride’s dad started the ongoing theme for the night by showering them with money as they danced.

The bride’s dad showers the couple with money during their first dance as husband and wife.

We were able to steal the couple away from the crowd for a few minutes to do some outdoor sunset photos.

Still looking as gorgeous as when the day started, Debbie & Joe pose for some sunset photos behind The Chateau.

The best way for you, the reader, to get a true glimpse of the day to watch Debbie & Joe’s trailer video. Our hope is that they have internet access on their honeymoon, so they can watch this before they get home. Our heartfelt congratulations to a truly wonderful couple!

Photography & Videography: Photo & Video by Joe Goldsberry
Ceremony: Christ Church Parish (Plymouth)
Reception Venue: The Chateau (Norton)
DJ/Photobooth: Rob Peters Entertainment (Big Daddy Ray)
Invitations: The Happy Frog
Cake: White’s Bakery

So I heard there’s a football game this weekend…

I’ve even heard it’s a pretty important game, a real big deal. One of those “Bowl” football games. Oh, and the New England Patriots are playing. Cool!

All this talk of the New England Patriots reminded me of a wedding Photo and Video by Joe Goldsberry filmed a couple of years ago. Trying to explain it in print just won’t do it any justice, so please have a look at this short clip from the wedding of Stephanie and Dan…

I am happy to report, Stefanie and Dan are still happily married. I’m not sure what Dan’s plans are for this weekend, but I do know what Stefanie is doing.

The officiant in this clip is actually the bride’s aunt, Carol Merletti, of Wedding of Your Desire. Carol is a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace who has been performing weddings since being appointed in 2004. She doesn’t just perform ceremonies concerning the Patriots. Out of over 650 weddings, Carol has performed 22 wedding ceremonies at Fenway Park. I also don’t mind sharing a wonderful fact about Carol, she performs ceremonies for any active duty military personnel at no charge.

Be sure to share this post with your favorite Patriots fan (or a Giants fan who you don’t really care for). And click “like” if you’re rooting for the Patriots. I am sure you will agree, Stefanie really captures the true spirit of the upcoming game!

A wedding favor that won’t get left behind…

When you’ve been in the wedding business as long as we have, you’ve seen every wedding favor known to mankind. Some are, oh let’s say interesting. Some are cool, awesome, kitschy, unique, useful, sui generis… and some (many) just get left behind. Let’s face it, there are only so many ways you can display Jordan Almonds in a fashion that prompts people take them home.

When I found Kustom Kissers on a wedding vendor forum, I knew I was on to something special, something different, and something I’d want to talk about. I actually won my first order of lip balms on their blog contest (the ultimate “try before you buy”) and yet, I was so impressed with the all around quality (packaging, photo quality, the lip balm itself) that I was sold, and placed a second order. I give them out at venue open houses/tastings, and I also sent a couple of them to each couple featured on the lip balm. (Let me tell you – that was a HIT!)

I love supporting another small business, and Heather at Kustom Kissers fits the bill of small business extraordinaire, even from clear across the country from us (she is located in Arizona).

One of our more colorful photos gracing a Kustom Kisser.

Recognize anyone you know??

Stephanie and Dan's photo, proving black and white works just as well as color on these lip balms.

Photo and Video by Joe Goldsberry were happy to send back a few photos of the final product, because when something is great, we want to make sure everyone hears about it (or sees it!)