Olive Ewe Productions

Telling stories of love and life

Olive Ewe Productions is a Boston based wedding video production company that loves to hear your stories and capture your most cherished moments. 

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Harbor Lights Rhode Island Wedding Film, Jenn + Ryan

With a bit of luck, Jenn and Ryan met at a bar during the Red Sox World Series game 6. Ryan, ever the social lovable guy, struck up a conversation with Jenn. As Jenn went to leave, her friend slipped Ryan a napkin with Jenn's number on it. What followed was a World Series winning game 7 for the Sox, a first kiss on a first date, and the spark of a relationship that would unite two hearts and families forever. 

Jenn and Ryan were married on April 21st of 2017 surrounded by their friends and family. Their day started with exchanging heartfelt notes to each other. Ryan wrote about all the advice and wonderful things he looks forward to sharing with other people in the future about marriage. Boy does he know how to get a room of people happy crying. 

Once everyone was looking their best we went to the Providence College Chapel for a beautiful Catholic ceremony.

A little rain couldn't stop us and the photographer, Dan Aguirre, from stepping out for a session, and we were eventually rewarded with a vibrant pink sunset!

The reception took place at Harbor Lights in Warwick Rhode Island in a lovely light filled ballroom. Jenn and Ryan surprised their guests AND US, with a beautifully choreographed first dance and pulled off a seriously impressive lift!! Is this real life? 

The love that Jenn and Ryan share is infectious and impossible to deny. Everyone came together to celebrate them on the dance floor late into the night. 

May a beautiful wedding lead to a beautiful marriage! We can't wait until they have a lifetime of shared memories to reflect back upon. 

Now your moment of zen....

Love a Marina for a wedding venue? Check out another of ours at Venezia! 

Tips to Make Your Wedding Day Easier and Your Video Even Better

Each wedding day is unique and yours will be too. Vastly different people, families, places, customs, personalities all converging on one day. Having experienced 100+ or so weddings as a vendor and guest here are my two cents to help you have a smoother and more fun day.  

Get Ready in the Same Building as Your Beloved

Getting ready in the same building as your soon to be spouse is extremely helpful, especially if your ceremony and reception are at two different venues. Who has the rings or the marriage license? What about gifts or cards? When and how will you exchange them? Does grandma have the broach for something borrowed? Wait where are the flowers being delivered? Who has the boutonnieres?

By staying in the same place you eliminate many of these questions and worries about who has what.

If you can take it step further, have the entire day in one location like we have seen at The Willowdale Estate or Holliston Historical Society. Their getting ready rooms are beautiful and large, which brings me to part 2 of this advice.

Get the Deluxe Suite or Rent a Big House

How many bridesmaids and groomsmen do you have? We commonly see between 5-8 on each side, which is a lot of adult humans that need to get ready to look their best!

Think of all the things you need: Room for hair and makeup, a place to hang delicate dresses and suits, somewhere to put your lunches, gift bags, champagne and whiskey glasses, tons and tons of bags and things everywhere.

You could definitely not have this much fun inside a normal sized hotel room with allllll your wedding day gear. 

You could definitely not have this much fun inside a normal sized hotel room with allllll your wedding day gear. 

You will need to have as much space as you can reasonably afford for all of that. Do not underestimate how much time you will spend in these spaces getting ready and taking unforgettable videos and pictures. Surround yourself with enough beauty and space to decompress so you can mentally and physically prepare for the rest of your day (and life).

This does not mean you have to go break the bank on the presidential suite. Look into house rentals on websites like AirBNB where you can find amazing deals. (Helpful hint, be sure to message your host ahead of time and tell them you will be getting ready for your wedding and they will go the extra mile.) 

This rental house was so big they were able to have their first look inside when it started to rain!

This rental house was so big they were able to have their first look inside when it started to rain!

Write Your Own Vows (If Your Religion Allows For It) 

Audio is 50% of a video, so the more personalized you get, the more meaningful your video will be to you, your friends, and family.

While we already conduct brief interviews that allow you to tell your stories of meeting, falling in love, and getting engaged, the more audio we can collect, the better. Listen to these two personalized vow snippets and tell me they aren't the sweetest things you've ever heard.

 

Feeling nervous or having writer's block? Here are a few vow writing tips.

If you cannot write your own vows because of religious reasons I highly recommend memorizing the vows your officiant will have you recite. This way, you can focus on each other instead of trying to repeat the words back in perfect order. And here's a fun idea, if you're having a first look, prepare a couple sweet or silly words to share with each other then!

Have an Unplugged Ceremony

Your uncle bob sucks at taking pictures and videos, there I said it. You have spent good money on your photographers and videographers and there is nothing worse than your guests unintentionally ruining our angles with their smartphones blocking our view. To avoid this, have what is called "an unplugged wedding." Post signs at the entrance to your ceremony or include a note on the program kindly asking that everyone refrains from smartphone and flash photography. Trust us, we have you covered.

Have a Bit of Live Music

Bearfight, the most rocking and friendliest band in all of Boston

Bearfight, the most rocking and friendliest band in all of Boston

Ripcord, a funky and soulful top 40 cover band in Boston

Ripcord, a funky and soulful top 40 cover band in Boston

Live music sets the mood and brings your guests into the atmosphere of the day. Whether that is some acoustic instruments at your ceremony or cocktail hour, or a full out band for your reception, live music makes for an unforgettable experience. 

Imagine walking down the aisle with this string quartet

Imagine walking down the aisle with this string quartet

Choreograph Your First Dance

My last tip is definitely not for everyone, but I would recommend it for anyone who's feeling nervous or excited about their first dance. Wait, I guess that is everyone? 

If you love dancing but you're not sure what to do, bring your song of choice to your closest dance studio and ask for some choreography. They will plan it out and teach you the moves one by one. 

If you don't like dancing you will want to do this even more, unless you enjoy swaying awkwardly in front of 100+ people. You don't have to pull a Dirty Dancing on your guests, but learning some basic steps and how to twirl will go a long way and ultimately make you more comfortable out on the dance floor. 

Don't forget to practice, practice, practice so it becomes muscle memory and you can have fun without overthinking it. Your dance lessons will make for a super fun date night, and let's face it, you need a super fun date night amidst all this planning. 

Have Fun!

I know there are a million and a half articles floating out there about what to do or what you must do on your wedding day. So I hope you take my advice for what it is, advice. Feel free to use or ignore as much or as little of it as you want. The most important thing is that you honor the person you love and celebrate as you see fit, and of course capture all of that on video ;-)

(you can probably tell by now that I love seeing fancy wedding dresses twirling)

(you can probably tell by now that I love seeing fancy wedding dresses twirling)

Still not sure you need a video to capture all your amazingly beautiful and diligently planned moments? Let us count the ways why you do.........

Waverly Oaks in Plymouth MA Wedding

These two lovely people have one of my favorite engagement stories because of its practicality and perfect sweetness. Diana and Suraj had been together for several years when they finally decided to get married, together.  It's not very often you hear this sort of thing but it suits their personalities and relationship so well, it could not have gone down any other way.

Once they mutually agreed marriage was the next step for them, they decided on a date to announce to their friends and family. That morning they woke up and read each other personally crafted vows (some of which you actually hear in their film). That evening they saw a concert and walked around Harvard Square. No anxiety or pressure, just a lovely day together, and I would say the exact same was the overall feeling of their wedding day. (Well except for maybe a few butterflies before publicly declaring their love for each other in front of rough 120 people.) 

Their wedding took place entirely at Waverly Oaks Golf Club in Plymouth MA. The weather was literally perfect, for real check out the sunset they got. 

Their wedding ceremony was a Western and Indian mix that was perfectly balanced. Diana wore a white gown that converted to short for maximum fun dancing times at the reception! And she had henna hand and feet art done in keeping with Indian custom. 

They are so freaking adorable, they choreographed this little number to "Boogie Shoes" to entertain their guests a bit at the reception and it really got the party started. Check out some more sick dance moves and listen to their sweet personalized vows in their wedding video. 

Now your moment of zen...

Olive Ewe Productions' 2016 Wedding Video Locations New England

While we are still working on blogging everything for the past year, we wanted to take a chance to reflect on all the amazing places our couples have taken us to in 2016. From Gloucester, the Cape, Connecticut, and of course our backyard Boston, it has been wonderful driving and filming weddings all over New England this past year. 

We are also happy to announce no travel fees to NH for 2017! We love us some White Mountains. 

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