Posts tagged Cinepear
#GivingTuesday - Jennifer Gowers

I think she might be the hardest working person in the entire event industry.  She (and her team, as she will quickly point out) manage multiple venues while being a huge advocate of Birmingham.  It is not uncommon for Jennifer Gowers of GoPro Event Solutions to go home at 2 in the early morning and be back at it by 6:00 a.m. 

In between all of that, Jennifer is constantly volunteering her services for a wide range of missions.  From finding homes for dogs (including serving with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society) to helping with the homeless in Birmingham (working with the Jimmie Hale Mission and countless others), she works tirelessly 7 days a week.  

She is the current board chair for Pathways, which is a Birmingham organization that serves homeless woman and children. Not only do the people at Pathways give these women a place to live, but also teach them life skills so they can transition into other housing. It really is a one of a kind organization.  

Remember how the purpose of this blog series was about #GivingTuesday being #GivingEveryday?  Well, she is a wonderful example of that.  Hats off to you, lady!

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.


Ginna and Ty | Mountain Brook Country Club

Ginna is one of those people that you can see across the room and instantly know that you are going to love her.  She has a smile that can light up any darkness!  We were so honored when she and Ty chose Main Street to be a part of their wedding.  From the lovely flowers by Lillie Jane to dancing the night away with wedding band Az-Izz, the day was flawless.  That might have also had something to do with wedding planner, Anita Kanellis. Watch the video and see Ginna's dad serenading his bride on stage with the band.  I'm so glad that we were there to capture that PRICELESS moment. 

Birmingham Wedding Videographer: John Deaver, Main Street Productions | Wedding Planner: Anita Kanellis with AK Brides | Wedding Photographer: Rob Ingram of Rob + Wynter | Ceremony Venue: Southside Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Mtn Brook Country Club | Florist: Lillie Jane's Flowers | Wedding Dress: The White Room Bridal Salon, Mountain Brook | Groom's Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear | Bride's Cake: Olexa's | Groom's Cake: Baby Bites by Pastry Arts | Decor and Rentals: Decor to Adore and Event Rentals Unlimited | Transportation: Rare Transportation and Coats Classic Cars | Wedding Entertainment: Az-Izz with Music Garden | Music: Song Freedom

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.


Carly and Bo | Nashville Wedding Film

Birmingham Wedding Videography:  Chris Carr at Main Street Productions | Ceremony : Vine Street Christian Church | Reception : The Bell Tower, Nashville, TN | Wedding Planner : Lesa Neff  |  Floral : Enchanted Florist | Catering : Infinity Events & Catering  |  Cakes: Dulce Desserts  |  Ceremony Music: Jet Set Quartet  |  Reception Music : City Lights Band  |  Photography : Mandy Busby Creative  |  Lighting : Infinity Events & Catering  | Hair Stylist : Heather Marvin  |  Makeup Artist : Cameron Shadinger  |  Transportation : Stewart Logistics  | Music licensed by The Music Bed

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.

Jordan and John | Bride's Family Home

After bonding over the love of golf, Jordan and John were married this summer at Sylacauga, Alabama at the First Baptist Church with the reception held at the bride's parents' house. Their wedding day was filled with emotion, excitement and cute golfing-related details!  Thanks to John and Amanda for doing such a great job on this video!

Birmingham Wedding Videography: John Deaver, Main Street Productions | Birmingham Wedding Photographer: Ann Wade Photography | Ceremony location: First Baptist Church, Sylacauga | Wedding Reception Venue: Farmlinks/Pursell Farms | Music licensed through The Music Bed

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.

Video is powerful...Video is timeless...Video is priceless...

For many brides, video is an after thought.  Not all.  But sometimes videographers are the last ones to be hired.  After the wedding, though, our importance is suddenly through the roof.  You can't get back your wedding day - and trust me, it will fly by - you can't get back the people who are no longer with us - but with video, you preserve the memory, their memory - the laughter and tears.

Last week I posted about one of our dear brides that was fighting for her life and needed as many people praying for her as there could be! In that blog post, I posted Molly and her husband, Rich's love story that we filmed one bright and sunny day over 5 years ago.  It was their legacy; something that they could show their kids one day. They had a great story. Their love was so easily seen in that video. 

On Saturday, Molly passed away, one day after her 5 year wedding anniversary.  She courageously fought Stage 4 Melanoma with everything she had.  She leaves behind her loving husband and three beautiful baby girls. On that very day, I noticed that we had a video that was being watched a lot. I did a little tracking on our analytics and found that people were sharing Molly and Rich's love story video.  It made my heart happy. We actually had over 20,000 people click on that blog post in one day.  Crazy.  But who wouldn't want to watch that special love they shared.  It radiated from them.  The best part of it all? I got a sweet message last night from Molly's best friend who was so glad that she could see that video anytime she wanted and be able to hear Molly's voice and laughter.  Video is powerful. 

When Rich called us on Monday to ask if we would film the funeral, we were honored. The Remmert/Rossell clan is an amazing family.  No, funerals are not generally happy times, like weddings.  But filming a funeral still preserves a moment in time, a memory.  I heard today that on their wedding anniversary (Friday), that the entire family watched the wedding video that we produced.  They wanted to relive those wonderful happy moments from the wedding.  I bet Molly's girls love seeing their mommy and daddy dancing at their wedding reception!  Video is timeless.

As I type this blog post, I can hear John editing the funeral from today.  It was beautiful and touching and I'm so glad that we were there to capture it.  Molly's dad was able to deliver such an eloquent eulogy. I cried all of the way through it.  Family and friends saluted Rich and his monumental task of raising those three little girls. But you know what, Our Lady of the Sorrows didn't have a seat open.  The church was packed, all with people that loved Molly.  Not only will the wonderful words said today be preserved forever, but the best part of it will be that Rayne, Brooks and Bess will be able to watch and know how many people loved their mommy.  Video is priceless, don't you agree?

Here is just the homily from the service that I referenced above. Beautiful. Just beautiful. 

Julia and Harrison | Birmingham Country Club

What do you do when you arrive to your wedding reception and there's no power.  Like none.  Well if you are Julia and Harrison's friends and family, you party like nothing is wrong.  AG Lighting had some battery powered lights for the dance floor, we had our video lights and thankfully the band was able to run a LONG extension cord. Sure it was hot.  But that didn't stop the fun!  

Wedding Videographer: Bill Wilson, Main Street Productions | Wedding Photographer: Leslee Mitchell | Ceremony Venue: Briarwood Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Birmingham Country Club | Music licensed by: The Music Bed

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.

McKenna and Garry | Bryant Conference Center

After 3 1/2 years of dating, McKenna and Garry were married on a hot August day in Tuscaloosa, AL.  We absolutely love it when the entire bridal party is ready to have fun with the bride and groom.  It means lots of dancing and even more laughter!  - just what the bride wanted for her wedding day. 

Wedding Videographer: Chris Carr, Main Street Productions | Wedding Venue: Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, AL | Caterer: RX Catering | Music licensed by: Song Freedom

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.

Lindsé and Andy | Gabrella Manor

Sometimes weddings (and wedding films) take on different meanings as life happens.  You start off planning the wedding of your dreams.  You pick fabulous vendors, the most beautiful venue and everything is perfect. Two weeks before the wedding, your groom's mom gets diagnosed with cancer. The wedding turns into a celebration of life to give the family the strength to battle what's ahead. It's a fun party!  Everyone has a great time!  You go skipping off on your honeymoon with your handsome groom and come back with a little "surprise." Just another reminder what is truly most important in this world.  Congratulations Lindsé and Andy - on the wedding, the marriage, the baby on the way and for wonderful test results that came back from Andy's mom! Enjoy your wedding film!

Wedding Videographer: Sam Armstrong, Main Street Productions | Getting Ready Hotel: Westing, downtown Birmingham | Wedding Venue: Gabrella Manor | Wedding Photographer: J.Woodbery Photography | Entertainment: On-Site Productions | Cakes: Magnificent Cakes | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal from Bella's Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | Music licensed through: The Music Bed 

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.

#GivingTuesday - Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

(#GivingTuesday is part of a weekly series of blog posts highlight Birmingham wedding vendors that use their time and talents to serve others. Those that go over and beyond so that #GivingTuesday becomes #GivingEveryday.)

"My Child Existed"

There are many photographers, nationwide, that volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. NILMDTS offers "the gift of remembrance" to parents who have just recently lost their newborn baby.  The photographers are contacted by the hospital so that they can serve a family in the most difficult time. 

In the Birmingham area, we have (at least) two photographers that give so selflessly of themselves that they have been volunteering with NILMDTS for 7 years.  Butch and Joy Oglesby (Blue Moon Studios), not only are fantastic wedding photographers, but they also make beautiful images of recently passed infants so that the parents can have priceless professional pictures of their baby forever - pictures without tubes or wires or anything like that - just pictures of the parents loving their baby.    

"It is a hard thing to do sometimes, but always rewarding because we can give the family something to remember their child. One mother told me it says "my child existed."  We were photographing an event downtown and a young woman approached us and said "you don't remember me but, you photographed by child that passed away two years ago, and as she cried she told us how much the photos we took meant to her and her family......that makes it worthwhile." - Joy Oglesby

NOTE: Butch and Joy will be hosting Artists on the Bluff from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon TODAY!!!!! Go check out what they have plus the other artists in the old Bluff Park Elementary School.

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.

Calah and Matt | Douglas Manor

Anytime we get to work with our friend, Rachael Grammer of Two Hearts Weddings & Events, we LOVE it!  There is no other planner that comes so prepared for ANYTHING to happen on a wedding day like Rachael.  I mean, she even has extra Snicker Bars for the vendors in case you get so hungry, you are hangry!  She takes care of everything, allowing you to do your job that you were hired for.    

Meet Calah.  She's gorgeous, both inside and out.  Her family is pretty awesome too. (Stay tuned for her sister's wedding film to be released in the new year.)  I just love the emotion on Matt's face when she was walking down the aisle.  It's such a beautiful thing. 

"It's perfect!!! Absolutely perfect. I couldn't even imagine anything more perfect! You guys are amazing, I love it so much!!! By the way, thanks for making me cry at work (it's a good cry though). Thank you so much for capturing my day so beautifully!" - Bride Calah

Wedding Videographer: Chris Carr, Main Street Productions | Wedding Photographer: Little Acorn Photography | Wedding Planner: Rachael Grammer, Two Hearts Weddings | Wedding Venue: Douglas Manor  | Catering: Rikard Catering | Florals: Calera Quality Florist | Wedding Cakes: Cakes by Kim | Entertainment: Eric Hollis | Hair and Makeup: Kristen Gibbons/Casey Troulias | Wedding Dress:  Bella Couture | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridal | Formal Wear: Mr. Burch Formal Wear | Transportation: Ambassador Limo Service | Music licensed by: The Music Bed

Main Street Productions will become Cinepear in January 2016.