Honored to be the exclusive filmmakers for Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover’s Wedding

Pennylane was the wedding videographer for Tracy Morgan's wedding - Photography by Jeff Tisman

Photo by Jeff Tisman

On August 23rd, 2015 we had the honor of filming Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover’s wedding at the stunning Ashford Estate in New Jersey. Up until that day, everything was kept secret as the gossip magazines and TV shows scrambled to find out when and where the event would take place. We arrived at the Estate early that morning to capture some establishing shots of the location before the anxious bride and groom arrived. While security teams protected the area and paparazzi helicopters circled the grounds with long lenses we were filming their story. Out of respect for our client and their privacy that’s about all I can share except that they were wonderful to work with and Tracy had everyone laughing for most of the day. See more at People Magazine

 Jenny Orsini Events planned and coordinated the entire event and they were just amazing to work with. I can’t say enough about the experience working with Jenny, she was the coolest planner and let us do our thing. She trusted us as professionals and communicated with us during the pre-production stage helping us do the best job possible. She put us in touch with the entertainment company so we could ensure the best audio for the event and made sure we were able to chat along with the photographer Jeff Tisman as a team so we could come up with game plan ahead of time. If you’re planning a wedding, I highly recommend her and I can’t wait to work with her and her team again.

Jeff Tisman was the official photographer for the wedding and his exclusive photo (shown here) was featured the next morning on people magazine website. Jeff and his team were awesome as well to work with and I’m glad we met. Another cool photographer to be inspired by. Jeff’s work is amazing and you can check out his website here. Another highly recommended vendor on my shortlist.

Critically-acclaimed DJ Jay Dabhi was the official entertainer and his team was amazing. Not only did they sound and perform flawlessly but a big thanks to his sound tech Deesh Padmasenan for allowing us to setup our wireless audio system through a splitter to guarantee perfect audio for film and live during the ceremony and reception.

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Circle on the Beach

“Feel Again” by One Republic | Music licensed by Song Freedom

Sometimes you hear the story of a couple and you just know their is something special. Lauren and Joe had a such long road to their wedding day. They met very young at Chevys in Staten Island, dated and then broke up. They went their separate ways thinking they’d never see each other again. Until many years later when a random Facebook message brought them back together.

Their story became even more amazing when we learned that Joe was one of the first people in the United States to be diagnosed with HIV. He’s been living with the disease and advocating for awareness for almost his entire life.

Lauren and Joe decided to get married on the Jersey Shore and had their ceremony set up right on the beach. Wind is always an issue in these situations, but we were able to save the audio using Bubblebee wind screens. If you are going to be capturing audio outside these are vital to have. The ceremony itself was interesting to shoot because the chairs were set up in a spiral with the bride and groom in the center. These non typical situations really require you to think on your feet and use all your instincts to get the shots you need.

After the ceremony we were under a bit of time crunch, but we still managed to get an creative beach shots with Lauren and Joe. There is nothing like shooting at sunset on the beach and the bride and groom were game for everything that we and Dzemo Halilovic (photography) came up with.

FEATURED VENDORS:

Hair: Mancini Giuffre (Gina and Nicole)

Makeup: House of Trends (Michelle and Audra)

Photography: PhotoDH

Venue: Mcloones Pier House (Trish and Nelson)

Flowers: McAteer Florist (Lazarus)

DJ: Dash of Class (Pete)

Minister: Joanna Santarpia

Wedding at Ryland Inn

Aimee and Jason got married at Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. This was the first time we filmed here and I must say, I can’t wait to come back. The staff was awesome and the feel was very welcoming.

Planning how we approach each film is very important to us and Cassandre from Cassandre Snyder Events was available every step of the way to ensure we could do the best job possible. Always a pleasure working with talented people.

A big thank you to fellow filmmaker Jonathan Armendariz from New York Filmworks for filming with me.

“Wedding at Ryland Inn” produced by Pennylane Productions | Directed by Adam Forgione | Cinematography by Adam Forgione and Jonathan Armendariz | Edited by RJ Weyant | “Fire & Rain” by Mat Kearney licensed by Song Freedom


FEATURED VENDORS

Wedding Planner/Designer : Cassandre Snyder Events

Venue: Ryland Inn
Celebrant: Dorry Bless
Floral Design: Ariella Chezar
Make-Up Artist: Jason Ascher
Band: The Elements Band from Elan Artists
Lighting & Draping: JB Lighting
Bride’s Dress: Monique Llhulier
Bride’s Shoes: Angela Nuran
Wedding Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Sitting Services: Elegant Event Sitters

Fiddler’s Elbow

Alexandra and Ryan got married at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in New Jersey. The venue actually has special significance to the couple as Alexandra’s father was a member there while she was growing up. This made Ryan’s surprise gift to her, a bracelet inscribed with the coordinates of their wedding, even more meaningful.

 

I knew that Ryan loved football. So, we made sure that he and the guys went out and threw one around for a while. It’s always cool to have people doing things they love during preparations, because they pretty much forget you’re there. Ryan and the guys even downed a few Shiner Bock beers to help get the day going.

 

It was a good thing they went out when they did, because not much later it started pouring rain. I always get nervous when the weather is bad because it can take a lot of the fun out of the day, but Alexandra and Ryan were total troopers letting us film them in the rain during their creative session.

 

Another bump in the road was when they had to decide whether to move the ceremony indoors because of the weather, but things turned out perfect as the skies cleared right before and they were able to go ahead with their ceremony outside as planned.

 

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Venue : Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club

Photography : Brad Ross Photography

Entertainment: Time Machine

Make Up Artist : Marlena Singh
Hair Stylist : Joanna Stange
Floral Design : Jardiniere

Once In A Lifetime

“Once In A Lifetime” produced by Pennylane Productions | Directed by Adam Forgione | Cinematography by Adam Forgione, RJ Weyant, and Bobby Shortle | Edited by RJ Weyant | “Once In A Lifetime” by Landon Austin, licensed by The Music Bed

 

This short film has several story lines.

 

STORY ONE : The wedding took place on Flag Day so the bride and groom arrange for each bridal party member to get a flag of their nationality. Of course most of the family and friends were Greek so there was a lot of white and blue. They even got Juan, the photographer a columbian flag but the irony is that Columbia and Greece were playing the world cup that day so of course Nikki the bride commented on that jokingly.

 

STORY TWO : The gift exchange was unexpected because both of them agreed on no gifts, but of course the both lied. James, the groom secretly swapped out Nikki’s necklace she was going to wear with a new one and Nikki secretly bought James the watch he always wanted.

 

STORY THREE : James and Nikki always loved Landon Austin’s music. Landon Austin is a famous singer/songwriter from Nashville who agreed to fly out to New York and sing his hit “Once In A Lifetime” for their first dance but his flight was cancelled the night before due to a storm. You’ll have to watch the film to see if he makes it or not.

 

STORY FOUR : There’s a Greek tradition where the bride writes the names of the unmarried girls on the sole of her wedding shoe. Whichever name is worn off the most at the end of the night is the person who gets married next.

 

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Photographer : Juan from Anthony Vazquez

Prep Location : The Chatwal Hotel in New York City

Ceremony Venue : Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City

Priest : Father Chrysostomos Gilbert

Reception Venue : The Park Savoy in New Jersey

Special Guest : Landon Austin

Entertainment : DJ Manny from JTK Entertainment

Make Up Artist : Sabrina Gilbert
Hair Stylist : Sabrina Gilbert
Floral Design : Ariston Florist
Bride Dress : Custom Pnina Tornai
Bride Shoes : Manolo Blahnik
Groom Tux : Tom Ford
Groom Shoes : Ferragamo
Bridesmaid Dresses : Bill Levkoff
Party Bus : Personal Touch Limousines
Rolls Royce : Town Limousine Service
Cake : Palermo’s Bakery
Rings : Raspa Jewelers

1000 Paper Cranes | A Wedding Short

“1000 Paper Cranes” produced by Pennylane Productions | Directed by Adam Forgione | Cinematography by Adam Forgione and RJ Weyant | Edited by RJ Weyant | “Awakening” by Moncrief licensed by The Music Bed


Michelle contacted us about a year ago and told us she was having two weddings. One in the United States and one in China. The idea was to book us to produce her short highlight film in time to be shown at her wedding in China. Now of course we talked about the details of her wedding and thought about story ideas but it really it me when she told us about folding 1000 paper cranes. Have you ever made one of these before? It’s not easy and most people can’t even do it, but to do a thousand? She told us it was good luck but only if the bride and groom handmade the birds themselves. Her fiancé Xiaoming confesses that he helped a little but would have rather outsourced the job, just like any other guy. This is the theme we chose to weave their story.

The wedding took place at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, New Jersey. After hearing about the details of the making the paper cranes, Michelle’s brother was hard at work hanging them as a backdrop to the ceremony location. He describes the moment the bride reached the last bird and just stopped, reminding me of that moment Forrest Gump stops running for no reason, after so many years. Moments before their first look, Michelle and Xiaoming exchange the last two cranes with hand written messages to each other. They chose this instead of the traditional cards that many brides and grooms exchange on the morning of the wedding.

 

Featured Vendors

Photographer : Brian Hatton Photography
Priest : Reverend Michael D. Whalen
Entertainment : The Kenny Ford Band from Hank Lane
Make Up Artist : Ai Love Hair
Hair Stylist : Ai Love Hair
Floral Design : Flowers by Connie Reimer
Bride Dress : Enzoani (designer) from Lotus Bridal
Bride Shoes : Badgley Mischka
Groom Tux : J Crew
Groom Shoes : Allen Edmonds
Bridesmaid Dresses : Custom made in China
Groomsmen Suits : Custom made in China
Cake : Palmero’s Bakery
Rings : Custom made by Dimend Scaasi
Lighting/Projection/Sound: Jason Craig Entertainment
String Quartet: The Dorian Quartet