Wedding Planning Articles

LIKE RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

You will be told some traditions — Hindu, Maltese — consider rain a good omen on a wedding day. You will be told a wet knot is harder to untie. You may — correctly — think that if the two of you can face the day's elements with aplomb and grace, you're more likely to face life's challenges with strength and flexibility.

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HOW TO FIND YOUR IDEAL WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST

How do you find the ideal person to document your wedding?

Just as there is a skill to taking memorable pictures, there is also a know-how to choosing the person you want to take them. How you conduct your search for a wedding photojournalist can make a big difference in ensuring that you’re more than pleased with your photographic experience on the big day, as well as with the moments and memories captured in pictures.

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IT’S NOT EASY BEING BEAUTIFUL

The bride steps into her wedding gown. Her mother and a coterie of bridesmaids assist her with the final touches on her hair and makeup. They primp and preen at her gown, perhaps contributing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

Today, the vast majority of brides invite their photographer to document the “getting ready” period, and for good reason.

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PARTYING DOWN AT THE WEDDING

Weddings are a time to honor tradition, commitment and family. But as any wedding photojournalist knows, they’re also a great time for people to come together and cut loose. To capture all those spontaneous moments that will be talked about for years to come, a wedding photographer needs a quick eye and a good camera—oh, and a sense of humor doesn’t hurt either. With these tools in hand, your guests are guaranteed a chance to relive the day in all its uninhibited glory.

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

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EVERYONE IS A PHOTOJOURNALIST

Buyer beware: Trendy labels may be misleading, and a wedding photographer who claims to have been a “photojournalist” may not always be what they say.

These days, untold numbers of wedding photographers state in their bios that they have a background in photojournalism. Yet many do not really have any actual professional experience as photojournalists. Some have maybe published just one or two photos, or work occasionally as a freelancer for a newspaper or magazine, while others fudge their own work history and interpretation of the term in order to bolster their image.

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CAPTURING ROMANCE AT THE WEDDING

The first time you envisioned your wedding, you probably didn’t see a long list of details to attend to, decisions to be made or negotiations to be undertaken. Surely, your vision involved you and your partner. It was filled with tenderness, sweet melodies, pure bliss…and romance. After all, a wedding is romantic—the consummation of your everlasting love.

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GROUP REACTION SHOTS AT WEDDINGS

To document the best moments of a wedding day, a photographer shouldn’t only focus on the bride and groom, or even on the main event. "Reaction shots," which record the reactions of guests observing the wedding’s activities as they occur, add an invaluable dimension to the visual record of the festivities.

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BEING KING AND QUEEN FOR A DAY

For one day, the two of you are the focus of attention. The concerns of the world slip away as you and your sweetheart take center stage for the moment you’ve long anticipated. Your guests’ thoughts and emotions are given over to your love. In turn, they are active participants in your big day, compounding the good feelings of the love-filled event. With ceremonial dances, emotional toasts or simply their blessings, your family and friends have come together on this day to help seal your love with fairytale splendor.

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RAINY WEDDING DAY PARADE

Couples on the Mediterranean island of Malta believe that a rainy wedding day brings good luck. Other cultures feel the same way, but not so everywhere, where it seems like tempting fate by even thinking about the chance of rain on the date of your nuptials.

If it does rain, take heart. There are simple precautions you can take to protect your ceremony and guests. And rainy conditions can present unexpected, extraordinary opportunities for your wedding photojournalist to capture lovely, funny and sometimes dramatic photographs.

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