Sunday, June 22, 2008

Destination Weddings!!!

Yes its true!!! I am now doing destination weddings some of you may wonder what that is, first.......

I am Internationally Available for your Big Day :) Just email me for more information!! Or if you would like for me to come to your town for your Big Day just let me know :)

Here are some reasons why Destination Weddings are the way to go............

Destination Wedding Coverage:

When you think of a destination wedding, you might picture stunning beaches and exotic lands; or maybe even mountains with snowy peaks. Destination weddings bring to mind ancient castles, sun-kissed islands and fragrant gardens; but along with these pictures comes the hefty price tag of traveling to a far off land. Luckily, you don't have to leave the United States for your perfect wedding destinations. From the coasts of Florida and California, to the snowy mountains of Alaska, the US has many different locations to make your destination wedding unique and affordable. So pack your bags (no passport required) and head to any area of the country for your perfect destination wedding. There are some unexpected wonders in every part of the US waiting for you.

Destination Weddings Florida
Florida can be a great choice for those seeking a beach wedding but don't want to leave the United States. Florida's two beach areas, on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, make for perfect beach settings that are easy to get to. The Florida Keys are a romantic and relatively secluded family vacation spot that's perfect for a US tropical wedding.
I would LOVE to be your personal photographer for your wedding!!!

Outside US Overview:
In the past, marrying away from home usually meant eloping. The couple would steal away in the night to flee family disapproval or expectations and tie the knot on their own terms. Today, the idea has shed its stigma and a growing number of couples are hightailing it away from the traditional formal affair to a casual, intimate occasion in their dream honeymoon spot.

These destination weddings involve just the couple; the couple and a select handful of friends and family (often just another couple); or the couple plus enough guests to constitute a bona fide weeklong family -- or college -- reunion. Then, the just-marrieds can take a second week to disappear on their own. The "reception," if any, is more like a big party and held when the couple returns home. Why are destination weddings a growing trend?

Even some tourist boards are jumping on the bandwagon, with brochures listing ceremony sites and local wedding vendors in their area. Even governments are working to ease restrictions and attract to-be-weds.
1. They're Virtually Stress-Free
Pop in the classic movie "Father of the Bride" and you'll soon understand why destination weddings are so popular. They are almost guaranteed to be simpler (and faster!) to plan than a traditional wedding and reception for two main reasons:

* Honeymoon-happy resorts and cruise lines around the world have made it easier and more appealing to wed on-site. Many have full-time wedding coordinators on staff who are familiar with that country's marriage license requirements and who offer wedding packages that take care of all your ceremony essentials (photographer, cake, minister, etc.). You step off the plane and sign the papers; they take care of the rest.

* If you're not getting married at a resort, you can hire a stateside wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings, contact a wedding planner in the town you plan to wed, or start early and do it yourself. Either way, you won't have to plan a reception, and won't that be a relief?!

2. No Family Drama
The second reason destination weddings rule? No scene-stealing family drama.

3. They're Cost Effective
The affordability of a destination wedding has many couples speeding off to the airport faster than you can say "I do." For instance, a couple can fly to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, get married, and stay for a deluxe weeklong honeymoon for a few thousand dollars, including lodging, meals, drinks, and airfare. Compare that with your average 150-guest wedding costing about $22,000 -- which can easily skyrocket to more than $100,000 in big cities -- plus a few extra thousand for a honeymoon. To ease the financial burden, many couples opt to travel to a place where they can get married, have a honeymoon, and still have some money left over to start their new lives together.

4. You Call The Shots
While formal weddings hold meaning for many couples, linking them to the traditions of their ancestors and culture, others want the experience to be unique, with a ceremony and location that reflect their true colors. Perhaps an "Out of Africa" experience? A snowy mountain-peak ceremony? The world is your altar.

5. They're Simply Perfect for Second Marriages
Been-there-done-that couples who are getting married for the second or third time choose destination weddings because they're simple and private. Either the bride and/or groom have done the Hollywood-scale production before and want something quieter or less expensive this time around, or they want to be someplace anonymous, without the watchful eyes and whispers of the hometown crowd. (Get married at a kid-friendly, all-inclusive resort or cruise to help your new Brady Bunch do some solid bonding.)

6. They're a Once-in-a-Lifetime Reunion Opportunity
At a typical wedding, you're on the run, meeting and greeting. Destination weddings are on vacation time. You're usually required to arrive a few days early to fill out the paperwork, so by the time your wedding rolls around, you've had two to three days of fun with your sweetie, family, and friends. How often do you have the opportunity to spend no-rush quality playtime with dear, far-flung friends? This is your chance.

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I would love to shoot your exotic beach wedding!!! Please email me if you would like to book me for your wedding!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A couple more amazing weddings!

Time for a new post, I have been on computer day and night seems haha editing wedding photos YAY! That makes me happy :) Here are a sneak peaks from a couple of wedding I did over the last 2 weeks, check out my website for more to come :)

This past week was Anna and Graysens wedding, Look for future posts for their wedding photos. You could feel the love and I couldn't help from getting all teared up just from going thru their photos, a couple that definitely I have been working with this couple for a year now, since their engagement session and they have been amazing, their wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen indoors. LOVELY! And her family is just amazing as well!! Here are also a couple of her bridals we did before the wedding, beautiful girl!!


I also had the opportunity to work with Karen and Brian as they shared their special day, Im still working on their photos as well and hope to have them up really soon! After a day with flooding rain, lighting bolts coming down all around as I sit in my car ready to get out and start shooting, the skies opened up just in time for a beautiful outdoor wedding in historic Chickamaugua Battlefield In Georgia. More photos coming soon!!!