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22 Aug

It’s Okay, Invite the Kids

5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Kid-Friendly

As with all things, people seem to have very strong opinions when it comes to inviting children to a wedding. I’ve seen brides with strict “no kids” policies and others who didn’t mind having youngsters around.

If you’re firmly set in the “Kids are welcome!” camp, there are a few things you can do to help keep the littles ones feeling comfortable and engaged.

Here are 5 ways to make your wedding more kid-friendly. Continue Reading

22 Aug

Keeping the Faith: Planning Your Interfaith Ceremony

It’s more common than ever before for couples of differing faiths to come together in marriage. Not so long ago, this wasn’t the case. But today, people are uniting not necessarily due to religious beliefs but because of shared interests and common values.

So whether you’re a practicing Muslim, a devout Catholic, you follow the teachings of Buddha, or one of the other 4,000+ religions out there in the world, you can rest assured that there’s a way to incorporate more than one faith into a marriage ceremony. Continue Reading

22 Aug

Let’s Get Real: Paying for the Big Day

Once the excitement of your engagement wears off, the reality of wedding planning usually starts to set in. There are a million and one decision to make on everything from the venue, photographer, food, beverage, to music and transportation. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Of course, every bride manages to bring it all together before the big day and you will too, especially if you have a good handle on your finances.

Sticking to your budget is the most important thing you can do to properly prepare for your wedding day. By going over budget, you run the risk of going into debt, even before you’ve said: “I do.” But with the cost of the average wedding in the United States hovering over $35,000, it’s more important than ever to have both a financial plan and budget. Continue Reading

22 Aug

Making the Most of It: A Bride’s Guide to Coping with Stressful Situations

We’ve all been there. You’re at a wedding and something is going wrong. It doesn’t matter how many safety nets you put into place— sometimes, life just happens.

I’ve seen it all, from ambulance sirens to electrical issues, early October snow to a gnat infestation. And guess what? It’s usually these small hiccups that not only help your guests remember the big day, but also reminisce about it fondly for weeks and years after your wedding.

You can prepare until the cows come home, but there are times when stressful situations arise during a wedding. What matters isn’t necessarily what is happening, but instead, how you react. Continue Reading

22 Aug

Our Beautiful Brides Are Featured in Cosmo!

By Thomas Wolosik

Over the past 30 years of photographing weddings of every size, scope, and theme under the sun, I’ve learned a few things.

I’ve learned that every wedding is different. Every event is special. Every moment is worthy of a picture. And every wedding has its own set of unique highlights that are bound to stick with the happy couple, their family, and friends for years to come.

Through all the differences from one wedding to the next, there’s one constant that I see time and time again: a bride’s unwavering beauty. Continue Reading

22 Aug

Photo Spots

Verona Park: Verona, NJ

Verona Park is located in Verona and is part of the Essex County Parks System. It’s a large park (over 50 acres!) with a 13-acre lake, boathouse and many more amenities.

This park is one of my favorite places to take engagement, wedding and other event photos because there are many picturesque spots on the property. There’s a large fountain, a gorgeous willow tree, a romantic stone bridge, and a small brick house. A stream runs through the north-end of the park and there’s a neat metal bridge and flowering trees in the spring months. “Idyllic” doesn’t even begin to describe it! It’s a bit isolated from the highway, but the distance is worth it. Continue Reading

22 Aug

Rehearsal Party 101

By now, you’re well aware that planning a wedding isn’t for the faint at heart. Come to think of it, the entire process from the engagement until you’re ready to walk down the aisle can take a lot out of you. And today, more and more happy couples are taking on an additional wedding “event,” so to speak—a rehearsal party.

Whether you plan a small dinner for immediate family and bridal party members, or go “all out” and invite the entire wedding guest list for a wedding pre-party, rehearsal dinners are a big deal for some couples. Continue Reading

22 Aug

The Best Wedding Flowers For Each Season

There’s no denying that flowers can easily transform a beautiful wedding into a magazine-worthy event. But what happens if your favorite floral variety isn’t available in your wedding month?

Before you start worrying, remember that when it comes to flowers, you definitely have options.

Whether you’re obsessed with the soft, subtle perfection of a pink carnation, or you prefer the bold hues of a red rose, you’re bound to find a wedding flower combination that matches your event’s color scheme AND knocks the socks off your guests at the same time.

Here are some of the most popular and widely available flowers for each season. Continue Reading

22 Aug

The Ins and Outs of Engagement Photos

Once he’s popped the question, things start happening really fast. There’s, of course, a wedding to plan and you have quite a few decisions to make. You have to find a venue, choose a caterer, and start working on your color scheme/theme. Whether your wedding is in a year or just a few months, time feels limited.

But before you get too ahead of yourself, it’s important for the happy couple to take a step back and just enjoy the moment. One of the best times to do this is during your engagement photo session. Continue Reading

22 Aug

The Name Game

The choice of whether or not to assume the name of your spouse wasn’t a common concern even just a few decades ago in the United States. In fact, a vast majority of women throughout the English-speaking world naturally (and legally) assumed their husband’s name after marriage.

But that wasn’t the case throughout the world. To this day, countries like France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Greece either require a woman keeps the name on her original birth certificate or use her husband’s name only if she so desires.

There are a multitude of reasons why a woman, or even man for that matter, may choose to assume the name of a spouse (we’ll save all that for another article). However, you’re probably more interested in the “how” as opposed to the “why.” Continue Reading

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