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Maui Hawaii Wedding Photographers – Barry Frankel

Aloha, and welcome to paradise!

From my first visit to Maui in 1972, the Hawaiian Islands and its culture have always captivated me. Whether surfing, sailing or enjoying a beautiful sunset, I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and island lifestyle. Calling Maui my office and home was a dream come true.

My creative photo journey began in college shooting with thirty-five millimeter cameras and spending countless hours in the darkroom developing and printing black and white film. The digital revolution has changed all of that and now Photoshop is my new digital darkroom. Membership in the National Association of Photoshop Professionals has helped me stay current with the latest technology available on the market today.

I began working as a Maui wedding and portrait photographer in 2008 with the goal of creating beautiful images for wedding couples and families vacationing together in Hawaii. Since then, I’ve been honored to be a part of numerous special days in some of the most breathtaking beach wedding locations from Kapalua Bay to Makena Beach, as well as the lush rainforests of Hana.

My approach to wedding and portrait photography is relaxed and, most of all, fun for the participants. I blend the natural beauty of Maui with my technical lighting skills to enhance each image. I combine both a contemporary and candid style of photography to create memorable images of your wedding day or portrait session on Maui.

I promise to deliver exceptional service, and the highest quality imagery for you and your family to treasure for many years to come. I look forward to sharing our time and aloha with you on Maui soon.

Warmest Aloha,

Barry Frankel
http://www.islandfreshphotography.com


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New Jersey Wedding Photographer – Joseph Delgado

 

I am a wedding photographer in New Jersey specializing Creative and Journalistic Wedding Photography. My style is a mixture of photojournalism and fine art imagery. What I truly enjoy is capturing moments during the most special times in a persons life, this is why I love being a wedding photographer. It’s a special experience that should be captured with energy and a sense of creativity.

I also enjoy being a family photographer for similar reasons. It truly is fantastic when a family brings me into their lives for a day and allow me to capture whats most important to them. I take pleasure in photographing the small little nuances in a family’s every day lives which they may not be aware of, capturing the essence of family. These are moments which should be frozen in time to be cherished for generations to come.

Overall my true passion is photographing happiness. Whether it’s capturing the look of sheer bliss on a bride’s face during the first dance, or the pure innocence of a child during a family session. Creating photographs which are unique and creative is what drives me. I take great pleasure in the happiness I can give to my clients when they see the results of my work. To me that’s the most satisfying aspect of being a photographer. I strive to make sure my clients are always ecstatic with their images and most importantly, with their overall experience.

I am currently servicing New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania and I am also available for destination weddings all around the world. If you’re looking for wedding photographers in New Jersey, be sure to stop by my website.

Take a minute and visit my website: http://www.aphotographerinnewjersey.com/

Joseph Delgado


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How Much Wedding Cake Will You Need

How much wedding cake will you need for your wedding reception and guests? Here’s a fun infographic that will help you with your wedding planning.


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Real-Life Advice from Brides & Grooms (Photography)

We’re pleased to offer our followers at the Daily Wedding Planning Tip snippets from our upcoming e-book “The Best Thing About My Wedding and What I Would Do Differently.”

This is from the Wedding Photography section and is a downloadable PDF.

Be sure to follow us at Facebook where we will make announcements about other sections to download as they become available.

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Maui Wedding Photographer Barry Frankel

Barry Frankel Wedding Photography in Maui, Hawaii

I began working as a wedding and portrait photographer on Maui in 2008, with the goal of creating beautiful images for wedding couples getting married, or families vacationing together in Hawaii a reality. Since then, I’ve been honored to be a part of numerous special days in some of the most breathtaking beach wedding locations such as Kapalua Bay to Makena Beach, as well as the lush rain forests of Hana. If you are looking for wedding photographers in Maui, to capture your special day on the island of Maui, take a moment to visit my website or visit my new blog.

http://www.barryfrankelphotography.com


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Wedding Dresses & White Wedding Dresses

Try to start shopping for your wedding dress at least six months before your wedding, especially if you’re going to buy a gown in a bridal salon. If you’re thinking of shopping online, you can wait a bit longer, but check each shop’s policies carefully so you don’t cut it too close.

The white wedding gown only rose to popularity with the 1840 marriage of a young Queen Victoria. She chose a delicate white silk wedding dress, whereas previous royal weddings had featured jewels and furs and richly-colored gowns. Her choice, which wasn’t terribly unusual – just fashionable, inspired many imitators.

White remains the most popular color for wedding dresses in Western cultures, and brides in Eastern cultures (even in those where white is considered an unlucky or funereal color) are also embracing white as a wedding dress color.


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Special Rememberances in Wedding Programs

The wedding program is where some couples choose to remember departed loved ones. You can include a photo and short passage about a deceased friend, parent, or grandparent. For example: “On this day of happiness, we choose to remember those who are no longer with us, especially Jane Doe, mother of the bride.”

Some wedding programs read like theatre playbills, others are more personal, with a passage that describes how the couple met, short bios of the wedding attendants, an explanation of the significance of rituals chosen by the couple, or baby pictures of the bride and groom.

To fill space in a wedding program that looks a bit empty, you can include quotes about love, poems, photographs, a general thank you to all who attend your wedding, or even directions to the reception.


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Wedding Program Ideas

Trifold wedding programs offer plenty of space for text in a small package. The cover will typically include you and your intended’s names, the date of the wedding and possibly also the location, and possibly a picture.

Inside, guests should find the order of events and details about your ceremony, such as the processional music, the greeting, any readings and prayers recited, the rituals that will take place, the interstitial music selections, and the recessional music. Some couples will even include the full text of their personalized vows.

If any part of your ceremony – religious or otherwise – will involve inviting guests to participate, make a note of it in your wedding program so your friends and relatives aren’t taken unawares by the officiant asking them to sing, repeat a passage, take communion, or stand and kneel.


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Wedding Programs Can Add Polish & Flair

While not a necessary piece of wedding stationery by any means, wedding programs add polish and flair to your wedding ceremony and give guests something to browse while they wait for the proceedings to begin.

Wedding programs are more than simply a guide to your ceremony. A well-planned wedding program can help guests feel like they’re an important part of your wedding instead of just spectators.

Even the most basic wedding program should introduce the bridal party and marriage officiant by name, explain any religious traditions or secular symbols, rituals, or recitations that might be unfamiliar to a majority of your guests, and offer acknowledgements to anyone who played an important role in planning (or paying for) your wedding.

You may want to have wedding programs printed if your wedding will be very long (so guests are prepared to sit through an extended ceremony) or very large (so guests have some idea of who the bridesmaids and groomsmen are).


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Different Types of Wedding Officiants for a Wedding Ceremony

Unitarian ministers are a great option for those who’d like a non-denominational religious ceremony that includes elements from more than one faith.

Interfaith weddings are growing in popularity as people from different religious backgrounds get married more frequently. An interfaith wedding can include vows and rites from two faiths in a blended ceremony or may have two religious leaders (one from each faith) presiding over different elements of a two-part ceremony.

Humanist wedding ceremonies are another type of non-religious wedding. These tend to be less bureaucratic and more philosophical in nature, and may appeal to brides and grooms who identify as Atheists or Secular Humanists.

Brides and grooms who want a civil wedding ceremony can have their weddings performed by government officials. Depending on the rules of your state, a mayor, justice of the peace, or notary public may legally preside over your wedding. You can invite these celebrants to a wedding in any venue, i.e., you don’t have to be married at city hall for this type of ceremony.

Unfortunately, the idea that ships’ captains can legally preside over wedding ceremonies is a myth. In fact, both the United States Navy and the British Mercantile Marine Office expressly forbid captains to perform wedding ceremonies!

Whether you have a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony, your wedding should reflect the values of your relationship. The right officiant for you will always take the time to understand your needs, your personalities, and your wedding day wishes so that he or she can set the proper tone.


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Choosing a Wedding Officiant

If you have a particular religious leader in mind – e.g., the rabbi from the temple in which you grew up – ask them politely if they will perform the ceremony. Let them know that it would mean so much to you to have them preside over your wedding, but try not to be too disappointed if the rules of your faith prevent him or her from doing so.

It can be more difficult to find a celebrant when you’re not planning on getting married in a house of worship. Some non-religious venues have officiants on hand, but many do not.

There are plenty of spiritual wedding officiants, but choosing someone out of the phone book or off the Internet can feel impersonal. It can be much more meaningful to have a friend or relative become certified to preside over weddings if your state allows it.

Some States allow those with online ordinations to perform weddings, others will grant a one-day certificate, and a few have tougher restrictions on who can act as a wedding celebrant.


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Helpful Advice for Choosing a Wedding Officiant

Your wedding officiant or celebrant is the person who will preside over the actual wedding ceremony. In other words, they give a bit of a speech (usually about love), hear your vows, and pronounce you married.

Because your officiant will to some extent shape your wedding ceremony, it is very important that you choose an officiant with whom you are comfortable.

First and foremost, be sure that your chosen celebrant is legally allowed to preside over weddings in your state and county. It’s not common, but there are brides and grooms who’ve said their vows, only to discover later that their weddings were not, in fact, legal!

Religious brides and grooms should look first to their own house of worship if they belong to one because it may be that their priest, rabbi, or other religious leader can perform the ceremony.

Those couples who aren’t members of a house of worship, but still want a religious wedding ceremony, may find that they have to join one before they can be married in that faith. That might mean a time commitment, a financial commitment, or just a round of pre-marital counseling.


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Engagement Length: Do What’s Best For You!

The average engagement lasts for a year or more, but some couples are only engaged for months before getting married while others wait for a decade before tying the knot. Your engagement should last for as long as you and your intended want it to last.

How do you decide how long your engagement should be? Your decision can be based on many factors: your financial situation, the demands of your jobs, your culture, and personal taste.

Don’t let anyone tell you how long or short your engagement should be. Even if family members or friends pressure you to wait or rush the wedding, don’t listen. The decision should be yours and your fiancé or fiancée’s alone.

Keep in mind that engagement lengths can be determined by cultural standards. In some cultures, short engagements (e.g., a few days) are typical. If your cultural beliefs are important to you, follow those guidelines when choosing the length of your engagement.


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More on Wedding Engagement Parties

If the idea of planning an engagement party leaves you feeling flat, don’t! Maybe someone else will take over and throw you an engagement party or maybe you simply won’t have one. You can always ask your and your intended’s parents or a group of good friends to join you for a celebratory dinner.

Why throw an engagement party? It’s an easy way to let people know that you’re engaged to be married and a great way to introduce your friends and family to your spouse-to-be’s friends and family if they haven’t already met. Plus, a party may be just the thing to help you relax before you start planning the wedding in earnest.

Engagement parties don’t have to be expensive, which is good since weddings can cost a lot! Couples who are saving for an eventual wedding should include the engagement party in their wedding budgets. Think pizza and beer, not champagne and caviar (unless you can afford it… and like caviar).

As you consider the guest list, remember that you cannot invite anyone to your engagement party who won’t later be invited to your wedding. It’s impolite and can lead to hurt feelings.

Planning an engagement party is like planning any other party – and luckily nowhere near as stressful as planning a wedding! Choose a date, a location, a menu, and favors if you want them. Don’t feel like you have to decorate or come up with a theme. Keep it simple so you can enjoy it!


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Engagement Party 101

Engagement parties are a way of announcing and celebrating your engagement at the same time. How you celebrate your engagement is up to you. An engaged couple might host a small party at their apartment or ask the bride-to-be’s parents to host a more traditional engagement party.

Money, time, and your living situation can all determine whether you have an engagement party and then what kind of engagement party you have if you want one.

An intimate cocktail party is a great way to celebrate an engagement, as is a larger, catered affair that includes dinner and dancing. Have the engagement party that works for you.

When you have your engagement party will be determined in party by the length of your engagement. Brides- and grooms-to-be who are getting married in the very near future after short engagements should plan and execute the engagement party ASAP.


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Wedding Engagements: The Right Way to Get Engaged?

There’s no one right way or wrong way to announce an engagement. Call your family, send a mass e-mail to friends, mail out formal engagement announcements, update your Facebook status, send out a tweet, or do all of the above!

Formal engagement announcements can be handwritten letters on nice stationery or cards typeset and printed by a stationery store. These don’t have to be as formal as wedding invitations and can include a picture of you and your spouse-to-be.

While you can tell anyone and everyone that you’re engaged, only send engagement announcements to people who will also be invited to the wedding. Doing otherwise is in bad taste and may cause hurt feelings.


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Annoucing Your Wedding Engagement

Most brides and grooms-to-be will announce a wedding engagement to family before they tell friends, but do whatever feels comfortable. If you’re not close to your relatives, feel free to call your best girlfriend or your brother first.

Don’t be surprised if people close to your fiancé or fiancée already know about the wedding engagement if you were the one accepting the proposal. And your family may have known about the proposal in advance if your spouse-to-be asked for your hand or for their blessing.

People will ask how your intended proposed, so be ready to recite your engagement story over and over again. Some people get engaged on the jumbotron at sporting events, and some people get engaged on quiet Saturday afternoons. Your engagement story is special no matter what.


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Engagement Ring on Different Finger

Those brides who’d rather not wear an engagement ring and wedding band on the same finger can either wear one on each hand or wear the engagement ring on a chain around the neck. This is a great alternative for guys who want to show their commitment but don’t like wearing rings.

Finally, take your time when choosing an engagement ring for yourself or your significant other. As tempting as it is to rush out and buy something right now, jewelry should always be chosen carefully and with thoughtful consideration. Look for good deals and good quality.


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Family Heirloom as Engagement Ring

Some types of metal or metal work cannot be sized without affecting the pattern or damaging the ring so you may need an exact size before placing the order for your engagement ring depending on the style.

Some people use a family heirloom ring when proposing. It’s an old fashioned custom and may result in your wearing a ring that’s not what you expected, but think carefully before you ask for a new ring. Heirloom rings are distinctive and meaningful, and your rejection may hurt your spouse-to-be’s feelings.

But if you really dislike a family heirloom engagement ring, talk to your intended about having it reworked. A good jewelry designer can take the stones and the band and turn it into something that you absolutely adore (and that’s unique to you).


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Engagement Rings for Guys (??)

If you plan to wear your engagement ring and your wedding band together on the same finger, consider planning ahead and choosing a ring that will take a wrap wedding band. Certain stone settings may make finding a wrap or matching band difficult, so make sure your jeweler knows your intentions.

Your fiancé may want his own ring but feel a little embarrassed about it, since engagement rings for guys are still a relative rarity. Black tungsten bands are one cool option as they look cool next to a white gold or silver wedding ring.

Then again, if you’ve discussed his and her engagement rings with your fiancé and he hates the idea, don’t push him. You can tell him how important it is to you, but in the end you should respect his decision. You probably wouldn’t want him telling you what to wear, after all!

If you haven’t found out your significant other’s ring size before now, consider whether someone in their family might know. Alternately, you can take a ring they already own to a jeweler to find out their ring size.


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More About Wedding Engagement Rings

You should never assume that the cost of your engagement ring has anything at all to do with the amount of love your fiancé or fiancée feels for you. Not everyone can afford the most expensive jewelry or feels comfortable spending a lot of money on jewelry. This is one case where it’s definitely the thought that counts.

Pick an engagement ring that you love, even if it’s not what most people would consider an appropriate engagement ring. Some brides-to-be love diamonds and some would be more than content with a silver ring in the shape of a skull and crossbones.

Don’t feel pressures to wear a diamond solitaire if it’s not your style. But let your fiancé know this in advance.

Like gems? The shape of the stone and its attachment to the band are important when picking an engagement ring. If you pick a very large stone, it may get caught on your clothing if it’s set in prongs.

When you’re ring shopping, try prospective engagement rings on and wave your hands around. Write something. Clap. Fold your hands together. Flex your fingers. You’ll find out quickly which rings are comfortable and which are not.


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All About Engagement Rings

Some brides-to-be like to be surprised with an engagement ring chosen by their intended when he or she proposes, while others would rather pick out their own ring after they’ve said yes to the proposal. Both approaches are acceptable, but do let your sweetie know which you prefer beforehand.

Does every bride-to-be receive an engagement ring? Nope! Some couples can’t afford them, while others would prefer to save the money for something else (e.g., the wedding or a house). Some women don’t like wearing jewelry. Others would rather receive an engagement watch or even an engagement laptop!

The average cost of a diamond engagement ring is about $3,500, though one can buy a diamond ring for anywhere from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There’s no rule saying that an engagement ring has to be a diamond solitaire, however. Sapphires used to be a traditional engagement ring gem and are making a comeback. But any ring – with or without stones, gold or not – can be an engagement ring.


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Don’t Forget to Write Down Your Wedding Engagement Date

Engaged, Now What?

Wedding Planning Advice from Daily Wedding Planning Tip

Don’t forget to write down the date of your engagement in your journal or scrapbook or on your calendar. You may not celebrate it every year, but the anniversary of your engagement will always be a special day to remember.

Think about your engagement as a time to grow closer to your fiancé or fiancée as opposed to a months long to-do list. Adopting a positive perspective now will ensure you enjoy planning your wedding together, which will strengthen your bond and thus your marriage.

The early days of your engagement (i.e., before you start seriously planning the wedding) are the best time to start talking about your and your spouse-to-be’s likes and dislikes. Maybe you hate cake and your sweetie hates the Chicken Dance – knowledge is wedding planning power.

Make this time about you and your fiancé or fiancée, not the wedding. You’ll spend months planning your wedding, but years with each other. Don’t rush into your wedding planning to-do list. Enjoy being engaged, since hopefully you’ll only be doing it once!

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