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A Rustic Spring Wedding

Friday, August 5th, 2016
Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Hillary and Sean’s Rustic Spring Wedding, May 2016

The odds of meeting this couple on a normal basis are pretty insurmountable, since they live in Pittsburgh, PA. I actually spoke with Hillary at great length before she contracted me. Hillary and Sean, gave me the opportunity to work in a new area with new vendors and that is something I really enjoy, is meeting vendors outside of the Lehigh Valley. I really enjoyed being able to assist them with their Rustic Spring Wedding.

How rustic was it? Cell phone service didn’t exist out there. Communication was by Walkie Talkies, which made things a lot of fun, with the bridal party calling each other by their “handles” (code names) and when the groomsmen found out mine (from my CB days), they really went crazy.  It’s the “Black Widow”. LOL. Anyway, here is Hillary and Sean’s Story!

Their Story

Hillary and Sean met in 2009 at George Washington University where they both attended college. They both worked together and after a bit, Hillary decided she wanted to pursue a friendship with Sean. One thing you need to know about Hillary and Sean is that Hillary is the talkative, outgoing one and Sean is the quiet, laid back one and they balance each other out, quite well. Up to this point, they continued their friendship while attending school, but they did not date. Upon graduation, her girlfriend Melissa, decided to have a going away party for her, (she was moving to Oklahoma to work for AmeriCorps for a year). What she didn’t know was that her girlfriend, invited Sean to the party. This is where they really started to click. unfortunately, they lost touch for 6 months or thereabouts. Sean got in touch with Hillary on Facebook, to just touch bases and they began to chat back and forth. Hillary planned on returning to Washington, DC after completing her service with AmeriCorps and they decided to meet up, upon her return.

Their First Date

Their first date, if you could call it that, was at 51st State, a bar that served $0.20 wings during happy hour. She loved wings, Sean loves wings, so it worked. Much time was spent talking that night, and they planned to hang out more regularly. In the last 4 ½ years, they became best friends, partners in crime, and each others most devoted supporter.

What a Trooper her family was

This rustic spring wedding, had a slight damper put on it. Hillary experienced a great loss. Her grandmother, who she was very close to, passed away weeks before her wedding. That life changing event, had a profound effect on her that day and put a slight damper on it for both her and her mother. It was a shame that it happened, but she was a trooper through it all.

Other than the family loss, the only downside to the entire day, was that it rained off and on and prohibited them from doing their ceremony outside (which would have been beautiful because of its natural beauty)! The best part was when the rain finally stopped, and sunshine came out and they were able to at least get outdoor pictures.  Yay!

Players who contributed to making this a phenomenal Rustic Spring Wedding:

Our Bride looked stunning and her Makeup was was provided by KSJ Artistry. The wedding and reception were held at The Pump House B & B in Bloomsburg, in an old barn. The gorgeous Florals were provided by Gibs Farm and Rentals were provided by Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals. They decided to have a BBQ reception which fit both them and their personalities. She is spicy and he is mild and their first date included wings, what more can you want! The Reception was catered by Fred E’s Catering and the Cutting Cake and Cupcakes were provided by Nannycakes Bakery. The Musical Entertainment was provided by the Left Edge Band and really kept the party hopping, which helped the guests stay warm, even though it was a little chilly that evening! The Photography was done by the Brides Father’s company, Ed Bundy Photography and shot by both her father and Carla.

Hillary’s final comments about the day:

My flowers were beautiful, my best friends were there, and everything went off without a hitch, despite the rainy weather. I got to marry my best friend and partner, and as I say to him, I am going to keep him forever. I worked really hard on this big party that went by in a blur. I am grateful to all our vendors who helped make the day a success. I am grateful to our friends and family who traveled from far and wide and who helped in many ways big and small. Most of all, I am grateful to Sean for being my person, and for not letting my memories of grief and sadness completely color my memories of our wedding. What a beautiful, rustic spring wedding it was!

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

Ed Bundy Photography

Rustic Spring Wedding

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Consider having an Unplugged Wedding in the Lehigh Valley

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Why have an Unplugged Wedding

An Unplugged Wedding is the way to go. Cell Phone Technology, has been a good thing, but it certainly has its negative side too, even in the Wedding Industry. Having an Unplugged Wedding is the best thing a couple can do for their wedding day. At an unplugged wedding, guests are not allowed to use their phones for photography.

Reasons why your wedding should be UnPlugged…I see it all too often, guests take out their cell phone to get a picture of a “big moment”, only to block the picture that the “professional photographer” is taking. The couple is about to cut the cake, and the guest jumps in between the couple and the professional to take a shot!  The disappointing part is guests at a table, staring at their cell phones, instead of paying attention to what is going on around them. They should be enjoying the couple’s first dance, cutting of the cake or even the parent’s dance!

What about the couple doing their first look or well-meaning bridal attendants feeling compelled to put pictures on social media, before the bride and groom are even married. One of my present clients voiced this concern “A friend of mine asked everyone to put their phones away during the ceremony, so guests would not block the photographers’ shots.”.

It’s much better to let the pros get that really good shot and to share it with friends and family, than to end up with a bunch of poor shots.  The best way to enjoy a wedding is to enjoy it and then enjoy the pro’s images afterward.

Ways to UnPlug Your Wedding

  1. Inform your attendants, if they are there for the first look, or if they take pictures to please not post until after the ceremony!
  2. Put a note in your bulletin, asking everyone to turn off the ringers on their phone and to refrain from taking pictures at the wedding.
  3. Put a note in your bulletin to refrain from taking pictures with a flash.
  4. Ask your officiant to make an announcement to guests that they are to enjoy themselves and not take pictures.
  5. Put cards on the reception tables asking guests to please make sure they are not restricting the photographer from doing his job.
  6. OffBeat Bride has some ways, to word what you want to say. They even suggest having someone from the bridal party enforce the no cell phone pictures and how to approach it. http://offbeatbride.com/2011/06/unplugged-wedding-templates

Wedding Season Began Early in 2016!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Meghan and Philips January Wedding

Wedding Season began early for me this year at an Iacocca Hall Wedding, January 2nd.  The mother of the bride, Tracy, contacted me about 3-4 weeks before the wedding for my Day Of Coordination Package!  I had a lot to do and a short time to do it in, but hey, that’s why they hired me!  What made it easy were the vendors I had the privilege of working with!  In the Lehigh Valley, we have some of the “BEST” Wedding Vendors in their fields, but enough about that and back to my couple!

Meghan and Philip met and dated in High School.  Unfortunately, as happens in high school, they broke up.  They were apart for about 6 1/2 years but were always in close touch with one another!  When they got back together, they realized it was love and 2 years later decided to make it permanent.

The day started out on the cool side, after an unseasonably warm week. The day began with the bride Meghan, her mom and sister started the day out at Clementines Salon for hair and makeup.  The photographer Marissa and her assistant Tracey were phenomenal!  I really enjoyed how they took pictures through prisms of a Moravian Star, the effects were really cool.  They used many styles of photography, I have never seen a photographer use before, so that was really fascinating.  We then proceeded to St. Josephs in Limeport.  It was a rural country church and Father Buckley was a great host.  What was really neat, was the Christmas tree that held ornaments, the kids had made for years were on it.   My bride’s family had their ornament hanging in the tree, which made the day even more special.

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The photos after the ceremony, were at Lehigh University. at the Lookout and Iacocca Hall.  I am so glad that the light and the weather held out that they were able to get pictures taken out doors!

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The Reception was gorgeous, being held at Iacocca Hall, at the top of the mountain where Lehigh University sits.  The views on this evening were magnificent from the venue, you can see for miles on a clear night. Bethlehem, Allentown and even Easton were visible!  One of the most magnificent views I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot.

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Special moments of the reception, were the bride dancing with her grandfather, the groom and his friends dressed up as Kiss band members, a fabulous DJ (Wes from Wesley Works), who really kept the party jumping and phenomenal florist (Sara from Allium Floral Designs) who had the venue looking gorgeous with all the lit candles.  This really gave the venue a beautiful intimate atmosphere, to the reception.

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One of the coolest things about this wedding, was the Stepfather of the Groom, was a childhood friend of mine. The wedding allowed us to catch up with each others lives, when I had a quiet moment during the evening.  

What a beautiful Winter Wedding Day it was!

Professionals Included:

Venue: Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University

Florist: Allium Floral Design

Photographer: Marissa Joy Photgraphy

DJ: Wesley Works

Officiant, Father Buckley – St. Josephs Church, Coopersburg

Hair/Makeup: Clementines Salon

Transportation: J&J Limousine

Rentals: Action Party Rentals

 

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LEHIGH VALLEY WEDDING TRENDS 2016

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

I’ve been reading a lot about the Wedding Trends for 2016, and have seen some I wanted to share from a Wedding Planners perspective.

Female attendant’s dresses: I have noticed that attendants are wearing the same color, but different styles or different colors that are complimentary of one another, in the same dress. Personally, I love this idea! I am short and thick and not able to wear many of the styles available today. Having this option as a bridal attendant would give me the opportunity to wear a dress that is more figure flattering, than wearing something that really doesn’t look good and something I don’t like! There is nothing worse than feeling you look horrible in something you have to wear in a wedding.

Wedding Trends by An Affair to Remember by Sharon

Photography by Magi Kernan – www.mkcaptures.com

Accent Color or Theme: Maybe because of the richness, or classiness or that couples are going back to glam and bling, not sure, but I am seeing a lot of Gold being used as a complimentary accent color in reception décor.

Cakes: I am also seeing “Naked Cakes”. If you aren’t familiar with the term, its cakes without icing or with little icing and decorated with fruit, etc. When one of my brides first showed it to me, I was like, “Why do you want a cake without icing?” I didn’t understand, but when I thought about it later, I realized there have been times that I haven’t liked a particular bakers icing, because it was too sweet, and I end up scraping it off. Well, this way its already done for me!

Wedding Trends by An Affair to Remember by Sharon

http://www.barbadosweddings.net/blog/naked-cakes

Tablescapes: Through the years, wedding reception tables were rounds that seated 8 to 10 people. Today that has changed to Long Rectangle tables, with multiple tables put together. Two rectangle tables put together horizontally, etc. I see this continuing, as it seems to be catching on here in the Valley.

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

At this time, I thought it might be a great idea to have some of the Premier Wedding Vendors I have dealt with, contribute to this blog! I think you will enjoy hearing their perspective in their specific field of expertise.

Floral Wedding Trends

Jonathan Morrissey – Rich Mar Florals

Coming off a very successful 2015 wedding season and looking forward to 2016, what will be different and which trends will remain the same? The vineyard rustic wedding is not going away anytime soon, gold is the new silver and the all-white bridal bouquet is back to stay. The return of the all-white bouquet is a return of elegance and a formal look, while this may not suit everyone; it is truly a timeless look and a perfect accent to your lavish and dramatic dress. Rustic weddings will continue to be popular, our area and it’s venues lends itself to this look, some of the flowers are also even native to the Northeast part of the country. Baby’s breath is the leader in this particular trend, along with lush mixed foliage’s to accent the “field picked” look. Lastly gold has arrived! Silver was always the “go to” container color and now that trend will begin to change, our company just made an investment in new gold containers to cope with the coming trend. While these trends may not be for every bride, I urge all my brides, to be yourself and let your florals express your personality or style, each wedding is as unique as the bride herself.

Jon Athans Photography

Jon Athans Photography

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

Sara Petryk – Allium Designs

In my opinion we are moving away from a shabby chic vintage into more of an industrial vintage vibe. Think mixed metals, patina and texture vs. baby’s breath, mason jars and chippy white paint.

Color is finally coming back as well. While we saw lots of blush, mint and cream in the last few years….we are seeing a return to rich, vibrant hues-jewel tones, blues, purples, and pinks.

Less DIY. I think lots of brides have seen their friends and fellow brides go crazy for months on end crafting elaborate projects for their weddings-and they want no part of it. They want to be able to relax and enjoy their engagement and time leading up to their wedding. Many of my current couples still want unusual Pinterest worthy elements that personalize their wedding, but they are leaving it in the hands of florists and stylists to complete the projects.

Photography Wedding Trends

Armen Elliott – Armen Elliott Photography

Wedding photography is gradually shifting from an emphasis on detail shots like flowers, shoes, etc., to the more emotional, authentic moments of the day. This means the hottest trend is photojournalism for this year’s wedding couples. Photojournalistic images can sometimes feel more like lifestyle photo sessions with more mood, intensity and spontaneity than traditional wedding photos. Couples are becoming less interested in showcasing “stuff” and more interested in capturing genuine interactions. Yes, we still like the cake and ring photos and must have the family posed photos, but spontaneous moments and relationships between couples, friends, and family members are now taking front and center stage.

http://www.armenphotography.com/

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Wedding photography over the past few years emphasized selective coloring, overly-saturated colors, lots of Photoshop manipulation and heavy vignetting. We also saw lots of vintage-style imagery with hazy, warm color overlays. Moving ahead we will see more edgy, photojournalistic, street-shooting styles emerging.

http://www.armenphotography.com/

http://www.armenphotography.com/

Of course, the best way to get the incredible photos you want – whatever your style – is to choose a photographer whose work you like and communicate your preferences to her months before your wedding day.

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http://www.armenphotography.com/

Ed Krisiak –Steel City Photography

As a photographer it is exciting to see all of the technology changes in equipment and see wedding photography move into a documentary and art format.

Drone Wedding Photography. The FAA expect that over 1 million drones were sold over the 2015 holiday season. I expect many photographers and videographers will be adding the use of drones in their wedding business in the Lehigh Valley.  I expect this to be big, there is no way I will be adding drone wedding photography. In order to do drone photography legally, two people are required by the FAA  for operation and you need a special license. Of course the amount of liability insurance will be extensive. In my opinion, it is not worth the risk.

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

Instagram Hash Tags. Facebook is becoming more unpopular with younger couples and Instagram is taking it place. DIY and Etsy wedding signs are appearing at the bar and wedding venue entrance with Instagram Hash Tags. I love this idea and it a great way for the couple to find all of their guest wedding images from the day.

Back-lit Images.  The use back-lighting adds a drama and interest to an image. This look can be achieved by natural light or flash. It provides an image a romantic feeling. The light is often soft and it creates a dreamy look.

Reception Lighting.  Off Camera flash creates dimensions and a provides a cinematic look to an image.

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

Individual pictures of each member of the  the Wedding Party. This has been done in the past and the new trend is to do a formal image and then a playful image. It makes a nice design for wedding albums and the individual have fun.

Father Daughter First Look. We are getting more requests for this and find it to be an emotional moment between the Bride and her father.

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

The First Look. The first look is alive and well and going strong. Some of the best reactions come from the first look and it is great to do if you do not mind going against tradition.

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

http://www.steelcityphotography.com/

Décor Wedding Trends

John Phillips – MCR Productions

Chandeliers: Indoors and outdoors are seeing a big trend towards dressing the ceiling and nothing is standing out more than chandeliers. Chandeliers set the tone for mood lighting, establishing a classy setting, and bringing a distinguished atmosphere to any event.

Photography by An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson, Chandelier by MCR Productions

Photography by An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson, Chandelier by MCR Productions

Linens: Dressing a table is like dressing a woman, you can keep it simple or go for the Neiman Marcus of linens. Table linens are a hot item for all occasions and setting the tone of your color palate and theme for the wedding.

Dance Floors: This has become the latest item for presentation on events. From white floors, to Starlight floors, LED floors, checked floors, this is the latest decor and design aspect to completely enhance events. http://www.bookmcr.com/

Bakers

Lisa Stoudt – Bakery Wedding Trends – Candy & Confections by Lisa Stoudt
I think textures will play a larger part in the tool box of my cake design vocabulary. I also believe a lot of elements from haute couture and what has been seen on the runways in NY will be a strong influence in my designs. Another avenue I will pursue is color from contrasting to complementary in different pallets, these will influence the suggestions I give my brides this year.

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

An Affair to Remember by Sharon Dickinson

Makeup Artist

Alisha Becker – Makeup Artistry by Alisha Nycole

Wedding Styling & Bridal Beauty Trends are an ever evolving platform. I am in the lucky position where I get to see and help create these trends each season before they hit the stores and bridal boutiques. Each year our team is invited to Bridal Fashion Week in NY backstage to create the looks for the runway shows! We love to share some of that insight and report the trends you will see this year for Bridal in 2016.

“All a rosy glow”!

Michael McNett Photography

Michael McNett Photography

Natural, ethereal, and organic are some key words I’d use to describe the inspiration. Think spring time! Hues that give ode to fresh flowers, rich green, rose golds.

For lips, these “just bitten” hues of pink, berry and English rose are the perfect amount of color for brides. Enhancing the lip’s natural tone and look giving that flush, healthy kissable look! Paired with the “just bitten” lips were these champagne toned bright eyes with subtle shine a pop of diffused plum liner. A dash of color can still be considered neutral but really make the color of your eye stand out! Plum is a great option because it looks great on everyone!

We also saw ton of buns! Ballerina inspired high buns, chignons, French twists, even soft braids infused with dainty floral arrangements in the hair. The hair design was effortless, slightly undone and all together just dreamy & romantic. Keeping in line with Pantone’s announcement of Rose Quartz and Serenity as the new colors of the year for 2016!

Michael McNett Photography

Michael McNett Photography

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The 5 Most Important Things You Need to Do, For your Wedding Dress Appointment in, the Lehigh Valley

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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Bridals by Sandra

One of the first things a bride’s does after getting engaged, is start looking for that perfect wedding dress! It is one of the most exciting things bride’s will do, but can also be stressful, confusing or even disappointing. Brides put so many expectations on themselves, that when things don’t go the way they want, they get upset. We can reduce a little of that concern, by letting you know the things you need, for your bridal gown appointment.

1. The first thing to do is make your wedding dress appointment at a Wedding Salon, one of my favorites is Bridals By Sandra in Nazareth, PA.

2. Make sure you bring along a good strapless bra and good undergarments that will help your dress fit perfectly on your wedding day.

3. Bring along support pantyhose and if necessary, Spanx or a Slim Shaping Girdle. The great thing about support pantyhose and girdles, are your body will look thinner and more sculpted.

4. Make sure you have a pair of shoes, which are the height of the one’s you will be wearing on your wedding day.

5. Make sure you have pictures that match the style of dress, you like or you want to try on, it will make the bridal consultants job easier in helping you at the salon.

If you should have any questions or would like to add anything, please feel free to do so. If you have anything you would like to learn about or you would like me to write about, I want to hear your thoughts!

Wedding Professional Reflections:

Friday, February 20th, 2015

My New Wedding Professional Reflections Section, will be featuring vendors, in various professions, that are centered around making your day “An Affair to Remember”!  This will give you the opportunity, to get to know some of the fabulous professionals, I have the privilege of working with in the Lehigh Valley, Phila, and the Poconos.

Today’s Featured Vendor is Michael McNett from Michael McNett Photography, in Bethlehem, PA!

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I met Mike about 2 years ago, when I was coming back into business, after my hiatus! I asked a friend, who they thought, were the best wedding photographers in the area? One of her choices was Mike.  When we met I loved him instantly! He has a quirky sense of humor and comes up with the cutest quips, when you least expect them. I am speaking from experience, when I say, he really is great at developing a close and committed bond, with his couples. As a planner, that is one of the most import things I look for in a vendor.  I always want to keep my couples as the prime focus, always keeping in mind, its their wedding.

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Can you tell my readers a little about yourself and how you decided to become a professional wedding photographer? I started in the photography field at the High School for the Arts, which is similar to the arts school, in the movie “Fame”. After completing that program, I then continued my education towards a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) at Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. I graduated in 2000.

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How would you describe your artistic style? Emotional reportage. It is a documentary style of photography, documenting emotions, not news.

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How many weddings do you shoot per year? Do you have a favorite place in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos or Philadelphia area, which you like to shoot? I shoot no more than 30 weddings per year and I really don’t have a favorite place. I prefer to shoot, based on places that are representative of my clients and who they are.

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Not all clients are creative or do well in front of a camera. How do you manage your client’s expectations to think outside of the box, when working with you? My packages include an engagement session for every couple and I find them invaluable. They give me the opportunity to really get to know the couple and it allows them the opportunity to really get to know me. It’s a matter of comfort and I want all of my clients, comfortable in front of the camera. MichelleKent-W-0622

I know you have many facets to your business, how do you manage your success? “By the seat of my pants”, he quips! Success is secondary to me. My love stems from my deep love for weddings and couples and the Wedding Day is as exciting for me as it is for my clients.

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What have been some of your more difficult shooting situations and how do you overcome them? I would say shooting celebrity weddings. Talent agents are always restricting access to the client and I function better, when I develop a more intimate relationship with the client. That can’t happen with an agent in tow.

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How long do you spend editing the average wedding? The editing takes 2 hours/hour of shooting time on the wedding day.

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 For clients that are considering working with you, what’s the best way for them to start? How far in advance should a client try to book you? I value personal, face to face contact. I can carry out more in a face to face meeting, than online or over the phone. If a client is looking for Fall Wedding Season, they should book at least 2 years in advance. Any other time, should book 1 year in advance.

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What are the best memories from your wedding profession? When I see my clients use a picture I took, from their wedding day, as their profile picture on Facebook, especially 5 years later.

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What else would you like my readers to know about you? Being a photographer, is a means to an end. Much is expressed in the design of the wedding album and other visual ways. I help the client in remembering their day, after it’s over, for years to come!

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