26th August, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Destination weddings can be a wonderful and luxurious option for any couple with friends and family who are willing to make a vacation out of your nuptials. It can also be a good way to combine your wedding ceremony and honeymoon into one extended event. There are many beautiful options all over the world for destination weddings. Whether it be on the beach in Hawaii, in front of a waterfall in South America, or at the foot of a snowy mountain in Alaska, the options are truly endless. It all depends on the lifestyle and level of adventurousness of the couple and their friends and family that will be joining them on their destination wedding.
Many resorts around the world even have wedding packages available, so that you can take all the planning work out of the wedding and have it all placed before you. All you have to do is write a check and kiss the bride! This can be a great option for a couple who doesn’t want to spend months fretting over their wedding plans and the literal endless amount of options available for weddings these days. While destination weddings do have their own complications, it can make things much simpler overall.
There won’t be hundreds of guests to please, but rather a more intimate group of friends and family who are willing to travel to witness your celebration of love, and care more about you and your spouse than they do about a huge extravagant wedding. A simple ceremony in a beautiful and exotic location with only your closest of loved ones is definitely a great way to express your love to your new spouse, and an extremely memorable way join your lives together for a lifetime. Destination weddings are a wonderful and joyful experience for everyone involved.
15th July, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
While many engaged couples prefer a traditional, local ceremony for their wedding, some enjoy traveling to an exotic locale. This can make the ceremony more memorable, and also save on honeymoon travel expenses. The wedding itself tends to be much more expensive, however. Destination weddings in Hawaii, the Bahamas, and other tropical locations are particularly popular among younger engaged couples.
The newlyweds enjoy an exciting ceremony in an exotic location, and then immediately begin their honeymoon. Some even travel elsewhere afterwards for their honeymoon.
Destination weddings in Hawaii are famous for ceremonies near active volcanoes, on beautiful beaches, and even underwater! No matter what type of ceremony you are looking for, a destination wedding can provide it for you. It will also give you lasting memories of a wonderful occasion for years to come.
Typically, companies provide destination weddings as a bundled expense, including activities, the hotel stay, meals and the expenses for the ceremony itself.
Couples are free to organize their own, however many find having an agent take care of it for them to be much more relaxing.
Destination weddings in Hawaii can run anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on what is included. Some services include the travel price and hotel stay, others only the venue and ceremony itself. Generally, an average all-inclusive ceremony will run between four and seven thousand dollars depending on what options the couple wishes to include. Couples looking to bring large groups of friends or family along should be advised that this will increase the bill a substantial amount due to hotel expenses. After the ceremony, couples typically enjoy their honeymoon with romantic activities such as horseback riding at a beach, diving, or exploring the many natural wonders of Hawaii. Whichever they choose, they are sure to love the experience provided by a destination wedding in Hawaii.
30th June, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
We’re hearing more and more about couples choosing to hop on a plane before they say, “I do,” but why? In the past, when many couples chose to marry away from home that mean eloping, but now it looks like more and more are choosing to tie the knot in exotic and romantic locations, and sometimes with the whole family in tow. So why are destination weddings gaining popularity nowadays?
Well, firstly, they’re generally stress-free, especially when compared to your traditional stay-at-home wedding. They’re generally simpler and faster to plan since many resorts and cruise lines have fulltime wedding coordinators and planners on site who can help you that everything is smoother and all you have to do is sign. Even if a resort wedding isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of specialists who focus on destination weddings, making the whole thing easier and stress free and you won’t even need to plan a reception.
There is usually less family drama with a destination wedding, especially since for practical reasons destination weddings are kept intimate. A destination wedding is neutral ground as well, which makes it the perfect place to have two families join, especially if both families are from different parts of the world or the country.
Also, you’d be surprised to discover that weddings are cost effective. You can combine the honeymoon and the wedding together, but some countries have cheaper costs, so in the end the overall cost works out far cheaper than a traditional wedding back at home.
Destination weddings are unique and fun. You can do away with the formality and traditions of the weddings of your ancestors and do something fun and fresh. They’re also a great excuse for some reunions. Perhaps you have friends and family scattered all over the world – it gives them the perfect opportunity for a reunion and offers more than just a wedding, but a once-in-a-lifetime reunion opportunity.
They’re also perfect for second marriages, for couples who have done the big white wedding and want something more fun and different, something to mark a fresh start in their new life without the associations from the first time round wedding.
So as you can see there are many advantages in having a destination wedding, so the question is where to go? Many couples choose to go to romantic Europe, the Caribbean, or perhaps Tahiti, but you can get creative and go to Morocco, Kenya, India or even the Far East.
16th June, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Something old, something new and something blue – what do these mean? We hear them and we think of weddings immediately, but do we really know the meanings and the origins behind such phrases. Let’s examine what wedding traditions and symbols signify, to decode the mystery behind marriage.
The classic expression “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue and a sixpence in her shoe” comes from Victorian England, and apart from the sixpence, seems to have stuck to our modern wedding days.
The something old refers to the bride’s past family life, and is represented by a family heirloom, like a piece of jewelry. Something new is the wish for happiness in the future, and this is often represented by the wedding dress. Something borrowed is to remind the bride not to forget her friends and family, so it can be something like a piece of jewelry or a handkerchief. Blue is the color of faithfulness and loyalty – this dates back to biblical time when the color represented purity. While the sixpence tradition seems to have gone out of fashion, it’s there to wish the bride wealth.
Another iconic wedding tradition is the veil, which is still used in many modern day ceremonies. This is there to hide the bride’s beauty and to ward off evil spirits, but another, less romantic explanation is that in the era of arranged marriages, the bride would cover her face until the groom had committed.
Confetti is a staple in wedding ceremonies, but traditionally this used to be rice or grains. This symbolized fertility, whereas the wedding bouquet is a fairly new tradition from America, that says who ever catches it will be the next one to get married.
Seeing the bride is supposed to be bad luck for the groom on his wedding day, until he meets her at the altar, and apparently it’s also bad luck for him to see the dress before the wedding. So perhaps it’s better not to peek!
The tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold is supposed to protect her from evil spirits that are lurking in the home.
While many couples have opted to go modern for their wedding traditions, many of the above are still seen today in contemporary ceremonies. They’ve all become ingrained in our wedding culture, even if we don’t really stop to think about where and when these traditions came about.
29th December, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
While it’s never too early to plan for a wedding, the same can be said for the honeymoon. It’s the reward the bride and groom deserve after the hard work and stress that’s been put into pulling off the perfect wedding so let’s take a look at some of the honeymoon trends for the coming year.
Exotic and adventurous, yet with a hint of luxury, India is a great place for newly weds looking to escape to new landscapes, cultures and cuisines. Imagine strolling through the Taj Mahal together to the beaches of Goa. India is the perfect choice for those looking for something completely different.
The Maldives still remains a classic honeymoon destination, and who can doubt that this would fall off the top of the list? This haven of tiny islands and atolls scattered around the turquoise blue seas of the Indian Ocean are paradise on Earth where you can take romantic strolls along the white beaches under the shades of the palm trees. There are no distractions here, just the sun, sea and the sand, where you can spend the whole time gazing into each other’s eyes.
It might not be the most conventional choice, but South Africa has so much to offer from the vibrant and beautiful Cape Town to the gorgeous coastline and the gastronomy of its wine region. It’s a country that draws in travelers over and over again, and it makes a great honeymoon destination for couples in search of something a little more unusual.
The Australian Outback may be a far cry from the romantic canals of Venice, but there is just so much to offer the newly weds on their escape to paradise. The continent has so much to offer from the burnt deserts around Ayres Rock to the golden coasts and the green rainforests, not to mention the sophisticated cosmopolitan cities of Sydney and Melbourne. It’s a hospitable country with friendly locals. Whether you chose to stay in the sophisticated cities or surround yourself with Aboriginal culture, Australia has it all.
There is a wealth of ideas out there for inspiration, whether you want to take a safari in Kenya, Tanzania or even Borneo, to beach honeymoons in the Fiji or French Polynesia or culture honeymoons in exciting countries like Egypt, Morocco or even Japan, there is so much more out there than the usual Paris and Italy. You can even seek adventure in the jungles of Brazil or Costa Rica!
22nd November, 2010 - Posted by Lia - 1 Comment
An insight into Victoria de Martigny , the lady behind the lens of Montreal’s Creative Perspectives Photography! You can really feel the passion and enthusiasm in her responses and her photos really capture the moment beautifully. I hope you enjoy reading her answers and viewing stunning photos of Billy & Laura’s recent wedding as much as I have!
How long have you been a photographer? How did you develop a passion for photography?
It struck me from a young age that a photograph was a very treasured memento of a special occasion that truly made people happy. Like many little girls, I was mesmerized by bridal magazines and the stunning photos of beautiful brides that crowded their pages. I was also enamoured with National Geographic and wanted to BE the photographer camped out on the African plains to catch a shot of a Cheetah cub… I begged my parents to buy me a camera and when I received my first 35mm film camera as a gift from them for my 8th birthday, I was thrilled! Unfortunately, as an 8-year-old, I didn’t have the budget to travel to Africa, so I took photos of the family pets instead :-) I also took pictures of people; my family, the lady at the grocery store, the neighbours – pretty much anyone who would not shoo me away when I pointed my camera at them!
It was really in high school that I found my niche as a photographer though, when I was asked to be the Candids editor for our yearbook. I brought my 35mm camera with me everywhere, delighting in the opportunity to catch and document special moments – many of which still make me smile to this day. I found that through my lens, I was able to look at a scene with a different perspective and see things that other people didn’t. In the years since high school, I have continued to upgrade my equipment, develop my skill and shoot a variety of subjects. My images have appeared in newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, corporate brochures and even on the side of two mini-vans for the Ecomuseum Zoo!
What other genres apart from weddings do you do?
I love photographing all types of celebrations including weddings, engagements, maternity shots, births & baptisms, family portraits, grads, sports, birthday parties and anything else you can think of. Occasionally I do nudes and at a recent gallery showing with several other photographers won the “People’s Choice” award for one of my nudes.
I am also a HUGE animal lover, so whenever I have the opportunity, I hit the trails with my gear and photograph wildlife. I’ve won awards for some of my wildlife images from the SPPQ (Society for the Promotion of Photography in Quebec) and BetterPhoto.com. Because my family of furry friends is so important to me, I always have an open invitation for clients to bring along the family pet during portrait sessions, whether it be a dog, cat, bird, snake… whatever. I love them all!
What’s your style of photography?
The three words I would use to describe my style are Bold, Bright and Beautiful. I like to capture candid moments as they happen naturally and try to be unobtrusive while I work. I’m a romantic at heart, so my favorite shots are the ones that show true emotion. I prefer to shoot in locations with beautiful natural light, but have an entire portable studio setup which I use when supplemental lighting is needed. Most importantly, I like to have FUN while I work and I bring that attitude to every shoot so that the experience can be positive and enjoyable both for me and my clients.
What inspires you as a photographer?
I am still inspired by that treasured photograph and the smile it will bring to my clients’ faces. I am very attentive during the initial consultation; listening for clues into clients’ lives, what makes them work as a couple, how they interact, their sense of self and sense of style – and I work extremely hard to reflect those elements as I capture their celebration in a natural way. I like to get to know who my clients are as people and what’s important to them because ultimately that helps me create images that will be meaningful to them.
I am also constantly inspired by other photographers. I am an active member of the Lakeshore Camera Club, I participate in online wedding photography forums and regularly take photography workshops to continually expand my creative vision. This year I was selected to participate in a 5-day wedding photography workshop with Jasmine Star – one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world – which was broadcast live to an audience of almost 200,000 people. I am also an accredited member of WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), ASMP (American Society of Media Professionals) and NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) which are all invaluable sources of inspiration.
Do you do destination weddings? If you could have a destination wedding where would it be?
Have camera – will travel!! I am definitely available to do destination weddings. Whether the destination is a two-hour drive to Mt. Tremblant or an 8-hour flight to Paris, I can accommodate any destination request.
My ideal destination wedding would be somewhere romantic and beautiful, with unique landscapes which would provide a stunning backdrop for wedding photos: A beach in Australia at sunset… a vineyard in California… the ruins of Machu Pichu in Peru… in front of the Louvre in Paris… a castle in England… a tent on the plains of Africa, with giraffes and elephants and lions in the background… I could go on forever!
Any advice for brides on choosing a photographer?
1- PHOTOGRAPHER’S STYLE: When choosing a photographer, make sure that you look at their portfolio to be sure you like their style and ask to see the final images from a complete wedding. Many photographers will showcase their best shots but you want to be sure that they can provide consistently good images for every stage of the day from getting ready to the reception. Larger studios often sub-contract their weddings to a multitude of freelance photographers, so while you may love the work on the studio’s website, those shots may not have been taken by the photographer who will shoot YOUR wedding, so ask to see the portfolio of YOUR photographer.
2- PERSONALITY: You will be spending one of the most personal and intimate moments of this day with your photographer, so it’s important that you like the person, are comfortable being yourself with them and trust them to do their job while you enjoy your day.
3- CREDENTIALS: Once you like the style and personality of a potential photographer, don’t let their salesmanship and charm convince you to sign a contract yet! Ask about their experience shooting weddings, their photography training and memberships in professional associations. Since wedding photography is an unregulated industry anyone with a decent camera can claim to be a wedding photographer. After your day is over, it is the photos that you will look back on fondly for years to come, so make sure your photographer truly is a professional that can deliver on their promises.
4- CONTRACT: Make sure you have a written contract that clearly defines the services provided and the associated cost(s). While it may seem easier not to deal with a contract, it is much better to ensure that your expectations are defined in writing BEFORE your wedding day. A professional photographer will have a written contract that will cover everything from the cost you’re paying to what happens if they are unable to photograph your wedding due to illness. Make sure you know if the photographer will charge you extra for retouching, travel, a second photographer, overtime, etc. Also make sure that the contract covers product delivery so that you know when you can expect your prints and/or albums to be ready – otherwise you could find yourself waiting months or even years before you see anything!
Where is your favourite location to take wedding photos?
I love to take wedding photos in outdoor locations with beautiful natural light. The Montreal Botanical Gardens offers a variety of lovely settings when the weather cooperates as do many of the parks in the city. Old Montreal can also be a stunning backdrop for wedding photos when time permits. For the more adventurous and non-traditional couples I like to shoot in unexpected locations (such as these shots of Billy and Laura at a chocolate factory) which can provide unique and artistic images.
Any words of wisdom for a bride on her wedding day? (Sweet & Short)
These are my top 5 pieces of advice for a bride on her wedding day:
- Eat breakfast. No matter how hectic things may be in the morning, your body will need energy for what is sure to be a long (and amazing!) day.
- Stay hydrated. Designate one of your bridesmaids to have bottled water for you to sip on the way to the ceremony, during the formal portraits and at the reception.
- Pack an “Emergency kit”. Include things like Tylenol, tampons, safety pins, kleenex, extra lip gloss, breath mints and comfy shoes to change into later. One of your bridesmaids can also be responsible for keeping this handy.
- Take time to taste the food, laugh with your girlfriends and dance with your husband.
- Most of all, remember to HAVE FUN, SMILE and know that today, YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL.