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Top 5 Most Expensive Weddings Of All Time

The beauty of planning a wedding is that there are so many options out there to create the wedding of your dreams. From the traditional religious ceremony to an island destination wedding, the choices available make it truly possible to personalize your day.

Getting married is one of the best days you’ll ever experience, so it’s no wonder that many couples go all out and plan the most extravagant and expensive wedding ever.
Below are top 5 of the most expensive and impressive weddings. The list begins with the number 5 spot.

5. Prince William and Kate Middleton – people from all different zones set their alarms to get up in the middle of the night to watch the royal couple say their “I Do.” On April 29, 2011, the happy couple celebrated their nuptials that cost a total of 33 million dollars. An impressive feature, the cake itself was $80,000.

4. Vanisha Mittal and Amit Bhattia – Amit is an investment banker and Vanisha is the daughter of one of the world’s wealthiest people. This Indian couple got married in 2006 at the 16th century Chateau and a temporary wedding castle. Taking place over 5 days, the wedding cost a total of 58 million dollars.

3. Prince Charles and Lady Diana – this iconic couple got married in 1981 in London. The total cost of wedding was 115 million with $600,000 spent on security, $40,000 on the wedding cake and $60,000 on the gorgeous sapphire ring that Diana wore.

2. Seemanto Roy and Chandi Toor plus Sushanto Roy and Richa Roy – this double wedding was held in Lucknow, India in 2004 in front of 1,100 people. Spending an astounding 123 million dollars, there was 110 different dishes for guests to feast on.

1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum & Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum – this wedding tops the list for most expensive with a price of 137 million. The then groom is the Prime Minister and Vice President of U.A.E. (United Arab Emirates). The wedding was held in Dubai in 1979 at a hall that was built just to accommodate the 20,000 guests.

One might say that these weddings were over the top, but to the couple, the day was just perfect. We’d be delighted to help make your wedding dreams come true with our professional photography services. Give us a call today to learn more.



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Advantages of Hiring A Professional Wedding Photographer

Your big wedding day is on the horizon!  While you’re basking in delight over the fact that you’ll soon be Mr. & Mrs., there’s a long to-do list to tackle before you say, “I Do”. Within those tasks is the ever-important question, “Do we hire a professional photographer?”

Couples have been known to take on the task of organizing their own wedding photography. However, you lose out on the essence, quality and convenience that a professional photographer provides. Below are the advantages of hiring a professional to capture your precious moments behind the lens.

1. Photographers are discreet. Simply put, a professional knows what shots to take and will do so without having to interrupt the happy couple.

2. There is no guesswork with a photographer. You’ll meet ahead of time to discuss a budget and your expectations. Then the photographer will relay how he/she will achieve them.

3. A professional arrives on time with all equipment (including back-up lenses, film, batteries, etc…) ready to go. All of the prep work is done for you.

4. A photographer wouldn’t be in the industry if they weren’t passionate about it. Photographers love to be creative and thus, produce a beautiful masterpiece that you call your wedding album.

5. An experienced photographer is one who has photographed many weddings, has dealt with difficult personalities and knows how to handle sticky situations.

6. Experienced photographers use color laboratories and advanced technology to develop stunning images, all in a timely manner.

With a professional photographer, you only have to worry about enjoying your magical day! To learn more about professional wedding photography, give Reflections Photography a call today.


Do-It-Yourself Tips For Wedding Photography

For those tech-savvy, ambitious and price conscientious couples, taking their own wedding photographs or hiring a friend to do the job might be right up their alley. While you do reap many benefits of trusting the professional work of a licensed photographer, DIY wedding photography is certainly possible.

As long as the research and preparation is done ahead of time, beautiful memories can be snapped for a lifetime of reflection. For the best photographic results, originality is the key. Although not entirely original, here are some tech-savvy and unique ways of conquering Do-It-Yourself Wedding Photography:

1.       1. Purchase a professional-grade cameras (Canon and Nikon are top sellers) to take those stunning photographs. Buyers beware: you have to read the manual and take a test-run before the big day. These cameras come with a variety of unique shot options, but if used incorrectly, can ruin a beautiful image.

2.       2. With celebrating your new nuptials, you’ll be too busy to take the photographs yourself. This has led many couples to turn to a trustworthy friend or family member who’s capable of being behind-the-scenes to capture both classic and non-traditional (or otherwise candid) shots.

3.       3. For funky and fun, a photo booth is a great idea to let the imagination run wild, which can produce memorable photographs. Gathered together in cowboy hats, feather boas and too-large-to-be-real glasses, you and your guests can celebrate the occasion by creating unforgettable images.

4.       4. Have your guests take photographs on their smart phones and share them with you using wedding photo apps. Smart phone advancements give people the opportunity to take great pictures and with wedding apps, you can collect the pictures and turn them into your wedding album. WedPics and Snapable are two top choices for wedding photo apps.

5.       5. Instagram is one of the most popular photograph sharing/viewing apps on the social media market. Aside from the sharing option, Instagram is known for capturing those hazy, classic and elegant images.

As stated above, you can most definitely take charge of your wedding day photographs with DIY options, but you can’t re-create the professionalism provided by a professional photographer.


Pinterest Has Killed Imagination:

Pinterest has taken the world by storm as a top social media platform created for the purpose of sharing ideas. This website’s intent is to share creativity however, it appears that the more that it grows, the less original we as a society become.
It’s often heard “I saw this on pinterest!” which is both good and bad. Pinterest is great for looking for ideas and saving them for later use. The downfall is that society is turning to Pinterest to solve their need for a party idea or resolution to a problem instead of using their imagination.
Pinterest’s ever growing popularity has transformed the digital media age. An endless string of “likes” and “re-pins” have diminished our abilities to create our own content and ideas. It appears that it is no longer meaningful to create original content despite that being Pinterest’s initial motive.
The trend seems to be converting to never-ending posting of photos (that they did not take) of models, dream homes, art and fashion. Our culture has turned to re-pinning of images of a lifestyle they wish they led and objects they wish they possessed. Not to say that these are bad habits that should be broken, it just tends to limit our originality and imagination that we used to enjoy great amounts of.


A Bride’s Personal Touch

Most women have been dreaming about their wedding day since they were little girls. They’ve dreamed about every ornate detail of what they believe to be the most important day of their life. When it comes time to planning your big day, be sure to include the personal touches to make your big day your own. These personal additions will turn the visions you imagine into a reality.
One way to add your personal touch as a bride is to do the decorating and little things yourself. Many brides-to-be hire an event planner or someone to do things like this for them, which is good in theory. The downfall to hiring someone to do everything for you is the bride tends to miss out on the small things that bring together their dream. These little things mean the most and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
To make the invitations to the bridal shower or save the dates more personal, include your own hand-written signature. This personalizes the event and makes them less generic. Including a couple’s photo is also a great way to extend your personality.
Another great way to add your bridal personality throughout your wedding is including a few of your favorite things. If you fancy peacocks but do not want to turn your day into peacock overload, add a few simple elements into smaller aspects of the day. A modest addition in the floral arrangements or linens will do the trick.





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