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I would always defer to a professional to capture timeless photographs of your wedding day (!!), but what about the day through the eyes of your guests?! The hilarious antics of your high-school besties, the kind notes missed with your forgotten #weddinghashtag, or unexpected shots captured by your grams. These are the gems that will spark nostalgia years later.

 

When I got married, I left disposable cameras on each table. I was left with some good and some, oh. so. bad! haha! Today it is easy to crowd source by using apps to gather all those guest close-ups.

 

1.     With Eversnap, collecting those images are a breeze, sign up to create your album and unique album code. Instruct your guests to download the app and enter your album code (they have super fun instruction cards you can leave for your guests at their seat) when signing in. They can then add photos and video directly to your album all night long.

Cost: $99 – $399

 

2.      Capstory allows guests to text message captured moments to your capsule or personal photo album. This high-end app allows you to download (high-res) your personal favorites, has professional retouching and their team will design two luxury keepsake photo books for you.. wow!

Cost: $500

 

3.     With Snapable, you can see your wedding from their point of view when a copy of each photo taken automatically is added to your album. It’s that easy! I love how you can then share favorite photos or the entire album via the social media platform of your choice.

Cost: $49

 

Want the same opportunity, without the price tag?! Check out these other, FREE options:
Wedpics
Wedding Party App
Capsule

 

Tell me: Would you ask your guests to download any of these apps for your wedding?

DANIELLE AND ANTHONY | NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | FLORENTINE GARDENS, NEW JERSEY

 

Favorites from Danielle and Anthony’s wedding at the Florentine Gardens.

 

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It’s crazy to think how much technology has changed the way we interact with our weddings. Advancements in technology and user-friendly social media platforms have made wedding photography even more accessible than ever. Personally, you’re paying good money to host your wedding, give your guests permission to experience it rather than spend time recording it.

 

However, if you’re the type that needs to see every. single. picture. then Instagram is an amazing

tool to do just that!

 

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You will need these (free) tools:

• Instagram mobile app

• Predetermined wedding hashtag (Quick Tip: before you begin, search your chosen #hashtag to make sure no one else is currently using it)

 

For those not already familiar..

Instagram, it is a fun application available on your iPhone or Android that allows you to take a picture, slap a filter on it, then post it. You can also instantly share said image on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

 

Hashtags use the pound sign (or hash) to turn any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track topics based on those keywords you create.

 

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Create a hashtag that is unique to your wedding, think: a combination of your names and a date, inside joke or whatever is unique to you as a couple! Then let your guests know through signage, invites, or programs. When your guests upload their images and adds your custom #hashtag (in the caption section), your photos will then be searchable and stored in one place. After, while you wait to board the plane to your honeymoon, you can look through the candid moments captured.

 

Stayed tuned for the next Helpful Hints.. I’ll be talking about how to collect all those candids your guests took into one place and how you can create a real-time slideshow for your event!

CEREMONY CELEBRATIONS, GOD’S KNOT

Consisting of three cords, representing the spiritual union of a husband and wife and their covenant relationship with God.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:12 reads, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

 

With God as the third strand and in His love, binds the marriage together as one.

 

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During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom braid the Cord of Three Strands together. The groom holds a small metal ring with three attached strands. The bride then braids the strands together, symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife.

 

 

 

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Each strand, typically having a different color, has it’s own meaning. The following illustrates what the efficient could say, helping to explain to guests of the custom.

 

The braiding of the three stands demonstrates how [name of groom] and [name of bride] are joined by God in marriage. Each strand holds special meaning.

 

The Gold Strand symbolizes that the Lord Jesus has been invited by [name of groom] and [name of bride] to the position of authority in this marriage relationship.

 

The Purple Strand represents the groom. As a new creation in Christ, the majesty of the Groom is represented in purple. As [name of groom] loves his wife and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage relationship.

 

The White Strand represents the bride. Having been cleansed by salvation in Christ, the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As [name of bride] honors her husband and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage relationship.

 

Today, [name of groom] and [name of bride] have been woven together by God as ONE in marriage!

 

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ASHLEY AND ALEJANDRO | NEW JERSEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | LIBERTY HOUSE, NEW JERSEY

 

Ashley and Alejandro at the Liberty House

 

Alejandro got ready in Jersey City at the The Westin Jersey City Newport hotel with his nine (!!) groomsmen.

 

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First look was at Liberty State Park, home of the “Empty Sky” 9/11 Memorial. The brushed stainless steel twin walls made a lovely background.

 

A quick side note: The memorial really is magnificent! Standing parallel, the walls rise 30 feet and are 210 feet long, equaling the width of each side of the World Trade Center Towers. The stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day as the World Trade Center once did. It’s a powerful reminder of those that lost their lives that day.

 

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Ashley and Alejandro shared their vows on the patio of The Liberty House. They then danced the night away in the tented pavilion, a swanky lounge-like atmosphere.

 

 

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