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The Top Wedding Photography Trends of 2021

There is arguably nothing more important at a wedding than the photos. I mean “pics or it didn’t happen” am I right? With this in mind, it is essential for your wedding to be photographed not only to capture all of the important moments throughout the day but to also match your own personal style. Here are the top five trends we are following throughout 2021.  

Documentary Wedding Photography 

This style of photography is for those who want that “raw” photo-type feel. Let the photographer capture those candid and natural moments throughout the course of each event. This will produce beautiful and timeless photos that match any style. 

Drone Wedding Photography 

With the rise in popularity of drone photo and videography in the past few years, it is no surprise that drones are now being implemented into wedding photos. Drone photography will elevate your wedding photos to the next level and allow for nontraditional brides to get unique and timeless photos, as well as capture those moments from angles normal photographers couldn’t get.

First Look Photos 

First look photos are something that will never go out of style. These photos will become some of the most special and memorable shots to showcase the bride and groom seeing eachother for the first time on the big day. First look photos are also versatile, where they can be shot at any location, giving options for backdrops and scenery. 

The Pre-Ceremony Photos 

Pre-ceremony photos allow for the special behind-the-scenes moments to be captured. These photos can range from shots of the bride getting her makeup done to the groom getting ready for the big day. Pre-ceremony photos capture the special little moments and detail that goes into planning your special day. 

Less is More Style Photography 

The biggest trend we’re seeing for this year in the world of wedding photography is simplicity. Ditch the props and busy backdrop for a more simplistic and elegant vibe that will never go out of style. These photos will remain timeless as trends come and go; making your wedding photos even more personal and special. 

Interested in getting a photographer but don’t know where to start? NJ Wedding Pros offers packages starting at $799 for photography and videography services. 

Shannon McGavin

NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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Ever Wonder What It’s Like Interning at a Wedding Company?

This year has undoubtedly been the busiest year we have had in quite some time. Possibly ever! With that being said, our team did such an amazing job executing all of the events we had planned, and the teamwork shown was unmatched! We could not have done it without the help of our staff and interns. Every season, we take in interns who are focused in the areas of business, marketing, and event planning. It is an honor to be able to provide our interns with professional experience, help them strengthen their skills and give insight to them about the event industry.

In this very special blog, we asked our summer interns, Hugh & Cece, to share their experience working with us during this busy year. Here is what they had to say!


“This summer, I interned with NJ Wedding Pros to learn about the event planning industry and develop professional skills necessary to succeed in any profession. This internship proved to be a productive learning experience without overwhelming me or impacting my life outside of work.

During my time at NJ Wedding Pros, I developed the professional skills that are not usually taught in a classroom but necessary to succeed at any company. Such skills include managing a company’s social media accounts in a manner that attracts clients, networking with vendors to meet business needs, and utilizing programs such as Canva and WordPress to create engaging digital content. Given that I am an English major, I maximized my strength in business writing during this internship, and I feel much more confident in writing for a brand.

Throughout my internship, I wrote about wedding trends on our company blog. This responsibility proved very different from the academic writing I know from college courses. The content of business writing should, at the very least, encourage potential clients to inquire about the company’s provided services. However, unlike academic writing, which usually has a rigid prompt and later evaluated by an instructor for a numerical value, I had the free range to write about anything wedding or event-related so long as I thought that it would attract clients. My content drove results, as clients accepted their outstanding quotes after I published certain blogs. 

An integral part of my internship, albeit the most exciting, was attending weddings, engagements, graduation parties, and sweet sixteens to help coordinate these events. These events allowed me to witness the end-results of NJ Wedding Pros’s day-to-day operations and understand how special these events mean to the clients. These hands-on opportunities also afforded me a break from the office environment and allowed me to visit several beautiful and interesting places throughout the state, gaining a better understanding of clients’ interests and the event planning industry in general. As several events were held outdoors, I learned the importance of factoring weather into planning an outdoor event. For clients who wish to hold their event outdoors, I advise that your venue has some sort of indoor area, as weather conditions can impact a vendor’s ability to execute your desired services.

Interning with NJ Wedding Pros proved to be a valuable experience. I sharpened professional skills, expanded my network, and gained a sense of personal and professional fulfillment. I could not recommend this company enough to other college students, recent graduates, or anyone looking for a new professional opportunity.” – Hugh



“This summer, I had the pleasure of interning at NJ Wedding Pros here in Fair Haven, New Jersey. As a local to the area I was immediately attracted to this in-person internship posting, and further enticed by the opportunity to work in wedding and event planning. I am a rising senior at Penn State University where I study advertising and graphic design, and while this internship was posted as a marketing intern position, my time here has proved to be much more valuable than experience in marketing and advertising alone. 

             Throughout the summer, I have been responsible for upholding the company’s social media presence, as well as creating blog posts and internet content to further the company’s brand awareness. This experience has been incredibly valuable in teaching me the importance of consistency and the many ways in which social media can drive business. I have been able to apply my background in graphic design and advertising concepts through social media posts, as well with more hands-on tasks such as creating table number place cards for events. I have also had the pleasure of going onsite to set up weddings and events, where I have been able to work with clients and experience firsthand the unique intricacies that vendors, decoration and planning provide. As someone who values fast paced, dynamic jobs that provide a new experience every day, I thoroughly enjoyed having an internship where office work is just as important as working on site at event locations. 

In the past few months I have also been able to experience the many ways in which creativity is integrated into event planning. Sometimes creativity is shown clearly in elements such as breathtaking flower arrangements, centerpiece décor or color integration, but it is even more useful when creativity is used to solve the many unexpected problems that come with event planning.  As an intern, I feel very lucky to have worked in an environment that not only encourages creativity, but relies on it to provide the most unique, special experiences for their clients. It has been inspiring to watch this company make their client’s vision a reality, and encouraging for myself as a prospective creative professional to see the potential of creativity in a future career.  

Interning at NJ Wedding Pros has provided me with experiences and skills that will assist me in launching my professional career in advertising and graphic design (and maybe even event planning!), and has given me the confidence to keep an open mind about any professional opportunity that comes my way. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful experiences this company will continue to provide for both their clients and interns, and sincerely recommend this position to anyone looking to gain valuable experience in their prospective career.” – Cece

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Both Hugh and Cece have been such an asset to our team and we would not have gotten through this summer without them! We are truly so happy to have gotten to know both of them and are so happy they enjoyed their time here with us. It’s always bittersweet saying goodbye, but also heartwarming to know the future looks so bright with these ambitious future grads out there!

If you are interested in interning with our company this fall, please e-mail us with your resume!

XOXO,
Lisa Tardo
Office Manager
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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Want a Picture Perfect Wedding? Go Unplugged!

Nowadays, everyone can be a photographer with their phone cameras. Sometimes, people can’t help but to capture these special moments to keep for themselves! However, guests with phones have the potential to cause some disturbance in your ceremony. 

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Guests with their phones out can miss important moments in the ceremony because they are distracted, and even disrupt the ceremony if they forget to turn their ringer off. Worst of all, guests who are snapping pictures of you up on the alter can really interfere with the beauty of the image. 

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Going unplugged is as easy as asking your guests to respect your wishes! Here are a couple ways you can remind your guests to keep their phones down. 

Have a Sign

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With this method, your guests will be reminded to keep their phones down upon entry into your ceremony. The news of an unplugged ceremony will circulate the reception and guests should surely remember to keep their phones down. Signs can be bought on Amazon, Etsy and many other online retailers for your convenience. 

Include it in Your Invitation

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Asking your guests to leave their phones down during your ceremony is the same as asking your guests to wear a certain color or style at your wedding in the invitation! On the invitation, include a little card that politely states you will have an “unplugged” ceremony, meaning that you would appreciate it if everyone kept their phones away and refrained from taking pictures during the ceremony.  

Make an Announcement

Right before the ceremony begins, ask your officiant to make a quick announcement asking that people silence their phones and refrain from taking pictures. Have the officiant remind your guests that the ceremony is a special moment they won’t want to miss!

Going unplugged is simple, and will produce beautiful results when you remind your guests to keep the photographing to the photographers. Not to mention, your ceremony will feel even more intimate and special when all of your guests are present and in the moment with you.

No matter what you decide, we can help make your wedding picture perfect. Don’t forget to request a quote or schedule a consultation today!

XOXO,
Cece McCarthy
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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What to Expect at Weddings this Fall

As we start the latter half of the summer season, engaged couples who are tying the knot later this year should be finalizing the logistics of their special day!

While most people dread autumn, as it coincides with returning to regular work hours and the start of the school year, it is probably the best season to get married for three reasons:

  1. Your wedding gives you and your guests something to anticipate after summertime fun.
  2. The outside temperature in New Jersey is warm enough for couples who want an outdoor wedding.
  3. You and your guests retain their summer tans, so everyone would look their best!

While we all wish to forget the horrors of the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate that several wedding trends from the past 17 months will carry into our new sense of normalcy. Such as:

  1. Weekday Weddings – Wedding vendors’ availability has been stretched thin through 2022. On top of the fact that vendors have cheaper rates on weekdays, couples would be more likely to book their preferred services and location for their special day if it is held on Thursday or Friday.
  2. Local Locations – Couples will be more likely to hold their wedding at a location within driving distance of the attendees, prioritizing guest safety and easing travel for everyone involved. Local weddings also give couples an opportunity to work with local vendors who were hit hard by the pandemic.
  3. Live Streaming – The pandemic made us more aware of how circumstances can prevent others from partaking in celebrations. As much as you may wish for all of your guests to experience your wedding in-person, live streaming ensures that everyone you and your future spouse care about can witness your special moment. 
  4. Sustainability – Each year, we become more aware of our carbon footprint. Couples will likely continue using digital invitations and QR codes for their special day, cutting down on their use of paper and ensuring no one’s invitation gets lost in the mail. Other ways to make your wedding day more sustainable include going plastic-free and lending flowers and décor to other engaged couples.

However you decide to coordinate the logistics of your wedding day, we are here to help! Request a quote or schedule a consultation today so your autumn wedding is spectacular!

XOXO,
Hugh Burgdorf
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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Timing: Your Best Friend When Planning Your Event

Now that several coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, we are all looking forward to the special events, such as weddings and engagement parties, that had to be put on hold. While we are eager to help you with all of your event’s needs, we must emphasize timing as the most important aspect of event planning to all of our current and future clients.

Most couples who had weddings planned for 2020 postponed them to 2021 and 2022. These postponements coincide with other grand-scale events, such as graduation parties and sweet sixteens.

While we enjoy a great celebration as much as the next person, we want our clients to understand that vendors’ availability has been stretched thin for about the next 12 months. To ensure that your event can be held on your desired date, we recommend booking your desired services as soon as you receive a quote. Since many other people want to book the same services, your vendor may no longer be available on your event’s date if you do not immediately accept your quote.

If you need vendors, such as photographers or DJs, for an event within the next six to eighteen months, we recommend that you consult with them as soon as possible. Planning as early as possible ensures that they can provide their best work so your event is as memorable as possible.

As always, we are here to help with all of your event’s needs. Don’t forget to request a quote or schedule a consultation today!

XOXO,
Hugh Burgdorf
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900

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Great Places in New Jersey to Propose

Planning on popping the question soon? Congratulations on starting this exciting new chapter with your significant other! To help make this moment as memorable as possible, we curated a list of beautiful, picturesque places in the Jersey Shore area ideal for proposing.

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Asbury Park Boardwalk – A focal point of the Jersey Shore, you cannot go wrong with proposing on this historic boardwalk. This area is overwhelmed with ideal spots for pictures, such as Convention Hall and several murals. You and your future spouse will not be left unsatisfied in AP!

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Pier Village – One of the Jersey Shore most bustling areas, Pier Village makes a great proposal spot if your partner appreciates an exciting atmosphere. Its energy matches New York City but it also retains the down-to-earth charm of Monmouth County beaches. The gazebo facing the Atlantic Ocean is perhaps the center’s most photogenic spot.

Photo Credit: Wanderlust Beauty Dreams

Deep Cut Gardens – For partners who would prefer a proposal location not near the ocean, the beautiful Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown creates an intimate feeling within nature. “Dedicated to the home gardener,” this site boasts a vast array of cultivated and native plant materials, as their Parterre maintains 52 varieties of roses, according to their website. Proposing at this location ensures intimacy and coziness, good omens for a new life with your significant other.

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Barnegat Lighthouse – For couples who love everything and anything maritime, Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island makes the perfect proposal spot. Although the interior of the lighthouse is still closed due to COVID-19, the historic Barnegat Lighthouse maintains the nautical atmosphere of New Jersey’s other beaches while lacking the tourist attractions that usually draw pesky crowds. The lighthouse can symbolize the “guiding light” for fiancés to navigate their upcoming lifetime together.

Wherever you plan on asking the big question, we are able to assist in any way possible! Check out our proposal package to see how we can make your spouse’s response of “I do!” as perfect as it can be. For any of your event’s needs, request a quote or schedule a consultation with us today!

XOXO,
Hugh Burgdorf
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
njweddingpros@gmail.com
http://www.njweddingpros.com
732-747-0900