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Great Locations That Aren’t the Beach!- Wedding Planning Tips

I feel like most people automatically think of the beach when they think about where to go for their honeymoon. Hey, I got MARRIED on the beach, so I know how great it is!! But there are so many other amazing places you can go if you want something a little unordinary! Here are some […]

October 15, 2018

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What’s Your Honeymoon Style?- Wedding Planning Tips

Let’s be honest. Planning the honeymoon is about as stressful as planning the wedding, amiright? This isn’t any ordinary vacation! This is your HONEYMOON!!! You know you’re going to need the time away to chill out and maximize that Cloud Nine feeling! So not just any old vacation spot will do. You’ve got to pick […]

October 8, 2018

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Destination Weddings: Alayna Parker Photography- Wedding Planning Tips

That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? “Destination Weddings, Alayna Parker Photography.” So what if you have a friend who has decided to have a destination wedding? Luckily, I offer my services nationwide (and worldwide too!), so you can still help her cross “find wedding photographer” off her wedding planning list! Unfortunately, I […]

October 1, 2018

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Your Guest List!- Wedding Planning Tips

Ah the guest list. A source of frustration no matter where your wedding will be held. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or make anyone feel left out, but you also don’t want to have an entire city at your wedding! I was fortunate in that the beach house we rented for our wedding […]

September 24, 2018

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How to Find the Right Vendors!- Wedding Planning Tips

When it comes to planning your destination wedding, how should you go about finding your vendors? Well if you have a wedding planner, they’ll be able to help find some amazing people to make your day come to life. But if you don’t, here’s what I recommend: Don’t let the number of followers be a […]

September 10, 2018

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Destination Weddings: The Extras- Wedding Planning Tips

Did you know that my husband and I had a destination wedding? We got married on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. So when I talk about planning a destination wedding, I know a thing or two about what the challenges and benefits are! And trust me, there are plenty of […]

September 3, 2018

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Destination Wedding Tips!- Wedding Planning Tips

If you’re planning a destination wedding, this is for you! And if you know someone planning one, feel free to pass it on to them! Most of the same points as local portraits will apply to destination portraits. Things like golden hour, having a friend wrangle up family members, and allowing your photographer to get […]

August 27, 2018

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Why Golden Hour Portraits Are Worth the Effort!- Wedding Planning Tips

Why did I phrase it like that? “Worth the effort”? Because it’s not always convenient to take golden hour photos on your wedding day. Golden hour is the time when the sun is low in the sky, before it sets below the horizon. It’s typically about an hour to an hour and a half before […]

August 20, 2018

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How to Have Smooth Family Portrait Time!- Wedding Planning Tips

One of the highlights of the wedding day is the family portrait time! Most often, it’s a rare day that all of your family members come from near and far to celebrate! But, with that comes lots of opinions and lots of people wanting to get in on photos. Here’s a few suggestions on how […]

August 13, 2018

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Rehearsal Dinner Traditions and Trends!- Wedding Planning Tips

You’ve probably never hosted a rehearsal dinner before, and maybe never even attended one. So how do you know what “should” and “shouldn’t” be done? Take a look at some of the traditions and trends that are in the rehearsal dinner world. Then you can decide how traditional or trendy you’d like it to be! […]

July 23, 2018

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