As one bride gushed, "everyone at our wedding thought he was a friend of ours." That's the reason people come to officiant Darian Kovacs. Over the past 10 years, he's overseen kind of ceremony imaginable, from giant affairs fit for a princess to small legal ceremonies and destination weddings. He works with couples as long as needed to perfect the ceremony, and conducts his meetings in whatever medium suits them best, be it over Skype, e-mail, in person, or when passing each other on slow-moving yachts. Ceremonies can be as traditional or modern. He has a range of quotes to pull from that veer away from wedding cliches, with verses pulled from classic religious texts or even applicable children's books that showcase what true love looks like. After the ceremony's over, he files all the paperwork so that honeymooners don't have to worry about logistics while on their dream vacation.
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Jasalyn and Jason Thorne have been photographing families for seven years. Also on their radar are baby portraits that document youngsters before they grow their first set of gills. They deftly capture the unexpected beauty of weddings, from the rising sun framed between bridesmaids’ shoulders to the gust of wind that catches the bride's cascading veil. Named on Weddingbells Magazine ’s list of the 30 Most Inspiring Photographers of 2011, the Thornes have been featured in WedLuxe, Real Weddings , and other publications. Jasalyn draws on a background in fine arts and fashion to document weddings with unique flair, while Jason catches candid shots in the background.
Equipped with a lifetime of familial artistic affinity, photographer Neil Edwardson seeks to unlock each subject's inner beauty in the diverse enclosure of his photography studio. During a free consultation, Edwardson and his clients discuss portrait style, clothing, client interests, and preferred monocle brand before beginning a one-hour studio sitting. Studio lighting and colour are fine-tuned before Edwardson augments subjects' superhero poses with included props such as an antique trunk, vintage armchair, chaise lounge, and children's toy riding car. Clients choose their favoured shot before testing the wall-warming capabilities of an 8"x10" framed portrait. Edwardson retouches the chosen image at no additional cost before swaddling the newborn photo in a washable, UV-resistant finish, and backing it up on a web-optimized storage disk. Clients can focus their photo faces as they secure ample free parking around the studio.