Destination Wedding Photographer

How to Start Planning a Destination Wedding

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For all of you who have ever planned a wedding, I bet 99.9% of you all have considered throwing caution to the wind and deliberated a destination wedding.  After the romantic idea of sweeping all of your guests off to the destination of your dreams has taken the backseat to reality, you may realize planning an out-of-state, or out-of-country, wedding can be a lot more work than you anticipated. So with the help of our friends at the Caribbean Shopping Channel we’ve developed some pointers on how to get started planning a destination wedding, outside of general wedding planning tips.  Caribbean Shopping Channel is a televised and online shopping network that caters to the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, and they have an amazing destination wedding curated shop, so who better than them to help us?!

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1.  Research whether guests will need any shots or travel documents (passports, visas, vaccinations) in order to go where you’re planning your wedding.  The more barriers of entry there are to get to your wedding, the more likely guests will RSVP no.  Make it as easy as possible for them.

2.  Consider the date and location compared to the seasonal weather during that time (unless you don’t mind walking around during a rainy season in your beautiful wedding dress).

3.  Know the currency exchange rate so when you are talking to vendors, you are able to knowingly convert their currency into USD.  And with the power of the internet, research local vendors who have high customer satisfaction ratings.  You can also turn to your venue contact to make recommendations on all the other wedding vendors available.  Of course I make a pretty amazing wedding photographer myself (hint, hint).

4.  Find a local wedding coordinator.  You may think you can do it alone because you’re master organizer,

and I’m sure you can, but it really, really, really helps to have someone onsite at the location who knows his/her way around the area.  Even if it’s just the venue coordinator who is willing to help make recommendations for you and take over day-of duties, every little bit helps, especially when you’re in an area you’re not familiar with.

5. Research marriage license requirements and confirm with the local tourism board.

6.  Consider the attire of your bridal party.  Don’t make them wear heavy material if they’ll be standing at the wedding sweating in muggy temperatures, and vice versa at colder locations.

7. Create a destination wedding website for your guests that lists all pertinent information such as any travel documents they’ll need to obtain, the currency exchange rate, hotel blocks, transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from the wedding, and things to do in the area.

Good luck!  I had a destination wedding and loved every moment of it. Trust me, it’s do-able with the right planning. 

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Destination Wedding Wedding Photographer Travels to Barbados and Caribbean

About the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is an international destination wedding photographer that shoots weddings, boudoir, portraits and events. She has been published in many publications including The New York Times, Style Me Pretty, Engagement 101 Magazine, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Brides.com and more! She has recently been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings and is Wedding Wire and featured on Huffington Post Weddings and The New York Newsday Weddings. Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients. Taking photographs to commemorate memories is what she does best and Angelica is very passionate about her work. She continues to mentor with the industry’s finest in wedding and commercial photography so her clients only gets the best images.

Notre Dame Cathedral- Paris, France Photography

Many hearts broke when the world heard that a massive fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The historical landmark, and house of worship, took 182 years to build (starting from 1163AD to 1345AD) and yet, the massive structure was burnt in just a few hours, bringing down a big part of Paris’ history. As of this morning, it’s good to know that the beautiful Rose Windows, made of 13th Century Glass, survived, as well as the main bell, Emanuelle - rang to signal to Parisians the end of World War II, the facade and the two bell towers (previously the tallest structure in Paris until the Eiffel Tower), the cathedral Great Organ, and a few relics including the Crown of Thorns, thought to have been placed on the head of Jesus.

The last time my husband and I saw the beauty of the church was just this past fall when we celebrated our 8-year anniversary. A long layover in Paris from Vienna allowed us to grab a quick lunch in front of Notre Dame before our evening flight. Prior to our quick visit, we celebrated our 3-year anniversary in Paris and Rome in 2013. That year, I said many prayers inside the church, and we were fortunate to witness a full mass taking place. The glorious towering towers, the haunting beauty of the architecture within, will always be in our memories.

I haven’t shared many of the photos in 2013, here are some from last year (phone photos), and from 2013. It’s not the same as seeing Notre Dame Cathedral, but hopefully a few will still feel as if they were there as they view the photos through my lens.

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NJ Wedding Photography - Jennifer & Brandon The Villa Mountain Lakes NJ

I had the honor of capturing Jennifer and Brandon's NJ wedding photography! Such a beautiful couple and a wonderful wedding. I couldn't wait to post some teasers, so here are a few I showed during their reception (same day edit). Make sure you stay posted here on my blog and on my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/angelicacriscuolophotography) to get updated pictures from Mr. and Mrs. Macaluso's wedding! LOVE the red theme and loved Jennifer's red shoes with gold tone accents! The flowers also had the same theme and the bridal party just looked gorgeous.  I cannot wait to show more! Jennifer and Brandon are off to Africa today for their  honeymoon, which is another reason why I wanted to get these teasers posted! Plus, it's the bride's birthday today! Just a lot to be happy and thankful for and so glad I was a part of it.

Thanks to Cecilia for being an excellent 2nd shooter and to Matt for always being a wonderful assistant. My team rocked!

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About the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is a photographer that shoots weddings, portraits and events. She has been published in many publications including The New York Times, Engagement 101, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire,Brides.com and more! Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients. Taking photographs to commemorate memories is what she does best and Angelica is very passionate about her work. She continues to mentor with the industry's finest in wedding and commercial photography. Angelica is also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).

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Two Bright Lights Editor's Choice Award 2015 - Angelica Criscuolo Photography - We won again!

Doing the Jiggy Dance everyone! We are proud to always serve our brides, grooms, couples, and all our clients and because YOU are just amazing, getting published is a breeze! We THANK YOU for this 2015 Two Bright Lights Editor's Choice Award and to the editors of Two Bright Lights for choosing our wonderful clients to publish. These editors range from The Knot, to Today.com and so much more. Our couples have been published in many publications and we're very excited for this year! So much more to come. "The Editors' Choice Awards honor Two Bright Lights' members whose talent was continually recognized by top print magazine, blog and ezine editors. Their hard work and commitment to getting published places them among the top 5%, from a community made up of over 40,000 photographers and event professionals across 100 countries."

To think, there are THOUSANDS of photographers that uses Two Brights Light and my couples have been chosen to be published by editors that uses Two Bright Lights to find amazing photos and stories. THANK YOU to our amazing clients, couples and brides and grooms in New York (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx), New Jersey, California, Florida, Caribbean, Hawaii, Long Island, and Destination weddings!!!

Thanks again everyone for making Angelica Criscuolo Photography a success! "Like" our Facebook page and follow our newsfeed!

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Wedding Wire and The Knot Best of Wedding Winner Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Best Wedding Photographer New York New Jersey Caribbean Destinations 2014_Two_Bright_Lights_Editor_Choice_Winner_Angelica Criscuolo Photography Large_small-badgeAbout the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is an international wedding photographer that also shoots boudoir, portraits and events and provides photo booth services and rental. She has photographed couples in Hawaii, Boston, Florida, California, Philippines, Canada, Barbados and other destination caribbean islands. Angelica continues to  be published in many publications including The New York Times, The New York Daily News – Down The Aisle, Staten Island Live news, Engagement 101 Magazine, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Brides.com, The Frosted Petticoat and more! She has recently been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2013 and The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2014 and have also won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award 2014. Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients using her background in broadcast journalism and editorial technique. She utilizes natural lighting as well as off-camera lighting to ensure her clients receive beautiful photos from a Style Me Pretty type of natural look to an editorial/dramatic magazine worthy look. Angelica is also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). On top of capturing weddings, she also provides photo booth option for her clients called the InstaMemory Booth, which is always a hit at any event! She is married to her husband Matthew and they live in Sunnyside Queens, NYC. Angelica would love to hear from you so send an inquiry to book your wedding and engagement sessions at info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com2010-2014 

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The Knot Best of Wedding 2014 Winner! | New York Wedding Photographer

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The Knot Best Of Wedding 2014 winner New York Wedding PhotographerThis is an amazing start to the Holiday season! It's "quieter" with just engagement sessions and holiday sessions these next few weeks (unless there's a last minute wedding!) and catching up on editing (never mind, that's still a busy schedule), but it seems we seem to be getting a lot of good news lately! Today we just found out that this New York wedding photographer and my team has been voted The Knot Best of Wedding 2014!!! This means we have been voted among the #1 photographers in our market and it's all thanks to all my brides, grooms, couples, clients and more! You all were such a blast to photograph and it's because of your reviews that has shown others that Angelica Criscuolo Photography is truly the photographer for your wedding, engagement, destination weddings and events! I love what I do, and the team I choose love photographing weddings and events. As many of my clients know, they are in good hands and future clients should know there's nothing we value more than ensuring your special day is memorable.

This is just a great follow up to being published on the Engagement 101 Magazine!! Thank you God and Jesus and yes the Holy Spirit for the blessings. Maybe it has something to do with visiting the Vatican two weeks ago? :-)Kidding aside, we can't be thankful enough for all your support.

To always return the blessings we've earned, we actually volunteered to photograph this event TONIGHT, November 26, 2013. UNICEF's Next Generation - Emergency Relief Fundraiser-Coctail for Children in the Philippines. Consider stopping by or if you can't, show your support and give what you can through the donation site. Thank you!

"Helping provide clean water, vaccinations, nutrition packets and shelter for children in the Philippines and their families affected by Super-typhoon Haiyan. 8:30pm-11:30pm DJ Julian Mercer + Complimentary Coctails. http://www.crowdrise.com/nextgen/fundraiser/thomaspierce"

 

 

 

About the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is an international wedding photographer that also shoots boudoir, portraits and events. She has been published in many publications including The New York Times, Style Me Pretty, Engagement 101 Magazine, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Brides.com and more! She has recently been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2013 and is Weddire Wire rated. Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients. Taking photographs to commemorate memories is what she does best and Angelica is very passionate about her work. She continues to mentor with the industry’s finest in wedding and commercial photography so her clients only gets the best images. Angelica is also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). She is married to her husband Matthew and they live in Sunnyside/Woodside Queens, NYC.

NJ Wedding Photography | The Villa at Mountain Lakes

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Happy New Year everyone!!! Let's start out the year by looking back to the fabulous NJ Wedding Photography of Jennifer and Brandon! Such a gorgeous fall day and the weather was just perfect. The bridal party got ready at The Hilton in Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ. When I got to the bridal suite, the ladies were getting ready, laughing, smiling and having a great time. Jennifer just finished her hair and getting her makeup done. Great time to get detail shots of her Mori Lee lace dress (GORGEOUS!!!) as well as the bridesmaid's floor-length red strapless dresses. The contrast with the bouquets was amazing. Red, gold...just perfect! By the way, when I saw Jennifer's shoes I was just amazed since they were perfect! The men were taking their time getting ready and Brandon just looked dashing in his tux and white bow-tie. The men headed down to the gazebo to escort Brandon for the first look. I escorted the ladies down and I was nervous!!! One of the best moments, I think, is the first look. Seeing Brandon's reaction to Jennifer being dressed up in her beautiful beaded lace dress, he hair in an up-do and all in all looking like a classic beauty. These two are truly a lucky couple. After a few bridal party portraits by a lake by the church in Pompton Lakes, NJ, we were off the Saint Mary's church for the ceremony. Just a beautiful ceremony and reminds me time and time again why I love shooting weddings. As the bride and groom walk out, they were greeted with bubbles in the air blown by the wedding guest.

As the guests and bridal party head to The Villa in Mountain Lakes New Jersey,  everyone was treated to the bride and groom dancing a choreographed dance! "Feels Like Home" by Chantal Krevlazuk was Jennifer and Brandon's first dance song, and looking at them you can definitely feel that they were one with a bright future ahead of them. Everyone danced the night away with a few cigars outdoors for the men, cake for everyone, and love and laughter just everywhere.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Macaluso!!! I am so very happy for you and happy Angelica Criscuolo Photography was part of it all! As part of Jennifer and Brandon's wedding package, they are enjoying their high resolution images by viewing them on a complimentary iPad! To wrap this up and send it in time for Christmas and before I took time off for the holidays definitely made me feel like Santa. Having amazing brides and groom like Jennifer and Brandon and ensuring they, and all our couples, receive spectacular images that capture all the moments that occurs during a wedding day and ensuring our couples become an integral part of the Angelica Criscuolo Photography family is why we were voted by The Knot Best of Weddings 2013...Thank you!

Happy New Year to everyone once again and I cannot wait to start planning and outlining wedding plans with my 2013 and 2014 bride and grooms!!!

Love,

xoxo Angelica

Ceremony: Saint Mary's Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ (Mary Ann, wedding coordinator) Reception: The Villa at Mountain Lakes, Ed Kelly - Maitre d' Photography: Angelica Criscuolo Photography www.AngelicaCriscuoloPhotography.com | info@angelicacriscuolophotography.com NJ Wedding Photography, Tri-State and Destination Weddings First Dance song: "Feels Like Home" by Chantal Krevlazuk DJ and Videography: DJ Connection Live , Nick Michaels, http://www.weddingandpartycenter.com Floral Bouquets, boutonnieres, and Centerpieces: S&K Floral Expressions  floralexpress719@aol.com Wedding Cake: The Villa at Mountain Lakes Makeup Artist: Nancy Desics  pdesics@msn.com Hair Stylist: MJ Styling Lounge  mjsstylinglounge@aol.com Wedding Gown: Mori Lee from Juliette Bridals Ivana in Pottsville, PA www.juliettebridalsbyivana.com Bridesmaid Dress: Bridal Fantasy Tuxedos: Jos A. Bank Limousine: Santos Limousine

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About the Photographer: Angelica Criscuolo is an international photographer that shoots weddings, portraits and events. She has been published in many publications including The New York Times, Style Me Pretty, Engagement 101 Magazine, Merci New York, Lela New York Weddings, Pretty Pear Bride, The Urban Style NY, Un-Jersey Bride, Engaged Wedding Blog UK, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Brides.com and more! She has recently been awarded The Knot's Best of Weddings 2013 and is Weddire Wire rated. Angelica specializes in capturing various vital memories and her goal is to provide the best images for all couples and clients. Taking photographs to commemorate memories is what she does best and Angelica is very passionate about her work. She continues to mentor with the industry's finest in wedding and commercial photography so her clients only gets the best images. Angelica is also a proud member of Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). She is married to her husband Matthew and they live in Sunnyside/Woodside Queens, NYC.

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