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Orange County Wedding Photographer, Jon C. Haverstick

Jun. 22nd 2012

Jon C. Haverstick is an award-winning professional photographer based in Orange County, California, specializing in wedding, portrait, corporate/commercial, and product photography. With over 30 years experience, we’re ready to meet your needs for compelling photographic imagery.

Jon also teaches digital photography (including location lighting, HDR techniques and more), Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. He’s a member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International; the Student Photographic Society (Educator); and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.


Where NOT to Scrimp on Your Wedding


I am a full-time professional wedding / event and portrait photographer located in Orange County, and am honored to have been asked to share with you here on Orange County Bride Magazine’s blog!

I had an interesting conversation with my pastor recently about wedding planning. Of course, he provides premarital counseling and talks with couples all the time about wedding and marriage plans, and he made an interesting (unsolicited) comment. I’m paraphrasing, but it was something along this line:

I always tell couples that you don’t need to spend a fortune on a wedding.  You CAN, but you can also do a very elegant wedding on a budget.  However, there are two things you should never scrimp on:

1: The Honeymoon.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money, but you SHOULD plan to get away for 7-10 days right away.  Don’t let the ‘well, we’ll do it later when it fits better with our work schedules’ be your excuse.  The importance of the honeymoon is the time you spend together, not the amount of money you spend on it.  So even if it’s a couple days camping in Yosemite, you’re creating memories that will last a lifetime.


2: Your Wedding Photographer.

(editor’s note: I seriously thought he was going to say – ‘the honorarium for your pastor’) You plan and save for your wedding day – a day, which for most people – will be one of the happiest days of their lives.  And it will come and go in such a rush. You’ll remember bits and pieces of it, but down the road, it will be your wedding photographs that will remind you of the emotions and events of the day, and the friends and family that were there to share in your commitment of love to each other. Your photographer will see things you don’t, or see them in a way that is more beautiful than you might have imagined or recalled.  Don’t scrimp on the wedding photography.

Now I know this sounds incredibly self-serving, since I AM a wedding photographer. And I suppose it would be if I had thought of it myself. But Pastor’s statement rings true.  Apart from the obvious commitment aspect, a wedding is about making memories.  And while our memories may blur with time, our wedding photographs are an indelible record of our day: there to remind us of why we fell in in the first place, and the love and the joy we share with our spouses.

I have a dear friend and colleague, Greg Tucker of Tucker Signature Films, who does wedding and event videography.  He creates an “emergency movie” for couples to pop in the DVD player when the inevitable tough times crop up. That’s what your wedding photographs are for: a reminder that we have each other – in sickness and in health…in good times and in bad…for richer and poorer… well, you know the rest.  (Sorry, I’m getting a little misty-eyed as I type this…)

All this sentimentality brought to you by virtue of a recent trip down memory lane courtesy of our OWN wedding photos from 23 years ago!

Now stop reading this and go give your spouse or fiancé a kiss and tell him or her how much they mean to you!

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Ashley Biden Weds! Vice President’s Daughter Marries Howard Krein

Jun. 6th 2012

Sun., Jun. 3, 2012 3:45 PM PDT by Alyssa Toomey
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From the white house at Number One Observatory Circle to a white wedding dress!

Ashley Biden, daughter of Vice President Joe Biden, wed Philadelphia-based surgeon Howard Krein on Saturday in Delaware.

The social worker and her new hubby have been together since 2010, after meeting through Beau Biden, one of Ashley’s older brothers.

MORE: Drew Barrymore’s Wedding Day: The Dress! The Nuptials! The Fab Cocktail Party!

Ashley, 30, walked down the aisle in a custom Vera Wang mermaid gown accented by draped tulle and a circular organza petal skirt. She wore her hair down and donned a beautiful Chantilly lace veil to complete the look.

The couple wed in Greenville, Del., at St. Joseph on the Brandywine—the same church where Ashley was baptized—in a joint Jewish-Catholic ceremony, per People magazine. The service celebrated both the bride’s Catholic faith and the groom’s Jewish beliefs.

According to People, the newlyweds and around 200 family and friends went to the Biden family’s lakeside home in Wilmington after the ceremony for dinner and a reception.

Krien, 45, surprised his beautiful bride with a secret honeymoon destination last night after the wedding.

Congratulations to the happy couple!
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OC Wedding Officiant & New Wine Box Ceremony

Jun. 4th 2012


Romantic Wine Box Ceremony
Hugely Popular for Couples seeking a Big Finish to their Ceremony


By Reverend Brent Edwards

With the Wine Box Ceremony, couples are creating their own romantic time capsule – complete with sealed love letters, their favorite wine and two glasses… in which they seal and lock in a handsome wine case in front of their family and friends  as their first act as husband and wife just prior to being pronounced Mr. and Mrs.

The concept:  the couple agrees when sealing the box that if their marriage should ever encounter insurmountable obstacles, they, as a couple, before taking any drastic action, will open the box, read each other’s letter and open the wine and talk!  Ideally, and most likely, there will be no major issues, in which case on their 5th anniversary, they are to open the box, read the letters, open the wine and start the party!

“Families and friends go crazy over this type of finish to the ceremony, said Reverend Brent Edwards of Mission Viejo.  “It is very visual, it is romantic and meaningful and is still relatively new.  This is something very special if it speaks to the couple,” he concluded.  Visit, email him at or contact him at 949-202-6086 for more information.

Reverend Brent prepares very personalized ceremonies and vows for couples who are in love and getting married throughout Orange County.  He performs non-denominational, interfaith, civil and secular (non-religious) ceremonies at many of OC area venues: hotels, country clubs and golf courses, at the beach or the park, and in back yards!  Brent is Wedding Wire rated 2011, 2012, The Knot, 2012 and Orange County Bride Magazine/OCBRIDEMAG.COM  2010, 11, 12.

Call Reverend Brent for your Southern California Custom Wedding Ceremony: ~ 949-202-6086

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