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Inside ‘Insta-Booking': How couples are hiring wedding vendors via Instagram

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Ed. note: This story was reported, written, and edited prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photographer Madison “Max” Pittman books at least one wedding a week using Instagram.
In fact, she used Instagram exclusively for the first nine months of her business, Max McQueen Photo, as she built out her website and established her online presence. Now that she does have a portfolio website,
Pittman still finds Instagram to be the most lucrative tool. And increasingly, she says, her clients have grown up with the Internet. If they book everything from restaurant reservations to a date with an app...
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Couples spend thousands on a wedding photographer for that perfect shot

Couples spend thousands on a wedding photographer for that perfect shot

15 days ago   |   By

Ed. note: This story was reported, written, and edited prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photographer Jose Villa regularly flies around the world to shoot couples' wedding celebrations, whether it's a castle in Tuscany, a ballroom in Malaysia, or a private estate in Napa Valley.
But he's more than just a guy with a camera. He commands tens of thousands of dollars for his time and his talent, one so in demand that he shot Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' multi-day wedding in India, snapped Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber's “I dos” in South Carolina, hopped in a hot air balloon above vineyards...
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Inside the lavish world of weddings in the United Arab Emirates

Inside the lavish world of weddings in the United Arab Emirates

15 days ago   |   By

Ed. note: This story was reported, written, and edited prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When New York-based wedding planner and designer Preston Bailey was first asked to work on a wedding in the Middle East more than 20 years ago, he admits he was surprised. The royal client had seen his book in London and inquired.
Bailey, however, didn't know much about working in that part of the world. Fast forward to the present and his company regularly puts on elaborate celebrations in the Middle East, frequently in the United Arab Emirates.
“These weddings are very special for the simple reason...
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