Orange County Wedding Photographer, Jon C. Haverstick

By Lynn Adams

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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