The Meaning of “Kivalo”

When I was hunting for a name for my photography business, I wanted to use something particularly meaningful – something that captured exactly who I am and how I work. My dad, who came to the United States from Hungary at age 15, suggested “kivalo,” which is the Hungarian word for “outstanding” or “excellent.” He also shared with me the family tradition of marking a project with the symbol of a tulip, something he did when he worked on projects with his own father. I learned later that tulips are not only the national flower of Hungary, but are also a traditional Hungarian folk symbol for love and good luck sometime worn by brides. I decided that “kivalo” and the tulip were the perfect way to symbolize my effort to bring excellent work to my clients while honoring both my family and my heritage.

excellent work to my clients while honoring both my family and my heritage

After my dad’s death in 2014, these words and symbols have taken on an even deeper meaning as a way to celebrate his memory. I hope they help bring you lots of love, good luck, and wonderful family moments on your wedding day.