Unplugged wedding… Do or don’t?
This has become a widely debated topic. Technology has become so mainstream that anyone, and I do mean anyone, or maybe everyone has access at all times to some form of device…even during your wedding. I see both sides of this argument.
On the one side, your guests are coming from near and far to celebrate this special day, and in a time when every single moment of our lives are captured and shared on social media…of course your wedding would make the top of this list. As a photographer, I get that!
But let’s take a stroll down the other side of the theory. It’s my job to see what is going on during your wedding and too many times I have seen parents, grandparents, family and friends fidgeting with their phones, ipads or camera. They can’t get the settings right, the flash won’t go off, or the battery is dying. Meanwhile, the bride and groom are laughing because the bride can’t get the ring to go on the grooms finger or your fiance just whispered to you that he loved you while the officiant was talking about the keys to a long and happy marriage. But they didn’t see that.
Also, as your photographer, you are trusting me to capture the most important moments of your day… that moment when you begin walking down the aisle and your groom smiles through a slow, deep breath. I’m waiting for that moment. I’m in position, and then Bob in row 4 along the aisle steps into the aisle, in front of my camera to get a picture of you. Moment gone.
Sadly I have photographed weddings where there are more guests standing then sitting. Weddings where the guests are standing behind the officiant taking photos, and I’ve seen so many people in the aisle way for the first kiss that I have literally laid on the ground, in the sand under another persons legs to get the shot. I would love to think that guests have what my mother would call common sense, but…more than just a few times guests have proven that wrong.
I would never suggest not allowing cameras on your wedding day, but I would highly recommend an unplugged ceremony! 🙂 Check out pinterest for some great ideas!