Unplugged Weddings

As I positioned myself at the front of the aisle, the bridesmaids walked into the church one by one, smiling from ear-to-ear. After all of them had descended, the rear doors to the church slowly opened and out stepped the bride and her parents. The groom beamed, and a tear came to the corner of her eye looking at her husband-to-be for the first time on their wedding day. I slowly lifted my camera, long-lens attached, lighting and settings ready to go, set to capture this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

And then an iPhone worked it’s way right into the middle of my shot. Do I stand up and interrupt? Do I miss this? No. Neither. So I wrangled myself almost to the floor in the most contorted position in order to get the photo.

The Huffington Post recently wrote an article about the idea of “Unplugged Weddings”, and as the photography professional, I love the idea. As an iPhone addict, I can totally understand if you don’t want to go this way. Instead, I’d like to present the idea of simply asking your guests (perhaps on the program) to refrain from standing or leaning into the aisle as the bride enters. Additionally, sometimes I run into wedding guests who want to take their own great photos (of course!) during first dances, cake cutting, etc. However, there are times when I will set up specialty lighting… only to have them stand right.in.front.of.it. Big bummer.

There’s definitely a way to compromise, but just some food for thought on this Thursday!