I am now at the height of busy season and I am a bit giddy with the wonderful couples I have already documented and the ones in the coming weeks. It makes me so delighted to capture the moments throughout the day knowing that in a few weeks I will be sending the gallery to the couple for them to experience their day all over again.
One thing I have noticed is that couples who I photograph absolutely adore every single one of their guests. Their guest lists truly comprise of people who are very important in their lives. They are the people they know will be there in many years to come, cheering on their marriage, giving words of advice, supporting through any downturns. The feeling is mutual – the excitement of the family and friends is tangible. Those whoops of excitement when they are pronounced husband and wife, the enveloping hugs when they make it to the end of the aisle, the stories shared at the reception. Those little things that demonstrate the connection. This is why I encourage couples to have an unplugged ceremony.
Some guests are so enthusiastic on the day they cannot wait to take their photos. Now everyone has a camera, an iPhone, an iPad, and let’s not lie they do a pretty darn good job! Which is great! Except, when you are walking down the aisle and rather than seeing their delighted faces you are looking into dozens of little lenses with a touch of a grin underneath. Or as you are having your first kiss and the aisle is a collection of your family members and university friend’s clamouring for the best angle in the aisle. Would it not be wonderful to have all your guests fully present with you?
So what is an unplugged ceremony? An unplugged ceremony is one where you, or the officiant, asks the guests to turn off their cellphones and cameras, and to enjoy it to its fullest. Most importantly it allows for your guests to celebrate undistracted with you. However, it also allows for me to take better photos. There have been times during the processional I have had a family member throw their camera an arm length into the aisle to photograph the bride and her father – something that is hard to avoid capturing in my shot. Or during the vows, the ceremony site becomes a whack-a-mole like scene of cameras popping up from the crowd with a smattering of flashes going off.
I promise, fully and completely, that I will do the best job possible documenting your ceremony.
I love how Anna and Eric introduced an unplugged ceremony at their wedding. On every chair was taped (hello wind) a little fan with a little writeup. A sweet, practical touch.