I realise this is probably the 192,923,673th blog on this particular topic, however for those wishing to hire me or those who have already hired me here’s my take on unplugged weddings.
I was working a wedding last year at a beautiful venue; incredible detail from floor to ceiling. The light was excellent and I was feeling the usual excitement I get from capturing wedding days. Snapping the bride walk down the aisle is not always the easiest task; because as with most aspects of a wedding day, you generally do it once. Just one chance to capture that ecstatic face when the Bride and Groom’s eyes meet.
Now, walking down the aisle with everyone watching and walking in a dress, not commonly worn on a Saturday afternoon, this can seem daunting and many brides rush it. This adds another notch of difficulty to the scale and that’s fine. It’s my job to be able to get what is needed in a very short period of time (note to brides, please don’t rush that walk, it makes life a lot easier for us photographers).
On this particular day I had a quick flick to see what I had captured; were the eyes half shut, was her hair in the way etc etc? Now I bet you’re expecting me to tell you how the brides friend that takes 100 pictures per minute got in the way. Well no, that didn’t happen on the way down…I got great pictures of the Bride and her Father and of the Groom seeing the Bride for the first time… however, on the way out of the ceremony Uncle Albert was stood in the middle of the aisle getting those money shots.
You spend a fortune on the venue, a good amount on the photographer and possibly a videographer. Luckily in this situation I was able to get great shots as the bride walked in, but all too often mobile phones, tablets, and SLR’s cloud the beauty of the moment. I’m sure you never imagined your wedding pictures of entering and leaving the ceremony to be the back of Uncle Albert’s head.
Now what’s my take on it? An all day unplugged wedding with no mobile phones? No, I’m not that absolute – although I’m not against it. Just make the ceremony unplugged, no phones, tablets, SLR’s; you’ve paid for professionals to do that. You just want your friends to enjoy that hallowed moment with you – not through a view finder.
So how do you put this to your guests??? Easy, you can politely state on your invite that your wedding ceremony is unplugged with a catchy poem or rhyme – or ask your registrar to inform the guests before your arrival (they just love enforcing rules).