Cell phones, social media, Instagramming through lunch, all those things generally don’t bother us. We like our cell phones, and heck if we look cute wearing an apron and baking a cake, post that business to The Facebook! Social media and the devices that connect us to our friends and family are important tools in our lives.
There are some places where cell phones are completely inappropriate though, right? Texting on a date isn’t classy and that table next to you with 8 friends, all looking down at their phones just looks discouraging in a “faith in humanity lost” kind of way. So what about weddings?
Let’s also take a moment to look at the photographers point of view. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve assessed a ceremony site, chosen my lens, my settings and my position for a processional only to have an uncle jump out into the isle and completely block my view of the flower girl. Suddenly I am scrambling to change my position to shoot the flower girl only to end up with a few mediocre images of 10% flower girl and 90% uncles back. Yikes. This is also common for the first kiss. I place myself at the back of the aisle, ready for that gorgeous moment where the couples lips meet, where the guests laugh and cheer. and then ten guest jump right in front of the couple to get their photo. I would love to say my magic camera could shoot through humans and still get that awesome first kiss shot, but that isn’t the case.
An image by Thomas Stewart recently went viral after he experienced a moment where the groom actually had to step out of the way of click happy guests to see his bride coming down the aisle. I think this image says it all…. And I don’t think I will ever stop cringing when I look at it.
So how do you communicate the decision to your guests? A sign at the ceremony site is the most common way. You can also put a note in the program and even have the officiant announce the request before the ceremony begins. To help planning your ceremony, I’m proving a free download today! The incredible Michelle Ayres did an amazing job with the design…honestly, have you ever seen anything sweeter than this camera graphic?
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Hey. Do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years, these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together to make you. You are unique in the universe. There is only one of you. And there will never be another.