An Australian wedding photographer has gotten fed up with device-crazed guests, and his Facebook plea for unplugged wedding ceremonies is going viral.
As Thomas Stewart was taking photos during a client's ceremony, this happened: When the bride walked toward the front, the guests swarmed into the aisle to take photos, and the groom was forced to lean over to catch a glimpse of his soon-to-be-wife.
In the course of his plea (well, rant actually), he makes a few points. The picture-snapping bystanders get in the way of a photographer doing his job--and get in the way of the bride and groom. But it's this point that's striking a chord with everyone:
"Imagine you're in the middle of your wedding ceremony. You're elated. You decide to take a quick glance towards your guests as you're sure they're sharing these happy moments with you, possibly even shedding a tear of their own. What do you see? NO FACES AT ALL AS THEY ARE ALL HIDDEN BEHIND PHONES AND CAMERAS! I highly doubt this is the way you want to remember your wedding ceremony."
So, he writes, if you are planning a wedding, tell the guests they should leave their devices at the door (at least during the ceremony). And if you are going to a wedding, remember why you're there: "to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other. You are witnesses to their marriage, so for goodness sake, watch them with your eyes and your minds, not your phones."
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Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to...Posted by Thomas Stewart Photography on Thursday, November 5, 2015
Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to...