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A New Perspective: Plugged or unplugged wedding?

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Pictures are moments that can last a lifetime but are there certain moments where the cameras need to be put away?

Pictures are moments that can last a lifetime but are there certain moments where the cameras need to be put away?

Thanks to technology, basically everyone has a camera at their disposal and - especially on someone's big day - you want to capture those moments so you don't forget them.

But some say too much time focusing on capturing that moment, may make you miss out on the moment entirely.

Newlyweds Jessica and Bill Froehlich just got married roughly two weeks ago.

"We're going to be newlyweds for the first year, maybe two," said newlywed Jessica Froehlich. "We're going to try to stretch it out."

The pair started planning for their big day early on, making sure they had every detail that they wanted.

"Like I said, we personalized it a lot. I mean we did a sand ceremony for the whole family and there were so many elements that were so important to us."

That's why Jessica says they decided to go with an unplugged ceremony - requesting guests to put their cell phones and those cameras away.

"We really didn't want people to miss them because they're small you know? The details that you put the most effort into are small and if they don't know to look for them, they're not going to be getting pictures of them," said Jessica. "They're going to be in their phone. They're going to miss them."

Jessica says even though you are physically there, we sometimes don't realize how much time we spend mentally absent when trying to capture a moment.

"If you'll notice when you're taking pictures of an event you don't just take pictures," said Jessica. "You'll take a picture, you'll go down to do something or you're messing with the zoom or your clearing out room so you can fit it in your camera but it takes you out of 90% of it so you can get that one moment."

But it's not just about the guest's experience where Jessica says cameras can be distracting.

"I've been to weddings where they form in a circle around the first dance to get pictures," said Jessica. "So therefore they're standing up and creating a fence around you and trying to get that shot, they prevent everybody else from seeing them. They prevent the photographer from getting the shot that you want."

So what do the pros think about the added camera help?

"As a professional, I would never step in front of a county plow truck with a shovel," said Meg Paxton, Paxton Photography. "So if you're going to step in front of a professional with your phone, you're not going to get as far. Someone is there, doing that job. They're being paid for that and to take away from them being able to do their job is doing a disservice to your friend or family who is getting married."

Meg says she does 30 to 60 weddings a year and encounters distractions all the time.

"I would say 90% there's someone doing something," said Meg. "A problem 10% -- and a problem being I need to go tap somebody on the shoulder and remove them from the aisle."

Courtney Curtis: "Would you say you've ever missed out on shots because of a distraction in the audience?"

Meg: "Absolutely."

Courtney Curtis:"How common?"

Meg: "At least a few times a year. There's always someone who literally stands up in the middle of the aisle as the first kiss is happening."

For Meg, she says those pictures are important knowing they are the last thing you'll have from that special day.

"The flowers are going to wilt," said Meg. "They're not gonna look the same. The food's going to be gone. The echoes of the music gone. Venue, you're not going to go back. So you have a book to look at all of these things that happen."

"Everybody was sitting around talking," said Jessica. "All of my relatives that haven't seen each other in a long time. People were really experiencing the night. So maybe it wasn't a bad thing that they never got their phones out."

Jessica says this information is knowledge you usually never will use again so it was important for her to share what she learned to help future brides.

Meg Paxton says it's now pretty common to have a second photographer there to help capture moments from different angles that may be missed.

She also says, if you do know someone in your audience who might be a distraction, simply let your photographer know so they can prepare ahead of time.

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