Recently we attended a Chet Faker concert at the Sydney Opera House. In between sets the maestro himself requested the entire audience put away their devices (for the duration of minimum one song). We cheered on at this seemingly simple request. In our eyes – it was bloody brilliant (pardon the French). For three and a bit minutes the entire concert was filled with people just watching the magic as it played out. Never again to be repeated or reproduced. I guess you had to be there, right?
The process when one engages a wedding planner goes a little something like this…
In the final weeks prior to wedding day we meet at WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS HQ and discuss the entire wedding day. From the minute the bride and groom wake up in the morning to the last guest departs at the end of the night.
No detail is off limits. Nothing is left to chance.
Believe it or not, the ceremony has everyone more curious than a cheshire cats grin. Questions like – What do I do with my bouquet? Who will cue my bridesmaids and I down the aisle? What will my celebrant be wearing? Where will the ceremony move to if it rains? What do we do after we both walk back up the aisle as Mr and Mrs? You get the picture, right…?
The one question that has everyone stopping in their tracks is when we ask them – ‘Do you want guests to take photographs during the ceremony?’.
As one would imagine WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS witnesses many a magical moment between bride and groom on a weekly basis. This seemingly candid moment is something that every photographer sweats for hours on end to capture. After all, there is only one opportunity to get that shot of him seeing her walk towards him down the aisle for the first time (no pressure!).
Let’s face it. Waiting for the bride – you love it, we love it, everyone is excited to see her walk down the aisle and rightly so. However, there are some guests who have been known to feel themselves somewhat compelled to capture every step she makes down the aisle sans a care in the world.
Whatever happened to living in the moment some might say?
If you don’t know how to pose the seemingly awkward topic, why not ask your celebrant to make a quick announcement before the ceremony and request your privacy to have an unplugged wedding. Your guests can enjoy the day and leave the documenting up to the professionals.
Here’s to being present in the moment. Amen.
This photo sums it up pretty much in one sentence…
[Image by Thomas Stewart]