Unplugged…I admit its a word that gives me a brief moment of panic when I hear it. I rely on so much technology, social networking and plugged in communication that living without it would be extremely difficult. Well, today I came upon a photography colleague writing about unplugged weddings. Of course it struck my interest!
Most of the article had to do with guests at the wedding overexposing the professional photographer’s photos with their flash, posting a photo of the bride in her dress on FB before the wedding starts then the groom accidentally seeing it or having wondering eyes in the family photos because no one knows who to look at since everyone has their phones out. Now for us personally, we have grown up with technology and it is a necessity for our business. We love FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and we have come up with cute, clever and witty work arounds for these instances and they don’t cause an issue for us at weddings. However, there was one line in his post that really caught my attention and it was what the
officiant at the wedding said before the ceremony started:
“Dan and Jennifer invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology.”
Truly present and capturing the moment with your heart! Ok, so if your like me that is asking a lot; right?. BUT…thanks to a camping trip (I never thought I would be caught dead on) I felt the freedom of unplugging for the first time in years. It was absolutely amazing! I never knew just how freeing it could be. So now whenever I go to a get together with friends, a dinner with my hubby, a walk in the park with the dogs, to the gym or basically anything that involves me relaxing and entering into the present of what I am doing, I unplug. I enter in with my whole self and it has made all my relationships and free time even better.
Where am I going with this? I feel there are a handful of things that are much more exciting and alive when there unplugged; for example: music unplugged, comedy unplugged or family reunion unplugged (trust me on that) such an awesome experience. I really think a wedding can be one of those amazing events that is so much more alive when everyone is there, present and unplugged.
Look at it this way, if we’re your photographers (wink wink, a cleaver plug) you have no worries, we will capture all the special moments so everyone can rest at ease. And… this way when they see your photos they will say, OMG I remember that – that was so much fun. Instead of them missing it because they were plugged in.
It’s totally your day and your call, and since you and your man are throwing the big party why not have everyone unplug and enjoy all your hard work, long hours, beautiful details and tasty food you put into this amazing day.
P.S. Here is a little video about how much we are plugged in. And yea I am totally guilty of this!