Should You Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

Should You Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

I often ask my clients if they are considering having an unplugged wedding ceremony. Most people answer they are not sure what that means, or else they have no idea how to do it. I’d like to explain a little more about them, some of their benefits, and how you can easily ensure one for your big day.

What is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?

Everyone these days has a camera in their pocket, residing on their cell phone. Cameras on phones have come a long way, and people naturally love to take photos and videos during their friends and loved ones’ wedding days. While most of the time these are fun and awesome keepsakes to have, problems can occur when people use their camera phones during wedding ceremonies. Married couples pay thousands of dollars to professional wedding photographers to have their wedding days preserved through photos. Wedding ceremony rituals can happen in the blink of an eye (think ring exchanges or the big kiss) and hands quickly popping up with cell phones can easily block or mar the images of a carefully-placed wedding photographer positioned behind them.

Several of my wedding clients have opted for an unplugged wedding ceremony. This means that couples request their guests put away their cell phones during the ceremony. This significantly lessens the chance of a guest blocking the wedding photographer’s view, and also prevents distracting glowing screens from cluttering the final images. Not only that, but it actually ensures that the guests are giving their full attention to the ceremony itself, not playing with phone settings.

How to Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony

Many people like the idea of an unplugged wedding ceremony, but they have no idea how to coordinate it. There are many simple ways to ensure one for your ceremony. Some of these options include:

~ Have your officiant make an announcement that you would prefer all guests keep their phones and cameras off so as to enjoy the ceremony undistracted. Have the officiant offer that the images from your professional photographer will be shared with guests at a later date.

~ Post a sign in your ceremony venue with your request. You can either buy a chalkboard sign and handwrite, or purchase one on Etsy. Some options include: “There’s a girl here taking pictures. We asked her to come. So please rest your cameras. Our ceremony needs only one.” or “Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Please turn off all cell phones, cameras and any other device and enjoy this special moment with us. Thank you!” or “Welcome to our unplugged wedding. We invite you to be fully present with us during this special moment. Please, no cameras, cell phones or other electronics until after the ceremony. Thank you!”

~ Alternatively, you can add your wording or request to the ceremony program that each guest receives when entering your venue. Try a Google search to find wording that is right for you!

So you see, having an unplugged wedding ceremony comes with several benefits, and is very easy to do. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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Aria Wedding + Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photos | Taylor + Jordan

Aria Wedding + Nazareth Chapel Wedding Photos | Taylor + Jordan

Taylor + Jordan hustled us outside the back door. “They should be here any minute!” We had all run through the kitchen and out onto the busy Minneapolis street. And there they were! Their two sweet lovable doggies had been driven to Aria for a couple of quick minutes while we could capture a few photos of the four of them together. Being with their dogs on their wedding day was so important – how could we not photograph such cuteness???

Taylor + Jordan’s wedding day was so spectacular! We began at Loew’s Minneapolis, in two suites high above the downtown Minneapolis streets. After they were ready, and had both opened their gifts to each other, we headed over for first look and Aria wedding photos. So many tears of joy! After we spent time with them for their first look, we spent some time for individual and couple portraits both in the Aria lobby as well as outside the building. Soon the rest of the wedding party arrived and we were able to capture their wedding party portraits both inside and outside Aria as well.

We then headed up to the Nazareth Chapel at Northwestern University in Arden Hills. What a gorgeous wedding venue! The vintage chapel with ornate columns, light fixtures and windows gave such dramatic lighting and photos.

After their ceremony, Taylor + Jordan headed over to Betty Danger’s Country Club in NE Minneapolis for a quick spin on the ferris wheel and a relaxing cocktail with their wedding party. Meanwhile, the guests ventured over to Aria to begin their cocktail party, and waited for Taylor + Jordan to arrive shortly afterward.

On to dinner, the Aria dining room was as spectacular as usual. The head table was gorgeously decorated with draping greenery, florals, and candles. The rest of the tables were draped in blush pink linens, candles, silver and flowers. Such a spectacular sight!

Following dinner, toasts and cake cutting, the after party of dancing, drinks and photo booths were enjoyed by all.

Taylor and Jordan, thank you so much for including me on one of the most important events of your lives. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy together!

ETA: Don’t forget to take a look at Taylor + Jordan’s engagement session at Mears Park in downtown St Paul, right across the street from where they used to live! Their sweet doggies are here too!

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VENDORS
Wedding Venue: Nazareth Chapel at Northwestern University
Reception Venue: Aria Minneapolis
Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige, Kleinfeld Bridal NYC
Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom
Hair/Makeup: Nay Danger Style
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co
Wedding Coordinator: Studio Veil
Florist: Thistle & Blooms
Catering: Deco Catering
Rentals: Linen Effects
Cake: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe
DJ: Studio Veil
Stationery: Minted
Videographer: First Dance Films
Photo Booth: Randy Kirihara

To Look or Not to Look? Having a First Look on Your Wedding Day

To Look or Not to Look? Having a First Look on Your Wedding Day

One issue I see a lot of couples struggle with is if they should do a First Look, or if they should wait to see each other when they first walk down the aisle. As a wedding photographer, I have worked with couples in both scenarios. While both ways can work well, there are a few distinct advantages to going with a First Look prior to your wedding ceremony.

First Look Bride Groom

The First Look begins with some private time for just the two of you…alone. Unlike your walk down the aisle in a public arena where all eyes are focused on you, these private moments, where you see each other separately from the more formal portraits, are often extremely special for you both. You are able to exchange meaningful gifts, relax, and think about the moments to come. This quiet, contemplative time also serves as a break to calm your nerves. This pre-ceremony atmosphere creates a smooth, steady flow through the day’s events.

First Look Bride Groom

Not only are you in top form, but hair and makeup are still fresh and you are still comfortable in your wedding attire. Often times, wedding days and wedding wardrobes can be hot, so people look less and less fresh as the day moves on. Seeing each other in top form will happen if you choose to do your First Look right away.

First Look Grooms

After the First Look time has finished, we take some posed photos of the two of you. While we still refer to these photos as “posed”, rest-assured that we use our expertise to create images of you that look relaxed, natural and intimate. These photos are the ones that most often end up on walls and in prints or albums. We also take these photos privately, away from bridal party and family members, if possible, to continue to capture candid emotions and moments together.

First Look Bride Groom

Once your portrait time is finished, you are able to regroup with bridal party and family members and complete as much of your posed, formal group portraits as possible prior to your wedding ceremony. Once your ceremony is complete, you are then able to spend as much time as possible mingling with your guests and not forced to break into posed photos afterward while wishing you could be somewhere else.

First Look Bride Groom

All-in-all, including a First Look into your wedding day is an amazing experience, and one I highly recommend!

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