I realize that we don't have many personal photos this year but that is okay. We have lots of memories and I actually enjoyed so many things we did because I wasn't trying to get the best photo of that moment.
I did see this recent blog post from Scarlet Plan and Design about unplugged weddings and I wanted to post a link to it here. The idea of unplugged weddings is having your guests actually enjoy your wedding and not have their eyes focused on a gadget such as their phone, iPad or camera.
We have noticed more and more guests are missing the moments because they are staring at their gadgets. I used to LOVE the photos of the first dance when guests would lovingly look at the bride and groom. Now they are all staring at their phones and cameras. And I loved the moment where the bride walked into her ceremony. I even used to turn around on some weddings to capture everyone looking at the bride. Now that shot would never work - it would be a photo of many cameras and phones staring at the bride.
Here is the link to Scarlet Plan and Design's blog post on unplugged weddings. You have to see some of the photos they feature!
This one they featured from photographer Liz Yeakle just breaks my heart:
What an amazing moment and what a great photo - oh wait - except that girl leaning in and ruining it with her iPhone. This ONE photo makes up my mind that if Chris and I got married today we would definitely have a "gadget check" like a coat check at our wedding.
Did you see the article on unplugged weddings last summer in the New York Times?
It talked about a phone check station where guests drop off their phones at a station, which they can visit periodically. They set up sofas, where guests can check in with their children, work, etc. I think this idea is brilliant!