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Photographer’s Post About Cell Phones at Weddings Fuels Unplugged Ceremony Debate

Weddings spark debates more often than not—whether it’s related to adults-only ceremonies or that tricky concept of cash bars. The latest hot topic in the wedding space, however, is related to unplugged ceremonies and why some believe it’s basic etiquette to put the phone away, period, while others put that on the couple.

After capturing a recent outdoor ceremony, photographer Hannah Stanley of Hannah Way Photography discovered something uninviting in the frame. On Facebook, the wedding pro posted the offending image: a snapshot of a woman’s arm holding a cell phone, which obstructed her lens from capturing the bride’s walk down the aisle.

Stanley then wrote, “To the girl with the iPhone…”

“Not only did you ruin my shot, but you took this moment away from the groom, father of the bride, and the bride,” she expressed. “What exactly do you plan on doing with that photo? Honestly. Are you going to print it out? Save it? Look at it everyday? No. You’re not. But my bride would have printed this photo, looked at it often and reminisced over this moment as her dad walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. But instead, you wanted to take a photo with your phone, blocking my view, and taking a photo that you will not use.”

Naturally, the photographer’s post went viral, reaching nearly 170,000 shares for a powerful debate about unplugged weddings—period.


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