Maureen and Richard
The Polaroid camera revolutionized the way people took photos. Using the entire roll of film, then dropping it off at your local pharmacy for development was no longer the only option. Now (with a little shake) and a little patience you could see the photo you took within a minute or so. Fast-forward a few years the digital camera was introduced and Voila! You could see your photos immediately. Saving tons of time and an immediate opportunity for a retake if you didn’t like the shot.
Of course the desire for instant (photo) gratification didn’t stop there. With the help of high-speed internet and devices like smart phones and tablets, now social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snap chat and others allow people to not only see the photo they took right away but also share it with all their friends (and their friend’s friends) or the entire World Wide Web is they so choose.
Depending on the year you were born you can probably appreciate the benefits of instant sharing or you recognize the disadvantage of being constantly “plugged in”. But what etiquette should current day “millennial selfie-takers” follow when it comes to taking and posting photo at a wedding? Here are a few pointers for avoiding the top social media wedding faux pas.
Never post a pic of the Bride’s dress before she walks down the aisle! Soon-to-be Brides spend months if not a year or more finding the perfect dress for their big day. How unfortunate would it be if a well meaning girlfriend or bridesmaids snapped a pic of the dress and posted it on social media (where most of the guests are probably logged in) and run the risk of her groom seeing the dress before the ceremony. Leave the photos to the pros (hint: US!) and save yourself (and the bride & groom) a lot of disappointment.
Put the phones (and cameras) away for the ceremony. While the reception, cocktail hour and any other festivities taking place at a wedding are all very important, the ceremony is a sacred part of the their big day. Two people are committing their lives to each other, taking vows and sharing that intimate moment with those closest to them. Nothing shows your appreciation for being invited to witness their union like being completely in the moment. Not to mention, our photography and video team want to be able to focus on capturing the Bride and Groom and not navigate around 40-50 IPhones raised in the air during the first kiss!
Don’t post any unflattering photos of the happy couple or guests. OK your besties were pronounced husband and wife, the portraits are done and now it’s time to party! Most wedding venues offer open bar starting at cocktail hour so it’s pretty safe to say people are going to “enjoy themselves”. Hey, no judgment here! But do yourselves and your fellow wedding guests a favor; don’t post pics of them doing something they wouldn’t want the entire www to know about (or may not even remember the next day). One of the great things about instant photos….instant deletion!
Our photography and video team recently had the honor of capturing the union of this adorable couple Maureen and Richard at Brooklyn-based wedding venue Giando on the Water where all their guests saved the photo posting for after the party.
We started with the pair as they got ready at Aloft Hotel. The groom and his guys (including an adorable tot) looked great in black tuxedos with suspenders and stripped bowties. The girls helped Maureen get into her strapless sweetheart-neckline gown (check out that skirt!) before heading over to the venue for their ceremony.
Giando is the perfect choice for couples seeking a breathtaking view and exquisite cuisine. The weather was perfect as the two took their vows and entered into matrimony! Our team captured beautiful portraits of the newlyweds as the sunset on the water and the guests headed inside for cocktails.
Everyone had a blast and all their guests made sure to stay unplugged and enjoy their big day. We were honored to have been a part of it, and even happier that (after the wedding) we were able to share these great photos with our Facebook family!
Congrats to the happy couple!
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