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Cindy and Jeb had a beautiful wedding that took place at Paradise cove. This couple was so sweet, and SO in love with each other! From the smiles on their faces to their first dance, it felt as if we were witnessing a fairytale. There were many special moments that truly made this weddings, a one of a kind. We especially loved the untraditional cupcake wedding cake! We wish Cindy and Jeb nothing but love and happiness and we are so excited we were able to be a part of their day!
There’s been a lot of buzz on the internet about unplugged weddings lately. We’ve never suggested our couples have an unplugged wedding — but we think it can be a wonderful idea nonetheless.
What is an unplugged wedding? It’s a wedding where the couple request, either in print or in a pre-ceremony announcement, that their guests put their phones and cameras down, be fully present, and enjoy the wedding. Some couples opt to ask their guests to keep their phones and cameras away for the whole day; others make that request only for the ceremony.
While at first it might seem like a crazy idea — after all, everyone documents pretty much everything with their cell phones these days — there are many reasons that this idea can be a really good one.
Recently, an article was written about a bride who decided she wanted something more for her wedding. She wanted her guests to really enjoy the day, to feel truly present and in the moment with them. She assured them in the formal wedding invitation as well as a sign at the wedding itself that they had hired amazing photographers and videographers and would be more than happy to share the photos and videos with everyone. She explained that she wanted her guests to sit back, relax, and truly enjoy how everything about the day felt, to leave capturing how the day looked to the professionals. And then she respectfully asked that everyone leave their phones and cameras off.
The photographer, who was the author of this blog, then shared a special moment about that day. It was when the bride and groom were having their first dance and she was shooting away when she realized something felt different. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it at first but then it hit her. She looked up and saw guest after guest with tears streaming down their faces, almost as caught up in the moment as the bride and groom. “They weren’t focusing their iPhones or trying to figure out the settings on their DLSRs…they were just watching two people in love.” She said it was a beautiful thing. I can only imagine. And because I believe that the love story of the bride and groom is the most important detail of all, this really struck a chord with me. Because being unplugged had actually made them more connected. More connected with the day, the moment, the feeling, the emotion, the couple, the love story. Amazing.
There are strong arguments on both sides -- there's something so special about seeing your wedding day unfold from your guests' perspectives, but photographers have noted that "guest photographers" often compromise your professional pictures.
What is your opinion on this? Do you think having an “unplugged wedding” is a good idea or the start of a family feud?
We have encountered many remarkable things throughout the past thirteen years; however there are some experiences that continue to amaze us! The following story is very meaningful to us; therefore we would like to share it with you! 10 years ago, Terri Lerner, the owner of Weddings, Inc, had the honor of marrying a bride by the name of Karen Marco and a groom by the name of Dean Chorney. The couple came all the way from Alberta, Canada and decided to have an intimate ceremony at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotel with just the two of them. Okay, now is where the story gets interesting. Ten years later, still madly in love, they decided to come back to Orlando, Florida and have a vow renewal. They tracked down Terri and requested her services once again! Terri, being the amazing wedding coordinator that she is, decided to do her best to reinvent their initial wedding ceremony! She hunted down the same officiant, had an exact replica of their wedding cake created and even the same unique bridal bouquet! Their vow renewal location changed, but their ceremony was made perfect with touches of the past and promises of the future! Events like this keep our careers interesting and we are so happy to have been a part of their past, present, and future!
This particular wedding holds a special place in one of our Weddings, Inc employee’s hearts. All of the little details throughout this day added up to make Allison and Dan's wedding complete perfection. Starting the day off, the Bride and Groom exchanged gifts. Dan receiving a Batman drinking cup and shot glass and Allison receiving a something blue Zale’s bracelet! The girls spent their day being pampered getting their hair and make-up done and loving their Bridesmaids gifts (matching necklaces and bracelets). The groomsmen enjoyed their gifts from Dan which were personalized drinking flasks and pocket watches! Upon limo arrival to the venue; Allison snuck up behind her future husband and they had a "first-look" photograph! Dan's face was priceless upon seeing his beautiful bride. As guests were taking their seats in a candle-lit room, the bridal party lined up behind closed doors. Allison's God-Father/Uncle Ed had the honors of pronouncing them as husband and wife and he added his own personalized touch to the traditional wedding ceremony! During the service, a sand ceremony unified Dan, Allison and Allison's eight year old daughter, Grace as a family. The three of them stood around a glass heart filled with pink, green, and white sand while the song "Gracie Girl" was playing. Such a beautiful ceremony! Their reception was filled with all 170 guests dancing all night long!! Allison brought her own "Batman" garter and all of the bouquets were handmade from baby’s breath flowers! Their wedding cake topper was customized to fit the couple’s professions. One was a Fire Fighter Groom and the other a Respiratory Care Therapist Bride. During their reception they opened the floor to guests to share their memories with the couple and I could not believe how many people decided to say a quick few words! The love and support system these two have is incredible and I know that no matter where life takes them they will be okay because they have one another. Dan and Allison spent their honeymoon in Nassau, Coco Kay and Key West snorkeling, jet skiing and soaking up the sun. The two of them and Grace recently moved into a lovely home in Loxahatchee, Florida and are starting their wonderful life together! Grace cannot wait to have a sibling and I am so happy to have gained a sister-in-law and a niece. We are all so blessed to have them as a new addition to our family and we know they will have an amazing future together.