Viral Wedding Photo Sparks Surge of Interest in Unplugged Weddings

This viral wedding photo is sparking a surge in interest in unplugged weddings -- and with this shot of the bride and groom walking down the aisle ruined by a phone-holding wedding guest, it's easy to see why:

Viral Wedding Photo
Hannah Stanley/Hannah Way Photography

Because of her photo, the wedding photographer sparked a whirlwind of debate on social media about whether or not the wedding guest was in the wrong. Some commenters noticed the guest's phone had an image displayed that differed from the scene, leading them to accuse the photographer of staging the whole thing for viral fame (and, presumably, more business for her photography studio). This conspiracy theory has been debunked (that flat earth though, right?)! Apparently the guest had their image gallery open rather than their phone camera.

Here's the full caption from the wedding photographer's Facebook post:

"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. 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.
Guests, please stop viewing weddings you attend through a screen but instead turn OFF your phone, and enjoy the ceremony. You are important to the bride and groom, you would not be attending the wedding otherwise. So please, let me do my job, and you just sit back, relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime moment.

Sincerely,
Wedding photographers
Hannah Way Photography"

Those who disagreed said the photographer was being fussy, and as a professional, should be able to get good shots regardless -- which, according to the photographer herself, she did. We're glad she didn't name and shame the holder on the iPhone, but even if the photographer was being a bit dramatic, we definitely get her point. Especially if there are lots of people sticking their phones out all over the place throughout the entire ceremony.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, the viral post seems to have resulted in a big uptick in requests from brides-to-be that they have "unplugged weddings." With no phones allowed, they feel wedding photographer they're paying for will have a better chance of making the most of every moment without guests getting in the way. Prepare for a flood of "unplugged weddings" in late 2019 and into 2020!

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