"Not all moments are mend to capture by a camera. Sometimes you need to let go, live & enjoy the moment." - Joel H. Garcia
Imagine it's your wedding day, as you walk inside the church your relatives, entourage, friends, your family & even your groom has a cellphone/camera in front of their faces taking a photograph of you.
One of the most important day of your life and the memories you will remember are not their beautiful smiles, the tears on their faces, the sound of their applause but a piece of gadget covering their beautiful faces.
But the saddest part as you review your wedding photographs, you cannot feel anything because everybody are so busy with their cellphone's/cameras shooting the whole event. You invited them to be a guest not to shoot & be a cellphone wedding photographer at your wedding day.
"Not all moments are mend to capture by a camera. Sometimes you need to let go, live & enjoy the moment. " - Joel H. Garcia.
Let somebody announce this before the ceremony procession began:
Good morning, everyone. Thank you for being here.
The Bride & Groom invite you to be truly present at this special time.
Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras during the ceremony portion of today.
The photographers will capture how this moment looks I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology.
Thank you. The ceremony will begin shortly.
I love to shoot landscapes and often times our couples requested this kind of open wide spaces photograph in their Engagement session, it's like a wall poster or a postcard type of photographs that our client can blow up print, frame and hang in their wall as a piece of art. So if there's an opportunity I make it appoint that I have this kind of shot the "E-sessionscape" for Engagement Session and "Weddingscapes" for Wedding.
Filipinos have developed superstitions that are related to marriage and weddings.
Pre-colonial customs include the groom or bride avoiding travel beforehand to prevent accidents from happening. The bride must not wear pearls as these are similar to tears, and a procession of men holding bolos and musicians playing agongs must be done. This march was also done after the ceremony until the newly-wed couple reaches their abode. The purpose of this procession is similar to the current practice of breaking plates during the wedding reception, in order to shoo away bad luck.
During Spanish colonization, the Spaniards introduced new beliefs with particular concern over banning activities that may cause broken marriages, sadness and regret. Wedding gowns cannot be worn in advance as any black-colored clothing during the ceremony, and sharp objects cannot be given as gifts.
Other Filipino beliefs hold that typhoons on wedding days may bring bad fortune; that after the ceremony the bride should walk ahead of her husband or step on his foot to prevent being dominated by him; an extinguished candle during the ceremony is an omen that the groom or bride will die ahead (depending on which candle on whose side was blown out); and an accidentally dropped wedding ring, wedding veil, or wedding arrhae will cause marital misery. Couples must offer eggs to Sta. Clara to pray that the wedding day would be rain-free.
Superstitious beliefs on good fortune include showering the married couple with uncooked rice, as this wishes them a prosperous life together. The groom's arrival at the venue ahead of his bride also diminishes dire fate. In addition, a single woman who will follow the footsteps of a newly-married couple may enhance her opportunity to become a bride herself.
Siblings are not permitted to marry within the calendar year as this is considered bad luck. The remedy to this belief, called sukob, is to have the one marrying later pass through the back entrance of the church instead of its main doors.
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