Photographer's warning to wedding guests goes viral

This wedding photographer's plea to guests has gone viral. What do you think?
Photo | Thomas Stewart Photography
Photo | Thomas Stewart Photography

A photographer's plea to wedding guests has gone viral, after he urged them to stop using their smartphones to take pictures at weddings.

It all started when Australian Thomas Stewart took a picture at a wedding of the groom glimpsing his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle.

The moment was slightly dampened by the future husband having to lean out so he could see past all the guests raising their smartphones to take pics of the bride.


Thomas realised that this situation was one that occurred too often, so he decided to have a stern word with guests in a Facebook post that has since been shared over 65,000 times.

He wrote, "Right, I've had enough. I want to talk to you all about guests using mobile phones / cameras at weddings. I want to plead with you, and I'm going to make this very simple: brides and grooms, please have a completely unplugged wedding ceremony.

"Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching. Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way.

"This sucks. And i'm not blaming these guests in particular; I actually take a large amount of responsibility for this occurring. In the past I should have been more specific with my clients in explaining to them why guests should be told no photos. Well, from now on, I'm going to make a pretty big deal about it."


He went on to list ways in which future brides and grooms could tackle the problem, including adding a line in wedding invitations about banning all technology on their big day.

He finished off asking guests to "leave your cameras at home and put your phones / ipads away."

Many agreed with Thomas, saying they'd been to many a wedding ruined by guests and their phones, but others said they didn't mind, as they loved having intimate snaps from their guests.

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11/08/2017 at 19:27

This drives me mad. This photographer has it bang on. It's about the bride and groom's happy day, not about you. Be respectful and keep the phones for selfies at the reception, and keep pictures of the bride and groom off social media until they post their own photos! We used for ours and Kerry worked her tail off all day (and backed up her photos as she went to ensure she didn't lose them!). You would respect all other professionals to do their jobs, why not the photographer?!


01/08/2017 at 10:26

One of the most important moments is the choice of a photographer who will leave the most touching and pleasant momets of a holiday on the photo. I advise you the company, whose photos and photographers are the best. Our photo shoot was awesome. We ordered TaraWeddings It was inexpensive.


09/04/2017 at 10:28

My cousin had a ban on all cameras and the paid for photographer 'lost' all of her wedding photos and therefore was left with nothing. Maybe a note to be respectful and discrete would be nicer. It's not like there's a lucrative deal with a magazine and sometimes guests can capture some truly amazing moments that a professional might miss.


18/03/2017 at 08:56

Im cery worried about this i have spent alot on photos and if i see any on facebook straight after i will lose it!  


They cant take any in church but if they take them while yhe photographer is trying to do her job i will give her permission to lose it to! I have a policeman giving me away i will tell him to help to!  My h2b hates cameras at the best of times and he will lose it to if he keeps getting snapped!  




14/03/2017 at 07:39

I couldn't agree more. I have seen quite a few professional photographs that have guests in the background taking photos on cameras and iPads, I have also seen people captured in pictures clearly looking through there phones.

We are having an unplugged ceremony. All of our guests have been asked not to take photos at all for the whole service and we have asked the registrar to remind people as well as polite signs and notes.


13/03/2017 at 10:47

Totally agree. My daughter is a wedding photographer and these 'amateur' photographers are the bane of her life. Brides and Grooms, you owe it to your photographer to make sure that he or she can take the best possible photographs for you by asking your guests NOT to use their mobile phones or tablets etc. to take photographs. After all you have paid lots of money to provide them with photographs they can see anyway.

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