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The Case for/against Online Churches: There’s no substitute for the real deal…

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Published: Friday, Apr. 3rd, 2020

Everyone’s got an agenda, and with billions of scared people trapped in their homes and glued to their computers, we’re particularly suceptible to persuasion. Marketing departments are working overtime because fear sells (especially toilet paper). While Main Street is deserted, internet-based organizations are rushing to fill the void – and make the case for whatever virtual substitute they are selling.

But we would do well to remember that this calamity will pass. Sooner or later, we’re going to emerge from our homes and experience the unrivaled joy of simply being free to move about as we please. That’s what we’re getting ready for…...(continued)

Tags: covid-19-shutdown, unplugged-weddings, unconventional-weddings

5 Ways You Can Create Better Wedding Pictures

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Published: Tuesday, May. 7th, 2019

From the time that the procession begins until the recession is over and the couple have exited the building, you are the boss. Embracing this role will make or break the ceremony, which is why we put so much emphasis on planning EVERY SINGLE DETAIL!

As the wedding officiant, you are directing more than just the words and the emotions. You’re guiding the movement and flow of everything that is going on. 

During the ceremony you are scripting and directing “special moments” between the bride and groom, like the exchange of personalized vows, the ring exchange etc. It goes without saying that these moments make for some of the best wedding day pictures. 

That’s why it’s so important to have a plan. 

Here, we cover five ways that you can pretty much guarentee awesome wedding ceremony pictures.


Tags: ring-exchange, what-to-wear, unplugged-weddings, photography

Thinking About Having an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?


Published: Friday, Mar. 29th, 2019

The discussion of mobile devices - specifically, guests taking pictures and videos during the wedding - has been covered on many sites by many people, but there’s still a perspective missing from that conversation that we want to offer here on American Weddings. We asked around the office and between us, we’ve officiated dozens of wedding ceremonies, including a number of unplugged ones, and there’s a reason that so many couples are having this conversation. 

Obviously, the focus of this post is on the wedding ceremony portion of the special day and we are not here to encourage or discourage an "unplugged ceremony"… we just want to present the facts. Regardless of what you decide, it will impact how the ceremony transpires, how the professional photographer responds, and other important planning decisions.

Consider the following:...(continued)

Tags: unplugged-weddings, ceremony-tips, photography

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