Yoghurt Rooms Wedding Photographer: Lee + Gemma - festival wedding

I absolutely LOVED Lee + Gemma's festival wedding at the awesome Yoghurt Rooms in East Grinstead. Smoke bombs, confetti cannons, and a whole lot of love! Oh and there were pigs. For real.

There was so much thought that went into the day, and it showed! From the Bloody Mary table, to the gorgeous handmade decorations, it all came together and was just totally awesome.

Gemma's dress transformed into a second dress, made by the very talented Atelier Gold, and she looked completely stunning in both. 

After an incredibly emotional unplugged ceremony (seriously - there was not a dry eye in there), wedding guests partied HARD to The Chaps, who did amazing covers, including garage tunes - so good! At times it felt more like I was photographing an actual festival, not a wedding!

Food was provided by The Little Blue Smokehouse, and was insanely good. Pulled pork, brisket, and loads of different hot sauces and sides - yum. I'm sat here drooling!

Lee is a teacher, and was in his element hosting a pub-style quiz for the speeches. And as the the evening continued, the party didn't show any signs of stopping...

"Thank you Tora for capturing all the love, happiness and fun from our day. You’re a truly incredible photographer and awesome human being!"

Should you have an unplugged ceremony?

Picture the scene - you're stood one end of the aisle, nothing but your nearest and dearest between you and the person you're about to marry, and instead of smiling faces you're confronted with a sea of phones, tablets and cameras. Is this how you want to remember this moment?

If not, you should DEFINITELY consider having an unplugged ceremony. 

What is an unplugged ceremony? An unplugged ceremony is where you ask your guests to be in the moment with you and keep their camera devices away. I always recommend unplugged ceremonies to my clients, and I can't stress enough how much of a difference this makes to the emotion in the room when guests are not watching the ceremony from behind a camera. 

Take this photo of a very emotional front row of guests at an unplugged ceremony this year - not a dry eye in sight (there were sniffles from tearful guests throughout the whole thing - it was LOVELY):

unplugged ceremony

You may also want to consider if you want your professional photos to include a sea of cameras as you say your vows, have your first kiss, etc. I've even had situations where snap-happy guests have stood in front of me at key moments during the ceremony - not ideal!

If you've picked a wedding photographer who you trust to take beautiful, professional photos, trust that they will cover this part of the day, and request that everyone else enjoys the moment. There is plenty of time for guests to take photos during the rest of the day!