In case you haven’t heard of them before, it has become quite popular for couples to ask their guests not to use their phones/devices during the ceremony. This is not done maliciously to prevent guests from taking photos/videos. On the contrary, “unplugged ceremony” can be a really polite way to ask all the guests to ???? ?? ??? ?????? a be fully present.
What guests doesn’t see (from a photographer’s point of view) is that people using their phones can easily take away their natural expressions. What could have been a great memory of a loved one’s smile/tear, can easily be blocked or hidden by their (or someone else’s) phone. Plus, you don’t want to be that person with your hand fully extended in the middle of the aisle while the couple exists ?
We’ve seen plenty of weddings where devices totally ruin the moment or block an amazing angle of a photograph. As a photographer during the ceremony we really can’t do anything about it. Asking guests to not have cell phones or cameras during the ceremony portion tends to make things a lot better for the photographer, and also will help guests be more present. You can assure them that there will be many instagram worthy pics once you get your sneak peaks.