Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Social Media Weddings: When Your Vows Go Viral

Raise your hand if you've seen it.  Newlyweds saying their vows, leaning in for the first kiss, and finally cutting the cake.  You look around and suddenly you notice your view is fully obstructed by a wave of guests that suddenly look more like a swelling sea of paparazzi -- iPhones, Androids and iPods aloft.  And 20 seconds later...

DING! Someone tagged you in a post.  Ignore the arched eyebrows from all the older family members and add this to your Timeline now.

Like it or not, the social media monster (shall we call him Tweetzilla?) has infiltrated the world of weddings, for better or for worse.  But is it a good idea? A bad idea? A get-you-annexed-from-your-brand-new-family-before-the-wedding's-even-over idea?

We fully admit we're suddenly lost in the crowd of traditional tweeters, enthusiastic iPhone photographers and frantic Facebook posters in and around the greater Lehigh Valley.  (Full confession: We're not on Instagram. Should we be?)  But we also realize some of these happy couples are sharing their first moments together probably wondering how in the world they could've kept their vows from going viral.

So remember this:
As wedding cinematographers, we're focused on a wedding video that will not just capture an image, but capture the emotion of your special day.  Why? Because it's the one thing we can control in the no-man's land of social-media wediquette we're still trying to learn.

/ˈwed e quit/
The customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular group during a wedding.
(Full confession #2: We thought we made this word up. Turns out it's already in the urban dictionary.)

Kidding aside, we've all probably seen the blessing and the curse when it comes to I do's and status updates.  We're still not sure if it adds to the joy of the occasion, or detracts from the big day, so let us know what you think.  And in the meantime, check out this video for more on what we feel is FireRock Productions' high-end creativity, artistic style and the personal perspective we take to capture your special day. 

Full Confession #3: In case you didn't notice, not one electronic device was spotted in the making of this video.  That's because we made the guests watch one of those 'Silence Your Cell Phone' ads before they all took a seat.

Congratulations, Courtney and Adam! Hope you don't mind that what was probably not your first official Facebook wedding status belonged to us ;)

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