a thought or two.

A few weeks ago, wedding photographer extraordinaire Jonas Peterson wrote about some things going on in the wedding industry. (READ: “The Mason Jar Manifesto”)
He has some amazing points. And coming from someone who shoots more weddings a year than there are weekends, there’s a lot of weight in what he says.

It seems, however, it has spawned something in the industry.

Suddenly, it’s okay to poo-poo the styles of weddings that we are shooting.

This morning I read an article on Huffington Post about the vintage wedding trend. (READ: “The End of the Vintage Wedding Trend”) While I think it’s great to identify when certain trends are being overdone (or misused: The typewriter decoration that has no connection to the couple other than the fact that they just found it at a thrift store) I feel like it may be inappropriate to say what’s “in” or “out” for wedding decor. Who are we, the “hired help”, to say what our clients should and shouldn’t use to decorate their special day? I seriously disliked the article pointing out the “next big trend” (Royal Wedding Glam) right after stating how making your wedding too trend specific will date your wedding and is uncool.

If it’s inappropriate to decorate your wedding in a vintage theme when you have no connection with living that lifestyle, then wouldn’t it be equally inappropriate to decorate your wedding with big shiny sparkly decor and designer pieces when you lifestyle doesn’t reflect that?

All I’m saying…is that you are getting married and you like the vintage thing because you live a lifestyle fitting of it (for green purposes, money purposes or simply style purposes) then don’t let any trendy wedding site/photographer/designer/whatever tell you that the trend is out and everyone is tired of looking at old stuff. If you happen to be a dairy farmer and having a wedding at your family farm is meaningful, then why the heck not? If a classy shindig is what you crave, then do it.

In the end, what matters is the marriage. You could do almost nothing with decor, and the day will be beautiful (I’ve shot weddings like this, and they are some of my favourites.)

So let’s stop telling people what’s cool and what’s not, and shoot wedding because love is a beautiful thing to capture.

Period.

The end.


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