A 38-year old man proposed to his girlfriend in secret over 5 months. Ray Smith, from Grimsby, UK, was thinking of unusual ways to propose to his pregnant girlfriend, Claire Bramley, when inspiration struck. He played with idea of proposing to her in a hot air balloon and read up on flash mobs, but settled on his project of taking photos of the couple every day for 5 months with a “will you marry me?” message hidden in each one.
Telling his girlfriend that he was taking pictures for their future baby, the idea still wasn’t without challenges: “I told her I was taking the pictures to track the progress of the baby, which was a little bit of a ruse. Sometimes she wanted to see the pictures so I had to take more than one – one with the card and one without.”
Smith took a total of 148 photos. His project culminated on Christmas day, when Claire was shown a video compilation of the photos. Happily, she accepted the proposal: “I was totally surprised, but in hindsight it’s exactly the kind of thing he does…I said yes straight away, I didn’t need to think about it, she said.
Should you have an unplugged wedding? In this day when everyone has a smartphone, and even the most out of touch technophobes have heard of Instagram filters, it’s hard to avoid a camera lens, especially at a wedding.
Many couples are now taking the decision to make their wedding “unplugged”, asking guests to put aside their smartphones, cameras and camcorders for all or part of their wedding celebrations.
While asking guests to avoid filming or photographing wedding ceremonies is common in churches, this is now a request becoming more acknowledged in non-religious settings. Most couples allow their guests to “replug” their devices during the reception, but many will ask guests to focus their attention on the ceremony rather than the focus on their camera.
If you do want photography during your ceremony, then it’s worth considering a trusted and delegated guest, or better still, a professional wedding photographer. This would allow your guests to sit back, relax, and share your special moment with you.
You can read more about people’s opinions and experiences of unplugged weddings through the link below.
We previously covered Fun Facts from the History of the Bridal Veil, so we thought we’d have a look at the history of the wedding dress for similarly interesting information. Wedding dresses are a huge part of wedding culture, with a long and fascinating history.
White dresses weren’t about purity
While this may seem obvious, the reason is very different to modern expectations. While white wedding dresses are now seen as symbols of purity, they in fact at first symbolised wealth. In the days before dry cleaning and easy stain removal, pure white garments were a rare sight. Only people with enough money, servants and lifestyles unconnected with manual labour could afford to acquire what was seen as a single-use garment.
Wedding dresses weren’t always white
Marriage is one of the oldest ceremonies in human history, but white wedding dresses were popularised only relatively recently. Queen Victoria famously wore ivory for her wedding, and since then, getting married in a colour other than ivory or white is seen as unusual. This is despite centuries of women getting married in all sorts of colours, with different colours having different cultural meanings.
Wedding dresses weren’t always new, or one-use
Wedding dresses were commonly the bride’s best outfit, and new dresses were often adapted or altered through the decades into new outfits.