I cannot begin to express how satisfying reading this post has been, as this person has hit upon a nerve in the wedding biz these days. This is one of those things we photographers probably THINK but nobody really talks about.
‘Super-Pretty’ wedding blogs have become a rampant virus in the wedding world, creating unattainable ideals for couples who, without a team of 20 stylists or gigantic budgets, cannot possibly live up to the expectations they put forth. While wedding magazines are (WERE – many are now out of business) to blame as well, it’s the immediacy, ease and accessibility of the blog that I believe has created a giant Wedding Monster. I do not envy a bride trying to plan an event with these persistent and unvarying imagery they are presented. It’s gone from unique to repetitive and predictable in a few short years. One would think that every single wedding is one occurring in a hazy Summer dreamland filled with mason jars, flickering lights surrounding cupcakes, extra-adorable drinking straws, solo people ‘holding things’ in cupped hands, carefully placed moss, no guests and 3 bridesmaids. What’s worse, is that many of us now play right into it (myself included!!) creating images that mimic what we see, sometimes hoping for publication, sometimes because we too think it’s what we SHOULD be photographing. When a planner at a wedding seems more concerned with what ‘detail’ shots you’ve photographed than what photos of the COUPLE you’ve taken, something is amiss. Showcasing implausible fantasy is no different than the Fashion World, yet while I don’t think most of us expect to walk down a runway—most brides expect to walk down an aisle.
You could claim that the writer is just bitter, but there’s really more here than that. They are pointing out the absurdity of this trend which in several years as they point out, will look as foolish as any other cycle we all hop on board and follow. Trends always have and always will come and go with the wind, but this has run it’s course.
I could go on and on, but i’m simply going to post a link so you can read this amazing post. Bravo to ‘whomever’ for having the guts to write it as well as the cleverness to make it a fun read as well–