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Minister stops wedding to scold photographers

“This is a solemn assembly not a photography session.”

By Kristin Wong Sep 20, 2013 4:28PM

Video still of a minister stopping a wedding ceremony (Michael Borriello via YouTube, aka.ms/MinisterStopsWedding) A feisty minister made a bit of a scene during a ceremony caught on camera. 

While officiating a couple’s wedding ceremony, the minister becomes so annoyed with the photographer’s camera clicks, he tells them, “Please, sirs, leave.”

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When one photographer asks where he’d like them to go, the minister responds:

“Anywhere other than here. This is a solemn assembly not a photography session. Please move or I will stop. I will stop the ceremony if you do not get out of the way.”

Meanwhile, the bride and groom take in the awkwardness, and the pastor adds:

“'This is not about photography, this is about God.”

Kamrul Hasan, a commenter who says he was a photographer at the wedding, defended himself via YouTube:

“My job was to capture their event beautifully. My intention wasn’t to kill or hurt anyone with my shutter clicks.”

What do you think of the minister’s reaction — was it appropriate?

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Photo: Video still of the minister stopping the wedding ceremony (Michael Borriello via YouTube, aka.ms/MinisterStopsWedding

Sep 22, 2013 5:15AM
Do you (know history) and maryland clean freak sit together and decide how put down other posters? You should feel proud.
Sep 21, 2013 4:11PM
It is time that photographers and videographers realize that they are not part of the ceremony, merely documenting it. If they get in the way or bother the ceremony, they don't belong. I am an organist, and at one wedding had a videographer want to put a camera between me and the aisle the party would be walking on. He twice got within an inch of my face, demanding that the camera be allowed there, and even threatening to take me outside to "kick my a--." Then during the prelude, the mother of the bride stopped me also concerned that the camera be allowed.
Sep 21, 2013 3:53PM

Couples spend too much time planning a one day event and No time planning a lifetime event, marriage!


Sep 21, 2013 2:52PM
In our church, the minister has already established a policy concerning photographers and videoing, so that it in no way detracts from the solemnity of the occasion. When he meets with the couple he will make the policy clear (and, in fact, it is in writing). If the photographers are present early enough, he will even point out the best spots to stand, so they will be unobtrusive (sometimes they can even interfere with the guests' line of vision). When having a religious ceremony, the emphasis is on just that....photos can be reenacted following the ceremony. Occasionally, a photographer/videographer will not pay attention and do their own thing and, if that is the case, I feel the minister has the right to gently ask them to stop.
Sep 21, 2013 2:47PM
We are living in an age when people have little reverence for God or the things of God loving pleasure more then the things of God. The covenant of marriage is still a holy covenant between God the husband and the wife regardless of the opinions of man. The vows are part of the entering in to a holy and lifelong covenant, this is a very serious moment. The photographer was unprofessional and disrespectful just as so many others today who have the audacity to do things like answer cell phones during a sermon, etc. as if business as usual, the minister is a servant of God, he did nothing wrong, he only wanted God to get His proper respect. Good for Him!
Sep 21, 2013 2:33PM
If the couple wanted a photo op wedding, then they should have had a civil ceremony. Not a church wedding. If you are in a church, being married by clergy, one might guess the ceremony to be "in the eyes of God". The clergy had every right to call out and maintain order in the venue. That's part of his job. Where does society get off thinking all is acceptable? It is not.
Sep 21, 2013 2:03PM
sorry I agree with the minister. This is an occasional between a man and woman in the grace of God! The photographer called had stood somewhere else!
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