No marriage (and indeed no proposal) is ever the same. Popping the question and orchestrating the big day combines the kind of loving ingenuity and untrammelled devotion which inevitably reveals a kaleidoscope of character and passion. That is why proposals can be grand occasions or subtle romantic gestures and also why no one can bear the thought of missing the main event. These days, even technology is keen to make the guest list. No longer happy just helping to-be-weds get to the church on time, technology is being embraced more and more by happy couples to startling effect.
Capturing treasured memories on video has been high on the list of priorities for couples for generations. More so now than ever, thanks to affordable cameras and even smartphone technology, people and occasions are rarely missed by the lens of a camera. Yet, for many, watching loved ones lit up on the big screen at the local cinema is seemingly out of reach. That’s why Ginny, a small town girl from Georgia, received the shock of her life in April last year as she sat amongst theatre goers to find a trailer appear before her eyes starring her boyfriend Matt. To Hollywood visuals backed by a stirring soundtrack, Matt went on to ask Ginny’s father for permission before making the trip and appearing live to ask for her hand. See the video below.
Recent technology has led to even more interesting proposals. Mobile technology in particular is a fond favourite of the love-struck tech-savvy proposer. Faigy from New York was handed a special smartphone loaded with Google Maps and an extremely romantic route late last year. The phone led Faigy through the centre of the Big Apple. As she did so, she visited her and her boyfriend’s favourite destinations, from Carnegie Hall to Roosevelt Island, gathering a red rose at each destination. After the poignant tour, the ‘romantic scavenger hunt’ climaxed in a waterside proposal in the fading sun.
As for the big day itself, technology has been a huge help for those invited who aren’t able to make it to the ceremony in person. Apple’s FaceTime app for the iPad recently enabled a bridesmaid to ‘walk’ the aisle in procession despite being miles away. Renee, the bridesmaid in question, was carried – framed by Apple’s famous tablet – by a friend to take part in the celebrations in real time.
“I got all teary-eyed during the ceremony,” Renee said afterwards, “and I couldn’t have gotten that from pictures.”
Meanwhile in California, nuptials were able to go ahead in absence of the groom, thanks to web video conferencing software Skype. Samuel Kim and Helen Oh were able to go ahead with their vows despite the soon-to-be husband contracting a serious lung infection which had confined him to the isolation ward of a hospital. Normally, that would put a hold on proceedings but with friends travelling all the way from Korea, the show had to go on. Fortunately, thanks to five camera men and two jumbo screens, Samuel was able to join Helen Oh at the hi-tech church from his ward.
Tech is beginning to feature in the most unlikely situations, but its ability to connect people who otherwise might not be able to attend events like weddings really shows how the future could pan out for society and communication.
This article was written by Kyle Jackson of Dialaphone – the smart choice for smartphone and mobile phone deals.
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