For Wedding Photography, Some Couples Eschew a Pro in Favor of GoPro

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In a move to save money and contribute to the “winging it” feel, a handful of couples are relying on relatives and friends — their pockets and purses jammed with GoPro cameras, cellphones and mini iPads — to capture the bride taking that nervous breath before she walks down the aisle or the groom hugging his father, tears in their eyes.

“Two years ago, this was a conversation you never would have had,” said David Tutera, a celebrity wedding planner and the host of the TV show “David Tutera’s Celebrations.”

Few are likely to miss the photo assistants holding large reflectors and shouting, “Look here!” But the more casual approach to capturing important wedding moments has had mixed results.

“Everyone we know has an iPhone, and most take beautiful pictures on Instagram, so we knew they’d be fine,” said Samantha Resnik, 33, whose wedding to Mark Edmunds, 43, included a large reception on May 21 at the West End Hall, on upper Broadway. A single photographer, she said, cannot be everywhere at once. “He can’t possibly capture what 175 guests can,” Ms. Resnik said.

In addition to asking guests to use hashtags on Facebook or Instagram to post photos, couples are now relying solely on them to tell a visual story.

The Tinder Dating Pool Isn’t Completely Shallow

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Yes, they swiped right and met the one — with hardly a cheap rendezvous in sight, even though Tinder, the ubiquitous mobile-dating app, has been written off by some observers as nothing more than a vehicle to promote quick and easy hookups.

And what may surprise some cynics is that Tinder is also landing spouses for more than a few of its users, including a number who have been featured in the Vows section of The New York Times.

“Three years ago, Tinder was considered a hookup app,” said Julie Spira, an online and mobile dating coach based in Los Angeles, who advises her clients to go on three dating sites, including Tinder, if they’re serious about meeting someone. “Now people are joining Tinder because it’s efficient and easy to use, and everyone seems to be on it.”

Thanks to Tinder’s lowbrow reputation, some couples have lied to friends and family members about how they met. Mrs. Andrews admits that she and her husband told people they met at a bar when they first started dating. “We worried they wouldn’t take us as seriously,” she said.

Celia Walden knows when she’s not wanted

In LA brides send out 'you're not invited' cards.

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You are not invited to John and Autumn’s wedding.’ It takes me a second or two to digest this Evite.

I’m not even sure it qualifies as an Evite, since I’m pointedly not being invited. A triad of emotions follow in quick succession: relief (I don’t know John or Autumn well enough to assume that I would be there on their big day), offence (why the hell aren’t I invited?) and finally paranoia (have these people finally found my column online?). But Ava – the only LA friend who does read my column online – tells me not to take it personally. ‘You’re not invited’ invitations are ‘a thing’, apparently. A direct result of our over-sharing culture, they are sent to warn acquaintances who have followed the coupling, engagement and pre-wedding hysteria on social media not to get excited about the ‘lily cascade’ wedding cake with lemon buttercream frosting, the fireworks or the mariachi band, because they are not invited.