While you were probably still digesting your Thanksgiving Feast this weekend, Mary-Kate Olsen sneakily tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, French banker Olivier Sarkozy. Following in the footsteps of couples like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, the duo pulled the whole thing off on the DL. And while we’re super happy for the newlyweds, we have SO MANY QUESTIONS. Did MK design her own dress? Was Ashley the maid of honor? Were any Full House members in attendance? We’ll likely never get to the bottom of these mysteries, but luckily, Page Six has reported a few details about the big day.
Page Six writes, “The reception was held at a private residence on 49th Street, between Second and Third avenues; cocktails were served in a rear garden before the 50 guests dined indoors. Attendees were required to turn in their cellphones beforehand.” A source also told them,”Party decor consisted of ‘bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes, and everyone smoked the whole night.'”
While the endless supply of cigarettes might not be so on trend (although very Mary-Kate), the technology ban is something that we can totally get behind. In fact, a wedding photographer’s Facebook post about this very same topic just went viral earlier this month. The photographer, Thomas Stewart, shared a photo (pictured below) of a groom having to lean out past a group of guests with their phones out just to see his bride walking down the aisle.
In a lengthy post on the problem, Stewart makes a convincing case for a phone-free ceremony. He first mentions the obvious: that phones and iPads get in the way of the photographer taking those stunning photos you’re paying big bucks for. Stewart then points out that they’ll also get in your way, like they did for the groom pictured above. He goes on to tell guests, “You’ve been invited to this wedding to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other. They [the newlyweds] didn’t invite you along to take photographs that they probably won’t really look at anyway. They want you there with them in heart and soul, and they want to see your tear-filled eyes as you form part of their wedding ceremony. You are witnesses to their marriage, so for goodness sake, watch them with your eyes and your minds, not your phones.”
We know it’s hard to part with your phone or simply keep it locked away when the bride is looking so damn beautiful walking down the aisle, but it’s worth it. As great of a Snapchat or Instagram it would make, when it comes down to it, this is one of the biggest days in a couple’s life, and being 100% present is kind of the best wedding gift you can give them – you know, besides that shiny new KitchenAid ;)
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(Photos via Facebook and Kevin Mazur/Getty)