Teri Wilson
Updated Nov 07, 2015 @ 8:46 am
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Remember the moment in the movie 27 Dresses (an awesome romantic comedy about a perpetual bridesmaid and a wedding reporter) when Katherine Heigl and James Marsden get stranded in a bar in the middle of Nowhere, New York? They argue a lot. They drink a lot. Then the song Bennie and the Jets comes on and this happens:

After they (endearingly) butcher the lyrics to a perfectly awesome Elton John song and show off some super cheesy (yet again, endearing) dance moves, these two opposites bond over the fact that they both like to look at the groom during a wedding while everyone else is looking at the bride. They like to see the look on the groom’s face when he first sees his soon-to-be-wife walking down the aisle. (And then lots of fun romantic things happen with Katherine and James’ characters. If you haven’t seen the movie, get on it. Seriously. Do it.)

We have to agree. Watching a groom see his bride for the first time is a moment that really brings the feels. It’s special. It’s a true once-in-a-lifetime moment. Unfortunately, this romantic moment is becoming extinct. Why? Because we’re ruining this perfect, gorgeous moment with our cell phones. For real, you guys. OUR CELL PHONES. Ugh.

Professional wedding photographer, Thomas Stewart, brought this matter to our attention earlier this week when he posted a photo he’d recently taken at a wedding on his Facebook page. You know what they say: A picture is worth a thousand words. And in this case, the picture indeed speaks volumes. It shows the “groom moment” we all love so much, the moment when he watches his bride coming toward him down the aisle. Or it WOULD, if the aisle wasn’t crammed full of people taking candid pics with their cell phones.