I thought you guys would appreciate this "Oh Crap!" moment from yesterday.
The minister started the ceremony... without the Bride! The videographers and I were looking at each other like "WTF" We all had our gear trained on the back where the bride was coming down (except my assistant who was on the groom) and suddenly the minister is saying a prayer and asking the reader to come up and start reading. The poor DJ was confused, too, since he'd started the music already and didn't know whether to stop it or keep going.
Then the bride gets there and it's seriously a 90 second ceremony. After capturing everyone walking down the aisle I went up to the top of the ceremony site to get the full shot of the guests and ceremony from the back while my assistant was getting close ups and suddenly the minister is announcing them man and wife and telling them to kiss. I got it but from WAY back, my assistant missed it, and both of the videographers missed it. There was a lot more to the ceremony that was just left out and what was left in went REALLY fast.
Luckily the upset bride (who handled it very well and with much grace) thought it was a great idea when we all suggested we re-create it a bit. The minister was long gone so we just removed the podium and I got my shots of the wedding party and we recreated the kiss. But seriously, craziest wedding ceremony I've ever attended. Though I think the guests appreciate the 90 second ceremony since it was HOT in Orange County yesterday. But the bride was upset that she missed her own wedding ceremony.