Modern Technology is it friend or foe, well in this case it was definately FOE!! Bloody iPad.
I have tried so hard to be as sustainable as possible including going paperless, all of my contracts, questions, information, ideas, recommendations etc. etc. is done online with very little paper apart from your legal docs and completed ceremonies for the big day, so I thought I was a big giant smarty pants when deciding 'stuff it' I'm going to do what the big guys do and go paperless for my ceremonies too, enter new purchase, stupid mini iPad.
I'm at Campbell Point House, it's a pretty fancy house in Leopold and I was thrilled to finally see for myself how beautiful and posh it really was, I get everyone seated, get the entire bridal party down, welcome said bridal party, whose names I spell phonetically so I don't muck them up, there is a round of applause...the crowd goes wild with all the warm and fuzzy feels at peak feels, I look down again to continue...HALF THE SCREEN HAS DISAPPEARED!! Holy F%&$ F&^$#(($% F^@$ I might be able to wing the ceremony, I knew my couple well, but I will never remember the Japanese and Vietnamese names without my phonetics...I look up to see 120 sets of eyes looking at me waiting for my next riverting words which turned out to be..."well that's bloody annoying, I've lost my ceremony, this is why we shouldn't use modern technology people", I was in shock, Kiet looked shocked, I looked around thinking someone will give me an answer, more shocked looks, by me, my mouth gapping.
I recovered quickly, remembered I had done a printed version for my regular folder as a back up at the last minute, it's in my suitcase, phew! where's my suitcase? F&$**#$%@*&^&%$ for the first time ever...no where near me, my roadie/wife runs up the stairs through the mansion to grab said trusty paper version "so did you hear the one about when an Irishman, an Englishman and a German walk into a bar?...yeah me neither, my face was getting redder and redder, my breathing short and shallow, nervous wee's not far from releasing itself, then I remembered Nozomi and Kiet had a 'red alert' unplugged ceremony, much to the horror of all their guests, nope not a half arsed 'amber alert' unplugged, it was a definite 'red' if you get caught with a phone, you and me are in big trouble, "ok while we wait for my folder, everyone grab your phones and quickly take as many photos as your heart desires", I have NEVER seen so many people reach for phones in pockets, handbags, from each other in all my born days, it was exactly the moment they had been waiting for, PHOTO'S That kept them occupied for the 2 minutes, PHEW!!!
It felt like the longest two minutes of my entire life.
"Now let's get on with the ceremony shall we...phones away"
Things happen, things don't always go the way you predict, but if that have of happened to me a year ago, I possibly would have had an anxiety attack a thrown up in front of everyone or wet my pants.
I don't know why I panicked in those split moments, I always have a printed out version to give to my couples, plus if I was that desperate I would have gone into my Dropbox and read it from my phone, DOH!. It is so easy to think of all those things after the event though isn't it.
I was lucky I thought fast and that I attract really fun easy going couples, oh and having a sense of humour always helps, laughing can get you through just about anything.
A few days later, I pulled the stupid mini iPad out of the naughty corner, rebooted the darn thing and BANG! there was my ceremony F*&%$#.
I have to say, everything was perfect for Nozomi & Kiet's wedding except me, and I wouldn't have it any other way, well I don't really have a choice, that's just me, yep Sharon Your Celebrants and I'm all yours.