A pastor officiating a wedding in New York abruptly stopped the ceremony and turned to the photographers, who had been snapping pictures of the event. “This is a solemn assembly, not a photography session,” the pastor said. “Please move, or I will stop. I will stop the ceremony if you do not get out of the way.”
The pastor continued to reprehend the photography crew, as the bride and groom shot each other confused glances. The entire scenario was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.
“This is not about photography. This is about God,” the pastor concludes as the video ends.
The pastor’s stern demands that the photographers leave was a swift change in demeanor. Just seconds before, the bride, groom and congregation were laughing at the pastor’s quip of “we’re still good right?” following a short pause in the ceremony. The clicks of cameras are then audible, and the pastor turns around and begins yelling at them.
It’s unfortunate that this couple’s wedding was interrupted, especially because it was not a high-profile or celebrity event and the cameramen were likely hired professionals rather than intrusive paparazzi. The rest of the wedding reportedly went smoothly.
A commenter on the YouTube video, which has already racked up over 30,000 views, claimed to be one of the photographers at the event.
“Well it’s not about how I clicked the shutter and they wouldn’t be married. My job was to capture their event beautifully. My intention wasn’t to kill or hurt anyone with my shutter clicks,” the commenter wrote.