Tech Talk Tuesday: Wedding Bliss with tech!

Updated: Friday, August 9 2013, 06:09 PM MDT
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By Lonnie Valencia

I knew that technology would eventually make it into every nook and cranny of our lives, but I always thought that there were certain places or events that it would be forever forbidden.  I would have never imagined seeing a technological leap in advancement at a wedding, for example.  After all, weddings have been taking place even before the idea of snapping a picture was conceived or the dawn of the transistor.   Even today most weddings flash photography is forbidden during the church ceremony. So why would technology even have a chance of making it in an event so personal and so ritualistic?  It took a 6 hour trip to Lubbock, TX for me to see the wedding bliss between tech and matrimony.  Join me on my wild ride for a tech'd out Texas wedding.

Living in El Paso, the closest big Texas city to us is San Antonio.  There's Sea World, Six Flags and a “Dave and Busters.”  Lubbock, TX, on the other hand,  has... ummm... well there is a Twin Peaks restaurant in Odessa, TX that I know of.  Besides that, not much else that I found.  I bring all this up to make the point that I wasn’t in any way thinking I would see technology at the level that I did.

Two things caught my eye at my cousin's wedding. The first one was a spin-off of the disposable camera.  In the days of old, the concept was that every table at the reception had a disposable camera and the people sitting would take their “point of view” pictures for the newly married couple.  That’s a cool idea until the newlyweds have to develop 20 plus camera and only half of them are used and someone took a pic of their butt with one.  Not cool!  That’s where Eversnap takes that idea and technologically enhances it.  At the wedding reception, I attended, what looked like business cards were scattered on the tables.  The card had Eversnap’s logo, a picture of the happy couple, and instructions on how to use it.  Once you had downloaded the app and entered the code, you could take pictures directly from your smartphone that would upload to a shared album.  Anybody that joined the app could take pictures and see what other people were posting inside the album.  That to me was way too cool.  Now instead of everyone taking the same picture of the center piece on the table they were taking pictures that meant something.   It made it almost impossible for that random butt shot to make its debut... well at least not anonymously!

The second technological spin off that broke the wedding barrier was called “Fun 4 All Photo Booth.”  We all know what a photo booth is, but this one had internet, Facebook, and video blogging crammed into it.  To spice it up even further they had fun props for you to wear so you’re not just taking random smily pictures.  The wife and I had way too much fun taking our three shots in the booth as you can see.  Once we were done, we were ask if we wanted to post our pics straight to Facebook, which my wife did from the touch screen in the booth.  Then, we were asked to say some kind words to the newlyweds through video message.  What can I say.  This isn’t your grandma’s photo booth.

At the end of it all, Lubbock, TX... home of the... ummm.... has shown me that you can’t judge a book by its cover nor a city by its lack of attractions.  I will forever remember that wedding for the fun I had and the surprising technology.  That said, I tried looking up a photo booth provider here in El Paso like the one at the wedding and I’ve yet to find one.  I’m afraid that Lubbock has surpassed us in this arena of awesomeness.

That does it for this episode of Tech Talk Tuesday.  As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia..

Tech Talk Tuesday: Wedding Bliss with tech!
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