The Story Behind Randy Houser’s Wedding Rule

He Wanted to Avoid "Phone Face" Photos

It happens all the time. Important photographs are ruined by people trying to capture their own photos.

I call it “phone face.”

And Randy Houser knows exactly what it means. That’s why he and his new wife Tatiana banned cellphones at their May 4 wedding in Franklin, Tennessee.

“It seemed like almost every photo we looked at of other weddings when you see pictures of the bride and groom, there would be pictures of people in the background at the wedding with phones in their faces,” Houser told me Saturday (May 21) when he was in Chicago on May 21,

And that is just not the kind of wedding he and Tatiana wanted. They wanted to be able to treasure wedding photos of their guests’ actual faces.

Plus, even though the wedding was an intimate one, there were some famous faces there. Houser, plus Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard.

“I had a few of my country singer buddies there, too, and I didn’t want the whole thing to turn into a photo shoot or a meet-and-greet for them,” he said. “I didn’t want them to feel like they had to work at our wedding. We wanted our friends to just be there, but it can turn into work real quick if everyone’s got their phones out.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.