I've had two quite remarkable experiences with Dan and Holli this year. Their engagement session was super fun, leaving me with drive-time smiles all the way home. Their wedding was...well let me put it this way - If this blog post doesn't make you smile you're way too grumpy:) The day started off with plenty of humor as one of Dan's groomsman arrived ready to go.
There didn't seem to be any nervousness. I would say that Dan and Holli were both super ready to see each other and spend the rest to their lives together.
Holli was super excited to get the dress on. I think she mentioned it as "the best part of the day". But I think looking back we would all say that the day just kept getting better.
This is surely my favorite toast in a long time.
Only to be followed up with the one of the better sips I've witnessed. Someone encouraged me to catch the guys doing this, but you'll have to wait for that one.
Meanwhile, we have some guys ready for the big event
There are certain moments in weddings that are so captivating to me. I've shot nearly 100,000 wedding photos this year and Mat and Nelli add a lot to that number, which I individually observe. There are a couple moments that always capture my attention in a special way. You see, I have three daughters: Alicia, Lydia and Zoe. I could never express in words what each one means to me and I can't imagine the moment I hand them away to another man. When I looked at this photo I understood why Holli's dad was so happy. Dan is the type of man that a father not only approves of, but that a father is joyful to embrace in such an emotional stage of life. Not only that, Holli and her father had such a great father daughter dance song. Someone please comment with the name of that song.
Though I would describe the overall vibe of the day as fun, it did have it's share of pure masculine power....
Once he had lifted the boulder above his head for a while, Dan and Holli exchanged a pleasant gaze....
If you can do it with champagne, you can do it with perfectly timed breaded cheese sticks. Agree!
It's good to even watch someone enjoying such timely appetizers.
Well obviously this was fun. Holli and Dan are my clients, but more importantly; they became my friends. I wish them the best and I have no doubt their lives together will be fill with joy and fulfillment. I want to take pictures of them again someday. Actually, I'm quite tired of losing so many awesome couples once the disc and album are delivered, so I'm going to try my best to shoot as many anniversary sessions as I can in the next few years. Couldn't it be an opportunity to re-ignite? Photos are art. Photos are memories. Photos are powerful, significant moments that benefit every stage of life. They can express initial love and hopefully help maintain that love for a lifetime. Dan and Holli - you have inspired me and I love you and your families. Thank you for who you are.