Every wedding is different

Every time I shoot a wedding I see something new, and learn something different. Here are some things I learned this weekend.

Sipping chocolate is amazing
If you are ever offered a “shot” of chocolate, accept it. It wasn’t as light and milky as hot chocolate, and was almost like the syrup you would put in chocolate milk. It was amazing.

Polka dancers are unpredictable
I’ve filmed a lot of dancing at a lot of receptions, and consider myself pretty agile when it comes to staying out of the way. Until this weekend, I had never gone up against polka. I’m just glad my camera and I made it off the dance floor alive and with good footage.

Every reception hall should have mouthwash in the bathrooms
At first I thought it was weird that they would have mouthwash on the sink. But the dispenser and disposable cups made the operation pretty sterile. And if you’ve ever eaten an h’orderve with goat cheese, or leaned in to speak to somebody who had eaten one, you will agree that mouthwash should be mandatory.

Goat cheese: pungently delicious

The bride and groom can leave before the reception is over
Sarah and Sam were picked up at 11pm to be shuttled to a hotel so they could make a morning flight to their honeymoon. Seeing them leave reminded me of the film, “Love Actually.” One scene shows Kiera Knightley and her new husband leaving their reception on a boat, waving at their family and friends. It was fun to see the bride toss her bouquet, give a few farewell hugs, and then run out with her husband for their trip.

Sarah and Sam Sevener wave goodbye to family and friends

It’s OK to borrow from Hollywood
The father of the bride was impressed with the fireworks scene in the film, “The Father of the Bride” so he decided to have fireworks cap his toast after dinner. I don’t think there was an undropped jaw in the room.

I also learned to watch out for mischievous family members. An older gentleman started tickling my armpit while I was holding the camera over my head to film some dancing.

So remember, drink chocolate if you can, and use mouthwash if you eat goat cheese in public.

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