OK, so this wasn’t technically a wedding. Officially, Tracy and Chris got hitched a few days before down at the courthouse. But on El Día De Los Muertos they had a killer party with their friends and family to celebrate. This wasn’t your typical reception. First of all, the groom’s band, Evangeline, played a set. (They’re playing at the Tractor Tavern this Friday–you should check ’em out.) It’s not often that you see a groom on stage playing guitar with his band at his own wedding reception. The bride’s belly dancing friend Janine (aka J9 Fierce) put on an amazing performance that ended with her shakin’ it to Led Zeppelin.
The Día De Los Muertos theme was in full effect, from the sugar skulls and Lottería cards decorating the tables to the little skeleton bride and groom cake topper made by a friend. Some guests even dressed up to match the theme. The food (Mexican, naturally) was amazing, and for those of us who were trying to stay sharp and not take blurry photos there was homemade pink hibiscus iced tea.
From a personal standpoint, it was such a great party to photograph. Tracy is a friend and an amazing photographer and there’s nothing quite as flattering as being asked to take photos for a photographer. And since Tracy’s a photographically adventurous kind of gal, I got to try something I’d been wanting to do for a while: a photobooth. In a hidden corner of the room I had a little background and light setup and got to take photobooth-style shots of guests. Some were cheesy, some were goofy, and some were a little steamy. The first one here is of the happy couple:
Janine, in the middle here, was the belly dancing goddess:
The band, Evangeline, plus a few friends:
Joy–the cake eater here–made the hibiscus tea:
Tracy and Chris with Chris’s mom:
I also took plenty of non-photobooth shots…here are a few from the rest of the evening:
Thanks, Tracy and Chris, for such a great night, and congratulations!