The morning after an epically long wedding day, 16 hours in this case, I usually wake up with a board for a back, half doubled over, needles in my feet, jello knees, and a pounding headache. That’s kind of my test for a great wedding day. It lets me know I gave my all, every last drop. I often smile and think “Dang! That WAS epic!” And as I pour over the images, my excitement is reaffirmed! Up until that point all that excitement is internal. It’s not until I send the highlight slideshow that everything comes to full circle and everyone cashes in on the anticipation and excitement! The best part is often what follows when a note comes in. Lauren wrote possibly the nicest thing anyone has every said about me…
“From our rehearsal dinner to the last dance, you were right there with us, capturing every moment…As I’ve said before, there are a million places to get married, but only one Daniel Moyer. I wouldn’t have gotten married to anyone but Mike and I wouldn’t have gotten married with any other photographer. It had to be you!”
Lauren & Mike are so sweet! I got to know Mike as the animated older brother of the bride tearing up the dance floor at Laura and Joe’s wedding. Being pretty lively myself and an avid dancer, Mike and I polka’d at their wedding! (I am glad there is no evidence of my “skills”) As the reception was winding down, Mike pulled me aside and told me he would soon be proposing to his girlfriend and I should be hearing from them soon. Sure enough just under a month later, I received an ecstatic email from Lauren: “Hi Daniel! After you polka’d with my future husband at Laura and Joe’s wedding, I knew I couldn’t plan a wedding that didn’t include you as our photographer!” I was a perfect match!
Their wedding day at the Mallard Island Yacht Club was the perfect mix of elegance, class, and unhinged celebration. The ceremony was simple, joyful and quite humorous after a bird pooped twice on Lauren. Everyone took it in stride, laughing it off. As the evening progressed through heartfelt and sometimes tearful speeches, the formal black ties and glittery ball gowns gave way to iconic Dirty Dancing moves, a conga line, the stroll, napkins as hats, and earsplitting energetic sounds of The Elements of Elan Artists!
“Music, dancing, and having a party that emulates us!” is what Lauren and Mike were hoping their wedding day would be. I can’t imagine a day any better for them!