The mock wedding at the DWF convention
(My view from the audience)
January 5, 2008
This wedding was hilarious! On Saturday, the Digital Wedding Forum staged the “Wedding from Hell,” starring our fellow photographers as actors in the most comical wedding that I ever hope to witness. Four DWF members were selected to photograph the wedding and its preparations, to demonstrate to us how they handle difficult situations.
The wedding featured all kinds of difficulties, including a bride who was 6’2″, and a groom who was 5’2″. The mother of the bride wouldn’t stop wailing or criticizing the bride’s hair. The groomsmen were wasted, and were even passing the vodka around during the ceremony. The bridemaids were smoking and adjusting their cleavage during the ceremony. A guest stood in the middle of the aisle with his huge tripod, blocking the view. The wedding coordinator presented the photographers with a 17-page list of formal portraits. The groom’s stepmother was dressed like a tramp and trying to steal the show. The four photographers were sweating the whole time. The rest of us were laughing our heads off.
I took lots of photos that day, all of which were taken with my point-and-shoot from a safe distance. 😉
The wedding began in the ballroom, with a bedroom set for the bride to get ready. Bridget, the bride, was actually changing behind that curtain. It was hilarious to watch photographer Greg Gibson peeking around the curtain.
We headed outside for the ceremony. Joel Weibner played the relative with the camera, blocking the view. Critsey Rowe was the ever-present videographer (with a VHS camera!). Jeff Newcum played the slightly intoxicated, flirtatious priest. Jen Bebb is on the right, getting ready to photograph this fiasco.
The rest of us were laughing in the audience, glad that we didn’t have to shoot it.
Photographers Greg Gibson and Susan Stripling tried to work through their laughter.
Aw, aren’t they lovely together? Bridget Joy and Robert Villena aren’t a real-life couple, but the funny thing is that they are office mates! They live here in Colorado Springs, and work side-by-side at their day job. I’m sure their coworkers are going to have a huge laugh when they see these photos!
Father Newcum had a phone call from a friend during the ceremony. Priceless.
Maid of honor Leslie Gilbert lit up a cigarette at the altar. Best Man David Pearce forgot the rings and hit on the photographer.
Bridesmaid Chelsea Elizabeth couldn’t stop fluffing the bride’s dress and veil throughout the whole day. Groomsman Jake Morrow brought vodka and shot glasses to the altar and passed them around.
My favorite actor was Nikki McLeod, playing the role of the step-mother in fishnets. She was perfect. I also loved the highway signs directly behind the altar. Good stuff.
Jake helped photographer Jen Bebb celebrate her survival of this monstrosity.
After the ceremony, Robert and Bridget jumped in the pool.
These guys were fantastic. Colorado Springs, represent!
Later that night, a huge group of us headed to a dance club downtown. This was the scary cab ride there. Our driver was insane.
A cool self-portrait by Steve Z, my new friend from Boulder. I had to go all the way to Tampa to meet some awesome people from Colorado.
There were lots of us there!
Shaking my groove thing
A funky shot of Mike and me dancing. I think Steve Z took this photo and the last two with my camera.
Melissa and Austin, although I kept wanting to call them Hayden and Justin
Mike and me