We came to Party!! | What your wedding guests really want

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wedding reception ideas

Here is something to mull over as you plan your wedding day. I asked random guests at 4 different weddings this question:

-What did you most look forward to for this wedding?

Being democratic and not wanting this little side project to interfere with my work as a wedding photographer, I was totally random with the people I asked this question to and when I asked it. I didn’t write any of this down mind you. Here are the best responses, the gist of them anyway.

A - The Party, eating good food, drinking lots of booze. It’s kind of a reunion for me and many others. We came to party and celebrate with the couple

A - My state doesn’t allow me to smoke weed. I came to blaze, party, and to look for a new place of work in California

A - Food and Drink and no kids.

A - Dancing with my girls again!!!

A - The trip to California and enjoying my time here

A - This is my job (very well dressed vendor, perhaps wedding crasher, or maybe a paid date)

A - The pre-party, the party, the after-party, and the party the morning after.

best wedding receptions

Most of the weddings I photograph tend to have amazing dance parties. The kind of wedding party you would totally crash if you had a chance to. It tends to be the reason I stick around for so long because the dance parts are so good, the DJ’s are killing it and it’s bouncin! I’m often faced with the question at 1 am, should I leave now, so I ask myself, do I want to go home, to bed? No. I’m I going to a better party somewhere else? No. Is this quite possibly the best place to be right now? Yes.

Wedding Parties are the best kind of party. Which got me thinking, just how big of a deal is the party and dancing to guests because it always looks like everybody is loving them, going all out bustin moves. I’m sure if I was the church wedding photographer photographing dry weddings under the watchful eye of God/Jesus then the answer would have been totally different. Thankfully these are my kind of people. 

wedding dancing

Martin Johnson House Wedding | Buu & Shane Preview

Loved these two fun loving folks! Loved this Martin Johnson House Wedding that they made happen. All about Friends and Family and having fun, lot’s of it. With some cracking design details too, super impressive. Buu started of at the La Jolla Hotel with all her girls for all the hair and make-up. Amazing view of the la jolla coast from the window of the hotel! After the getting ready part of the day was done, we decided to take a few pictures of her and her girls and a few family groups shots also. This saves some time later in the day when everybody is at your wedding and the last thing you want to be doing is taking a shit tonne of images instead of hitting up the cocktail bar. So I also advise if possible to get at least part of the group shots done prior to the ceremony, usually this mean bridal party, since most others at not yet present and you haven’t seen your groom yet, so you can be doing any with him.

Next stop, is the last stop. The Martin Johnson House. Buu and Shane wanted a first look, something private and special that they could enjoy together, without the pressure of having a 100+ people watching you. I know some cool little areas near to the main house. I took them to one directly on the cliff, with a few pines present for shade from the midday heat. This made the perfect first look spot. I had shane wait at the top of some steps, looking out towards towards the oceans, Buu approached and they embraced lovingly, a few tears of happiness were shed. A few portraits of the couple followed and then it was back to the house to hide for the couple, and for me to document the arrival of guests and capture a few wedding details also.

The ceremony came and went, finishing with a dance back down the aisle at the end, in true Buu and Shane style. Cocktail hour and just a handful of group shots since we covered the majority earlier in the day, meant that the bride and groom could enjoy the hour, which happens to be one of my favorites to photograph, win, win! Good food followed as well as drinks, and everybody was ready for a good old knees up! Speeches, toasts and then dance! And dance they did, proper good party it was too!