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dave + chrystie: the reception | indiana county, pa photographer | weddings

By January 8, 2011 No Comments


There’s this amazing thing that happens at wedding receptions. The whole point of a reception (at least in my opinion) is to CELEBRATE! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. In a sense both families come together on the dance floor and create this amazing “welcome to the family” energy. While editing these images I couldn’t help but notice that at any given time both sides of the family were dancing their little hearts out often times with the “other” side of the family. In my mind, there ceremony is the part where the Bride and Groom become one, but the reception………….well THAT is the time when the FAMILIES become one! 🙂

As a by stander, I get to sit back and watch the merging and it’s something that is bound to put a smile on your face. I won’t lie though, I cried several times throughout the reception but I laughed more. First when Chrystie created an audio message to play for her dad right before their dance together….THEN again when Dave created his message for his mom. Their messages were so incredibly heart felt and touching…..but then again, I would have expected nothing less from the two of them! The very last dance of the evening included messages from the bridal party that the DJ’s had recorded during the reception. As they ended the evening surrounded by a circle of their closest friends and family the messages played. Yep, you guessed it, I cried! Thank God I get to hide behind my camera! I laughed my butt off when they rocked out to the blow up guitars and microphones. I tell ya, these weddings are an emotional roller coaster!

The energy didn’t end on the dance floor, the night was ended with a sparkler send out. YES it’s just as cool as it sounds. Wait till you get to the end!

Thank you to “The Mixmaster” Mike Miller and Luke Stultz for getting the dance floor hopping!

And they lived happily ever after! 🙂

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