Joanna & Steen

Joanna and Steen got married on Valentine’s Day at The Clement Hotel on Cannery Row in Monterey.

I was the second photographer at this wedding, helping my frequent compatriot Glen McDowell.

Glen and I are excited about photographing weddings together — Glen is a master of the artful portrait and I’m better at catching the action, so we complement each other well. And with both of us shooting, it frees us to concentrate on our specialty and take more risks — which results in better photos for the couple.

Let me just be honest and say that my favorite part of shooting a wedding is the reception. Ceremonies are amazing and touching, doing the portraits can be creative and satisfying work, but after dinner, when everybody lets down their hair and enjoys the music, to me, that’s always the best times. And this wedding had one of the most enthusiastic groups of reception dancers I’ve ever seen.

Giant, un-ironic sing-a-longs to Neil Diamond songs, choreographed dancing to songs from Grease, and, bar-none, the best wedding reception air-guitar performance I’ve ever seen — a tie-as-headband, shirt-unbuttoned rendition of an AC/DC classic, complete with spinning on the floor and a kneeslide ending.

Check out our entire take here — be sure to scroll down, Glen’s photos are at the bottom.

Here are a few of my favorite frames from the day.

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