Click the photo or follow the link to view Anne and Tim’s Irish/Scottish Wedding at the Lower Lake Ranch near Conifer, CO.
I’ve been around enough people from Iowa that I’m convinced there isn’t much to do in Iowa except pick corn, go to Phish and Widespread Panic concerts… and PARTY. Iowans are officially the rowdiest people, given to lots of dancing, and can consume cocktails and beer like it’s the top of the nutritional food pyramid. And I don’t say this lightly and without evidence: my wife, in-laws, most of my family, and even myself (5 years as a kid) are from Iowa.
All of this consequently means that Iowans are the best people to know if you like to have fun. Anne and Tim’s wedding was a case study in this fact.
To start with, men in kilts and bow ties may seem to indicate a sense of formality, but if you really stop to think about it, it’s the exact opposite. I have never met a man capable of wearing that venerable warrior’s man-skirt who didn’t do so with a twinkle in his eye and frequent (and gratuitous) displays of what is (or isn’t), in fact, covered underneath. I’m not Scottish or Irish, but I have worn a kilt, and I do have to admit that I too felt the overpowering urge to flash and moon everyone I met that day. *shrug* It’s a guy thing.
Secondly, Anne and Tim held a very moving and very traditional Gaelic/Scottish ceremony, in which there was a classic moment where the couple shared a shot of whiskey with the first person they met, who for the ceremony’s purposes was their officiant (and Tim’s best friend). He quaffed that shot like a champion, which was probably for the best becuase he’d announced to the guests earlier that he was very nervous. Ahhh, whiskey! Liquid courage.
Third of all (thirdly?), Anne is a fountain of laughter and joyous energy. She literally bounds at times, and her energy infected the day with constant laughter and fun. She didn’t stop dancing all night long, and becuase of that, neither did her guests. They had an eclectic mix of danceable party music, from hip-hop to jam band and a lot of hard Scottish and Irish traditional/rock. It was a treat to photograph, and the best part was I can shoot some video now on the Nikon D300s and I was playing around with it, shooting a little video in between photos.
This is what I got, put to “Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys, edited by me on my home computer. It’s pretty obvious that I should stick to my day-job (photography), and leave the videography to the professionals… but I still think it’s pretty cool!