Good morning and happy fantastic Friday! We're going to start this morning off like we usually do and showcase another moment from my [FRAMED] series. Today, we're going back a few years to Nina and Tanner's awesome Des Moines wedding and talking about The Bernie. So grab some coffee, buckle up, and lets get to it. As I said above, this one's going back a few years — May 2012 to be exact. However, even though it was so long ago, I still remember it like it was yesterday. You just never forget a couple like these two. We had spent the whole day together and gotten some really great moments. The ceremony was over and we had just wrapped up a fun portrait session on Merle Hay road before heading up north to Ankeny for the reception at the Pinnacle Golf Club. The reception was decorated beautifully and carried with it a touch of elegance. We worked our way through a delicious dinner followed up shortly by toasts consisting of laughs, hugs, and tears.

The first dances wrapped up and the DJ had just announced open dance. The eager guests rushed the floor to dance with the pulsating music. The party lights lit up the room as they shot streams of color everywhere. To be honest, it was one hell of a party. Dancing commenced for a short while when suddenly, the song ended and the room grew silent. The guests began to look around the room in confusion, wondering why their party had stopped. Suddenly the DJ's voice broke the silence...

"Excuse me ladies and gentlemen, can we please have you clear the dance floor? We have a special surprise for our beautiful bride."

The guests happily obliged and before you know it, there was a ring of people around the dance floor. Soon after, Nina carefully made her way through the crowd to find a lonely chair waiting for her. She slowly took her seat and anxiously waited — confused at what her surprise may be. What happened next was a complete shock. No one, not even myself could've predicted that the groom and his groomsmen had rehearsed a surprise dance...The Bernie.

So, what is the Bernie you ask? If you're dying to see it in action, check it out on YouTube by searching "Moving like Bernie," but I'll give you a quick definition here. The Bernie is a dance created to mimic the laid-back, zombie-like walk of Bernie from the "Weekend at Bernie's" movies. In the movies, Bernie was a dead man that was brought back to life and had a unique walking style which consisted of him leaning backwards, bouncing on is knees, flopping his arms at his sides, and letting his head bob around. The dance was just that...and even had it's own song.

Back to the story. So, there was Nina sitting in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by her friends and family. Suddenly the circle parted and in walked the Tanner and his groomsmen with a confident swagger. They walked over to Nina and surrounded her, forming their own circle, and froze. Again, the room grew silent. Then, a hip-hop beat started playing and all at once, the groomsmen leaned back and started flopping around while grinding on the bride. The room went nuts. Guests were falling over each other with laughter and Nina was having a riot. It was amazing and choreography was perfect. The song went on and the guys continued to flop around, circling her while her laughing fit grew stronger. Finally, she rose up out of her chair and joined in on the dance which took the laughter and cranked it up to 11! Soon after, the song ended and the wedding party joined on the floor for a big group hug, surrounded by a sea of applause.

Even though this happened 3 years ago, it's still one of my favorite wedding moments. The reaction from both Nina and the guests was just priceless and the party afterwards was fueled by that energy in a big way. To this day, I've never seen anything like this at any other wedding. I'm not sure if I'll ever see this again, but you never know when The Bernie might flop its head up. Until then, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Cheers!

the bernie dance | des moines wedding photographer brian davis

the bernie dance | des moines wedding photographer brian davis

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