Good morning and Happy Friday. First off, I want to say thanks to everyone for checking out the engagement I featured on here yesterday for Chrissy and Joe. In following that same theme, today's [FRAME] is from their beautiful Des Moines Wedding that happened just last Saturday. This one's called The Dancing Fiend. Lets dive in. Spending the day with Chrissy and Joe was a real treat. These two love each other deeply and have such a beautiful connection. It's always a joy to work with such wonderful people. We spent last Saturday running around Des Moines to celebrate their newly married status. After some quick portraits following the ceremony and a quick stop at a bar, we headed on over to their reception venue, the Temple for Performing Arts. This venue is one of my favorites and always looks stunning, you just have to check it out for yourself [Temple for Performing Arts].
After a wonderful grand entrance by way of the beautiful balcony and secret staircase, Chrissy and Joe greeted their guests before finally sitting down for dinner. When dinner was over, on came the speeches, which were both touching and hilarious as Joe's brother flubbed his lines and eventually hurled his cue cards across the room. Shortly after the speeches concluded, the lights dimmed and the couple took center stage on the wooden dance floor. The first dances were smooth and graceful — only ending once the live band took to the stage to get the party started.
As the dancing picked up, I made my way through the crowded dance floor, grabbing shots left and right. Little pockets of dancers started forming of people throwing down their best moves. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I heard a loud commotion. I spun around and was immediately drawn to the large circle that had formed with one guy in the middle. For the sake of this story, we're going to call him the Dancing Fiend. And, let me tell you, he lived up to the title...and then some.
Once he got wound up, he started bouncing and popping his body in a zig-zag pattern across the dance floor. Next came the high kicks, which were followed shortly after by a series of jumping splits. At this point, I was just shocked that his pants stayed in tact because I've seen that go so wrong before. For his next trick, he climbed on the stage as everyone watched in anticipation. His body leaned sideways and he seemed to lose his balance as he began to fall from the stage. The guests gasped, but at the very last minute, he tucked and rolled into a graceful somersault before finishing the move with yet another jumping split. This time, however, that split must've been the straw that broke the camels back...or knee. He picked himself up and began hobbling, clutching his knee. A few of his buddies helped him off the floor, stifling their laughter.
That's the end of that, I thought. But, I was wrong.
A few minutes later, he was back at it. This time, charging the dance floor with just as much intensity as before. At first, you could tell the knee was hurting because he was favoring that leg a bit. Before long, we was back to his usual tricks, this time without injury. When he finally wrapped up his performance, he threw his hands in the air, wiped the sweat from his forehead, and strutted off the dance floor to a soundtrack of thunderous applause. This guy was the true embodiment of "go big or go home."
Thanks for checking out today's post and be sure to check the blog early next week for some great work that I just finished up. I promise it's worth the wait.
Have a great weekend. Cheers!