We've waited all week and Friday is finally here so lets take a look at this week's [FRAME]. This shot is from Christine and Paul's wedding way back in 2013 and it's simply titled "Lord of the Groomsmen." It was a beautiful August morning in downtown Des Moines. The sun was peeking over the tall buildings and it was shaping up to be a beautiful day for a wedding. I met up with Christine and her bridesmaids in their penthouse hotel room overlooking the city. The morning was filled with the usual hustle and bustle of makeup, hair, and wedding preparations — but soon it was going to take a unique and funny twist.

Christine was at a good point with her hair and makeup and asked if I would go down to the room where the guys were and take some photos of them getting ready — I happily obliged. Upon leaving the penthouse suite, she hinted that she had a very special gift that she had arranged for Paul to receive and to make sure I got photos of it. I left the suite and headed down, all the while thinking about this gift that was shrouded in mystery. I knocked on the door of the guys' room and they were up to the usual guy shenanigans that occur on the morning of a wedding. When it came time to open Paul's gift, I chose my vantage point carefully among the huddle of groomsmen — my mind was still racing with curiousity.

Paul began peeling off the ribbon and opening the box which was shortly followed by a series of gasps. Out of the huddle rose Paul thrusting a sword into the air in a dramatic pose amidst a room filled with clapping and laughter. If any of you readers are huge film buffs like me, you'll recognize this sword as the fabled sword "Sting" from the Lord of the Rings. It would seem that in addition to having a passion for each other, Paul and Christine have a passion for all things nerdy. Their words, not mine.

Suddenly, one of the groomsmen shouted, "No, if you're going to get a sword, we have to do it right." He grabbed the sword and kneeled, presenting the sword to Paul in medieval fashion. Paul then began the ritual of knighting his groomsmen and striking a few more dramatic poses. Eventually, the novelty wore off and we realized that we had to continue getting ready, but we still continued to talk and laugh about that sword for the rest of the day.

I can say without a doubt that this goes down as the most unique and awesome wedding gift that I have ever seen. It's probably not the most practical thing, but then again, a sword might come in handy if your guests get too rowdy...or if Orcs crash your reception.

Cheers and Happy Friday!

A groom gets a medieval wedding gift | Des Moines Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer Brian Davis