SALVATO WEDDING

Still working on wedding pictures from yesterday; but thought I would throw a sampling up before I get completely lost in the picture processing. The ceremony and reception were great; a perfect mix of the ceremonial part of a wedding with the family reunion aspect of one. Greg and Jacqui were awesome to work with as well, full of good ideas as well as setting up and running a pretty smooth show. The wedding took place at the Freemason Inn in Norfolk and the staff there was pretty cool as well. All in all, I had a pretty good time and felt like I was hanging out with my own family most of the time.

Hard for me to say what my favorite picture of the night was, I liked a lot of the formal portraits we set up and detail shots; gotta love the rolls royce (that was from Royal Coach Limo Co.) and the driver/owner knew a good spot to take it to where there would be some lighting in addition to just my flash at night. But I think one of my favorites has to be the shot of Jacqui in sepia she wanted. It was a pose that was supposed to resemble the pose of the picture behind her-- except that picture was in her photo album, I took a picture of that and used photoshop to paint it over the actual picture that was hanging above the mantle. Hopefully she will like it; if not, like any good wedding photographer; I shot other variants as well.


WORLD BEAT DANCE PARTY

Saturday night I attended a "hafla" thrown by Alima Dusana that was the first such dance party she has put together since starting her own dance business. I have been to many of these type of parties and I have to say this was the largest and most entertaining one I've been to and considering she was out of town for weeks before this and didn't even have as much time to promote it as she wanted, I was really impressed by the turnout and dancers.

Aside from bellydancing from both experienced dancers (one of them five months pregnant!) and new students we also got treated to live drumming (by a very talented James Banner) with dancing, ballroom dancing, meringe dancing, hip hop, some improv dancing and greek line dancing as well as some improv music as guitarists and drummers played together. Not to mention that it was a desert party as well, so there were plenty of tasty treats and wine in addition to the festivities. I can't wait to see what she does when she has more time to put it together like she had hoped for, because in my opinion, it came out pretty darn well as it was.

Congrats to Alima for hosting such a great party. Anyone that wants to find out more about her future events or dance and music classes, please visit her website: AlimaDusana.com and contact her through it.