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Denver Wedding Photographers – Denver wedding Sample Slideshow

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I was putting together a sample slideshow for a corporate client recently, and decided to test out the software on a recent wedding we shot in Denver, at Artwork Network (see the blog post below for the pics).  What do you think?

The Money Dance

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Ahhhh the money dance.  I have always know it to be a dance that the male guests dance with the bride and the female guests dance with the groom.  Traditionally a dollar was pinned to the bride by every partner, but in more recent times, I have seen the best man collect the dollars…so no pins.  I come from an area of strong Italian decent and these are the weddings where I would see the dollar dance.  Also, New York weddings seem to strongly favor the dance.

After witnessing more weddings as I go along; I don’t think the money dance is reserved for Italian descent, the Spanish, Greek and Polish seem to use this tradition as well!  The dance does offer the bride and groom a chance to have a personal visit with all of their guests.  So, instead of roaming around visiting your guests whilst they are eating, you can turn to the money dance.  The best man and maid of honor will limit the time of the individual dances to a couple spins around the floor so that you, the bridal couple, have and opportunity to dance and visit with everyone.  If the money dance feels awkward or tacky to you, how about the money collected goes to your favorite charity?  Win, win, you get to visit all the guests and the money goes to a good cause.  Or, if you are on a strict budget, then embrace the dance and keep the money for your honeymoon! …it is just a buck after all!

It turns out that the money dance seems to have originated in Poland in the early 1900’s.  So, as customs and traditions go, it is a relatively new tradition.  Many cultures employ the dance as it turns out and  in the United States, there are areas where the dance is very popular, as well as areas that it is unheard of.  Basically, in all the cultures, it is just a way to give and extra dollar to the bride and groom which represents a wish of good luck and prosperity, and, of course offers an opportunity for a personal visit.

I am going to go ahead and show you what is on wikepedia since there is such variety, and I would not want you to miss out on all of the potential origins!  Here it is:


The money dance may have originated in Poland around the beginning of the 20th century. The dance takes place some time after the First dance, often once guests have had a chance to have a few drinks. The best man or MC or the disc jockey announces the event. Customarily, the best man begins dancing with the bride, pinning money onto her wedding gown or putting it into a purse, which she carries especially for the purpose, or into the pockets of an apron she dons over her gown especially for this dance. In a more contemporary version of this custom, the dance includes bridesmaids and other ladies who dance .


At Ukrainian weddings, the father of the bride usually begins pinning money on her dress. He is followed by the best man and groomsmen, and, finally, by the remainder of the male guests. Another variation is where the bride’s veil is removed and given to the maid of honor and an apron is placed on the bride. Money is then placed into her apron during the dance.


At Yugoslavian weddings, instead of pinning the money on the bride’s gown, the male guests give the money to the best man for safe keeping.


At Hungarian and Portuguese weddings[citation needed], the bride takes off her shoes and puts them in the middle of the dance floor. Then the shoes are passed around from guests to guest and each deposits a contribution.

North America


Relatives take turns dancing up to the bride and groom and pinning money on their clothes, which allows the couple to spend a few moments with each of their guests. After the money dance, the groom is ridiculed by his friends, tossed in the air while being covered with the veil, and given an apron and broom.

United States

In America, practice of a money dance varies by geographic region and ethnic background of the families involved. It typically involves guests giving small sums of cash to the bride or pinning cash to her gown or veil. Even cultures that accept this may balk at paying the groom for his time and attention, so alternatives have developed, such as “paying” the groom with play money or a stick ofchewing gum. Some consider this a way for the bride and groom to have face time with their guests. Many, including traditional North American etiquette experts, consider the practice incorrect.[1]

This has led to some couples calling it the honeymoon dance instead of a dollar dance or money dance. Some couples have even called it the dime dance and have put dimes under each person’s plate or in a small bowl on each table so that guests won’t feel obligated to ‘pay’ for a short dance with the bride or groom, while still giving them the opportunity to spend 30–60 seconds chatting and dancing with them.

The Philippines

At some Filipino weddings, the money dance is usually announced; males line up in front of the bride, pinning money on her dress or veil, then dance with her. Same with the male, only females line up instead. Money is pinned or taped onto the new married couple’s garments, representing the wish that good fortune is “rained” upon them, while also helping the couple financially as they begin their life together.

Colorado Wedding Photographers – Engagement shoot at St Mary’s Glacier

A couple weekends ago we did two distinctly different Engagement shoots.  The one below this post at the Clock Tower, with an urban feel, and this one at St Mary’s Glacier (and then into Idaho Springs) for Matt and Allison.  I love mixing up the looks to match the personalities of our clients.  Let us know what you think, by posting your comments at the bottom of this post.  Enjoy!


Colorado Photographers shoot an Engagement shoot at the Denver Clock Tower (maybe the first?)

When we booked Tia and Justin’s wedding, and after seeing some of the Clock Tower wedding images on our website, they wanted to know if we could shoot their engagement session in the Clock Tower.  Once I got permission, I started planning the shoot.  Since Justin is the Midwest Director for GQ Magazine, they wanted a “GQ look” to some of their pics.  Hopefully we achieved it!  With the great fashion sense of Tia and Justin, and the ‘WOW’ factor of the Clock Tower, it was easy to make their images look great!

To date we have shot two weddings at the Denver Clock Tower, and we just booked two more weddings, for 2012.  If you are interested in having your wedding at the Clocktower (and us shooting it, of course!), please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Evergreen, CO Engagement Shoot

With a slight lull in our Wedding season, and wrapping up our X Games work, we shot Max and Nicole’s Engagement session here in Evergreen.  We met at the Little Bear Saloon for a beer, and then headed over to Elk Meadow, then off to a secret location.  We had a ton fun, and had the rare perfect light for Colorado.

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Colorado Wedding Photographer Shoots an Engagement shoot at 14,240′ on Mt Evans, CO

I spoke with Ben days before the shoot, and he and Kelly wanted a quintessential Colorado look to their Engagement photos.  After a couple f minutes of thinking about where to do the shoot, I came up with Mt Evans.  It boasts the highest paved rd in the North America at 14,240′, and it’s right in our backyard near Evergreen, CO.  We had such a great time, on such a beautiful day!  Check out their pics, and feel free to leave comments at the bottom of the blog post:

Antebellum Farmhouse Wedding in Granville OH

When Eric and Bethany called us to shoot their Antebellum (Latin for “Before the War”.  I had to look it up.  ha ha…) wedding, we really didn’t no what to expect.  When we got to OH, and visited with them the day before the wedding, we knew we would be in for a treat!  The details were so well thought out that it blew us away.  The wedding was held at their beautiful home, that was built by a Civil War General (Eric & Bethany, correct me if I’m wrong!).  As you can see by these pics, they had it dialed.  Congrats Eric & Bethany!  Enjoy the pics!!!  As always, feel free to leave comments!

Details, Details everywhere!!!  Eric mowed hearts into the lawn, as a surprise for Bethany!

 Bethany set up a “living room” with antique furniture out on the lawn.  It turned out to be an awesome set for a “photo booth”.  We brought a couple studio strobes, and made the most of the living room!