Traditional Mexican Wedding / Maria + Jesus
This was a traditional Mexican wedding that included a ton of line dancing with a few wild moments. My job was to photograph the reception as a secondary photographer. I met Maria & Jesus just before sunset at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. They were wrapping up their formal family photos with another photographer. I focused on getting some behind the scenes moments of the family as well as some alternate angles of the couple. I absolutely loved having this role as a photographer because I got to play around a bit. I used the golden hour to capture some really great moments of the family as well as the bride and groom.
Their reception was held inside a large pole barn that sat around 300 people. It was one of the largest parties I’ve ever photographed. The challenge for me was capturing the line dancing which was a big part at this traditional Mexican wedding. I wasn’t used to photographing that kind of formal dancing. Faces were much harder to photograph since everyone was paired off. Also, I didn’t have a lot of room to wiggle in between people like I normally do. The other challenge for me was that the ceilings were 40-50 feet high which meant that I couldn’t bounce my flash off the ceiling. Furthermore, the dance floor was so large that I had to move around a lot to follow the action. This meant that I had to keep moving my off camera flash with one arm while shooting with the other. I realized that I would’ve benefited from having an assistant hold my light.
Later during the reception, they had something called a “snake dance.” It involved the bride and groom standing on chairs holding the veil while guests slithered their way underneath and around in a circle like a snake. What immediately followed, I didn’t expect. The guys circled around the groom and took off his clothes! It was wild! I did my best elbowing my way inside the circle to catch the action. It felt like I was in a mosh pit.
I ended my night after the money dance. I was definitely worn out but happy to be a part of this traditional Mexican wedding that featured line dancing and some wild moments.
Wedding Coordinator: Maribel with Casa D’ Events
Venue: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds