As wedding photographers, we spend most of a wedding day focused on the bride and groom. They are the reason everyone is there, after all! Obviously, taking pictures of the future spouses with their families and wedding parties is an important part of what we do (and something that we never overlook), but during the getting-ready and ceremony portions of the day, the bride and groom are usually in the spotlight.
That often changes, however, when it comes to the reception. Once the first dances and speeches are finished, the focus shifts to the guests celebrating the couple having tied the knot. While the newlyweds spend time greeting those who’ve come to see them, their family and friends are free to get crazy on the dance floor.
The groom’s family at this wedding at Woodlawn Manor in suburban Washington, DC, took the celebration to new heights. Loosened up by the freely flowing drinks, the fun-loving crowd shouted, sang and danced in a spacious tent set up on the venue’s sprawling lawn. Even the groom’s mother joined in the party. When we took this photo, she was leading the crowd in a raucous rendition of that old wedding favorite, “Shout.” In our opinion, it embodied in a single image the atmosphere and feel of what was a great reception.