The “Un-Ceremony”

Rob and Dani-7

Rob and Dani were married by the Justice of the Peace at the courthouse last Friday. It was the first time I’ve shot a wedding at the JP and it was quite fun.

The whole experience seemed much more intimate than some of the other weddings I’ve been to. No grand ballrooms. No 200-plus guest list. No loud DJ. Just two families coming together in a short, sweet wedding “un-ceremony.” Don’t get me wrong. I love big, raucous weddings. There is just something beautiful about simplicity. Different strokes for different folks.

Rob and Dani and their two boys (Nicki and Andrew) arrived at the courthouse for their 11 a.m. appointment only to be told they’d have to wait a few minutes. The judge was still hearing pleas and, well, that’s just the way it goes. I watched as they waited by playing 20 questions and having stare-downs. Finally, it was their turn and they were escorted into Judge Canales’ office. He was polite and professional and didn’t waste any time. Judge Canales went straight into the wedding ceremony and quickly came to the part where he asks “is there anybody here today with reason why these two shouldn’t be married?” He usually asks this as a point of duty, but on this day, I was in the room. He turned and looked at me awaiting my answer. Awkward.

He quickly continued with the ceremony. The boys (in blue button-up shirts, khaki shorts, striped ties and black shoes) had important roles as ring bearers and Nicki even got to sign the marriage certificate as witness. The whole thing lasted ten minutes tops. They made a stop for snacks at the courthouse vending machines, then it was a quick walk to the Tower of the Americas for lunch.

Thanks, Rob and Dani, for letting me be a part of your wedding “un-ceremony!”


7 responses

  1. Rob Galbraith

    Mark, thanks for being there to capture our wedding. Your pictures are incredible! We feel very fortunate to have been able to share our special day with friends and family through your eyes.

    August 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm

  2. Jen Lavazza

    Congrats Dani and Rob!! It’s simply beautiful! Mike and I wish you a life long journey of happiness! Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos 🙂

    August 28, 2009 at 8:12 am

  3. Steve Hodge

    Rob and Dani, all the best wishes for the future! Mark, these are great photos!

    August 28, 2009 at 8:27 am

  4. Kyle Freeman

    Rob & Dani,

    Congratulations! The pictures turned out great. The two of you were made for each other and I couldn’t be happier to see that you finally decided to tie the knot. Best of luck to you and the boys.


    August 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

  5. Myricla

    Felicitations !!! Makes me happy to know you had such a wunderfull wedding. 🙂
    Great fotos!!! I wish you the very best for all your life !
    Greetings from Canada

    August 28, 2009 at 9:46 am

  6. Jessica Dawson

    Congrats!!! I wish you the very best. The pictures are beautiful!!!

    August 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm

  7. Ralph

    Congrat guys! You make a great couple! Let me know when you want to start running again 🙂

    August 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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