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!”