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For 4 minutes and 23 seconds Austin, Texas was still. {Bradford and Leslie’s last dance}.

For this post, im going to steal from my love, Andrea’s travel journal. I feel like her entry the day after we shot Bradford and Leslie’s wedding in Austin Texas (yeeeww) summed up the night perfectly. Over to Andrea.

“My favourite time of the day was a fully unplanned one. When after all was said and done (and 150 people had danced and drank and ate their way through a massive sound system and a five hour dance floor), it was the 1:00 am shut off for the mood lighting and the best DJ on the planet earth (The Flashdance). They turned on the tin lights and shut off the strobes. “Time to get on the shuttle bus everyone!” the planner yelled out to the remaining 30 people (including us). With that, the Mr. Dance, who had been throwing down tracks like a crazy man, turned on a slow song while he packed up his gear. The song turned out to be “The Bad Days” by David Ramirez, and was one of the couple’s self proclaimed anthems.

Without a word or a pause, Bradford grabbed Leslie and held her tight and close, in such an intimate embrace I was almost inclined to look away. About 15 of us sat on the slide lines of the crumpled glitter-covered d-floor, under the fluorescent lights, and watched them sway and lip-sync to one another for the 4 minutes of the song. The bright lights, the flash, the planning, and the mania of the wedding day were gone. As all of us were sitting there watching, suddenly those two were the only ones in the room.

I thought, ‘There it is. That’s why we’re here.’

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Ok, so lets put this moment into perspective a little. The below set of images represent the 4 hours of D-floor leading up to this dance.

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Ok, perspective injected.

So let’s enjoy this moment again.

 

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Holly Murphy - I just had to listen to The Bad Days while scrolling this post, I’d never heard the song before but after reading this post and seeing that final image with the song playing, I’m sold. Love it! Beautiful story, incredible work. High five!

Josie - Brilliant!

cinzia - just…WOW!

Andreas - <3

Lyn - Just simply in awe. You two are a class act .. kudos

Hanke - this is awesome! Love all these shots <3

Rob - Delightful! x

Amy Farrell - You two just have a pretty magic way with words and pictures xx

john warren - oh dude……… just great

Josh - Rad!

John - Just found your work! amazing!

Petar Jurica - Cool!

Anthea - Love this moment and its significance, and of course the beautiful words by Andrea to go with that moment.

Callan Robison - Excellent work!

Antony Turner - One of my favourite songs! and awesome photography to boot!

jesus caballero - what a great big story from heart….

Oli - Yes yes yes.

Nikki & Jem smash so much love into so many people / Jewish Wedding Sydney – SIMMER ON THE BAY

I have been thinking long and hard about this one. There are two ways to tell the story of Nikki and Jeremy (Jem). There is the short version, and the long version. A middle sized version of just my favourite shots to demonstrate how I use my camera in a portfolio showcasing sense is not an option, the story will get missed and I think this is one story that everyone can get a little lost in.

Its just not possible to skim over too much with a day like this.

Jem and Nikki got Married under the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the 14th of December 2014. Thankfully they asked me to come along for the ride (thanks guys)! Then I became doubly thankful when my bestie and all round amazing wedding photographer to the stars Todd Hunter McGaw was able to come along and be my wingman for this epic Jewish celebration (my favourite kind of celebration).

Deep with religious tradition and the most impressive bridal dance floor kicks i’ve seen to date. The Wedding of Jeremy and Nikki will continue to tickle my fancy for eternity.

I hope you enjoy.

(by the by, if you see this wedding in print in the current issue of Cosmo Bride // available in stores australia wide).

 

BELOW IS THE SHORT VERSION (FOR THE NEXT 13 IMAGES)

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OK, FROM HERE ON IN IS THE LONGER VERSION (FROM THE START), I HOPE YOU MAKE IT TOO THE END #ITSWORTH

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Nina - superb… what a pleasure to look through

Marko - Dan, your work will put a smile on peoples faces long after we’re both gone. It simply outlasts our mortality. I love this story!

chris prestidge - still the best – epic !

Natalie Champa Jennings - Gah! Cat’s cradle. That one is my fave…although the whole this is lovely ;)

Tahnee - Oh such JOY! Absolutely sublime, Dan!

JK Blackwell - Love! And especially the shot of the kid catching a little rest in the pram with her teddy. Last frame couldn’t have bene more appropriate.

Eric Ronald - You kicked major butt on this. I love your photographs buddy.

Thierry Joubert - Amazing work Dan, love it <3

Elicia Bryan - So good. Looks like a blast!

Chloé - This is the best wedding pictures I’ve seen like EVER. So much joy, so much love, perfect framing each single time… I can’t begin to imagine how this perfect couple and their loved ones must be over the moon :)) Warmest congrats, really! <3

David Wickham - Gahhh you’re the man Dan! Capturing the day so perfectly you must be such a legend to have around on a wedding day you can see the love you have for what you do in every photo. *hand clap*

Antony Turner - Raising that bar again, and again! Loving the frames!

Gee - Wow. Amazing post.

Josie - Outstanding as always! Love your work!!

Fotograf ślubny Lublin - Amazing story Dan.

Matt Badenoch - Definitely prefer the longer version! Amazing work! Loving the party photos!

Sachin Khona - Dude .. such great energy. That was fun to look through.
Beautiful frames my friend :)

Siobhan - A.mazing. As always. Hope to see you guys in Ireland soon.

Mark Dowie - Great story telling. I just love photographs like these.

Mark Sheffield - Fab work. So many great shots and i just love the color tone.

Kristi Wright - Wow. These are incredible. The bedeken ceremony is so cool! You did a wonderful job with their wedding! Thanks for sharing.