EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Even the most well-prepared wedding photojournalist might be unaware that a reception is going be a party-hard affair. The stiff tuxedos, the fitted gowns, the regimented rituals of the ceremony – these are all unreliable indicators of what lies just beneath.
To be sure, every wedding photojournalist has experienced some form of cognitive dissonance at a reception: the couple that looks a little wild and edgy will end up with a rather dull party, while the straight-laced wedding guests of another affair are suddenly throwing back shots and swinging from the rafters. When it comes to receptions, you can’t judge a boor by its cummerbund.