This was not your typical New Year's Eve wedding. First of all, this wedding was held in the living room of the bride and groom's home in Pasadena.
And although that may not seem particularly unusual, it was unusual in that it was a surprise wedding. You see, the guests at this event were told that they were invited to a New Year's Eve party. But they were not told that there would be a wedding involved. The bride and groom didn't want to make a big affair of their wedding, and so amidst their friends and family, they simply entered the room and their wedding attire, and the groom's father married them on the spot. The wedding party, made up of bridesmaids and groomsmen, were called up individually by the bride and groom. Many of them jokingly cursed them because they had worn such casual attire and had no idea that they would be involved in a wedding ceremony.
After the ceremony, the bride, groom and guests were shuttled from the event location in Pasadena, to a street corner near the area where Rose Parade floats are parked all night long prior to the parade. Even though this photograph was taken at almost 1:00 a.m., there were several hundred people walking around viewing the floats. To light the scene, parade officials bring in huge lighting trucks that appear brighter than the sun. As the streets were blocked off from all traffic, I asked the bride and groom to step into the center of the street, gave the groom some brief instructions on how to dip his new wife, and then photographed them in silhouette using elimination from the lighting trucks.
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