J and I had the opportunity to both attend and photograph the 60th birthday party for arguably our most recognizable father-of-the-bride, Jon, and his equally special wife Sue, at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth.

You'll remember Jon as the sweetly weeping father after giving away his daughter Alisa to groom Coley in their 2007 Spruce Point Inn ceremony (below).

Experiencing Sue's father, Ray Lebel, play the trumpet with the Tony Boffa Band at Alisa & Coley's wedding was a highlight and touched both J and I deeply. We were saddened to learn Ray had recently been very ill and in the hospital. It was his his goal to make it to the party, and make it he did!

Just like at the wedding, Ray took his position with the band and quickly, the birthday party took a very tender tone as all witnessed this amazing man delight us with his genius. In between moments of awe and misty eyes, J and I criss-crossed the dance floor to capture yet another very important milestone happening before us in this family's life. Many inquiring brides ask why I offer the option to add a second photographer to their wedding day coverage. This post, in a nutshell, is why.

This was the scene.

J opted for a close-up...

I hung back a bit to show Ray with the band members at first.

Together, a very nice combination of angles.

Later, when Ray's son joined him on stage for a duet, we again worked two different angles at the same time.

Meanwhile, we were also concentrating on capturing not just the action, but the reaction.

Such a kind man.

Sue took the mic and thanked everyone for coming, including her father.


Time for the cake!

J captured the wishing from the front.

I stood to the side and used our additional light for drama.

Sue and Jon's son, Zac (who I have written about on the blog for his pastry talents and who is also baking some tasty chocolate treats for our wedding!), spent days putting together an assortment of yummies in addition to the cake.

Alternate angle.

Later, the dance floor filled up. We captured the overall dance floor.

But also the sub-story...

The details...

And the silly emotion (still have no idea what was going on here!).

Sue and Jon, Alisa and Coley, and Zac... you all have become like family to us, and it was so touching to be a part of your extended family's living tribute to Ray and your 60th birthdays. Congratulations and much love to all! xo

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