An Inspiring Wedding Moment: When the Power Went Out During the Reception

The stage was set for an epic first dance backdrop; a wall of twinkly lights that would softly illuminate the Redwood trees which surrounded the actual stage of a dance floor at the Bodega Bay Secret Gardens venue. The icing on the cake was the 7 piece band known as the Lucky Devils Band.

Maurice and I had just finished setting up our OCF (off camera flash) when everything went dark. And I mean everything. The entire Bodega coast lost power when a truck took out a power line.

It was time for the first dance, and you know what happened? One of the purest, most beautiful wedding moments I’ve ever witnessed. While the lead singers belted out acapella style, the entire crowd of wedding guests all joined in … “You are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” It was a powerful moment, despite lack of actual power, that brought everyone closer.

So our dreams of the twinkly light background were dimmed, but instead, thanks to our OCF, as well as the videographer’s light, we all got to experience this magical moment.

Black and white moody image of the bride and groom dancing with the dimly lit guests in the background.

An up-close view from behind the bride as the groom holds her during their first dance.

The bride and groom facing each other holding hands while dancing.

A light shines between the bride and groom and illuminates their silhouettes.

And then the power (and twinkly, bokeh dreams) were restored (;

Lead singers of the Lucky Devils Band are singing with smiles and strings of christmas lights behind them.

Smiling guests in front of a very sparkly, bokeh background.

A far away look of the entire dance floor shows all the different lighting and the Redwood trees above.

The wedding vendors who made this all possible:

Venue: The Secret Gardens, Bodega Bay, CA

Videographer: Brightlighter Productions

Florist: Vilma Canales

Band: Lucky Devils Band

Hair & Make-Up: Talie Carter Beauty

Dress: Allure from Glamour Closet, San Francisco, CA

Tux: The Black Tux

First Dance Song: You are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne

Cake: Susie Cakes

Getting Ready Location: Bodega Bay Lodge

Photography: Mojo Weddings (that’s us!)

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Mojave desert based elopement & wedding photographer Julie Laflamme lives 15 minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in California. She also works all over Northern California, across the U.S.A, and worldwide.