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MangoRED 2009 » Danny & Dena

Danny & Dena

DANIEL “KING GIMP” KEPLINGER + DENA HUGGLER

Preps {Sheraton Hotel Towson Baltimore}
Ceremony {The Senator Theater}
Reception {American Legion Hall}

Video cuts from  filmmakers WILLIAM A. WHITEFORD & SUSAN HANNAH HADARY’s Academy Award winning film “KING GIMP”. {Written and narrated by Danny himself}

Danny & Dena wrote ” It all started with a engine search at midnight with 3 glasses of wine behind our belts…googling “Funky Wedding Photographers”. With a bit of investigation, we found ourselves blown away with “MANGORED”. Who would of thought those three words would lead me to the Philippines? Our inquiry became a automatic “YES…we would be honored to shoot king (not literally, but you know what I mean-haha).”

After a furious initial exchange of emails, Randall and I honestly thought it has all the makings of a prank. Ohhhhkaayy… let’s see…“Danny and Dena” ..the names sounded overrrly twee. Plus, Dena’s letters were unusually giddy &  goading us into action..got us into thinking…alright…keep the cute coming… we’re not listening! haha. We’d chime in chorus…April fool’s! Who would travel halfway around the world to shoot a stranger’s wedding on ungodly April 1st? However with Dena’s emailing tenacity, it gradually dawned on us that this is happening for real, they are for real! Our hearts sunk and we suddenly found ourselves in stoned ruminations…errrr…..reveling in the waaaarm musical afterglow of the moment. We cant stop conjuring up images of syrupy country-music ballads and hovering butterflies. weeeeeee! Ice-cold America..i have asthma!

Fast forward to Towson Baltimore. Wedding day. I will not even attempt to put it into words. How can one describe episodes of…(warning: hokey lines ahead)… ” rise & fall of purpose and belief? “ or …. ” renewal of hope?”…. ” sustaining of faith? “. The testament to human resilience makes up for the absence of ornament. Everything was devoid of descriptive adjectives. For a moment, one can just forget about the ordinariness of life…















































Danny and Dena wrote: “How does one begin? Our eyes show the emotional state we are in at this very moment. It followed with silence and a tearful embrace that lasted until we were able to finish. I’m grateful that we are alone to finalize this closure. Most brides and grooms live for the peak of matrimony, ours in the “Now”.  The storm, excitement, frustration, anticipation, gratitude, and hard work has all settled…it is now that we can enjoy the true decoration of our wedding day, people. Our family, friends, piers, advocates and the generosity of strangers become together like the most beautifully executed painting in it’s stellar form.”


Danny and Dena wrote: “Thank you for letting us be real and allowing us to share our story in it’s normal state. Errors, delays, nervousness, and pride with joy. The beauty is not in the garments nor the perfect setting or a perfect written vow. It is made of mistakes and quirky non-sense that seems to follow with smile made of eternity measures. Let us be the lead for what Grooms and Brides…perfection is not necessary, attempt is absolute.”





We say ” Thank you.”  Thank you for pulling the walls down and finding a new direction for all of us. For a while, we were grasping for the oxygen we needed to write. What you made us feel was deeper than anything. More primal, beyond the reach of language. Giving us insight into the pathology of our own wanderlust. Thank you for reminding us to forget about the crippling burden of the self and fear of the future.

Danny boy, your short and simply constructed sentences are a repository of wisdom. Comforting and emboldening. Your acid-spiked wit never fail to set our balls on fire! :)

Dena, your giggles tickle us to a happy death. hahaha. Every moment with you is a poppy burst of bliss.

Thank you for your kindness and hospitality. We are still over the moon.

Ryan, Randall, Joan and the rest of the mangoBoys.


 

15 Responses to “Danny & Dena”

  1. touching, groundbreaking, stunning. I cant wait to blog this!

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  3. You are truly global! you are giving honor to this country .. i am glad I’ve worked with you and will continue to work with your super creative team

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  5. unbelievable. powerful. thank you for sharing.

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  7. Can I just say…I snorted when I read your cute note to Danny and I. We never moved people that way ever before. Perhaps you get the good gunk from us.

    Ryan-We want to bottle your laughter and mass market it.

    Randall-The word squishy was invented for you, our bond is that real.

    Joanna-We often got derailed from the track…but you found the caboose, it’s in you.

    Mango boys-Please promise us a seat at your saloon when we are in your town because we want to make sure that your drink never goes empty. I hope we didn’t drive you to drink on this “love-fest project”. Forgive us ahead of time.

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  9. his is an incredible story and theirs together is just world moving. how fortunate for you guys to have been a part of it. saw some of the videos from jason too and it’s all just so incredible.

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  11. wow. such beautiful powerful images. and what a loving couple.
    couldn’t help but shed a tear. ganda!

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  13. WOW - I’m speechless….. very touching…. love the pictures…..

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  15. artist to an artist. this is amazing! you guys are so lucky to be part of this celebration. the couple are so blessed to have you. =)

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  17. you guys are so blessed to have the talent and the means to be part of their story,
    to be able to share to the world that there is still hope for what is true and what is pure.
    thank you for being such great storytellers.

    best wishes and congratulations to the happy couple :)

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  19. What more can I say?! These images say it all. They are just so wonderful.

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  21. Danny and Dena’s story is genuine, comes from the heart and so exceptional.
    A true picture of what love means.I really admire their courage and devotion
    to one another.

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  23. I was moved to buckets of saline water. Poetic, beautiful and true ….

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  25. Touching photos. Am not ashamed to admit, this post made me cry. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos! Uragon!

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  27. [...] your photos in a site works because people have time to ogle at them. One time, we even had a client from the US who discovered us just by searching ‘funky wedding photographers’ in Google,” Randall [...]

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  29. [...] your photos in a site works because people have time to ogle at them. One time, we even had a client from the US who discovered us just by searching ‘funky wedding photographers’ in Google,” Randall [...]

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