Wacky Wedding Photo of the Week: The Story Behind the Image

Photo © Rico Leffanta

According to Shutterbug reader Rico Leffanta, the Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a very popular site for wedding photographers because they can capture backgrounds that include “beautiful blue ocean waves or Magic Island [a man-made peninsula].” While Leffanta, who turned 78 in April, has seen a lot of weddings at the park, this one is rather memorable due to an uninvited guest.

“While photographing a powwow,” he says, “I noticed this skateboarder, Tony Christopher, zooming off the steps as a groom walked his bride down the aisle in the background.”

Quick with his Canon EOS 6D DSLR and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens, Leffanta was able to capture the action.

He also noted that he didn’t think the skateboarder even realized what was happening behind him: “Unlike surfers, skateboarders do not use wax to stick to their boards, so Tony was fully focused on landing properly on top of his board.”

We are just glad Leffanta caught the action!