It’s been a very busy year for me I must confess, it’s been a struggle to stay on top of my Photo Library with weddings waiting to be edited and sent off to printers….I still have quite a few more weddings to shoot right into the winter season…But am sure to stay on top of it all in no time…
Anyway, when I got an anonymous call from Lagos by a complete stranger to shoot a certain wedding for a couple flying in from Nigeria to the UK for their wedding about a month ago, it came to me as a surprise, at first I thought it was one of those ‘Calls’ you get from people just mocking you about, within 48 hours of swapping emails, I was booked and paid in full, all I had was the first names couple. After which I never heard from the ‘Agent/Contact’ anymore. I never get to meet the lovely couple until the morning of their wedding here in London.
It’s a common practice for Nigerian couples or families to hire more than one photographer for a wedding, and I was informed by my contact that they also had another photographer covering the event for the couple along side myself…As a matter of fact someone told me there were situations where you have 5 to 7 photographers covering one single wedding in Nigeria due to the large number of guests, and some members of the extended families actually wanting to have their own ‘WEDDING ALBUMS’ of the couple for keeps. This is not the case in Europe….
I had never been in a situation like that since shooting wedding but hey there’s always a first time….but I knew with a lot of understanding and professionalism I should be able to work with whoever was billed to shoot on the day…and on the day it was quite smooth as I anticipated…
I did eventually get to speak to the Groom 48 hours to the big day after their arrival in the UK, a lovely soft spoken gentleman by the name of: DEJI, he told he was aware I was photographing his wedding and was kind enough to send me the necessary itineraries despite his very tight schedule.
So, on the big I met up with him at his hotel by Stansted Airport, and later drove a couple of miles to meet his lovely Bride: OMOWALE , who was equally as charming as can be.
The weather was a perfect one for any wedding, the church ceremony was very brief and exciting, then on to the very colorful reception at the Parkland Quendon Hall in Essex.
Friends and families had flown in from across the globe to witness the couple say ‘I DO’…
The highlight of the day was the surprise musical appearance by two of Africa’s and Nigerian Afrobeat/Hip Hop International Super Stars: Ice Prince Zamani and WizKid. WizKid is commonly referred to as the ‘Justin Bieber’ of Africa and when he turned up straight from the USA, the guests could not get enough of him, same goes for Ice Prince.
This was such a fun filled wedding, where every one had a fantastic time..including my very self…the wedding party did’nt wind down until midnight….
I’ll like to wish OMOWALE & DEJI the very BEST as they start a new phase in their amazingly blessed life…Congratulations Guy!
Here’s are some frames from the wedding:
PS:I’d like thank Michael Tube who volunteered to help on the day not forgetting young Walé Adebanjo….you did all the hard work
Guys without you I wonder how I’d have been able to cope…GRACIAS!