My big African wedding
LOLA & KOYA'S AFRICAN ENGLISH WEDDING
It seems like yesterday when I met with Lola and Koya for their engagement photoshoot in the Southbank, London. Well, that was seven months ago. I knew that their contemporary African English wedding was going to be a colourful mind blowing experience. Full of beautiful traditional African attire, and of course, rhythmic dance music, and more music.
ENCHANTING ST GILES CHURCH
Their commitment before God was celebrated in the medieval St Giles Church of England. This large Grade II listed gothic Church is next to an intimate charming park that’s filled with beautiful trees and flowers and it made for an atmospheric backdrop.
THE HEART OF HISTORIC ROCHESTER
The friendly Lola and Koya, both of Nigerian descent, decided to host their reception in the delightful, manicured town of Rochester, in Kent. Lola, as a little girl, grew up here. The venue was the Corn Exchange situated in the heart of historic Rochester. With its high ceilings, huge chandeliers and beautiful architectural features, the light bathed rooms made for a perfect setting for this African-English event. A large wedding it was indeed, with more than 300 guests in attendance.
The fine colourful fabric made a stunning visual impact. While the band was playing African tunes the guests pinned real American dollars onto the bride, the bride’s mother and the bride’s mother-in-law. An occasion also captured on film by the friendly film makers H.S. IDEAS, a UK based production company. It was a pleasure to work side by side with them.
It was undoubtedly a full on experience and I couldn’t have done it without the help of Maria Assia who was my second shooter. Despite being pregnant she did not stop for a second. Thanks again, Maria, for all your hard work!