Six years ago, when I’ve decided to quit my daily jobs and become a full time wedding photographer, it did not even crossed my mind that one day I will get to shoot a Nigerian wedding. In February 2015 I meet Segun Olotu, a great Nigerian wedding photographer based in London and he invited us (me and Gabriela) to shoot a Nigerian wedding together in London. Of course we said yes and we’ve booked tickets to London.
When wedding day arrived, we knew very little about Nigerian parties but what followed exceeded all our expectations. Starting from the getting ready moments, people were very friendly and received us with open arms. Boys arrived at the location half an hour before the girls so we had plenty of time to play football, to joke and to prepare for the Ceremony.
The ceremony took place in a very beautiful wedding venue in Essex, called The Hylands Estate Chelmsford, and it was one of the most emotional ceremonies I have ever attended. The Pastor’s speech was full of great advices for everyone, I remember one in particular: “Parents have a great influence in their lives but they have to decide on their own what’s important for them from now on.”
When the party started, I was totally caught by surprise: the vibrant party started with entrance of the families, dancing, big group of people wearing colorful dresses dancing and singing in synchrony, that I’ve never saw coming, I can tell, it was amazing. After this bridesmaids and groomsmen followed, crazy, beautiful dancing again for 15 minute and as soon as they stopped, Lade and Bode made their entrance dancing. I was amazed by the beauty, the joy, the rhythm of the music and the beauty of the dance. A party full of joy and beautiful Nigerian music.
This was my first Essex Nigerian wedding experience, the beginning of a beautiful friendship and my love and interest for the Nigerian culture.