Uwa and Joseph got married at the Emporium Hall at the JBS estate in Benin. This wedding set off a chain of weddings I shot in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, the photographs of these latest weddings will be posted on this blog. My good friend Damilola told me that I had become the top Nigerian Wedding photographer covering that area of Nigeria as a result of the extensive coverage of weddings I had in that region following this wedding and we joked about how what I do is same thing as the militants do…..I shoot people for a living.
This wedding was challenging to shoot as all weddings in that area of Nigeria are; lots of people packed into a hall celebrating the couple vociferously and bounding around the venue. It is out of this seeming disorder that you must find your inner peace and creatively capture the most important day of a couples life. I love such situations frankly. I pride myself as having the mental strenght and capacity to create order out of disorder.
The family of the couple started this day with a prayer session before preparations began. As is customary I took out time to capture the little details that make this day so special while the bride prepared her self.
I loved the obedience of these elephants when they were instructed to bring the brides jewelry to the delectable Funlola to put on the bride. First they carried the necklace, then the ear rings, and finally they dragged the bracelet to Funlola Uwa was simply glowing when she was done making up. The fact that she was rushed out to church was not a deterrent to the beauty that she transformed into. When we were done with Church, we were spirited away in opulence to the reception venue to start the party. and from here it was dance, dance, dance all through. But for this short break where the couple had to observe tradition I still wonder at the way souvenirs are scrambled for at weddings. I usually ask, is this to say i was there or just the hunger for something free? Hetty was called upon to give the toast and she ensured she was comfortable with the microphone before she recited the story of Uwa and Joseph’s love. I still wonder how Funlola flew to catch this bouquet. The photo evidence above does not support her catching it…….hmmm! From then on it was back to the main order of things. Dance!!!!
These two ended my day in style and I can see that in another twenty something years I will be back to capture the details of another wedding in the Niger Delta.