Today I’m pleased to be writing about the wedding of Joyce and Enoch, winners of my competition last year. I had already met Joyce and Enoch for an engagement shoot in Camden, which had been good fun, so I was really looking forward to their wedding day.
With their families originally from Nigeria and Ghana, this was a real mixture of wedding styles, and a very colourful affair! The bride and groom, bridesmaids and groomsen were dressed in traditional english fashion for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, but later changed into formal african dress, and then casual dress later – that’s a lot of changing! You’ll also see that many of the guests were wearing traditional african dress and looked spectacular.
Although there were a few different elements to their wedding the overall flow was pretty familiar to me, so I started with some getting ready shots, before moving on to the ceremony. For this part of they day, I am keeping back out of the way for the most part, and not trying to direct any posing.
When we moved on to the reception venue, they weren’t quite ready for the bride’s entry, so I took Joyce off to one side for some bridal portraits, and when Enoch joined us too, I climbed up a fire escape to get some shots looking down onto them, and then asked Joyce to twirl so I could capture some movement in her dress. As the venue still weren’t quite ready for us, I took a few minutes to take some group shots of the boy and the girls. Rather than posing groups I like to give them something to do and a bit of simple direction, and we always get some nice informal shots where everyone is having fun. The was a lot of competition between the boys and the girls to get the best jumping shot
I even managed to grab a few quite moments away from the hustle an bustle later and took Joyce and Enoch to their suite for some pictures – this is where I asked Joyce to climb into the bath for me…..
And that was most of the formal shots in the bag. There were just a few more of the bridesmaids and groomsmen before the light faded too much. Otherwise I was shooting more fly-on-the-wall style, and trying to capture some of the energy and vibrant colours.
My last shots were of the launch of some Chinese lanterns, before I had to pack up and leave. By that time it was after 10, and I still had a 2 hour journey home! Despite the length of the day, I really enjoyed myself, and felt privileged to be a part of Joyce and Enoch’s celebrations.
My competition winners for this year are Sadie and Gary, and I’m hoping to have just as much fun shooting their wedding in August.