A Nigerian Wedding Phototgraphy and wedding Cinematography in London
We just filmed and photographed another Nigerian wedding.
Any wedding is beautiful to a wedding photographer, but I particularly love those which prove that love transcends cultures and countries. Kolawole and Cynthia’s Nigerian wedding in London was an absolute delight to film, being full of colour, music, laughter and – of course – beautiful displays of their love and commitment.
The day started early when we arrived at the hotel where they were getting ready in separate rooms. My first stop was to see Cynthia, who was containing her nerves and excitement while having her makeup done. While traditional Nigerian bridal attire is opulent and colourful, Cynthia, like many brides at an African wedding in London, opted for a classic white gown. Her form fitting dress was hanging in the window and I took time to admire its rich lace and pearl decoration, and the way her shoes and bouquet were studded with pearls to add another dimension of lustre. With her hair and makeup done, and her train swirled around her feet, Cynthia made a stunning bride. Almost as beautiful were her gorgeous bridesmaids, who included her older sister who had travelled especially from the USA for the occasion. I then went to visit Kolawole who was getting ready in another room of the hotel with his groomsmen. The air was full of laughter as he endured good natured teasing from his friends. He couldn’t wait until it was time to go, so keen was he to get to the church to see his bride!
The church was buzzing with activity when I got there to find the rest of the Imperial Studio crew had set up and were ready to start capturing the action. Since we favour a cinematic, storytelling style for our African wedding films in London and the UK, we had three cameras so we didn’t miss a moment. There was barely a dry eye in the church as the couple lovingly exchanged vows. Their delight that they were finally starting on their future together was clear for everyone to witness.
Once the wedding ceremony was completed and the formal wedding photos taken, we headed for Leyton Great Hall in East London where the reception was being held. The venue was tastefully decorated in soft shades of purple, pink and cream. It looked amazing, but it was the music which really set the tone for the celebration. All the guests were seated, then, with a live African band playing, the bride’s family made their way in, followed by the groom’s family, and lastly the wedding party themselves. This was no ordinary entrance! The guests made their excitement clear with deafening clapping and cheers as Kolawole and Cynthia danced their way into the room. Editing this wedding film made me smile all over again – their joy was infectious. Everyone enjoyed a delicious African meal followed by speeches, before the second part of the reception began. Cynthia and Kolawole had changed out of their wedding clothing into traditional Nigerian wedding outfits to perform the customary dance. This was the cue for guests to shower the happy couple with money, before spending the next few hours dancing up a storm to the fantastic music.
Being a Nigerian wedding photographer and videographer in London is a real treat because the celebrations are always so energetic and full of happy emotions. Photographing African and Nigerian weddings is a job I love, especially when I have the opportunity to work at events such as this one. Congratulations Cynthia and Kolawole, and good luck for your future together.
London Nigerian Wedding Photographer and African wedding Cinematographer