Weddings have a habit of taking you back to your roots and the wedding of Taniesha and Myles was no exception.
They decided that even though the couple were in Croydon, they would have a traditional Ghanaian and Jamaican wedding.
This meant that although the bride wore a beautiful white dress, the groom wasn’t in a suit. Instead, Myles wore a traditional Jamaican outfit made from brightly coloured material in orange, beige and blue. His groomsmen wore shirts and trousers with bow ties that matched his outfit and Taniesha too had a short-sleeved shawl made from the same material with colour coordinated accessories.
It was spectacularly colourful, and it was a real pleasure to photograph. I started off by taking pictures of the guests. I especially like the black and white photograph of the two little girls by the door. They were dressed in the same outfits and maybe they were sisters. I loved the smaller child’s cheeky grin.
The wedding was split into two parts. According to Ghanaian tradition, the bride cannot be handed over to the groom until certain negotiations have taken place. These are the receipt of gifts such as money, clothes and jewellery from the groom’s family to the bride’s family. The groom sits in between the two families while presents are handed over.
Once everything is agreed the bride can be reunited with the groom. Taniesha entered the room with her face covered with a veil. when she reached Myles, he removed the veil to reveal his happy and excited bride.
Then the second part of the wedding commenced. This is the wedding ceremony itself and the exchange of rings. After this, the cake is cut and as you can see from my photograph Taniesha and Myles’ cake was decorated with Ghanaian and Jamaican flags.
I took plenty of photographs before and during the ceremony. My favourite photograph of the happy couple is when they are sitting side by side on the stage. They are grinning at each other and they look so relaxed and happy together.
After the ceremony, Taniesha changed into a short white dress and Myles put on a white shirt and shorts. Now it was time for the dancing to start and everybody had a great time dancing well into the night.
Once the photographs had been sent out I received a lovely note from Taniesha’s Aunt who said “Albert is a fantastic photographer, who uses his artistic and sharp eyes to take the most exciting photographs. He photographed my nephew’s traditional wedding and the pictures are amazing. Thank you, Albert.”
This was a great compliment as I had a great time at the wedding, as I do at each wedding I photograph.
If you would like me to photograph your wedding, please get in touch with me using the form on my website. I am a Surrey based photographer, but I travel all around Surrey and London.