Category Archives: Nigerian Wedding

Tara and Dapo’s wedding
{St John’s The Evangilist, Porchester Hall, Bayswater}

Last Saturday was another trip up the motorway to London and this time it was to photograph Tara and Dapo’s wedding and lively celebrations.  The morning began with Earle dropping me off with Tara in north London to photograph her preparations with her bridesmaids while Earle made his way south again to the church of St John’s the Evangilist where he was due to meet with Dapo and all their guests as they arrived for the ceremony.

We always love the vibrancy and energy which accompanies nigerian wedding celebrations and this wedding was no exception, after the ceremony the customary procession of wellwishers dancing up the aisle to the bride and groom was a joy to see and the dancing bearly stopped for the rest of the day.  Photographing the bridal train, the two families each taking their turn in dancing into the wedding breakfast is always a favourite moment of ours and the space in The Porchester Hall allowed the trains the best possible entrance.  The talented singers from Elegant Entertainment provided some wonderful entertainment during the wedding breakfast performing their own act as singing waiters which delighted everyone before the evening party was started with Tara and Dapo thoroughly enjoying their first dance together.

Earle and I send our congratulations to Tara and Dapo on their marriage and wish you both a long and happy life together, we have selected some images from the day for you to enjoy while we prepare the proofs.  Please feel free to join in with our blog and leave a comment if you wish.

Tara and Dapo’s wedding professionals
Photography:-   Concept Photographic
Venue:-  The Porchester Hall
Make up:-   Elaine Edozien
Entertainment:-   Elegant Entertainment

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Yetunde and Deji’s wedding
{Park Plaza Victoria, London}

Early start on Saturday as we had a trip into central London to photograph an incredibly colourful and energetic nigerian wedding.  We arrived spot on time at Yetunde’s home where she was enjoying her morning with all her bridesmaids, make up artists and hair stylist,  they all made me welcome and within moments of arriving I was busy photographing all the activity. 

Deji was with his family and close friends in Mayfair, so this was where Earle headed off too for a few photographs before moving onto St James the Less Church in Westminster in time for the midday ceremony.   The church eventually filled with over 250 guests,  the choir and band struck up creating a wonderful greeting for Yetunde and her brother as he walked her up the aisle to the waiting groom.

None of the usual british restraints are applicable at most of the nigerian weddings we have photographed and Yetunde’s and Deji’s wedding was no exception.  The participation from all the guests and customs during the ceremony sends a fantastic buzz throughout and any thoughts of being shy and retiring need to be banished from the mind entirely to fully appreciate the atmosphere and capture the moment. 

Following the ceremony and some formal family photographs it was a short walk for us to the Park Plaza Victoria where the celebrations were to continue with the drinks reception before everyone was seated for the wedding breakfast, speeches and more dancing.  It was after dark before we were able to have time with Yetunde and Deji for some photographs of them alone together.  Yetunde had changed out of her bridal gown into traditional nigerian dress complimenting Deji who also had changed into traditional nigerian clothes.  We soon were seeing them relax and enjoy their time outside with us while the fresh night air recharged their batteries for more dancing with their guests back inside the hotel.

It was a terrific day and a joy to work closely with the wedding organiser Catherine Eluwa of SEML again.  Huge congratulations Deji and Yetunde, we are so thrilled you wanted to travel to England from the States to celebrate your wedding day with your families and very priviledged to have been part of the team contributing to your memories.  We hope you and everyone else enjoys the photographs we have chosen to give a taste of the rest. 

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