the olowokeres // festive fusion wedding at aristide mansfield
June 1, 2017
As a believer in Christ, I view each wedding day that I document as a day of encouragement. It is such a sweet thing to see two sinners come together under the banner of God's unending love and promise to love one another despite any obstacle or imperfection life may throw their way. In this way, couples reflect the love Christ has for the Church, His people. It is an unconditional, unwavering, redeeming love, and it is perfect.
Though most days on this earth are far from perfect, this one came pretty close. Not only did I have the honor of witnessing two families come together, I saw two cultures blend right before my eyes. Hannah's American family and Leke's Nigerian family celebrated and danced together in harmony to the sound of African songs, and it was an experience I hope I never forget - a small taste of what I hope Heaven is like --- all nations, tribes, and tongues dancing together and celebrating the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Amen.
Hannah and Leke, individually and together, exemplify grace, patience, humility, gratitude, and love to their families, their friends, and all those around them. I feel so blessed to have been invited to document a union between two incredibly special people, and I am so excited for what God has in store for them as man and wife.
Hannah and Leke,
I can't tell you how honored I am that you chose me to document your beautiful wedding day. The merging of your families and your cultures was a stunning thing to witness, and I'm so happy to share even a glimpse of such a special occasion with the world. I hope these first 13 days of marriage - including your Cancun honeymoon! - have been full of nothing but fun and joy. My hope is that these images - as well as the many more to come - will serve to remind you of the first day of your covenantal love for the rest of your days!
Please note: If you attended this beautiful wedding or browsed through the photos in this blog post, you may have noticed an extra photo/video team present and visible during the ceremony. This team was hired against the wishes of the couple and against the exclusivity clause in my contract. On multiple occasions, the bride, groom, and I had discussed and agreed that an extra team would impede my ability to serve the couple to the highest degree and give them the flawless wedding images they deserved. In order to honor the families on the day of the wedding, I rolled with the punches and made the best of a tricky situation.
I would advise all couples and their families to avoid hiring multiple photography or videography teams for a wedding. It is often the photographer who has done the work to get to know the bride and groom (through consultations, emails, an engagement session, etc.) and helped them plan a day that will provide plenty of time and light for beautiful portraits and ceremony images. Photographers are charged with the responsibility of keeping the bride and groom stress-free while making sure the wedding day runs according to the schedule they have agreed upon in detail, all while providing the couple with images they will love for a lifetime. This is a difficult task to achieve each weekend - even when things go according to plan - and it is only made more difficult by having to compete with another team for time, attention, and light.
From the bottom of my heart, I hope that Hannah, Leke, and their families will love the photos and video footage they receive from the big day, no matter whose camera it came from. At the end of the day, all I desire as a wedding photographer and business owner are happy, happy couples and families! Thank you.