There's something to be said about trust. This occasion involved a lot of it and for that I am grateful. Up until recently, for the past few years I never quite knew what my situation would be months, weeks, (sometimes) days in advance. Hansi and I engaged in a brief conversation a year prior to her traditional wedding date, and I honestly had no idea where I'd be, yet I somehow knew I'd be available.
Well, that year involved a move to Oakland, California, a trip to Thailand, a trip to Ghana and a lot of questions about what's next. Let's just say... I found my way. Enough about me!
Immediately upon meeting Hansi and Chinedum our energy magnetized. I was honored to be apart of such a special and momentous day, but also thrilled to shoot my first traditional Nigerian wedding. This is not your average white wedding, in act there will be another day for that in 2018. The energy of the room defeated my jet lag as vibrant colors bounced light reflected from soulful smiles and proud traditions.
Before arriving to the venue I had to sneak a peek of Hansi getting ready.
Now, the real fun starts! We departed for the venue which was already bustling with people dressed in their best and finest traditional wear. Hues and tints cover the spectrum of radiant colors as head to toe is a wrapped vibrant and elegant fabrics.
Once everyone was settled the formalities began with the MC guiding the patrons through the events of the night. There were introductions, permissions sought and granted, parents of both sides gathered, conferred, danced and celebrated.
Chinendum makes his appearance as he and his groomsmen snake through the space of gathered onlookers.
Hansi makes her first appearance in her beautiful yellow dress. Sisters Cynthia and Linda trail the patient and proud stroll as patrons flock to her pathway to have a clear view of her beauty. Along with this presentation comes a lot of attention and... money! Dollars flew like small birds and landed to the floor to be swept and collected.
Father join together to affirm the traditional union between their son and daughter.
Dancing and celebration continues as patrons make way toward dinner and refreshments.
Hansi makes a second appearance this time wearing a coral colored dress.
Once Hansi and Chinendum are united they make their way to the dance floor and Chinedum has another surprise!
The parents from both sides join together with their newly united children.
Cake cutting and celebrations!
This union was an experience wrapped in traditional fabrics of culture as vibrant as the headdresses upon the sea of African royalty within the room. This cultural experience of tradition and love is one I will long remember.