Wedding photography is always great fun for me – but this one was double trouble as I would be photographing two weddings!
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Sisters Ijeoma and Chinyere found me online and we met up for a consultation at Waterloo station. I could tell just from meeting them that both couples made a great team, so it was wonderful that they would be sharing their big days together. It was also easier for them as they would be sharing costs and responsibilities.
All-day wedding photography
I’d been booked in for my all-day package, as well as some pre-wedding and engagement shoots. When the big day came around, I started out at Greenvue in Barnet, where the two grooms were practising the order of service with the vicar. I could see this was a first for him as well! While we were waiting for the brides, the grooms and the best man posed in front of the venue, and I also got some close ups of the rings and other details.
When the ceremony started, each couple was married individually but blessed together – quite a unique experience. Unfortunately, the rain came down right after the service, so we had to improvise our couples’ portrait shots inside. I quickly got together three studio flashes on the dance floor, which made the perfect family photograph setting.
The couples’ DJ organised some great games to get everybody involved, including blindfolding the grooms and asking them to find their brides just by touching the hands of a group of ladies! Breaking tradition once again, there were many speeches in an open mic style, so everybody got to have their say.
Miracles can happen, it seems, as the sun finally came out! We rushed outside to get some couples’ portrait shots before tucking into some delicious Afro-Caribbean food. The newlyweds all cut one single cake at the same time before feeding it to each other, but the first dances were kept separate.
African wedding traditions
I made sure I was right in the middle of the action as the music started and everybody hit the dance floor. As the sun went down, both couples changed into traditional African outfits, ready for some more photographs outside.
With nighttime upon us, I had to use a large studio flash to make sure each shot was well lit. We tried a few different poses, my personal favourite being the snap of both couples looking into the setting sun.
I’m always up for trying something new when it comes to photographing weddings, and this was a great experience of different cultures and new challenges for me! If you’d like to discuss a double wedding package, feel free to give me a call today.