Wow. I am just so grateful to have had the chance to be a part of this amazing day. I have NEVER been to something where people really knew how to celebrate. Truly.
Carmen and Emmanuel's traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony took place in Calgary last August. There was a lot of elements that I have not experienced and so I am sure many of the people watching will not have either, so here is a quick recap!
First, the brides family waits for the groom's family to show. In this case, we had some extra time together as the bus coming from Edmonton with Emmanuel's family was a little late! Then once the groom's family arrives, the bride hides inside with her bridesmaids. There are introductions, gifts and blessings exchanged between the extended families and then the immediate families gather inside with the bride and groom. Here is where there are more gifts, blessings exchanged and the parent' s give their blessing for the couple to be married. This was a beautiful, personal moment that really was so unique and honouring. Next, the groom comes out dancing with his groomsmen and hides in the crowd. The bride comes out and has to find him! After the two have found one another, they are further blessed by their parents publicly and the party can officially begin! Although, let's be honest, it started at the beginning of the festivities.
So, while you scroll you will recognize these moments throughout the day! And just imagine me dancing and smiling like an idiot and maybe crying behind the camera. Because, trust me I was.