A Serena wedding affair.

I did this wedding towards the end of December 2016 and boy i had fun. Nancy had already booked me a while back and had strictly requested for one photographer.

Normally as a service provider, you look out for your clients and get to advise them accordingly. I had warned her of the dangers of having only one shooter. She was willing to take the risk, not so much for me.

Either way, i agreed to her request to be her only shooter. The advantage about this ceremony is that it had only 100 guests, so that made my work easier. I took up the challenge and went with it.

I thought i was going to have a tough time but it was so much fun instead.

The wedding, photo session and reception was happening at the famous Serena Hotel, so time was not going to be a issue at any one point. In fact, i was asked to come at the hotel at 12pm. I had another wedding the previous day which ended late but the late start to this one enabled me to have enough rest.

The groomsmen were in a different room but within the same building so i was able to dash to their room and capture a few shots.

Anyone know these 3 make-up artists? I do.

And they are quite the brand for that matter. Anyways, the bride was done and i dashed outside to capture more of her photos walking towards the ceremony.

Disclaimer: The bridal party are a selfie lovers so don’t be surprised by the number of times i captured them doing so.

You can imagine the back and forth i had to do just to capture every moment. Nothing was to be missed.

The bridal party were looking really good.

And the tense moments began to follow.

And the super tense moment..

While the couple were busy signing the certificates…what do you think the groomsmen were doing? You guessed it…taking selfies.

And it was a wrap.

For the photo session, i utilized every place i could find. This was the coolest bridal party i had ever worked with.

The pool area was my favorite, though we didn’t utilize it as we would have wanted to thanks to Serena but i shall rant about that another day.

These guys were just all kinds of cool, no denying that. I would work with them again and again and again.

We finished the photo session quite fast though, so we had to wait a bit for the guests to finish eating. After they were done, it was time to welcome the whole bridal party into the reception.

Normally, i would post quite a bit of the guests and the bridal party dancing but i feel it shall overshadow something special i am supposed to post at the end of the blog.

Now, here we go. The couple had rehearsed their first dance very well. I was blown away. 

It was very impressive. *slow clap*

The bridal party joined in and the dance just flowed.

As you can see, my work was clearly cut out for me. I didn’t struggle at any one point whatsoever and it went way better than i expected. I left the place a very happy photographer and i am glad she loved the photos.

Cheers to their future together 🙂

Throwback: A Surprise Proposal.

Sometime in the month of October 2016, i had the privilege of shooting a real engagement. There is the usual engagement shoot that we photographers do for our wedding clients, then there is this.

There was nothing scripted about it in any way. I could not do any form of lighting setup as it would have given away the surprise. I had never met the boyfriend but he was quite the cool dude. Calm too he was, despite the jitters.

The boyfriend hatched a plot with his fiancee’s sister on how to make the proposal happen. He was to bring her for a day of salon treatment. She was down for it and i’m sure most ladies would want to be treated like so by their men. Anyways, i got to arrive just as she was having her manicure done. The owner of Aleeza’s executive Spa, beauty and barber assured her that the photos was for the company’s social media promotions. You can check out the place here.

A few of the staff were aware and did a good job to facilitate the process. As she was getting her hair done, look at what follows next.

She then opens her eyes and looks at the mirror, wondering why a group of people with phones and a big camera are capturing stills of her.

It then hit her. His loving boyfriend is proposing 🙂

The element of surprise was real. All this time, i had locked my focus and just kept on snapping away. I didn’t want to miss any moment at all.

It took a while to sink in. She honestly could not believe and did not know how to react.

Overwhelming joy followed and i won’t lie, i was busy smiling behind the camera.

She said yes and he put a ring on it.

The clients at the place were quite elated for them too. I had to literally fight the urge of keeping my camera away and congratulating them. Every moment mattered.

After that, i had requested that i do a small shoot of them right outside the establishment. I found a corridor and away we proceeded with the photo session.

I love to shoot couples in their natural self so posing them was not going to cut for me. But yes, i gave them a proper direction to take. They oozed so much chemistry, you should have seen the envy on my face.

It was only fair i take a shot of the sisters too.

3rd wheeling Yes? No? Ok, bye.