I love photographing weddings that are rich in cultural traditions, so it was a no brainer when R & W called me to book for their wedding day; a traditional habesha day. Its easy to capture the cultural feel within the photos through traditional wedding garments but my favorite is capturing the happiness not only on the couples faces, but the look of joy on the faces of everyone that surrounds them on their special day and takes part in the festivities.
R & W arrived for the ceremony in traditional outfits, both sporting black and white clothing adorned with bright yellow embroideries. The bride was stunning, a smile from ear to ear as she saw her husband-to-be. Her makeup was subtle and matched her clothing; a soft gold eyeshadow, some black eyeliner and a light pink colored lipstick enhanced her natural beauty and she absolutely glowed. Her hands were decorated with traditional patterns, as well as her feet, shown off by simple high heels that completed her look for the wedding day.
After the ceremony and taking some photos of the happy couple together with their family and sharing smiles and laughs with one another, we proceeded to the reception where even more friends and family gathered to greet and congratulate the newlyweds.
The reception hall was huge and filled with so many joyous people, some playing music on drums that hung around their shoulders; young and old participated in the drumming, others dancing with the beat. This was a very fun experience to capture on camera as everyone celebrated. There was lots of traditional food to be enjoyed and all of the guests were happy to take large helpings of the meals as they enjoyed the night celebrating with their friends and family. Photographing a traditional wedding is always an enriching experience, and I am glad that R & W contacted me for their wedding day.
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