Hello sons and daughters of God. Welcome to a new blog post. This particular post is long overdue i know but it’s finally here.
It’s a story of love beyond cultures and borders and i thank the almighty God for giving me the opportunity to be part of it. Its one of those weddings that give you goosebumps by just attending it. So you can imagine what happens when you are given the task of being the official Photog.
You will remember Mark and Brianna from a previous post where we had their engagement shoot at the KICC rooftop just days before we headed out to Tiwi beach, in Diani, for their wedding ceremony. This is their story . . .
“Bri moved into a house in the Kilimani neighborhood of Nairobi in October 2010. Though they lived just two blocks from each other and frequented the same coffee shops, the two didn’t meet until six months later, at a home group meeting of Karen Vineyard church. (They later learned that the same mutual friend had invited each of them to join the home group.)
After that initial meeting in March 2011 Mark and Bri didn’t cross paths again until June when they ran into each other out with friends. The very next morning, Mark was traveling to South Africa for a three-month film course. Exactly three months later, on September 23, 2011, on the same day Mark returned from South Africa, they ran into each other again at another mutual friend’s house. From that moment, they were inseparable.”
That is their story in words, and here is mine in pictures. I loved this particular wedding so much because it was a coming together of two different cultures, merged by love, which reminded me that anything is possible in this world only if you put your heart, mind, soul and, the most important ingredient of all – God, into it.
This is the longest post i have ever done so grab a cuppa, indulge, and enjoy yourself.
Location :: Tiwi Beach – Coral Cove Cottages
Photography :: Matt Masha
Cinematography :: Mandela Samuel
I woke up early, 5am to be precise, just to catch a glimpse of this wonderful sunrise.I was not the only riser; Mark was taking a walk on the beach … to meditate perhaps 🙂 Bri’s Dress was just spectacular and just one shot of it was not enough; so i got a couple. Meanwhile Bri was getting herself ready for the big day with a facial. I found this amazing mirror at the salon the girls were at . . . very artistic. Emily got down to the business of making sure she looked beautiful for the occasion. Lovely father and daughter moment here. Kristen got into the groove too. The men waited for the ladies patiently. Bri’s mom looked dashing. In all the weddings i have been to, i have never seen a bride do her own make up. Bri was her own make up artist. Impressive!!! I love playing with mirrors :). She had a well laid out reference to accomplish what she wanted. Meanwhile the reception ground were being brought to life against the spectacular backdrop of the Indian ocean. The rings lay in wait… The shoes ready for the bride. Mark’s suit. Venue of the ceremony. I caught up with Mark as he was dressing up. He looked very fine. Meanwhile Bri received a love letter from Mark which she read quietly with chuckles here and there. Twas time to lace up the gown. Lovely smiles that lit up the room. The Father of the Bride (FOB) waited anxiously for his daughter. Here comes the bride. The guests seated. Mark and Chris Foot (who was the officiator) took a minute off to pray before things got underway. Mark’s parents testing out their camera. And the cameras came out to play. Mark could not sit and wait. He looked over the horizon to see if his bride was nearing… The first sign that Bri was near was the beautiful bridesmaids walking down the aisle. Sooooooo cute 🙂And finally the bide came, in tow with her parents down the aisle. Bri could not contain her joy. And she hugged her dad “goodbye”. To be joined with her man right there. I think she took some seconds off too to thank God for making this day a reality. And the cute babies kept appearing. Patricia was here too…And the vows were next up. With these rings, they said “I Do”. Off to some formals now and everyone was all smiles. For a moment I thought was shooting for a bridal magazine here :D. Charlie’s Angels. The men turned their style on. Lovely pose. High fashion poses right there. Lovely sisters. Bri and her friend Emily. Bri and Kristin. Bri and Josh. Bri and Steve Bri and Evans Mark and Josh The Brothers Now it was just I, Them and a Nikon. The intensity of their love you can clearly see in their faces. Time to Party. Patricia sung her heart out. She got nice music. The Cake ;; mouthwatering. And we had time to do a Last Look shoot … It was everything i hoped it would be. And there you have it; i hope you enjoyed this Kenyan Destination Wedding. I had loads of fun and i wish nothing but God’s blessings and all good things that life has to offer to Mark and Brianna. Loads of kids too ;).
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