Love is MY MOST FAVORITE THING on warm spring days. Melissa and Paul are planning their wedding in New Jersey, from their home in London. We had a briefer than usual interlude in some West Village frolicking, as they were kind enough to squeeze me in among their feverish wedding planning! AND it was SUPPOSED to be 62 degrees, but I was definitely breaking a sweat, which excited me to no end. SPRINGTIME! It felt like a party outside! See?!
Category Archives: Engagements
Whew! I suppose from my schedule it seems that I’m a little nutso lately, but when I find myself in between exotic locations, I am without much to do but read on my new Kindle (it’s awesome!), re(and re and re and re) watch this weeks episode of Lost, and go to the farmers market so I can pretend to be French. Well, I suppose it’s only really been the weekend that I’ve been lazing about… maybe it was only just yesterday, but I’ve been going for so long that when I stop to rest, it feels like my wheels are still spinning.
I consider myself completely and insanely lucky that I get to do some gallavanting around the world, photographing the cultural wonders that are weddings as set against so many vast and worldly backdrops. Today, Lana and Phil brought some of those cultural wonders to New York City. Hey! They cried! Want to shoot our Jewish Yemenite Henna Ceremony before our engagement session! (ps. a Jewish Yemenite Henna Ceremony is really just the amount of time it takes for the bride-to-be to get dressed. I mean, once you see the outfit you can understand that it in and of itself is quite an event!) Sure! I replied! Frakking of Course!
When I met Lana and Phil, it was a late evening in DC, and they invited me out for some drinks after. They hadn’t even hired me yet, but we threw back some rum and cokes together and had a grand time until about 2 am or so. It was awesome. And I have a feeling that their wedding is going to be one awesome party. In the meantime, here are a few shots from today. I feel very privileged to have been chosen by this beautiful, wonderful, open, in love couple of people. I mean, they certainly know how to get dressed for a party! (even though there was no party but the one in my camera!)
I sit alone in my hotel room, in the little known (or so I surmised since no one in the gas station 15 miles from here could tell me where it was), town of Newark, Delaware, via Washington, DC where we made pictures today. I wait in this Fairfield for Husbone and his partner to join their travels with mine. Yes people! I am on the road again! We are, however, making a quick stop many moons away in New Jersey tomorrow for a small Easter extravaganza.
This happens to me sometimes. Sometimes, I have such a great time shooting a couple, I totally forget about the pictures. Krystle and Eric and I spoke and met for the first time today, my previous experience of both of them being email correspondence, exclusively. When this is the case, which it often is, I get a little nervous about meeting the couple that sounds so lovely in pixels. But I couldn’t have been more pleased that A. Krystle is stunningly gorgeous!, B. The two of them together are goofy in essence, which warms me. Also, C. They are a commercial for meeting people for to love on the Interweb, though their exploits began as a friendly meeting at the mall. A surgery for a deviated septum (for Eric) followed soon thereafter. So, in that delicate time, the first kiss was postponed for the bandages to be removed, and for all to be well with his face, I imagine, so they could go town, and paint it.
Oh, my friends. It’s late(ish), and I’m weary from the drive. So I’ll just show you what I mean when I say today was awesomongous.
I just adore Boomie and David. And the more time I’ve spent time with them, the more I absolutely adore them even more. I was so excited when we got to spend the whole day with them the day after the traditional ceremony. They picked us up and we frolicked on the beach for a half an hour, and it was awesome! I shot some film, too, but I’m afraid you’ll have to wait, as I’m in Santa Fe with no means of developing any film. As David lives in Nigeria and has never even been to the states, and as the Yoruba ceremony was insanely chaotic (though amazingly vibrant), the Bones and I were very excited to make some pictures with no distractions in that special engagement way that I love so well to do. Yum.
Husbone and I are at Charles de Gaulle Airport (my most favorite airport ever – gourmet cheese, fresh baked bread, various cured meats of the duck variety which I pine for a long while after I’ve left this place), and I am so excited to finally present to you, the first of a series, about Boomie and David, and Africa.
Boomie and David met over the phone, about a year ago. She was in Maryland, and he was in her hometown of Lagos, in Nigeria. They spoke on the phone quite a bit, and for quite a while, before Boomie decided to surprise David. She had her uncle meet him at Barcelos (an amazing made to order fast food chicken extravaganza), to give him a gift. The gift was her. She was hiding in the car. David had said to her in one of their talks, that when he finally sees her in the flesh, he’ll pick her up and spin her around. He was so shocked when he saw her emerge from the car that he totally forgot. And after some time, he told her to put down her things, and he delivered as promised. This, their wedding week, is only the third time she’s ever seen him. But the love just oozes from them. So much for each other, and for everyone else around them. Arriving at Murtala Muhammed Airport was the first time I ever (and finally!) met Boomie, and I was so taken with her brightness and sincerity that it feels like I’ve known her for a year.
David has never been to America, but he’ll be moving here next week, to be with his new wife. How awesome is that?!? Husbone and I look forward to having them as our dear friends.
Lagos is Probably one of the most vibrant, chaotic, visually rich places I’ve ever seen. And I have to say the same about their various wedding ceremonies. The first of which, was the traditional Yoruba ceremony. I am weary with travel, and I have three more flights left today until I arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the Blend workshop, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
An awesome tradition in Yoruba wedding ceremonies, and many other West African cultures, is that every one on a side of the family gets a fabric, and each person gets their outfit custom made. There were 1000 people at their Christian wedding, about 400 people at the Yoruba wedding. This way, you can look out onto a sea of people and know how many people on your side are there for you.