As far as shooting weddings goes, this was a very special one to me because it was the union of two very good friends whom I’ve known for a very long time.
I believe it is Njeri whom I met first, when she hijacked my camera from me when I was shooting an event at Mavuno and started clicking away without even introducing herself. She later became a second shooter at several weddings I shot. Marcus on the other hand did introduce himself at a separate event, still at Mavuno, where he was the MC. Fast forward several years and here I was, on their wedding day, capturing the end of their separate lives and start of their lives as The Olang’s.
The day started very early for me on Friday 14th March as I had to be in Nyayo Embakasi by 5.30am. We wanted to shoot in the train which waits for no man. A heavy morning downpour and early morning traffic made us miss the train so we decided to shoot at other locations still within Embakasi.
Kahara was the bestman, you’ll see his face shortly, and Mugambi was the other right-hand man.
Something to help Njeri look directly into Marcus’ eyes.
We found some benches on Airport North Road and took the first photos there.
Njeri and Marcus with Ndindi, Mugambi, Es and Kihara.
A very kind man runs this kiosk. He was generous enough to let us shoot here, and when we forgot one of our umbrellas here, he came looking for us at the second location and asked us to go back for it.
After we were done with the shoot, we returned to Njeri’s family’s home where she started preparing to be handed over to Marcus. Most of the shots below were shot by Wamuyu Kiragu. Check out her other work here.
Sonnie on make up. Check out her portfolio here.
Njeri with her mum and sister.
Brand placement right there.
There was a mushy moment after Njeri’s mum veiled her and gave her some motherly love. Tears of everyone in the room flowed freely. That was my manly cue to exit left and see what else I could shoot.
Meanwhile on the outside, I was having fun with the guys.
Yes, your shoes can be a work of art. Just talk to Ogake.
Marcus’ family then came and sang for Njeri before she was ushered out of home in an emotional moment that was filled with tears and celebration.
The wedding ceremony and reception were held at Jasmine Gardens on Waiyaki Way, opposite Wida Highway Motel.
Pastor Sam Mwaka from Mavuno Church officiated the wedding.
Decor was by Tiffany Ngatia. You might have seen her here.
Praise and worship was a mdundiko session.
During praise and worship, Njeri had removed her shoes to celebrate without inhibitions. When Pastor Sam Mwaka asked Marcus to recite his vows while looking into Njeri’s eyes, Njeri asked for a few seconds to put her shoes back on so her height could be closer to Marcus’, who helped her put on her shoes.
Double brand placement.
Selfie of the day.
After this, we went to a different part of the grounds and shot some more.
Hunger pangs made Marcus and Njeri nibble on guests’ food as they danced round the reception. The Olang’s are just too much fun!
The heavens opened at the end of reception, pouring blessings that crowned the glorious day.
Thank you Olang’s for allowing me to capture your wedding day. You will forever remain special friends. May your joy forever remain infectious in marriage.