This Nigerian couple, did things with considerably more gusto than the typical weddings we shoot. I believe that these two families (and maybe all the guests) coordinated their attire, which enabled us to see just how vast these two families were and everyone that supported them. The brides friends also co-ordinated their outfits which were called Aso ebi. Aso ebi is an indicator of cooperation and solidarity during ceremonies and festive periods. All the ladies used the same material to make their own dresses to show support for the bride. This was really a cool experience to see the community that surrounded these two and the amount of support.
It was great seeing so many people busting a move in celebration for these two. There was dancing during the ceremony, and the entire reception. Another custom was the guest protocol for the reception. How it was described to me by the couple was: “If the friends have ever met the bride and groom, they essentially take this as an invite to the reception”. The staff at the TransCanada Centre had their work cut out for them, as I saw more than 7 tables added after everything was setup because people just kept coming, which made this easily the largest wedding we have ever photographed. Another highlight was 3 different wedding outfits which allowed the couple to also dress in their cultural specific attire, and even finish the night in something more comfortable because I am sure the party lasted ALL NIGHT!
Thanks to Sandra and Tayo for choosing us to be a part of their big day, and allowing us to witness their personalities and culture up close!
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