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Gboyinde and Anani – The Traditional wedding

You probably remember Gboyinde and Anani from a few months back. In Nigerian culture, traditional ceremonies are actually of more significance than the white wedding itself. It’s when Anani makes his official request to Gboyinde’s parents for her hand in marriage. Anani is from Togo, so he pretty much has to conform to how it’s done the Nigerian way. At the beginning I wasn’t sure if Anani would be able handle the Nigerian crowd since in this case the Togo folks are smaller crowd..but I will let the pictures tell the rest. For my Togo friends viewing this post,  I will leave some comments on a few shots to explain the culture but the pictures will tell story for the most part.

For this post, I’m going to skip the usual makeup and getting dressed stuffs so you can enjoy more of their beautiful day.

Decor – Garden of Eden| Makeup – Divine Touch Artistry| Assistant Photographer – Jblaze|

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3. Right after her makeup we had sometime to burn for some outdoor shots. Time to do such during these events are very rare but I’m glad this was planned well.

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6. I don’t need to tell you she’s gorgeous!

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8. The guys give Anani a final beatdown

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10. Anani gets his final advice on what to do and what not to do when he gets inside.

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11. And his friend pleads for mercy..lol

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12. His Nigerian adviser says “common lets do this”

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14. Now Anani takes charge of this thing!

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17. He makes his pledge to be the best husband ever!

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18. Anani’s family recieves the good handshake from Gboyinde’s family…..I love the simultaneous handshake captured here.

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20. Jummy’s coverage –  Gboyinde’s sister reads the official proposal to her parents.

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23. Anani’s official salute.

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24. Gboyinde’s entry

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28. I love these real moments

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31. Jummy’s coverage – I love her smile.

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32. Dad still not ready to let go

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34. Anani’s family receives Gboyinde after her parents blessings

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35. Now can she be any happier?

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46. Usually the couple would be too tired to take any more pictures as things wind down but not Gboyinde and Anani. Yes, I shoot anywhere..hallway, floor, anything…lol

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Mojola - Great job as always Dotun! My fav is the shot where Gboyinde is peeking from underneath the veil :-) Can’t wait till you blog the wedding pics……I’ve been shamelessly stalking your blog for the past 4 months.

Ben - Your stuff is always so colorful, D. Terrific work!!!

wale ariztos - awesome job. i love that ring shot. you definitely captured the ceremony well…felt like i was there.

Anani & Gboyinde - We love these Dotun!! I love the pic where Leo is begging for mercy lol too funny. You sure do capture all of the moments. Thank you soooo much, we cant wait to see the wedding pics :)

Altreisha - I really love these pics…will you shoot my wedding whenever I’m getting married :)…Genius you are Ayodeji

Yinks - There is just something so poignant about the traditional engagement ceremonies. These photos resonate so much with the whole spirit behind the event! The one where he is alone laying prostrate – BRILLIANT! Only you would know to shoot him that way…kudos!

Debbie - Got to love it… such vibrant colors… such mastery of the lens…. put the 2 together and you get memories etched in the stones of time… good work Dotun.

Tara Wynn - I just love Nigerian weddings. Extraordinary work Dotun! You never dissapoint me.

Bee - Extraordinary storytelling once again! I love the ‘naturalness’ right up to the final shot :-)

Eileen - Awesome D! I love the traditional shoots because they’re so special and significant as you said. Looked a good time!

FotogrAffi - Dotun, as always – fantastic work! You really captured the story here. Looking forward to more.

Sandra Kemayou - Where do i start??? I love the cake topper and how it was matching their outfit. I think my favorite picture is when the groom was carrying the bride. You are definetly right about the traditional wedding being more important, it is the same in the cameroonian culture. However, we don’t go as far as renting a hall. This looks great.

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