This was one of those weddings I’d been looking forward to for a LONG time! Marley and Nyema booked with me way in advance, so we had a lot leading up to their wedding this March. A perfect engagement session at White Rock Lake last summer, a bridal session in an Oklahoma City conservatory where we also took portraits of both the bride and groom in their traditional Liberian wedding garb, and finally, their incredible wedding.
It was so cool to witness West Texas merging with West Africa, with Marley’s guests in cowboy hats and Nyema’s in bold, colorful dresses and head wraps. To this couple, family means everything, and it was evident in so many parts of their day. During their ceremony they had family members read an African blessing in 2 native African languages and also in English. At the reception, they changed into traditional Liberian clothing and danced the night away, with loved ones throwing money at them in a customary dance and a humongous (and hilarious) Grand March. After I got home, I just kept telling friends how much FUN this wedding was.
The temps didn’t get much above 29 that day, so we braved the cold for the quickest 5 minutes of portraits I’ve ever taken, but man did this couple turn it on! They are so comfortable together, respectful of each other and complementary of each other in every way. Marley and Nyema, it’s been an honor to share so many moments with you during this chapter of your lives. You’ve accomplished so much separately and I know you’ll accomplish even more together! Cheers to the Drs. Elliott!