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The Journal for New York City's Top Wedding Photographer Jide Alakija

Glen Island Harbour Club Wedding, New Rochelle, NY, Ken + Antoinette

Ken and Antionette have already been featured on this blog as a very beautiful engagement session at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan NY. Being based in New York State I always look forward to covering weddings that reflect the personality of what my photography has become. I truly believe that every location has it's own culture that has an influence on how the weddings are presented and therefore the photography.

This was a fun couple to work with who put a lot of planning into their wedding. They fused both their different cultures of Ghanaian and American in their dancing, food and attire. In fact there was a lovely dance performance by Ken and Antoinette during their reception entrance of Fuse's Antenna.

Moonstone Manor Wedding, Elizabethtown, PA - Ayodele + Damilola

"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment." - Jane Austen

Damilola has always loved Jane Austen. So much so, that she made it the theme of her wedding. The Moonstone Manor in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania could not have provided a better backdrop. This was one amazing wedding that we got to shoot.

 

10 Degrees Event Centre Lagos Traditional Wedding, Olumide + Dupe

It's not very often you hit it off with a prospective client, and become good friends with them before they become a client. While that's not exactly what happened with this couple and me, it was close. After they signed me to shoot their Houston wedding late in the summer of 2016, I  quickly became really good friends with them.

Last fall, I was in Houston for a wedding photography assignment, and while there I hooked up with Dupe for coffee. Olumide was working as a management consultant and was on one of his postings out of state. I enjoy taking any chance I can to get to know my clients better, so I try to see them when I'm in their city for other jobs or just passing through.  Just from this little conversation, we both thought it would be a good idea to fly me down to Lagos, Nigeria so that I could shoot their traditional wedding. It seemed even more appealing to me, as I would get to spend Christmas and New Year's with family based there.

I also had the opportunity to work with an alumni of a recent Alakija Studios Workshop on this wedding. I have long admired the editorial work of Emmanuel Oyeleke, so having him shoot this event alongside me was a complete honor.