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We don't even know how to describe this experience.  It was an incredibly unique opportunity that we feel so blessed to have been given!

Biobele and Dagogo, otherwise known as Bebe and Dags, held their spectacular three day long wedding in Nigeria, Africa, and we were fortunate enough to be found and hired by them to travel halfway across the world to photograph it!!  Dags lives in Austin, Texas, and works with a former client of ours, Tunde (of Tunde and Neha who were married in Cancun last June.)  After seeing Tunde's wedding photographs, he contacted us and the rest is history.  Before we knew it we were on a very, very long plane ride to Africa.

I (Tina) have been to East Africa several times and was so excited to return to this beautiful continent to experience another side of it.  I do have to admit though, the more we read up on the current events happening in Nigeria, we did get a bit concerned.  We were headed to the oil-rich southern region of Nigeria known as the Rivers State.  The area is known for it's kidnappings of foreigners, mostly of those working for the oil companies, however anyone visiting the area is thought to be working for the oil companies so this put us at some risk.

Once there though, the fear faded and we found ourselves in the company of many very gracious people.  Our base was Port Harcourt, but the first wedding day took place in Buguma City on December 9th, 2011.  It celebrated the Kalabari Culture and is known as the Iya Traditional Marriage, the highest level wedding in the culture.

Due to the kidnapping danger we did not do any sightseeing during our stay, therefore most of our experiences of the area, it's people and their culture was gleaned from the wedding days.  The first day, being in a smaller city where we literally paraded through the streets, gave us our best opportunities to capture images not only of the events surrounding the wedding, but the local people and street scenes as well.  For that reason, this post is extra large as we have blended the wedding with the local street scenes as this was actually the way the day unfolded.

Coverage throughout this entire three day event was very photojournalistic with little in the way of posed photos (though there were some.)  The pace was high energy and hectic, days were long and there was a lot to cover.  In addition there were several other local photographers involved as well as several videographers, so it often felt like we were jockeying for position amongst the paparazzi :-).  By far, it was one of the most challenging weddings we have ever covered and we loved every minute of it!  We love cultural weddings - the colors, energy and heightened emotions are what we thrive off of - and to be able to photography a wedding like this in its country of origin is beyond words!  Bebe and Dagogo, thank you for trusting enough in our vision to have us travel such a monumental distance to be your wedding photographers.  We loved having a chance to experience your country and culture from an insiders perspective.  It was an experience we will hold dear to us the rest of our lives ... thank you both for that!!  Enjoy!

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Some fun photos of us taken throughout the day :-)!
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