I’m so very excited to share with you the story of my dear Tawina and Dwayne’s wedding today!! Every wedding has unique things that I love about it, but this one was particularly special to me because I’ve known Tawina personally for a number of years now and many of the people involved in the wedding are also dear friends of mine from church! So, it was definitely extra fun for me but, I’ll be honest, it was a challenge to not just catch up and talk with so many people I love so much! (I have since moved away from this ministry, so don’t get to see all of them very often.) I was working, after all, and on a laser-focused mission to give Tawina and Dwayne the most beautiful wedding photos I could possibly give them! And now you get to see a little sampling of my most favorite images here!
To try to summarize in a blog post how incredibly special Tawina and Dwayne’s love is and how full of joy, meaning, and happiness their wedding day was is a huge challenge! I have already written a little bit about how they met and fell in love on their engagement session blog post, which you can view HERE, if you’d like. And, I’ll just mention a few of my favorite parts of their wedding day: the first look that Tawina did with her FOUR brothers, the time of singing and worship during their ceremony (it was slightly tricky to take good photos through the tears streaming down my face, but somehow I managed ;), and lastly, the African money dance!! (It is an African traditional dance where their family and friends literally showered them with cash – so fun!) OH – and I can’t forget to mention the HILARIOUS toast/performance by Tawina’s 3 matron’s of honor AND the fantastic bubble exit to send them off with a BANG! See what I mean?! Such an incredible wedding! ENJOY looking through the photos!! (P.S. If you stay until the end, you’ll get to see a slightly embarrassing out-take of me sitting on a wedding guest!)
She did a first look with her 4 brothers!! So sweet!
The money dance is an African tradition where the couple dances and their loved ones throw money at them! One of the most fun family traditions I’ve seen at a wedding yet!
Okay, if you’re still here, here is the out-take I mentioned, taken by Cally, my second photographer. I was beaming through one of the rows to quickly bear hug someone that I am very close with and haven’t seen in a long time, but as I was saying “excuse me” I realized that I was squeezing my way by one another dear friend and old roommate of mine, so I just sat on her! And we did sort of a side hug and laughed 🙂