This was a wedding we shot towards the end of last year. Siaji + Erica are both teachers in Thailand. One time Faith & I were strolling along 1st Avenue Parklands on our attempts to look for an office, when my phone rang with a + something number. The caller was one Siaji a teacher in Thailand. He told us he & his fiancee Erica were planning a wedding later on in the year in Kisumu. I was elated, I love difference in a wedding, & this provided once of those chances.
Here is the story Erica told us about how she & Siaji 1st met.
A mutual friend was moving back to the UK from Phuket, Thailand and she had a farewell party. It was at this party that I met Siaji. He was having a dance-off with a few others. It was here that the spark hit; a spark that still burns.
A few days later after work, we had a date at Starbucks. Here, cup after cup of tea went down, as we chatted away about our lifetime experiences. It was so easy making conversation, and the two of us ended up shutting down Starbucks many hours later.
Fast-forward, about three years, Siaji popped the question. It was the last day of school and they were moving house. Our dear friend’s six-year-old daughter, Jessica, was with them. In an attempt to be romantic, Siaji secretly gave the ring to little Jessica to present to me. Jessica was so excited and nervous that she actually threw the ring across the room and as it landed at my feet, she shouted, “Here, marry Siaji!”
Here is their love story as told by us:
Location :: Suzanna Owiyo Centre of Arts, Kisumu
Photography :: Faithful Frames
The journey to Kisumu was long…we had a stop over in Kericho & took some shots at the tea farms
The landscape was breath-taking!
The day we arrived Kisumu was Erica’s sister birthday, we had a wonderful celebration for her & we even had a yummy cake to go with it
The next day we travelled to Siaji’s rural home where we had a meet the parents & shared a bit in the rich culture & traditions.
Hahahah….loved this portrait much!
It was meet & greet…language barrier not withstanding
Siaji serves Erica some chai in a local ‘birika’ (Kettle)
Hahahaha….the laughs were plenty to go around!
We took some photos by the country side…it was boy meets girl kinda thing 🙂
And Siaji’s charms began to take the needed effect
Next stop over was the village well to teach Erica a few things of how life will be after the wedding
And Erica cheered Siaji on!
Erica learnt the ropes pretty fast
And Erica passed the 1st wifey test & they lived happily ever after 🙂
The next day was the wedding day & our day began pretty early
We have been waiting to do this shot for quite some time now….glad it paid off!
Erica’s mum fits into her African ‘kitenge’ outfit!
Erica looking gorge!!!!! Her hair looked amazing…compliments to the stylist!
The Maasai head gear was spectacular to say the least
On the other end….Siaji was also getting his prep going on
The day screamt…..AFRICAN!!!!!!
The Maasai ‘Rungu’ formed part of the groom accesoriesA little bit of Western culture would hurt no body!
Soon it was time for Erica to get into her gown….yes you heard me right…GOWN, only this time it was an African gown….woop this wedding was really looking up!
Faithful Frames signature shot…we hit it on the nail!!!
Erica’s mum & sister gave her the Faithful Frames kiss….framed already so to say…and they all looked simply amazing
We took some bridal portraits and the reflection was to die for!
We hitched a ‘tuk-tuk’ (Rickshaw) to the venue
Next we left for the venue, it was over looking Lake Victoria, even despite the hyacinth menace it looked breath-taking
The decor was African all the way
The procession was fun, fun, fun lots of dancing & singing…one song “Kanungo’ was on replay!
Siaji was so composed that he bust a few moves
Erica hand in hand with her parents
The hug from Daddy was so emotional as he said good-bye to his beautiful baby girl
Till death do us part, what a blessed union
The presiding minister got the memo too & was all African too
A few private moments were exchanged too
Their personalised vows were a tear-jerking affair….a few sniffs were heard in the audience & also us behind the cameras 🙂
With this ring…I make you my wife
Oh that wink could not have told this story better
Wow…so very deep
A wider view of the ceremony, the view was breath-taking
The private moments were so many, we were absolutely spoilt for choice
After the ceremony we had some cocktails in some OK cups….what this was uber-unique!
Some family portraits
The entire Bridal entourage looked the part…the African attires were something I have never seen before in my Wedding photography lifetime
Suzanne Owiyo who was hosting us was also there to join in all the fun
Afterwards was the reception & dancing was the order of the day…Erica & Siaji surprised us all, they were too suave on the dance floor…and Erica busted those African moves like she was born & bred in the Lakeside city 🙂
If only I could share the video of the dancing part…you would be absolutely blown away
Next it was the dance-face off, mmmmmhhhh! I wonder who won 🙂
And the cheer-leaders could not have done a better job, the only thing missing was the pom-poms 🙂
The cake….oh me, oh my…The African pot herself 🙂
The local dancers also show-cased
‘Samak’ (Fish) was there in plenty!
Hahahah, this did it for me, they put the champagne in a African gourd
And they shared their 1st drink together as man & wife, the African way
And they shared the cake with their close family
Siaji receives a congratulatory hug from his father….Now he finally has taken up the mantle
The locals joined in for one final portrait before we left for the creative’s portrait session
Loved this personal moment as they enjoyed the beautiful view of the receding lake as they reflected on the happenings of the day
A few of their friends joined in for some portraits too
And the creatives started, despite the fatigue from the last days’ activities Erica & Siaji totally rocked it out!
Hahahahaha…..goofing it out!
We found an abandoned boat somewhere & we took some images right there!
We did some indoors too
Yep we stopped traffic too…anything for the shot, we say!
Finally as the sun was setting we took some silhouette images…these were my absolute favourites of the day
Yep…finally after all was said & done, we called it a night & headed back to our hotel rooms….It was one wedding we will absolutely live to remember & we wish Erica & Siaji all the best in their new lives & we hope they will see this post as documented by us all the way from Phuket.
Thank you for your time & God bless…
The Faithful Frames Team!