Denise and Bax’s wedding was great fun – sand, sea and sun as well as African percussion, happy chaos, and beautiful Gambian headdresses/costumes and DANCING!
I (Elaine – a UK based international wedding photographer) travelled all the way to The Gambia from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire to cover their wedding photography, and was introduced to a whole new world in West Africa – where a bucket serves as a shower and rags knotted together become a rope for a well – yet there is a smile on every face.
One of the ladies in my compound was up before dawn everyday, pounding beans to powder, which they then fried to make a crisp fluffy fritter and sold along with spicy beans for local people’s breakfasts.
Other enterprising families made Baobab juice – from the dried fruit of the tree shaken with water and flavoured with banana and coconut with milk – which they put into re-used plastic bottles from banana milk and sell from home.
Will be uploading more travel pics from The Gambia soon too, as these pictures tell a story of the real Africa!
Denise met Bax while working out there a few years back, and she fell in love with The Gambia, and all her people.
The second Gambian wedding I photographed was at Coco Ocean Hotel, plus a cultural ceremony at the bride’s mother’s house. You can see some of those wedding photos here, and the Coco Ocean storybook wedding album here.