Coco Ocean exotic wedding storybook pictures in The Gambia

storybook wedding pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

View of one of the swimming pools at Coco Ocean hotel in the Gambia - pages 2-3 in storybook design, taken the day before the wedding

The bride and groom contacted me when researching their wedding, after coming across photos that I had shot at previous couple’s wedding in the Gambia.  I also will be returning to The Gambia in  early Spring 2014 to photograph a Gambian wedding for another couple.

Their chosen wedding venue – Coco Ocean Hotel  –   is this magnificent luxury hotel in the Gambia in West Africa.  The couple themselves are based in the UK, but have family connections to The Gambia, so it was the perfect choice for them.  I stayed a full week, so was able to capture their cultural wedding ceremony – based on traditions in Sierra Leone – as well as general pics of themselves around the hotel prior to the actual legal ceremony in their private Royal Suite by their private pool, followed by a religious church-style ceremony outside by another huge swimming pool next to the sea.

This combined wedding and honeymoon, is a popular solution for many couples, particularly for those with family connections abroad, as it guarantees lovely weather, and a fabulous location for the wedding pictures.  In this case it also made it easier for their family and friends who live in Sierra Leone to travel  to a nearby country within Africa.  By booking Reel Life Photos for their wedding they also were able to get the quality of storybook album their wedding deserved.  Hope you enjoy looking, as there are many lovely portraits of all their special people, and unusually for my brides and grooms, I was given complete creative freedom, not only to create the design, but also to choose the images I knew they would like.  Most couples spend hours choosing, but they trusted me to choose for them, which was wonderful.

 

If you are planning your wedding abroad or a multicultural wedding in the UK  contact Elaine – wedding photographer at Reel Life Photos .

Cocoa Ocean Hotel wedding in the Gambia - night time view towards the sea

cover of storybook showing the main avenue from the hotel down towards the sea at night

 

photos of Cocoa Ocean Hotel in the Gambia

Inside the Royal Suite

 

pictures of Coco Ocean Hotel in the Gambia

Bride and groom's family enjoying their holiday at Coco Ocean

Exotic sunset pictures

Romantic sunset and palm trees - what more could you want!

private pool in Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

private pool in Royal Suite at Coco Ocean

 

Civil marriage ceremony in the Royal Suite at Coco Ocean in Gambia

Civil marriage ceremony in the Royal Suite

 

getting ready for the wedding in Royal Suite at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

The couple's daughter helps her mummy get ready for the wedding

contemporary wedding storybook album design at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Love this page in as it floats in black and white and a touch of colour.

 

The Royal Suite at Coco Ocean on wedding day

bride leaves the Royal Suite with her father to go to her church style wedding ceremony by the pool at Coco Ocean

 

wedding by the sea in an exotic hotel abroad at Coco Ocean wedding venue in The Gambia

The bride is given a lift with her father and children to the poolside where the wedding blessing will take place

 

Coco Ocean - magnificent wedding venue in The Gambia by UK photographer

wedding guests waiting as the bride arrives and joins the groom

wedding outside by the sea and pool at Coco Ocean in Gambia

This is just magical! Everyone seated as if in a church - but outside in brilliant light of day, protected by white parasols, with the water sparkling alongside the guests and a see view.

 

church wedding in the Gambia but at Coco Ocean Hotel

The reverend conducts the wedding blessing by the pool

 

wedding abroad at Coco Ocean

Getting married here by the side of that pool , facing the sea, must be a dream come true

 

 

getting married in the Gambia at Coco Ocean

pictures of Coco Ocean wedding in The Gambia

 

wedding blessing the rings at Gambian hotel, Coco Ocean.

The rings are blessed.

 

 

exchange of rings at wedding by the sea in Gambia

So romantic!

 

wedding bouquet of bougainvillea at Coco Ocean in Gambia

Bridesmaids hold a bouquet of simple bougainvillea as hymns are sung and the couple's children watch impatiently.

 

romantic wedding abroad by the sea at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Sunlight and shadows, fan and foliage. Magic!

 

Coco Ocean romantic wedding picture by the sea of bride and groom and the rings

Such a romantic place to get married!

 

dream wedding abroad at Coco Ocean

This minute could last forever in their minds as we look at this picture of such a happy moment.

 

wedding storybook photography in the Gambia by UK wedding photographer

Groomsmen take it easy during the ceremony.

 

exotic wedding abroad in the Gambia by uk photographer who travels

Love the sight of the yellow bridesmaids dresses against the exotic foliage as the bride and groom walk out together

 

Happy wedding photography in the Gambia at Coco Ocean

Lots going on as the wedding ceremony finishes...

 

exotic wedding reception in the Gambia

"Now what shall I choose", thinks the bride and groom's son, when offered an array of nibbles by not one, but two waiters.

 

wedding pictures by the pool at Coco Ocean

A big group shot all round the pool - so colourful!

 

wedding photos of muticultural wedding guests in Gambia around the pool at Coco Ocean

Such great colours and so many happy people!

 

Multicultural wedding pictures in Gambian hotel by the pool

Perfect location for family wedding pictures.

 

Sierra Leone bride and groom and their family wedding pictures in the Gambia

Family wedding photos at Coco Ocean

 

photos by the pool then off to the wedding reception inside Coco Ocean

photos by the pool then off to the wedding reception

 

luxury wedding pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Love this reception area with the dynamic stripey floor, so organised this pic of all the guests taken from the mezzanine floor above

 

wedding photos inside Coco Ocean reception area

bride and her family and close friends inside Coco Ocean reception area

 

wedding photos inside Coco Ocean hotel reception in the Gambia

Can you imagine having your wedding here? Such a brilliant family in an equally exciting wedding venue.

 

wedding reception pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

The couple enter their wedding reception dancing, and gather their children to dance with them.

 

bride and groom at their wedding reception in The Gambia

Time to celebrate over a wonderful meal!

 

wedding reception pictures at Coco Ocean in the Gambia

Amazing food and culinary delights at Coco Ocean. Just a shame I had to leave to catch a plane that evening on the last Thomas Cook flight out of the Gambia before the rainy season started, and also to photograph another wedding in the UK the very next day!

 

evening wedding pictures at night in the Gambia

Night has fallen so I grab the bride and groom before the dessert course and take pictures of them within the delightful geometric designs of the contemporary architecture.

 

romantic wedding picture on the beach by the sea in Gambia at night

With the whole day being behind schedule after the Gambian registrar arrived one hour late, the daylight hours vanished so night time pictures of the bride and groom were the only solution.

 

fun black and white wedding photography in the Gambia at Coco Ocean at night

Such a happy wedding picture on the beach at night!

 

natural wedding pictures on the beach at night in the Gambia

Fun wedding pic on the beach at night

 

Coco Ocean wedding at night

The night air is warm and the ambience delightful, but the bride and groom need to get back to their wedding reception and I need to head off soon for the airport!

 

Goodnight! Time to say goodbye to this wonderful couple in this amazing wedding venue in the Gambia, to fly back to the UK for an Asian wedding in Bradford in the morning!

 

If you are planning your wedding abroad or a multicultural wedding in the UK  contact Elaine – wedding photographer at Reel Life Photos  or keep up to date with recent weddings on Facebook

2 Responses to “Coco Ocean exotic wedding storybook pictures in The Gambia”

  1. ReelLifePhotosWeddingphotography » Blog Archive » Sierra Leone cultural wedding in the Gambia Says:

    […] The rest of the pages in this storybook show their civil and religious weddings at Coco Ocean Hotel so have separated them out into a different blog post. […]

  2. ReelLifePhotosWeddingphotography » Blog Archive » UK wedding photographer in The Gambia Says:

    […] 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. […]

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