Greetings from Ghana! Ross and I are adjusting well to Africa with a week left to go. The trip has been amazing! So is the heat...it's been 95 degrees every day. Ladies, I can't tell you what this is doing to my hair! I've already had it done twice by some fantastic Ghanaian women. I was finished in under an hour and it only cost GH$10 (~$8 US dollars)...can I get an AMEN! Anyways, on to the wedding...
On Tuesday, Ross and I had the pleasure of shooting the Traditional Engagement of Emmanuel and Shirley. The engagement is the first of three events we will shoot for this wonderful couple. Here, we witnessed the two families coming together to agree upon the marriage between their children. When I say families, I mean the whole family of both the bride and groom. There were about 40-50 people in the house for the event while another 50 waited outside for the final approval (and the food!).
At the event, a processional with African drums and dancers presented the groom while the bride remained tucked away in the back of the house. The groom's family then offered gifts and money to the bride's family in hopes that they would offer their daughter for marriage. This was such an exciting event full of prayers, singing, well-wishes and an exceptional feast freshly prepared for the day. Check out the tilapia fish in the last image. The entire ceremony was spoken in their native tongue and we could clearly see that both families were truly happy and thankful for the union.
Here are some of the photos. More photos will be published in our upcoming book documenting weddings in Africa as well as around the world. We hope you enjoy!
As my husband says, we'll blog you later!
~ Dr. Mrs. KNIGHT