Kwadwo + Louisa | Labadi Beach, Ghana West Africa

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Brandi and I shot Kwadwo and Louisa's garden wedding last Tuesday near Labadi Beach in Ghana. The breeze from the Atlantic Ocean and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore made for the perfect setting. I believe we were destined to shoot this wedding. During our first meeting in Manhattan New York, Louisa expressed the importance to me of documenting her wedding through powerful photographs. After hearing about the location, details and colors for the day I knew that I wanted to accept this commission. Simply put, it would help to provide a variety of wedding styles for my first book on weddings in Africa. Also at the first meeting Louisa and I shared stories about our faith and discussed our spouses' careers. Kwadwo (MPH in Epidemiology) in New York and Brandi (Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences) in Atlanta work closely with Breast Cancer research. By faith hopefully they will be working on an overseas joint venture soon!

Both the bride and groom's families are from the Ashanti region of Ghana so they are considered Akans (the larger tribe) and speak the native language, Twi (pronounced "too-wree"). Over the past 2 weeks my wife and I have learned many words from the Twi dialect and want to learn even more. The ceremony was done entirely in English, however, that didn't stop us from impressing certain guests that spoke Twi with our knowledge.

I've posted a few photographs below and you know where you'll find more coming up!

- KNIGHT


















Ross Oscar Knight

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40 comments:

Ms. Shaunie said...

The pictures look so beautiful and the wedding looks so magical!! Awesome job!! It seems like you guys are really enjoying yourselves in Ghana! I miss it so much!! I can speak a little Twi myself!

Darcita said...

Wow..you never cease to amze me! I think I love the pictures of the bride through the veil and her family outstretching their blessing!Those are my two favourites!

Lady HAYNES, Teka-Ann S. said...

Such a beautiful affair.

Courtney X said...

absolutely gorgeous! wow!!!

Sonia said...

How absolutely beautiful! Great job, Knights.

Anonymous said...

These are absolutely stunning. I love the bride' dress. I want that book when its publish. You and Mrs. Dr Knight did a great job. Such a wonderful team.




From Natasha in NY.

Tunji Sarumi Photography said...

The pics are soooo beautiful.

Troy said...

Dude...these are incredible and powerful. The shot of the groom standing behind the bride and the bride kissing him....man....makes we wanna leave work right now and head home to the Mrs....ummm ummm ummm!!!!!

Christopher said...

What a great and wonderful experience.

Kim said...

Such a beautiful couple.

Simi said...

Awesome sauce Ross, your photos from Ghana are making me miss being home in Nigeria! You and Brandi are definitely the folks that were meant to shoot the wedding from what I see.

Cliff Robinson said...

And the hits keep on coming!

MissAudrey said...

These photographs are absolutely breathtaking.

kp said...

gorgeous! you two are 'rok'in it!
enjoy!

happy new year!
kp

Monica (ille_yo) said...

Beautiful shots, Ross! My favorites are the two of the bride in sepia. Awesome!

SimpleeMe said...

Simply beautiful :-)

Lisa Michelle said...

"Ah......". Lovely! As always.

David N. Beasley Jr. said...

Wonderful shots Ross. You did a great job bringing us into the events that occured that day as well as getting us as close to the emotions of the day as possible without actually being there.

GROUNDED said...

Mr. Knight,

Your pics are awesome. I've been watching and follwing your blog for years now. I pray that one day I will be able to utilize you for something. Happy 1st year together. God really put this together. Amen and God Bless.

Livingwater423

Lauren said...

I just came by to check out your photos from Africa, but I could stay here all day browsing! These images are really phenomenal. Great job :)

Fran said...

Absolutely beautiful, Ross. I am so proud of both of you. I can't wait to make my journey to Africa one day. Beautiful pictures!

Sherry said...

Ross and Brandi,

These are beautiful, I am soo proud of you. May God continue to give you the creativity that's stored
inside of you.

Give all my blessing to you and Brandi.

Marlem said...

Your photos are amazing!!!

aiko said...

ross,
these photos, the colors, the poses....are beautiful. you have such a gift!!
happy 2009...give a shout to mrs. knight.

aiko

Anonymous said...

These pictures are wonderful. Thank you for showing the world that there is beauty and love in Ghana. These pictures made me very homesick. Hopefully someday soon you will make another trip to Ghana to take pictures for my wedding. God bless you both and enjoy Ghana!

Glenda said...

You simply keep amazing me. I am so proud of both you and Brandi. I can’t wait to see all of the pictures and of course hear some great stories and insight on what Africa is really like. I trust you to tell me the truth.

Mary (Adeeba) said...

I AM REALLY LEARNING A LOT FROM YOU! yOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME OR (I'M SURE)THE CLIENTS!

When I taught pre-school (many years ago) I had a very interesting student who spoke TWI.

IT's a interesting dialect with all of it's clicking sounds.

My student at the time was 5yrs and always embraced me with a warm smile every day!

Kerline Docteur said...

Simply beautiful!

clo said...

All shots are AWESOME!!!! Great job guys!

Devin said...

Nice pictures........Keep it up.

Ata said...

Great pictures Ross….Hope you and Brandi are having a blast and taking in the experiences that will last you a lifetime….Looking forward to the rest of the pictures.

ONADA Photography said...

absolutely gorgeous imagery!!!

Tina G Photography said...

Mr Knight - Just wanted to say how much your story and photos have been an inspiration to me here in Australia. I'm starting up my photography biz and you've been an example that faith and determination can take you a long long way.

Regards Tina (Tina G Photography)

Lolia said...

Your pictures are gorgeous!

I hope mine are like that some day.

MysTery said...

Love the pictures!!!

Stefanie said...

Absolutely Breathtaking!

Benjamin DiCaprio said...

Great work you have here. I like your style.

Benjamin

Xiomara said...

one word.....Beautiful!!

JD said...

Wonderful pictures. I don't think I've ever seen such beautiful wedding images--they're usually so trite and dull. Yes, indeed, the trick is to love what you see. Stunning!

Akos said...

I pray by Christmas (Dec) me too you will cover my engagement and wedding in Ghana.

....... but first of all i have to pray for my husband to find me and arrangement for such event to commence.

i am single :):) with lots of faith and hope