REAL BIJOU BRIDE – LOVE IN GAMBIA AN AFRICAN WEDDING
3 Apr 2012
Today Bijou brides we’re off on an adventure to Gambia with the lovely Gill and Kemba, all thanks to Betti Confetti photography.
There was added pressure for photographer Gemma of Betti Confetti as not only was she travelling to unfamiliar surroundings but also photographing her friend’s African Wedding. Gemma explains”The day before, I was shooting a very snowy winter wedding in Sussex so this was such a contrast. Luckily the ﬂight took off despite the snow, and I arrived in the Gambia to another extreme.“
Kemba and Gill managed to organise their entire African wedding in just 6 weeks, incorporating both African and Western traditions. In the area where Gill and Kemba wed, couples must arrive at the local Town Hall at 9am and in effect queue for a ceremony spot, can you imagine the nerves! Luckily Gill had her ‘little escorts’ (in effect page boys) Ibrahima and Ali on hand to keep her entertained during the wait.
Gill & Kembaʼs outﬁts were both made by hand from a highly esteemed West African ʻbassinʼ fabric, a hand-dyed beaten cotton. Bride Gill was keen to incorporate some British culture into her look so based her dress on a classic Marks & Spencers design and sported Irregular Choice footwear complete with funky Union Jacks and hearts. And Gill’s bouquet was picked from a friend’s garden the night before.
After a nervewracking 2hour wait Gill and Kemba were declared Mr and Mrs Kemba Demba and had to kick off their shoes and head to the beach to celebrate. With warm sand under their toes the guests made their way to Kemba’s mother’s house for the African Wedding breakfast.
And of course there had to be Wedding Cake, in colours to match the bride and groom’s outfits!
The party then moved onto Kemba’s friend’s bar for the evening reception which included a change of outfit for the Bride and Groom. Guests were welcomed with the Gambian equivalent of Kir Royale – hibiscus juice and sparkling wine. And to get the disco underway Kemba spun Bride Gill in a first dance to Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ before a tribe local to the couple, started the ʻBalantaʼ dancing.
What a lovely couple, congratulations Mr & Mrs Kemba Demba (amazing name by the way).
Gemma, aka Betti Confetti Photography, is a Brighton-based Wedding photographer who is clearly available to travel. Find out more about her and her photography at: