Isy & Ope
“If we were meant to stay in one place, we would have roots instead of feet”
I still remember the day we booked the tickets after being given an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. Kadin, my girlfriend’s sister, & her husband Ben were traveling to England to shoot a destination wedding. They invited us along as adventure pals for the ten days they would be staying abroad and for some extra hands on deck given a wedding of this size. Only a month after booking our trip, my girlfriend and I were headed out of the house with coffee & passports in hand, wide, excited eyes, and smiles plastered on our faces.
When we toured the venue, all of our expectations were met and then surpassed. Isy, a stunning, brilliant bride who had taken on planning her big day herself, showed us around a breathtaking property in rural southern England. We greeted by a large building of castle-like architecture, expansive fields, and a flawless marquee. We couldn’t take our cameras out fast enough.
On the big day, our team of four: Kadin, Ben, Kaelyn & myself, developed a game plan… who would be where, shooting film or with digital, with bride or groom. If you have ever been a part of a wedding, you know that things never go perfectly along with the plan, but I can tell you that this day was utterly flawless. Isy & Ope said their vows and committed their lives to one another in a beautiful English church, when we had them alone for couples photos they beamed with love for each other and excitement for the future, they held hands in the classic car that took them from the ceremony to the reception, their bond to each other being ever so apparent. From beginning to end this day was genuine & unique, a mix of English and Nigerian culture intertwining perfectly. Thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Runsewe, a passion has ignited in me to take more of my work abroad, exploring love in a variety of places with a variety of new people and experiences.