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Ajana and Bakari: The Wedding

This was a rare wedding where I had not met the couple before the wedding day.  Normally we do an engagement session or at the very least have a beer (or they have a beer and I stare longingly at it) but that didn’t happen for this wedding.  Because of this I was extra nervous.  On top of the usual concern, paranoia, and rituals of gear preparation I observe before a wedding I was thinking in the back of my head how I really hoped Bakari and Ajana would like us.

Of course I had absolutely nothing to worry about.  The minute I saw Ajana she welcomed me into a hug as if we’d know each other forever.  And she put her trust in me through that hug.  I took out my camera and immersed myself in the story.

A story that began in a Denver hotel room but of course began years ago.  A story of a couple surrounded and supported by the family and friends who love them.  Of a couple who have found through each other their best selves to give to all those around them. Of a wedding in a gorgeous garden with forgotten programs that still went on (because programs are not an essential element in committing to a marriage).  Of a broom that symbolized the determination and beauty of their ancestors. A story that was the first day of a marriage.

Congratulations, Ajana and Bakari!

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