I’ve never been to Angola before. It was a new experience for myself and Iaan. We didn’t really know what to expect, but everything exceeded our expectations for sure. Luanda is vibrant in colour and people. The traffic is close to madness. Seriously, never seen anything like it. Luckily Rosa and Manuel were so kind to organize us a driver. With a few hand signs, the help from the couple and a bit of English understanding he took us everywhere we needed to go.
We stayed in a wonderful hotel called the Baia Hotel, which I will definitely recommend to anyone, should you ever visit Luanda.
Luanda reminded me of Dubai a few years ago. My parents lived there for about 4 years and with every visit, we would see new buildings and streets being built in the city. Luanda is currently developing at an extraordinary pace and the mix of old and new, modern and rustic vintage is absolutely beautiful! I took some iPhone pics of the city, that I will share later this week.
Rosa and Manuel had their civil ceremony on a hotel rooftop and two days after was the big day. In Luanda, the civil ceremony is separate from the church wedding, very much like in Germany.
Rosa looked breath taking and I couldn’t stop taking pics of her. Manuel looked super handsome too :) Their wedding party was a very glamorous affair with 400+ guests in a local wedding venue, called the Palmeiras Club, apparently a local hangout for Angola Fashion TV events.
Apart from all the other awesome things we experienced and photographed, the dancing was the best! Never, ever have I seen anything like this. These people know how to party! The dance floor was constantly packed and their joy was contagious! Thanks to Nikon SA for their 28mm 1.8mm loan unit. After using it on this wedding, I bought one and I love it to bits!! A wonderful lens to travel with and lovely for dancing photos. (or perhaps some quirky portraits)
Enjoy the photos!