Angola Wedding | Rosa & Manuel

Posted on: 11 July 2012 | Category: Featured, Weddings

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!

  1. 11/07/2012 , 3:18 pm

    Incredible Chrisitine! What an amazing experience xo

  2. 11/07/2012 , 3:22 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful wedding! The bridal couple is beautiful, the dress is amazing, the decoration wonderful and hey, who could not love those cute little kids?
    You did a perfect job!

    Damn, so many adjectives… Enjoy your day!

  3. 11/07/2012 , 3:23 pm

    What a stunning bride! Very elegant. Love the portraits you did of them :)

  4. 11/07/2012 , 3:25 pm

    There is a special kind of magic in these pictures- this wedding is alive, vibrant, emotional, powerful. A true celebration! Beautiful work.

  5. 11/07/2012 , 3:27 pm

    Wow! Beautiful photos! The black and white one of Rosa in the car with her flower girl looks like she is a 1960s film star. Love the ceremony photos. And the black and white one of Rosa and Manual just after the ceremony photos is also stunning. Can’t wait for your workshop in August, Christine; I just know I am going to learn a lot! :)

  6. 11/07/2012 , 3:30 pm

    Amazing, Christine x

  7. 11/07/2012 , 3:39 pm

    WOW! Absolutely amazing, all of them, but 0055 is just out of this world! Such utter bliss captured in that picture!

  8. 11/07/2012 , 4:03 pm

    Stunning pics Christine!

  9. 11/07/2012 , 4:07 pm

    amazing series Christine!

  10. 11/07/2012 , 4:36 pm

    I’ve sent my email to you guys… But it is so nice that i’m still looking at these pics… You guys made our wedding look like a dream! Can’t wait to see the rest wow…


  11. 11/07/2012 , 6:06 pm

    O wow Christine! Jy is werklik ‘n ongelooflike inspirasie! Mag ek hopelik eendag ‘n wereld so mooi deur my lens ook sien!! Dis net amazing!!! Blessings!!!

  12. 11/07/2012 , 6:51 pm

    WOW! WOW! WOW! What an incredible wedding! Stunning photos Christine and congrats to Rosa & Manual!

  13. 11/07/2012 , 7:13 pm

    absolutely beautiful!

  14. 12/07/2012 , 12:41 am

    Wow Christine, you guys did an amazing job. Thank you for the nice comments about Angola and about my brother’s wedding. The pictures are amazing, I cann’t wait to see all the pictures. Good Job Christine

  15. 12/07/2012 , 1:15 am

    So glamorous and elegant!

  16. 12/07/2012 , 8:12 am

    What a gorgeous bride – they look like they are enjoying every minute :)

  17. 12/07/2012 , 9:48 am

    I love photography it is my hobby and I love visiting your website. These pics are absolutely amazing! Especially the dance photos. I can also see why you too so many pics of the bride, she is beautiful and a camera’s dream subject!

  18. 12/07/2012 , 3:16 pm

    Loved the photos, everything looks like a dream…
    Job well done….definately worthy of the stress we all had planning this day..,The pictures are breathtaking

  19. 12/07/2012 , 4:42 pm

    Wonderfull moment with a Picasso touch……..

  20. 13/07/2012 , 1:46 pm

    Gorgeous. Ah — the pic with the father knotting the son’s tie — priceless! Stunning couple.

  21. 13/07/2012 , 4:58 pm

    Gazzillion favorite images! Love it!

  22. 15/07/2012 , 2:48 pm

    Beautiful Christine! I’m shooting Rosa’s sister Berta’s wedding in September and it is so much fun to see these photos and get a taste of what it’s going to be like! I can’t wait! Rosa made such a GORGEOUS bride! And you did a fabulous job capturing her beauty and the joy of the day!

  23. 16/07/2012 , 11:29 am

    Thanks so much for your comment Melissa! You’re going to love capturing their wedding day, they are such amazing people!

  24. 03/08/2012 , 1:40 am

    You do beautiful work! I love how your pictures are so clean and pretty :)

  25. 12/11/2012 , 2:02 pm

    I lived in Luanda for a while, and these pictures are absolutely amazing. It brought back fond memories of the constantly changing city, the always beautiful people, the late night dancing, the stunning weddings… I had to blink away a tear or two looking at these images!