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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Mission Inn Hotel And Spa

Celebrating the special day of Georgia-based couple Boma and Tayo during their opulent wedding at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa. From the getting ready in separate suites to the Catholic ceremony and stunning portrait sessions, everything happened at this striking Riverside wedding venue. Friends and family had flown from all over the country (and as far away as Nigeria), bringing with them plenty of color and emotion to capture.

BOMA & TAYO

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Wedding photos at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

Boma and Tayo were referred to me by a good wedding planner friend of mine, Anna Mora from Dream Events, who always refers such wonderful couples. They were planning a Christian wedding at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside, with quite a few Nigerian traditions thrown in.

The couple is actually based in Georgia but they both have family and friends in Southern California so had decided to tie the knot here. People had flown from all over the United States for their special day (as well as from Nigeria), with the gorgeous Mission Inn Hotel and Spa providing a stunning backdrop for their wedding celebrations.

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The groom tenderly kisses the bride’s forehead after their Christian wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.

 

Getting ready photos at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

I drove over to Riverside in the morning to meet up with my second photographer, then got to work documenting Boma and her bridesmaids as they were getting ready. I photographed the bride as she admired her gorgeous gown and did some playful “selfies” with her bridesmaids, as well as an up-close candid as she had the final touches applied to her makeup.

Boma had bought her bridesmaids beautiful leather bags as a thank you gift while they surprised her with a silver mirror and brush set. After exchanging gifts, the girls then helped Boma into her wedding dress in the elegant bridal suite at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

Boma’s mom then arrived for what was an emotional first look session and helped Boma’s sister/maid-of-honor fix the bride’s veil. The father of the bride then arrived to see his daughter looking absolutely radiant and I documented this special family moment as Boma’s mom and sister watched on. The family then paused in prayer together before the bride made her way to the hallway where she and Tayo were staging their first look.

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Boma admires her gorgeous gown as she was getting ready in the bridal suite at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Capturing a playful selfie shot of Boma and her bridesmaids as they were getting ready at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma’s bridesmaids show off the leather bags gifted to them by the bride as they prepared for the Riverside wedding.
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A close-up candid of Boma having her makeup done in the lead up to her wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma opens a gift from her bridesmaids on the morning of her wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and her bridesmaids admire themselves in a silver mirror that was gifted to the bride.
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Boma’s bridesmaids help as she steps into her wedding dress in the bridal suite at the Mission Inn.
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A candid black and white of Boma getting ready with her bridesmaids in a suite at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Capturing the first look between Boma and her mom in an elegant bridal suite at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma’s mom wipes away tears during the emotional first look with her daughter at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma’s mom helps to secure a bracelet on the bride’s wrist in the lead up to her Nigerian wedding.
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Boma’s bridesmaids and mom help to secure her wedding shoes as they were getting ready at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma’s sister and mom help to secure her veil as they prepared for the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding.
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A black and white candid of Boma beneath her veil in the lead up to her Christian wedding in Riverside.
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Boma reads a note card from her husband-to-be as she opens a Tiffany and Co. gift from her.
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Capturing the first look between Boma and her dad at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, with her mom and sister watching on.
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Boma’s dad embraces her during their emotional father-daughter first look at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and her parents pause to pray in the lead up to her wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and her dad wipe away tears during an emotional family moment in her bridal suite.
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A portrait of Boma looking absolutely stunning in front of the elegant doors of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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A portrait of Boma in the courtyard of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, holding her pure white bouquet.
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Capturing a playful moment between Boma and her bridesmaids in the courtyard of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

Tayo waited patiently for his bride to arrive and I captured the moment she walked up behind him for their first look session at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa. The moment was filled with emotion, with lots of warm embraces and a few tears. We used the short time we had available before the ceremony started for some portraits of the couple in this loved-up moment on the sweeping staircase of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Tayo was all smiles as his bride walked towards him during their first look session at Riverside’s Mission Inn.
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Boma and Tayo get their first glimpse of one another on their wedding day at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and Tayo look lovingly at one another during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa first look session.
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Boma and Tayo embrace warmly during their emotional first look session at Riverside’s Mission Inn.
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Capturing an intimate embrace between the couple during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding portrait session.
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Boma wipes away tears during her emotional first look session with Tayo in an ornate colonnade at the Mission Inn.
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A wide-angle shot of the bride and groom embracing on a staircase at the elegant Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo leads Boma up a staircase at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa during their wedding portrait session.

 

Ceremony photos at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

Tayo’s mom escorted him into the ornate chapel of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, followed by Boma on the arm of her dad. I captured the groom’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle, then a wide-angle looking across this gorgeous Riverside wedding ceremony venue.

Boma and Tayo’s Christian wedding ceremony incorporated numerous rites and rituals, including the taking of communion and prayers. They had both written incredibly thoughtful and personalized vows, with a few tears shed as they made these declarations of love in front of their family and friends.

I captured the reactions of not only the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, but also their parents and their bridal party as they watched on. After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Boma and Tayo made a joyous recessional walk down the aisle, pausing at the end for a grand kiss!

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Tayo’s mom escorts him into the chapel at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa for the start of his Christian wedding ceremony.
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Tayo embraces his mom at the altar of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa’s chapel for the start of his wedding ceremony.
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A creative shot of Boma being escorted down the aisle by her dad at the Mission Inn chapel in Riverside.
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Boma and her dad walk down the aisle of the ornate chapel at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo watches on as his bride walks down the chapel aisle at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma arrives at the altar of the Mission Inn chapel for the start of her Christian wedding ceremony.
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A wide-angle shot looking across Boma and Tayo’s wedding ceremony in the chapel of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Capturing Boma’s reaction as she exchanged vows with Tayo in the elegant chapel of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma’s parents watch on as they daughter wed Tayo at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.
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Boma and Tayo turn to smile at their family and friends during their chapel wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo’s parents watch on as he weds Boma in a Christian wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn.
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Capturing an emotional moment as Boma reads her vows to Tayo at the altar of the Mission Inn chapel.
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Tayo wipes away tears as he and Boma exchange vows at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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A creative shot looking down the flower-strewn aisle of the Mission Inn chapel during Boma and Tayo’s wedding ceremony.
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Capturing the kiss between Boma and Tayo during their Christian wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma’s sister watches on during the Christian wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo’s groomsmen watch on during the Nigerian wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and Tayo stand in front of the elaborate altar at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding chapel.
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The couple take communion together during their Christian wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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A candid black and white photo of a cute flower girl watching on during the Mission Inn wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo of the bride and groom during their Christian wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and Tayo turn to face their wedding guests in the chapel of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and Tayo face the altar of the Mission Inn chapel, supported by their bridesmaids and groomsmen.
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The newly weds make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle of the Mission Inn chapel.
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Capturing a kiss between the newly weds following their Christian wedding ceremony at the Mission Inn.
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An elevated view looking down on the courtyard for a group wedding photo at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

As Boma and Tayo’s family and friends spilled into the courtyard outside the Mission Inn chapel, I captured an elevated group photo of their wedding party. We then headed back inside the chapel for family formals and some fun bridal party portraits, followed by romantics of the bride and groom.

The Mission Inn Hotel And Spa has so many gorgeous spaces to use for couple portraits, which we made full use of during this wedding photo session. I captured intimate embraces between the couple in the ornate courtyard and in front of the carved wooden chapel doors, as well as creative shots beneath Boma’s veil and incorporating the architecture of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

I photographed a tender moment between the newlyweds in front of a stained glass window and beside an immense clock, as well as a shot of Tayo lifting Boma into the air at the arched entrance to the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Boma and Tayo celebrate with their bridal party inside the chapel of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo kisses Boma tenderly outside the ornate doors of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa chapel.
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An elevated view of Boma and Tayo embracing in the elegant courtyard of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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A creative portrait of Boma and Tayo holding hands outside a magnificent wooden door at the Mission Inn.
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A creative black and white shot of Boma and Tayo beneath the veil during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding portrait session.
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Boma and Tayo walk hand-in-hand across the elegant courtyard at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma embraces Tayo warmly during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding portrait session.
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Boma and Tayo kiss on a wrought iron balcony during their Mission Inn wedding portrait session.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly weds inside the chapel of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Boma and Tayo kiss in front of the ornate wooden doors of the Mission Inn Hotel chapel in Riverside.
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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom beneath the veil during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding portrait session.
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A creative portrait of Boma and Tayo outside the chapel where they wed at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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A tender embrace between the couple in front of a stained glass window at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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A wide-angle shot of Boma and Tayo amidst the fairytale-like architecture of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo kisses Boma tenderly on the forehead during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding portrait session.
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The newly weds embrace next to a giant clock at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.
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Capturing a tender moment between Boma and Tayo beside a brick pillar at the Mission Inn in Riverside.
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Tayo lifts Boma into the air at the arched entrance to the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

 

Reception photos at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

It was then time for the wedding reception to get underway, which was being held in the ballroom of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa. Boma and Tayo performed a lively first dance before being joined on the dance floor by their parents, with plenty of color thanks to the traditional Nigerian wedding attire they were wearing.

Boma and Tayo then settled into their sweetheart table for dinner, speeches and toasts, which I documented through candid shots of their reactions. After their cake cutting ceremony and the bouquet toss, everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate.

Boma and Tayo’s family and friends definitely knew how to dance and I tried to get in amongst all the action to capture the energy. Partway through the evening, the couple changed into more traditional Nigerian wedding attire and Boma’s female friends surprised them with a special dance. The evening came to an end with a “thank you” speech from the couple and warm embraces with those closest to them.

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Tayo and Boma perform their first dance in the ballroom of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Capturing all the action of Tayo and Boma’s first dance at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa reception.
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Boma and Tayo enjoying the dance floor with their parents at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.
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Boma is embraced by Tayo’s parents during the Nigerian wedding celebrations in Riverside.
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Capturing the reactions of Boma and Tayo at their sweetheart table during the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa reception.
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Boma and Tayo toast the maid-of-honor during the Mission Inn Hotel wedding reception.
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A black and white candid of the best man’s speech during the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding reception.
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Capturing the reactions of Boma and Tayo during the best man’s speech at their Mission Inn wedding reception.
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The newly weds perform their cake cutting ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.
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Capturing a kiss between the newly weds following their cake cutting ceremony at the Mission Inn ballroom.
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Boma gets ready to do her bouquet toss in the ballroom of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo enjoying the dance floor with his mom at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.
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An action shot of Boma and her dad enjoying the ballroom dance floor of the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo getting down on the dance floor with a friend during his wedding celebrations at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo’s mom enjoying the dance floor with her friends during the Nigerian wedding celebrations in Riverside.
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Boma being rubbed with dollar bills by her wedding guests in what is a Nigerian wedding tradition.
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Boma’s bridesmaids having fun on the dance floor during the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding reception.
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An elevated shot of the bride and groom enjoying the dance floor at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Wedding guests enjoying the festivities during Boma and Tayo’s Mission Inn wedding reception.
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A creative shot of a wedding guest getting down on the dance floor at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Capturing a fun moment between Boma and one of her bridesmaids during the Riverside wedding reception.
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Boma’s sister and wedding guests enjoying the dance floor at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa reception.
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The bride and groom changed into traditional Nigerian wedding attire for the end of the reception.
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The newly weds surrounded by Boma’s female friends who performed a surprise dance for them.
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Boma and Tayo give a “thank you” speech for their wedding guests at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo embraces his father at the end of his wedding day celebrations at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.
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Tayo kisses Boma tenderly at the end of their Nigerian wedding celebrations at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

 

Wedding photos at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

I can’t thank Boma and Tayo enough for inviting me to be part of their special day to capture this wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa. There were so many amazing moments to document and they really wore their emotions on their sleeve, so I hope these images bring them joy and warm memories for many years to come.

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