You may remember this fun photo shoot of Barbie and Ken tying the knot taken by Beatrice de Guigne, or maybe you saw this series of Barbie maternity shots by Mindy at Itsy Bitsy Creations. Both are adorable, but neither tops the amazing photos below – taken by London-based photographer Obi Nwokedi – of Black Barbie and Ken’s traditional Nigerian wedding. Nwokedi captures their big day in the now popular journalistic style, creating every scene in great detail and with incredible color. These photos are so evocative I actually felt emotionally invested in them as I flipped through, and they provide insight into a cultural experience most of us won’t get to have. (Although according to CNN, Nigeria is in the midst of a wedding boom, and since it’s standard for brides there to invite 2,000 people to the ceremony, I guess you never know!) Until then, celebrate here with Barbie and Ken, Nigerian-style:
The Huffington Post notes that the project took five months to complete, “not because it was that complex, but more because of the time it took me to find, buy and ship the dolls and accessories,” Nwokedi said. He told HuffPo he was inspired to do the Barbie wedding after seeing the Black Barbie issue of Vogue Italia last year. To see Nwokedi’s complete Barbie shoot, check out this post on his site, then look at his stunning photos of this real life Nigerian wedding in England.