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Kenya Wedding Photographer // Maureen & Chad


From the first email, we knew something good would come of this.

Maureen and Chad first contacted us looking for a wedding photographer in Iceland. That search later shifted to a Kenya wedding photographer for a safari. Which we could handle as well.

Their plans may have changed, but one thing stayed consistent: Maureen and Chad wanted non-traditional wedding photos in a beautiful part of the world.

So, the plans were laid and a post-wedding safari in the Maasai Mara – the national reserve in Kenya – was confirmed. We booked Jakob’s flights, not knowing anything more than that he’d meet Maureen and Chad at the Hilton in Nairobi. And that this trip would be something else.

Maureen and Chad exchanged vows in Chicago a week earlier, but looked at the trip to Africa as their chance to document the time when they got married. Our time together ended up being part wedding photos and part honeymoon photos, but whichever way you look at it, stripping everything down to the bare essentials in a part of the world where all you really need is the nature around you, was perfect. No computers, no chaos, and no nonsense. Just two people who wanted a story to remember from the time they got married in the most beautiful part of the world they could find.

We’ll remember these two as the ones who flirted with our hopes about a wedding in Iceland, only to seriously up the ante with a life-changing journey to Africa.

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Maureen and Chad’s wedding in Kenya was featured on Green Wedding Shoes and Fly Away Bride.

Vendors for Maureen and Chad’s wedding on Pinterest.

Nordica Photography

Date & location

September 10, 2012

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

  1. Andy Gaines - well, I've seen worse venues... great work as ever - loved this post!   
  2. Tuomas Mikkonen - Amazing! Nuff said..   
  3. fer juaristi - No words, no comments. just WOW.   
  4. eadwine - best one yet!   
  5. Elissa - These are absolutely gorgeous.... The bride reminds me of Diane Kruger :) That last sequence of photos as you get further and further away from the tree is wonderful.   
  6. Mike Fiechtner - Wow! These are so amazing! Love each one!   
  7. Carolina Sainz - Breath taking. Beautiful from beginning till end. Just as you said, a life-changing journey.   
  8. Oskar Allerby - Holy shit, this is totally awsome. What a wedding, what a location. What pictures..   
  9. jeff marsh - wow. loved every frame. hope to get to Africa some day.   
  10. aga - oh hot damn! Great work.   
  11. Fiona - Unbeliveable... No words!!!! Just utter beauty!   
  12. André Nordblom - This post killed it. Good work guys! Now I want to visit Kenya :)   
  13. Kat Braman - i can't even comment on this . . . you guys are absurd in the best way possible   
  14. Lena - Stunning work.   
  15. Barrosinc - This my friends... is pure awesomeness   
  16. Susie - Wow....seriously AMAZE!   
  17. Gary - Unreal. Amazing work!!! Great job.   
  18. benj haisch - game over.   
  19. Perhenning - Im speechless!!! this is so amazing.   
  20. mike - Love the cubs. : D   
  21. Ruan - Incredible.   
  22. Sachin - Wow! Insanity   
  23. bo youm - Speechless!   
  24. zulbard - Good Job Bro   
  25. Louie - Aw, come on like! What the flip!!!!! Jealous much. wow   
  26. Michael Wachniak - There it is.   
  27. Jessie - Admiration on sooo many levels coupled with pure jealousy. Amazing.   
  28. Preston - What an incredible opportunity. You guys are blessed.   
  29. Lem Lynch - AMAZING work! Wow. What a beautiful location for a wedding. You captured it perfectly.   
  30. millzero - Its always amazing to see wedding pictures done on the wild. I love how you done it.   
  31. Brian Furbush - This is the best I've seen from you, amazing work. The silhouette shot with the setting sun behind the couple is just ridiculous.   
  32. lydia {ever ours} - heart and eyes so happy after this post. absolutely incredulous. what an experience it must have been. every frame is simply gorgeous. thanks for this.   
  33. Joanna Boyes - WOW! This is absolutely stunning!   
  34. Sara - Dear Lord, these are PHENOMENAL!!! Wait, I don't think there is a word in the English dictionary to describe the extent of how FLIPPIN' AMAZING these are! You seriously ROCK and this couple is stunning and obviously will treasure these images for a lifetime. Stunning, simply stunning!!!   
  35. Geoff - HOLY CRAP!!!!! This is incredible!!   
  36. s h e r r y - Oh my god. These are incredible. I don't have words good enough to describe these... That second to last photo, STUNNING. Wow.   
  37. Alan Hutchison - Coolness factor - off the charts!   
  38. Lotta - Som jag säger, en bra fotograf är en bra forograf om så bröllopsfotograf! You are the best!   
  39. xian alexander - Dreamy, the second last shot is killer!   
  40. Alyda - No way!! Every image is incredible! Jakob.....just wow.   
  41. Tenielle - Heart-stopping backdrop for incredible images. The animals, the people, the donkeys on the road, just makes me want to go back. Beautiful Jacob.   
  42. Ross Harvey - Awesomeness :)   
  43. Az Rehman - Can't believe what I've just seen.....amazing work.   
  44. Lea - That is freakin' amazing!   
  45. Oli - Get bent. I mean... nuts. What an awesome story in pictures... nailed. The only cooler thing would be a wedding in Jurassic Park.   
  46. Drew W - Such an epic experience. Thank you for sharing Cole and Jacob.   
  47. todd - next.level. ouchy mama! sooooooooooo good man!   
  48. Tasj - Stunning!!   
  49. christine - WOW. absolutely stunning work. i especially like the zebra butt and legs, they made me smile.   
  50. Stephanie - I've never seen anything like this.....just wow.   
  51. Sara - It's like a dream, I want to look at this over and over again. Mind blown!   
  52. Bryan - You guys are awesome. This is so unique and so well done, grats!   
  53. Maija - Wonderful photos - like a dream!   
  54. Kellee Walsh - Africa is just the most incredible place. You totally do it justice!   
  55. John Bello - Um. Ya. Wow.   
  56. Nick Evans - Geeeez there's some amazing work up there ^^^ - so nice to be able to see things with your eyes for a few minutes. Very excellent.   
  57. Linda - Awesome photos. Scrolled all the way down and up again! Great job.   
  58. Naomi Mutua - This is amazing! I had a great time with the Heritage Hotels before too. Love the shot in black and white with Chad in a hat and suspenders, by the car. So vintage!   
  59. Natalie - Absolutely stunning images! Those sunset photographs literally took my breath away!   
  60. Johanna - I gasped like a million times watching these. I love them all so much, but for some reason this blows my mind. The landscapes are so, so beautiful. I want them framed on my wall! :)   
  61. Amber Wilkie - So so so much win.   
  62. Kim - I was already blown away halfway through this post, did you have to put in those last few shots, too? Now I'm just a pile of goo.   
  63. Ika - Men va fina bilder och vilken upplevelse ni måste ha haft! Imponerande!   
  64. Nordica | Boutique Beauty - [...] [...]   
  65. Ryan Brenizer - Fantastic, you jerks. ;-) I can't even imagine an assignment that awesome.   
  66. Kelsie Taylor - oh. my. GOODNESS. i can't even begin to tell you how jealous i am of this trip. these are so incredible.   
  67. ed peers - Oh. My. Goodness.   
  68. Linus Moran - Simply spectacular. Awesome sunset series!   
  69. Stephanie - Wow - just stunning   
  70. rafsie - amazing :]   
  71. Leah Muse - I mean.. seriously. I have no words for how drop dead gorgeous these are. Except for those words.   
  72. Bristol Wedding Photography - Absolutely fabulous, love the total contrast to a normal UK wedding, couple look gorgeous and more importantly happy, a very spectacular wedding shoot, well done. Jay   
  73. Susan - These are some of the most amazing photos I've ever seen. I'm so jealous. I wanted to go on Safari for our honeymoon!   
  74. Stefan Hellberg - BOOM! Speechless.   
  75. Jesse Pafundi - Beyond words. Just magical!   
  76. Zoe - oh my word - all sorts of amazing going on there - I'm speechless ... honestly - wow - you have blown me away! You had everything going on there - stunning location, utterly gorgeous loved couple (congratulations guys xx) But more than that - I am in awe of your creativity .....   
  77. James - Holy. This is unspeakable good.   
  78. Thanos Asfis - Super images guys, seems like it was an amazing experience !   
  79. Zosia - mind. blown.   
  80. amanda vanvels - how does the sun even get that big. insane post. amazing. wow.   
  81. James - Beautiful.....   
  82. Erin k Wilson - Really beautiful Jakob!   
  83. Sonia Jansson - Amazing! What a scenery!   
  84. Ever Lopez - amazing pictures!   
  85. mathias fast - damn. so good!   
  86. Kate/MagnoliaRouge - Wow these are just beyond incredible!! I've spent 3 months in Africa and this has me yearning to go back, it's such a special place. What amazing memories for them to have!!   
  87. Hamish Jordan - Fantastic images! I'm shooting a wedding in Nairobi in 2 weeks, any tips for locations etc?   
  88. Steve nzuki - its was a pleasure to host you..great images...   
  89. Jenna - Stunning and inspiring. I want to be married like this... just in a different place. :P   
  90. The Wedding Theater Austin - Such an amazing blend between nature and photography! Loved the who set! Hello from Texas :)   
  91. London wedding photographer - Wow, what a location! Beautiful couple too! I could not pick my favourite, love all of them but 0107, 0080, 0040 and 001 are so cool!:)   
  92. Alan Law - Fantastic work; love the symmetry in #14 especially, with the tree in the middle and couple either side. Fab!   
  93. Camille - That was so inspiring. Stunning pictures! #41 is ridiculous. So incredible. And I love #71. I kind of want to blow that up and put it in my house.   
  94. Joseph Hall - So good. Lucky chimps!!   
  95. Africa Safari » Blog Archive » Honeymoon Adventures: An African Safari | Green Wedding Shoes … - [...] Nordica Photography - you can see even more of their adventure on their blog // venue: Mara Explorer Maasi Mara, Africa // hair + makeup: Maureen K, products from Smashbox // [...]   
  96. Jeanette - What an amazing experience!! LOVE your images!   
  97. Michael Effendy - You are doing a such great work! impressive photos.   
  98. Sarah Falugo - GAWP! I love this - and I'm just a teeny bit jealous!   
  99. Ever - Amazing pictures and post processing, thanks for sharing   
  100. Martin Turner - I love this post. The photos are beautiful. Totally different scenery from what i get here in the UK. It's good to see photos from a different place for a change. Thanks.   
  101. Damian - Superb, love the sunset silhouette.   
  102. Justin Tearney Photography - The silhouette in the sun of the best wedding shots I've ever seen. Simple as that.   
  103. Bran - This pictures are absolutely amazing.   
  104. JK Blackwell - . . . !!!   
  105. Dan Ward Wedding Photography - Absolutely incredible. So glad I found this post, the pictures are literally out of this world! Very envious!   
  106. Amanda - Absolutely stunning! I love your work and hope that I will be able to work with you for my wedding!   
  107. Piotr - the sunset photo is amazing   
  108. bunmi - great work, i love this   
  109. erika - Wordless mesmerizing! Seriously.   
  110. miguel angel - totally something else... pure inspiration   
  111. Raj - Your snaps are impressive   
  112. Kim - WOW! WOW! WOW!   
  113. Robin - Wow what a fantastic engagement shoot - amazing shots!   
  114. Ricardo Aquino - Realmente muito inspirador!   
  115. Tim Williams - Shivers! What a shoot... Nailed it!   
  116. Paul Keppel - Wow, what an opportunity to photography an amazing wedding in a truly spectacular location. I love the b+w engagement photo near the tree, and the silhouette against the sun.   
  117. Gauteng Photographer - An amazing experience! You utilized the environment beautifully in these images. Well done!   
  118. Barney Walters - Beautiful, love the styling, what a way to do it. :D   
  119. Mathew - Wow, just amazing!   
  120. Wedding Services Kenya - I know Kenya is a beautiful country and photographers like you bring out the best in it. I loved the photos especially the one with the bride and groom separated by a tree...   
  121. Ivo Popov - This is unreal!   
  122. Pervaiz Shah - Photographic artistry at its best - keep up the good work   
  123. Hochzeitsfotograf Wien - Nice Wedding Photography!   
  124. Bruno Tavares - You`re amazing!!!! WOW!!!!   
  125. Alberto - Pufff amazing work!!!! I love this   
  126. Danny T - What amazing photos! Breathtaking location.   
  127. Nicholas Purcell - amazing amazing work guys, congrats. love that sun portrait at the end. it's a keeper   
  128. Elizer Mutai - Beyond Amazing   
  129. Stewart - These are just incredible!!   
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  131. Rob Dodsworth - Utterly astounding!