By Kezia Koburungi
Wedding themes are something that some couples take very seriously. For the artistic couple, Walter Kabuye and Laeticia Nabukalu, choosing a theme seemed like an obvious expectation. Their wedding was themed around an ancient royal feel from the choice of Church to the décor at their wedding reception.
“We decided to get married at Namirembe Cathedral. As a couple, we wanted a dignified kind of wedding and a place of reference for our marriage. The Cathedral has been in existence for years and it will be in existence for many more years,” Laeticia who goes by the social media handle of Tish Walter, explained. The Church’s ancient architecture also provided the ancient royal feel in line with their theme.
For their reception, the inseparable pair chose Silver Springs because of its accessibility for their guests from Church and then back to their homes after the reception. Tish Walter goes on to explain that the structures of Silver Springs equally blended in well with their choice of the ancient royal theme. This is not very easy to understand until one looks at the breathtakingly beautiful pictures, which clearly captured perfect moments of their day.
Right outside the Church, the couple started taking pictures. To avoid many tiresome movements that would possibly delay their arrival to their reception, the couple only took pictures at the Church and the reception venue.
“At the reception we wanted to shoot in our decoration because it was bohemian rustic decor which matched our theme perfectly,” Tish Walter added. The pair changed five times and had an outfit for every segment of their reception and managed their time well. According to the couple, the success of their wedding was strongly hinged on their trust in the grace of God.
“Our wedding happened a month after our introduction. It was by the grace of God for we planned everything in a month and it turned out as perfect as we planned it. During the preparations God presented us with people who help us with everything. We did not find a hard time organizing for our wedding. Because we believed God to do this, everything was under control from the finances to the service providers. We saw miracles happen during the entire process. People were willing to do things for us and that can only be by the grace of God. Everyone we met was so happy for us and they wanted to be part of our wedding.”
Tish Walter manages a studio in Ntinda called Walter Photographer, together with her celebrity photographer husband, Walter a.k.a Walter Keys a.ka. Melanin King. Walter, a self-taught photographer who set out on his path, five years ago, focuses on preserving the African culture though photography with his Afro-Centric theme, which has taken the world of photography by storm.
A few years after starting out, the Melanin King was recognized as a very good cultural photographer on different platforms in East Africa and beyond. In 2019, the Melanain won the Best Fashion Photographer of the Year at the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards (ASFAs). From then on, his star kept on rising.
In the same year, 2019, Kabuye who started out by taking photos of his parents’ backyard in Entebbe, was recognized by the Ghana Fashion Community as the Best Story Telling Photographer. This earned his work a feature in the dazzling Ghana Fashion Magazine. His work continues to be featured regularly in this magazine since then. The Melanin King’s photography was also featured in a popular fashion magazine in the United States in the same year.
In 2020, he won the Best Conceptual Photographer of the Year in the East African Photography Awards in Tanzania in 2020. In the same year, he also went on to win the Best African Story Telling Photographer of the Year in the Boston Photography Awards. Last year, the Melanin King won the Best East African Fashion Photographer of the Year 2021 at the Pifwa awards in Kenya.
Most outstandingly however, Kabuye’s work has received recognition from BBC’s London News Times segment under the category of Great Photographer in Africa. His outstanding skill was consequently given airplay on the high profile BBC.
Kabuye’s quick accolade collection is informed by his decision to be extraordinary at his trade, a trait that has equally informed his numerous community outreaches in a few short years. The awareness that he began from scratch and has quickly evolved into a household name in the photography industry drives him to share his skills with young people so they can make a life for themselves through photography.
Walter Keys holds an annual photography exhibition where he showcases his best works for that year and the themes that took precedence in that period.