10/04/2015

A Family Wedding in Zimbabwe


Beth and Séan, the Bride and Groom

We were so thrilled to be able to fly to Zimbabwe for the wedding of our nephew, Séan, and his beautiful bride, Beth. The wedding was held at Ryelands, Harare, among the msasa trees. On the invitation, the bride had requested that all guests should only wear shades of cream, and no other colour. Everyone made a special effort to comply, with the result that everything looked amazing!


The groomsmen and the celebrant, waiting for the ceremony to begin


All the guest were seated on bales of hay, as this was truly a bush wedding...


...then the choir began to sing...


...as the bridesmaids, and flower girls, came along the path


Then came the beautiful bride, supported by her father,
an award-winning safari guide, also known as the "Elephant Whisperer"


Beth and Séan made their vows, in front of Mark, the celebrant


As they walked through the lines of guests, everyone threw rose petals over them...


...while a sweet little flower girl peeped out from behind a bridesmaid's dress


Cocktails and snacks were served among the msasa trees, 
while we checked the seating plans, hanging from a branch


The dining tables were set out in a clearing in the woods


As night-time fell, lights strung among the trees gave everything a romantic glow


Then the dancing began, and we all partied well into the night

What a beautiful wedding, and one we will always remember. We were so privileged to be part of this wonderful day.

Elizabeth Coughlan

6 comments:

  1. Elizabeth, the event looks like great fun, and you've captured lovely expressions on the central players! What a lovely color scheme. So hopeful!

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    1. Thank you Deborah, it was fun. It is something we will always remember. Quite magical!

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  2. That is absolutely stunning. How lovely everything looked. It certainly looks like a wedding to remember.

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    1. Thank you, Isabelle. It was a perfect day.

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  3. Everything looks lovely in this wedding ceremony. Thanks for these photos of this gorgeous wedding. I am thrilled to attend wedding of my cousin at one of best destination venues in Los Angeles next month. Hoping to have a great time there.

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  4. Thank you, Wenni. Enjoy your cousin's wedding, that venue looks amazing!

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