Well, Claire and Andrew really can.
A fusion of ululating African dancers, tribal singing, a marimba band and, to add some zest to the occasion, Scottish bagpipes were all part of Claire's and Andrew's spectacular bush wedding.
It was, as expected, an amazing African experience, along with a strong emphasis on family and friends.
The setting could not have been more perfect, so all I can say is WOW!
A panaoramic view of the setting - just to give you an idea.
Video: Silent Video Productions
Make-up by Sam Scaife: Lashline
If you were a guest at the wedding, you'll be able to tag yourself in the Facebook album over here.
From what I understand, it started out as a 1920's themed wedding and soon evolved into a delightful converse themed affair.
In fact, not only was Isabelle's and Emile's impeccable small-breakfast wedding just so idyllically suited to them, it also had Lisa and I swooning and sighing all day long.
It really was a "non-wedding" wedding, if that makes sense, and the ambiance was more akin to an everyday gathering of family and friends - although on this occasion, of course, they were uniting for a celebration that was to encapsulate Isabelle's and Emile's LOVE for each other.
I hope you both enjoy the preview and that Namibia was fab.
Our deepest gratitude to you both for allowing us to spend the perfect day with you!
I think the picture above, has to be my favourite image of 2012!
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Lisa and I were standing outside the venue, watching the merrymaking in full swing, sipping our chardonnay, reflecting on the day's weather, the people's expressions, the cute stuttered vows and those quaint offbeat moments. We both sighed and nodded our heads in agreement - yes, this is what epitomises a marriage ceremony.
There are couples who quite simply remind you of what it's all about. Couples who share a genuine connection that you can't help but be moved by. Most of all, couples with whom you can freely have a hoot and laugh in their presence. That is Anna and Robbie.
While the rain did arrive and abandoned any hope of the intended beach ceremony, Anna never stopped smiling. In fact, Anna getting dressed was one of the most relaxing and fun vibes I've walked into for a long time.
Thank you Lady and Lord Cornwall, we had a "cracking time"!!
A certain person confided that she thought that this was the best wedding venue in the area, I have to agree, Umtamvuna River Lodge is Thailand meet Bali meet beach...just awesome!
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Dress: Temperley London
Bridesmaids' dresses: All Saints
Flowers: Twisted Willow (039 3052785)
Make up: Face Forward
I then blink and, without warning, we're suddenly bidding February a heartfelt fairwell and then, of course (caught off-guard), it's already much too late.
Well, this year I am doing a lot of things much more differently and, seeing as I've been given an extra day, with it being leap-year, I thought why not, before we advance full steam into the new wedding season.
As you would have gathered from this wee blog, I'm not much for resolutions, but, there is something incredibly gratifying about looking back and reflecting on all those great little moments that added up to one fantastic year.
Happy LEAP YEAR... and now for some of my favourites from the 2011 season:
Any wedding involving a barefoot bride and groom, cocktails on the lawn and some crazy dancing is a score.
Susanne, who works in event management, had put such care into every exquisite detail, that the whole day was literally bursting with purple prettiness! If you haven't gathered from the images, Susanne's favourite colour is purple.
Despite the torrential downpour earlier in the day, their ceremony took place on cue under the jacaranda trees, surrounded by friends and family that travelled from all over the world to witness Alan and Susanne exchange vows.
Thanks so much Susanne and Alan for giving us the opportunity to enjoy so much beauty in one day. I went a little overboard with the finer points, so grab your morning cup of java for this one!
The midget cake stalkers, you get them at every wedding.
I must also give a huge shout out to
Leeandra and Claire from Fields of Colour,
you ladies were a hoot!
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