Well, Connie and Paul did exactly that.
Originally from Cambridge, England, Connie and Paul decided to tie the knot in South Africa - a bush ceremony involving just the two of them and a couple of witnesses, embraced by the warmth of the Madikwe Hills.
It was only after I had experienced this truly intimate and extraordinary marriage ceremony that I realised the wisdom in my mother's advice, and how remarkable an elopement can actually be.
Anyway, after Connie and Paul had exchanged their vows, the lodge organised a private dinner for them, under the stars on a wooden deck, with the only interruption being from a herd of elephants lumbering to the nearby water hole.
There is something about the tranquillity of the African bush that revitalises the soul, making you truly appreciate how insignificant your day-to-day problems really are. In fact, I could have stayed in room 3 forever, well almost forever.
Thank you, Connie and Paul - beyond this, there really are no words to suitably describe the occasion.
The spot where Connie and Paul exchanged vows, with a 360 degree view of the Madikwe Hills game reserve.
I absolutely love this shot. It may look ordinary, but to me it is very special, as there was a lion on he prowl no less than 80 meters from Connie and Paul.
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Venue: Madikwe Hills Game Lodge
I just have to add the service, food, staff and setting at Madikwe Hills is just beyond words.
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: