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Monday, January 25, 2010

Nama Traditions: Hendrik and Libertine

In November, I was blessed to be able to attend and photograph my first traditional Nama wedding, located in one of the tiny, remote villages around Rehoboth, Namibia. It was a scorching hot, sunshine-filled day, and tons of family and friends came to show their love a support for Hendrik and Libertine. Since they spoke no English, and I speak only a few words of the Nama tribal language, all of these are candid shots that I took whenever the opportunity presented itself. In spite of those language barriers, everyone was so hospitable to Josh and I, and they seemed genuinely excited to share their culture with outsiders. It was truly an honor to be part of such special day of love, tradition, and family.

The flower girl and miniature bride before the wedding- they were both adorable!




The precious flowergirl, who also happens to be the groom's daughter.



The bridesmaids line up for the processional. The one furthest to the back is our dear friend Selvia, who is also the groom's sister.



The ringbearer.




Breathtaking.



The bride and her father surrounded by loved ones before he walks her down the aisle.



A close-up view of Libertine's beautiful necklace.



"From this day forward."



Even though I couldn't understand a word, it was clear from the reactions of those around me that it was a very lovely and emotional ceremony.



One of the younger guests at the wedding- I caught her sneaking a peak at the sideshow, also known as the white foreigners who showed up to a traditional tribal wedding ; )



A couple so obviously in love.



Congratulations, Hendrik and Libertine!

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