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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ernest and Jaqueline

On December 19, 2009, Ernest and Jacqueline became the latest newlyweds in Rehoboth!!! I booked this wedding only 2 days before it took place, so there were lots of exciting surprises!

Ernest and Jacqueline were married on a sunshine-filled, scorching- hot, Namibian Saturday, a day made all the more beautiful by the love they share. Their friends and family couldn’t have been happier about them joining together, and weren’t shy about saying so. Although the entire ceremony and reception were in Afrikaans (a language in which I am not yet fluent), the look in this couple’s eyes told the whole story without regard to language barrier.

These first couple of shots were actually taken by my husband Josh, who is also my best (and only) assistant : ) One of the surprises we had was that I ended up doing the Bride's and Bridesmaid's hair and makeup, so that kept me busy for the initial part of our day.

The blushing bride : )

These were MANLY men- secure enough to wear pink!

The bride and her father, about to walk down the aisle.

The ceremony.

One of my favorites: the new Mr. and Mrs. walk out of the church.

They're married!!! I love the stained-glass cross in the background.

Congratulations Ernest and Jaqcueline! Please check back soon for more pics of their special day.

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.


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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