Welcome to to the second half of the Strauss wedding photos!
Once we left Celeste's house, we drove directly to the church, where the bridesmaids and flowergirls lined up, while the bride stayed in the car. That's the tradition here, so that no one sees the bride before the "big reveal." You might recognize this doorway- this wedding was at the same church as the one Ernest and Jacqueline were married in!
I took a peek inside the little girls' baskets. They had to hand-dye this red rice!
Finally, it was time for Celeste's dad to escort her inside to her groom.
Praying during the ceremony:
The ring exchange:
First step into the sunshine as husband and wife!
It is the super-strict tradition here that the bride and groom don't see each other before the ceremony, so we waited until after to do most of the photography. Let me tell you, this crew was up for ANYTHING. Case it point:
Here's a shot of the groom and his boys running down the B1, the main highway in Namibia. At first they thought I was a little crazy, but then they really got into it.
Celeste and her ladies:
LOVE this shot of the newlyweds kissing over the fence- too cute!
Not sure what she's whispering in his ear, but apparently he liked it!
My favorite shot from the entire day. This look can only be described as elation, bliss, true joy. The excitment of committing to spending the rest of your life with your best friend. Beautiful.
Best wishes, Tossie and Celeste! Your day was inspiring, and we wish you all of His richest blessings on your marriage!