We have definitely seen an increase trend in couples from across the globe opting to tie the knot in a picturesque country, like Africa. But when I came across this gorgeous Zimbabwe Safari wedding, I see why this landscape, the people and the variety of stunning cultural aspects make it such a great place to get married. Corey and Lynette Perkins flew all the way to Zimbabwe from the United States for their wedding. It was the first time Lynette had been back in her home country in four years and the first time the groom had met her family.
Yes they even had a cute special guest :) How cool is this photo with an elephant?
The groom is American and even though he hadn’t met his in-laws before, they seem to have gotten along great.
The beautiful bridal party jumping for joy!
Love the wooden fram shots the photographer incorporated in their wedding photography. Great & low cost!
Love the colors of the bridesmaids traditional Zimbabwean dresses. The patterns, tangerine & lime green really pop!
The sweetest part of this couples lovely wedding story is before their wedding day, the couple spent time building a safe-house for young girls suffering from abuse.
Ceremony setup right under a symbolic tree! Very simple but so classic.
When choosing a location for a destination wedding, many couples choose tropical islands as an easy and low cost option, but why not go for a gorgeous country like Zimbabwe, Senegal, South Africa or Ethiopia since there are an abundance of stunning locations to choose from. Love how this couple incorporated traditional dancers at their wedding.
The couple also honeymooned at beautiful Victoria Falls.
Overall from these gorgeous photos from Corey & Lynette we see that Zimbabwe is truly a remarkable destination, set apart from other international weddings locations due to the warm hospitable nature of the people and meticulous attention to detail and amazing scenic views. Congrats to them for staying true to themselves and having a beautiful love!
Incorporating culture and family traditions to your wedding theme is a great way to make it a truly memorable event. Bollywood themed weddings are hands down one of my favorites. From the vibrant, bold and fun colors to the gorgeous detailing in the overall theme, what's there not to love about it.
I love how the fruit and flowers create such a statement, and look so fun and elegant at the same time.
Here are some more Bollywood themed wedding inspirations!
Even celebrities love it! Back in 2010, Katy Perry and Russell Brand got married in India. They celebrated with a Bollywood-themed party at the Aman-i-Khas. Check out the two elephants sitting outside the luxury resort where they tied the knot.
Whatever your next special occasion may be, make it daring, different and fun...BOLLYWOOD STYLE!!
One of the most impressive aspects of this wedding was the size and supportive nature of the grooms party and brides party. They marched as a collective whole with Solomon as he went to deliver flowers to his bride to be and see her for the first time at this authentic Ethiopian wedding.
Family, friends, and elders gather around the living room awaiting to greet the couple at this Authentic Portland Ethiopian Wedding.
In case you missed breakfast or cant eat from wedding jitters, Ethiopian culture can help you with a goorsha, which I refer to as a handful of food and love. Its customary for the family to feed the groom before he meets his bride.
Its Ethiopian tradition for the couple to walk past everyone after the first look and are welcomed with cheers and well wishes from all guests. In many cases be prepared for singing, clapping, and sometimes the sound of musical instruments like a drum.
When having a "so called" Ethnic Wedding its nice to have authentic symbolic items and wedding favors to showcase and educate wedding guests which are from a different county or have a different ethnic background.
I'm in love with these bright colors and infusing special cultural traditions in weddings. Authentic Ethiopian gift and food baskets, called messobs were presented to the wedding couple before the ceremony. You will find these in most Ethiopian homes which are used as decor, storage, etc.
Its always great seeing how much a family comes together for a wedding. The women are all in the kitchen cooking and the men are running around taking care of vendors like transportation, venue, etc. More and more I see the younger generation seeking professional wedding planners like myself to take the stress away from the family so they can really take part and enjoy the full day or week of wedding festivities. Authentic Ethiopian food was in abundance at this Ethiopian wedding. All prepared by friends and family for the 600+ guests.
That's a lot of cooking! I bet the bride and groom were very thankful.
Photo credit: Evrim Iconz Photography