“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23
I recently had the honor to photograph an amazing wedding in Nampula, Mozambique. It was my very first destination wedding and it was incredible! It is my hope to shoot destination weddings more often, the experience of planning where what gear will go, the planning of how you will be transported from point A to point B, and then the excitement to know that on this day people from all around the world flew in to be part of such a special celebration. Some of the different nationalities present at the wedding were English, Mozambican, Zimbabwean, South African, Nigerian, Zambian, Welsh, Chinese, American, Dutch… just to name a few. What a joyful celebration!
Meet my very caring and loving international couple, James and Zoe. Our emails started 4 February 2013 when Zoe contacted me on a calm note asking for my availability, I couldn’t have been more excited and then the months of planning, sharing photos and beautiful mails where over and their big day arrived. Arriving at Nampula International Airport we were greeted by a family friend who shared stories of the Cunninghams the whole way to the farm. While hearing the stories I noticed how caring and humble this family really is, doing good for others and supporting their community in Nampula. Where do I even begin?! James and Zoe are such a special couple. Zoe is probably one of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. She and her family make me feel like one of their own. They are seriously the nicest people I’ve ever met.
Then 13th July 2013 came! Wedding day!
Have you ever met someone that always had a smile on their face? Well, that’s the way James and Zoe were on their wedding day. I don’t think they ever stopped laughing or smiling… oh and look out for the bridesmaids… such a fun wedding party! The day ended with beautiful speeches and lots of Scottish dancing. A first for me! Such fun families coming together and enjoying the day with James and Zoe.
I couldn’t have been more on the edge of my seat to share this experience with you. And what is an experience without including a dear friend and photographer, Lucia. Thank you for all your running arounds and making this trip even more fun!
Their wedding will also have a Part 2, the full couple shoot and some traveling to the beautiful turquoise beach called Chocas. Can’t wait to share this!
Their beautiful origami flowers were done by Papershake, they went from the Nampula farm wedding to the beach couple session! Fabulous flowers!
A blessing to have this view during the ceremony!
…and then James brought in the Labola!
– A labola is an arranged payment between a groom and the bride’s family in exchange for their daughter. The payment may be cash or cattle or what ever valuable the groom has to pay for his bride. Labola is a way for the groom to say ‘thanks for raising a good daughter.’
The Ferns family and the Cunningham family. Such lovely people.
The special celebrations ended with lots of Scottish dancing. Congratulations James & Zoe!