Dane & Dani

Shalom Farm – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Dani and I have walked a special road together during her last two years at university. I am grateful to have gotten to know her, and the cherry on top, to have been able to do the on-the-day coordination for her wedding.

What an adventure this was! I had the privilege of exploring another country for the first time. It was such a sweet journey during which special memories were made. The vastness of the landscapes crept deep into my soul and I would love to return to both Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Their union was celebrated on Dani’s parents’ farm, Shalom, near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. It was a weekend wedding which brought family and friends together as we ended 2018 by bearing witness to the start of their marriage on the 31st of December. How awesome is that?!

It was beautiful to see how family and friends collaborated to pull this wedding off, so that Dani and Dane’s day could be extra special. I loved the rustic feel of the farm but at the same time, the wedding felt so classic and elegant with the many fairy lights, white table cloths, touches of greenery and white roses.

The ceremony was held next to the big dam on the farm. Dani and her bridesmaids made their entrance on the farm tractor, which created great excitement. After the ceremony, tea and treats were enjoyed. Dani had a special request that the water for the tea should be boiled the traditional way; on an open fire in a big black pot.

The reception kicked off in the stunning lapa with three long tables, adorned in greenery and sooo many white roses, inviting the guests in. Dani had requested a 100 roses, but as the lady mistakenly ordered a 1000 instead, there were roses in abundance! For dessert, they had a doughnut bar that was the result of the groom and his groomsmen’s DIY project. We had a spectacular time on the dance floor too.

It was so special to not only have been a guest, but to have done the on-the-day coordination for a friend.

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Photographer: Pete van Zyl

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