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This was an extra special wedding for me to photograph. Faye is a close childhood friend and since she moved to Australia almost thirteen years ago I have seen her only once! I have known her dear family since I was eight and so to be there and be able to capture this wonderful celebration of these two – along with old friends and new, family and family friends – was such a privilege for me.

And a destination diasporan wedding is always a treat right? Introducing your friends to the wonders of your home country – be it the warm friendly people,  the crazy beautiful landscapes – the chaotic drive from Harare to Kariba town (fuel queues had started by then) – all leading up to the grandeur of Kariba. And lets not forget creme sodas in the sun! Having the chance to say your vows on home turf – and in Faye and Jim’s this case, with the lapping of the lake behind you, and hippos coming out to graze in the distance has to be a blessing on any marriage and so it was that Faye and Jim started their married life in the sweetest way possible. Surrounded by nature and mindful of every moment.

Thank you Faye and Jim for trusting in me to capture your beautiful day. It was such a pleasure to be part of it and to reconnect with you and your special people – and to meet the new ones!

P.S. On another personal level, Faye & Jim’s wedding also coincided closely with our decision to move back to Zimbabwe – and it marked the semi-official start of Matt and I working together as a photography / videography team! 🙂  After two incredibly chaotic months we have finally unpacked and we’re settling down – so a huge heartfelt thank you to Faye & Jim for being so super-patient with waiting for these photos!

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Venue: Spurwing Island

Wedding Officiant: Jeremy Vaughan (Father Love)

Caterer: Spurwing island 

Set up: Group effort

Flowers: Madd on Flowers

Cake: Spurwing Island / cake toppers by Simone Yoemans

Hair & Make Up; Kylee Nelson (bridesmaid)

Dress: Kaye Teede design and dress making

Bridesmaids dresses: Show me your MuMu

Videography: The Rusty Mokoro (Matthew Blair films)

Favors: Masiwela 

We can not thank everyone who helped with our wedding enough. Mana and Matt you guys are incredible and I am so proud to call you our freinds. It was such a dilemma for us as we wanted you there on our day as a guest but couldn’t think of anyone we would rather have to capture this special day than you. You both made it so much fun, comfortable and we will cherish your gift for ever. You are definitely a dynamic duo with such amazing talent.
Spurwing Island, what a dream place to be, and so helpful with the millions of emails we sent. Nothing was too hard and everything was better than we could have imagined. So thank you.
To all our guests – friends truely are the family you get to pick – and we are so blessed and privileged to be able to call you all our family. Thank you for being a part of our lives.

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