November last year, we received Diana’s mail for her wedding in Malawi. I still remember the day, as I was on my way home when I got the e-mail (yes I check e-mail in the car, just because the traffic was bad). She wanted to know if we are able to come to Malawi to do their wedding. I was like…WHAT!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! Hell yes, Malawi!! So I put on my “trying to be professional and not overly excited” face, and wrote the mail back that we would be honoured to share their special day with them. Well 9 months later we were all packed and ready to go.
As you might not know, I am terrified of flying, its South African airways or British Airways or nothing, and my heart started thumping in my chest, omw, omw what if there are no SAA flights, yes I panicked, and then I got another e-mail from Diana saying that we should book the SAA flights as they are more reliable. Diana, you don’t know this, but at that moment I literally kissed my computer screen!! This is a bride that could read my mind. After that we shared so many mails and their was a giggle in everyone. I just knew this girl is super awesome and Mark you are one lucky guy!
Their ceremony was the first true Malawian wedding that we did. They got married at the Kamuzu Academy as Mark’s dad is the Head master of the school, Mr Cook. What a stunning academy. This is also where Mark and Diana met 9 years ago, and they shared their first kiss literally a hallway down where we took their couple photo’s. We were up around 7:30 to start with the early morning preparations as the formal service was around 10, then departed for a light lunch with their closest friends and family. After that we did a quick couple shoot, and then we were off to the mid day ceremony. People from across the community streamed in and a ritual called Pelicani was performed. This is when the people of the community give money to the couple (see the pictures, it was so awesome).
We had a 2 hour break between 5pm and 7pm when we got ready for the evening reception, complete with a cocktail hour. All their decor, glasses, plates, wine ext. were imported from the UK where they live. Diana, I don’t know how you did all of this, you, Mark, your parents and Mark’s parents surely made an impression. Oh, don’t let me forget to tell you about the food, their were TONS and TONS of food, Jaco and I had so much of the buffet and later these plates and plates of food just kept on arriving at our table. We checked around to see if they were just feeding us because they thought we were starving, but no it was delivered at every single table.
What an amazing experience, amazing place, amazing friends and family and an amazing couple. What more could we asked for.
Diana and Mark, thank you for inviting us to share your special day.
2nd Lead photographer: Jaco Janse
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