A Swahili Wedding

Just a few weeks before leaving the Seychelles Jeff and I decided to get married in Lamu, an island off the northern coast of Kenya. We always knew that we would tie the knot on this year long journey, but deciding where and when was another story. Looking at destinations in Africa months before we left the States I had discovered the Lamu House hotel, with its Arab elegance it had intrigued me and I knew we had ...

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Our Wedding Band

Lila has been asking me to get this video of our wedding band on the site since we departed Lamu. We finally have a great Internet connection in Cairo (gotta love high end hotels:).

When we exited the Lamu House hotel to board the dhow that would take us to the beach for our ceremony this is what we were greeted with. We had no idea that ...

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The Bibi Harusi (The Bride)

Two days prior to our wedding ceremony Sheila from the hotel arranged to have Amina, a local henna artist, come over to apply Lila’s wedding henna. WIth the precision of a skilled tattoo artist, Amina artfully rendered traditional Swahili bridal designs from memory with nothing more than a small plastic bag filled with henna paste lightly punctured on one end. Lila spent the next five hours arms raised trying her best not to get the ink on the nice white ...

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