On the way to a wedding in Namibia

I have a pretty amazing job. Manuela found me online and booked me over the internet for her wedding in Nambia at the end of 2012. At the time, India was half-baked and I knew that I would have a 5-ish month old baby. Luckily, mommy-guilt abated and common sense kicked in (knowing that 5 months down the line with a baby I'd be needing a full night of sleep) and I said that I would love to come to Namibia to capture Ella and Graham's wedding.

Fastforward to December 2012. Nicky and I were thrilled to land in a hot middle of nowhere in Walvis Bay, where Manuela met us with her sister, mom and bridesmaid to do the 2 hour journey to the wedding venue. With 2 cars loaded to the hilt with candlesticks, dresses, glass jars, bits of lace, grasses, lots of boxes of handmade wedding details, wine, champagne and some savannahs for the trip, we hit the beautiful, open, expansive and sometimes-bumpy road that is Namibia. 

When you imagine things in the future, there are so many things you don't expect:

You don't expect to break down in the middle of the road, in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of people you've just met.

You don't expect to see 6 women remembering how to change a tire, and changing the tire with beautifully pre-wedding manicured hands. You don't expect there to be a problem with the battery of the Jeep you're driving with and that a two-hour trip would turn into a 10 hour journey.

You don't expect that you would be whipping out your boob to the mechanical whirring sounds of your breastpump amidst the silence of the desert with a bunch of people you've just met. (Yip, with breastfeeding on the job, you have to whip out the breastpump every now and again

You don't expect that you'd meet such cool people who you'd be sharing a bottle of champagne with or that being stuck in the middle of nowhere could be so much fun.

Help came to us eventually and we arrived at our Lodge sometime near mid-night. A flat tire turned into an electrical problem with the Jeep's battery and so we were towed oh-so-slowly to our most beautiful wedding destination - more of which I'll share with you in a few days. But for now, some images from Nicky and my introduction to the most amazing place that is Namibia and the most lovely people we got to meet.

On the way to a wedding in Namibia
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Comments

  • Natelee

    Wow, it looks amazing!

  • rebecca

    What a rad blogpost!

  • Romijn

    I'm pretty sure the bride will never forget the trip before her wedding. Once in a lifetime pics for them. Looks like so much fun!!!!

  • Manuela

    THEY LOOK AMAZING!! oh my goodness, I cant wait, love it, love it, love it!!! XX

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