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Giraffes join the party ©Rianka Conradie

Nele and Adam Van Der Westhuizen

Our wedding was held at Tsékama Game Lodge in Nylstroom, which is nestled in the heart of north-west South Africa. As my friends and family were to travel from afar, we wanted to give them a unique experience in the bushveld alongside game.

   I had planned my entire wedding from Ghana, where we currently live, and I must admit that it was quite a challenge. Especially because I am from Belgium and did not know any hairdressers, nail salons, make-up artists or florists in South Africa. Luckily, my future sister-in-law helped me out, and my wedding dress was flown in from Belgium and my wedding shoes were bought online.

   On the Friday evening before the wedding, we organised a braai so that our guests could meet, and the next morning everybody had breakfast together and spent the whole day enjoying the pool at the lodge and game drives before the actual ceremony started at 4pm. And I have to admit that having my friends and family around me on this sunny African day kept my stress levels down.

   My biggest wish was for some of the wildlife to attend our wedding too. Some of our guests had already bumped into kudu, impala and waterbuck, but the nicest surprise was when the giraffes joined the show during our wedding reception! Cameras appeared, pictures were taken and my wedding day was perfect!