This blog post deserves so much, I don't even have the full photo collection in yet, there's so much more to show you.
I remember the day I met Kate, we joked about how fun it would be to help her with her wedding in Zambia. "What an opportunity" I thought. "What a relief that would be" she thought.
We went our merry ways with a "Good luck, I do hope it all comes together for you!" and we said goodbye.
6 months later Kate phoned and asked if I could help plan her wedding and travel to Zambia to assist her family make it all come together.
After some nervous laughing and a few "Are you for real" comments, that was it. I was off on an adventure planning a wedding in Zambia from Australia, never having the chance to do a site inspection, meet my suppliers or take my team.
Hold on to your seats, this was going to be a crazy 9 months.
Safe to say pretty much everything had to be brought in, the chairs from Zimbabwe, flowers from South Africa and north Zambia, the cake icing had to be sent in from London and almost all of the design and decor details came from either the US or Australia.
Logistics were definitely my toughest challenge.
If you know anything about Africa, you'll know it happens in slow relaxed manner. There are also very strict borders and sometimes suppliers just aren't who they make out to be.
Despite all of this, the distance, the time difference and my clear lack of understanding the language I had a freaking ball!
I wont lie, it was hard. I hired a team over there and they taught me how much I really appreciate my team here at home. they were lovely honest folk who worked hard for me but I'm used to a certain pace and a 2 hour job became a 6 hour job.
The most wonderful experience I took away with me was meeting all 180 people who travelled from far ends of the earth to be part of Kate and Andy's Day. the Australians were so damn pleased to be there, they revelled in the location and meeting the Zambian family.
the Zambian and Africans were so hospitable, they loved showing off their land. They truly believe in a community raising a child so almost everyone was 'aunty' or 'uncle'.
seriously so much love and fun in one space, i felt part of the family and made many new friends.
The Zambian sun set didn't disappoint and the backdrop of the silent but full of life Zambezi was just picturesque.
I'm so thankful to so many for this amazing chance to plan and manage a wedding so far away.
First and foremost, thank you to my wonderful supportive husband who made it very easy for me to travel and live out this pretty cool dream.
Chef, Management and Staff at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge, thanks for instantly making me a part of your crew and helping with late night gold spray painting and last minute building of a timber Photo Booth.
And of course Kate, Andy and your amazing families. Thank you so very much for having me.
A few images bellow but I know Gareth from Gareth Bentley Photography has many more on the way for us.