Nina and Sebastian chose to have a destination wedding in Kenya where bride-to-be Nina had been working on a photography and book project on the last wild lions in the world.
The bride, Nina explained the experience to theknot.com as:
“The last couple of years I have spent many months in the Masaai Mara following one pride of lions on my project about the world’s last wild lions. During this time I have become very close friends and almost family with the Maasai who have welcomed me into their lives. Therefore and because we were planning to hold our ceremony on the land of the Maasai it was very important to us to incorporate some of the traditions of the Maasai culture into the ceremony; for example the arch built is a traditional symbol of the entrance to a boma – the typical house construction of the Maasai, and after the announcement a traditional Maasai song and dance followed according to tradition.
Also, the bride of the Maasai normally wear a lot of jewelry where the necklace, called enkarewa, is especially important. When I first told my closest friend in the Maasai community about our wedding early in 2014 he came back to me with a necklace and bracelets as a special gift made for me by his family. The stick carried by Sebastian was also a gift from the local Maasai community. But even more generously my friend then offered to bring warriors from the Maasai community to the celebration. So in the end our two cultures and nature merged in the perfect moment and the best day of our lives.”
Here is what happened on the wedding day:
The wedding was perfectly captured by photographer Jonas Peterson below:
Cinematographer: Pieter Ten Hoopen
Wedding Planner: Vanda High Events and Gina Vuolo
Jewellry: Maasai beadwork necklace and bracelets given as a gift from the Maasai in Masai Mara
Flowers: Tom Cawley and Priscilla Schaeffer
Ceremony Venue: A tree on Paradise Plain, Masai Mara
Reception Venue: Governors Camp, Masai Mara
Celebrant: Peter Green