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July

Best Destination Weddings – Africa Safari Wedding

Masai Mara, Kenya

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As a destination wedding photographer, Brittany & Ray’s initial email to me was what dreams are made of. “Looking to do something adventurous but haven’t nailed it quite yet. -Here are some things we are thinking about – safari, Thailand, Italy – all over the map.” That first one. Safari. As soon as I saw that, I immediately thought this could be one of the best destination weddings possible. Having been to Africa a few times already, it holds a special place in my heart and shooting an adventurous wedding there would be the perfect way to combine my passion for Africa with my passion for capturing the best places to elope. I wrote back my elopement ideas centered around the Masai Mara in Kenya and they were in.

LetsĀ fast forward a few months, a few flights and lots of travel time. Brittany & Ray traveled from Seattle for their destination elopement so the first time we met was in Africa, the day before their wedding. Having helped plan their day in terms of when and where to shoot, they went along for the ride with every idea I threw at them. I planned for us to head out on safari before the sun came up the morning of their wedding to take advantage of that incredible, early morning African light. On the bumpy drive out, I spotted my lone tree and had Ole Kakui, our driver and guide stop the truck and we hopped out. It all felt too good to be true. Shooting destination wedding photos in my favorite place on Earth. But, it was very true.

They also allowed me to have serious input on where their ceremony would be held later that day. We scouted a few locations and settled upon a ridgeline overlooking the plains of the Masai Mara. Joined by Maasai warriors from neighboring villages, theirĀ elopement ceremony was a mix of local culture and emotion. Minutes after their nuptials, the storms rolled in. And the clouds. It was otherworldly as we shot more photos with the sweet, sweet lyrics of Toto playing in my head. You nailed it, Toto.

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  1. Roxanne Van Horn

    I really cannot begin to describe the emotions these pics brought to Steve and I. Right up your alley Brittany. I don’t know Ray, really at all, but the happiness I see on your face tells the entire story. Cry? I have never seen yoy cry so the emotion was high and I was happy to see it> Your photographer was stellar; and should be nominated for whatever photographers are nominated for! OUTSTANDING!!! (Couldn’t have picked a better one if you paid a billion dollars.) Amazing, adventurous, and particularly intimate. LOve, love, love. Congratulations you two. Love to you both and hold each other like you did here. Can’t say it enough, Amazzing,

  2. Chantel Brace

    These photos brought tears to my eyes… Brittany, you are beautiful inside and out, and I am so happy you have found the love of your life. I wish you and Ray many, many years of love and happiness! AMAZING photos!!

  3. Virginia Nygaard

    Dear Brittany & Ray, Thank you for sharing your most amazing wedding photos ever! It was an honor snd privilege to be at your reception and we are so happy for both of you! Blessings and hugs always! Love you both! And your photographer is phenomenal!!! Wow! Captured the joy and emotion perfectly and brought me to happy tears for you that you got to have your dream wedding come true! AWESOME!!!

  4. Denise Bierle Svec

    Oh my goodness, what a fairy tale safari wedding! I can’t even begin to express the incredible emotions I have for the two of you and way you choose to celebrate your marriage. WOW!!! Wishing you both a life time of beautiful,adventurous and joyful moments that measure up to the way your union began. Kudos to your amazing “national geographic” caliber photographer – absolutely dreamy, precious photos!

  5. Roxy Zenker

    These are amazing photos. I’m so happy for you Brittany. Thanks for sharing.