Blog Around the World {Out of Africa #2}

So we had an African princess this morning, and boy do I ever have something awesome for you this afternoon! You may remember that last year I participated in Elegant Decay, and today I’m again privileged to be part of an international group of bloggers sharing another virtual trail of photos for you to follow around the web to make up a full shoot. And here’s the real kicker – the theme this time is something VERY close to home. Think “Ai had a fahm in Ahhfricaah”. Think the incredible continent that we call home, paired with the vintage look I know you love. For those of you getting married on a game farm, I’m about to make your afternoon! For this shoot, Alicia from The Charity Wedding paired up with some awesome vendors to create a gorgeous vintage safari look at a local animal park. It features a kick ass beautiful bride in a landie (who was also brave enough to pose with a python, eek!) and some super inspiring details I know you’re going to love. Here’s a bit more from Alicia:

Hello Lovelies! I am Alicia from The Charity Wedding and I am excited to present another round of Blog Around the World with some of my favorite wedding bloggers! I recently helped organized a styled shoot using the theme of a Vintage Desert Safari. Each blogger will be showcasing a photo from the shoot and sharing some tips, advice, or just some pretty-eye candy for you to enjoy! Be sure to visit all the blogs to make sure you catch all the goodness! Thanks so much to all of the participants!

Location: Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Along the Verde River, Camp Verde, Az
Coordination & Concept: Alicia French of The Charity Wedding
Event Design: KD Event Designs
Photography:  Fancy Fin Photography
Bouquet: Glamorous Occasions
Cake & pastries:
Kick Ass Kakes
Invitations, Menu, Dessert Toppers and Hang Tags:
Wedding Girl
Makeup Artist:
Sabrina Sweet Makeup
Hair Artist:
Erin McDonald of Aveda Red 115 Salon
La Belle Reve
Handmade by Alicia

As fantastic as Alicia’s Arizona location looks, I know my South African readers will agree with me that there’s nowhere quite like the actual African bush. It’s my happy place, the one spot where I always feel still and calm and joyful. I’d give up multiple days at the beach for a single night sipping good Stellenbosch sauvignon blanc and looking up at the Southern Cross with hyenas mewling in the distance. And I’ve once been lucky enough to attend a wedding that was right inside Hluhluwe Game Reserve – still one of my favourites ever. Even a summer rainfall couldn’t dampen spirits and after a beautiful ceremony and traditional meal and Zulu dancing, we partied late into the night and managed not to get eaten or trampled (Ranger: “Keep within the circle of light people, there are actual animals out there”). At dawn I got a lift back to the camp and was greeted by a herd of curious impala, who watched me tripping merrily into my parents’ bungalow, carrying my high heels. And that’s Africa. Startling, dangerous, unforgettable. I’ve lived away from her for a decade, but she’ll always have my heart.

So to the international readers visiting us for the first time, here’s a huge welcome from us (which I’ll happily give you in every one of our eleven national languages): Sanibonani, Molo, Hallo, Thobela, Dumela, Lumela, Abusheni, Sanibona, Avuwani, Salibonani, and Hello. (Or, as we all say, Howzit!) We love that you find us inspiring. We hope you visit us soon. And if you’re thinking of a destination wedding… let’s just say you’ve come to the right place. :)

This is, of course, just a little taster and Blog Around the World continues in just a few minutes over on another of my favourite blogs, The Unreal Bride  in India. So what are you waiting for? You can follow us all afternoon on Twitter (using the hashtag #BlogAroundtheWorld) to see all the pictures or just click through this list for the full set of posts when they’re done. You won’t want to miss any of them!

  1. Bubble Rock Studios (New Zealand) 9:00am EDT
  2. Cap Classique (UK, South Africa) 9:15am EDT
  3. The Unreal Bride (India) 9:30am EDT
  4. Brancoprata (Portugal)9:45am EDT
  5. Bijoux Bride (UK) 10:00am EDT
  6. Bridal Musings  (UK) 10:15am EDT
  7. The Oceanside Bride (US) 10:30am EDT
  8. Hey Gorgeous (US) 10:45am EDT
  9. Sparkle and Hay (US) 11:00am EDT
  10. Wedding Pickle (US) 11:15am EDT
  11. The Perfect Palette (US) 11:30am EDT
  12. Oh Lovely Day (US) 12:00pm EDT
  13. La Petite Coquin (US) 12:15pm EDT
  14. Brenda’s Wedding Blog (US) 12:30pm EDT
  15. Fab You Bliss (US) 12:45pm EDT
  16. Landlocked Bride (US) 1:00pm EDT
  17. Bow Ties and Bliss (US) 1:15pm EDT
  18. A Paper Proposal (US) 1:30pm EDT
  19. Engaged and Inspired (US) 1:45 pm EDT
  20. The Charity Wedding (US) 2:00pm EDT

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