1. In European dress we went to the Registry Office for the Civil Wedding. (Again, told mainly through photos – click on any to get the bigger picture) On the way there we were asked, “You do have your passports with you?” but we didn’t! The lovely Ousseynou took Lucy back to the apartment on his scooter and promised us he would look after her and drive carefully! The roads looked so precarious! They returned safely and the wedding could go ahead!
2. The Registrar, who had a delightful sense of humour, made sure we were following the marriage ceremony. (We were allowed to take photos but my battery ran out! I’m waiting for Lucy’s photos to arrive and will post them later.)
3. Last meal with the family, goodbyes and tears but also much laughter, warmth and happiness at such a beautiful week having been shared together and our two families becoming one.
It has been such a privilege to be here in Senegal with the family, to experience real life in Senegal rather than being a ‘tourist’ looking on. We owe so much to this beautiful family for welcoming us in, in this totally open and loving manner and for sharing their lives with us.
April 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm
What a lovely wedding. Delightful photos.
April 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm
Thank you for visiting my blog, Lynne. It was such a lovely occasion and we were so lucky to be able to be there.
April 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm
I am an expat in Morocco, very interesting to read your blog about life in Senegal!
April 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm
It was fascinating to be absorbed so thoroughly into family life and it felt as if we really began to know how another culture worked in a way that we haven’t when we’ve been ‘tourists’. We went walking once in Morocco and that was a lovely experience and another colourful culture. 🙂
April 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm
Just wondered, did you also see the photos of the Muslim Wedding the Sunday before. That was the most colourful Wedding I’ve ever been to:)
April 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm
Thank you for your comments. It was indeed a very special time and we were very lucky to be so welcomed into our new family.
April 20, 2012 at 11:12 am
What a beautiful bride, lovely wedding, and as you say, to visit in the culture and not be a tourist is the best way to travel. Thank you for sharing…