Senegal 11th April – The Civil Wedding, The Registrar and Goodbyes

20 Apr
Senegal 11th April – The Civil  Wedding, The Registrar and Goodbyes

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!

Pap and his son before the Civil Wedding

Me with Bebe Mgette before the Civil Wedding

Ami ready to go

Leaving the house

With Pap who is to be one of the witnesses

Walking up the road to get the taxi

Daniel and Ami together in the front seat

Ami and her best friend, come to witness the Civil Wedding

Daniel making sure Ousseynou will drive carefully!

Off they go to get the passports!

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.


Posted by on April 20, 2012 in family, Senegal, travel


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7 responses to “Senegal 11th April – The Civil Wedding, The Registrar and Goodbyes

  1. Lynne Diligent

    April 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    What a lovely wedding. Delightful photos.

    • mybeautfulthings

      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.

      • Lynne Diligent

        April 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        I am an expat in Morocco, very interesting to read your blog about life in Senegal!

        • mybeautfulthings

          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. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      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:)

  2. mybeautfulthings

    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.

  3. grandfathersky

    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…


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