A Wedding in Africa: Sarah + Andre

africa wedding

Today we have a wedding all the way from Botswana, Africa to share! I just love that couples all over the world are reading Green Wedding Shoes to find inspiration and are willing to share their story. :) Both Sarah + Andre love being outdoors and nature is a big inspiration to them, so it wasn’t a hard decision to get married outdoors. Sarah’s father’s home (where she grew up) was the perfect location and having her wedding in such a personal location made it extra special. It was also really important to them that their day was about them and their friends + family. Thanks so much to Kyle Hale who was the photographer + traveled all the way from Atlanta to Botswana to photograph their day!

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Love the invitations that Sarah designed!

packaged invite

africa survival guide wedding invitation

africa wedding

WOW. Can’t believe that is her father’s backyard! So lucky…

africa wedding, hay bales

africa wedding, hanging arrangements

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Stepping out the car and seeing that all my ideas had been fully appreciated by family and friends who had put it all together. Of course walking down the aisle with my father to Andre. My father always makes me laugh and I knew that there would be no tears only laughter. My jaw was so sore the next day from smiling so much. Our ceremony was truly special, especially considering one of my parent’s closest friends, Rita was the officiant.

africa wedding, flower girls in white

What song did you walk down the aisle to? I walked down to Fireflies by Owl City (when Andre and I first met, this song had just been released and wherever I went it felt like it was always playing). We exited to ‘All I want is you’, by Barry Louis Polisar.

africa wedding ceremony

africa wedding ceremony

africa wedding ceremony

africa wedding ceremony

africa wedding ceremony

africa wedding

africa wedding, bridesmaids

chalkboard easel, hanging arrangements

hanging flower globes, number escort card

africa wedding, bride and groom

Any advice for those planning now? Be true to you. Enjoy it. Step back occasionally and digest it all. Don’t forget why you are doing it. Don’t lose sight of ‘us.’ And lastly but most importantly let it all go when the day comes and enjoy it because it goes so quickly!

We also want to thank our friends and family who really blew us away with their willingness to help and be a part of it all! And thank you to Kyle Hale who has really touched me with his creative vision of our day, and his kind words!

Congrats to Sarah + Andre!


venue name: Notwane Dam, Gaborone Botswana // wedding dress: San Patrick // hairpiece: Tivolli // bride's shoes: San Marina // bridesmaid dresses: Forever New // hair stylist: Urban Space, Gaborone // makeup artist: Urban Space, Gaborone // paper goods: Self design -- printed by Purple Orange // catering: The Grand Palm // cake: Fern Blackbeard // music: Carmel Enterprises -- DJ Homan // photography: Kyle Hale (lots more wedding photos can be seen here) // floral design: Mignon Fricker // invitations: Self design -- printed by Purple Orange