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A Maasai Wedding: The bride wore beads

A Maasai wedding with its colourful ceremony based on ancient customs is a sight to behold. We were invited to the wedding of our friend Lekishon, a local Maasai and naturalist at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp.

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The wedding party was made up of family and friends from the surrounding villages who joyously sang and danced, laughed and cried, as Nolary was welcomed with open arms into her new home. Lekishon couldn’t wipe the smile from his face as he tied the knot with his beautiful bride.

We were treated as honoured guests and given traditional Maasai outfits to wear during the day. We felt fortunate to be a part of such a special occasion and will treasure the memory of this day forever.

We are now heading for the Masai Mara to go wildlife watching and see if we can spot the Big Five. Time to get the binoculars out!

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Marcus and Kate Westberg are a writer/photographer team travelling across eastern and southern Africa. For more stories and photographs from Marcus and Kate, please visit Life through a Lens.

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Marcus and Kate are a freelance writer/photographer team, contributing stories on travel, conservation and human interest from across east and southern Africa. They just completed a year in Kenya's Masai Mara where they conducted a research project on wildlife tourism and community-based conservation, including working on projects such as Elephant Voices and Living with Lions. They are a Swedish-Australian couple with itchy feet and a love for Africa, adventure and discovery. To see more photos from Marcus and Kate, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.