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Destination Zanzibar

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Zanzibar. It's one of those places where you're not sure what to expect, or where it actually is. But after this post, you'll know plenty, and perhaps even consider a trip there!

Karen and Terrence, who live in South Africa, chose Zanzibar for their destination wedding to maximize the number of guests who could join them from all over the world. They'd been to Neptune Pwani Resort on a vacation and knew it would be a fantastic spot to get married. To make sure they and their guests enjoyed the East African island, they set up a multi-day string of events and had Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography tag along to capture it all.

Unique highlights included a pre-wedding safari, a scuba diving excursion for all of the guests, and a day tour of Stone Town, an old city at the heart of Zanzibar with Arabic and Indian influences as well as famous spice markets and bazaars. Drinks were held at sunset at the Afrika House restaurant, where attendees watched the boats come in and out of the nearby port.

Guests saw the local farmers tending to the seaweed they cultivate during low tides for food and cosmetics. The couple posed for underwater portraits before their big day. And after the reception, the newlyweds jetted off to Penguin Beach in South Africa, for their honeymoon. Check out their adventures in the gallery below.

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Other interesting things to know about Zanzibar? Its main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. Located in the Indian Ocean, it's not too far from Tanzania. Or the equator. Its beaches and coral reefs mean snorkeling and scuba diving are a big draw. There are hundreds of beautifully carved doors on the island, which is home to just under one million people. It's a mostly Muslim area, so ladies should dress modestly. And a fun fact? Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born on the island.

Comments (2)

  • Love these beautiful, unconventional, destination weddings. We wanted to have something like that too. We were pretty unconventional, including a stunning custom tungsten ring for him. But it broke that night on the dance floor. Anyway, this whole concept is stunning.

  • I love destination weddings!

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