This past September I received a short and quick e-mail out of the blue from Brittany. All it said was:
“Hello Levi! I’ve been searching the internet to find a wedding photographer in Tanzania this November. Your work is beautiful! punapharmacy You won’t happen to be in Africa in November will you?”
My jaw was agape. When I first got into photography, I literally had no idea where my work would take me. To this day, I’m blown away by the reception my work has gotten and by the amazing people who have allowed me to tell their stories.
I quickly responded telling her that I didn’t have current plans to be in Africa, but that I would definitely be willing to change those and get to Tanzania.
Two months later, I boarded a few flights and, after 35 hours of plane-hopping, I landed in Arusha–near Mt. Kilimanjaro near the Tanzania-Kenyan border. I literally have no words for the entire experience. I only spent about 100 hours on the ground in Tanzania. I probably only slept for about 15 of those hours. The rest of the time I was trying to take in and process everything around me, which proved to not be as easy of a task as I had imagined due to the immense amount of breathtaking things around me.
Brittany and Brad were the most generous hosts–Brad’s a darn good wildlife photographer and being able to join in with them on their wedding-honeymoon-adventure trip was really something else entirely. It was amazing to be able to mix in this sense of expedition with the sacrament of marriage. In a lot of ways, it’s an analogous of the journey that marriage is.
I spent about three days with Brittany and Brad. We drove down from Arusha to Tarangire National Park, near where their wedding took place. We stayed in Chem Chem, at a resort in the bush. On the morning of their wedding, I joined Brittany and Brad on a game drive–which, to be honest, was one of the most incredible and other-worldy experiences I’ve been a part of. We saw giraffes, zebras, and many other animals (many of which I never knew even existed), as well as Four of the Big Five. I also saw a lion eating a wildebeest carcass.
This wedding was truly one of the most awesome wedding experiences I’ve been able to be a part of. As a wedding photographer, I get to see a lot of different marriage ceremonies in a lot of different locations. While their wedding took place in Tanzania, ultimately, Brittany and Brad got married in a way that was truly their own and really spoke to the things they value. I love that marriage, while at it’s core has the same heart and soul of humility and Legacy, takes on many different forms and fleshes itself out differently each time.
Here’s to a great adventure
Day 1: The Journey
Day 2: The Wedding