The Maasai Mara is the largest wildlife conservancy, and is located in the Southwestern part of Kenya. It is a magnificent kaleidoscope of wild & rugged landscapes and the finest wildlife collection in Africa. This forms a perfect backdrop for adventure/safari elopements for couples from all over the world. With a local flight out of Nairobi, the couple arrives at the destination in the Maasai Mara for this once in a lifetime experience
The morning of the wedding starts with a dawn game drive within the reserve/ the iconic hot air balloon ride over the Mara followed by a bush champagne breakfast. The couple then head back to the lodge for a relaxed morning and wedding preparations.
The Maasai blessing
The Maasai are known for their vibrant and colourful traditional attire, their unique customs, and their deep connection to the land and wildlife. Incorporating the Maasai culture into your safari elopement adds a meaningful and unforgettable dimension to your celebration, as you honour and embrace the local traditions and values.
You can choose to have a traditional Maasai wedding ceremony, complete with singing, dancing, and blessings from the elders, or simply infuse elements of the Maasai culture into your own wedding vows and rituals. Either way, the Maasai people are warm, welcoming, and eager to share their rich heritage with you.
By including the Maasai culture in your safari elopement, you will not only create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for yourselves, but also support and celebrate the local community.
One of the most significant elements of the Maasai blessing is the use of milk and grass, which are considered sacred in the Maasai culture. The elder pours milk on the bride’s feet and sprinkles it on the couple as a sign of abundance and prosperity. The whisk made of grass is also used during the ceremony to symbolise the importance of the land and the connection between the Maasai people and nature.
The Maasai women play a significant role in the ceremony as well. They adorn the bride with traditional Maasai jewellery, which includes intricate beadwork and colourful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. These jewellery pieces are not only beautiful but also carry deep cultural significance. They are often passed down from generation to generation and represent the Maasai’s rich heritage and identity.
An elopement is a beautiful way for couples to celebrate their love in a private and intimate setting, free from the distractions and formalities of a traditional wedding. It allows you to focus on each other and exchange heartfelt vows in a serene and romantic setting, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Maasai Mara.
Whether you opt for a civil or symbolic ceremony, an experienced officiant can guide you through the ceremony proceedings and help you craft personalised vows that truly reflect your love and commitment to each other.
Getting legally married in Kenya is also relatively easy and straightforward, and as your wedding planner, we can take care of all the necessary arrangements and paperwork, so you can focus on enjoying your special day.
We work with trusted vendors and legal experts to ensure that your marriage is recognised and valid in both Kenya and your home country. From obtaining the necessary licenses and permits to coordinating with the local authorities and witnesses, we take care of all the details, so you can relax and enjoy your safari elopement adventure to the fullest.
After the heartfelt exchange of vows, no celebration is complete without a sweet treat and a toast to the newlyweds. For your safari elopement, you can indulge in a delicious cake made with local ingredients and flavours, and raise a glass of champagne to your love and new beginnings.
You can choose to have your cake and champagne toast at a scenic location in the Maasai Mara, such as overlooking the Mara River or under the shade of an acacia tree, as you soak in the breathtaking views and the sounds of nature. Alternatively, you can opt for a cozy and intimate setup at your safari lodge or tented camp, where you can savour your cake and champagne in privacy and comfort.
Couple : Shay & Rami
Photography: ET studio
Location : Amani Mara ( Olare Orok)
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What should I do next?
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