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On Saturday Dec 17th Joshua Murphy and Juliana Thornton were married at the Moselesele game farm in Limpopo province South Africa.
( http://www.moselesele.com/EN/Content/HOME ) The game farm is approximately a two hour drive north of Johannesburg. Julie’s two brothers are part owners of the farm.
The festivities started the day before the wedding at the rehearsal located a few miles away from the farm lodge. It is summer time in South Africa now, so the weather is warm. The wedding location was chosen by Josh and Julie for its scenery. The area is full of wildlife, African plains animals roam through the area, antelope, wildebeest, impala, zebra, and giraffe. After the rehearsal we all enjoyed a braai (a South African barbecue) back at the lodge, a braai is a social event in South Africa everyone brings their favorite meat dish, pork and lamb chops, lamb, steaks, ostrich burgers, kebabs, sausages and enjoys the food and good company.
The wedding day started early with everyone working on their appointed tasks. Julie’s attendants worked on the flower arrangements, Julie’s brothers set up the wedding site with hay bales that were used as pews and the music system, the Murphy men were busy labeling Josh’s home brews, and workers set up the tent and assembled the dance floor. It was a busy morning and afternoon, but by 4:00 PM everything was ready.
The wedding party was transported out to the savanna chapel by four wheel drive vehicles everyone one had an idea of the location; there are no street signs just dirt roads that travel across the two thousand acre farm. Ethan and I traveled with Josh; he did not seem sure of the wedding site maybe it was nerves or maybe the pre wedding libation. We all eventually arrived.
Julie’s friends Sara and Laure were attendants and friend Zarina officiated as JP. Ethan was Josh’s best man and Robert Thornton gave his daughter away.
Josh and Julie wrote their own vows so as can be imagined they were from the heart. I will just say there was not a dry eye in attendance after the vows were exchanged.
After the ceremony we all toasted the couple and the setting sun and then headed back to the farm lodge for the feast and dancing.
On arrival at the lodge we were greeted with a traditional Zulu wedding dance and singing by the farm staff many have known Julie since she was a little girl.
A total of forty people shared the celebration with Josh and Julie. They left for Zanzibar, an island off the coat of Tanzania a few days later for a week of hiking, snorkeling, biking and sightseeing.
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