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Alice & Dieter’s Wedding at St. Andrews Church and Alhambra Hall

“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” – Nelson Mandela

My roots in Africa run deep. So I was overjoyed when Alice and Dieter asked me to photograph their wedding. You see, Alice is from Burundi. By the most amazing fairytale, and the grace of God, she ended up in Charleston through the open hearts of her friends at St. Andrew’s Church. If she hadn’t come to Charleston, she wouldn’t have found and fallen in love with Dieter.

Dieter’s amazing story begins in his native land of Austria! He’s now works at MUSC, is a photo enthusiast like me, and shares my passion for traveling the world. We also run in the same circles, playing tennis and competitive badminton together. Between Alice’s African connection, and the common interests I share with Dieter, I instantly felt like I was part of their world-wide family!

The wedding day was absolutely perfect! A day of clear skies nestled between days of rain before and after…truly an answer to prayer. The ceremony at St. Andrew’s Church, performed by Pastor Andrew, was truly memorable in its humor and its reverence. The reception, held at Alhambra Hall, was full of amazing touches from both backgrounds…including a group of Burundian Drummers, and an Austrian Waltz! Everyone had an AMAZING time. And I was extra excited to have my good friend (and mutual friend of Alice & Dieter’s), Frank Oplanic, capturing all the memories with me that day.

In Swahili, safari means “journey”. So to Alice & Dieter, may God Bless your new journey together!!!