May 3, 2014 was a much anticipated date for many around the country of Botswana-I think it was the equivalent to the anticipation of the royal wedding. Two amazing folks united in marriage-Pastor Jack Rantho and Tshepho Kgalaeng. 800+ people showed up at the bride’s home village for the wedding in Molepolole and celebrated with this amazing couple.
Above: Rra Kgalaeng, father of the bride, walking Tshepo down the aisle
Below: Saying their vows-I have never seen a Batswana couple more in love or excited for this day.
Above: The bridal party dancing into the reception
Below: May 10, 2014 the bride and groom had their 2nd wedding. Every bride and groom have to have 2 weddings-the first at the bride’s place and the second at the groom’s place. This wedding was in the village of Magotlwane.
The 2nd wedding is a little different and a lot more relaxed. They have already said their “I do’s” so this wedding is more of just a celebration. It starts with the groom singing and dancing out with his wedding party to come retrieve the bride.
Above: The bridal party now dances out
Below: The groom party on the right singing to the bridal party on the left until the groom is united with his bride.
They dance up together to the groom’s place and have to be let in the gate by the uncle (below)
At the end of the wedding all of the bridal party changed into different clothing. Normally they wear the traditional dress of Botswana, but his bridal party was not like any other. The theme was the 2nd coming of Christ (when he comes to retrieve HIS bride-the church) so they all dressed in different outfits to denote how every people from every tongue and tribe will be worshipping around the throne. The bride and groom were wearing Greek attire and throughout the bridal party they had those in Carribean, Indian, Cowboy, Asian, and African attire. What a fun time had by all!