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Exchanging Vows under the African Sky
 
Since I began my profession as a destination wedding specialist, I have set as its goal the fulfilment of a dream that recurs each time I have the privilege of spending some time in Africa. Each time, since the very first moments of my first trip, I’ve always been aware of being completely involved with my surroundings. I have breathed in the atmosphere, most definitely influenced by the magic of the sunsets and the African sky, spending unique moments that words cannot ever describe, moments that moved me and enriched my soul. On those nights I imagined that a wedding or an exchange of vows under the African sky, immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, would be able to touch the soul and work its magic on any heart. Today I am really happy to present the realization of this dream a fairytale come true, thanks to the partnership of Fairytale Weddings and Matrimoni da Favola with the &Beyond family.
 
Believe me dear readers, there are no words to describe the beauty of a ceremony at sunset, when the setting rays of the sun turn the endless savannah a deep red. The charm of a ceremony on the banks of a lake, which takes on the many shades of pink of a flamingo’s wings. The breathtaking beauty of a ceremony in the absolute silence of the desert, where a light breeze constantly shifts the shapes of the dunes, stirring the colures of the evening light, which reflects off the sand dunes, some of which flow all the way into the ocean. How can I explain the feeling that comes with exchanging promises of eternal love on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, softly padded by a carpet of rose petals? How can I explain a ceremony on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, lulled by the sound of the slow but endlessly moving river waters? All these ceremonies are fairy tales that should come true at least once in a lifetime, so why not on one of the most important days in your life? They will seem like mere dreams to you but we will turn them into reality without you even noticing the difference. All you need to do is gaze into infinity, surrounded by the miracle of nature, the charm of an expanse of dunes or the seduction of the ocean waters.
 
Today, thanks to the partnership of Fairytale Weddings and Matrimoni da Favola with the &Beyond family, what might have seemed like the dreams of a visionary has become a wonderful reality. We are always looking for new challenges to go beyond the boundaries of imagination and realize dreams not yet imagined.





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About &Beyond
 
The partnership between Fairytale Weddings and Matrimoni da Favola - &Beyond was born and developed primarily due to our shared philosophies about the world of weddings, fairytale ceremonies and events. These lead us to realize such occasions in unspoiled dream locations, while providing a high level of hospitality and charm, creating celebrations that generate in each heart and soul (the cornerstones of Africa and the people who live there) unique and unrepeatable emotions that will remain part of the couple’s history, pampering guests with little surprises every day. Since our partnership is based primarily on people who share the same ideas, it is also focused on “you” who honor us with your choice on one of the most important days in your lives. For us these are not only people who require a service, but dear friends who wish to realize their dream of a fairytale event, which they entrust us by putting in our hands. In our shared philosophy, this is the most important treasure and we will do our best to achieve your dreams with elegance and care. Your pleasure lies at the heart of everything and we will arrange everything you require for your fairytale fantasy.
 
You can be assured that your wishes will be fulfilled perfectly, given that &Beyond, formerly known as “CC Africa” and founded in 1991, is the undisputed world leader in creating dreams and tailor made luxury safaris in 15 african countries, as well as India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Chile and Argentina.  &Beyond owns and operates lodges and luxury tented camps in the most spectacular, pristine and iconic destinations in Africa and India. Committed to taking exceptional care of its guests, &Beyond has recognized by means of a number of prestigious international awards over the year, including Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand at the 2015 World Travel Awards and one of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Safari Outfitters 2015. A conservation-led luxury experiential travel company, &Beyond also has a positive influence on over 9 million acres of protected wildlife land. With a core ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People, &Beyond also supports the development of the rural communities that surround the wildlife areas where it operates, focusing on the areas of education, health care and enterprise development.
 
Dear friends, close your eyes and imagine … that whatever borders you cross … we’ll be right by your side.





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The Dream of a Ceremony under the African Sky
 
Dear friends and readers, let me share with you the emotions and feelings of my first trip to Africa, which coincided with the first time I dream about an African wedding. I was in a remote and pristine corner of Tanzania, in one of the most exclusive places on earth to blend in with nature, which is home to a constant movement of animals known as the “great migration”. The lodge was perched on the edge of a hill, where the eye could range to infinity along the savannah below, a wonderful yet magical place. It was 2006 and, on our return from a game drive in the reserve, there was a surprise waiting for us, a sunset cocktail. In the background and at a safe distance, I could see the “tail” of the fantastic natural phenomenon of the great African migration, a neat row of wildebeest and zebras that were heading towards the Maasai Mara - Kenya. Behind this row I thought I heard the dull sound of predators, my imagination enhanced by the tales told by our ranger, who told us that there were sure to be all kinds of predators hidden everywhere, ready to attack their prey as soon as the sun had gone down. The preparation of the aperitif was perfect in every detail, tables set with white linen, silver jugs from which the water was poured to cleanse our hands, while the colors of a breathtaking sunset blended into a night lit by braziers and lanterns. As I closed my eyes and breathed in, a fresh fancy invaded my soul and my mind. Having opened my eyes, I found myself suddenly in the magical atmosphere of the film “Out of Africa”.
 
At that moment, for the first time I dreamed that one day I would organize a wedding with the same care and in the same place, preparing to exchange vows of eternal love, surrounded by the well-wishes of loved ones. After returning to the lodge I was alone for “an inspection” of the site, to check the best sites where I could set up appetizers and dinner. The location was stunning, a covered terrace, from which the view was lost in the boundless dark of the evening, but, at sunset, you could enjoy a privileged 360-degree view of endless savannah. In the middle of this terrace there was a huge copper fireplace of exquisite craftsmanship, around which the appetizers could be enjoyed while sipping a good glass of wine as the sun was melting away, setting fire to the savannah. Dinner was served in the “boma” a quaint place where the muffled sounds of the crackling fire provided the backdrop to an outdoor feast under the stars, situated around large braziers and with fine bone china and silver cutlery, precious fabric tableclothes, roses and candles everywhere.
 
Dear friends and readers, today, thanks to my profession as a destination wedding specialist, I can realize that dream, turning it into a fairytale for you. Fairytale Weddings and Matrimoni da Favola together with the invaluable collaboration of the &Beyond family can make your fairytale come true, making everything seem larger than life, organizing a ceremony in every untouched and exciting corner of Africa and beyond, boasting simple luxury and charm, satisfying your every fantasy.
 
Dear friends, all you need to do is rub Aladdin’s lamp and whisper us what is your dream … letting your imagination soar … because everything is possible and lies within your reach.
 
Thanks to all of you, from our staff of Fairytale Weddings and Matrimoni da Favola.
 
 
 photo courtesy &Beyond





photo courtesy of andBeyond







photo courtesy of andBeyond