Saturday, January 17, 2015

Love and Family - Bahamian style

Oh, the beauty of travel, experiencing new places and immersing in new cultures. 3 1/2 years ago my hubby and I attended our first Bahamian wedding. Almost 5 years ago, we met a awesome couple name Kenneth and Sandra through the people to people program sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. If you truly want to experience the authenticity of Nassau, this is a great way to do it. 

We were matched with a couple (The Foxes) through this program to experience true Bahamian culture. We never could have imagined that they would become dear friends to us, and later we would have the pleasure of attending their eldest daughters wedding the following year, and what an event it was. From the moment we arrived we were treated like family. We never felt unwelcome, or out of place. (well only once, but I'll explain later).  We met the grandparents of the bride, her siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Everyone was dressed so beautifully with their bright, vibrant colors and ethnic style. 

The night before the big day was just as festive and lively as the wedding day.  The plan was an outdoor ceremony on the beach, but mother nature paid us all a visit and we were in the middle of a nasty storm the morning of the wedding, but it didn't stop a thing. Plan B was an indoor ceremony and reception, and everything went very well. 

Bahamians sure know how to have a good time, and they are very spiritual people as well. The ceremony was beautiful; singing, the blessing of the couple, exchanging vows and rings, and greeting their guests was all done in true Bahamian style. The reception was quite different from American weddings we have attended. Although the food, tossing the bridal bouquet and the groom retrieving the garter from his bride was traditional, the dancing was quite entertaining.  The music was a mix of Bahamian and  R&B.  The dance styles were unique and James and I enjoyed watching them have a good time.  This was the only time we felt a little out of place, but not in a bad way, we were just not familiar with their style of dancing. 

Just recently we received great news that Kenneth and Sandra's middle daughter will be getting married this summer and we are invited. We very much want to attend, but now we are expecting a new grandchild the same month of the wedding and I do not want to be away when the baby comes. Decisions, decisions. Stay tuned.  Until the next wedding, enjoy the pics.  

Have you ever attended a wedding of a different culture than your own? 

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