Where to begin? Where to begin? The wedding weekend was so amazing. From our very first meeting, I was so excited about this celebration. It was going to be my first “destination wedding” and Brian and Rebecca were thrilled to share the details of their vision. I was sold the moment they mentioned wanting to include London, their dog, in both the engagement photos and the ceremony. :) Then they started talking about gorgeous Napa Valley, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone where the ceremony and reception would be held, miles and miles of vineyards and a safari complete with giraffes and monkeys.  I could barely contain my excitement! The only problem? I had to wait a year for the fun!

Finally, the weekend arrived.  We woke up on friday morning ready for the big safari. Let me tell you, we were not disappointed. As the husband and I drove the winding Napa Valley roads we were overwhelmed with the beautiful countryside. What a place for a new beginning.  Like a fairytale wedding.  Both of us were ready to pack our bags, load up the animals and make the move north.  LOL We arrived at Safari West and took a few couple shots around the grounds. Then the guest began to arrive.

Smiles and hugs were flying around.  You could feel the excitement in the air.  Brian and Rebecca were getting married!  And what a way to start the festivities!  With cheetahs and monkeys and ostrich. Oh my!  ;)  (More on the ostrich later….)  After everyone gathered and photos were finished being taken, we went to eat lunch.  Yum!  The food was delicious.  Chicken grilled on an open fire.  Safari beans.  Pasta. Fresh fruit.  And strawberry shortcake for dessert.  Everyone was stuffed…but ready for the main event.  The animals!  I had already gotten a sneak peek of some of them and let me tell you, everyone was in for an exciting ride.  We all climbed into the waiting trucks.  (Can you tell I didn’t feel like I was the hired help?  LOL  Everyone was so incredibly nice and really made us feel so welcome. )

The safari guides were amazing.  They were so knowledgeable and shared all kinds of stories and tips about the animals.  The husband was fascinated with the giraffe and how they gave birth standing up.  The baby falling 6 feet to the ground wasn’t so bad…it’s what broke the umbilical cord and forced them to breath.  Thank goodness I’m not a giraffe.  Doesn’t sound like a pleasant way to enter the world.  I was in love with the cheetahs.  I was thrilled to learn they got to roam the 400 acre ranch and loved their trainers so much they follow them on their rounds across the land.  :)  We saw Cape Buffalo, antelope, wildabeest, zebra and ostrich!  Oh, those ostrich were funny birds.  Well, funny to all of us in the truck except one.  ;) But I’ve been sworn to secrecy.  I can’t reveal what really happened.  Let’s just say one of those birds thought someone looked like a fellow ostrich and fell in love.  She wouldn’t move.  Our guide tried everything to shoo her away.  Finally, she had to call a fellow guide and the two of them finally got that ostrich to leave.  (And really, there were only lots of giggles and not screams of terror.  ;) )

All in all, it was a fantastic way to start Brian and Rebecca’s wedding weekend.  Thank you so much for including us on your special day.  This is the first of your sneak peeks.  Check back over the next few days for more.  I’ll send you an email when all your photos are ready for viewing.  I’ll leave you with my two favorite animal shots.  :)

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