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Phillipine in her traditional Zulu wedding dress!

Think about your wedding dress. What does it look like?

 I can make a safe bet that it’s not orange, green, blue red and a shitload of yellow. If it is, I love you and you must contact me immediately.

So guys, I know this is Western Europe. And I know we have our own set of archaic traditions, which if not followed, will bring the swift wrath of family and the wedding industry down on us like unexpected pigeon poop. I know, I know. But I get the feeling we’re sometimes so caught up with our own way of doing things, that we forget there’s a whole world of cultures and traditions out there. Which are just as valid as out own!

For example: Phillipine, the gorgeous lady in these photos, is wearing a traditional Zulu wedding dress. It’s exactly how she wore it when she married her husband in 2016! Yes, they still do traditional weddings in South Africa, and yes, they are awesome. And really, doesn’t she look like a freaking goddess in this? I can’t get over all the color and meticulous beadwork that went into making it. But also, just the way Phillipine carries herself in the dress. And that’s what makes it even more spectacular.

Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not saying that we all should start wearing beaded dresses and marry into African tribes. Like any creative, I just want to open my mind (hopefully the wedding industry’s as well) to our varied modern society. I want to show that diversity is beautiful. That we can appreciate beauty in its many different forms, even if it doesn’t fit our own specific western mold.

Know someone who has a traditional dress like this one and would be interested in doing a photoshoot? Please hook us up like right this second.

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