Sahara Nomad weddings are something I always wondered about. I never knew I would actually be the groom in one!
In the evening Assou’s sisters came with the traditional Nomad wedding garments and they dressed Hanane and I. Hanane’s garb was a white gown with heavy jewelry that could easily be used to kill.
Her hair and makeup were done with care. A final touch was a Berber woven cloth bag which they placed over her entire head and tied with a ribbon. Our Sahara Nomad Wedding – Part 1Our Sahara Nomad Wedding – Part 2
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As for me, I fared better, I was wrapped up in Djellaba and turban so that only my eyes were still showing. We were led outside to the courtyard where we sat on comfortable cushions while Berber musicians played desert music for our pleasure.
In a traditional Berber wedding, the bride has her head covered for three days and the bride and groom sit in desert tents during this time while there is Henna, music, dancing, and feasting.
Thankfully, our bagged time was reduced to about 45 minutes at which point Hanane had the bag removed from her head, I was un-wrapped, and then we danced and sang. My bride was beautiful under the bag and I was glad to be able to see her again.
The music and dancing were spectacular and all the Berber’s treated us as their own family.
When we moved inside and were set behind a table lit with candles, Hanane and I had bought the cookies which are usually made and distributed by the family in both Arab and Berber weddings and we distributed tea and cookies to all the guests. Sam-Omar offered to distribute the tea and I told him that as the groom it was my responsibility.
The music and dancing were blissfully limited to about an hour and then Hanane and I retired to our room. We’d had the first part of our wedding and it was beautiful and wonderful, exotic and exciting….
In our room, we had that moment when the bride and groom realize that they are happiest to be together without anyone else. After all, we didn’t marry our families…even if it seems like we did sometimes.
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