"Colonial"-Themed Wedding Included Authentic All-Black Servant Staff

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A tipster urged us to take a look at the wedding photos of Dave & Chantal, who got married in April 2010. The theme of the event? Colonial Africa. Wait, what?

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The bride interpreted the "Out Of Africa" aesthetic with vintage accessories:

Antique travel chests, clocks, globes and binoculars and an awesome Zebra skin. Dave and Chantal did it right. They hired actual colonial pieces from a prop-house that we put them in touch with in Pretoria. It was truly authentic.

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Yes, "truly authentic" in that an all-white crowd was waited on by an all-black staff of servants. Some of the images — like the large one above — are truly unsettling. The caption seems to be: Remember how great it used to be when our people oppressed brown people? Good times.

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Before you rush to defend a bride's right to celebrate her nuptials and the very concept of love in any way she chooses, consider this: The ceremony took place in Mpumalanga, South Africa. You know, South Africa, where there's a history of Dutch and British infiltraton. Where colonists imposed foreced migration. Where segregation and apartheid tore people from their homelands. Isn't history fun? Let's pose with guns!

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Dave & Chantal's Colonial-Africa Wedding [We Love Pictures]

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kyosuke
Kat Callahan

I agree with everything said about the insensitivity of the wedding, if not outright racism, but since it has all been said...

Am I a terrible person for thinking the placement, the clothing, the decorations, the venue... are all AMAZINGLY FABULOUS??? Bad decision on what to call it and where to have it, but still... I'm blown away by the awesomeness of the detail.