A Canadian couple have tied the knot in Hargeisa, the capital of the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland in a colorful ceremony.

Nicole and Alan Lebeoff said they decided to have two weddings because they wanted their friends in both Somaliland and Canada to be part of their celebration.

The two have been together for four years, two of which Mrs Lebeoff, née Audette, spent living in Hargeisa.

“We decided to have one wedding here because our Somaliland friends wouldn’t be able to come to our Canadian wedding in July.

“Everybody who is here is just as important to me as my friends back in Canada,” Mrs Lebeoff told BBC Somali.

The bride was wearing a white top and a flowing skirt made out of the traditional Somali fabric and had her hands decorated with henna. The groom was in a formal suit.

“I thought the wedding was beautiful [similar to] all the other ceremonies I have attended with my friends here.

“I also thought the fashion was super-beautiful and unique,” said Mrs Lebeoff.

She added she wanted to honour the culture that she has “really grown to love”.

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Source : BBC Somali Service