What a lovely love story for a wonderful couple. Just remember that a TRUE LOVESTORY NEVER ENDS. Love And Best Wishes Ralph & wILMA
Fabulous tribute to you too...looking forward to celebrating next weekend. (Particularly appreciate the inclusion of a sneak peak at the band.)
Love love love the story and the site :) And I just love the two of you!!. Can't wait for the weekend!
Caroline and Phillip I am inspired by your story and your love for each other. May the goodness that you've given to others come back to you and may happiness follow you all the days of your lives.
You guys have an amazing story. I am so delighted to be included in your upcoming celebration that I know will be filled with laughter and joy.
I pray God will bless your friendship and marriage. I can't wait to share the evening with you both.
Caroline: Watching you grow into such a kind, compassionte and beautiful (inside & out) woman has been a joy. Reading your "fairy tale" love story & meaningful vows brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy that you found each other. I am also so excited & honored to be able to celebrate with you and your family. May every day of your life together be as happy as 5-9-14!
What a great tribute to a really GREAT couple. Love you both and can't wait for the big bash.
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After cocktails and dinner, we'll celebrate with Caroline and Phillip by dancing the night away to the sounds of Eturnity Band. Cick the 'photos' button directly above for a preview!
An English Blessing Ceremony
After their nuptials in Africa - and enroute to their final destination of Baltimore - Caroline and Phillip headed to Phillip's hometown in England for an extended visit with his family and a special blessing ceremony. On the day of of the festivities, Phillip surprised Caroline by having her transported to the church in a 1927 vintage car provided by his family.
Before family and friends, Caroline and Phillip recited the following vows.
Phillip to Caroline
'In the presence of our friends and family I stand here today
to declare my love and desire to spend
the rest of my life with Caroline, my wife.
Looking into your eyes I see the warmth that brings me comfort,
The tenderness that brings me happiness,
and the passion that brings me joy,
We started our voyage together in Africa,
and while the world moves under our feet,
I stand here today safe in the knowledge that
together rough seas will feel calmer,
and our anchors will always hold us together
From this day onwards I promise to stand by your side,
hold your hand when things get tough,
for better or for worse,
come what may,'
forever and a day.
Caroline to Phillip
'In front of our friends and family,
I chose you to be my husband.
You are the love of my life, my rock, my best friend.
I promise to love you with all of my heart,
support you, encourage you,
be strong for you,
(and only nag when it's really important).
I want to always try to bring out the best in you.
I'm so thankful we've chosen each other as partners
and I'm excited to walk beside you in life
and build a family with you.
You are my love forever and ever. '
An African Wedding
When Caroline phoned Jay and me in late March to tell us that Phillip had proposed, plans immediately commenced for an October wedding in Baltimore. However, as weeks passed, they began to realize - that after waiting so many years to find each other - they didn't want to wait any longer to become man and wife. To them, It just felt right that they be married on the continent that brought them together.
Within a week, a reverend was contacted, Caroline had a wedding gown with African flair made specially for her, and all the neccesary requirements were met for them to be married in Nairobi, Kenya. Surrounded by their close colleagues and friends, they exchanged vows on the lawn of the beautiful and historic Karen Blixen home (Out of Africa) where they officially became Mr. and Mrs. Phillip A. Horne.
In Phillip's Words
"Whilst on holiday in Cefalu, Sicily - the original home of Caroline’s paternal family - and on the steps outside the grand cathedral with the sun setting over the sea, I went onto my knee, holding a ring made of the local coral and asked Caroline if she would do me the honour of becoming my wife. She said, 'Yes!'
Earlier in the day I had slipped away from the hotel to phone Caroline’s father and request his permission for his daughter's hand in marriage. It had taken a few months of waiting to get to Sicily, a place close to Caroline’s heart and history, and a place to forever remember as part of this important day."
A Romance Born in Africa
In October of 2012, I received a call from Caroline, who was living and working in the African nation of South Sudan at the time. Although her home base was Juba -- the country's capital -- she had recently been sent to Aweil, a more remote and less populated area north of Juba.
On the phone, she shared that when her work in Aweil was complete, she traveled a long distance over bumpy dirt roads to a small dirt landing strip to board a plane to return to Juba. Suffering with a back ailment, she was more than dismayed to find out her flight had been cancelled and she was stranded. Fortunately, an organization with a field office close by sent a handsome young Englishman on their staff -- namely Phillip Horne -- to rescue her. While waiting for another flight to take her back to Juba, they spent the following few days together in Aweil getting to know each other.
In the months that followed, there were many more phone calls keeping me abreast of their courtship travels (partially chronicled in the photos to the right) and details of how a chance meeting on a remote airstrip in Africa led to a friendship that blossomed into a romance and eventually, a marriage. Hollywood should produce such love stories!
Phillip Anthony Horne
Born: April 11, 1976, Southampton, England
Education: Bellemoor Boys School, Southampton, England
Taunton College, Southampton, England,
studies in math, geology, and physics
Coventry University, Coventry England,
BSc, International Disaster - Engineering
From a young age, Phillip loved the outdoors, camping, canoeing with his Dad, and making ziplines in the woods. His favorite book as a child was Lofty Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook.
After finishing his degree, Phillip had an opportunity to put those survival skills to work when he decided to go to Africa to explore the continent. His initial exploration ended in Namibia where he became a commercial diamond diver for the next two years. He then accepted a position as a diver with the British Antarctic Survey. For more than two years, he served as team leader, guiding ocean expeditions (under the ice) for science research -- living and working year round in Antarctica.
Two and a half years went by and Phil decided it was time to thaw out and put his degree to good use. For the following 11 years, he worked in disaster zones and fragile countries. His work spanned over 34 nations and included leading humanitarian operations after the tsunami in Indonesia, the earthquake in Haiti, and helping with elections in Afghanistan. Phillip is often described by family members and friends as compassionate and always considerate of others. His kindness and sense of adventure made humanitarian work a natural fit.
Caroline Christin D'Anna
(On pages to the left, click the brown circle or left/right
arrows inside the photo to view a slideshow or more images)
Born: August 26, 1982 in Baltimore, Maryland
Education: Garrison Forest School, Baltimore
University of Denver, BA, International Studies
Nottingham University, England, MA,Diplomacy
From the time she was a toddler, Caroline possessed a fierce sense of who she was and what she wanted. From this very young age, it was apparent that fear and timidity were traits that didn't exist in her. Therefore, it was no surprise that she began her international work when she was just 13 years old by joining a group of teenagers traveling to work in the slums of Acapulco over Christmas break.
From that point, she spent each of her summers through high school working in several nations that included Panama, Botswana, Nepal, and Romania. After finishing her undergraduate and master's degrees, she went on to work for World Relief in Burundi and Rwanda. In 2010, she moved to South Sudan where she held a position in educational development with the Episcopal Church of Sudan. In 2012, while still living in South Sudan, she accepted a post with AECOM in conflict mitigation which took her north of her home base in Juba, to Aweil (ah-WHEEL) where she met Phillip.
A Note from Caroline's Mom
You've arrived at this site because you are cordially invited to join Jay and me to celebrate the marriage of two exceptional individuals whose globe-trotting careers collided in a remote area of South Sudan, Africa, in October of 2012.
Their love story and African wedding has sparked a celebration that spans the globe as their families and the people whose lives they have impacted around the world share in their joy and anticipation of a bright future together.
Collectively, Caroline and Phillip have traveled to or worked in 80 countries, and their humanitarian endeavors number over 40 nations that include:
The following pages reveal more about the remarkable journey that led them to say, 'I Do!' in Nairobi, Kenya, this past spring. We hope you are able to join us on October 25th at Baltimore Country Club to raise a glass to these special newlyweds!