Kari Lynn Lubin of Milwaukee and Sia Richard Stefani Prosper of Wauwatosa were married July 6, 2013, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Parents of the bride are Grant and Betty Lubin of Wauwatosa. The groom's parents are Prosper and Sylvia Kyesi of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
The matron of honor was Kathryn Sullivan of Chippewa Falls, sister of the bride. The best man was Conrad Mmasi of Boston, friend of the groom.
The 11 a.m. wedding Mass was officiated by the Rev. Christian Likoko of the Archdiocese of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and was followed by a reception later that day. A special surprise for the couple included a document from Pope Francis with a blessing of the couple's marriage commitment. The service included beautiful music provided by the St. Peter's choir.
Another ceremony and reception took place on July 12 near Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is the native area of the groom's family, members of the Chagga tribe in Tanzania. The Rev. Damian Temere of the Archdiocese of Moshi, Tanzania, officiated at the ceremony.
A third ceremony and reception was held on July 27 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The Rev. Christopher Bryan of Pilgrim Congregational Church of Milwaukee officiated.
The bride earned her bachelor's degree in education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and her master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She is a teacher at the Milwaukee French Immersion School, where the couple's daughter, Simone, is a student in the third grade.
The groom earned his bachelor's degree in engineering at Michigan Technological University and his master's degree at Marquette University. He works for Singh Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers in Wauwatosa.
The Prosper family regularly attends St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wauwatosa.
Nine family members and close friends from the Milwaukee area made the trip to Africa to witness the ceremonies and festivities, which some in the Milwaukee contingent began referring to as "the never-ending wedding." The trip was a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience for all the participants and included sight-seeing trips to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
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