The work of South African wedding photographer Jacki Bruniquel never fails to blow me away. The way she captures things is so unique and wonderful, I love looking at weddings through her eyes. So I was thrilled when Robin and Tamarin’s gorgeous day landed in my inbox. Not only did Jacki’s beautiful photographs make my heart go a-flutter, but the wedding itself is too gorgeous for words! If you’re looking for some really organic and nature-inspired wedding ideas then this one is for you…
“We didn’t really have a theme per say, but we did try to play off the contrasting ceremony and reception spaces”, began the bride. “The ceremony was simple and minimalistic, underlining the clean refurbished industrial space; the reception was lush and organic. Both spaces suited the city context well.”
Super bright orange and blue were the main colours Tyrone and Rozlyn picked for their South African wedding in November. From the groom’s trousers to the bridesmaid’s dresses and Rozlyn’s customised shoes, the day oozed colour and style. After their Anglican church ceremony, their reception was held at Freedom Cafe in Greyville, Durban.
“We didn’t do anything according to the norm”, began the bride. “We wanted our day to be an expression of our personalities and our relationship. Traditional weddings are beautiful but it just wasn’t what we wanted. We focused on the day being about love, happiness, family, friends and a huge celebration of our union.”
Ben and Irene were married at Pietersburg High School, in Polokwane, South Africa. The ceremony was held on the front lawn and the reception in the gym. ”Our wedding was described to me by one of my friends as one of the most ‘sharing’ he has ever seen. Meaning that the theme was us, as well as our friends and family”, began the groom. “Everything there was something we loved, or something that meant something to ourselves or our guests, and in most cases both.”
“The venue was very unique in the fact that it was a school. I’ve personally never seen or heard of a wedding held at a school before, but Irene came up with the idea. he school was full of awesome spots to take photos and we had a lot of space to use (a whole school). Better still it didn’t cost us an arm and a leg. The other important thing about our wedding was how laid back it was. There where beers available on ice for guests to have whenever they liked, even during the ceremony, which made the whole vibe very comfortable from the start.”
I’m not sure there is a wedding backdrop more beautiful than the plains of South Africa. And when Ulrike and Dirk started to plan their September wedding they knew that a farm backdrop was perfect for them. “We decided to have a farm theme seeing as our wedding was held at a farm”. began the bride. “I was infatuated with the idea of a barn wedding.”
“We decided to make everything ourselves, and that nothing should be matching. We wanted our wedding to be very informal and mainly just see it as a fun party. People sat where they wanted and while some people ate, others were watching the band or playing Foosball. We just included whatever we thought was pretty. It didn’t matter if it matched or not.”
Terri and Brad had a woodland themed wedding in – surprisingly – a woodland! The venue for both their ceremony and reception was the Pecanwood Estate. “We wanted our wedding to be casual and symbolise the reason for celebrating the day, which was our love for each other”, explained Terri. “Our budget was small and we wanted to utilise things that we already had or things that we could make out of wood or paper to keep it simple.”
“The theme was based around swallows because they symbolise our love for each other. The day before Brad proposed to me we were at a tattoo convention in Cape Town and he suggested we get matching swallow tattoos. Swallows choose a mate for life, and will only nest with that bird and no other, we had them placed on his hand and my wrist as if they were flying into each other.”
Lauren and Mike’s South African wedding was held on a farm. The day had a rustic and whimsical vibe, but overall they just wanted everyone to have fun. “We wanted to keep the wedding simple, but with attention to detail”, the bride explained. “We wanted everything to be personal, especially the ceremony.
“We originally wanted an outdoor ceremony, beneath a chandelier decorated tree, beside the brook but the weather had other ideas! The day before was a glorious day, but alas I woke up at 6am to the sound of rain, a howling wind and a freezing cold bedroom! Our wedding had to be moved inside at the last minute because the weather continued to trick us throughout the morning.”
“Not everything went as planned on the day but I wouldn’t change a thing about it,” she concluded. “It was perfect.”