Surf and Floral Wedding in South Africa: Nick & Kelli

Tyrone Bradley

June 13, 2014

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Wanting to combine two of their biggest passions for their big day, Nick and Kelli had a surf and flower inspired wedding. All the guys wore colourful Hawaiian shirts and the girls were in brightly patterned summer dresses! Kelli’s dress was vintage, from the 1940s and cost her $8! The day was held outdoors, at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock, Durban.

“Our wedding was surf inspired”, wrote Kelli, “as we both surf and after watching the 80s classic North Shore together, we knew the theme we wanted straight away! Light, fun, floral, colourful and full of love!”

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“We have both been to enough weddings to know what we didn’t want. We didn’t want anything too contrived, we didn’t want round tables with candle sticks and chandeliers. We didn’t want the stiffness and perfection that some weddings become. We were in such a beautiful and natural setting out in the orchard that we didn’t want to take anything away from that, so we added to it with flowers, bunting and beautiful lighting. Our guests were all asked to wear floral so when we looked out during the ceremony we only saw a lawn full of colour. Our nieces and nephews were running around whilst we were getting married, we could hear them laughing and shouting. It made the day, for us at least, honest.”

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“I had collected tins from people throughout the year for putting flowers in”, she continued. “I ordered some floral wax cloth online that I wrapped all the tins in. It was a really inexpensive and fun way of displaying the flowers.”

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“My wedding dress was also on R100 (about $8)! I tried it on at a vintage store and my friend said to me, ‘you could actually get married in that one day’, and so I did. It just worked out that way. It was a huge saver considering how much dresses can go for.”

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  • Photography: Tyrone Bradley
  • Venue: The Litchi Orchard
  • Bride's Dress: Vintage
  • Groom's Attire: Topman, Dope Industries, Zara, Adidas
  • Bridesmaid's Dresses: Custom Made
  • Cake & Flowers: DIY
  • DJ: Dj Fuego Heat


  1. Terri Cheshire

    Hi Kat,
    Over the years I have squirreled away so many ideas from your blog BUT the biggest thing to thank you for is the introduction to Casey Avenue. I have managed to secure Hannah for my wedding and very chuffed. Beautiful photography as displayed here.

  2. Great pictures and everyone is having fun which is the most important thing. I have to mention the shoe pics also and that the shoes match the dresses.Were they dyed ? Got to ask as we are finding that our dyeing service is getting more and more popular.
    Great blog by the way

  3. Netty Anwyl

    mour wedding day was so lovely and Andy and i had 2 years saving up for the wedding and planning all the details in the last year it all came together as i meet lots of lovely people like Hannah from casy Avenue who was so lovely and the photos were just what i dreamed off and more .when i look at the photos i have a big smile and they take me back to all those special moments
    thanks so much hannah xxx
    i was also lucky to have very arty friends who i met at my local stich and bitch and we had makey days together for the wedding to make pom poms and much more . my sis who is a fab makeup artist did my hair and make-up and made my lovely bow for my hair what, else could a girl want .me and my little brides made had gold glitter shoes and my sis had silver and my friend had yellow shoes we didn’t want matching shoes as i love all lots of colours so in the end it looked like a rainbow of colour which i love


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