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Rustic Chic South African Wedding

There are so many beautiful layers to this day, it’s hard to know just where to begin. Set at the Bordeaux Game Farm in South Africa, this couple opted for a fun palette of marsala, mustard, dark powder blue and sap greens against soft pinks and gold, and truth be told? It’s a total breath of fresh air. Rensche Mari captured all the details of the day, including the Bride’s “something blue” Manolos, and the darling bow tie station for the gents, and you better believe The Vault is filled with all that plus so much more.

Rustic Venue

From Rensche MariThis wedding was the first wedding at the new Bordeaux Game Farm venue in Polokwane, South Africa. The venue, co-designed by Louise (the beautiful bride), also a photographer, was built with a clear vision in mind – simplistic clean design with modern colonial touches like an arched porch decorated with ferns and bamboo reed-chairs over looking the beautiful African game farm, geometric tiled entrances and bathrooms and a spacious honeymoon suite with a panoramic view of a waterhole with wildlife roaming in the early mornings and late afternoons to get their water for the day. This is one of those venues you just cannot help to fall in love with.

Even though the styling of this entire day was beautiful, a couple of favourites stood out for me; Louise & Eugene had their furry companions, Zoë the Whippet and Nyala the Beagle at the wedding as part of their entourage, there was a tie station, Louise’s grandmother made all the ties as gifts for the men, Manolo Shoes (yay) a-something-blue worn by the bride and lastly, even though it was a very windy day, celebrations with friends and family was what this bride & groom appreciated most.

Eve from Splendid Wedding Company embraced the challenge of traveling to the Bordeaux farm with just a toolbox in hand. Louise sourced and styled her wedding, and needed someone who could bring her floral vision to life. The flowers were meant to have an unstructured quality yet in a well thought out and elegant manner. The flower palette was made up of larkspur, red robin, copies, ranunculus, wax, chrysanthemums and lots of penny gum. Even though every arrangement is different in size and structure, they bind the reception into a visually pleasing affair.

The fine art invitation suite was inspired by a combination of elements; from bespoke faux brush hand lettered calligraphy to bohemian watercolour botanical illustrations and map to convey a soft and romantic feel. The autumn colours such as marsala, mustard, dark powder blue and sap greens are combined with soft pinks and elements of metallic gold to create a romantic yet fresh elegant effect, these colours can also be seen throughout the wedding day.

Photography: Rensche Mari | Event Coordination: Bordeaux Game Farm | Event Design: Bordeaux Game Farm | Floral Design: Splendid Wedding Company | Wedding Dress: Kobus Dippenaar | Invitations: Chrystalace | Jewelry: Lorean Jewellery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zanne Couture | Catering: Bordeaux Game Farm | Grooms Attire: Trenery | Venue: Bordeaux Game Farm | Cake And Dessert: The Bird Cage | Coordination and Styling: Bordeaux Game Farm | Cutlery : Crystal & Vine | Dog Bo Ties & Pocket Square: My Bro Tie | Groom's Cufflinks: Paloma's Nest | Invitations And Stationery: Chrystalace | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

Romantic South African Safari Engagement Session

All I want to do in life is go on a safari in Africa and see animals in their natural habitats. In fact, I’m slightly obsessed with elephants (so much so that I “adopted” two this past spring), so it’s no surprise I’m obsessed with this South African couple’s engagement session from Rensche Mari—just look at this face! From the elephants to the curious meerkat and rich, romantic color palette, this shoot is pure magic.

From Rensche MariThis shoot was a safari engagement – the beautiful couple is getting married on a game farm (owned by them – and a brand new venue with beautiful views and game drives). They wanted to have a similar feel for their engagement so we went to another venue to get some wildlife in the images – their venue will only be ready in September 2015.

We wanted the shoot to have a romantic feel but also have some fun at the same time with really beautiful stationery and signage from Chrystalace, we got a dress from Silver Swallow and added in some silk flowers (unfortunately we could not use real flowers as the elephants tend to eat it  (I also had a similar experience with camels recently and know its not always a good idea to temp them with the real thing), some props and of course, what would a safari shoot be without an elephant or two – and a cute meerkat – he was following us around like a dog.

Photography: Reem Acra | Photography: Rensche Mari | Dress: Silver Swallow | Stationery: Chrystalace | Venue: Adventures With Elephants | Vendor: Elephants Adopted At (to Fit With Travel Theme)

Glamorous Floral + Marsala Wedding Inspiration in South Africa

Glamorous marsala florals and gilded details brought to life by the team at Agape Weddings, a to-die-for backless gown, and Kibogo Photography behind the lens? The ultimate recipe for wedding inspiration success. Brimming with the perfect mix of luxurious, romantic and rustic details (hello, beautiful naked cake!) this inspiration shoot has it all, and you won’t want to miss a single bit in the gallery here!



From Agape WeddingsShot in a Tuscan-inspired setting, with rolling vineyards and soft light. Rich Tuscan textural and culinary features, and lots of warm metallic accents add to the drama and romance of a wedding in the colder seasons. Bold Russian accents, such as the matreshka dolls and bold botanicals inspired by Dolce and Gabanna, were all inspirations.

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Event Design: Agape Wedding And Event Design | Floral Design: Aspen Flowers & Co | Wedding Dress: Bo & Luca | Stationery: Lara's Designs | Groom's Attire: Topman | Venue: Brenaissance | Bridesmaid's Dress: Zara | Cake, Confectionery And Dessert: Centerpiece Cakes | Crockery: Sepia Range From Hemelhuijs | Cutlery: Gold Cutlery From Two Birds At The Dairy Shed | Decor Items: Urban Tonic | Groomsman’s Suit: More | Hair & Make Up: Lisa Brown | Model Cleo: Boss Models | Model Frank: Boss Models | Model Zoe: Boss Models | Photoshoot Location: Brenaissance

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