2019 started on a high note for the SA Weddings team and some industry friends as we travelled approximately four hours from Johannesburg to reach our beautiful styled shoot destination, Palala Boutique Game Lodge. With one common goal in mind, we were determined to showcase a bush wedding destination to local and international brides, and of course, the possibilities of hosting a one of a kind African inspired wedding.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating this incredible styled shoot!
Arriving at Palala Boutique Game Lodge, we were left in awe of this incredible venue - a modern five star lodge with intricate attention to detail, and of course offering guests a luxurious African safari experience.
For weddings, Palala Boutique Game Lodge has perfected every nuance to make your wedding day undeniably and utterly unforgettable. The magical allure of Palala presents the ultimate bush wedding venue and is irresistible to those who appreciate exclusivity, fine fare, romance and adventure.
While our models, we were none other than Bride of the Year 2018 winners Siya and Magcino Gule, were getting dolled up with hair and makeup at Palala's magnificent Sediko Bush Spa, Lizanne Steenkamp from Evoque Events was hard at work setting up two tables for the shoot to follow.
Focusing on two completely different looks, Lizanne was the mastermind behind our tablescapes and beautiful accompanying florals. Based in Polowane, Evoque Events is sure to transform ordinary into spectacular!
The International award winning photographer, Louise Meyer, was on camera duty and ready to capture an incredible day's work. We're sure you'll agree with us that she really is one of the best in the business - we are particularly in love with the gorgeous African portraits, which we'll be sharing with you shortly.
Our first look for the day, was especially created for this styled shoot. Quite new to the wedding industry, Chantelle Boshoff, from Chantelle Bee Bridal and Evening Gowns, created an absolute masterpiece which was constructed out of beautiful beaded African inspired fabric, tulle, and a showstopper of ostrich feathers!
We simply cannot get enough of this masterpiece!
Other striking elements which contributed beautifully to our styled shoot, was our African inspired stationery created by our in house team and the absolutely stunning three-tiered cake, which was made by none other than the uber talented Elli from The Turquoise Squirrel.
Have a look at the detail and effort put into this cake - we kid you not when we say each and every berry and flower on this cake is handmade! Elli is one of our usual go-to's when we need an out of this world creation and she delivers x100 each and every time.
Of course, our styled shoot wouldn't be complete without some form of traditional wear and this is where Sanette from Shifting Sands truly delivered! Shifting Sands has been the leaders in designing traditional African wedding dresses for the last 13 years and we can definitely see why.
Have a look at some of these stunning outfits, which was captured to perfection by Louise Meyer! We are in awe of how beautifully this all came together - from the gorgeous outfits and pampas grass to the beautiful bush setting - we are in love!
No safari is complete without a sunset drive and a cold, delicious G&T and we love this mobi bar by Africa Infused. The MobiBar is an elegant, robust bar neatly contained in a wooden chest. In three easy moves, the MobiBar folds out into a fully-equipped mobile bar with everything you require to make the event a special “under African skies” experience.
We'd like to extend a massive thank you to each and every service provider who contributed to this styled shoot and made it all possible. We definitely couldn't have done it without you!
Scroll down to enjoy some more images of this incredibly special day. Go on, plan that safari wedding you've always dreamed of - along with our talented service providers, we're here to make your dreams come true!
Chantelle Bee Wedding & Evening Gowns A romanticist by nature, with an acute attention to detail and perfection, using delicate embellishments and romantic aesthetics, Chantelle de
From grand receptions to the intimacy of family affairs, Palala Boutique Game Lodge's attention to detail and precise planning will make this day stress-free and most enjoyable.
I am an International Award winning Wedding Photographer as well as a member of the International Society of Wedding Photographers.
The MobiBar is an elegant, robust bar neatly contained in a wooden chest.
Shifting Sands has been the leaders in designing traditional African wedding dresses for the last 13 years. Couturier Sanette Van Schalkwyk uses her strong African roots and he...
The Turquoise Squirrel Patisserie creates bespoke, exquisite and extraordinary cakes and confections for any occasion.