There’s no denying that unique magic that is quintessential to the expansive grasslands of the African bush. Wide open vistas, incomparable sunsets and expansive skies create the perfect natural backdrop, as the impala graze nearby and the hum of the wild provides the soundtrack.
For this styled shoot, we drew inspiration from our incredible venue, Monate Game Lodge. A two-hour drive from Johannesburg, this is as good as it gets for a weekend wedding destination in South Africa and epitomizes our theme of ‘African luxe’.
Hendrik Steytler Photography perfectly captured the magic, shooting way past ‘wrap-time’ - the warm hues of a glowing sun clearly too good an opportunity for him to ignore. Our beautiful model, Romy Marais, was the ultimate show-stopper and her warmth and beauty shines through in every moment captured. Flowers and décor by Collin from Atomic Orchid softened the edges and created a contrast to the dramatic setting, as well as adding an air of opulence to this ultimate outdoor set up. From white rose bunches gathered at the base of Monate’s famous tree – to bottles filled with splashes of floral colour and ribbons flapping gently from the branches of the wild Rock Fig, another favourite tree on this magnificent property.
To compliment the look, Kelly Jean added the laid-back glamour of natural, glowing make-up and magnificent hair styling. The ‘piece de resistance’ was the cake, a perfect fit for the ultimate ‘bush bride’, delivered by Kelly Jayne’s Cake Boutique. Wildly opulent with finishes that perfectly reflected the venue’s look and served with an exotic twist, suspended from a swinging tree, a little extra that only Monate Game Lodge could deliver.
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Kelly-Jean is a Johannesburg based Hair And Makeup artist with a decade experience who has specialised in makeup and hair styling for the fashion and advertising industries.
Not only do I love to capture the most important day of your life, I also make it my mission for the couple to have a great time, relax and have fun.
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