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A chic South African wedding, with timelessly elegant details

A chic South African wedding, with timelessly elegant details

Written by Katie Byrne

Beatrice and Carl opted for a vintage theme for their sophisticated celebration...



Beatrice, 23, a teacher, and Carl, 25, an animal science student, married in a religious ceremony at NG Church, followed by a reception at Kambaku Golf Club in Komatipoort, South Africa.


Budget: £11,000

Situated in the wildest corner of Africa – close to Kruger National Park and overlooking the Crocodile and Komati rivers – our 9-hole golf-course venue was abundant in natural beauty, making it an idyllic setting to tie the knot. 

I've always believed less is more, so we kept our styling simple, opting for a plain vintage theme, and keeping additional décor to a minimum. We were inspired by our stunning setting, so we used wood and hessian to achieve a beautiful, natural look, while our complementing neutral palette with pastel accents created a dreamy, romantic feel.


I knew straight away that my Lillian West gown was the one! Because my dress featured pretty lace details, I wanted to keep my overall look understated, so I finished with a small amount of bling for a touch of glamour.

We wanted to complement our natural location with simple décor, but added in a touch of romantic luxe with our flowers I held a bouquet of 'Vendella', 'Esperanza', 'Sweet Avalanche' and 'Tineke' roses in white and pink hues, alongside gypsophila and acheveras, while my maids carried smaller posies.

For our tablecentres, they we used a mixture of the same roses that were in the bouquets, adding softer, fluffier blooms such as hydrangeas and 'Snowdon' chrysanthemums in a similar palette.

Our desserts doubled as favours: we had peppermint crisp, black forest and chocolate truffle, black cherry cheesecake and Crème Brûlée for the desserts, and each was served in a glass favour bottle, inscribed with a thank you message.

As soon as the church doors opened and I saw my husband waiting for me, I cried! The moment I loved the most was the time alone I had with my husband while our photographer took our photos – it gave us a chance to take it all in together.

My tip for brides-to-be: When it comes to the big day, forget all expectations; enjoy the day as it is, and don't be disappointed if things work out differently – you can't control or prevent all those last minute problems, so just enjoy it!

Steal their style!

Photography: Rensché Mari Venue: Kambaku Golf Club Planner & stylist: Marinda Cilliers of Whispering Thorns Dress: Lillian West Bridesmaids' dresses: Elna Griffiths

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