Emma and Fourie’s Drakensberg Mountaintop Micro Wedding at St Bernards Lake

A Drakensberg Mountaintop Micro-Wedding

I’m going to put it out there: there is something uniquely intense about a Drakensberg wedding. The Drakensberg and Swartberg Mountain Ranges are some of the highest in South Africa. At that height, in the crisp air with the wind circling around the peaks and canyons, it is as if you could reach up and touch the sky. Everything is elevated: the experience, the emotions, the gratitude, the grounding.

Drakensberg weddings are my all time favourites. The Berg is truly right at the top of my list of top wedding destinations for the adventurers, the nature lovers and the brave souls who choose to embrace the rawness of this gorgeous landscape.

Destinations weddings like these obviously have their own challenges. For Emma and Fourie, though, a mountaintop micro-wedding was the perfect answer.. read on to see why!

If you are thinking about having a Drakensberg Wedding (or any other Berg wedding) then please get in touch so we can create some magical images together!

A few words from Emma

After having to cancel two weddings due to Covid restrictions we decided to reimagine how our day could be. We decided to elope somewhere MAGICAL with just parents and siblings present, and Lake St Bernard ticked all of the boxes.

We absolutely loved the intimacy, the adventure and the uniqueness of our wedding! My advice to couples planning their weddings is to not be afraid to do it your own way. Nothing else really matters but the two of you.

If there was one person who was non-negotiable for our wedding it was you Niki! I was so at peace with letting everything and everyone go, except you. Thank you for being so gracious during the uncertainty of all the Covid protocols, for calming the nerves and then totally understanding and celebrating our new perspective. It is crazy to think that one phone call with you led us on this beautiful wedding adventure and connected us with the most special people!

The one thing we had to plan around was the actual location.. being in the middle of nowhere. We were guided to experts in their respective fields and they made it happen for us:

Southern Drakensberg Wedding Venue: St Bernards Lake // Flowers + Coordination: Pop Up Weddings SA // Hair + Make-Up: Blush Make-Up // Dress: Meliza Meyer // Videographer: Dirk Moggee // Cake: Emma’s Mom // 4×4 Vehicle: Major Adventures // Catering: SJ from Lake St Bernard

Words from the Pop-Up Weddings SA Team:

“Emma and Fourie were one of the many couples who had to change the direction of their wedding day because of the 2021 Covid pandemic. The journey from traditional big wedding to this intimate Drakensberg mountain top Pop Up Wedding, had its fair share of ‘bruises’, disappointment and lost deposits.

I truly believe Emma and Fourie are an example of how when in wedding planning, but more importantly in your married life together, things don’t go how you planned…you have a choice. A choice to change perspectives. To find a new way of doing things… a way that holds tight to the essence of your beliefs, ideals and love. To be hurt but then rise up braver together.

As we stood on the mountain top watching a storm roll through the valley, a praise and worship song played, lightning struck, and two people who never thought they would be excited about their wedding day again…experienced pure magic.”

Lake St Bernard was the setting for this Southern Drakensberg wedding.
Cake carting logistics as suppliers and guests head up the Drakensberg slopes for a mountain top wedding
A bride gets dressed for her adventurous Drakensberg elopement/micro-wedding
A bride gets dressed for her adventurous Drakensberg elopement/micro-wedding
A bride gets dressed for her adventurous Drakensberg elopement/micro-wedding
A bride and her bunny rabbit on her wedding day.
A bride cuddles her bunny rabbit on her wedding day in the Drakensberg
A bride leans down to pat her bunny rabbit on her wedding day.
The bride is transported to the top of the mountain for her wedding in the Drakensberg.
A bride laughs with delight as she sees the groom at their mountain top Southern Drakensberg wedding ceremony.
Drakensberg wedding ceremony venue: Lake St Bernard
Ceremony blessing prayer at a wedding in the mountains of the Southern Drakensberg
Guests toss dry bougainvillea and hydrangea flowers as confetti at the end of a Drakensberg wedding ceremony, with the mountains behind the couple.
The bride looks at her cake on a mountain top in the Drakensberg.
A bride walks away from the camera after her Drakensberg wedding ceremony in this black and white image by Niki M Photography.
A wedding couple kiss at their wedding ceremony spot high up in the Drakensberg mountain range, with a beautiful sunset over the vast landscape behind them.
Mountain top wedding shoes at a Drakensberg wedding
Drakensberg wedding photographer
Drakensberg and Midlands wedding photographer Niki M
Black and white images of a bride and groom at the Drakensberg wedding
A bridal couple on a boat at St Bernards Lake after their Drakensberg wedding
Drakensberg wedding photo at St Bernards Lake venue.
Drakensberg wedding venue St Bernards Lake lit up at night.

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