Vanessa and Mark’s Laid Back Karoo Wedding on a Wine Farm

A Karoo wedding is always a breath of fresh air! I’ll set the scene… We find ourselves on a wine farm in the heart of Ladismith, Great Karoo, in amongst the hustle and bustle of setting up a DIY farm wedding. Vanessa is calling out names for place settings. Mark is swimming. Dogs are sleeping everywhere you’d like to walk. I am trying to rescue a chicken who is actually friends with the dog that is chasing it. Elli the Frenchie snores through it all.


Karoo Farm wedding at Mymering in South Africa


What a joy to wake up at Mymering! When I think of the Karoo I always think of dusty streets and old farm houses. Mymering is none of those things. A working grape farm, guest house and intimate Karoo wedding venue… and also the home of Hillock Wines too (verrrr NB haha). Mymering looks out onto the stunning Towerkop Mountain and is a little slice of heaven. I spent about half a day just trying to narrow down photo spot choices when scouting!

And then come the dogs… 10 in total! Luckily, totally relaxed and very used to farm life. I loved the way that Vanessa and Mark made their dogs such a huge part of their wedding, with Elli the Frenchie as a bridesmaid/flower girl and Shaggy as the ring bearer. Isn’t that just the cutest!!! You probably first saw Shaggy at Charné and Axel’s awesome Hogsback forest wedding where he was right at home chilling with the guys and chasing birds. Consequently, nothing has changed.

I know that when you look through these images, you’ll see just how much fun this couple has together! Ness and Mark, thank you for being so flipping awesome. You both have such big hearts and I feel honoured to have been invited to hang out with you and capture such awesome memories! I’ll never look at Brad Pitt and Hotel California the same again haha! Love you guys!

Enjoy the photos everyone!


The view of the Towerkop mountain from Mymering Wine Farm in Ladismith Farm wedding ceremony gazebo with hay bales Outdoor farm wedding decor Outdoor karoo farm wedding decor Mymering Karoo Wedding Venue Hillock wines at Mymering in Ladismith Creative Spekboom wedding favours that can be planted after the wedding Karoo farm wedding ceremony gazebo with hay bales Bride hugs her french bulldog whilst getting ready Groomsmen hold beers and laugh at Koedoeskloof Country Lodge in the Karoo Elli the French Bulldog as a bridesmaid/ flower girl Elli the French Bulldog as a bridesmaid/ flower girl Vanessa and her mom share a sweet moment before the wedding ceremony Bridesmaids make their way down a farm road to the wedding ceremony Vanessa the bride walks down the aisle guided by her french bulldog Wedding guests sip Hillock sparkling wine during the Karoo wedding ceremony Shaggy the dog as ring bearer at the wedding Shaggy the dog as ring bearer at the wedding Bridesmaids wearing flower crowns celebrate with the bride after the wedding ceremony Vanessa the bride laughs during the petal toss Family portrait with Elli the French Bulldog on the wedding day Photo with bridesmaids on a wine farm Blush mismatched bridesmaids dresses and a french bull dog as and honorary bridesmaid Portrait of a bride and her french bulldog at a farm wedding Couple photographs in a vineyard wedding photographs in a vineyard Wedding in the mountains of the Karoo South African wedding venues Wedding photos in South Africa with beautiful scenery Sunset wedding silhouette in the karoo Laurie Levine and Josie Field perform at a wedding Candle-lit farm wedding in the karoo Bride and Groom share a tequila shooter at their wedding Sparklers light up the venue during the first dance South African inspired wedding cake with pincushion proteas Using fairy lights amongst the aloes to add moody light along pathways Farm wedding venue under the stars


Farm wedding are just the best! I love that I have been able to experience so many, from an Eastern Cape pineapple farm wedding to a Jeffrey’s Bay back-yard farm celebration. I simply love the character that farming communities bring to these weddings!



Karroo Wedding Venue: Mymering Guest House

Groom’s Prep Venue: Koedoeskloof Country Lodge

Bride’s Dress: Rene H Couture

Bridesmaids Dresses: Spree and ASOS

Groom’s Suit: Armani and Zara

Decor: Bride and Groom

Cake: Ally Kellett, Savages Fine Foods

Stationery: Red Fox Design

DJ: Justin Horn

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