Wendy and Tim’s Surprise Hogsback Wedding at The Edge

Any time I get to travel to photograph a wedding at a Hogsback wedding venue, I am a happy ladyyyyyy! So when Tim mailed me to explain this was a surprise wedding at The Edge disguised as a birthday party… and we would head to the forest for photos… and it was going to be a heck of a party… there is only one way to respond. YES!!!


Wedding photos in the Hogsback arboretum forest as the sun sets


Anyone who travels to Hogsback will understand the lure it holds. The intense magical vibe that surrounds that little mountaintop village deep in the Eastern Cape Amathole/Amatola mountains is tangible. Wander through the misty forests and sit in front of beautiful waterfalls. Stare up at the giant Redwood trees in the Arboretum. Take time to stare out at the magnificent view from places like the Starways Pottery Workshop. As a result (trust me on this) you’ll feel calmness seep through you and settle in your bones. I apologise if this sounds like a tourism ad for Hogsback, but it really is that brilliant haha!

I’m so lucky to have made friends throughout the village and the team at The Edge are some of the friendliest, kindest people you will have the pleasure of encountering. I always know that when a couple choose The Edge as their Hogsback wedding venue, it is going to be incredible!

Wendy and Tim used the guise of a getaway for Tim’s birthday. On arrival at the luncheon he hopped up to give a speech and proposed to Wendy. The guests were SO happy. Then, Wendy announced that they were actually getting married in about an hours time, allocated bridal entourage titles to friends and family, and set off to get ready. Cue tears, laughter, whoop whoops and excitement of epic proportions!

We met up in the labyrinth an hour later, and the rest is history. #Twendy, you two rock my world. I enjoyed every minute of plotting and planning with you guys! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me along with you on this incredible journey.


The entrance to Hogsback wedding venue, The Edge Mountain Retreat Pre surprise-wedding luncheon at The Edge's Restaurant in Hogsback Tim proposes to Wendy in front of his birthday party guests Wendy announces that they will in face be getting married that afternoon in the Hogsback Labyrinth at The Edge The restaurant area under Oak trees at The Edge in Hogsback Woodland-style wedding rings shaped as branches The bride chats to her father as they look out at the view at The Edge Guests gather in the Labyrinth, surrounded by Spring flowers. This is a truly beautiful ceremony spot at Hogsback Wedding Venue, The Edge Bride and Groom are surrounded by friends and family inside the Labyrinth at Hogsback Wedding Venue, The Edge Family and friends cheer as the couple exchange their first kiss as husband and wife. Tim embraces his mother as they leave the labyrinth after the wedding ceremony Wedding photos at Hogsback Wedding Venue The Edge Wedding photos at Hogsback Wedding Venue The Edge Forest Wedding photos at The Arboretum in Hogsback as the sun sets Forest Wedding photos at The Arboretum in Hogsback as the sun sets Forest Wedding photos at The Arboretum in Hogsback as the sun sets over the three hogs mountains Hogsback wedding photos in a forest and near the 39 Steps waterfall Redwood trees in the Hogsback Arboretum before the wedding couple head back to The Edge for their reception Wedding celebration at The Edge Mountain Retreat Wedding celebration at The Edge Mountain Retreat Wedding decor by Hogsback Country Weddings at The Edge Mountain RetreatWedding decor by Hogsback Country Weddings at The Edge Mountain Retreat Wedding decor by Hogsback Country Weddings at The Edge Mountain Retreat An alternative to a traditional wedding cake! A droe wors biltong cake with a Darth Vadar cake topper The view from Hogsback Wedding Venue The Edge Oreo and Milk shots on the wedding dessert table Biltong cake with Oreo and Milk shots on the wedding dessert table


If you are looking for Hogsback Forest wedding inspiration the you are in luck… CharnĂ© and Axel’s wedding ticks all the boxes so click the link and head on through to check out another Hogsback wedding with a totally different vibe! I also photographed Nicky and Wade’s Winter Engagement Session in Hogsback, which was absolutely incredible đŸ™‚




Ceremony Venue: The Labyrinth at The Edge

Reception Venue: The Edge Wedding Venue

Photos Session Location: Forest and 39 Steps Waterfall in The Hogsback Arboretum

Wedding Coordinator: Hogsback Country Weddings

  1. Michaela Manthe says:

    Would like to enquire about setting our wedding up there, 4 Sep 2026 – still a while away, but I like to plan ahead. Please could you send us know packages you offer.
    Michaela and Mitch

  2. Siphosethu Tyuwa says:

    Good morning I am Siphosethu Tyuwa, my friend is getting married in November , we need a venue for the wedding and accommodation for a night before the wedding day, which Saturday do you have available?

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