Elopement Inspiration in Magoebaskloof

Ah the beauty of a Spring elopement in the mountains of Magoebaskloof, one of South Africa’s best kept wedding venue secrets!

 

Bride, in a burnt orange wedding dress by Silver Swallow, and Groom kiss at the end of the ceremony in fornt of a DIY banner and azalea flowers at their elopement in Magoebaskloof, South Africa.

 

A little while ago, I sat and brainstormed a different idea with my friend Natalie Loots: An idea that celebrates the essence of marriage, elopements, nature, pure simplicity and happiness. Covid has stripped weddings down to their bare minimum, and whilst many couples are choosing to postpone their wedding dates, a select few have thrown caution to the wind and bravely forged ahead with free-spirited, unrestricted elopements.

Beautiful spring flowers of the Magoebaskloof mountains inspired us for this elopement photoshoot. From an altar under the falling cherry blossoms through to cake and champagne on the winding azalea-lined paths of Cheerio Gardens, we are celebrating the beauty of our country and the colour explosion of the South African Spring season.

This elopement was a marvel which took immense dedication. With 9 hours of driving, then us both setting up and photographing all the beauty in a single day… we honestly couldn’t be more proud and excited to share it with you! Thank you to everyone who was involved and helped us along the way! All credits  can be found at the end of the post, and we’d love for you to consider these incredible suppliers for your own weddings or events.

Enjoy all of the photos! We hope, with our whole hearts, that you are INSPIRED!

P.S. Brides in hats? The answer is a resounding YES!!!

 

Bride, in a burnt orange wedding dress by Silver Swallow, and Groom kiss at the end of the ceremony in fornt of a DIY banner and azalea flowers at their elopement in Magoebaskloof, South Africa.The bride and groom laugh as the officiant looks out to the right with a smile on her face during an elopement ceremony Tender moments during the ceremony of an elopement in front of the azaleas of Cheerio Gardens in Magoebaskloof Groom looks at the bride whilst he says his vows with a light pink hanging banner and red flowers behind him. Bride and Groom exchange vows during their elopement in Magoebaskloof, surrounded by old trees and red azaleas. The groom places an agate and quartz ring on the bride's ring finger during their elopement. The groom places an agate and quartz ring on the bride's ring finger during their elopement. Bride, in a burnt orange wedding dress by Silver Swallow, and Groom kiss at the end of the ceremony in fornt of a DIY banner and azalea flowers in Magoebaskloof, South Africa. Bride and groom pose in a tunnel of azalea plants. She is wearing a burnt orange wedding dress by Silver Swallow Designs and tilts her head towards the light whilst the groom kisses her forehead.The blonde bride with loose fishtail braid models a colourful bouquet with anemones, country roses and tulips, and an alternative burnt orange wedding dress with nude heels The blonde bride with loose fishtail braid models a colourful bouquet with anemones, country roses, tulips, ranunculus and burgundy amaranth at her Spring elopement.The blonde bride with loose fishtail braid models a colourful bouquet with anemones, country roses and tulips, and an alternative burnt orange wedding dress. The blonde bride with loose fishtail braid models a colourful bouquet with anemones, country roses and tulips, and an alternative burnt orange wedding dress with straw hat. The blonde bride with loose fishtail braid models an alternative burnt orange wedding dress by Silver Swallow Designs, and a trendy straw hat. The blonde bride with loose fishtail braid models a burnt orange wedding dress as she runs down a tree-lined dirt road at her elopement in Magoebaskloof The bride and groom walk down a tree-lined dirt road at their elopement at Cheerio Gardens in Magoebaskloof The Bride and Groom pose in between hedges of Azaleas for elopement wedding photographer Niki M in Magoebaskloof. She wears a beautiful alternative flowing wedding gown in burnt orange The bride and groom pose amongst the azaleas at their elopement in Magoebaskloof Pink Azaleas at Cheerio Gardens surround the wedding couple as they kiss Bride and Groom stand on a winding path in Magoebaskloof with a cherry blossom canopy above them. The Bride and Groom pose in between hedges of Azaleas for elopement wedding photographer Niki M in Magoebaskloof. She wears a beautiful alternative flowing wedding gown in burnt orange An elopement picnic awaits the bridal couple after their photoshoot, with burgundy and gold velvet lining the tables, a beautiful floral cake by Antonios Cakes and Treats, and champagne from Newstead Wines. Close-up image of wisteria and red amaranth elopement wedding flowers Close up images of an elopement picnic with burgundy, pink and gold velvet lining the tables, a beautiful floral cake by Antonios Cakes and Treats, and champagne from Newstead Wines. The bridal couple open Newstead Champagne at their elopement picnic The bridal couple open Newstead Champagne at their elopement picnic The bridal couple open Newstead Champagne at their elopement picnic Wisteria and Newstead Rosé at an elopement picnic in Magoebaskloof Bride and Groom cut their cake at their elopement picnic Bride and Groom cut their cake at their elopement picnic Bride and Groom cut their cake at their elopement picnic A beautiful pink and cream hand painted floral cake by Antonio's Cakes and Treats in Johannesburg

 

OUR INCREDIBLE ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION SESSION CONTRIBUTORS:

This photoshoot was a collaboration with Natalie Loots and Salt ‘n Pepper Videography, and I am so grateful to the following contributors who all gave of their time and talents:

Venue: Cheerio Gardens

Decor: Cheerio Gardens

Flowers: Niki M and Natalie Loots

Ring: Foraged Drakensburg agate and druzy quartz, set in sterling silver by Niki M

Earrings: Demilee’s Ceramic Earrings

Dress: Silver Swallow Design from Crystalblossom Boutique

Hair and Make-Up: Marlene at Split Ends Salon

Cake: Chris at Antonios Cakes and Treats

Champagne and Rosé: Newstead Wines

 

If you’d like to see more wedding inspiration, have a look my the other Styled Sessions

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