I have a real treat for you today with Monique and Jason’s wonderful Game Reserve wedding. Monique and Jason have been living in the UK for some time now but decided it was really important for them to get married where they grew up in South Africa so they undertook the tricky task of planning their South African wedding from the UK.

When Monique started planning her big day she had two main priorities: It was hugely important for her to get married in their family church, Our Lady of Fatima, and she wanted her reception to be at Tala Game Reserve near Pietermaritzburg. The logistics seemed quite tricky as they are rather far apart, so she cleverly steered away from the typical afternoon ceremony followed by pictures and then a reception. Instead they had a morning service in Durban North and then travelled straight to Tala Game Reserve for a late lunch reception.

South African Wedding

South African Wedding

South African Wedding

Their theme was grey and white which worked beautifully with the thatched roof and screed floor of Tala. The reception venue overlooked a waterhole and they were lucky enough to have a herd of rhinos pass by for a drink of water.

By the time lunch and speeches were finished the light was perfect for pictures so we went out on our creative shoot and when we returned at sunset they cut the cake and then hit the dance floor.

Monique and Jason were blessed with a typical African sunset to finish off their special day…

Photographer: Jacki Bruniquel | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Fatima | Reception Venue: Tala Private Game Reserve | Wedding Coordinator: Dianne (Tala) | Hair and make up : Bronwyn Louise | Bouquets: Kensington Flowers T. 031 5643305 |Flowers at the Venue: Gloria T. 083 6611086 | Wedding Decor: Function Decor | Bride’s Dress: Fabric World and Bridal Centre | Bride’s Veil: Lily Bella | Groom’s Suit: Suit Yourself | Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom made | Cake: Carrie T. 079 4047142 | DJ: Pierre

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