Luxury Safari Wedding Inspiration in South Africa

I’m pretty sure that I’ve never featured any wedding inspiration that features a giraffe before, and I’m super-excited to share these incredible ideas for a luxury safari wedding.

If you’re considering a wedding abroad you may have visions of a deserted beach or poolside setting, but have you thought about a safari location? Once you see these ideas I’m sure you will be adding a safari location to your list of wedding abroad options.

Bride and groom next to safari truck

Of course, the beautiful, natural surroundings of the bush landscape takes centre stage. Set right in the heart of the Bushveld, Cheetah Ridge Lodge in Nambiti Private Game Reserve, South Africa, it is the perfect setting for these fine art, luxury, yet rustic wedding ideas.

I love the romantic, minimalist tablescape with the fabulous blooms, beautiful glassware, and gold candleholders, cutlery and antlers. The addition of rustic items such as the leather chairs and napkin rings adds a subtle nod to the location. Rich, warm textures of leather and wood mixed with the soft silk, tulle and lace create a real sensual feast.

The tipi style ceremony arch is so cute, providing a pretty backdrop without obscuring the incredible views.

Coordinated by Oh Happy Day, this safari wedding styling inspiration lends itself perfectly to a fabulous destination wedding or a romantic, intimate elopement. Enjoy these gorgeous pictures, captured by Brightgirl Photography.

Romantic Safari Experience

“We wanted to create a signature, luxury experience to appeal to both international couples and local brides wanting a safari-style wedding in the African Bush. You could extend this concept further, to honeymoon and elopement options for international clientele seeking an authentic and romantic safari experience. Often overlooked by brides, so we wanted to showcase what KwaZulu-Natal has to offer from a safari perspective.

Stationery for a safari wedding

Bridal lingerie Bridal lingerie and dressing gown

Bride with black top in South African bush

Bride with foliage bouquet over her shoulder

Bride and groom holding hands in South African bush

Bride crouching down

Bride with plait bun updo

Bride and groom about to kiss

Bride and groom in South African bush

Bride standing holding bouquet by her side Bridal bouquet with large flower and lots of foliage

Bride and groom standing in front of tipi style ceremony arch

Bride standing in front of tipi style ceremony arch Bride twirling in front of tipi style ceremony arch

Bride and groom walking across Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Bride and groom facing each other

Bride and groom walking across Nambiti Private Game Reserve

“We wanted the beauty of the bush to be the highlight of our shoot, and chose a natural colour palette with luxury finishes. Key elements included the gorgeous bush-inspired stationery suite and choice of florals. By using options that reminded us of Africa, while staying true to and complimenting our surroundings, we let the natural beauty of the bush speak for itself.”

Groom holding bridal bouquet with large flower and lots of foliage

Small wedding table in South African bush

Rustic wedding table styling Wedding menu and gold cutlery

Wedding table display of large flowers and foliage

Wedding place setting with large floral display Wooden wedding chairs

Small wedding table under tree at Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Giraffe at Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Animals roaming at Nambiti Private Game Reserve Zebras at Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Safari truck

Bride and groom holding hands in front of safari truck Bride and groom holding hands

Bride and groom holding antlers

Small table under tree at Nambiti Private Game Reserve Bottle of Champagne on small wedding table

Bridal bouquet with large flower and lots of foliage on ground

Bride and groom standing in front of tipi style ceremony arch at Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Creative Team

Photography: Brightgirl Photography

Styling, Co-ordination and Flowers: Oh Happy Day

Shoot Location: Cheetah Ridge Lodge, Ladysmith, South Africa

Dresses: Laced in Love Bridal

Accessories: Lauren Batchelor Jewellery

Hair and Make-Up: Blend Makeup and Hair

Suits: Kingsley Heath

Rentals: Crystal and Vine, M&B Events and The Furniture Lab

Stationery: Chrystalace

Lingerie: Lauren Judith-Anne

Brand Consultant: Ask Ashe

Models: Chantelle and Brad from York Models

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