When my little sister called me to say that she would be organizing her wedding in just 4 months I thought she was totally bonkers, but Lee-Ann is an extraordinary lady, and when she puts her mind to something there is little that can stop her! The first two things on their wedding to do list were easy to cross off. The venue would be their home and guest lodge in the Transkei, and the photographer would be me! They also knew straight off the bat that they wanted the theme and atmosphere of the wedding to fit in with the surroundings.
If you haven’t ever been to the Transkei coast I would suggest you take a trip down there. It is an incredibly special part of the world with an untouched beauty that is absolutely breath taking. Lee-Ann and Justin have recently finished building their guest lodge, Swell Eco Lodge in Umdumbi . Now I realize I am a bit biased, but they have done a phenomenal job and the lodge is really outstanding. Besides all the lovely finishes, comfy beds and fab decor, Swell Eco Lodge sits in one of the most spectacular locations I have been to in South Africa! It is nestled right in the middle of rural Transkei on a hill overlooking an enormous white sand beach and winding river mouth. This makes for a most memorable holiday getaway but an even more magical wedding destination!
There was a lot of magic in the air on Lee and Justin’s big day. Their nearest and dearest had trekked great distances along highways and dirt roads from all over the country to be there and everyone was excited for them to finally tie the knot. Lee-Ann and Justin have been together for a very long time and have stood together through thick and thin. If one is to believe in soul mates then these two are the real deal! The wedding was a laid back affair and they said their vows to each other barefoot on the beach with the sun beaming down on them. There was no ways that I would get these two to pose for pics for very long as they wanted to enjoy every last second of the party and so I have made a set of images which I hope document the day as it unfolded!
Lee-Ann and Justin I am so very proud of you both. What you have achieved is nothing short of admirable and I cannot wait to take some time out to spend a nice long break with you both. Love you dearly!!!!! Thanks for picking me!!!
Huge thanks to my brother in law Tyrone Bradley for photographing the boys in the morning and for shooting during the ceremony. Also to Liz my assistant who worked her butt off and second shot for me!
After organsing their own wedding Lee and Justin have decided that they will start to do small intimate weddings at their guest lodge. If you like the idea of getting married on a pristine transkei beach with a menu of oysters, crayfish and fresh fish then definitely click on the link here . Otherwise do check them out before you start planning your next holiday getaway.
Venue: Swell Eco Lodge www.swellecolodge.com 0723465636
Wedding planner: Lee-Ann – Swell Eco Lodge
Decor: Lee-Ann & friends – DIY
Flowers: Hand picked at Swell Eco Lodge
Hair:Jules Ruby – 0825747117
Make up: Jules Ruby – 0825747117
Brides Dress: Claire – 0842125005
Brides shoes: Woolworths
Bridesmaids dresses: Various stores – they picked their own
Groom’s Suit: Woolworths & Markhams
Cake:Tricia Bruniquel (MOB)
Music:I tunes playlist
Priest: Mel Loumeau – not a priest though!
Cake Toppers: Ladies & Gentlemen Cake Toppers https://www.facebook.com/
We have always wanted to get married at our own lodge and finally this dream came true. Our lodge is in the middle of the Transkei and we are an eco lodge so we stuck to an African eco friendly theme! Traditional Shwe Shwe fabric was used to add colour to all our décor as well as Shwe Shwe table cloths made by our local ladies. Keeping eco with solar fairy lights, solar lamps, up-cycling and diy! Our guests donated their blankets they used on the day too which was very generous!
With perfect weather, family, friends, seafood, cocktails and a lot of love, Justin and I had the best day of our lives!
Thank you to all our friends and family for coming to share this amazing day with us all the way in the Kei!
Thank you to my amazingly talented sister Jacki for taking our photo’s and dealing with 7 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen!
Thank you to Jules Ruby for doing the most spectacular job with all our hair and make-up, you are a very special women with so much talent and it was so wonderful to have you here!
Thank you of course to the bridesmaids, Lisa B, Lisa W, Kim, Ang, Cands, Rache and Zo Zo and groomsmen, Mark, Paul, Wesley, Chris B, Chris B & Kev – and Tyrone Bradley for stepping in and saving the day with all the setting up!
Thank you to my Mom, Tricia Bruniquel for making rows and rows of Shwe Shwe bunting and working away in our little wedding workshop for hours! Also, for making the best wedding cake ever!
Kimberly Schulze – you just are a super star and without you all our diy would not be complete! Lisa Williams, from day one you sent me ideas and helped me out till the end, you rock! Zona Smith thank you for all your diy help too and for loving our place so much! J
Lisa Bradley – I couldn’t have asked for a better Maid of Honour, thank you for organising so much including the wine and Jules! J
Shane Smith – the Master of Ceremony – you were so bloody funny, you may be in the wrong profession.
Mel Loumeau – you are an incredibly wonderful women. Thank you so much for marrying us and doing such a special job and brilliantly perfect ceremony. You really made it the most memorable day ever.
Cands Wallis and Melly – you made awesome wedding cupcakes, thank you!
Mom and Dad, without you this day could not have happened, thank you for your love and support – you really are the best parents in the world.
Denzil & his team from Anchorage Hotel for the delicious food and for running our bar.