Drakensberg Rainy Wedding – Kylie + Pat

There was so much rain leading up to Patrick and Kylie’s wedding that I began to wonder if Noah and his Ark were on the guest list ! Grey heavy clouds poured down on us, puddles became pools and grass squelched into mud. This isn’t exactly what Kylie and Pat had envisioned when they fell in love with their wedding venue, Inkungu Lodge and it’s April autumny view of orange trees and the Drakensberg mountains. But one thing is for sure in this life, we cannot control the weather!

The sun never came out on their wedding day but it did eventually stop raining and then almost as compensation for it’s shoddy performance Nature delivered the most spectacular sunset. No one really seemed to mind the weather though and the warm intimate atmosphere made up for the chilly air. Kylie and Pat put so much into their DIY extravaganza. They made hundreds of paper flowers and other decorations. Pat (who is a chef) was involved in cooking the food, his sister made the most gorgeous wedding cake, Grandpa made all the cake stands and the whole family got stuck in with setting up the venue. Just about everything involved in their wedding had a personal touch and this was definitely appreciated by everyone there.

Kylie and Pat thanks so much for making us feel so welcome. We so enjoyed meeting you all of you. Thanks for picking me!

And now in the Groom’s own words ….

To look back on it all now has been amazing. So many of our guests commented on how personal the day was and we didn’t anticipate how it would all go or how it would all come together. Our main worries were that people would get bored while waiting for the reception, but it turns out that having the dinner on the Friday night really helped to break the ice. Everyone already knew who was who and that set the tone for the day, albeit a very muddy one. We both agree that we wish there were more hours in the day to get to see everyone, but from our perspective, we had the best time and so did everyone else. I believe what added to the personal touch was that the chef of the Lodge was more than happy for my best man and I to jump in to the kitchen in the days before to make the canapes and some of the dinner for the evening.

 Lets not forget that every bit of decor was hand made by Ky and myself along with all the friends and family who could help. The list of names is too long to mention everyone, but they all know who they are and know we are grateful. Because we had a lot of guests travelling from far and with it being a “destination wedding”, we didn’t want to use flowers that were going to be wasted just for a few hours of use. With everything made from recycled paper, copper and other materials, we created something that would reflect our personalities and be more fun.
The weather wasn’t exactly what we had hoped for, but it actually added to the mystical feel of the day. The timing of the clouds clearing and and the sun peeking out really made it so beautiful. a few more degrees warmer and it would have been perfect. We had a great time doing the creative shoots with you and it went soooo fast!

My Grandfather was also involved with the design and finish of the cake and cheese stands. They were made from cross sections of an olive tree which were sanded and treated to go with the ‘theme’.Venue: Inkungu Lodge, Champagne Valley, Drakensberg. (http://www.inkungulodge.co.za) Shannon was amazing to work with and the whole team really helped us feel at home during our stay.Hair and make up: Mojo’s Hair Design, Thokozisa, Drakensburg

Shoes: Pat: Guess (no really)

Church flowers, bouquets and button holes: All flowers and decor were done by Bride, Groom, family and friends.

Button holes made by Groom’s Mom, Susan (susanwas@o2.co.uk).

Bouquets made by Bride and Groom.

Brides Dress: Enzoani Casablanca

Bridesmaids Dress: www.celeb16.com

Brides shoes: Myer Department Store, Sydney Australia

Groom’s Suit: Express, Photographers Suit, USA (http://www.express.com)

Cake: Groom’s Sister, Genevieve Pascoe. (+2771 078 1152 / gdepinho@hotmail.com). She is based in Pretoria and makes the best cakes and cupcakes. Very personalized and very yummy.

Wedding Decor: Bride and Groom and anyone who was tricked into “folding a few bits of paper”

Music: Myles Payn from Pietermaritzburg (myles_payn@yahoo.com)


  1. Tricia on June 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Who says you need sunbeams for enchanting wedding photos? Raindrops and puddles can be just as magical!

  2. F Schofield on July 5, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Amazing photos. They capture the day wonderfully.

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