Classic Whispering Thorns Wedding With a Modern Twist

April 26, 2024 | justine

Calvin and Henri dreamt of a wedding that was a blend of both modern with natural beauty for their wedding. Thankfully, they stumbled upon the ideal venue that offered both. Perfectly aligning with their vision, choosing Junebug vendor Whispering Thorns was a perfect decision. Their wedding day radiated an enchanting and contemporary atmosphere, showcasing a stunning glass venue and chapel, dreamy flowers, a timeless color scheme, and elegant attire.

With breathtaking views of the grasslands, their venue’s modern design and indoor-outdoor feel set the perfect scene for the celebrations. The ceremony took place against a stunning backdrop of the property, making it a truly picturesque moment. As guests moved to the reception area, they were greeted by beautifully decorated tables filled with candles. Adding a final touch of elegance, a sparkling ceiling installation illuminated the space with a soft glow, making the atmosphere even more romantic.

Looking for inspiration for a wedding that blends modern style with stunning views? Look no further! These beautiful pictures captured by Savannah Greeff have everything you need. Get up close and personal with all the details, and imagine how you can incorporate them into your own special day. Whether it’s the modern décor, breathtaking landscapes, or charming details, these photos have it all.

The Couple:

Calvin and Henri

The Wedding:

Whispering Thorns, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Finding the Perfect Venue: Balancing Modern and Rustic Styles

We wanted a mix of modern and nature for our wedding. I liked the contemporary style, while Henri preferred a touch of rustic nature. Luckily, we found the perfect venue that combined both. The glass chapel sits among beautiful umbrella thorn trees, which are a unique African sight. Henri wanted to get married under a big Marula tree in the African veld, while I wanted something more contemporary. The Whispering Thorns was just right for us.

Sneaking Away and Practicing Their First Dance in Secret at Their Whispering Thorns Wedding

Our favorite moment was when we snuck out for about 20 minutes to practice our first dance. We went down to the glass chapel and danced under the massive hanging chandelier, just sharing that special moment with each other. It was magical.

From Tables to Dance Floor: Guests Enjoying Every Moment of Their Whispering Thorns Wedding

At the wedding, everyone had a great time dancing and enjoying themselves until the early hours of the morning when the venue had to close. Nobody stayed seated at the tables; instead, they were all on the dance floor, having a blast. We wanted all our guests to have a good time and create special moments that we can cherish not only through photos but also in our memories. We both are happy with how everything turned out in the end.

Wedding Budgeting Tips for Keeping Costs in Check

When we began planning our wedding, we set a maximum budget. However, we also budgeted an additional amount as the “we’re going over budget, but this is where it stops” limit. It’s important to remember that flowers can be expensive, so it’s crucial to plan carefully. Decide on the specific flowers you really want. Let’s start with five, but narrow it down to the top three you can’t live without. Also, understand that opinions may differ, so respecting each other’s ideas is essential. Table seating arrangements require much time and thought, so plan ahead for that, too.

Personalized Sunglasses as Props for Whispering Thorns Wedding Photos

We gave everyone black sunglasses with our wedding date and names printed on the side, along with a personalized pouch with our wedding logo on it. It made for stellar photos.

Whispering Thorns Wedding

Whispering Thorns Wedding

Whispering Thorns Wedding

Whispering Thorns Wedding

Whispering Thorns Wedding

Whispering Thorns Wedding

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Savannah Greeff
Event Planning + Floral Design – Marinda Cilliers
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering – Whispering Thorns
Cake – Unforgettable Cakes
DJ – Damian Lopez
Videography – Culture Collective Refined
Hair Styling – Bela Molnar
Groom’s  Apparel – Goat of Bespoke
Wedding Party Apparel – Khaliques


Congratulations to Calvin and Henri on their classic Whispering Thorns wedding with a modern twist. If this venue has also captured your heart, be sure to check out their profile in our directory for more celebrations held at this breathtaking location. And, of course, thank you to Savannah Greeff for capturing all the beautiful details and wonderful memories this couple will cherish for the rest of their lives.

Creating a memorable celebration is easier than you think, and it all starts with finding the perfect venue. Whether you envision an intimate gathering or a grand affair, our directory of the world’s best wedding venues has something for everyone.

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