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WEDDING BLOG

Magical Minimalist South African Forest Wedding at Haycroft Farm

July 23, 2018 | colleen

If beautifully simple weddings are your thing, then look no further than Christin and Charles’ wedding at Haycroft Farm! These two adapted their minimalist lifestyle into their wedding in such a perfect way. Their wedding planner, Heidi of Muirhead’s Hiring, set out to style their wedding day into the earthy and carefree vibe that Christin and Charles wanted. Their reception was tastefully decorated with metallic accents and greenery from Patti’s Flowers that truly brought the woodsy essence indoors. Photography duo September Company photographed this fun-loving couple’s destination wedding and it’s safe to say we’re obsessed with the result!

The Couple:

Christin and Charles

The Wedding:

Haycroft Farm, South Africa, Africa

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I am originally from South Africa and Charles is from the USA and because of our international love story we have friends and family spread all over the world. It was really important to us both to have our wedding in South Africa, for me to have all the nostalgic feels and for Charles and his family to experience South Africa and all the beauty it has to offer.

Our ceremony took place in a forest setting with the most beautiful lighting. Persian carpets lined the aisle and as my Dad walked me towards my husband the atmosphere was magical and breathtaking. Charles‘ Dad was marrying us and he asked us to turn and face our friends and family right after we said our vows. It was such a unique and special moment to turn and look at all the individuals that are so important to us and the roles they had in our love story, right before his Dad announcing us as Husband and Wife and sealing our vows with a kiss.

The most important part in our planning was to find a multi-functional venue that could be the center of all our guests travels, where we could all be together so that we could look back at the whole experience and the lead up to the special day. Haycroft Farm Country Venue was everything we needed, they have old stables converted into comfortable self-catering bedrooms with en-suite showers, communal area’s, honeymoon suite, all on a lovely South African Farm!

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Planning a South African Wedding from America initially seemed like a daunting task. However, with the help of my amazing Mum and our event-coordinator Heidi, both based in South Africa, we made my Pinterest dreams into a reality. There were some key elements in our planning which helped make everything flow so easily:
1. We gave our international guests over 12 months notice to allow them to plan a trip and get passports ready
2. I picked my Wedding Dress to suit the climate in South Africa at the time
3. The venue we chose had such natural beauty that it only required a few touches to enhance it even more
4. My Mum cut and dried out South African grass and flowers to use as decor on the day
5. The Venue has an incredible event coordination team
6. I ordered all additional decor to the USA and traveled with it to South Africa, rather than paying for excess shipping

Our photographers, Thad and Caitlin from September Company, enhanced our wedding day so much. They traveled all the way to South Africa to shoot our special day. They made us and the bridal party feel so comfortable and at ease which made for incredibly relaxed wedding portraits. From the get-go, they understood our vision of natural beauty and light and they captured magical moments that we can appreciate forever.

Our New Years Resolution for 2018 was to adopt a more minimal lifestyle, living our life with only the things that we truly need and that add value. So, I wanted to create this vibe of an earthy and natural element into the style of our wedding, tying into a “minimal theme.” Natural greens, coppers, and whites stuck out to me and created a magical forest feel.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – September Company
Event Planning – Heidi of Muirhead’s Hiring
Venue – Haycroft Farm
Floral Design – Patti’s Flowers
Catering – Hamblin’s Catering
Cake – The Farmer’s Daughter
DJ – The Mobile Party Unit
Live Music – Charles Webster
Wedding Dress – Stella York via One & Only Bridal Boutique
Bridal Accessories – Into The Hedgerow
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Lulus
Groom’s Apparel – J. Crew, Old Navy
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Old Navy
Rings – Anna Rosholt Jewellery Design

 

The biggest thanks to Junebug member September Company for sharing this joyful wedding with Junebug! For more outdoor nuptials, take a look at this wildly romantic wedding at Wind Wolves Preserve.

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