Zoe and James’s South Africa wedding blends old Hollywood details with the natural elegance of the Franschhoek Valley! The couple lives in Australia but went on a recent trip to James’s native country of South Africa and fell in love with Boschendal Estate‘s gorgeous vineyards, classic architecture, and mountain views. Zoe and James chose a floral design with an emphasis on natural greenery to complement the area’s scenery, and made décor and fashion decisions based on their love for the old Hollywood aesthetic. We can’t get enough of the talented Jimmy Raper Photography‘s beautiful documentation of the couple’s day!
Zoe and James
Boschendal Estate, Franschhoek, South Africa
The most important part of planning was that EVERYONE had the best day! With so many people flying across the world to be at our wedding we wanted to make sure that it was not only the most special day to us but they also would have an amazing day.
James is South African and he took me there in 2014 for a friend’s wedding. I fell in LOVE with Franschhoek and I knew that I wanted to get married there. It was also so special to be able to have his family and friends who are for the majority still there be able to join us and for my Australian friends and family to get to experience what is now such a special place to the two of us. I am also a sucker for history, Boschendal Estate is 300 years old (!) and absolutely stunning. It was also important to me that the venue is farm to table, everything they serve at the venue comes from their own garden. Except for the lamb, which came from James‘ hometown. Lastly, South African wine is world class!
Our colours were green and white (if you can call that a colour). We wanted the wedding to be simple, elegant, and timeless and we also wanted to make sure that the colour complimented the beautiful natural surroundings.
I think most of all I love the photo of James and I out the front of the Manor House at Boschendal, really the only private moments a couple gets to spend together at their wedding. Those photos of just the two of us are also the ones that capture the beauty of the venue, the Cape Dutch architecture and Franschhoek Mountains.
Jimmy Raper Photography is such a professional, he made the photography process very relaxing, he blended into the flow of the day and captured the most beautiful shots! He gave enough direction as was necessary to get the right shot but never made you feel like it was being ‘staged’. He didn’t miss a thing on the day and far surpassed any other photography services I’ve heard of by putting together a sneak peak slideshow for us that we could watch the very next day! Everyone who has seen our pictures has commented on how talented Jimmy is and it reminds me how lucky we were to get him all the way to South Africa!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Jimmy Raper Photography
Event Planning – I Do Box
Venue – Boschendal Estate
Floral Design – Anli Wahl Floral Design
Cake – The Oldfield Kitchen
Videography – Pie in the Sky
Wedding Dress – Karen Willis Holmes
Rings – Steven Anderson Jewellery
Congratulations to Zoe and James, and a special thanks to Junebug member Jimmy Raper Photography for sharing their day with us. Want more South Africa wedding inspiration? Then you’ve got to see this Franschhoek Valley wedding that’s a breath of fresh air!