Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” — Pico Iyer
As one adventure ended a new adventure began. Chelsea & Nathan ended off their year-end expedition through Africa with a dreamy elopement amidst African landscapes and the wildlife of South Africa’s Greater Kruger.
Capturing these special moments of your journey together was such a pleasure. Chelsea and Nathan, you are inspiring living your love through adventure and a free-spirited passion for life. May your journey together continue to overflow with laughter and great adventures. Enjoy the pictures.
Amidst a life of bustle and chaos, it is possible to escape to a place of indulgent tranquillity to truly soak in those special moments. An African safari elopement is one of those breath-taking occasions, where the world seems to come to a standstill and all of nature exists as witness to a special love. In this moment vast plains reflect the expanse of a journey ahead and scenic beauty complements the beauty you already share.
For Nathan and Chelsea, evening storms cooled the summer heat and filled the rivers just before their special day. As a new day dawned monkeys watched from nearby as they said their ‘I do’s’ with panoramic plains as the backdrop to their intimate ceremony.
How to Elope
An African safari elopement means throwing away the rules and getting down to the essence of what really matters to you. At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your partner, the love you share, and your journey together.
There really is no ‘how-to’ when it comes to eloping. You can go on a hike, take a boat trip, watch wildlife across African landscapes or stop at your favourite picnic spot before ending the day dancing under the moonlight or enjoying a beer over cityscapes. This day should be all about you; a true reflection of who you both are. Nathan and Chelsea travelled from the north of Africa all the way down south to end their eventful expedition in a special moment of celebration. With many ups and downs along their journey, both literally and figuratively, their African safari elopement was really all about celebrating each other, and the magic they have together.
Safari elopements shine in simplicity. Chelsea’s stylishly simplistic dress was a perfect choice for an African summer’s day, accentuating her beauty in comfort and elegance.
Wedding day safari
The setting at Misava Safari Camp in the Klaserie Drift Private Game Reserve was one of boundless African plains spreading beside the meandering river. What better way for this adventurous couple to celebrate their life together than by embarking on a post-vow safari game drive. Of course, a little champagne and cake are naturally part of the deal.
Thanks to Louise from Runaway Romance who assisted in getting the wedding day pieces together. She specializes in small, non-traditional weddings, elopements and destination weddings to South Africa. There really was no better person to have on board, knowing exactly what it is that elopements are all about and making those very dreams come true. In her own words, “Less hype, more happy!”. And it was indeed.
Be in the moment
More than worrying about a venue or guests, an intimate elopement gives you the opportunity for closeness and authenticity without the fear of becoming absorbed in a myriad of details. Rather than feeling stressed about the particulars of hosting the biggest party you’ve ever organized, you’re in the moment and can fully feel and comprehend the fact that you’re getting married. You get the chance to pause and embrace every single moment together. As Emily Dickinson once said, “Forever is composed of now’s.”
Nathan and Chelsea’s wedding day came to a close as the skies turned crimson and the full moon appeared over the horizon. Sundowners and bubbly were shared as breath-taking moments were savoured from the hilltop gazing over the entire reserve. Now that’s what I call ‘being in the moment’.