Pictures by Carolien and Ben Photography

Picture this: the golden glow of the African sun casting its warm embrace over the savanna, while the gentle rustle of the breeze carries the promise of a magical day. Now, imagine celebrating your love amidst the majestic Big Five in the heart of the African bush. Sounds enchanting, doesn't it? Well, for one adventurous German couple this dream became a breathtaking reality.

When I first heard about this extraordinary wedding, my heart skipped a beat. A German couple, Philipp and Madleen, residing in the bustling city of Dubai, had chosen to exchange vows under the expansive African sky. Their decision to celebrate at Kapama Game Reserve, nestled in the heart of South Africa, was nothing short of inspired.

Arriving at the lodge a day before the festivities began, we were greeted with open arms by the attentive staff, setting the stage for an unforgettable weekend. The excitement in the air was palpable as we embarked on our first game drive, a thrilling adventure that would foreshadow the awe-inspiring experiences to come.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of fiery orange, the couple and their guests gathered for sundowners in the heart of the bush. Surrounded by Africa's iconic wildlife, we witnessed nature's spectacle unfold, punctuated by the distant rumble of thunderstorms—a true testament to the untamed beauty of the African landscape.

The following morning, as the dawn broke, anticipation filled the air. Amidst the meticulous preparations by the dedicated staff of Kapama Game Reserve, every detail was thoughtfully curated to perfection. From the exquisite floral arrangements adorning the reception hall to the joyful laughter echoing from the bride and her bridesmaids, and the camaraderie shared among the groom and his groomsmen, the stage was set for a day filled with love and laughter.

The ceremony itself was a breathtaking affair, set against the backdrop of the African wilderness. Guests arrived in safari vehicles, adding an element of adventure to the proceedings. Madleen, escorted by her mother, made her grand entrance, walking down the aisle paved with African soil to meet her beloved, Philipp. Emotions ran high as they exchanged heartfelt vows, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

Following the ceremony, amidst congratulations and jubilant celebrations, we embarked on a couple's shoot—an intimate moment captured amidst the serene beauty of the bush. Here, amidst the rustling grass and whispered promises, we immortalized their love, a treasure to cherish for years to come.

As the day unfolded, guests indulged in delectable cuisine, serenaded by the soulful melodies of a South African saxophonist. The couple's first dance marked the beginning of a night filled with joyous revelry, as loved ones came together to dance beneath the starlit African sky.

Importance of a Wedding Video:

As you embark on the journey of planning your dream wedding, consider the importance of capturing every magical moment on video. A wedding video is more than just a recording of events; it's a timeless keepsake that preserves the essence of your special day for eternity.

Imagine reliving the tender exchange of vows, the heartfelt speeches, and the exuberant celebrations with your loved ones, long after the day has passed. Like Philipp and Madleen, whose decision to document their safari wedding immortalized their love story against the breathtaking backdrop of the African bush, your wedding video can encapsulate the essence of your unique love story.

So, when considering your wedding vendors, remember the importance of a strong partnership between your photographer and videographer. With Carolien, Ben, and I behind the lens, your wedding memories are in the best hands possible. Let's create something truly unforgettable together.


Location  | @kapamaprivategamereserve

Planning & Concept  | @safariweddingsandevents

Travel Agency |  @journeysbyexotic

Florals |  @salvadordahliaflowers

Rentals  | @skatrentals

Table linens |  @setthetablehire

Cake & Sweets |  @royal_treats_sa

Styling |  @beauty_by_rica

Pastor | Michael Stones

DJ | @eventsengine

Singer | @warrengarvie

Sax player | @AyoSolanke