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When I first got the call from Stef that she had this amazing couple wanting to elope to South Africa the next week I didn’t really believe her. I know my couples are brave, adventurous and spontaneous souls but I haven’t met a couple who were THAT brave..

… well until I met Zhou Ziwei & Qin Yuanhao (or their English names that they graciously let us use..Stanley and Yolanda!)

Stanley had lived in Johannesburg years before so knew it was an ideal place to elope. (A good mix of easily accessible suppliers and some great venue choices… brave, adventurous and smart) So when his company booked a week of meetings in Johannesburg Yolanda came with him and they made their stay a perfect mix of business and pleasure.

On Friday we met on Skype, Saturday they arrived in Joburg, Monday we went dress shopping and somewhere between Tuesday and Thursday we found a venue, pastor, hair and makeup artist and created a once off ribbon and roses backdrop for them.

It was the best week ever and it was so great to get to know two people so well in such a short time.
The couple had a relaxed afternoon getting ready, taking photos and enjoying the gardens of Oxbow estate. They then shared their incredibly romantic vows under the willows as they celebrated the love and romance side of their marriage for the first time.

I have always said that you don’t need to understand a person’s language to understand what they are saying and that was definitely confirmed when Yolanda and Stanley had us all in tears with their vows, that were exchanged in Chinese Mandarin.

Stanley and Yolanda I cant thank you enough for including me on this romantic whirlwind of yours! I hope the rest of your marriage is as exciting, relaxed and special as this week was.

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This last image was stolen as we were leaving the venue. We all drove out and saw this incredible sunset in front of us so like total crazy people we stopped on the side of the road and ran to this little mound and Stef was able to snap this spectacular last shot.

I really feel like this shot captures the spirit of the day.. planned last minute, spontaneous and just for the couple! (Thank you Mother nature/Africa…you are my favorite type of show off)

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The team:

Photography – Estefania Romero | Second shooter – Judith Belle | Hair & Make up artist – Anna Pepper | Venue – Oxbow Country estate | Dress – Radiant Brides  | Officiant – Nigel | Coordination, flowers & ribbon back drop – Runaway Romance

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Comments (7)

Yolanda

March 13, 2016

Thank you so much Rebecca! This day wouldn't be so perfect without your help.

It's such a sudden decision, but you just took everything so well. The dress, the venue, the decor... Everything is exactly what was in my mind.You made my dream come true.

We adore your passion for your work. It makes us relaxed and can just focus on the special moment without worrying about anything.
And like you said, thanks to the Mother nature/ Africa, the rain, the sky after that and the breath-taking sunset, they're incredibly beautiful, and made my dream even better.

Thank you Rebecca, for being part of our wedding.

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Roelan Grabie

March 14, 2016

I'm glad you had a great day at Oxbow.

Your photo's is awesome and we wish you all the best for your future.

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    Rebecca Kooiker

    March 14, 2016

    Thank you so much Roelan.
    You really are one of the first traditional wedding venue's that GET non-traditional! (which shows that non-traditional is a mindset not so much a type of thing or place!)
    Much love
    Rebecca x

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Steff

March 15, 2016

Loved it! Thank you for all your hard work Rebecca. Hope to work together again soon xxo

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    Rebecca Kooiker

    March 21, 2016

    Such a pleasure! And YAY for the next amazing couple we get to work with :) x

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Monique

April 15, 2016

Such beautiful photography...really incredible! Rebecca, this was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.

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    Rebecca Kooiker

    April 16, 2016

    Ah you are too kind Monique!
    It was such an exciting week and day with this beautiful couple. Feel really lucky to have been part of it.
    X
    P.S can't wait for your story to be up here!

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