Tony and Julie had a trip to South Africa and Namibia planned to celebrate Julie’s birthday. They decided that getting married would be a great way to start their epic adventure. With only one day in Johannesburg before they went off to the Kruger Park, we had a whirlwind celebration to plan!

Julie and Tony are a relaxed couple and you can clearly see they adore each other. After a long flight from Quebec (with a 10 hour stop in London), they arrived in Joburg ready to get married!

Tony is a die hard Arsenal fan, so naturally there had to be red included in the flowers and décor.

At Doveton House, our amazing team of stylists, working on a tight deadline, accentuated Julie’s beauty so that she was ready for her I Do’s. Tony waited patiently for his bride to arrive so that he could walk her down the ‘aisle’. After a touching ceremony they celebrated with bubbly and a delicious cake, complete with little Zebra couple cake toppers (the Zebra bride even had a diamanté on her left hoof!)

After that, we raced off (at the speed limit and with a very capable driver) to the Lion and Safari Park for some animal photos. Everyone interacted with the cheetah and lion cubs, such a treat and great for photos! (We did check their policies regarding their lion cubs etc). The giraffe also joined us for some photos and a bit of a chin scratch.

On the way back to Doveton House, we stopped on the side of the road to take some nature pics and take advantage of the beautiful light.

After a long but love filled day, the happy couple relaxed with a bottle of Dom Perignon and a pizza.

This was such an amazing day filled with love, laughs and above all, happiness!

The fabulous team behind this elopement:

Photographer – Judith Belle| Venue & accommodation – Doveton House | Hair & Make up – Candi Makeup | Marriage officiant – Nigel Levings | Wedding cake – Cakes by Seilaz | Transport – Destination Perfect | Flowers, decor, planning & coordination – Runaway Romance

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