Hidden away in the picturesque mountains above Tzaneen, Karien and Jeff celebrated their love with a secret forest elopement that turned into a day filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable memories.  Their wedding day will forever be remembered as an enchanting and fun-filled affair. This special day was not just about the union of two souls but a celebration of love, laughter, friendship and togetherness.

The wind whispered through the pines as Karien & Jeff joined their guests in the forest. Tall, majestic trees provided a natural canopy, filtering dappled sunlight onto the forest floor, setting the perfect stage for a heartfelt ceremony.

Karien’s sister, who was entrusted with the role of ring bearer, unwittingly left the rings back at the hotel. It was a classic mix-up that could have sent any bride and groom into a panic, but not Karien and Jeff. Their close-knit group of friends and family saw the humor in the situation, and instead of disappointment, it brought laughter. Truly a moment that she will never live down!

Because you can’t get married or do a ring exchange without rings, friends jumped up and offered their own rings to stand in for the missing ones.

While the newly married couple spent time in the forest doing their couple shoot. Guests returned to the guesthouse to relax with drinks next to the pool.

After the sun had gone down, Karien & Jeff joined their guests for a delicious dinner.  The table was decorated with forest inspired décor including some foraged elements from the surrounding area. It created an inviting atmosphere, and the air was filled with the tantalizing aroma of delicious food. Laughter and storytelling flowed freely as everyone toasted to the newlyweds.

Karien and Jeff’s secret forest elopement was a day to remember, not just for the couple but for everyone who was fortunate enough to be a part of it. The day was a testament to the power of love, the beauty of nature, and the importance of embracing life’s unexpected moments with laughter and joy. It was a celebration of two souls coming together, surrounded by the warmth and love of their closest friends and family. In the heart of that pine forest, Karien and Jeff found a lifetime of happiness and memories to cherish forever.

The fantastic team behind this elopement:

Photography – Suikerbos Photography | Accommodation and catering – Granny Dot’s Country Spot | Hair – Hair by Hennerien | Makeup – Jana Pohl Makeup Artistry | Marriage Officiant – Louise at Runaway Romance Marriage Officers | Planning, flowers, on the day coordination – Runaway Romance

To see the other forest elopement we did at Granny Dot’s Country Spot, click here

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