A South African Fly Fishing Wedding in the Mountains: Monique + Craig

fish, wedding rings

Monique + Craig decided to have a fly fishing themed wedding in the Drakensberg in South Africa. They chose to have a 4pm service, going up the mountain on horses, coming down the mountain on a tractor and a reception arrival by boat. Such a unique + totally them wedding. Monique, Craig and all their guests just exude happiness. A truly perfect wedding day for a couple matched by the stars! And special thanks to Jacki Bruniquel for the gorgeous photos! Jacki is located in South Africa for all you South African readers – be sure to check out more of her work, she is super talented as you’ll see from these photos! :)

fly fishing wedding

fly fishing wedding

fish cuffs

bride holding fish

bride wearing headband

first look

bride and groom

groomsmen in suspenders

What an entrance, right?!

wedding ceremony

wedding ceremony

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south africa wedding

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

south africa wedding

Such a fun idea for a boat ride before the reception! :)

fly fishing wedding

All the flowers were put together by the mother of the bride with help of the bridesmaids + family.

fly fishing wedding

japanese wishing lanterns

bride and groom dancing

Big congrats to Monique + Craig and thanks again to Jacki for sending this wedding my way!

photography: Jacki Bruniquel // second shooter: Natasha Schoeman // venue: Sani Valley Lodge // wedding coordination: Angela Blythe // brides dress: San PatrickDe La Vida // brides veil: De La Vida // groom’s suit: Burger Brothers – Beyes Naude and Woolworths // groomsmen hats, suits, braces: Burger Brothers – Beyes Naude // dj: Paul Tavares // cake: Porterble Pantry – Mrs Rosebud Norton // videographer: Oliver’s Twist // wedding dance: Miss Texeira – Arthur Murray Studios


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  1. South Africa looks beautiful. If I wasn’t convinced before I am convinced now: I want to go!

  2. that entrance is just something else! love the protea bouquet too!

  3. Love the groomsmen outfit with the suspenders and hats! So great!

  4. How fun and different is this wedding? You had me with the ring shot with the fish. Love it!

  5. I never thought about a fly fishing wedding, but I think I like it. Love the pictures!

  6. I loveee Japanese wishing lanterns! just beautiful!!

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  7. My husband might marry me again if he saw these. Absolutely breathtaking! Each cinematic shot looks like a painting! So gorgeous and fun!

  8. What a fun wedding! Such a great idea!

  9. Loving all of these amazing photos!! The sky seems to be so clear and beautiful!


  10. The bride with the fish is a fantastic and fun shot

  11. Love this! It is so refreshing and clean. What a landscape too!

  12. My mom and I are also thinking about doing our flowers ourselves. I would love to get this bride’s advice on the subject!

  13. the floating lanterns make the wedding seem like a fairytale. that, for me, is the quintessential feeling for my weddings…. fairytale!

  14. WOW! What a gorgeous location! The landscape shots are superb~

  15. I’m so proud of you Jacqui! these look amazing, and once again you have gone above and beyond with your wedding photography. LOVE LOVE LOVE this shoot!x Moni

  16. Fantastic wedding!!! AMAZING!! Love everything about it!

  17. I’ve never saw this themed wedding!! Oooo!! It’s really unique! The venue is picturesque! Blue sky, white cloud, and clean river, all of these looked from the photos are so fresh and beautiful!! They take my breath away!!!I can’t love more!!!!:O

  18. Gorgeous!! The setting for their ceremony is absolutely stunning! love the bridal party picture at the lake with the horses!

  19. As ever, Jax’s shots are just.awesome. Well done lady! And, yes, South Africa *is* beautiful… and yes, the sky really is that colour.

  20. This is so cool, something that is totally original but very much them selfs. I love the ring photograph at the top! All that open land just looks so good too!

  21. Wow! I would not have thought a fly-fishing themed wedding would be so beautiful and romantic! :) That location is just gorgeous, and I love the silhouette shot of the couple and the tree.

  22. I am sitting in Mumbai airport as I type this! Just wanted to say thanks so much for featuring this special day! Really chuffed to be featured by you. Love love love your blog! x

  23. Monique (Bride in wedding) on:

    Wow such an honour to be featured here but most of it goes to my brilliant photographer, Jacki Bruniquel, who was absolutely amazing on the day! From lying on dirt roads, climbing trees, lying under tractors to standing on basins to get all of the most awesome shots! She is brilliant and highly recommended. You should see the rest of the album!! South Africa is an awesome place with so much to offer and the most amazing landscape, this is just a tiny part of it all! To “CN”, doing the flowers yourself is a great idea, we all had such fun on the day before decorating the bedouin tent and have lots of special memories from it!

  24. I want to say thanks for sharing this great and precious moment of your wedding. I like the ideas of fly fishing wedding.

  25. What a stunning location to be married in. great photos to.


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