Janna & Nolen ♥ Limpopo Provence, South Africa
Photographer: Sarah Marie Photos
Camp Jabulani is a family owned private safari lodge set within the wilderness of the Kapama Game Reserve in South Africa. The camp began as a home for an orphaned elephant (that was given the name Jabulani), along with a herd of rescued elephants from Zimbabwe.
Jabulani meaning “to rejoice” was the logical namesake for the camp that was to become an extraordinary African experience where visitors could interact with the family of elephants as well as experiencing the big game territory surrounding the lodge.
Janna and Nolen chose this astonishing luxury lodge for their intimate nuptials and what an incredible day they had! Their wild and free wedding took place in the African bush, completely at one with nature and surrounded by the elephants.
Janna looked absolutely enchanting in her vintage-inspired BHLDN gown as she gracefully walked barefoot towards her groom. After the ceremony she donned a swooshing tassel dress – perfectly fitting for a sunset celebration in the outback.
Janna the bride says:
“I have an excerpt out of my journal that I would like to share. I think that it puts into perspective what is really important on your special day. Allow yourself time to soak it all in and do not fret over the little things. Being left with the following memories is what lasts:”
“The day that my husband and I wed is a day that has wrapped itself around my heart and has been imprinted into my mind for all of my days. I ached to see the smile of my father–to have him there to walk me down the aisle–for the warmth and comfort of my mother and sister’s doting love and laughter as they would help me slip into my dress, reminiscing on days gone by, and for the sight of the sweet tears that would roll down my grandmother’s face and fill my heart with joy. Alone in our thatched villa in the wild bush of Africa, thousands of miles from our loved ones, I bowed my head in prayer and I felt serenity wash over me. This day, this feeling, these memories will never fade.”
“As we wound through the African bush, I closed my eyes and felt my soul awaken as I inhaled the crisp air into my lungs. The wind tugged at my curls and my skin tingled from the chill in the air… I could feel the spirit of the land running through my veins. The lull of the engine slowed as we approached the ceremony site, and my heart began to beat faster.”
“In the distance, I could see my strapping groom in his tall leather boots and suspenders, waiting patiently. Jabulani and each of the other elephants saluted me with their trunks aimed toward the heavens as I grew closer to the lantern-lit aisle. I slowed, my body imploring that I take in each second. Jabulani, the gentle giant, and I locked eyes, and I resisted the urge to praise him for his patience. In the distance, I could hear the scoffs of disapproval from the baby elephants who were being shied away from their posing mothers.”
“I felt as though I was soaking up the soul of Africa through my bare feet asI drifted over the rose petal covered bush floor. As I reached my groom, I exhaled euphorically and listened as the Ghost Birds gave their blessing. We became bonded through Christ as Mother Nature surrounded us and cloaked us in her beauty. Our souls will forever be willfully bound to this soil, and our hearts will ache to be in the presence of this ethereal land until we return once more.”
Venue and suppliers:
Photographer – Sarah Marie Photos | Venue – Sundowner Lookout at Camp Jabulani, Hoedspruit, Limpopo Provence, South Africa | Wedding planner and florist – Elsie Olen at Camp Jabulani | Stylist – Janna Brown Design Co. | Brides shoes – Christian Louboutin | Bride’s dress – BHLDN | Bride’s reception dress – AllSaints | Groom’s attire – Col. Littleton and J.L. Powell | Videography – BMG Wedding Cinema | Submitted via Two Bright Lights