Elegantly Minimalist Durban Backyard Wedding
There’s something about backyard weddings that we find oh-so-romantic–especially when the venue is a home with significant meaning to the couple. After getting engaged in November 2020, Abi and Brad knew they didn’t want to wait to tie the knot. So the couple said “I do” in a minimalist Durban wedding two months later at Abi’s childhood home.
With the help of Just Peachy Events SA, the couple transformed the backyard into an elegant ceremony and reception space full of simple black, white, and gold decor–letting South Africa’s lush foliage be the true highlight of the day.
So whether you’re looking to save money on the venue or you want to get married somewhere personal that holds a special place in your heart, this one’s for you. One look at these photos from Christy Hosking Photography will have you ready to plan your own backyard micro wedding.
Abi and Brad
Durban, South Africa
The Bride On Hosting A Minimalist Durban Wedding
We had been together for seven years when we got engaged in November 2020 and had planned to have a big wedding in June of 2021. South Africa was then placed on a level three lockdown due to COVID-19. We had plans to buy the family home I grew up in and we knew that we didn’t want to wait to get married. So we decided the week of Christmas to go ahead and do an intimate ceremony on January 8th with our parents and my husband’s two brothers.
Letting Nature Be The Highlight Of The Decor
For the overall theme, I wanted the color scheme to be simple and minimalistic to match our style. That’s why we chose white, black, and gold for the table settings, florals, and wedding cake. January brings the summer rain in Durban, and the foliage in our garden was so lush that I wanted the landscaping to do most of the talking.
The minute we saw Eliné and Hein’s natural wedding at The Greenhouse Café, our jaws dropped. One look at these photos captured by The Geldenhuys, and you can see the love these two have for one another. Eliné–who planned the wedding herself–wanted something classy yet warm, which she achieved using terracotta colors, an abundance of candles, hand-dyed cotton napkins, hand-picked pampas grass, and beautiful floral centerpieces created by The Bloom Room. Every detail complimented the organic rosemary farm flawlessly. So get those Pinterest boards ready because this is a destination wedding you will not want to forget!
Eliné & Hein
The Greenhouse Café, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Wedding Day Surprises
One of my friends had an illustrator in the US draw a picture of my dad and me as a gift—my dad passed away seven years prior to my wedding). When we were still getting ready, she came into the room and gave me the box to open with the drawing inside. It was a beautiful moment where I could feel him there as part of my day. I’ll forever be thankful for that.
How They Personalized the Ceremony
Hein and I picked all the pampas grass on the arch in the field over weekends, and it was a beautiful symbol of marriage being a labor of love that creates beauty to the world. The dried grass and the greenery together symbolized that through all seasons, the most important thing is our unity with each other and with God.
The Couple’s Most Memorable Wedding Moment
My husband and I are both Christian and had two of our best friends lead the worship at our ceremony. As two very emotional people, we really dove into the depth of the worship. I believe it was just a natural response to give honor and praise to God for such a holy day and that we got to be with each other forever. It was just beautiful. We laughed and cried and felt all the feels, and so did our guests.
Wedding Advice from the Couple
You do you. Don’t try to please other people with their idea of how your day should look, but instead follow your heart. It’s your big day, and you should get to choose every detail.
Congratulations to Eliné and Hein on their warm and natural South African wedding at The Greenhouse Café! And thank you to The Geldenhuys for sharing it with Junebug. To see more South African destination wedding inspo, check out Sonette and De Vries’ Terracotta and Pampas Grass South African Wedding at Bordeaux Game Farm!
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