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Destination Wedding Photography – Holden Manz | South Africa | Gemma & Mark

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Photo of the bride and groom in Holden Manz, Cape Town

Destination Wedding Photography – Holden Manz, Cape Town, South Africa | Gemma & Mark

I was absolutely delighted to photograph Gemma & Mark’s wedding at Holden Manz. Destination wedding photography at Holden Manz in Franschhook was my first time shooting abroad and I loved it. Holden Manz is about an hours drive from Cape Town. The Holden Manz wine estate, once known as Klein Genot, is owned by Gerard Holden and Migo Man who first arrived in South Africa in the 1990s and after travelling to many world regions around the world, decide to begin an estate with great wine and a wonderful family environment. It lies between the Franschhoek and Stoney Brook rivers and makes for a perfect setting to  get married in.

Gemma and her bridesmaids got ready in the house at Holden Manz with large spacious rooms and plenty of natural light it was the perfect place for Steph from Salon Maghull near Liverpool to do everyone’s hair. Mark was getting ready at his best man’s house a short drive away where they were busy practising their speech, having a few beers and relaxing by the pool before heading to the gorgeous wedding venue.

Outdoor Ceremony in the sun

Mark & Gemma chose to tie the knot outdoors surrounded by close friends and family who had travelled from the UK and South Africa. Soon they had said their vows in front of around 40 guests they were able to enjoy their wedding reception with some traditional African music and the summer sun with plenty of wine, canapés and beer. We then headed inside for the wedding breakfast, with little wooden elephants as wedding favours and gorgeous wine from Holden Manz, it was perfect for all the guests to enjoy the day.

Couples portraits in the Holden Manz vineyards 

Holden Manz was the perfect venue and I absolutely loved photographing Gemma & Mark’s wedding. We were able to use the vineyards for couples photos and the sun just coming down over the mountains was honestly an incredible opportunity to create gorgeous images for the lovely bride and groom. With golden sun light  setting over the mountains it was the perfect setting and I loved every minute. After the photos, it was time for some heart felt speeches and the wedding breakfast (and plenty of wine)  the music started and the dance floor was packed all night. A fantastic wedding and one I was delighted to be a part of it.

Groom opening giftsGroomsmen dancing in the morningGroom opening his giftsgroom practising his speechHolden ManzWedding signView of Holden Manz out of the windowBride laughingBride crying with her mum after having her giftBridesmaid having her hair doneGirl waiting at to have her hair doneBride applying eye make upBride and her mum laughingBride getting dressed at Holden ManzBride getting into her dress Outdoor wedding at Holden ManzGroom waiting with his best menBride walking towards the serviceBride walking down the aisle with her dad at Holden ManzBride laughing during servicePhoto of the service Photo of guests in the sunshine during serviceGroom speaking during serviceFirst kiss at Holden ManzBride walking through vineyardsEntertainment at Holden ManzCanapés at Holden ManzA photo of the landscape from Holden ManzBride and groom arriving at reception drinksBride and a guestBride and a guest huggingBride being greeted by a guestGuests laughing during reception drinks at Holden ManzFather of bride drinking a beer at Holden ManzBride and groom walking through vineyards at Holden ManzPhoto of the bride and groom in Holden Manz, Cape TownWedding breakfast room at Holden ManzFather of groom speech at Holden ManzFather of the bride speech at Holden ManzGroom holding hands with his dadGroom is crying at Holden ManzBrother of groom is crying at Holden ManzGroom speech at Holden ManzBest man speech at destination wedding at Holden ManzFather of groom laughing during speeches at Holden ManzGuests talking on the balconyBride and groom hugging at Holden ManzFirst dance at Holden ManzFirst dance at Holden ManzGroomsman dancing at Holden ManzBestman dancing at Holden ManzFlower girl dancing at Holden Manzguests dancing and huggingBride dancing with her dad at Holden ManzGuests dancing togetherBride dancing at Holden Manzbride's mother and father dancingGroup of guests dancing at Holden Manz

Wedding Suppliers on the day

Thanks to the following suppliers:

Hair: Steph from The Salon Maghull

Flowers: Franschhoek Flowers

Dress: Justin Aliexander from Alison Jayne Bridal, Bristol

Suits – Ted Baker

Cake: Holden Manz

Shoes: Rachael Simpson

Natural, relaxed & unobtrusive destination wedding photography 

It was an absolute pleasure photographing the wedding of Mark and Gemma. It was my first time photographing a wedding abroad and Holden Manz was the perfect venue. I am more than happy to travel for weddings, I am already booked to photograph a wedding in Germany in later this year and cant wait. If you are looking for a photographer for your destination wedding then please get in touch for more information.

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