Modern Bushveld Wedding – Red Ivory Lodge

“when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” Paulo Coelho This surely applies to Lefentse. Ketletso & Lefentse met in university while studying for their International Relations degree. Ketleetso says, “ We met in University (4th year/honours) We were in the same classes for a year but we hardly spoke to each other. Then we graduated and went our separate ways. About 3years later we met again when we both started working at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) We remembered each other because our class in university was small. He asked me out a few times and I always turned him down because I did not want to date someone at my place of work. We only started dating 6months after working at DIRCO. He was very persistent in a very sweet way.

bridal detail as she gets ready with bridal make-up luxury detail for the groom, D & G shoes and TAG timepiece to complete the dapper look

I love that every couple I get to work with is so different. These two love birds were a breath of fresh air. So many brides come to us with a Pinterest filled mind set and then we work their ideas, to give them a wedding of their dreams. Ketleetso was not this bride. So together we looked through many images to arrive at what resonated with both of them. Ketleetso had wanted to get married in the wine lands but her brother beat her to it, so the plan changed. The wedding was hosted at the beautiful Red Ivory Lodge in Magaliesburg. They booked the venue from only seeing it online.

covenant act of marriage with bride and groom joined together by the priest


The two are stationed on mission in different countries in East & West Africa, so we brought in a bit of their African travels into the wedding. This was done by naming the tables after the cities that they have visited. I loved the canvas of the map of Africa, that we used as the seating chart. To also bring in the cape winelands, we placed name cards on wine corks.

Seating chart created on a canvas of the African continent

The decor had hints of subtle peach and loads of candles.

Peach satin linen against white dining chairs for an elegant finish to the reception tablescape

The song for the grand entrance to the reception was Dorobucci by Tiwa Savage, right there and then we knew that West Africa was in the house. I have to admit that this was to bring in Lefentse’s personality. Ketleetso went for the more subtle classical music on arrival at the ceremony. Their families adore them, and this was evident from the speeches as the guests had a real good laugh over anecdotes shared. It is clear to see that their friends have a deep admiration for what the couple share. It was an honour to walk the journey to the isle with you. May God bless your union

bridal couple toasting the night away