Plettenberg Bay hosted what may very well be the World’s Best Fashion Wedding in 2019 – a memorable and unique day for Junebug Weddings, the bride and groom, the wedding party and Emily Moon River Lodge.
A special event shared with Plett Tourism by Andrea Jane Holmes
EMMANUEL AND ASHELIGH’S WEDDING
Emily and Harry’s great African romance touches the hearts of all who visit Emily Moon River Lodge. Their love was forged in the heart and wildness of our great continent and continues today on the banks of the Bitou River over every glass of red wine shared under starry skies, and in every heartwarming toast and “I do”.
As a lodge, renowned restaurant and wedding venue, holding your wedding at Emily Moon means you have the luxury of getting ready, tying the knot and dining, all in the most romantic location. Picture a river winding through a beautiful valley, a romantic reception under the sun or the stars and a luxurious honeymoon suite waiting. Feast in style and remember your special day in Africa forever.
At a glance:
- Two venues available (The James Room and Emily’s Restaurant)
- Outdoor and indoor ceremony locations (The James Room and River Deck)
- Can host up to a hundred people (seated)
- Accommodation available on-site
What we do know for certain is that just about every outdoor wedding photographic opportunity in Plettenberg Bay offers jaw-dropping, incredible scenery. Plett offers romantic, bespoke and intimate wedding experiences from beach weddings to forest celebrations. With unique wedding and reception venues like Emily Moon, there is something for almost every bride-to-be.
Surrounded by the incredible beauty of Plett, inspiration to create your own special day abounds.
“The inspiration behind our theme was completely organic. Our wedding day was merely a reflection of the things, places, colours and elements that we love and hold close to our hearts. We are inspired by nature every day and more so, idolise the sunset. So, using the tones and hues from the setting sun was our main inspiration.
I have been drying flowers for some years now and wanted to incorporate that into our day as Emmanuel has always helped, researched and been inspired himself by the process. Since working in the yachting industry, I have always struggled with disposing of flowers once they have lived out their days in vases. I was motivated to give them an ever-after, so we knew after the wedding that they would live long with the people we love and those who were a part of our day.
Emmanuel and I also collect feathers, which is how they became so relevant in our aesthetic. We love to see the different colours and characteristics of each one. We acknowledge the life that they have lived based on the various marks or imperfections in each. We believe that is what makes them beautiful and a reflection of what we all go through.
We were very inspired by Emily Moon – the love story behind finding paradise and the various finishings and furnishings that come from all over the world. We live our lives in a very neutral colour pallet filled with earthy tones and nature’s influence, so our wedding day became an exaggeration of our everyday world that we treasure. The colours we chose spoke to both of us and set free our creativity.” – Ashleigh
- Photographers: Page and Holmes Photography
- Videographer: Orpen Film Co.
- Floral designer and stylist: Milq & Honey
- Dress: Asha Dawn Bridal
- Makeup Artist: Debbie Jean
- Hair Stylist: Phumelele Mdlalose