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Val de Vie wedding South Africa

Val de Vie wedding

Val de Vie wedding and polo party! Well, I just know that is going to be an adventure. After their wedding in Florence I am itching with excitement to be going to South Africa to photograph their polo party bash for their other friends and family who weren’t able to make it to Italy. Unfortunately, the journey is fairly grueling as I am sitting on the plane with the flu! I arrive in South Africa feeling like a warmed up dead person… but as soon as I see Cape Town I feel reborn and full of energy to explore and have a wonderful trip. It’s such a beautiful place that I soon overcome the achy bones and cold.

Polo Party at Val de Vie Wedding

Polo match in South Africa

The Val de Vie Estate lies in a stunning area of outstanding beauty. We are in the wine country of South Africa so besides beautiful scenery and vineyards we also have the old colonial style architecture too. The bride prepares at a guest house not far from the Val de Vie Estate. The couple chooses to see each other first and then jump in one of the Val de Vie estates private Rolls Royces. On the way to the venue, we stop a couple of times to take some photos including an amazing spot right at the entrance to the property. I love the image of the classic car, the mountains in the background and those lovely orange wildflowers.

Tradition is that the bride launches the polo ball to start the match. Polo is a super exciting sport to watch and a great social occasion. Combining a wedding reception with polo is a great idea and the whole day is very relaxing, festive and entertaining. The groom joins the polo match for a short while so as not to leave the bride alone for long but everyone enjoys seeing him join in the action.

Just before sunset, we have another little photo session in a more rustic area of the estate grounds. Then as the temperatures start to drop we head inside for warmth and dinner. The decor at the dinner party is lovely with a theme of soft pastel colors, cakes and macaroons.

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Jules Bower

Destination wedding photographer with an inimitable style of cinematic enviromental and emotional portraiture.

“Beauty exists everywhere. It’s my job to find it.”