A Bohemian Wedding at Alkmaar Farmstay

Andy and Kev celebrated their love for each other in the beautiful bush atmosphere. This bohemian wedding was so true to their carefree–loving spirits. Boho weddings incorporate an eclectic mix of natural, rustic, and vintage details into the design.

Alkmaar farm stay is set on the heart of the Lowfield in the Schagen Valley of the Maputo corridor, Nelspruit. They chose this venue because they both live and work in the bush and knew it would be Citrus season.

Nelspruit is the best place for a bohemian wedding, their sub-tropical fruits (like mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons, litchis, and bananas) are a huge drawing card for visitors and during springtime, the blossoms of orange trees can be smelt for kilometers.

The big day

“We arrived at Alkmaar in the morning – and did a bit of location scouting before going up to greet Andy.  Alkmaar farm stay is the perfect wedding venue for a bohemian wedding. We were greeted by excited, happy faces all over, as friends and family stayed over on the venue the night before. The feeling was warm and welcoming – Everyone around us seemed that they were already having a good time. It was the perfect morning, LOVE was everywhere. We instantly knew this was going to be a magnificent bohemian wedding.” Wedding Photographer, Karen Pretorius 

The bohemian-inspired wedding decor

Andy and Kevin made the most gorgeous items for heir bohemian wedding. The tables – Everything, absolutely everything was DIYs from the table décor to the confetti, which was leaves of wonderful earthy colours, reds, greens, mustard, browns punched out into little heats. Andy later said it took her months to punch those out. Andy and Kevin’s craftwork gave their wedding a unique-to-themselves stamp. The décor was earthy colours with a touch of gold. Nothing too overpowering for a bohemian wedding and for the bush atmosphere. Wonderfully blending in and standing out at the same time.

The African ceremony with a true bohemian wedding twist

In true Andy and Kev style – and by paying tribute to their friends that they have met and worked within the bush, a Shangaan tradition was incorporated in the ceremony. The blanket that Kevin wrapped around Andy and himself, symbolises the groom vowing to provide shelter and safety to the bride. The bride takes a sip of beer (of course non-alcoholic) and by offering a sip to the groom, she is vowing to nourish, and care for the groom. The groom and bride then exchange gifts to each other.

The portrait session – Boho style

“The wind softly whined through the enormous trees, and you could smell the whiffs of air filled with citrus, this was simply the most perfect location for a beautiful bohemian wedding portrait session for our newlyweds. We left the wedding party and got on top of our bakkies to head to the wonderful citrus plantations. One of the deciding factors for this wedding venue, for Andy and Kev, was most certainly the fact that it would be a citrus season. We couldn’t wait – we scouted some beautiful locations earlier that day, so Nina and I knew exactly what we wanted. We knew the sun would set at a certain angle – and we knew how we are going to position our couples (always with their backs to the sun, and in this case mostly with their backs to the orchids, to get those amazing oranges in.” Wedding Photographer, Karen Pretorius

The Party

Back at the party; the rest of the night was filled with all types of traditional wedding danced you could think of. Everything from Samsara to the train song and of course the cha-cha slide.Every single foot on that dance floor was moving and shaking. Circles were made bigger, and people took turns showing off their mad dancing skills with the crowd cheering and laughing.

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