Magnificent Boho Wedding at Emily Moon River Lodge
Manu and Ash’s wedding at Emily Moon River Lodge in South Africa’s Plettenberg Bay was the ultimate boho love fest. This celebration was a very personal and authentic expression of the heart and soul of this gorgeous couple and their love for one another.
Their Love Story
Manu and Ash were both working in the yachting industry and were set up by a mutual friend whilst they were both in Italy. Cupid’s arrow struck hard. One week after they met, having shared a few aperitivos, the couple returned to Manu’s apartment one night. As he closed the door, he said “welcome home” and the rest is history…
Boho Wedding Inspiration
The inspiration for this magnificent boho wedding evolved very organically. Inspired by Ash and Manu’s love of nature and sunset, the team incorporated beautiful warm and earthy tones of brown, yellow, sand and mustard (check out the stunning golden ombre hues of the bridesmaid dresses).
We love how little bits of the bride and groom were weaved into the design aesthetic. Ash loves to dry flowers so it was important for her to use dried flowers in their floral arrangements. This would allow their beauty to continue to live on long after their wedding day. An epic dried palm circle wedding arch was used as a feature at the ceremony.
The couple also collects feathers and has a love for the beauty that lies in their uniqueness. Feathers were incorporated in the bride’s hair style, on the groom’s hat and in boutonnieres for Manu and his groomsmen.
Manu and Ash were also inspired by their wedding venue, Emily Moon River Lodge. This inspiration stemmed from the bohemian boutique hotel’s eclectic furnishings from all over the world and the story of the its owner and how she had found her nirvana in Plettenberg Bay.
Walking into their wedding reception was a magical moment that will stay with Manu and Ash forever. The incredible energy that was emanating is clear from the beautiful photographs taken by Page & Holmes. The couple described it as being like riding a magic carpet. The most beautiful moment at the end of that walk was seeing their parents eyes flooded with tears of joy.
- Use your wedding as an excuse to really reflect on who you are and what you love. Don’t be afraid to go with something offbeat if it suits – if that reflects you as a couple, your guests will appreciate it.
- Think about items you might cherish as keepsakes. Decorations, cutlery or stationery, for example, can be incorporated then kept forever.
- Try to meet the owner of your venue. There is often a story behind the place, making your connection with the venue deeper and possibly inspiring the wedding aesthetic.
For more wedding venue inspiration from South Africa see B.LOVED’s The Perfect ZA Destination Guide.
Photographer: Page & Holmes // Venue: Emily Moon River Lodge // Videographer: Orpen Film Co. // Floral Designer and Stylist: Kelly Davids (Milq & Honey) // Cake: Laura Derhy (Groom’s mum) // Dress: Ashleigh Dugdale (Bride) // DJ: Sean Butterworth // Live Music: Dumama & Kechou // Groom’s Apparel: Zara // Makeup Artist: Debbie Jean // Hair Stylist: Phumelele Mdlalose // Photographer: Page & Holmes // Venue: Emily Moon River Lodge // Videographer: Orpen Film Co. // Floral Designer and Stylist: Kelly Davids (Milq & Honey) // Cake: Laura Derhy (Groom’s mum) // Dress: Ashleigh Dugdale (Bride) // DJ: Sean Butterworth // Live Music: Dumama & Kechou // Groom’s Apparel: Zara // Makeup Artist: Debbie Jean // Hair Stylist: Phumelele Mdlalose