It is very early in the morning and still dark. As the first rays of the sun hit the mountains, you slowly float up in the air. In the stillness of the morning, with the clouds and the sky bearing witness, you say your vows, until death do you part.
Hot air balloon weddings have grown in popularity over the past few years; it is very easy to see why. What could be more romantic and memorable than saying your “I do’s” while floating weightlessly over some of the most beautiful landscapes in South Africa! What a perfect way to start your lives together, “sailing” off into the sunrise.
There are various venues within South Africa which is perfect for hot air ballooning:
Gauteng – Hartebeespoort Dam ballooning, Cradle of Mankind, Magalies River Valley
Limpopo – Entabeni Game Reserve, Mabula Game Reserve
Drakensberg ballooning – Winterton
Free State – Clarens, Parys
Northern Cape – Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Western Cape – Oudtshoorn ballooning, Cape Town ballooning
You can combine the ceremony with a delicious champagne breakfast afterwards with your guests. You can even have a safari style celebration on one of the beautiful nature reserves after the ceremony.
The baskets can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 8 people, so you can have it as private as you like, or invite the parents along for the ride.
Not only will you be the envy of all your friends and family, but you will have the most incredible wedding photos. Imagine showering your guests with rose petals as you descend; a potentially spectacular new twist on a trusted tradition! Be sure to have a photographer with you in the basket for wonderful photos of the views and a photographer on the ground to capture your descent.
This is guaranteed to be a show stopper of a wedding. If you fancy yourself to be on the adventurous side, but not the shark cage diving type, this is perfect. A balance of complete lunacy and quiet elegance, Lucy In The Sky With Diamond Rings!
Article by Chelna Maré
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