Amy and Silvino’s Garden Route Forest Wedding

Thissss! This Garden Route forest wedding!!! First of all, you know that forest weddings are my ABSOLUTE fave and this one was no exception. The fact that it was filled to the brim with emotion and so much laughter was the cherry on top.

 

Bride and Groom start their new life together facing light rays as the sun sets at their Garden Route Forest Wedding

 

Amy and Silvino promised themselves to each other surrounded by a sea of pine trees and good friends. Then came the forest picnic instead of canapés… what a brilliant idea! Guests munched on popcorn, brownies, biltong and other snacks whilst we headed off for some photos. Let’s be honest… I’m on a sugar-free journey until someone cracks the lid of the brownie tin haha. We needed the energy anyway (mmmmkay),  because what happened next was jaw-droppingly awesome.

As we wrapped up on the family photos, the setting sun sent out the most incredible rays between the trees of the forest (basically the sun version of the most delicious brownie in history). It was an overwhelmingly beautiful sight and as we ran into the forest together (you don’t just walk when something like that happens, obvs) I thought “this is what dreams are made of!!!”. I am exceptionally grateful to do what I love and days like this… clients like Amy and Silvino… make me thank my lucky stars that I get to be a wedding photographer.

Amy and Vino, you two are honestly one of a kind and totally made for each other. Your faith and the bond you share simply beams out of both of you. We can all take a step back and be extra grateful that you have been brought together to live a life that will centre around faith, growth, and adventure! I am one lucky lady to have travelled the journey of your wedding day with you. To call you friends beyond clients is a true blessing.

Enjoy the photos everyone, there are quite a few as usual haha!

PS. Can you tell I’m hungry? Hahahahah!

 

Image of the groom getting ready with tie in his handAmy and Silvino laugh during their wedding ceremonyImage of the floor surrounding the bride and groom as they stand amongst pine needlesThe bridesmaids laugh during the forest wedding ceremonySunlight filters through the forest trees onto the faces of laughing wedding guestsThe groom fist pumps and the bride laughs as it is announced that he may kiss his brideThe first kiss with guests cheering in the backgroundWedding guests raise their hands as they pray a blessing over the newlywedsGroom Silvino looks around during the prayer, taking in the momentExcited faces of the new Mrs and Mrs Texeira-PorrescasThe aisle exit and walk to the first communion tableAmy and Silvino make their way through the forest to a communion tableThe bride and groom's families embrace after the ceremonyAmy and Silvino take their first communion as husband and wife with a pine cone backdropPurple Heather fynbos confetti in the hands of guestsA joy-filled purple heather fynbos confetti toss.A joy-filled purple heather fynbos confetti toss.A joy-filled purple heather fynbos confetti toss.Guests congratulate the bride in the forestPine cone details and wedding guests in the beautiful afternoon forest lightThe bride and groom laugh as they move through the Tsitsikamma pine forest for their couple photosAmy and Silvino kiss amongst the tall pine trees of the forestStunning forest light envelopes the wedding couple as they hugPortraits of blue-eyes boho bride, Amy in the pine forest of TsitsikammaGroom Silvino adjusts his suit jacket surrounded by pine treesA tender moment between bride and groomThe last hug in the forest before the newlywed couple move through to the forest canapé picnicAmy chats to wedding guests at the picnicFlowergirls with chocolate stained mouths play with umbrellasThe first round of wedding speeches in the forestThe first round of wedding speeches in the forestGuests listen to wedding speeches in the forestGuests listen to wedding speeches in the forestGuests listen to wedding speeches in the forestThe family portrait with sunbeams in the backgroundBride Amy is embraced by her grandmotherAs the sun sets, the forest is filled with rays of light which fall on the newlywed coupleAs the sun sets, the forest is filled with rays of light which fall on the newlywed coupleAmy and Silvino run through the forest filled with sun rays on their wedding day Amy and Silvino stand in the forest filled with sun rays on their wedding day A wedding portrait of Amy and SiIvino with the Tsitsikamma mountain range behind themA wedding portrait of the bridal party with the Tsitsikamma mountain range behind themThe bridesmaids walk down a mountain roadA portrait of the bride with her bridesmaidsSilvino and his groomsmen with mountains behind themFunny groomsmen photoGroomsmen having fun and laughing whilst walking to the carA sunset silhouette of the bridal coupleSimple and classic wedding decor at Assegaibosch in the LangkloofSimple and classic wedding decor at Assegaibosch in the LangkloofSimple and classic wedding decor at Assegaibosch in the Langkloof with a Eucalyptus leaf runnerSimple and classic wedding decor at Assegaibosch in the Langkloof with a Eucalyptus leaf runner and custom printed water bottlesThe bride and groom wait to enter the receptionThe reception entrance by Amy and SilvinoWedding guests laugh during speechesSilvino giggles during a speech by his groomsmanBrother of the groom gives his speechWedding guests laugh during speechesFather of the bride gives his speechBride's reaction during her father's speechGuests smile during the father of the bride speechThe flower girl quietly sits on her father's lap during wedding speechesGuests mingling at the wedding receptionGuests mingling at the wedding receptionDocumentary photography during the wedding receptionDocumentary photography during the wedding receptionDocumentary photography during the wedding receptionDocumentary photography of flower girls taking off their shoes during the wedding receptionFather of the groom gives his speechFather of the groom gives his speechAmy and Silvino hold hands during the touching wedding speechesWedding guests toastAmy laughs as Silvino heads up to give his speechBoth Bride and Groom give touching speechesGuests laugh as Amy speaks to SilvinoThe bride Amy gets emotional as she turns to Silvino during her speechReaction from parents as Amy and Silvino ask if they may pray over themThe bride and groom pray over their parentsThe bride and groom pray over their parentsGuests join the bride and groom in prayerA naked chocolate wedding layer cake with acorns, olives and indigenous South African foliageAmy and Silvino cut their wedding cakeThe groom and his barefoot bride grace the dance floor for their first dance under the fairy lightsThe groom and his barefoot bride grace the dance floor for their first dance under the fairy lightsThe groom and his barefoot bride grace the dance floor for their first dance under the fairy lightsThe groom and his barefoot bride grace the dance floor for their first dance under the fairy lightsWedding guests get the party started at Assegaibosch Wedding VenueWedding guests get the party started at Assegaibosch Wedding VenueWedding guests get the party started at Assegaibosch Wedding VenueWedding guests get the party started at Assegaibosch Wedding Venue

 

Looking for more beautiful forest wedding inspiration? It’s not a Garden Route forest wedding, but rather one in the breathtaking mountaintop village of Hogsback in the Eastern Cape’s Amatole Mountains. Head on over to Charné and Axel’s blog post!

 

AMY AND SILVINO’S AMAZING GARDEN ROUTE FOREST WEDDING SUPPLIERS:

 

Garden Route Forest Wedding Venue: Private

Garden Route Reception Venue: Assegaibosch

Decor: Fabulous Functions

Bride’s Make-Up: Aqua Spa Humansdorp

Bride’s Dress: Made by Mother of the Bride

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Made by Mother of the Bride

Videographer: Dyallan Knox

DJ: Harry Vernout

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