I love an intimate Kalahari farm wedding. There is something special about it, probably because I was born between the beautiful red sand dunes of the Kalahari. What I love about couples in 2020, is the resilience they have shown. These two had been especially creative in creating the perfect wedding during the global pandemic. After they were forced to change their wedding plans multiple times due to increased limitations on weddings in the Covid-19 season finally decided to get married on the bride’s family farm in the Kalahari. With cumbersome immigration regulations (the bride is Namibian and groom South African), coupled with the uncertainty of how long the initial lockdown of both countries was going to last, they either had to get married or face being separated from each other for an unknown time. They decided that to be together was the most important for them and though his family had to Skype in during the celebrations, they made the best of the situation and produced the most creative, intimate, and romantic farm wedding.
The bride’s amazing family jumped in and helped them to create incredible details from local flower décor to home-cooked food to a stunning field ceremony setting in the middle of a golden Namibian autumn season. I had a great time capturing Willem and Marné in the scenic light of their family farm and the humble beginnings of this couple’s marriage which I believe carry’s the Lord’s blessing in every way. It was an honour to be part of this intimate Kalahari farm wedding.
Photography: Johan Coetzee Wedding Photography
Venue: The bride’s family farm in the Namibian Kalahari