Elopement in South Africa

La Residence


Rod and Linda’s fairytale elopement in South Africa at the luxurious La Residence Boutique Hotel in Franschhoek was one of the most special weddings we covered in 2021.  We love shooting elopements because one can really focus on the couple!  No stressed-out mothers, jealous bridesmaids, or other distractions – all the focus is on the bride and groom!

Between the pair, they have five grown children and three grandchildren, so life back in the US is busy.  After postponing the wedding plans a couple of times due to Covid, along with other challenges, the couple decided instead to elope in South Africa, on the front side of their already planned honeymoon in our beautiful country.  They chose the beautiful La Residence Boutique Hotel, set on the foothill of the Franschhoek mountains.  The location is magnificent and the standard of service, food, and facilities are impeccable!

We were looking for an intimate and meaningful experience at a beautiful and special place, yet simple to execute

The intimate and romantic ceremony took place next to the Tea House, on the rolling lawn next to the swan lake. After the couple enjoyed canapes and sparkling Rose, we followed them around the grounds to capture more intimate moments for the couple’s photo session.  The romantic dinner in the Sunken Lounge overlooking the breathtaking mountain scenery rounded off the perfect elopement abroad.   Following their stay in the Cape Winelands area, they moved on to experience safari in both Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand, then a last stop in Cape Town before heading home and back to reality.


ZaraZoo, Cape Town Wedding Photographers

Have a look at other weddings that we have shot at La Residence – one out our favourite wedding venues in Franschhoek!



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