out of africa (reader request)

safari themed wedding New Zealander Wendy wrote to me and let me know that she is headed off to Kuthaba Safari Lodge in South Africa for her cousin Ashleigh’s wedding – and Wendy is one of the bridesmaids! She wanted these inspiration boards to be a surprise for Ashleigh and Craig – isn’t that the sweetest thing?! Ashleigh & Craig’s wedding will have a champagne and ivory color palette with an ‘Out of Africa’ vibe – I love it! And what’s even better is that Wendy wrote a note for her cousin – scroll down to see it!

African safari themed wedding  Dear Ash and Craig,

Although your journey towards forever has just begun, I just wanted to say ….

May your love for each other,

Carry you through the adventures of life.

I wish that your dreams are big, and your troubles are small.

Always remember,  that loving someone is a leap of faith.

You are giving them your heart ,

and trusting them not to break it.

I wish for you, a life of laughter and a life of happiness,

But most importantly, I wish that your love for one another,

only grows with time and never fades.

I am so honoured to be a part of your special day, and cannot wait until we are together again to celebrate your love for each other.

Let the countdown begin.

Love always Wends x

Out of Africa Themed WeddingCongratulations to Ashleigh & Craig on your engagement and thank you Wendy for requesting these inspiration boards for them!

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photo credits: one: Kiera Knightly for Vogue, safari notebooks < available at Anthropologie, J Crew Carrington bow necklace < via Kenton Magazine, invitation suite < from 100 Layer Cake, reception area < photographed by Louisa Bailey, luggage tags < from Ritzy Bee. two: escort cards tags & Claire Pettibone dress < from Wedding Chicks, roses in wood crates < via The Pretty Blog, drapery in tree < from Intimate Weddings, lace cake < from My Sweet & Saucy, invitations < via Snippet & Ink, DIY gold dipped feathers < from Revel Blog. three: Alexandra Grecco gown < photographed by Jose Villa, Out of Africa book cover, proteas < via Zara Zoo, rhubarb mojito < from Not Without Salt, compass escort cards < available on Etsy, vintage binoculars < from Bayside Bride, feather send-off < from Wedding Bells, custom postmark stamp < available on Etsy.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Love this! Truly awesome!

  2. I sent this to Jen and she loves it although she’s disappointed in the lack of loincloths. (jk, she hates it that whenever she wants to look for African themed weddings she only gets animal print and loin cloths and spears–kind of hilariously offensive if you think about it)

    • I’ve definitely seen that kind of safari themed wedding – it’s just not even pretty. Zebra and cheetah print at a wedding? No thanks!

  3. Needless to say, love this! Hope you all have a fabulous trip to my beautiful homeland!

  4. Sara, thank you sooo much. You are very talented at what you do and I am so pleased I asked you. It is simple and undestated elegance that what makes this inspiration board truly romantic. Thanks again. Mahalo, Wendy x

    @Gaby: it is our homeland too, it’s true what they say, you can take a girl out of Africa, but you can never take Africa out of the girl.

  5. Your African themed boards rock!! So glad Wendy requested this theme. Gorgeous x

  6. Ooooh! These are so pretty!

  7. Ashleigh Cloete says

    Hi All.

    It is truly magical time when you meet that one person who turn’s your world upside down in all the right ways. The butterflies, the sneaky kisses, the i love you’s and the truly misses. My handsome my lovely is just my perfect half. Craig is my calm and my practical side but is also my favourite Friday night out.

    I am so glad the count down has begun. I am loving every moment of being engaged, my Craig is absolutely gorgeous and it is love love.

    So i was absolutely over the moon when i got this link. The boards are just beautiful and it is just what we have been thinking as we plan our special day. It looks like we can just step into them. You have done a fantastic job and yes we absolutely love them. 🙂 thank you

    To my darling Wendy, cousins are friends, buddies and sisters you never had. You are just so special and a true heart. I am so happy that you will be there to share in our special day. Life is really nothing without the moments to share with the people you hold closest to your heart. and you my Wendy will always be close to my heart. I can’t wait for you to be here with us to share this special time!!!!

    thank you everyone again who help this really did touch my heart. It’s love love

  8. This is beyond stunning – I have always loved the idea of an Out of Africa theme for a wedding, but have never seen it put together so beautifully.

  9. where can I buy that beautiful dress? The one with the brunette with her back to the picture and the two straps connecting to the back of the dress?

  10. I have a moodboard Monday for my FB page and would love to feature this lovely imagery, heartfelt note and commentary on my page. I would love to see how the real wedding turned out too. from Ashleigh. Africa is also my homeland, now happily living in New Zealand.

    • Please feel free to feature it! I’d appreciate it if you linked back to this particular page so that if anyone wants to find the photographer credits etc they can click through to it. Mahalo!

    • Hi @FabMeringues, I’m am the orginal requester and I would also be happy for you to use Sara’s inspirational and stunning moodboard. Where about in New Zealand are you?? I’m based in Auckland. Will have to look you up on FB. You will have to wait until December for the real wedding.

      Wendy x

  11. amazing! if I could do it all again, it’d be just exactly like this!

  12. Alexandra says

    Do you know where I can find the dress with the hat? It goes perfect with my theme wedding! Xx

  13. Here is the link for the final photos from my Out of Africa readers request.
    I hope you enjoy scrolling throught it as much as I enjoyed being part of it.
    Wendu Xc