Erm...I don't really know where to begin to explain the magic that is Dani & Bilal's wild Namibian elopement. It is, without doubt, one of the most extraordinary, heart-felt and personal celebrations I have had the honour to have been a part of. When Valentina of The Stars Inside first reached out at the beginning of 2021, I knew this wedding would be amazing but I had no idea just how much of an epic journey this love story would weave...
I was so thrilled to be working alongside a team of amazing creatives who I had known for a number of years. And although we had worked on a fair few shoots together, this would be the first real life wedding I would be a part of with Valentina, Rebecca, Russell and Storme.
Dani & Bilal travelled to Namibia and eloped amongst the dunes and beautiful wildlife in the worlds oldest desert; the awe-inspiring Namib Desert. With rolling dunes, an expanse of clear sky and beautiful florals by Anli Wahl, Dani & Bilal exchanged heart-felt and emotive vows before exploring the dunes with Rebecca & Russell following closely...capturing all the magic on camera.
For the stationery, I called upon the magic of the dunes. Inspired by the desert sand and the rugged mountainous backdrops, I incorporated biscuit, chocolate and terracotta tones. I added the latitude and longitude degrees of the location of their elopement, and mingled in star illustrations and moon shapes. The dunes were represented by a simplistic illustration on the envelope liner and with the wave cut shape of the additional details card. Lastly, I took inspiration from their floral moodboard and illustrated a vellum sheet, with the suite being finished with a bespoke monogram wax seal poured with a copper tone to complement the colours of the cards.
The couple spent a week in Namibia, with the wedding team close at hand to capture, assist and enjoy the experience with them. From safari and hot air balloon rides, to private plane tours and desert picnics, Dani & Bilal's Namibia elopement is an experience they'll never, ever forget.
Couple - Dani & Bilal
Planning & Styling The Stars Inside
Photography Rebecca Carpenter Photography
Videography Russell Kent Nichols
Hair & Make-up Storme Makeup Artist
Floral Design Anli Wahl
Stationery & Signage Wonderland Invites
Travel Consultant River House Private Travel
Venue & Transport And Beyond Travel
Bridal Boutique Le Adornments Bridal
Groom Tailoring James Personal Tailor