Tropical destination wedding in the Seychelles Islands
A tropical wedding elopement in the Seychelles Islands was one of the most beautiful things I’ve been a part of. Ever! You may have never heard of the Seychelles, but they are a series of 115 pristine islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa, in the general area of the Maldives. The Seychelles Islands were uninhabited until the 1700s, when the French first landed. The French came first, then the British. Because of this mix of cultures, both French and English are widely spoken in the Seychelles, in addition to the native creole.
I first heard of the Seychelles Islands back in 2011, when Prince William married Katherine Middleton in the royal wedding of the century. They spent their honeymoon in the Seychelles Islands, as do many celebrities and wealthy people, and to be honest, that’s all I thought the Seychelles were, a playground for the very wealthy and famous. But they’re so much more! The Seychelles is a wonderful mix of all kinds of outdoor activities. Hiking, birding, cycling, SCUBA, snorkeling, swimming, golf, tennis, sun bathing, to name a few. There are magnificent resorts with world-class restaurants and spas, as well as more modest accommodations for those of us who aren’t wealthy. With its world famous beaches and tropical forests, the Seychelles islands are paradise on earth and the absolute perfect place for a wedding or elopement!
Elopements are here to stay
Destination weddings, or destination elopements are really hot these days, but is it a trend or here to stay? An elopement used to mean something totally different than it does today. Many modern brides and grooms are seeking wedding experiences tailored to their unique interests and hobbies. The cost of a traditional wedding is also astronomical, and today’s modern couples are seeking to have meaningful wedding ceremonies possibly combined with their honeymoon in a location that they both love. So many brides and grooms are seeking a very personal, and a very meaningful wedding and are choosing to elope, to locations all over the world.
Many times it’s a young, adventurous couple, seeking a destination elopement to suit their style. Other times its a bit older couple who’ve maybe been married previously, and are looking for a new, fresh way to commit to each other. I was really fortunate to be a part of the wedding/elopement day of Karsten and Natalie. This joyful couple loves to travel and live near Dusseldorf, Germany. Natalie runs her own fitness studio and Karsten is a consultant. They each have a child and have been married before, so they were looking for a beautiful destination elopement in a place they would enjoy. As they are fans of the water and gorgeous beaches, the Seychelles Islands ticked all of the boxes.
Karten and Natalie chose the island of La Digue for their wedding. La Digue is one of the main islands of the Seychelles, however it is a tiny island, which only adds to its charm. In fact, you can ride a bike all the way around the island, and it’s the best idea as cars are restricted. La Digue boasts some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see! Karsten and Natalie chose the famous beach Anse Source d’Argent for their ceremony, which we had early in the morning. Not only is the morning light more beautiful, but as the famous Seychelles islands can get a bit busy later in the day, it made more sense to go in the morning and also before it got too warm. The Seychelles Islands are beneath the equator, and the temperature is a fairly constant 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit, or 30 degree Celsius. Because it’s tropical, it’s also quite humid and the sun is very strong.
Imagine walking along a white sand beach, the sand so soft between your toes. Here, you stop to exchange your marriage vows with the person you love most in this world, with the most jaw dropping scenery behind you. Truly, it was like a dream. After Karsten and Natalie’s ceremony, I photographed them with some of the beautiful landmarks of La Digue, such as the unique rock formations. It was an absolutely gorgeous destination elopement in the Seychelles.
Honeymoon in the Seychelles
The beauty of getting married in the Seychelles Islands is you’re already in one of the most dreamy spots in the world for your honeymoon! To continue the fun, we biked to a tropical reserve for some fun exercise and Karsten and Natalie also took a walk there and looked for birds. There’s an exquisite orange bird on La Digue that you see everywhere.
No destination honeymoon would be complete without a trip to the beach! So Karsten and Natalie slipped into their swim suits and honeymooned on yet another beach on La Digue and even got in the water for some super dreamy shots that will remind them of how much fun they had getting married and honeymooning in the Seychelles. We topped off the day with a coconut toast at one of the super cute beach bars.
It’s my hope that Karsten and Natalie remember their wedding day for the rest of their lives. As a Seychelles wedding and elopement photographer, it’s my passion to have fun with my couples, capture their love and tenderness, and provide excellent service in addition to drool worthy photographs to cherish.
On La Digue, Natalie and Karsten stayed at the very pretty waterfront boutique hotel, Le Nautique.