Exceptional Photographer for Ballito Weddings
What was once quite an untamed, undeveloped area, Ballito Bay and the north coast of KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) Province, has today become a premier holiday and wedding destination, popular with local photographers and so-called “happy snappers” from all over the world.
Also known as the Dolphin Coast, the northern coastal region around Ballito has long been considered as a relatively affluent area, boasting numerous fine hotels and country manors which present perfect backdrops for stunning wedding photographs.
Spotting bottlenose dolphins throughout the year remains a popular pastime for locals and visitors alike. These intelligent inhabitants of the warm Indian Ocean are frequently seen in the coastal waters, appearing to frolic and play in the waves.
The north coast region begins at Zimbali in the south and extends to the Thukela River in the north and is still considered to be the heartland of the Zulu Kingdom, once ruled by the mighty King Shaka. He was known to be a clever, strategic warrior and fierce ruler, who adored his mother. His regard for his mother was said to be so great that anyone approaching her was compelled to crawl on their belly, lest she (or he) be offended. When she died, Shaka went into a period of deep mourning, rigorously enforcing numerous restrictions on his people, as a mark of respect.
At an area known as Shaka’s Rock, a steep rocky headland protrudes high over the ocean and it is here that King Shaka was said to have cast his condemned enemies into the sea below and to their deaths. He is reputed to also have tested the bravery, courage and loyalty of his Impi (warriors) by daring them to jump to their deaths from these lofty heights.
Salt Rock, one of the north coast’s small towns, was once Shaka’s home and a short distance further inland, his gravesite at KwaDukuza, near the town of Stanger, a memorial is built on the site of his grave. The region is rich in history and cultures, offering numerous heritage sites.
If pristine, endless sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery, cultural diversity and warm, hospitable people are important to you when selecting your ideal wedding and photography location, make sure that you don’t forget about Ballito By and Eloise, owner of Eloise Photography. The combination of natural beauty and a talented photographer can only mean great things for your wedding!
Destination Weddings in KwaZulu-Natal, Every Photographer’s Dream Assignment
When one requires the services of an excellent wedding photographer in KwaZulu-Natal, one does not necessarily have to engage a person who resides there. Certain professional camera experts like Eloise, the founder and owner of Eloise Photography, is more than happy to travel to this area and elsewhere throughout South Africa.
Unlike a few generations ago, when couples normally arranged to get married in the area where the bride’s parents lived, many are now opting for destination weddings, photography and all, with KwaZulu-Natal being one of the premier locations in which to tie the knot.
This province’s history is closely linked with that of the Zulu people. In fact, its name means “place of the Zulu”, in honour of the proud, sometimes fierce indigenous local inhabitants, and most notably, their kingdom under the rule of their famous warlike ruler, King Chaka.
“Natal” refers to the first European name given to this area when the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, encountered this coastline on Christmas day in 1497. Centuries later, the British established a trading post in what is known today as Durban, initially naming their small settlement in the bay “Port Natal”.
After the Voortrekkers journeyed away from British rule in the Eastern Cape, they trekked to this area through the interior in 1837. A year later, their leader, Piet Retief, and his party concluded a deal to acquire land from King Shaka, who went back on his word and murdered Retief and his followers.
In retribution, the rest of the trekkers joined battle against the Zulu and defeated them at the Battle of Blood River, declaring the region as their republic. Subsequently, Natal was annexed by Britain and became a colony, which was gradually settled by immigrants from England.
Vast sugar plantations were established by the settlers, particularly in the northern regions of the colony. A labour force was required to work in the fledgling sugar industry, resulting in the British bringing Indian immigrants to Natal from one of their other colonies, India.
Modern KwaZulu-Natal still reflects its original, richly diverse population, and has become many a wedding photographer’s and bridal couple’s dream destination, having such a rich history and unique ambience not found anywhere else on the continent. It even includes the Valley of a 1000 Hills – the name says it all!
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