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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