The best wedding photoshoot locations on the Dolphin Coast

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Jaclyn and Jared had a beautiful beach wedding at The Boathouse in Ballito with photos taken on the beach off Fouch Le Roux Lane beach at the edge of Zimbali. Photo: Sybrand Cillié

The cost of a photographer can make up a large portion of a wedding budget, so it is important to find a venue that will make for fabulous photographs.

The Dolphin Coast has an incredible range of wedding venues and locations that would make striking backdrops for your photographs of this special day.

The beach

The coastline all along the Dolphin Coast is perfect for beach photoshoots.

There are of course some special spots that will take your wedding photos to new heights.

But if your heart is set on beach photos remember that winter is the best time of year for this.

Photo: Precision Photography
Photo: Precision Photography
Photo: Dror Eyal
Photo: Dror Eyal

Roberto Small and Anndine Dippenaar tied the knot at Salt Rock Hotel. Photo: Precision Photography.

The Ballito tidal pool made for a dramatic backdrop for Charne and Graham’s wedding photos.

A simple arch on the beach can be very effective.

Ryan and Carla were married at the Salt Rock Hotel. Photo: Colin Browne
Ryan and Carla were married at the Salt Rock Hotel. Photo: Colin Browne
Photo: Barry Bowditch Photography
Photo: Barry Bowditch Photography

Ryan and Carla were married at the Salt Rock Hotel.

Salome and Francois Smit getting married on the beach at Canelands beach Club and Spa in Salt Rock.

Kalebogile and Gary BrimShaw in the surf at Salmon Bay, Ballito. Photo: Barry Bowditch Photography
Kalebogile and Gary BrimShaw in the surf at Salmon Bay, Ballito. Photo: Barry Bowditch Photography
Photo: Precision Photography
Photo: Precision Photography

Kalebogile and Gary BrimShaw in the surf at Salmon Bay, Ballito.

Thompsons Bay tidal pool makes a dramatic backdrop for photos. Adel and Marco in a pre-wedding photo.

Photo: Precision Photography
Photo: Precision Photography
Mr and Mrs Truscott at Jex Estate, between Tinley Manor and Blythedale. Photo: Peppermint Pix
Mr and Mrs Truscott at Jex Estate, between Tinley Manor and Blythedale. Photo: Peppermint Pix

The hole in the wall at Thompson’s Bay is an iconic spot for romantic moments.

Mr and Mrs Truscott at Jex Estate, between Tinley Manor and Blythedale.

Jean Marc and Emma say 'I Do' at Zimbali. Photo - Colin Browne.
Jean Marc and Emma say 'I Do' at Zimbali. Photo - Colin Browne.

Sugarcane, forests and rustic old buildings

There are so many wonderful wedding venues to choose from with so much to offer.

Here are a few of the breathtaking landscapes the Dolphin Coast has to offer.

The best of both worlds. Mr and Mrs Engelbrecht at Jex Estate on the edge of the sea between Tinley Manor and Blythedale. Photo: Peppermint Pix
The best of both worlds. Mr and Mrs Engelbrecht at Jex Estate on the edge of the sea between Tinley Manor and Blythedale. Photo: Peppermint Pix

Apart from being an idyllic place to have a rustic style wedding, The Hatchery has the combination of timeworn old buildings, dunes with long grasses, and the stunning Amatikulu lagoon and beach just down a winding sandy path.

Vicky and Jason Gesner say 'I do' at The Hatchery. Photo: Wild Olive Photography
Vicky and Jason Gesner say 'I do' at The Hatchery. Photo: Wild Olive Photography
Vicky Gesner with her bridesmaids at The Hatchery. Photo: Wild Olive Photography
Vicky Gesner with her bridesmaids at The Hatchery. Photo: Wild Olive Photography
Justin and Samantha Colley caught in the moonlight at The Hatchery, Amatikulu.
Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography
Justin and Samantha Colley caught in the moonlight at The Hatchery, Amatikulu. Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography

Collisheen Estate is on a sugar farm just outside Ballito.

The beautiful estate is set among the most magnificent old trees, open fields and glorious views.

Graham and Mieke Gillitt at Collisheen Estate, Ballito. Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography
Graham and Mieke Gillitt at Collisheen Estate, Ballito. Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography
Jitesh and Damain were married at the popular Collisheen Estate outside Ballito. Photo: Tanya Jacobs
Jitesh and Damain were married at the popular Collisheen Estate outside Ballito. Photo: Tanya Jacobs

Simbithi Country Club is a tranquil hideaway from a busy world.

Photo: Jacki Bruniquel
Photo: Jacki Bruniquel
Photo: Jacki Bruniquel
Photo: Jacki Bruniquel
Mr and Mrs Botha walk through the lush bush in Simbithi Estate. Photo:
Mr and Mrs Botha walk through the lush bush in Simbithi Estate. Photo:

Set among magnificent old trees and rolling hills of sugar cane, Chantilly is inland from Zinkwazi Beach.

Quinton and Christa Botha at Chantilly Estate, Darnall. Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography
Quinton and Christa Botha at Chantilly Estate, Darnall. Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography
Tyrone and Tarren Gibson take a strol through thewoods at Chantilly Estate. Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography
Tyrone and Tarren Gibson take a strol through thewoods at Chantilly Estate. Photo: Gavin Higgins Photography

Stunning views of the Maroupi farm and the hills of Umhlali.

A view of the sugarcane fields Maroupi outside Umhlali with newly weds Erica and Curt Barns. Photo: Precision Photography
A view of the sugarcane fields Maroupi outside Umhlali with newly weds Erica and Curt Barns. Photo: Precision Photography

Eagles Cry is set in Tongaat overlooking the beautiful Dudley Pringle Dam.

Angela and Justin got married under an enormous tree at Eagles Cry on the edge of Dudley Pringle Dam ©www.jackibruniquel.com
Angela and Justin got married under an enormous tree at Eagles Cry on the edge of Dudley Pringle Dam ©www.jackibruniquel.com
Zimbali. Photo - Colin Browne.
Zimbali. Photo - Colin Browne.
Kearsney Manor. Photo - O'Toole Photography and Videography.
Kearsney Manor. Photo - O'Toole Photography and Videography.
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