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Dornier Estate Wedding – Nadia & Grant

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Dornier Estate Wedding.

There is something about dark clouds that raise people’s spirits and excitement.  Combine this with a wedding day and you will find emotions high, happy and full of anticipation all round.  This was the mood felt at the Dunkley wedding which took place at the beautiful, Dornier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.  A beautiful venue at the foot of the Stellenbosch mountains, surrounded by vineyards and forests.  The Dunkley’s could not have chosen a more perfect location.

 

Venue: Dornier Wine Estate

Photography: Organictales

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Diamant Estate Wedding – Sara & Morgan

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Diamant Estate Wedding.

~The Manor House Chapter

The Meeting.

Morgan:
Sara and I met on flight BD772 on Saturday the 17th October 2009. We were each returning to London from Cairo after separately travelling to Egypt with different friends.
My trip had been slightly traumatic and included being scammed into buying fake perfume in Cairo, unnecessarily riding camels (instead of taking a bus!) to the pyramids, being detained by the Egyptian army for several hours at a military base in Suez, getting lost and arriving at the Israeli border during the night and bursting an ear drum whilst diving in Dahab. Sara has been far wiser (as usual) and booked a guided holiday that went fantastically.
Sara found me speaking to a friend in the aisle and the three of us sparked up a conversation. She had only recently arrived in Europe and was eager to share her contiki adventures whilst we tried to impress her with our own recent  stories from Egypt. We chatted for the entire flight before sharing contact details when it was time to return to our seats for landing.
I was initially drawn to Sara since she was always up for an adventure. Over time I realised that she was an extremely kind and compassionate person which makes her a wonderful companion. It also doesn’t hurt that we have many similar tastes in terms of food, travel, music etc.
Sara:
Morgan’s story about how we met is 100% true! It was one of the most interesting flights ever. I remember thinking these guys were really funny, and their misadventures in Egypt sounded like something out of fiction, so very impressive! Morgan did well despite being barely able to hear me with his burst ear drum. When it was time to leave them, I remember watching them walk through the border together, and hoping that I would get the chance to see him again. He has said he was doing the same thing, and hearing him say that on our wedding night made me realise how lucky we are.
Over our years together I have been constantly drawn to Morgan, and as our time grew, he has pulled me closer. He is kind, loving, and respects me for who I am. He says I’m up for adventure and that’s true, but he has always been the one searching for our next little trip, and sometimes I can take some convincing to go along for the ride. It is because of him that have I learnt to ski, scuba dive, drive a car, climb a mountain, ride around Asia on a scooter, and perhaps most exotic of all, go to Cuba on whim without really knowing what to expect. I have him to thank for bringing out the best in me, and I love that we are going to have a whole lifetime together to keep adventuring. He is my best friend.

 

The Proposal.

Morgan:
The proposal went down terribly! I had known for several years that I wanted to propose to Sara and despite usually being impatient I planned it thoroughly. On a holiday home over Christmas I discussed my plans with my parents and my father very kindly gave me the stone from his mother’s engagement ring. I returned to London and found a jeweler to commission a bespoke ring in time for our summer holiday to Corfu. Unfortunately the ring wasn’t quite ready on time but it was our final trip for the summer and after consulting a few of my female friends I decided to proceed without the ring! After arriving in Corfu I planned to pop the question at a romantic little restaurant on a jetty over the ocean. On the afternoon that we were due to have dinner there we found ourselves sitting alone at a restaurant overlooking a beautiful beach called Agios Gordios. Sara commented on how perfect the setting was and I spontaneously decided to do it then and there! Unfortunately I didn’t drop a knee and had no ring so she initially thought that I was joking! It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing but she said yes and shortly after we had a celebratory drink with my brother and his fiance.

 

Sara:
The proposal was not a fairy tale! I had no idea Morgan was planning to propose. I had for years (despite not thinking it would happen) prepared what I would say if he ever proposed to me and I can say that I said none of that!

The beach was beautiful. Turquoise water, steep cliffs and it was virtually empty apart from us, perched on a sand dune watching the sun set. I can see why he threw caution to the wind! After I said yes and apologised for not taking him seriously, I thought about everything I wished I said, and later, I said it all. I think we both felt better after that. The next few days were surreal, and spending those times with Damian and Thomas made it even more special. When we got back to London, many of our friends also shared their own proposal stories… as it turns out, it NEVER goes to plan!

The Rings.

Morgan:
Sara’s engagement ring is a bespoke design that uses my grandmother’s diamond as it’s main feature. We decided to get matching wedding bands that were made from the same material as the engagement ring. We found a local jeweler in London to provide these but when we went to visit Sara thought that I looked stressed out about the process. When we left I admitted that I had had a terrible headache in the shop explained my facial expressions. Nevertheless the rings turned out perfectly!

Sara:
My engagement ring is important to me. Morgan’s family gave him the diamond from his grandmother’s ring, which is very sentimental. From that moment, I felt like I had been trusted with an important responsibility. On top of that, Morgan had designed the ring in secret, and I admire him for his resolve to do that. It ring is beautiful, I love it, and it’s an honour to wear a family heirloom. Our wedding bands are very simple, owing to Morgan having a very bad headache while we were in the shop, so designs were decided swiftly. Ultimately, the simplicity is exactly what we both wanted

Diamant Estate Wedding.

We fell in love with Diamant Estate on our first visit. The whole venue is fantastic but we were drawn to the Manor House and the lovely lawn overlooking Paarl. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice and it would seem that our guests agreed since many commented on the venue during the wedding day.

Peter Smallbones, a priest from the Claremont Baptist Church, officiated. Peter’s wife works with my mother who suggested that we consider him. We chose him because he was known to the family and also because of his very relaxed and friendly demeanor.

Mon Amour Events – Jessica Thiart.

Morgan:
We found Jessica Thiart of Mon Amour Events through our friends Mike and Antonia. They had a lovely wedding in Stellenbosch and couldn’t stop raving about Jessica so we asked for her details and met to discuss our plans a few days later. We really couldn’t rate this service highly enough! Jessica was instrumental in every aspect of the event and we never could have done it without her. It was especially useful since we are based overseas. We especially liked her consistently  calm demeanor which allowed us to enjoy the day to the fullest!

Sara:
We approached Jessica from Mon Amour Events for her business card at our friends, Mike and Antonia’s wedding. We loved the wedding in Stellenbosch, and after months of indecision on where we would be married, we finally knew it be possible in South Africa. From the very beginning Jessica was perfect for us. Extremely organised, and patient with us being far away, she did an amazing job of organising our wedding. People always say things go wrong on your wedding day…that is not an option if Jessica is on your team!

Cape  Town Wedding Photographer.

Morgan:
We found Landi and Organictales through a recommendation from my dad after he had seen some of her work online. We really liked her style and thought that it might be a small way that we could include my dad in our planning. We met Landi for a coffee and her service ever since has been absolutely phenomenal. She is incredibly professional, responsive, organised, relaxed and passionate. We knew that the photos would form an import part of our memories of the day and are so pleased with the beautiful pictures from Organictales!

Sara:
Morgan’s dad suggested Organictales after his love of horses led him to gorgeous shot of girl and horse which was taken by Landi. We had already been offered a list of photographers from our wedding planner, but we both liked the creativity of Landi’s photographs and also thought we could include Morgan’s dad in the planning by choosing his suggestion. It was the right decision. Landi is a professional. I loved her commitment to getting a shot right, and importantly as someone who is by default uncomfortable in front of a camera, she did her best to make me feel comfortable and beautiful. I’m sure our wedding photos will capture the happiness of the day

 

Service Providers:
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Venue:  Diamant Estate

Photography: Organictales
Assistants:  Anje van Dalen  &  Graham Richardson

Coordination and Planning: Mon Amour Events

Catering: Red Pepper Catering

Lighting: Authentic Planning

Flowers: Bouwer Flowers

Live Entertainment: Angelo and Jane

DJ and Sound: Music 2 the Max

Diemersfontein Wedding – Quinton & Nicole

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Diemersfontein Wedding.

 

How did this story begin?

We met by a lagoon by the light of a bonfire. Quinton first heard my voice and I first saw him him dancing.
When Quinton decided to propose, he took me to the beach front where we had our first date. The first time we went out, Quinton didn’t realize it was a date. This time, it was me who was surprised!

 

Tell us about the style of your wedding, your dress and the story behind the rings.

Family was the most important element of our wedding at Diemersfontein Wedding Venue. The most important thing was that all our guests had fun – and the smiles all round by the end of the night were the best thing we could have hoped for!!
My mom made my dress with the most amount of love. She bought the lace for the bodice in Amsterdam! In regards to the rings, Quinton consulted with my best friend on the design of my engagement ring! It’s one of a kind!
Our wedding rings reflect our individual personalities – Quinton’s being charcoal Tungsten and mine matching my rose gold engagement ring.
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What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Giggling at the pulpit. We couldn’t help ourselves – it was the craziest, most unbelievable moment sitting there with each other.
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How did you experience your Photographer’s services?

When we finished our couple’s portraits with some time to spare,  Landi from Organictales said “Wait, before we go… Do you see that light there? You up for a last few extra photos on that hill?
Quinton said to me: “I absolutely love that she’s making so much effort!
We were in such good hands for the whole entire experience.
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Any advice to other couples still in the planning process? What was the most difficult and what really helped?

Make sure that you both have the most fun!
What really helped was our parents, specifically Nicole‘s mom, who made so much effort over the course of the year to make sure everything was perfect. We couldn’t have done any of this without them.
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Tell us about the Honeymoon!!

We opted for a mini-moon in Simonstown, as we both needed to be back at work the week after the wedding. It was spectacular – we saw some penguins, ate some amazing seafood and really just enjoyed each other’s company.

 

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Service Providers:

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Venue:  Diemersfontein Wedding Venue

Photographer: Organictales

Dress: Bride’s Mother

Delsma Farm Wedding – Lara & Wiehann

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Delsma Farm Wedding.

~A Riverside Chapter

Tell us about how you met.

We met each other on the 29th of August 2015 while out with friends. Wiehann introduced himself in a very convincing Irish accent which I loved!! He was leaving for the USA a month later and we had to make the most of our time together. It wasn’t difficult to feel comfortable together as we had an instant connection. I loved the fact that I could totally be myself with him.  He has a sense of humour and is easy to talk to and he knows what he wants out of life.

 

How did the proposal go down?

We went to Onrus for my birthday and Wiehann told me that we should go for wine tasting, without giving too much details. He took me to Domaine Des Dieux in the Hemel and Aarde Valley which has the most amazing view of the mountains. As we were sipping on our champagne he suggested we take one last photo. As we finished he started telling me how much he loved me and went on one knee… it was so special and the best birthday surprise and present I could have wished for. The lady at the tasting room was in on the whole thing and captured everything on camera.  Wiehann arranged everything for months to make sure it was perfect.

What was the style of your wedding and where did you find your inspiration?

We never had a specific style in mind but we wanted a relaxed/simplistic style with a pop of colour. We added some personal touches and DIY items. We found inspiration in a few Wedding magazines, Pinterest, suggestions from family/friends and most of all guidance from our decor and flower provider.  

 

Why did you choose your venue?

We had a few venues in the area that we wanted to visit and it was actually Wiehann’s sister that suggested Delsma Farm Wedding Venue. The one thing that stood out to me was the fact that Delsma Farm had so much accommodation on site for our guests, which was very important. The space where we would have the ceremony was by the river under big trees and we both just knew this was the one!

How did you decide on your dress and where did you find it?

My dress was designed and made by Annelie Designs in Saldanha. She has made wedding dresses for many of my family members so I knew her work was impeccable. I gave Annelie a few pictures of different styles and focus points that I liked. I wanted a simple ‘A’ line dress with some lace detail and a low cut back. She took all of those elements and created something out of a fairytale. 

 

Who made sure your make-up and hair looked beautiful?

Deline Engelbrecht from Anuk in Ceres was in charge of making us all look fabulous and she did an amazing job!! She made us feel comfortable and relaxed during the whole process and her work speaks for itself. All of the Mothers, Bridesmaids and myself looked and felt beautiful on the day. 

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

All I can remember is the nerves, no one can ever try to even explain how nervous it is asking a mother and farther if you can marry their daughter, asking the love of your life to marry you and finally what it is like on your wedding day when you stand in front of all of your friends and family and seeing her come down the aisle. I still get tears in my eyes when I see videos of Lara walking down the aisle, I think that would be something I would not forget for the rest of my life.

 

Who officiated the ceremony?

Alwyn Carstens from Welgelegen NG Church officiated the wedding. Alwyn also officiated Wiehann’s cousin’s wedding, did the funeral of Wiehann’s grandmother and also baptised Wiehann’s cousin’s first son, so it was a no brainer when we had to approach someone to officiate the wedding. Alwyn was absolutely great, it was a real pleasure sharing this experience with him and he made us feel so calm the day of the wedding.

 

Is there any special story behind your rings? Where did you find them?

Lara had previously shown me photos of rings that she really liked which were on her Pinterest profile. At that point we had not even discussed the possibility of getting engaged even though we both knew it was inevitable. Trying to keep it a secret I took a screen shot off of her phone, sms’d it to myself (not Whatsapp as I was afraid that she might notice it), contacted Zuyda van Dyk and crossed my fingers that she would fall in love with the ring.

How did you experience your Photographer’s services?

Landi Groenewald from Organictatles really out did herself as our photographer and made us feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. She is very professional at all times and knows how to have fun while on the job. Landi was proactive in looking for places to capture the perfect moment prior to the photo shoot. The photographs you have of the day are the precious memories you get to cherish forever and that is why photography played a big role on our special day.

Who made sure there was good music and sound on the day?

This was purely team work. Lara enjoys more modern music while I enjoy more of the old school classics. I remember sitting one evening working through playlists until 1am in the morning trying the find the perfect wedding songs, when the list was complete I let Lara also have a listen to the song selections to see what she thought. Of course my knowledge of modern music is very limited so she was able to add the final touches for the “after 10pm” music. Our DJ, Justin from Pie in the sky handled the rest. 

 

Who were your caterers and what was on the Menu? 

Delsma Farm Wedding venue did the catering for the day and the food was beautifully prepared and very delicious. 

 

Canapes:
Mini boerewors rolls, mini tacos, spring rolls and bruschetta with caramelised onion and camembert.

Starters:
Rooster koeke with preserves

Mains:
Deboned leg of lamb, stuffed pork neck, blanched green beans and mushrooms and roasted vegetable couscous salad.

Desserts:
Lamingtons, melktert spring rolls and chocolate éclairs

 

Our stunning wedding cake was made by my brother in law, Terrence as a wedding gift. The most delicious carrot cake with naked icing and beautifully decorated with fresh flowers.

 

Any advice to other couples still in the planning process?

I would say take your time to figure out what you want from the day and what it means to you. Once you have an idea everything will flow. Communication is also very important, not only between you and your fiancé but your service providers as well to make sure everyone is on the same page.  The best thing we did was firstly set up a budget and then we divided the responsibilities, so that we both had a part in the planning. Believe me two heads are better than one and you have fun while planning your special day together. We also had an amazing team that helped us and knowing your wedding day is in good hands takes away a lot of the stress. 

 

Describe your wedding day in one sentence.

Best day of our lives and the perfect start to our future together. 

 

Service Providers:

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Venue: Delsma Farm Wedding Venue

Photography: Organictales

Dress: Annelie Designs

Bridesmaids Dresses: Daisy Island

Rings: Zuyda van Dyk

Hair and Make-up: ANUK

 

Allesverloren – Nadia & Mario

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Allesverloren Wedding.

~A Windy Chapter.

 

Tell us about how you met and the attributes that drew you to each other.

We met in 2012 while working at the same company. We became good friends and early on we both saw qualities in each other that we liked, however timing was always an issue as either of us were in other relationships at different times. Qualities we share includes reading, being outside, exercising, spending time with family and eating.

How did the proposal go down?

Mario used our one year anniversary as camouflage and organised a weekend away. While we were busy dining at TokaraMario had organised with his sister and the venue where we were staying to make up the room with rose petals and champagne. Trying to play it ultra cool Mario didn’t want to give anything away and we stayed a bit longer than anticipated. As we approached the room we heard a clatter as the ice in the champagne bowl had melted and the whole bowl fell to the ground. Between cleaning the mess he went down on one knee and popped the question. There were laughter, tears and a lot of love.

What was the style of your wedding and where did you find your inspiration?

Nadia loved the idea of getting married outside and we found Allesverloren where the ceremony could take place in the woods which was within our budget. We knew what we liked, but without Pinterest and a few Wedding magazines, we would have been a little lost. The colours, maroon and navy blue, were mainly for winter weddings, but we liked how striking they were and went with it.

Why did you choose your venue?

We had actually made an appointment at another venue close by and our parents came through for moral support. Nadia wasn’t quite convinced about the venue so Mario mentioned that he had been at a wedding at Allesverloren and that it was just down the road. As we all walked through the path toward the forest chapel, Nadia gave her mother this look and Mario knew he had to ask whether Allesverloren could accommodate us.

How did you decide on your dress and where did you find it?

Nadia was never one of those girls who dreamed about her perfect wedding dress since she was a little girl. So once the question was popped, the search was on. She didn’t know what she wanted, but knew what she didn’t like. She ended up trying on the first dress at Ever After Bridal and knew immediately that it was the one.

Is there any special story behind your rings? Where did you find them?

We both gave the other one a choice of a few wedding bands to choose from and not so secretly hinted at which each of us would prefer… with the engagement ring Mario chose a Protea design because it is Nadia’s favourite flower and the Protea was a key feature throughout the wedding appearing on the table arrangements as well as Nadia’s bouquet.

Who made sure your make-up and hair looked beautiful?

Mario‘s cousin, Simone Taljaard and Lismari Boonzaaier, helped with all the girls’ hair on the day. They truly did an amazing job and stayed right on schedule during the entire afternoon. The make-up was done by Liezl Visagie, a friend of Mario‘s sister. She is such a stunning human being and Nadia couldn’t help falling in love with her quirkiness and sense of humor right from the start. She made sure everyone looked beautiful and was also done on time. Nadia’s make-up and hair was a personal highlight.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

For Mario seeing his bride walking down the isle and how well the first dance went considering his two left feet.
For Nadia it was most definitely the sheer excitement of walking down the isle and looking into her new, and somewhat emotional husband’s eyes. It was the happiest moment of my life and I couldn’t have asked for a better service. It was beautiful and spoke to the heart.

Who officiated the ceremony? How did you find him and what made you choose him?

We were a bit clueless as to who we would ask to officiate as the guests were 99% Afrikaans and we attend an English church, so Suzanne who helped organise all of the decor suggested we give Riaan de Villiers a call. He was incredibly nice from the start and his message on the day was absolutely beautiful.

How did you experience your Photographer’s service and where did the importance of photography fall in your day?

Our Photographer Landi Groenewald from Organictales was amazing since the first day we had coffee with her to meet up about the different wedding packages. We were searching for a certain look and feel that was captured within her style. She was organised, checked in multiple times and helped us out with service providers throughout the planning phase. On the day she was calm and knew exactly what she wanted from us. Even when the wind was howling it didn’t make her stray from what she wanted to achieve with the end result.
For us the photos will forever hold a special place in our hearts, as it will be the only memory we will have when we’re old and grey.

Who was your videographer and how was the experience of having them present on the day?

Rory from Organictales was our very unexpected, but pleasant surprise. We didn’t plan on having a Videographer, but Landi approached us with the idea and we immediately agreed. He was reserved, but knew what he was doing and gave us great pointers on what to do. We are extremely excited to see what he has in store for us!

Did you have a wedding/event planner and how did this service benefit you before and on the day?

Suzanne Visser from Dear Idea is an old friend of Mario and to be honest we would not have managed without her. She was always willing for a quick cup of coffee just to ease our minds and the decor was stunning. She really was the backbone of the whole day and we will be forever thankful for her.

Who were the caterers who made sure your guests were happy and fed? 

Bertus Bester from Allesverloren is also the chef and the food was out of this world. We decided not to do a starter but asked for their famous Harvest Table which carried our guests through to the main meal. That included roast beef and chicken pie with roast potatoes, cream spinach and veggies. For dessert we had a carrot wedding cake and small jars of peppermint crisp and cheesecake.

Any advice to other couples still in the planning process? What was the most difficult and what really helped?

We would have been wrecks without Suzanne from Dear Idea who took all the stress of the decor and flowers off our hands including making a mock-table, setting up on the day and doing the delivery to and from the venue. If it’s within your budget, we would highly recommend hiring someone to help as you don’t necessarily know the industry as well as they do.

Tell us about the Honeymoon!!

Mario kept the destination a secret right up to when we checked in at the airport. We spent our honeymoon in the beautiful town of Ao Nang in Krabi. We had the best time in the most beautiful destination. From spending days on neighbouring islands to just laying on the beach at Railay with a book. It was an unforgettable experience which ended off with two days of shopping in Bangkok.

Service Providers:

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Music – DJ Dean 
Flowers/DecorDear Idea 
Venue –  Allesverloren
Big LettersLekker Trou
PhotographyOrganictales
VideographyOrganictales
Pastor Riaan de Villiers – 084 795 2223
Champagne – Durbanville Liquors – 021 976 5568
Hair – Simone Taljaard & Lismari Boonzaaier – 084 512 8855
Make-up – Liezl Visagie – 074 361 0757

Cape Town Wedding – Conrad & Sanet

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Cape Town Wedding

~An AfrikaBurn Chapter

 

“We met on 15 January 5 years ago at a friend’s welcoming back party from Canada.  The party was at Pakolo Beach Bar in Houtbay and Conrad and I started a conversation about AfrikaBurn Outreach.  I was very keen to get involved in the outreach and the charity side of AfrikaBurn which is something that Conrad and his friend Rob Weinek started a few years earlier.  The party moved to my friend, Danielle’s house and it went in to the early morning hours with lots of laughing, dancing and guitar playing out on the porch.  Two days later, two different friends informed me that Conrad would like to have my number so he could take me out on a date.  Conrad’s generous and kind heart is what drew me to him.  He always try to give back to people less fortunate than himself and he is also a little old fashioned which I like.

On my birthday, 3 years ago, Conrad planned a big surprise; A secret he and my friends kept from me for months! Friends were so scared of accidentally saying something or letting the cat out of the bag that they avoided me and didn’t talk to me, so I was completely in the dark!  For my birthday he booked us in to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and after a whole bunch of funny things happened, he proposed to me after dinner.  It was absolutely amazing!  The room had so many rose petals thrown all over that we could hardly open the hotel room door!  I really did not expect a thing!  I initially thought that the hotel really over did things for a birthday and I was completely oblivious to the fact that this beautiful man was going to pop the question!”

 

Service Providers:
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Coordinator: Mon Amour Events

Photography: ORGANICTALES

Catering: Two Chefs Catering

Dress: The Wedding Boutique

Hair: Craig Taylor

Make-up: Algria Ferreira

 

 

De Oudekraal Wedding – Melissa & Jacques

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De Oudekraal Wedding.

~The Harvesting Chapter

Tell us about how you met and the attributes that drew you to each other?

We met 8 years ago in Stellenbosch on a night out. For me it was love at first sight, when I saw Jacques and his big smile I knew I had to meet him and obviously I fell in love. What drew me to him was his intelligence and liveliness. From that night onward our life together had started. We have had such an amazing adventure together so far.

How did the proposal go down?

In 2017 we took a backpacking trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. We have traveled for one week and a half when we arrived in Siem Riep and explored the famous Ankor Wat. We wanted to see the sunrise from Ankor Wat the next day but we were unfortunately very sick with a bad tummy bug so we could not make it, which effected Jacques’s decision on when to ask me and if it was going to happen on our trip or not. He then booked a sunset trip on Tonle Sap River just outside Siem Riep.
We took a private canoe type boat on the river and explored a bit until it was time for sunset.
Jacques asked our guide to separate us from a very loud group of tourists. We were then on our own with only the sunset, when Jacques suddenly (trying to balance on one knee on a small canoe) started telling me how much he loves me and reminiscing. My heart immediately skipped a beat and I knew! He then continued and asked me to marry him. And I obviously said yes!!

What was the style of your wedding and where did you find your inspiration?

 
We wanted a rustic wedding with a touch of elegance. We wanted to feel comfortable and relaxed at our wedding and did not want a stiff affair where I would be too scared to get a bit of dust on my shoes.
We got our inspiration on some wedding sights and following trends.
For me the most important part was, I wanted to be outside, even when getting married. It all accompanied our personalities very well.

Why did you choose De Oudekraal Wedding Venue?

The first time we saw De Oudekraal WeddingA Venue we got Goosebumps, especially when we stepped outside under the Eucalyptus trees.
I just then imagined everything in its place for our day. We did not want it to be somewhere where everybody has been before.

How did you decide on your dress and where did you find it?

 
I had a lot of inspiration when I looked for dresses. I had one idea, and my dress wouldn’t have been completely white. I tried on numerous dresses, but my mother and myself went dress fitting at Bride & Co. I tried my dress on, and it fit perfectly. I only made very small alterations here and there but otherwise the dress was perfect. I absolutely loved the style and also the pockets it had, which made it perfect for the tissues.

Is there a special story behind your rings, and where did you find them?

 
With my ring, Jacques knows I love orchids and he wanted to incorporate it in the ring he designed for me.
He added Green Amethyst stones which brought in some colour to the ring and it came out stunning.
He got it made at Afriq Jewel Tygervalley.
I took some inspiration for Jacques’ ring when we sat together and he chose the style he liked. It was quite difficult choosing a ring for him. I found his ring at Sterns Canal Walk.

Who made sure your make-up and hair looked beautiful?

 
Leoume Vos had done such an amazing job. I was so happy with the way I looked. She made me feel so beautiful and comfortable on our day. I feel we had such a great morning with Leoume Vos and Michelle, full of laughs and some tears and she made sure to have us done and ready on time for some bridal portraits. They also made our Mother’s and Sisters look absolutely breath taking. I am so grateful for her.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

 
When we were done taking pictures and all our guests were seated, we stood outside on a wooden bridge and just spent some time together without anyone around us, just the two of us.
Another moment was when we saw each other down the aisle, the moment when our eyes locked and the tears started to roll!
Lastly, when we had our wedding party with us in the grain field walking up a small hill in our heels ready to take some pictures. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. While we were on our own with the photographer,  we almost got ran over by a harvest combine machine! That was definitely a very memorable moment in our wedding experience.

How did you experience your Photographers service and where did the importance of photography fall in your day?

 
We enjoyed it very much. We had never been photographed before!, But Landi Groenewald from Organictales made us feel so at ease with ourselves and our surroundings. She brought the best out of us both in every way.
It is such an important aspect to have a good photographer! For me it is to capture and see the moments which people shared when we were not around. I never felt that someone was in anyone’s way, which I also feel is important. It really felt as if they were part of our wedding guests. I cannot wait to look back at the photos and reminisce on this special day we shared and also the unique memories we made.

How was the experience of having a Videographer present on your day?

 
We really enjoyed it!  It was such a great surprise from Organictales and a great addition to the wedding! Rory was very professional and did a great job.  Again, Rory made us feel so comfortable and worked very well together with Landi as a team. It felt like it suited our personalities perfectly.

Who made sure there was good music and sound on the day? 

– Any special bands? How did your guests enjoy them?

 
We had Dj Jean as our Dj. He did a great job in playing music that we liked and setting the perfect mood when we were not there. He knew we were busy and chose some great music for us. What I loved was that he played the correct music at the correct time.
Some of our friends are in a band The Pelicans, they played music at our pre drinks when we were away for photo’s. The guests enjoyed it so much. From what we heard was that they all gathered around them like it was a mini concert.
They then, later in the evening surprised us with two very special songs, Karen Zoid & Francois Van Coke, Toe vind ek jou & Chris Isacks Wicked games . Jacques and myself were so surprised, they made our day 10 times more special by adding that touch to the evening.

Who were the caterers who made sure your guests were happy and fed? What was on the menu for the evening?

De Oudekraal Wedding Venue has a best kept secret and her name is Nonnie. She made the most delicious food with so much flavour and love.
Our Menu:
Canapés:
Rooster Koeke with assorted cheeses and condiments
Starters:
Thai fish cakes ( Absolutely delicious, our guests loved it)
Mains:
Moroccan Lamb Tagine
Stuffed rolled chicken with Bacon and Mushrooms
Grain Salad
Pumpkin Tart
Ceasar Salad
Roasted Pototoes
Desserts:
Assorted Tarts
Peppermint crisp
Lemon Meringue
Cheese Cake
Carrot Cake
(Nothing was left, that’s how good it was)

If there is anything about the day you wish you could change what would it be?

I feel everything fell into place the way it should have been. I did not want to change a single thing.
We really enjoyed our day to the fullest. When someone said take it in, we stopped and took it all in. We danced, spent time with each other, our guests and family.
I think we would’ve wanted the day to have carried on a bit longer, but if we changed that, things might have been different and we wouldn’t want to change a thing.

Any advise to other couples still in the planning process? What was the most difficult and what really helped?

Take everything one step at a time. When trying to do too much you lose track of what you wanted to do in the first place.
Make a list and tick it off. Use a timeline as a checklist as well, I found I missed a few stuff . You do not have to follow it to the last week but use it as a guideline.
Enjoy the planning. There is no need to stress yourself out. It is supposed to be the best time of your lives.
The most difficult thing was time. Finding time between working and planning. I work weekends so I had to try and see people during the weeks, which was actually perfect as they always had other events on over the weekends.
What helped me was my little tick list and time management.

Service Providers:

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Photography: ORGANICTALES
Videography: ORGANICTALES
Make-up & Hair: Leoume Vos
Music:  The Pelicans
Decor & Flowers: FAB Events

 

Allesverloren – Sián & Michiel

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Allesverloren

~A Countryside Chapter.

When I first met Sian and Michiel, I instantly felt like we connected.  We started talking and laughing like old friends.  Over the months leading up to the wedding, we exchanged endless voice notes and messages, so by the time of the wedding day, it felt like capturing a good friend’s memories.  Sian and Michiel’s families were so welcoming and open to receiving me as part of the day, which made this one extra special to photograph.

The Riverside Proposal:

I planned to ask Sian to marry me on the way to her graduation at the University of the Free State. We were staying over on the Orange River on the way and I thought it would be the perfect location to pop the question. Things didn’t work out quite as planned. I had hidden the ring in the boot of the car under the felt lining so Sian wouldn’t accidentally find it. I suggested we walk from our chalet down to the river bank to enjoy a drink and had planned to grab the ring on the way but Sian (being averse to any form of cold, and this was Colesburg in June) refused to walk and demanded to drive instead. I scrambled to get the ring without her seeing anything when we parked at the river (approximately 400m from the chalet) but by the time I opened the boot Sian was already standing next to me. Sian still asked what I was looking for and I said “nothing” and walked down to the river with no ring, just bubbly and two glasses. We then proceeded to finish a bottle of bubbly on the banks of the majestic Orange River, with a beautiful sunset perfecting the scene. All I could think was “might as well drink”. Eventually we went back to the chalet and I was like, well, I’ve done all the planning already, my nerves were shot, and I wasn’t going to do this to myself again, so it was pretty much now or never. Sian was in the kitchen of the chalet and I went down on one knee in front of the oldest microwave we’ve ever seen and asked her to marry me. Fortunately, she said yes, or she wouldn’t have had a lift home (or, to graduation).

Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress.

I initially found an amazing mermaid style white lace dress but was dissuaded from wearing it by people who thought I could find something better or didn’t consider it to suit my personal style. I then had a dress made which didn’t work for me or do my figure any justice at all. Two weeks before the wedding I saw the 2019 Maggie Sottero range and fell in love with one of the styles which I then sourced at a boutique in Cape Town. It was pure luck that they had my size in stock and ready to go. It was something so different from anything I had seen or tried and I knew I had to wear it. No one would ever have expected that dress, including me.

Down to earth wedding.

We initially planned to have a small gathering of people. Absolutely just our nearest and dearest. Both coming from Afrikaans families, we realised that having a small wedding was a very remote hope. I guess we were inspired by the “boere troues” we have been used to all our lives; where there is an emphasis on family, good music and great food. Everything else was ancillary. We never decided on a particular style and instead went to a number of bridal expos and décor places and by a process of elimination decided on what we liked and didn’t like. To be honest, we loved the venue and worked around what the venue had to offer, rather than imposing our style on the surroundings. We kept everything quite rustic to fit the forest vibe at Allesverloren and kept the wedding to just the right level of informality for it to be gracious but not pretentious.

 

Allesverloren Wedding Venue.

We literally got out of the car at the venue and felt right at home. It was actually only the second venue we had gone to view. Allesverloren itself is so well equipped we really didn’t need to hire a lot of things in and we knew this would simplify our lives quite a lot. Allesverloren also speaks for itself – it is surrounded with beauty, it is a three minute drive from the heart of Riebeek-West, and the catering was done on site. It was a sensible and beautiful choice and it worked for us.

Organictales Photography.

Landi is great in every way. She is talented and her personality is as beautiful as her work. It was a pleasure working with her and having a photographer who would and could work around what we wanted. Something couples will always tell you after their wedding, and us included, is how quickly the day goes. Hours feel like minutes and the time is swept away so quickly. It is impossible to take note of every moment and every guest. The photos are all you have left of the day when it’s over, so it’s important to have them done right

Planning your own wedding.

We did not have a wedding planner. I wanted to be in control of every aspect and manage the budget myself. Michiel laughed when he read this because the budget fell by the wayside quickly. In retrospect I wish I had appointed someone to manage the event on the day but I feel that allowing someone professional to arrange your whole wedding, who can bring options to you as opposed to you seeking them out yourself, constrains your planning and your personal style. I say this because a lot of the things Michiel and I ended up using (and not using) at our wedding was found through our own research. I feel a planner would have pushed their ideas onto us and made the event less “ours”. But I would advise brides to be to seek help, for at least on the wedding day, as the process is extremely time consuming and exhausting.

Allesverloren Wedding Catering.

Bertus Bester at Allesverloren was at the helm of the delicious food served on the night. For starters, we served our wedding cheese cake (literally wheels of cheese stacked on top of one another) together with the famous Allesverloren rustic harvest table while we disappeared to take our photographs. For mains, we had deboned, chargrilled lamb shoulder with a mint Greek yoghurt; chicken phyllo parcels with mozzarella and sundried tomato; potato bake with parmesan, cream and onions, Mediterranean oven roasted vegetables, Greek salad, and Spanish potato salad. At our menu tasting we couldn’t decide between the Spanish potato salad and potato bake so we opted for both. For dessert we served lavender infused crème brulee and the wedding cake which was a chocolate and Swiss buttercream sponge cake. We opted for a Mediterranean influenced menu as we married in December and knew that it would be quite hot and didn’t want to serve food that was too heavy in the heat

 

Service Providers:

Photography: ORGANICTALES
Venue:  Allesverloren
Dress:  Maggie Sottero 
Make-up and Hair: ElpArtistry

Other Service Providers:

Bridesmaid dresses:
Hoiden – www.hoiden.co.za
Suits: House of Monatic – https://monatic.co.za/
Pocket squares: WEEF – https://za.weefwear.com
Groom and groomsmen shoes: Instep at the Bay Harbour Market – https://www.bayharbour.co.za/traders/fashion-jewellery/
Accomodation: Riebeek Valley Hotel and de Langenhof Guesthouse – http://www.riebeekvalleyhotel.co.za/ / http://www.delangenhof.co.za/
Personalised water: Just Water WC – https://www.justwaterwc.co.za/
Bottled beverages: Chill Direct – https://chilldirect.co.za/
Flowers and décor hire at reception: To-Nette’s – http://to-netts.co.za/
Cheese cake: Fairview – https://www.fairview.co.za/
Cake: Velvet Cake Co – https://www.thevelvetcakeco.com/
Sound: Dirkie G Productions – https://www.facebook.com/DJDirkie/
Officiant: Ds Jan van Heerden – NG Kerk Vishoek – http://www.ngvishoek.co.za/
Rings: Cape Diamonds – https://www.capediamonds.co.za/
Videography: Grootdors Produksies – http://grootdorsproduksies.com/
Stationery: Tara Megan Goodwin Art – https://mobile.facebook.com/Tara-Megan-Goodwin-2088241787871836/

Cathedral Peak Wedding – Organictales Photography

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Cathedral Peak Wedding

~A Mountain Chapter

 

Tell us about how you met and the attributes that drew you to each other.

Sam : We met when I was the pilot for the Air Ambulance helicopter in Nelspruit and Paul was the Aeromedical Manager for the medical service provider and flight paramedic. We soon became friends. Paul simply has a way with people, his beautiful heart and delightful smile makes being around him good for anyone’s soul. We love to laugh and we do this often! We make a fantastic team. We are each-others support network, cheerleader, watch dog, shrink, advisor and devil’s advocate. We believe that we bring out the best in each other and that we are better persons when we are together than when we are apart.

Paul: I find Sam’s eyes very attractive. She is as beautiful inside as out. She is an ambitious achiever that finishes everything she starts. I appreciate how independent she can be yet she has a sensitive side which I love. She is devoted and professional in everything she does. I love it when she sings to me…

How did the proposal go down?

It was my 30th birthday and we were on holiday in the magnificent city of Gold Coast in Queensland Australia.
Paul woke me up to watch the sunrise on the beach, with Champagne (and Oreos) and as the sun lifted it’s perfectly luminous head over the turquoise water he asked me to be his wife.

Why did you choose your venue?

We love roadtrips! We ended up at Didima in Cathedral Peak Resort on a previous occasion when on arrival at our booked accommodation we were let down and had to find alternative accommodation on very short notice. Fate led us to the jewel in the mountains – Didima right next to Cathedral Peak Resort. The view is just breath-taking.
Whilst driving on the narrow and winding mountain roads, looking at the Zulu huts and children playing in the streets, Paul noticed a group of small boys playing soccer with a homemade soccer ball. He summarily turned the vehicle around, drove the 40km back into Winterton and found a bunch of soccer balls at the local grocer. We then returned up the same winding road to find the boys. Paul kicked the balls to the children to their absolute delight and quickly jumped back into the car without making much ado about it. I could see the joy that helping others brings to him and that simply seeing their little smiling faces was more than enough of a thank you to him. That moment I knew that this kind-hearted man would one day be my husband.

What was the style of your wedding and where did you find your inspiration?

We wanted it to be a celebration which would be an embodiment of the type people we are. We are down-to-earth chaps, Paul and I, and we wanted a celebration with the people who mean the most to us without undue extravagance and cost. We wanted to cherish where we came from and celebrate our collective future and decided on a theme which incorporated family heirlooms with modern beauty.

The table cloth on our main table was made by my great-grandmother as well as some of the other parts of the décor. The penny for luck belonged to my father’s father who died before I was born.

My mother made most of the décor in addition to my dress! She is indeed a busy little bee. Every little part of every table was painstakingly made with a lot of love and effort by her.

How did you decide on your dress and where did you find it?

My mother does the most beautiful crochet hand-work. I asked her to make my dress and initially she was hesitant but I convinced her in the end. She made me the most beautiful and exquisitely unique dress I have ever seen! I am so grateful for her, it took months for her to put every stitch in with love. The seam of my dress, for example is 9 metres of finely crocheted lace.

Who made sure your make-up and hair looked beautiful?

Yoané from Yoané Make-Up and Hair did my make-up and hair. She is an absolute darling and made us all feel very at home and most importantly did as I requested. I do not generally wear make-up and wanted a more natural look without too much and too dark eye shadow and make-up and that is exactly what she gave me. She really went above and beyond expectations and we are very grateful that she was there.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Sam: For me it was probably walking down the aisle seeing the majestic mountains and hearing the most beautiful music and having all of the people who truly care about us with us there in that perfect moment, walking toward the person who means the world to me at the start of our lives together.

Paul: When I saw Sam walking down the aisle and we both had tears of joy, the beautiful vows and candle lighting ceremony and our special dance.

Is there any special story behind your rings? Where did you find them?

Paul’s ring was made by Mark Staley from Uncut Jewellers in Benoni. Mark specialises in Mokume-Gane (Mokume-gane is an ancient Japanese jewellery technique where different precious metals are layered to create a wood-like grain effect. It has its origins in the manufacture of Samurai swords.)
Like a Damascus steel sword, we wanted the precious metals to be symbolic of the fusion of the two of us together. I also had my heart rate measured and recorded in an ECG strip ( perks of working on an air ambulance J ) and had it engraved on the inside of his ring. So now my heart is close to him wherever he goes.

My ring was made by the same jeweller and master goldsmith who has made my grandmother and my mother’s rings – Ivan at Krassen Jewels. I explained to his lovely wife Vessy what I liked and showed her a couple of pictures and she designed it for me. I love the vintage style and I think it came out absolutely stunning.

Who officiated the ceremony? How did you find him and what made you choose him?

Reverend John Green from Bergville was absolutely fantastic! We could not have asked for better. He is a lovely kind-hearted man who made us feel at ease and delivered a beautiful message and will forever hold an extremely special place in our hearts. I truly believe that God led us to him and knew that he was the one to make our wedding perfect.

How did you experience your Photographer’s service and where did the importance of photography fall in your day?

Landi is extremely professional. She made sure to find the perfect spots and the perfect time the previous day. She was calm and collected the whole way through. I love Landi, her beautiful personality makes the day just so much better. I knew that I wanted Landi as my photographer from the first time I saw her work. I did not want “ Matric Farewell” –style photos. We are unique in every aspect and needed a photographer that could capture our distinctive individuality. I also love how she makes use of natural light to capture not only the most beautiful pictures in nature but somehow manages to lock an emotion onto a picture.

I am so glad that Landi was willing to fly all the way from Cape Town and then travel 5 and a half hours in a car ( in which the air-con failed!) to spend a whole weekend with us at our Cathedral Peak Wedding . She was such an integral part of the day’s success.

We love you Landi xxx

Who made sure there was good music and sound on the day? Any special bands? How did you and your guests enjoy them?

I think everyone will agree that we had the best band and music ever! We had the ladies and gents from The Afterparty band wow us with their amazing talent and kept the party going until late! They were extremely accommodating and handled all the sound from the ceremony, to the beautiful live sax music at the canapes and the full band at the reception.

Who were the caterers who made sure your guests were happy and fed? What was on the menu for the evening?

Didima did all of the catering for the evening.

Guests were served canapés of Thai marinated tiger prawns , sweet chilli chicken wraps, Spinach and feta phylo baskets and other lovely snacks along with fantastic summer cocktails.

Dinner was a selection of beautifully roast meats with crispy potatoes and vegetables. Hearty and delicious. Didima even went out of their way to make us “ Pampoenkoekies” even though the sauce was not conventional, they were lovely.

Desert was my beautiful cupcakes from Sugar Plum Creations, yummy fudge and coconut ice from Philmari Brummer as well as traditional Malva pudding and Crème brûlée.

Did you have an open or cash bar? Why?

Yes, we were such a small wedding we were privileged to be able to do this. We limited the open bar to certain basic liquor, beer and wines and anything fancy was for the guest’s own account.

 

If  there was anything about the day you wish you could change what would it be?

I made my mom a very special gift. A fine handkerchief brought all the way from London via family on which I had the following embroidered:

Mom, for drying your tears, as you’ve always dried mine. Today a bride, tomorrow a wife, always your daughter. Sam

But in all the chaos of getting ready I forgot to give it to her

Tell us about the Honeymoon!!

We love the outdoors! We spent our honeymoon on the houseboat Retreat, owned by our good friend Paul Stevenson, on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. We slept under the stars and watched the sunrise with the elephants drinking on the shores next to the boat. We love Africa. There is no place like it anywhere else in the world. We caught some fish, laughed a lot and had a fantastic time! In typical Paul and Sa fashion we love to share our experiences with family and after a couple of days alone my dad, a friend of his as well as Paul Stevenson and his partner Lisa joined us on Retreat and we have an absolute ball. We sometimes forget how privileged we are to stay in this most beautiful continent.

Describe your wedding day in ONE sentence.

In the shadow of the great mountain and in the presence of those we love most, we promised ourselves to one another and our marriage to God Almighty for eternity.

 

Service Providers:

Venue: Didima Camp | Cathedral Peak Resort

Photography: Organictales Photography

Music: The After Party

Make-up: Yoané Make-up and Hair

Dress: Bride’s talented mother

Jewellers: Uncut Jewellers  |  Krassen Jewels

Officiant: Reverend John Green – 082 447 5186

Dessert: Sugar Plum Creations | Philmari Brummer

Cape Town Anniversary Holiday

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Dennis & Mikayla.

~The 5 year Chapter.

Couple Goals.  A term we hear very often.  And this pair has 100% set the bar high and achieved all those goals and so much more.  Mikayla and Dennis from Orlando Florida, decided to make their fifth wedding anniversary one for the books by booking an adventure filled, unforgettable Cape Town Anniversary Holiday.

Half way through their visit, they also decided to work in a special photoshoot that showcases the beautiful vineyards lining the Stellenbosch mountains.  Enjoy their visual story below.

 

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