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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

This is a past wedding that has been re edited in a more modern style.  To view the previous version of this event, visit this link below:
Dunkley Vows

Chris & Anje’s Knorhoek Wedding

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Knorhoek Autumn Wedding

~A Photographer’s tale.

I met Chris & Anje a few months back while attending the Admired in Africa Photographic Conference.  During one of the practical sessions, I got to photograph Anje in one of her Silver Swallow dresses and I remember thinking, “Wow!  She is such a dream to photograph!  She’s going to be a stunning bride one day! Lucky photographer who gets to photograph her wedding!
So you can imagine the excitement I felt when she contacted me, asking for my wedding collections.
Chris, on the other hand is an extremely humble and fun guy who made the day such an easy breeze of laughter.
Together they manage a successful photography business named Madison & West.
Read their story:

 

When Photographers fall in love.

We met through mutual friends (Taryn aka mev Pretoria and our MC Quentin).  Chris was their Wedding photographer and I was Joshua’s (their little boy) first nursery school teacher.

It wasn’t love at first sight, but we had a mutual love for photography and we became friends instantly.  I was drawn to his honesty and the fact that he loves Christ and he liked the fact that I had the same passion for God & photography and that I was a teacher. 

Our friendship bloomed into an unfailing love and 6 months down the line we found each other’s hearts.

 F.R.I.E.N.D.S Proposal in New York.

It was a very cold and wet day in New York.  We were looking for a coffee shop where we could get something to drink but, most of the shops were packed because it was pouring down with rain.  We found a little stationary shop where I bought 2 books, a pen and a pencil and then I realised that we were near the F.R.I.E.N.D.S apartment building (the one they show in between scenes, with the red coffee shop) and suggested that maybe it would be a cool idea to go and have coffee there as it was our last day in Manhattan and we are such F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans.

The coffee shop was full but they had a little ledge in the window slil where we could sit and wait for a table…as it was super cozy, we decided to have our coffee right there instead of waiting for a table.  Chris wanted to write me a little note in my book so I gave him a moment and when I turned around, to my surprise I saw a note along with my engagement ring.  The note read:

Cnr of Bedford & Grove

“I’ll be there for you”

Wel vandag vra ek my beste vriend om te trou.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Ps-dink dis nogal ’n cool spot

Baie lief vir jou

I was overcome with emotion and said yes instantly!

Lady Anne Bridal and Mia’s Make-up.

Chris’s mom has a bridal studio called Lady Anne Bridal.  I absolutely adore her wedding gowns as she stocks some of the best names in the wedding industry.  I chose the Katerina by Enzoani (Blue collection 2018) and I felt like a princess (which is so very cliche, but on your wedding day you don’t care for feeling like a million bucks…oops, another cliche!).

Mia from Mia’s makeup.  We didn’t have time for a trial and I have got to say, she nailed the look I wanted!  Super happy!

 A Classic and Humble Style.

Because Chris and I are both Wedding photographers, we have seen so many different settings and themes.  So we instantly knew what we liked and disliked as we have discussed this on many occasions.

Cape Town was a great influence for us.  Since we love the Cape so much, we decided to get married on Knorhoek wine estate.  Fynbos that was in season was also a big influence on our day.  We felt like we wanted to be reminded whenever we see that specific fynbos, that time of year, to transport us back to our wedding day and how beautiful everything looked.  We also decided to have olive branches as a representation of new beginnings in our decor.  

With our wedding style we tried to keep it classic and humble.

We love everything about Knorhoek wine estate and the people on the farm are like family to us.  So when we started looking at venues we knew immediately that this is where we wanted to get married as it wouldn’t feel right to get married anywhere else.

The Most Memorable Moment of the Day.

For me:  Definitely when I saw Chris as I walked down the aisle.  When we met each other at the front, he couldn’t stop telling me how beautiful I looked.

For him:  When we walked out of the venue as husband & wife. 

For us:  The breaking of the glass which serves as a symbol that no one will drink from our Marital cup.

A Father’s message.

My dad officiated the ceremony.  It was a personal decision, one that we are very glad we made and something we will cherish as his message was confirmation on many things we have prayed about without him knowing.

Photography & Videography on the day.

Landi is a very hands on photographer.  Her communication was thorough throughout and we loved all the sneak peeks she sent us.

As we are both wedding photographers, we understand that Landi experienced extra pressure regarding our photos.  So far we are pleasantly surprised with her skill, not only regarding taking photos but also her editing.  She has really bent backwards for us and we can see the passion she has for capturing people’s stories.  She is not just a photographer who captured our special day, but also a friend and we will highly recommend her!

Willem and Conrad Kriel from Willem Foster Photography, did the videography of our wedding.  They had fine attention to detail and handled us with great care.  Very focussed, they know what they want to shoot and they worked well with Landi and with us.  The way Willem also treated our guests was also something that stood out to us.

Jewelers with attention to detail.

We work with wedding jewellers as we are both photographers.  Suvette and Johann (from Piccolo) are true artists and we value their artistic expertise. Suvette phoned me one day with a cool idea to engrave the word “Friends” on the inside of Chris’s ring and I loved that she thought of little details such as this as this just added so beautifully to our story

Towerbosch co-ordinators!

Lize and Marquerite from Towergoed was our wedding co-ordinators.  They listened to our ideas and turned that into something spectacular.  We didn’t have to worry about anything because they were on top of everything and we would like to really give our sincere thanks to these two awesome women and dear friends of ours.  We wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with our wedding day & they made it extra special with your fine attention to detail, love and care. What a great team! 

The reception was at Towerbosch restaurant, and by far has the best cuisine we have ever tasted.
On the menu:

Starter:
Sesame crusted chicken salad.

Main:
Braised Lamb Shoulder
Beef Fillet
Golden Roasted Potatoes
Melange of Vegetables
Polenta
Pumpkin fritters

Dessert:
Towerbosch “Grootgebak” and Wedding Cake.

Advice to other couples.

Make sure that your wedding portrays who you are as a couple.  So many people are so obsessed with trends that they forget to “check” if that trend fits their personalities that when they look back at their wedding images 10 years from now their wedding feels very outdated and sometimes over the top.

The Day described in one sentence.

A humble, yet great celebration of two best friends who promised to love each other for the rest of their lives.

Honeymoon in New York.

Our honeymoon was the best!  We went back to New York City and obviously enjoyed every minute.  We also visited friends in Vegas and had the opportunity to do a few shoots there as well.  Pictures below are some of the photos we took of ourselves.

Service Providers:

Venue:  Knorhoek 

Photography:  ORGANICTALES PHOTOGRAPHY

Videography:  Willem Foster Photography

Dress:  Lady Anne Bridal

Make-up Artist:  Mia’s makeup

Hair Extentions:  Strands of love

Cake:  The Perfect Match

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:

Please do not download/copy/lift images from this website. A downloadable link with the full wedding will be made available soon.
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:
(Please do not copy, lift or screenshot images from this page. A downloadable link will soon be made available for all images)

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/

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.

 

Chrisna & Phillip Engagement

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Chrisna & Phillip

How the Proposal went down.

One weekend I was visiting with a friend where we were invited to spend the weekend like a real bunch of farmers next to a dam.  This farm just happened to be my future husband’s farm!  When we first met, I thought this guy was a real show-off and didn’t quite like him as much.  But there was a specific photo taken that weekend which my friend really wanted, and the week after I decided to just ask him via Facebook for it.  As I was about to send Phillip a message asking for the photo, he sent me a message at the same time and that’s when we started really talking!

A week later I was meant to be someone’s date at a wedding up in Bloemfontein.  After flying up to Bloemfontein, the most humiliating experience happened as my date did not read his invite and realized at the last minute that he couldn’t bring a date.  Embarrassed and sad, I got on a plane back to Cape Town and Phillip was the one who fetched me at the airport.  He gave up his Sunday and took away all the pain and humiliation.  After a month of talking and lots of sushi dates, I started to realize what true love looked like.

In December 2017, we went to my family’s farm in the Free State for Christmas.  Phillip gave me the biggest surprise by asking me the big question on top of a little rocky hill.  He had it all carefully planned with my mom, without me suspecting a thing!

Where and When do you plan on having your Wedding?

We decided on Die Woud in Caledon.  I have always dreamed of a wedding under trees and Die Woud is just perfect for this.  They also have a beautiful glass reception area which really adds to the atmosphere.

 

How do you know your fiance loves you?

Chrisna: I can see in Phillips eyes and the way he looks at me that he truly loves me.  You can feel when someone really loves you, they don’t even have to say it.

Phillip:  I know that Chrisna loves me because she does everything to the fullest for me.  She always gives her best and tries to spoil me in some way.

 

What do you look most forward to about your new journey together?

To not being alone anymore and to have my best friend by my side for the rest of our lives.  To start a family and decorate our house.  I look forward to holidays, ups and downs together and spending life with my best friend always and forever.

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