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Dornier Wine Estate Wedding – Jon & Shireen

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Dornier Wine Estate Wedding.

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

We met at medical school 10 years ago and became good friends. It’s fair to say we had a soft spot for each other right from the beginning!  Over the first couple of years of friendship we became very close sharing our love of adventure, travelling and good food until we both realised we were much more than friends. Jon proposed on a beautiful day at our favourite place near Cape Point.

 

Why did you choose your venue?

We literally drove around the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek area going into every vineyard and asking about weddings. Dornier was actually the first one we saw and we loved it immediately, nowhere else could beat the scenery with its beautiful mountains, vineyards, gardens and homestead. We had lunch there and the food was amazing.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Jon – its corny but for me it was Shireen walking down the aisle, I really didn’t expect to cry but I had tears in my eyes even before Shireen made it down the steps! The first dance was also comes to mind, it was unique….

Shireen – There were so many magical moments, it’s hard to decide. It was very special walking down the aisle with my Mum and seeing in that moment just how much I meant to Jon. The weather was beautiful, the jazz band were amazing and the food was delicious. It was extra special having time to spend with Jon for our couples shoot, it was so fun!

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

Try to enjoy the process!  It will be the most perfect day you can imagine even if some of the tiny details (which will seem like huge details when you’re planning) don’t go like clockwork. You’re marrying the person you love with all your special people around you.

A friend told us to make sure that we are always ‘in the moment’ during the day. Enjoy talking to the person you are with rather than thinking about who you haven’t yet greeted! Take everything in because it goes so fast.

Describe your wedding day in ONE sentence.

The most incredible day, more than we could have ever hoped for!

 

SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Dornier Wine Estate  

ORGANICTALES PHOTOGRAPHY

Okasie https://www.okasie.co.za/Weddings

Shout Music Company – http://shoutmc.com/

Red Cherry Cakes – https://www.facebook.com/redcherrycakes

Corlé Barnardhttps://www.facebook.com/MakeupByCorle/

Lekker Trou Letters & Lights – https://www.lekkertrou.co.za/

To-Nett’s flowers décor hiring group – http://to-netts.co.za/

Shuttleup – https://shuttleup.co.za/

Strawberry weddings and events – http://strawberryweddingsandevents.co.za/

 

 

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Pepper Tree Wedding – Stefan & Ade

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Pepper Tree Wedding.

Van #Ampestrampe tot #Stramptelik.

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

Our story started in a restaurant, but not your typical restaurant. Well, actually, yes, your typical restaurant. We met in Spur. But that was it.

A few months passed and we started to attend the same social events. Our story truly started at a friend’s birthday, which was coincidentally at a restaurant, but this time, an upgrade from the Spur sparkles. I guess other sparks flew that night.

Our first coffee date was in October 2018. This Coffee date lasted 10 hours, a few refills and since then our conversations became bottomless.

 

How did the proposal go down?

We went to Clarens with Stefan’s family for the weekend to celebrate his 25th birthday. We were at Drakenberg View when Stefan TRIED to go down on one knee. Ademarie did not give him time to ask, she just yelled “yes” a few hundred times and threw her champagne GLASS in the air. We both enjoyed the moment, even without a glass of celebratory bubbles

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Stefan: Ademarie surprised me with a voice-over recording just before she walked towards me. And then finally seeing her.

Ademarie: I knew walking down the aisle would be special. These few seconds held a lifetime worth of memories. The memories that were already written and the exciting ones to come. Right before my father and I anticipated the walk down the aisle, my father handed over his supporting crutch. He wanted to WALK me down the aisle. Another favourite moment was when we had to take a quick break halfway towards Stefan – my father’s eyes were filled with tears – a moment I cannot begin to explain. And then finally joining hands with Stefan in the front. My father officiated the wedding and blessed us with a beautiful message.

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

Don’t forget to go on coffee dates, but once you go on them, please do forget to speak about the actual wedding planning. It can sometimes completely consume your time together. Once the day arrives, take in every moment. Go outside to catch a glimpse of the moon with your groom (a friend called us outside for this one).

Service Providers:

Venue, Catering, Coordinating & Decor: Pepper Tree – https://web.facebook.com/ppertree/

Photographer: www.organictales.com

Make-up Artist: Karle Potgieter from MUD Studio – https://web.facebook.com/karlepotgieterartistry/

Hair: Petrie Claasens – https://web.facebook.com/Petrie-Claasens-Hairstylist-780028378813127/

Lights: Lighticle – https://web.facebook.com/Lighticle/

Flowers: BLOM – https://web.facebook.com/blom.weddings.online/

Wedding Dress: Julie Wedderburn Bridal – https://web.facebook.com/juliewedderburnbridal/

Water Bottles: Attie van Rensburg, GoZone – https://web.facebook.com/GoZonePellissier/

Roodezand Wedding – Max & Kate

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Roodezand Wedding.

Why did you choose your venue?

Finding a venue was the first thing we did when we started the planning process, because once we had a venue we could secure the date. 

We came up with a list of what we wanted from a venue – size, layout, chapel, view, distance from Cape Town. Our first venue viewing was quite a laugh though, because Max forgot his contact lenses at home – so his impression of the venue was very different to mine! 

After viewing lots of venues, every weekend, we were referred to Roodezand Wedding Venue in Tulbagh by a friend of a friend. We emailed Karen to ask for their pricing before we set up a viewing, and we really appreciated her upfrontness, her ‘no hidden cost’ claims, and her transparency. We were tired of hearing about venue hire fees, and then finding out later about the long list of additional charges. Karen was clear from the beginning about what was included and excluded, and how much we would have to pay. When we went to go view Roodezand, she also sold us with her wonderful knowledge of wedding planning, and her helpfulness. The venue was stunning, and we loved the mountains surrounding it. We also loved that Karen took so much pride in the service she offered, going as far as providing complimentary cordials for the table as to not have bright coloured cooldrink clashing with the decor. We loved how she treated and spoke about her staff, and how accommodating everyone was.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Kate – I would love to say walking down the aisle, but to be honest, that’s a bit of a blur for me. I loved walking through the confetti passage and seeing all our friends. But most of all, I just loved having everyone there. I loved that wherever I went during the day there was someone that I was excited to see. It’s amazing being surrounded by all your favourite people. 

Max – Ah there are so many! If I had to choose it was when I got to shake my now father in law’s hand and then took Kate’s hand. There was lots of secrecy about her dress and I had no idea what it looked like, it was the most epic moment when I eventually got to see it; and start the adventure that is marriage in front of God and everyone that’s important to us.

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

Choosing the right photographer for our day was a top priority for us, because we knew that the photos of the day would be something that we would cherish forever. Landi Groenewald was great from the very beginning, and her years of wedding experience were very helpful. She shared some wedding timelines with that gave us a very good starting point for planning the flow of our day. She was also full of really great ideas about how to arrange your wedding timeline in a different way to make the best of your time with your guests, and utilize the best light for photos. 

We wanted to do an engagement shoot so that we could get comfortable with getting our photo taken as a couple (I think most people don’t get their photo taken very often unless they’re models?) and Organictales was super accommodating. She gave us some great ideas for spots to do the shoot, and went out of her way to make our crazy (and somewhat last minute) ideas work. Our engagement shoot was so much fun with Landi, and we knew we were in good hands for the wedding. 

On the wedding day Landi was relaxed (which made us relax) and was able to give us guidance on what we needed to do to get the best photos without us having to do weird stuff. We also really appreciated how organised and structured she was. She managed and guided our wedding party and family well, and really helped the day flow. She is also just such a lovely, likeable person that everyone enjoyed working with her. 

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

There’s not a single thing we’d change. Even the unexpected rain and clouds played their part in making our wedding day special – by giving our guests relief from the heat, and providing us with a beautiful backdrop for photos

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

  • Talk to your partner about your expectations for the day. Both people have thought about their wedding and what they want it to be like, not just the brides!
  • Decide what you want your wedding to look and feel like, and then take it from there.
  • Coming up with our top 4 priorities really helped us stay focused. It’s really easy to get swept up in all the wedding craze. You decide in the beginning that you want your day to be simple, the next minute you’re requesting quotes for chewing gum papers printed with your monogram! 
  • Share the admin. Keep everything in a folder on Google Drive or Dropbox so it’s accessible from wherever you are and on all devices (I remember we almost did our table layout on a piece of A3 paper – imagine we lost it! Very glad we just did it on a google sheet). 
  • Be fussy about your service providers. Find people whose work you love, and then give them the freedom to make your day beautiful. Let them be the experts, no matter how informed you think you are, you’re doing this for the first time, and they’re doing it for the 100th. 
  • Be nice; to your guests that keep changing their minds about their RSVP, to your service providers, to your partner, to your bridal party. This is meant to be a time of celebration, not of trauma. 

Describe your wedding day in ONE sentence. 

The most perfect start to our adventure!

 

Service Providers:

Venue – Roodezand wedding venue

Videographer – Dynamite Productions

Flowers – Designs by Marcel

DJ – BA Sound Solutions 

Wedding dress – Cindy Bam: http://www.cindybam.com

Engagement Ring – Dear Rae 

Wedding Bands – Famke 

Hair and Makeup – Skoonlief 

 

Dornier Wine Estate Wedding – Ciskia & Adam

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Dornier Wine Estate Wedding.

 

How we met and the attributes that drew us to each other?

Adam and I met online in February 2017 and connected from the word “go”. Our first date was at Meerendal Wine Estate a month later and the rest was history. Only after the Gin tasting of course… that’s when I knew he was a keeper and after a Sound of Music movie night… (yes, he suggested it…)

Ciskia: Adam is a genuine, kind- and good-hearted man who just wants everything and everyone to live in harmony.

Adam: Ciskia is a gorgeous woman with a fantastic sense of humor that spreads kindness and happiness wherever she goes.

How did the proposal go down?

It was so beautiful and perfect. We were traveling in Zanzibar at the time with friends of (then) mine, when Adam proposed to me. Firstly, a holiday Adam invited himself on, little did I know how a year and a half later it will change my life forever. In Zanzibar on the second night of our trip, in our room on the balcony overlooking the serene ocean at sunset he went on to one knee and popped the question. It felt like I was in a movie, it was so surreal.

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

Our style developed very organically from different themes and colours into a classical and sophisticated Dutch/Delft, blue and white, theme with a touch of gold. We mainly used the web for inspiration but were also led by what we could find in stores to finish our look. We tried to keep it simple yet elegant, the venue speaks for itself in its grandeur. I asked a good friend of mine to assist us with the design of our stationary and the look of the wedding and the Dutch/Delft theme just naturally came together.

Why did you choose Dornier Wine Estate?

We chose the Homestead at Dornier Wine Estate as our venue for the reception of our wedding. It is an original design by Sir Herbert Baker and an architectural gem in the winelands. Both of us grew up in Stellenbosch and we were looking for a Cape Dutch style venue by the foot of the mountains and let’s be honest, who does not want to have their wedding on a beautiful wine farm if you grew up in the winelands… Dornier Wine Estate just spoke to us, we fell in love with the whole vibe of the estate, the trees, the mountains, the vineyards, it all completed the picture. The deal was naturally sealed when I saw the original delft tiles around the one fireplace in the dining room. I also really wanted to get married in the Stellenbosch Moederkerk. The saying “be careful what you wish for” really rings true for me. My grandparents and my parents got married in the Moederkerk and it was a dream of mine to get married in the same church as them and in our hometown on a wine farm.

How did you decide on your Ilse Roux Dress?

The dress found me, really, no jokes. I decided on renting a dress, so the next best thing to cut the costs and to not end up with a dress in the cupboard, was to rent. I went to a few shops for fittings and did not find what I was looking for although I had no idea what I was looking for… I then visited Ilse Roux Bridal and there it was the perfect dress for me. The moment I tried it on I just knew it was my style. I loved the off-white undertones with the romantic and feminine lace overlays. The neckline was very flattering and I felt comfortable with the long lace sleeves.

Who made sure your hair and makeup looked beautiful?

The gorgeous lady responsible for our hair and makeup on the day is a master in her field. Melissa from SMUK, she truly knows how to transform a person. She just makes you feel so beautiful and at ease, Melissa is truly a trooper to have by your side on your wedding day.

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

Our minister was the best, Ds Johan Botha. You just know when you meet someone that they are genuine and that they love what they do. He has a way of putting one at ease with a great sense of humor, while at the same time treating the occasion with the love and respect it commands. He guided us all the way with information regarding the ceremony and gave us great practical tips for on the wedding day.

Any special story behind your rings and where did you find them?

Adam loves the ocean and all the different shades of blue, my birthstone is a Sapphire and that is how we decided on the center stone of my engagement ring. Adam also inherited diamonds from his mother that has been used in the ring. The stones very much dictated the design but we had a brilliant jeweler from Viljoens Jewelry who led us in the right direction and did the manufacturing for us. The wedding band followed the design of the engagement ring to fit together.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

There were so many special moments and they passed so quickly, it is so difficult to choose one, but the one thing that stood out for us was the rose ceremony. Some other stand out moments that come to mind are walking out of the church as husband and wife and being showered with confetti, being driven to the reception in the wedding car and of course the first dance that will stay with us forever.

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

Simply put, we experienced Landi Groenewald nothing short of superb. She and her assistant were at all times extremely professional. They always went the extra mile in trying to get the perfect shots. Having said this, they were also never distracting or in one’s way during either the church service or reception, again showing professionalism and experience. The importance of photography was to capture all the moments and small details of the day, so that we will be able to relive our special day for years to come.

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

You read and hear this advice everywhere and for GOOD reason. Spend a portion of your budget on a wedding planner/coordinator, it will be money well spent in the end. I do not regret spending a cent on our event planner, To-Netts from Paarl. Nicole was brilliant, professional, punctual, friendly, helpful – the list goes on… They did a mock-up table for us before the wedding so that there was no surprises on the day and they did all the setting up for our wedding. It was great, no extra stress for the bride and groom on the day! We also had a coordinator from the venue which was great, Jodie managed everything so well and nothing was a problem for her. You definitely need people before and on the day to manage the setup and run of events for you. We also had a great MC who worked well with our coordinator to make sure everything ran smoothly the night of the wedding.

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

This is a good question! The food! We had THE best caterers in the industry, Zest Catering, you can’t go wrong.  We had the tastiest canapes for pre-drinks and for starters we had Spiced pear, watercress, smoked goat’s cheese & honey roasted almonds with an orange, pear and cinnamon dressing. The main course was Rosemary and garlic marinated beef fillet served on potato Pommes Anna with truffle mushroom sauce and sautéed tender-stem broccoli and we had the creamiest vanilla bean and yogurt panna cotta with berries and a sesame snap tuille for dessert. Soete Swaan from Humansdorp made our Stroopwafels which we served with coffee and tea after dinner. Our cake was baked by a good friend of ours.

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

Firstly, I must start with a great friend of mine, Gert Loubser, who is a brilliant musician. He made sure all our guests were entertained in the church whilst waiting for the ceremony to start. Gert also sang us one of his own songs “Sonder Liefde” just after we exchanged rings. Then Matthew Lampbrecht, the son of dear friends of mine played the violin, he played A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman when I walked into the church down the aisle. We made use of SoundPrint as our DJ at the reception, the guys were great! Great service, great music, great people!!! They were so professional and up to date, we hardly gave them a brief and they did exactly what we dreamt of. We had a great evening on the dancefloor!

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

Have fun, don’t sweat the small stuff and ask people for help.

The most difficult and unromantic thing for me about the whole wedding process was the prenuptial contract. Get a lawyer who is passionate about their own marriage to help you set up your contract, I don’t know how to explain this, but our lawyer loves what marriage stands for and he “gets” it, so it was easy for us to understand and trust him.

Tell us about the honeymoon!!!

I’ll let Adam tell you about this one…

Our honeymoon consisted of two parts! Part one consisted of a two-night stay at Majeka House in Stellenbosch. This entailed wining and dining in five-star style. Part two involved a safari adventure in the Kruger National Park booked through Detour Africa. We stayed at the fantastic Thornhill Safari Lodge where they treated us to game drives, awesome cocktails and delicious food! Our hosts Sean, Merle and our guide Lambi were beyond excellent. Our barman, Connor, kept the gin and tonics coming. Our honeymoon was a truly magical experience.

 

Service Providers:

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Venue: Dornier Wine Estate

Church: Stellenbosch Moederkerk

Photography: ORGANICTALES

Assistant: Liam Kirby

Dress: Ilse Roux Bridal

Jewellers: Viljoen’s Jewellers

Sound:  Soundprint

Decor: To-Nett’s

Catering: Zest

MUA: SMUK

Minister: DS Johan Botha

 

Memoire Wedding – Trudie & Enrico

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Memoire Wedding.

“Where every moment is a memory.”

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

Enrico: Having struggled to meet someone in our busy lives, we both turned to Elite Singles, a dating App, beginning of 2018. I always knew about this site, however for some reason the time just never felt right until 2018. I guess this was fate as I would not have met my wife had I not waited until the time that I did. What attracted me to her was the fact that she was beautiful, kind, caring and loving.

Trudie-Elize: After three months on the app I was about to delete my profile when I found a message in my inbox from a man that seemed to fit my criteria at first glance. We met in person after a month and I knew very soon that I have found my potential husband. I was drawn to his authenticity, loving nature and his mind. His judgement, general knowledge and the fact that he is so versatile. I believe that there is nothing that he cannot do, and he always has a plan to execute. He is a cautious risk taker and I just absolutely love every part of him!

How did the proposal go down?

I took my wife to a horse-riding farm in Hartebeespoort. She loves animals, especially horses and this place allowed for a romantic couples’ outride. She had a suspicion that I was planning something special since she is usually the person in charge of planning our weekend activities but could not be 100% sure. She thought that if I was to propose that I would jump off the horse along the ride to do so but this was not the case – There was a romantic picnic waiting for us close to the end that she was unaware of. The guide played along and had us jump up and down from the horses to meet zebras and game on our path. This in conjunction with the fact that I took the ring out of the ring box and placed it in my jean pocket confused her as she was trying to spot the ring box to be sure of my intentions. we arrived at the picnic spot, got off the horses and walked over to a beautiful table setting decorated with roses and champagne in the middle of the woods with heart shapes all around in the trees. I got down on one knee and asked her if she’d marry me. She was so surprised that she at first didn’t say anything. She just extended her left hand to me, to which I replied that I needed and answer before I could put the ring on. She then said “yes, a million times yes”, I placed the ring on her finger, and we kissed. They left us in the woods for a while and it gave us a chance to enjoy each other’s company as a newly engaged couple before we headed back with the horses.

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

I was torn between two dresses initially from The Bridal Wardrobe. I went for a second fitting at a different branch but in my moment of doubt they brought out the Nina dress. I couldn’t get the dress out of my mind and went for one last fitting appointment with my mother and immediately forgot about the two other dresses I saw. The dress had all the features and uniqueness that I wanted and the style that Enrico mentioned he liked. I was looking for a romantic lace dress that made me feel sexy but look elegant and that was exactly what I found.

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

Nerine Bleeker was my make-up artist and also a close family member. She owns Dandily studio. Kylie Gehm – van der Merwe from Chase Hairdressing made sure our hair was done and photo-ready. Both comes highly recommended.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Enrico: When she walked down the aisle. She looked so beautiful and the suspense was finally over, she was my wife.

Trudie-Elize: I second that – it was such a special and indescribable moment. It started the moment my father came to the bridal room to take me to church, the walk up to the church with my parents by my side and then walking down the aisle. I couldn’t stop smiling – at that very moment the whole world suddenly faded and all I noticed was Enrico waiting at the end of the aisle. His face lighted up and I suddenly realized that I was going to be his wife – it made me so excited! This was the start of our forever journey.

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

We designed our own rings. I showed Enrico a picture of what I imagined my ring to look like. He then designed a custom white gold ring with personal modifications and had it 3D printed just for me. The diamond was specifically chosen with special consideration to the clarity and color. I wanted the diamond to have at least one flaw given my belief that perfection does not exist, but imperfections make us unique and beautiful. My mother has a 3-diamond ring that represent the marriage between them with God at the center. I wanted to replicate the meaning of her ring hence the 3-diamonds on my ring as well.

For Enrico we initially didn’t think to design a ring but each time we came close to finding something he liked, they either didn’t have his size or it was not made from the material he wanted. He preferred having a two-toned ring and that is when we started the designing process. He designed a white gold and rose gold ring. I took the opportunity to surprise him with our fingerprints and wedding date engraved on the inside. It made his ring completely unique and special – just like him!

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

Carissa Millicent Jonker. She is not a minister but one of my dearest friends. We met in grade 1 and since then never lost contact. She was a strong spiritual leader throughout our friendship and that made me think of her the moment we got engaged. I wanted to keep the wedding very personal. She was just amazing and made the day extra special.

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

The photos were very important to us since it captured the beautiful moments that soon become everlasting memories. We now get to relive the special moments and see them from a different perspective. Landi was amazing – she took charge where necessary, went above and beyond to make the day special and made us feel very comfortable. Her work obviously speaks for itself.  “All-in-one” is the best way to describe her service.

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

Rory from Organictales came highly recommended by Landi and he definitely did not disappoint. They were fun to have around and again made us feel very comfortable.

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

The day was amazing and perfect but went by so quickly. If only it was a possibility – we would wish for time to slow down. We would advise other couples to keep it simple. The less complicated the day – the more time you have to enjoy and take in the moment. It is easy to get caught up in the details when planning a wedding for such a long time only to realize that it did not even matter that much. The important moments you remember money can’t buy.

Tell us about the Honeymoon!!

In one word – “Priceless”

We started our honeymoon off in Paris and made our way to the South of France where we visited Nice, Avignon and Monaco. We continued our journey to Italy, Venice and ended our honeymoon in Rome. It was amazing travelling abroad and although we kept quite busy, it was well worth it. It was Enrico’s first time overseas and we managed to see many of the historical monuments and places that we have only dreamed about seeing one day. Some of our favorite sights included the Eifel Tower, The arc de Triomphe, the Coliseum and Sistine chapel. We enjoyed spending some quality time with each other and working together to find our way around. We built some amazing memories and will treasure it for a lifetime.

 

Service Providers:

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Venue:  Memoire Wedding & Function Venue

Photography: ORGANICTALES

Videography: ORGANICTALES

Dress: The Bridal Wardrobe

Suit:  Cavalier, The Gentleman’s Store

Make-up: Dandily Studio

Hair: Chase Hairdressing

Music: Soundworx

Stationary: Lily Young Designs

Cake: Cocovanilla Foods

 

 

Northcliff Wedding – Sunell & DelaRey

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Northcliff Wedding.

This Northcliff Wedding was nothing short of a celebration of people, friends and family.  Sunell & DelaRey planned the whole weekend to the T.  Family and friends came from all over South Africa and gathered together for a hearty dinner on the Friday evening.
The next morning we all woke up bright and early to start the day.

 

 

Service Providers:

Photography: ORGANICTALES 
Assistant: Warren Melnick
Make-up: Karlé Potgieter Mud Studio
Venue: Aan-die-berg NG Kerk

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Zastron Wedding – Nelda & Riaan

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Zastron Wedding.

Many people are unaware of the beauty which lies within the Free State.  This small and intimate Zastron wedding, with only the closest family members, took place on a farm close to Lesotho border.  Read their story below.

How did you meet?

We met at crossfit. Being a guy, the first thing that attracted me to Nelda was how beautiful she is. My friend and I were sitting in the gym, my back was to the door, and he said I might like what just walked in. It then took me about three weeks to build up the courage to ask her on, what I thought was a first date. To Nelda it was merely: going to support our friends. As time passed, I became more attracted to her driven nature as well as the way that she could be very gentle and caring.

 

How did the proposal go down?

It was a complete failure. I had planned a weekend away to propose. Nelda, being Nelda, quickly figured out what the weekend was for. Then, the ring wasn’t completed in time and I had to manage expectations. The ring was ready the day after we got back. I told her I had to work late and went to pick up the ring. I got home with Nelda in her pajamas on the couch. After all, I am getting married to a human being with normal flaws, so why not propose to the REAL version of Nelda? The version that I love most.

Make-up and Hair by Lizel Voigt.

Lizel Voigt, my sister in law made sure I looked beautiful on our special day. She knows my style – I wanted to look like myself with just a touch of make-up and a plain, natural hairstyle. She did an amazing job!

A Joss Couture Dress.

Joss from Joss Couture made my sister in law’s dress which was beautiful and I decided to ask her to make mine as well. Joss Couture is absolutely amazing. She immediately understood the type of dress I wanted; plain but elegant. We made changes from the original design as the dress progressed. For example, initially I didn’t want long sleeves, but during one of the fittings we were playing around with some sleeve ideas and I loved how the lace looked on me. We changed the design to long sleeves – it was an autumn wedding after all…

 

Plain and Elegant Style.

For us it was meant to be as simple and elegant as possible. We wanted our closest family members and dearest friends to enjoy the day with us

Who were the caterers of the event?

Hanri Goosen from Onder die Akker’was in charge of the food. Hanri is famous in the area for her culinary skills. The highlight of the lunch was definitely the ice-cream with little surprises in it.

 

Any advice to other couples still in the planning process?

Let the experts do their thing. We have asked Claudia van Niekerk to help out with the flowers and decorations. I only gave her a vague description of what the tables should look like; minimalistic but classy. She then showed me a couple of options and I made a few basic decisions – the rest I left up to her. One of the memories I have is seeing the table for the first time and how impressed I was.

The Photography Experience.

To get all the photographs taken, Landi Groenewald had to travel between five farms:  one where the bride got dressed, one where the groom got dressed, one where the ceremony was held, one where the lunch took place and finally the farm where I grew up for the couple’s photos. Landi went the extra mile (literally) with a smile. We are so lucky that Landi was available that weekend and would recommend her professional services to anyone.

Describe your wedding day in ONE sentence.

Riaan – It was the most amazing, love lived day of my entire life.

Nelda – A beautiful autumn afternoon under the shades of a big oak tree in the company of loved ones

 

Service Providers:

Photographer: Organictales

Dress: Joss Couture

Venue:  Onder die Akker. – 079 515 7638

Flowers: Claudia van Niekerk – 082 378 4397

Make-up & Hair:  Lizel Voigt

 

Bo-Kaap Wedding

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Bo-Kaap Wedding.

George and Charlie had the most elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere at their wedding.  Opting to have their nuptials at their own residence in the famous Bo-Kaap of Cape Town.  All their closest friends and family spent the afternoon an evening with a glass of champagne, an oyster bath and casual pizza delivery style dinner.  Enjoy this unique and magnificent gallery.

Pepper Tree Wedding – Juandre & Riette

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Pepper Tree Wedding.

Juandré & Riette met each other while attending and completing a course offered by their church.  They became fast friends and although Riette initially asked Juandré to help her with some restoration  work at her house, the fella couldn’t help but fall for her irresistible smile and bubbly personality.

Light Up My Heart.  A Romantic Proposal.

Juandré really went out of his way to prove his romantic side when he lit hundreds of candles to form a pathway.  The candles started from the bedroom and led Riette to a big circle of candles outside in the garden.  In the middle of the circle of light, was Juandré.  After lots of happy tears, he got his answer!

Bridesmaids and Google.

When it came time for dress shopping, Riette pulled in the help of her wonderful bridesmaids and the internet!  With a few searches of photos and ideas they quickly knew what shape and style the dress should be.  A visit to Bridal Emporium and the magnificent dress was ticked off the list!

Juandré & Riette’s advice to other couples:

“Our advice to other couples is to take in as much on your wedding day, as you will not believe how quickly it goes by!”

 

 

Service Providers:

(please do not copy or screenshot images from the site.  A downloadable link will be provided on request)

Photography – Organictales – www.organictales.com

Flowers – Room of Bloom – www.roomofbloom.co.za

Dress – Bridal Emporium – https://www.bridalemporium.africa/
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Die Woud Wedding – Leigh & Werner

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Die Woud – Caledon.

I met Leigh & Werner a little over a year ago.  I was delighted to find out that Leigh shares my passion for horses and riding and when the time came to do their engagement shoot, she naturally requested we add her horse, Peanut as the main feature.  Fiance Werner welcomed the idea of not having to feature too much himself.  Since meeting these two, I really feel honoured to have walked this journey with them.  Their wedding day was nothing short of spectacular.

Die Woud Venue.

We really wanted the wedding to not just be a singular day, but more of a weekend away for our guests, as we knew we would have a lot of guests from oversees and wanted to capitalize on time with them. So our venue search was focused on areas outside of Cape Town. Die Woud was an easy choice – the moment we went to see it we knew it was where we wanted to get married. The main attraction (besides the breathtaking venue!!) was that Die Woud offers pretty much everything in-house, so you don’t need to deal with a million other suppliers. Their food was incredible, their staff fantastic, and the venue coordinator, Leandre is just amazing and made the whole process so easy.

 

Cindy Bam Wedding Dress.

Cindy Bam actually made my matric dance dress for me 10 years ago! So I knew I wanted her to make my wedding dress. Cindy Bam is incredible, not only did she make me a dress beyond anything I could have wanted, but she is just such a warm, wonderful person, too.

Cape Town Wedding Photographer.

Photography for us, was very important, as that is the one thing you have left after the wedding has come and gone. Landi and her second shooter, Ronel were fantastic! They were so discrete and not imposing at all.  Most of the time we didn’t even know they were shooting -which, for awkward people like us is a big win!  Landi, also was an immense help in setting up a timeline (and sticking to it) for our day. We would also like to thank Taun Healy from Blue Owl Media for coming on board at the last minute to capture our day as well!

Shout Music Company.

We organised both our Jazz Trio for pre-drinks and our DJ through the Shout Music Co.  We cannot even begin to recommend them enough! DJ AJ was fantastic, to the point that he was borderline harassed by guests when he packed up after 1am.  Dan Shout who runs the company was also so helpful and easy to work with, and it felt no effort at all and suddenly we had the perfect set up!

The most memorable moment of the day.

Leigh – it might sound a little silly in comparison to the other “big” moments of the day, but for the last 2 songs of the night, Werner and I were all wrapped up in a blanket and we danced together and watched as our friends were having the biggest jol, with so many smiling faces around us. It was was one of the only “quieter” moments we had together on the night, and it just ended the whole celebration off perfectly for me.
Werner – To be honest, the day went by soooo quickly! There were many memorable moments, however if I had to pick a single one it would have to be looking onto Leigh walking down the aisle. That’s the exact moment I realised “This shit is real”.

Leigh & Werner’s advice to other couples.

Food. Booze. Music. If those 3 things are covered, really no one besides you are actually concerned with anything else. It’s silly to say “don’t stress” because there will be stress at some stage of the planning / setting-up process. But, if you have the right support crew in place, it makes it so much easier. My bridesmaids and family really made a massive difference! Also, an on the day coordinator should be a pre-requisite, you don’t want to be doing anything on the day besides enjoying every moment.
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Service Providers:

Please do not copy, lift or screenshot from this page.  A downloadable link to all photographs will be made available soon.  Thank you to all service providers who contributed to this beautiful day.
Venue: Die Woud
Photography:  ORGANICTALES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Assistant: Ronel Strauss
Videography: Blue Owl Media
Dress: Cindy Bam
Hair accessories: Kathleen Barry
Bridesmaids Dresses: Hoiden
Jazz Trio and DJ: Shout Music Co.
On the Day Coordinator: Have and to Hold.
Lighting: Lekker Trou 
Flowers and Decor: Mom of the Bride
Photobooth: Booth Central
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