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Landtscap Wedding – Rése & James

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Landtscap Wedding.

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?

When a mutual friend of ours showed James photos of his girlfriend (now wife) with friends, James immediately asked out about the one friend – Rése! His now wife, being the good friend that she is, then immediately sent Rése a picture of James and said you need to meet this guy – only problem he stays in Port Elizabeth. But our friends decided we need to meet and all of a sudden we were added to a whatsapp group called “That Awkward Moment” and our friend left the group right after. We chatted for a month before we actually met for the first time – and the rest is history.

What drew me to James was his infectious laugh, his kind demeanor, patience and that he is taller than me. James being handsome does not hurt either!

What drew me to Rése was her beauty, similar interests and ideals. The clincher was that she is an avid sport watcher! No guilty feelings to watch sports all day!

Was your wedding affected by Covid-19 and how?

We got engaged on the 27th of September 2019 and set our initial wedding date for the 22nd of August 2020. When the level 5 lockdown was implemented and not knowing how long it will take for restrictions to be eased we decided to rather move our date to 22 May 2021. With us both being in separate provinces we did not see each other for 6 month due to level 5 and level 4 lockdown restrictions (Rése was in Stellenbosch and James in Johannesburg). We have always done long distance, but those 6 months really tested us and I think made us realise even more that we want to be together forever. One thing that the postponing of the wedding took away from us was the opportunity to have our grandmothers witness our special day. They would have loved to celebrate the day with us.

What made you choose your venue?

We want a venue that was close to Stellenbosch, and spectacular views for the winelands and caters for all weather conditions – seeing as we wanted a winter wedding. Landtscap ticked all those boxes! With lots accommodation in the surrounding area, a 180 degree view that includes Simonsberg and Stellenbosch mountains, a fireplace to keep our guests warm until late at night – what more could we ask for!

Tammy and her team helped make sure that our dream wedding could become a reality! All our guests were in awe about the amazing view and food provided by Two Chefs Catering.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

James memorable moment – Seeing Rése walk out of the building. She took my breathe away and that image will be ingrained in my memories forever!

Rése memorable moment – Seeing James stand there in his suit looking super handsome. Another memorable moment was that at James’ request we had to walk into the reception area on a song choice he made – and that song would be Meisie Meisie by Kurt Darren. It was hilarious and the guests did not expect it at all and loved it!

How did you experience your photographer’s service?

I have known Landi since 2008 when we met each other in Monica Ladies’ Residence at Stellenbosch University – and when she started doing wedding photography professionally I told her she will be my photographer one day. Not even an hour after we got engaged I told Landi to keep her weekends open in August 2020. Throughout the whole Covid-19 date change and timelines having to get adjusted to comply to lockdown regulations – Landi always stayed positive and helped to make the logistics of the event run smoothly. Throughout the day Landi made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and we had lots of laughs during the couples shoot. If you naturally look happy in the photos it shows in the photos and Landi brings that out in all the people she photographs.

 

Where did you go on honeymoon and what made it special?

We had an action packed 2 week long local honeymoon. We first went to Thronybush Game Lodge (https://www.thornybush.com/lodge/thornybush-game-lodge/) for 4 nights. With international tourists not being able to come to South Africa we got an amazing deal, where it was all inclusive (except for drinks) and we went on 2 game drives each day. We had amazing sightings of the Big Five and rare animals – like wild dogs on the hunt and lion cubs playing in the river bed.

After that we road tripped down to Umhlanga and stayed there for 2 nights in a lovely AirBnB overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed the warmer weather and James even had a swim or two!

After that we spent 4 nights at Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort. We went hiking, Rése had her first fresh snow falling experience and had to build a snowman – and we tried to go up Sani Pass by making use of Sani Pass Private Tours (https://sanipassprivatetours.com/sani-pass-tours-private/). Greg our guide was so knowledgeable and tried his best to get to the top but no cars could make it up to the Lesotho border due to the heavy snow fall.

We did a lot of driving and it felt like we needed a holiday after the honeymoon – but travelling local just reminded us of all the beauty we have in South Africa and that we have so much exploring left to do!

VIDEOGRAPHY: Hendrico Bekker Films

Service Providers:
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Venue: Landtscap
Flowers and Decor: Bouwer Flowers
Catering: Two Chefs
Photographer: Organictales Photography
Photographer’s assistant: Ronel Strauss Photography
DJ: COMPACT SOUND
Suit: GD Suits
Wedding dress: The Wedding Boutique
Bridesmaid dresses: Hoiden Bridesmaids
Stretch tents: Cape Tents
Lighting: Sitting Pretty
Lawn games and golf: Lawn Games 4 You (https://lawngames4you.co.za/)
Karoo wedding

New Holme Karoo Gariep Wedding

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Karoo Gariep Wedding.

A Beautiful love chapter in the wide landscapes of the Karoo. Situated between Colesberg and Hanover, the New Holmes Karoo Gariep wedding took place where sunsets come together and open skies wave at you.

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?

We met 2010 in Bloemfontein while studying at Olive Chef School afterwards we worked together on cruise ships after 9 years of friendship Michael finally decided that it is time to change the “friendship status”

How did you experience the services of your Photographer?

Landi was excellent and made us feel so comfortable.
All of our guests can’t stop talking about the beautiful photos. We really enjoyed Landi’s company it really felt like She was part of the family and friends who we wanted to share our special day with.

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

The moment we saw everything come together as planned since we basically arranged the whole wedding by ourselves except for the food, thank goodness!

 

Tell us something funny from the day?

As I came down the aisle, I felt a tuck on my head and realized my veil just got stuck on a rose bush! I first had to take a moment, unstuck it and then continue down the aisle to Michael! Haha!

 

Venue: New Holme Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve
Photography: Organictales Photography

Kalkoonde Wedding

Die Kalkoonde Wellington Wedding

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Kalkoonde Wedding

Hoe ons ontmoet het:

Soetes en Sop fees  2016 was die groot ontmoeting, alles te danke aan my strooimeisie, Amore Smith, en JE se se strooijonker, WJ Smith.  Min wetende dat dit die begin van ons sprokie verhaal was.  Kort na die fees was dit tyd vir huisdans en ek het ‘n date gekort. Ek dink toe dadelik aan JE en het my moed bymekaar geskraap en hom gevra (natuurlik het ek die eerste move gemaak).Weens sport verpligtinge kon hy dit nie maak nie  –   ek dink hy het “hard to get” gespeel. Hy was seker maar jaloers, want na die dans het die geskenkies en verrassings ingestroom. Dis toe waar ons besef hier was iets aan die broei, iets spesiaal, iets wat vir ewig kan hou.

Wat my na JE aangetrek het –  JE het ‘n rustigheid op hom wat my definitief na hom aangetrek het.  Hy het ook so lekker droë sin vir humor en laat my lag!  Ek kan myself wees en hy aanvaar my ten volle.

Wat het JE na my aangetrek – Wie kan nou nie van daai bos krulle hou nie. Haar sag geaardheid, omgee vir ander en hoe sy die klein die dingetjies van die lewe waardeer is van haar mooiste eienskappe.

Hoe Covid-19 ons Troue beinvloed het:

4 April 2020 was die groot dag gewees, wel dit was die plan. Weens Covid-19 was die land 2 weke voor die troue in ‘n hard lockdown geplaas en ons was gedwing om uit te stel (wat ‘n terugslag was dit nie). Ons nuwe datum was 12 September 2020 met die hoop dat dinge teen daardie tyd sal kalmeer. Weereens moes ons uitstel. Einde Julie het ons besluit om 7 Augustus 2020 ‘n intieme troue te reël, want hoekom wag, ons altwee weet wat ons wil hê! Binne twee weke het ons ‘n troue gereël en daar was slegs 10 gaste.  Meer perfek kon ons nie voor vra nie.  Ons wou nog steeds ons troudag vier saam met ons familie en vriende wat nie ons klein intieme troue kon bywoon nie. 26 Maart 2021 was die groot herbevestiging aan ons naaste familie en vriende, en wat ‘n dag was dit nie!

Hoe het ons ons fotograaf ervaar?

Landi van Organictales was ons fotograaf van dag een af. Ons het al meer as ‘n jaar, vanaf September 2019, ‘n pad saam met haar gestap.  Sy het ons verlowingsfoto’s geneem.  Ons was baie opgewonde vir ons trou foto’s en kon nie wga nie.  Min wetend dat ons ‘n jaar en 3 maande nog moes wag daarvoor as gevolg van Covid-19.  Sy was baie tegemoedkomend deur die hele proses.  Wat haar werk aanbetref – asemrowend en uniek, ons kon nie vir beter vra nie!  Sy het ons al twee op ons gemak laat voel. Dit was ‘n voorreg om haar as ons fotograaf te hê om ons spesiale dag vas te vang.

Mees memorable oomblik van die troue:

JE – Wel natuurlik toe die Majo, my bruid, haar verskyning gemaak het.  Majo – vir  my was dit ongelooflik om weer by ‘n paadjie af te stap, om met dieselfde man weer te trou en vir ‘n tweede keer my man te sien ‘n traan pik.  Dit was so mooi en spesiale dag.  Wat dit soveel meer spesiaal gemaak het was dat ons kans gehad het om ons eie vows vir mekaar te lees voor familie en vriende.  Maar ons moet bieg die weer was besonders in ons guns. Die oggend opgestaan met ligte drizzle reën wat moontlik dinge kon ontwrig het aangesien 90 % van die onthaal in die buitelig was. Genadiglik het dit gestop en gesorg vir een van die mooiste lugskoue wat elke oomblik perfek kon raakvang.

Honeymoon:

Aanvanklik was ons honeymoon gebook en betaal vir Mauritius in April 2020. Natuurlik met Covid 19 kon dit nie realiseer nie. Gelukkig is die pakket nog geldig vir toekomstige gebruik. Ons moes improviseer na ons intieme troue die 7de Aug 2020. Op kort kennisgewing kon ons plek by Botlierskop private game reserve in die Wes-Kaap kry aangesien ons nog nie provinsies kon oorsteek nie. Wat ‘n belewenis was dit nie. Om net weg te kom van die chaos in ons land, en in ons eie bubble die lewe te kon geniet. Gelukkig kan ons nog uitsien na ‘n wegbreek na Mauritius wat vir ons wag.

Raad wat ons aan ander couples sal gee:

Moenie twyfel nie! Al doen julle ‘n intieme troue, gaan voluit. Op die dag van jou troue moet jy nie jou bekommer oor klein dingetjies nie of selfs die weer nie, want alles sal presies uitwerk soos dit moet en net perfek wees!

 

Vendors:

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Venue: Kalkoonde – http://www.diekalkoonde.com/

Rok: Calegra Bridalhouse Cape Town – https://www.calegra.co.za/

MUH: Evelyn Francis MUH – http://www.evelynfrancis.co.za/

Koek: Carmen Eksteen Patisseries – https://www.facebook.com/carmeneksteenpatisseries

Catering: Wild Boar Catering

Dj: DJ Dirkie – https://www.facebook.com/DJDirkie

Juwele:

Ring en pêrel armband – Carine van Zyl, Riebeek Kasteel – https://www.facebook.com/carine.vanzyl.9/photos

Oorbelle – Jeanne&Co – http://www.jeanneandco.com/

Blomme: Floralaffairs – https://www.facebook.com/floralaffairsbyjolize

Dekor: 
Gehuur by N’Concept and Designs – http://www.nconceptsanddesigns.co.za/

Floralaffairs – https://www.facebook.com/floralaffairsbyjolize

Strooimeisie rokke: Hoiden – http://www.hoiden.co.za/

Mans dasse: HIS Apparel – http://hisapparel.co.za/

 

Fotografie & Videografie: ORGANICTALES

Montpellier wedding

Montpellier de Tulbagh Wedding

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Montpellier Wedding

Marcus & Ilezé

How did you meet and what drew you to each other?
 How did we meet? Well this is actually one of our very interesting “braaivleis vuur” stories. My twin sister’s boyfriend back then (now husband),Wouter invited us to the cricket club so he can introduce me to one of his friends. They’ve known each other since primary school.  My overprotective sister then decided to quickly do a background check before agreeing to the “blind date”. After viewing Marcus’s facebook profile she agreed. As we made our way to the cricket club ,Wouter called to cancel since Marcus is not in the mood for girls anymore….Well , here we are today and he is still stuck with that girl he wasn’t in the mood for.
What drew me to Marcus? Well I have to be honest…It was definitely his looks. And also the way I felt around him…I was just able to be myself around him completely! No mask , no pretend , no walls…JUST MYSELF.
What drew Marcus to me? His response was that he was instantly drew to me because of my bubbly & soft nature. And then my looks! Just listen to how sincere and perfect this man is! I’M DEFINITELY THE LUCKIEST WIFE!

 

Was your wedding affected by Covid-19 and how?
Yes, our wedding were affected by covid in all ways possible.
We got engaged in December 2018 , and of course the planning took off effective immediately.
We set our date for 2 May 2020 . I remember the day the 1st Covid case was announced in South-Africa…I wasn’t nervous because nothing ever lasts long in SA right? And then…the hard lockdown were announced weeks before our wedding day. We had to postpone for the 1st time. We then rescheduled for 5 September 2020…long story short…we rescheduled again.
As soon as Covid-19 finally got some direction and the restrictions were lifted, we decided to set our new date , 13 Feb 2021. Everything looked promising…but then the December restrictions happened…We were so discouraged…most of the excitement already faded due to all the postponements….we just wanted to get this wedding over with…All these emotions felt sooo wrong because that’s the opposite of what you should feel planning your wedding. We were just so sick of all the disappointment. But then my amazing husband told me that we shouldn’t postpone and just wait…We would eventually see this thing through , come what may. Luckily we didn’t postpone because 1 Week before the wedding the restrictions were eased a bit and everything was able to continue according to plan. We did however decide to do 2 receptions in order to minimize the indoor gathering time. But it was wonderful because we got to have a classy and elegant indoor celebration together with a fun , fairytale outdoor celebration. So we got the best of both worlds!
After all the tears , disappointment and a very long journey we had the best night of our lives and we are finally happily married!

What made you choose Montpellier?
 I honestly can’t remember how, from all the thousands of wineland wedding venues, we got to Montpellier. Montpellier was our 3rd viewing and as soon as we saw the little chapel in the winelands we immediately knew…THIS WAS IT! We then went on to have a look at the wine cellar (for the reception) and this was just another confirmation that this was our wedding venue! Everything about this wine farm is just sooo magical. Around every corner there awaits a WOW factor. You literally never stop saying “WOW” as you explore the venue.
The Tulbagh mountains also create this majestic atmosphere.
Lastly, the fact that all the guests were able to stay at the venue was also definitely a selling point.

Tell us about something funny or unique about your wedding weekend
I promise you …the night before we didn’t laugh about this but when I think back now….It’s kind of funny because this type of thing literally only happens in movies…if even.
The night before the wedding , my wedding ring finally arrived from the jeweler after taking it in for resizing….Out of total excitement I just put the ring on and then….my finger started to swell and turn blue….After hours of lots of butter , ice water and hair oil I had to go to a jeweler to cut off my ring. 1 Diamond also fell out of the ring. There was just no way to salvage the situation. So I had to get married with my twin sisters’ ring. Our entire lives we had to share everything, so what is one more day of sharing a wedding ring right? Hahaha that’s my horror story.

How did you experience your photographers service?
THIS WASN’T A SERVICE…THIS WAS A FRIENDSHIP! From the 1st day we met Landi , we knew….This was a lady we would want to form a friendship with. Just her warm ,welcoming and funny personality made every moment so much more memorable.
Due to covid, she was stuck with us as clients for way longer than she initially anticipated …so she had no choice but to become a friend!
She was actually invited as a guest to the wedding. With and without the camera…WE HAD A BLAST! AND THE PHOTOS CAME OUT AMAZING!
Landi…WE LOVE YOU!

What advice will you give other couples still in the planning process?
Don’t overthink! Just do! And as soon as you tick a box, look forward. Don’t revisit your decisions.
Don’t get too stressed and go out of your way to make sure everything goes according to plan! Nothing is the way you play it off in your head and guess what….IT’S EVEN MORE AMAZING!
Take everything in and just enjoy it!

Where did you go on honeymoon and what made it special?
 My amazing husband planned(and paid) this very idyllic honeymoon to Andeman and Nicobar islands but due to covid we were unable to fly to India. We did however manage to postpone all the booking, so we will keep this as a second honeymoon.
My husband surprised me with a local honeymoon at the Cederkloof Botanical retreat close to Citrusdal.
This was more magical than I ever thought a local honeymoon could be.
The peace and quiet of a secure cottage in the mountains was just what we needed after this rollercoaster of planning a wedding & we spent absolute quality time together. BONUS….THERE WAS NO SIGNAL AT ALL!
At the end we were actually grateful that we weren’t able to go on our overseas honeymoon. We were able to actually rest opposed to spending hours at airports.

 

VENDORS:
Venue: Motpellier de Tulbagh  http://www.montpellier.co.za/
Dress: House of silk (Closed)
Hair & Makeup: Bianca Meyer hair and makeup artist https://web.facebook.com/BiancaMeyerHairandMakeUpArtist/?_rdc=1&_rdr
Cake: Soet Cakes https://soetcakes.co.za/
Flowers & Decor: My green love affair https://www.mygreenloveaffair.com/
Crockery & Cutlery: All Things Wedding https://allthingsweddingsa.com/
Music: Sound House entertainment https://soundhouseentertainment.co.za/
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Barbaglia Elopement Wedding

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Cape Town Elopement Wedding

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

We met through mutual friends at a beautiful wine farm called Beyerskloof just outside Stellenbosch. I was fashionably late to the occasion and introduced to Edoardo. Little did I know I met my husband as in the moment all I wanted was a cup of rooibos tea with honey. Eddie thought it terribly odd for someone to order tea at a wine farm and approached me. We spent hours talking about life, philosophy, art, travels and family. The first thing I noticed about Eddie was that he is quiet, liked to listen and an old soul and not too bad to look at either. He first noticed my smile, my infectious laughter and my love for honey and rooibos tea as well as my long copper hair I had at the time.

The proposal

The skies were grey and the waters restless with the wind blowing through my hair as I stood on a giant rock watching the waves break, listening to the calming sound. I turned around and there Eddie was on one knee saying which I assume was a lovely and well thought out speech. I was so surprised and overjoyed that I forgot to give an answer. He paused and asked, well do you have an answer? My knee is starting to hurt. I said yes and jumped into his arms. Upon walking back to my family beach house I felt myself overcome with emotions and cried with joy. As we approached the driveway I ran back to the house to tell my parents. It was the perfect day in Kleinbaai.

The family veil.

Our family veil was first worn by my great grandmother, Magda Hofmeyer in 1928. I had the privilege of knowing her as she lived to be a 100 years old.

My grandmother, Helene Retief wore the veil on her wedding day, 27 June 1953. My grandmother and I had a wonderful relationship. She studied art which was quite impressive at the time for a woman to go university and obtain a degree.  The veil was worn by aunts and couins of the family including my mother when se married my dad in 1990 10 March.  I wore the veil on my wedding day on 6 March 2020 30 years after my parents got married.

It was a surreal moment to wear a veil so rich with history, a veil that shared remarkable memories of woman I admire and love in my family.

How was our wedding affected by covid?

Due to covid we cancelled our big wedding and had a small and intimate wedding. We got married by my parents house with only a handful of guests, the garden never looked so beautiful. Our 4 dogs could join the ceremony too. Looking back, I’m happy we had a small wedding. In my eyes it was the most perfect day and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Where did I get my dress?

My mum, grandmother and I drove to Blaauwberg for my first time trying on wedding dresses. The first dress I saw as I walked into the shop was the one for me. I didn’t know it at the time. I tried on many dresses that I initially thought were my taste. At the end I was in despair, wondering why none of the dresses felt right. I requested the first dress I saw as I walked into the shop. IT wasn’t what I thought I wanted but when I had the dress on I knew it was the one. When I turned around to show my mother and grandmother they both smiled and my mom couldn’t fight back her tears. I rented my dress from, Tying The Knot Bridal Boutique.

The most memorable moment.

Walking down the aisle with my dad by my side, seeing the joy of my grandparents, brothers and mother and finally seeing my husband nervously waiting for me. He will deny it but I’m sure I saw tears in his eyes.

My ring.

My husband took it upon himself to design my ring and took some time to think of something meaningful. My ring is an infinity shape with a sapphire that is placed in a protea in the center. The infinity shape is a symbol of our everlasting love and the protea represents that I’m from South Africa. My husband is Italian.

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Win Free Wedding Photography

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Win Free Wedding Photography

– A chapter on giving.

 

I know I’ve said this a thousand times,
but I feel so passionate about the importance of capturing life’s most precious moments.

Every year I try to give back to the universe for blessing me over and over again.  At the start of this year I thought I’d wait until Autumn before I launch this annual gift, but then…….. COVID-19 happened and we all went in to panic mode and weddings got cancelled and the world got turned upside down etc etc.  So I didn’t launch it.  But I’ve been itching to do so and I finally couldn’t wait any longer.

I was given a talent and there are few things in life that make me happier than being able to share and give the fruits of this talent to other.  So every year I choose one deserving and loving couple to photograph their wedding free of charge.

One thing you’ll always hear me say is, if there is one thing at your wedding that you should invest in more than anything else, it is your wedding photographs!  Your venue will look great, the décor will be perfect, the food will be delicious, the music will sound tasteful, your dress will look stunning on you and your hair and makeup all will have you transformed for your most beautiful day.  But the only thing you’ll take home with you is the captured memories.  This is why I value the wedding day photography above all else since it is the only part of the day you can take with you 50 years down the line.

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So if you haven’t booked your photographer for your 2021 wedding, keep reading!

Win Free Wedding Photography

Organictales will offer one lucky couple  a chance to WIN FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY worth R20 000!

 

“I’m excited to see your dress! I’m excited to see your hair and makeup. How you’ve made up your venue and I’m excited to see all the happy memories shared between you and your loved ones!”

THE PRIZE

* A Pre-Wedding Shoot with 30 High Resolution Images
* Pre-Wedding Meeting and Discussion
* 10 Hours Wedding Day Photography.
* High Resolution Digital Files on a personalized USB

 

But that’s not all! ORGANICTALES will offer special discounted pricing to anyone who entered the competition but didn’t win! (T’s & C’s apply).
ORGANICTALES PHOTOGRAPHY will also sponsor up to 3 other prizes for people who entered this competition but did not receive first prize.

 

Win Free Wedding Photography

THE COMPETITION:

Being able to capture the love union of two people is a big honour and blessing, so choosing winners for this competition will rest on a few things that will let me know how highly you value photography in your lives.  Last year I did a similar competition and the entries and stories were so lovely, they had me laughing and crying with emotions.  It was a pretty hard decision to make and I am sure this year will be just as much of an experience.  This is why I spiced it up a little more.  This year’s competition will have finalists who will meet me for a SKYPE interview before a final winner will be announced.

Building a relationship with all my clients is very important to me as it greatly aids in being able to capture your unique personalities on the day.

Couples chosen as finalists must be able to meet with me for a SKYPE interview.

 

So how do you enter and Win Free Wedding Photography?

 

  1. All you have to do is fill out the survey at the bottom of this post.
  2.  To better your chances you can also go LIKE my FACEBOOK page and invite 5 – 10 friends (or more) to also like my page so they can support you.  How do you do that?    When you visit my page you will find a section on the right (circled below in red) that says “Invite friends to like this page”

wedding competition

 

 

3.  For some extra points you can also go and FOLLOW me on Instagram and like/comment  5 – 10 of your favourite images on my feed to help me understand which of my photos fall in your favourites list.  This helps me to get a better idea of the style and feel you desire in your wedding photography. Find me @Organictales

Fill out this survey and send through to competitions@organictales.com and stand a chance to WIN FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

  Entries valid for weddings taking place any time between Jan 2021 – Dec 2021.

Since a wedding takes enormous amounts of time to photograph, process and deliver, only couples who complete ALL steps will be considered.  This is a very personal gift and therefore only couples who show genuine interest and enthusiasm will be selected as finalists.

Good luck everyone!!

SURVEY

Please DOUBLE check that your email address is correct. If not I will not be able to respond to your entry.
If you have any problems submitting – please email your answers/images directly to:
competitions@organictales.com  /  info@organictales.com

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If you do not receive any reply from ORGANICTALES within 7 days of submission, please send an email with your answers and photos to competitions@organictales.com

 

 

 

 

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

 

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