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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:

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Photography – Organictales –

Flowers – Room of Bloom –

Dress – Bridal Emporium –
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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.

Service Providers:

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Venue: Die Woud
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

Die Woud Wedding – Chrisna & Phillip

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Die Woud.

~’n Afrikaanse Hoofstuk.

Die Ontmoeting:

Ek en Phillip het mekaar einde Februarie ontmoet, 6 April het hy my uitgevra en 27 Desember het hy my gevra om sy vrou te word. Hy en my ma het saam gekonkel terwyl ek niks vermoed het nie. Ons gesin het die dag besluit om almal wit aan te trek, n piekniekmandjie te pak en die sonsondergang oor die Vrystaatse vlaktes te geniet op my ouers se plaas. Min weet ek dat Phillip my om die hand gaan vra!  Hy en my Ma het alles haarfyn beplan.

Die geduldige man:

Ek was oorspronklik aangetrokke tot my man se vermoeë om my te laat skaterlag tot die trane loop.  Vandag waardeer ek sy sagtheid, deernis en geduld waarmee hy my hanteer.

Die spontane vrou:

My Chrisi-pop se onmenslike mooi aura wat sy uitstraal het my totaal en al tot haar aangetrek.  Dit is so heerlik om saam met haar te wees en sy is altyd so gelukkig en spontaan.

Die Rok:

My Ma het eendag vir my gesê, “Sussie, kom ons kyk trourokke as jy die vakansie Vrystaat toe kom.”  Ek het op ‘n bruidswinkel se webtuiste na rokke gaan kyk en dadelik verlief geraak op n rok. Ek het die rok gaan “stalk” op pinterest en daardie vakansie toe ek die rok gaan pas, toe pas hy perfek! Die rok word toe bestel en 5 maande later, toe die rok uiteindelik in Suid-Afrika arriveer, is die rok hopeloos te groot en heeltemal die verkeerde kleur! Dit was 2 weke voor die troue en almal het namens my gestress.  Ek was egter rustig! Hoe opwindend?! Shopping so kort voor jou troue! Ek het n paar afsprake gaan maak, en op die tweede dag van my soektoeg by Cindy Bam opgeëindig.  Daar hang my rok! Amper presies soos my oorspronklike rok, net nog mooier!  Die rok het my boonop soos ‘n handskoen gepas!


Sanmarie Botha se talent het my droom vir die perfekste haarstyl laat waar word.  Ek is versot op die haarstyle in die rolprent, “Gone with the Wind.” en wou graag my troue se styl daar by laat in val.  My hare het heel dag gehou en mooi gelyk en a.g.v Sanmarie se handewerk was ek glad nie bekommerd dat dit sal uitsak nie.


Formele Troudag:

Ons troue was formeel. Ons wou n regte ouwêreldse, spoggerige troue hê, waarop almal hul blinkste skoene kon afgestof. Ons wou gehad hê ons gaste moet mooi voel en die aand se mooi geniet.  Om vir ‘n dag in ‘n ander wêreld in te stap en jou mooiste uitrusting te kan aantrek. Baie troues is deesdae baie informeel en mense het nie so gereeld die geleentheid om spoggerig aan te trek nie en dus wou ons vir ons gaste die geleentheid gee daarvoor. Ons troue was kristal, Swart en Wit. Wat anders pas tog beter by n “black tie event” as swart en wit? Ek het my hele lewe gedroom om eendag onder bome te trou en laaaaang tafels te hê! Toe ek Die Woud sien, toe weet ek net; Dis waar ons gaan trou! Dit was die eerste en laaste venue wat ons gaan kyk het.


Spesiale oomblik:

Die oomblik wanneer jy mekaar vir die eerste keer sien is onbeskryflik mooi en intiem.  Om mekaar se hande te vat voor jou naaste vriende en familie wanneer die rustigheid oor jou neer daal en jy besef – die oomblik en person vir wie jy jou lewe lank gewag het, is hier.

Die Fotograaf:

Landi Groenewald van Organictales het so baie moeite ingesit.  Sy het ure se beplanning aan ons tydlyn verleen en ek kon altyd op haar knoppie druk as ek raad nodig gehad het.  Sy het soveel geduld gehad en ons op ons gemaak laat voel, wat vir ons baie belangrik was.

As ons iets kon verander:

Hou by jou program en vergeet van die gaste wat laat opdaag.  Dis jou dag en onnodig om vir hulle koms te wag.  Dit sit jou hele program agter en veroorsaak ‘n groot gejaag.  Doen jou ding en bogger die res!  Moenie dat iemand jou grootste en spesiaalste dag bederf nie, net jy kan dit toelaat.


Geniet elke oomblik!  Mens beplan soveel maande aan die groot dag en in ‘n oogwink is dit alles verby!  Kry ‘n goeie fotograaf en videograaf – die visuele oomblikke is als wat jy oor hou van jou spesiale dag.  Belangrikste van als – hou by jou tydskedule!

Kalahari DJ:

Phillip is versot op musiek! Van toeka af vertel hy my van die Kalahari DJ wat die gehoor so goed kan lees.  Musiek maak of breek beslis jou troue!  Jy kan nie net ‘n playlist aanmekaar sit en laat waai nie. ‘n Goeie DJ het die talent en vermoeë om te sien hoe die gaste reageer en wat om te speel om almal op hul tone en op die dansvloer en gelukkig te hou.
Daleen word toe ingevoer al die pad van Upington af! En glo my, die partytjie was vuur en vlam tot op die laaste nippertjie!


Dit was begin Februarie toe my hart terug roep Wes-Kaap toe. 
Ek het al vergeet hoeveel beter wyn in die Boland proe.
Een somersaand bevind ek my op my vriendin se plaas, 
my hart was weer rustig en onstlae van die geraas. 
Die buurman nooi ons toe na ‘n plaasbraai by die dam. 
Die samesyn was sonskyn en ‘n vuurtjie vat toe vlam.
Aanvanklik het ek die vuur probeer vermy, 
want die seun van die plaas was nogal arrogant volgens my. 
Die seun van die plaas het ‘n boodskap op Facebook gestuur. 
Ek het steeds niks daarvan gemaak nie, 
maar die geselskap was ‘n plesier. 

Kort daarna was ek oppad na die Vrystaat. 
Twee vriende het getrou. 
Ek het gedink ek gaan saam met die man wat my hart vir jare vas kon hou.
Min wetend dat hy op die nippertjie sou laat weet hy kan dit nie maak. 
Die seun van die plaas, het my toe by die lughawe kom haal.
Nooit het ek geweet dat ek eendag sy vrou sou raak. 
Hy het my hart gevat en hom stywer vasgehou, 
en kort voor lank, op my ouers se plaas, het hy my gevra om met hom te trou.

~C. Mouton Burger



Liewe Diensverskaffers.  Vreeslik baie dankie vir julle elkeen se bydrae tot Phillip en Chrisna se huweliksbevestiging.  Sonder julle kennis en talent sou ek nie hierdie mooi foto’s kon vasvang nie.  Daar sal binnekort ‘n webskakel beskikbaar gestel word om foto’s af te laai vir gebruik.  Vir nou, deel asb hierdie blog skakel op sosiale media tot die aflaai skakel beskikbaar is.  Liefde, Landi.

Fotograaf: Organictales

Rok: Cindy Bam

Venue: Die Woud

Grimering: Mariette Conradie

Hare: Sanmarie Botha

Videograaf: Alleta Francina

Troukoek:  Birdcage

Skryfbehoeftes:  Rob Signs

Tafeldoek:  Bloomprints

Blomme: Marlize Mouton, Maria Delgardo en Chrisna Mouton Burger

Dekor: Chrisna Mouton Burger

Papier blomme tydens Seremonie: Moody Affair

Blomme van onthaal, handruikers en blommekranse: Maria Delgardo en Marlize Mouyon

Blommemeisies se rokke: Hezanne Viljoen

DJ: Daleen Burger

Spyseniers: Die Woud

Diamant Estate Wedding – Erik & Juliana

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Diamant Estate Wedding

~A Modern French Chapter.

A Modern French Wedding.

The style of our Diamant Estate Wedding was classical, soft and romantic with a Modern French touch. I guess the inspiration came from my love for the story behind vintage things and the classics of the 1920 era, Château’s in France, coupe champagne glasses and beautiful soft classical gowns.


Why did you choose your venue?

Other than the feeling of “this is the one” we both felt when Erik and I walked on to the cobbled stones at Diamant Estate, the venue had everything described in the style of the wedding. The ancient history dating back to 1692 with the vintage characteristics, but yet still modern in a way that gave me that modern French touch that I was looking for.



Service Providers:

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Venue: Diamant Estate.

Cape Town Wedding Photography:ORGANICTALES PHOTOGRAPHY

Dress: The Wedding Boutique

Earrings:  Trouver Jewelry and Watches

Bridesmaids dresses:  Lola Wild

Makeup: Mia’s Makeup

Hair: Devoted Hair Salon

Décor and flowers:  Iets Niets

Catering: Red Pepper Catering

DJ & Sound: John The Frank

Wedding Cake: The Birdcage

Diamant Estate Wedding – Sara & Morgan

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Diamant Estate Wedding.

~The Manor House Chapter

The Meeting.

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


The Proposal.

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


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

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

The Rings.

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

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

Diamant Estate Wedding.

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

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

Mon Amour Events – Jessica Thiart.

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

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

Cape  Town Wedding Photographer.

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

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


Service Providers:
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Venue:  Diamant Estate

Photography: Organictales
Assistants:  Anje van Dalen  &  Graham Richardson

Coordination and Planning: Mon Amour Events

Catering: Red Pepper Catering

Lighting: Authentic Planning

Flowers: Bouwer Flowers

Live Entertainment: Angelo and Jane

DJ and Sound: Music 2 the Max

Diemersfontein Wedding – Quinton & Nicole

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Diemersfontein Wedding.


How did this story begin?

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


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

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

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

Giggling at the pulpit. We couldn’t help ourselves – it was the craziest, most unbelievable moment sitting there with each other.

How did you experience your Photographer’s services?

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

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

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

Tell us about the Honeymoon!!

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




Service Providers:

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Venue:  Diemersfontein Wedding Venue

Photographer: Organictales

Dress: Bride’s Mother

Cathedral Peak Wedding – Organictales Photography

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Cathedral Peak Wedding

~A Mountain Chapter


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

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

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

How did the proposal go down?

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

Why did you choose your venue?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was the most memorable moment of the day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

We love you Landi xxx

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

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

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

Didima did all of the catering for the evening.

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

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

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

Did you have an open or cash bar? Why?

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


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

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

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

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

Tell us about the Honeymoon!!

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

Describe your wedding day in ONE sentence.

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


Service Providers:

Venue: Didima Camp | Cathedral Peak Resort

Photography: Organictales Photography

Music: The After Party

Make-up: Yoané Make-up and Hair

Dress: Bride’s talented mother

Jewellers: Uncut Jewellers  |  Krassen Jewels

Officiant: Reverend John Green – 082 447 5186

Dessert: Sugar Plum Creations | Philmari Brummer

peppertree wedding

The Time Grandma Caught the Bouquet!

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Pepper Tree Wedding.

~A Classic but Timeless Chapter.

I first met Carla & Janco about a year ago when I photographed another unique wedding in the heart of the Karoo.  If there is one thing I always single out as my favourite part of my photography journey, it is the fact that I meet so many amazing people at my weddings.  Cara and Janco are just some more proof of that.  So I was pretty excited when Carla contacted me a few months later to say they got engaged and that she needed to book me as soon as possible!  I knew this would be a unique journey and even their engagement images were a treat!  Scroll down to read their story from how they met to how they abseiled down a cliff on Honeymoon!


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

We met in September 2011 on the dance floor of a Bloemfontein hang-out spot.  A bunch of friends and I wanted to dance, but sadly we didn’t know any men to dance with us!  As fate had it, I bumped in to an old friend who introduced us to a bunch of men in the same dilemma.  A perfect match!  Before I knew it, there was a tall, brown-haired man with a flowerprint shirt standing in front of me asking if I wanted to dance.  To my own astonishment, I jumped up and yelled “Yippee!!”
We started dancing and talking that night and we just never stopped again.  It was the start to the dance of the rest of our lives together.

Some of the attributes that draw us to each other is most definitely the fact that we find the other extremely attractive!  Janco describes it as an “internal happiness” he can see in my eyes.  Janco on the other hand can literally talk to me about any topic you can think of!  Even flower arrangements!

The Proposal.

One afternoon after work, we drove through to Kimberley for a bit of shopping.  On our way back to Boshof we decided to pop in at KFC which made the day feel like a hot summer holiday from the movies.  I told Janco that I feel like painting my nails just because I can!  He immediately agreed that we should do that later!

When we got back home, my neighbour and I took my bulldog pup for a walk and by the time we returned it was already quite dark, only to find ourselves in a moment of infamous Load Shedding without electricity.  Janco already had the house set up with a bunch of candles, a bottle of wine, music and the nail polish ready.

After my nails were dry, Janco gave me a hug and I could hear his heart beating right out of his chest!  I became so concerned that something was wrong and kept asking if he was okay.  The next moment the man went down on his knee, holding a ring towards me.  He was the most beautiful picture framed through that ring! I became so excited that I started running around in the house from excitement.  He had to bring me back and calm me down to give him my answer.  But I only gave him my “YES” after he reassured me that he had my parents’ permission! Haha!

Pepper Tree Wedding Venue.

The style of the wedding was only confirmed once I had my dress.  Classic and Timeless.  The flowers had to be different colours and there had to be a hint of rose gold.  In the end I decided that nothing matched, but overall it still made a beautiful image together.  My inspiration of course came from Instagram and Pinterest.

We only looked at one venue in person and then decided to just look further online.  I only had one request which was that the chapel should not have a thatched roof and that there needs to be a lot of natural light available.  Janco also only had one request and that was that everything needs to happen inside since we did not want to stress ourselves in regards to the weather.  We saw Pepper Tree Wedding Venue online and booked our date and a viewing.  We fell in love with the garden, the timeless feel and how welcoming everything was.

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

One morning during the June Winter Holidays, my mother and I went to Bloemfontein to go dress shopping.  We went to 3 different stores, yet I had no idea what I was looking for.  They say the dress first needs to fit your body and second your taste! Haha!  At the third shop I probably fitted about 13 dresses in 5 minutes!  In that pile of dresses there was one that just kept talking to me and eventually stole my heart.  Bridal Emporium in Bloemfontein really helped me so much!

Is there any special story behind the rings.

Janco designed and drew pictures of my ring while he worked in America for a year.  I never really showed him what I liked, but I did tell him that if a ring is rose gold, I would like the diamond to be a clear white diamond, but if the ring was white gold then the diamond had to be pink!  He clearly did listen to me and when he returned to South Africa, he had it made by Philip in Kimberley.

His ring, on the other hand, is completely the opposite.  It is rough and something very different.  He is a farmer and works with his hands a lot and well… Janco himself is also very different.  His ring is oxidized silver with a golden rif welded on top.  It is also bruised and hammered to give it its rough look.  It represents the fact that not everything is perfect but in the great picture everything still remains beautiful and unique.


Who made sure your make up and hair looked beautiful.

Vanilla Moon in Bloemfontein is a bride’s one stop shop!  They definitely made sure I looked absolutely gorgeous and knew exactly what I wanted.

Most memorable moment.

I really want to say that the whole day was a memorable moment!  But there definitely were highlights!  One of the moments I will cherish was when I walked down the aisle with my dad, and seeing Janco waiting for me in front.  I felt so excited and yet so calm!
Another highlight was walking through the confetti and all the special dances that followed that evening with my husband and then also with my  dad.  A favourite moment was indeed when my grandmother caught the bouquet!  We joked with her before the wedding that we will set her up with a handsome hunk for the night, and what do you know! There she caught the bouquet!

How did you experience your photographers services….

WOW WOW WOW! When Landi Groenewald walked in to my room that morning while we were getting ready, everything started feeling real!  She was great!  I figured that if I book Landi for the photos I wouldn’t need a videographer! Haha!  She made us feel so at ease and she literally gets along with everyone and every guest on the day!

Who were the caterers.

Pepper Tree Wedding Venue was in charge of the catering.  The food was unbelievably delicious! My mother baked the cake and cupcakes and two friends helped her to decorate it all.

We also had a gin bar that was open during the Canapes.  A cash bar with extra cooldrinks and water were available during the canapes time, and later for everyone else’s hard tac.  We provided the Sparkling Wine for the toasts and enough wine for everyone who wanted to give the bar a skip.


Who made sure there was good music and sound?

Our DJ was Gert Deysel.  A man of many talents!  He is a dairy farmer as well as a DJ!! How awesome is that!  The chap lives right around the corner from Petrusburg and he had all our guests dancing and moving to the beat!

Is there anything about the day you wish you could change?

I actually never thought about that question!  I wouldn’t change a thing, come to think of it.  Even though it rained, the day still turned out perfectly magical!

Any advice to couples still in the planning process.

ENJOY the planning process and… MAKE LISTS.  My mother was the one who suggested and enforced the plan to make lists because I more often than not have the attitude of “let’s just wing it!”

Tell us about the Honeymoon….

We don’t kiss and tell….
Haha! We went to Clarence for 1 night, then 4 nights in Uvongo at Pebble Beach and lastly we spent 2 nights in the Drakensberg mountains at Berghouse Cottages. It was so unbelievable!  I don’t think we have ever laughed or ate as much!

Janco also had me abseil down a 160m high cliff at Oribigorge in Kwazulu-Natal!  The man is testing my limits! Haha!  But as a result I received my first certificate with my new surname on it!

Describe your wedding day in one sentence.

“Classy with a twist, friends,  music, fun, love, happiness, flowers, family and LOVE.”



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