An Austrian Chapter.
Lisha & Sebastian’s wedding was the kick start to my 2018 Autumn Wedding Season. With a beautiful warm day and not a hint of wind, it definitely was a perfect day to exchange promises. Read their tale below.
An Online Gaming Story.
We met playing against one another online in 2004, we became rivals, competitors and then friends… Years later we were chatting online (as our friendship was based online) and decided to get a coffee together…. We met, chatted, stayed way passed a reasonable time and found ourselves on a 7-year journey to the most beautiful day… The day I married my best friend. The attributes that drew me to Lisha… Her unending and unfathomable happiness, her positivity and her eyes. That’s what got me to buy her coffee the rest was just perfection.
What attracted me to Sebastian first was that he has the ability too always see the best in every situation, his charmingness and that he always made me smile till my cheeks hurt … let’s not even get started on the handsome topic.
How did the proposal go down?
|Hmmmm, a lot of sweat, sore fingers and subterfuge. I lured her to my family’s holiday house, sent her for a hot bath and told her to really soak and enjoy it… while doing that I made Dinner (Ravioli which i had prepped before) and lit 200 Fairy lights and placed them all over the room. I had a roaring fire going in the fire place and had set the table in the middle of the room… When she came out of the bath, there was a trail of candles from her door to the table and me…. Desert was the most sweet when she said she would marry me. Yes, I was on one knee.|
What was the style of your wedding?
|Lisha really spear headed the style of the wedding, it was more of what it shouldn’t be than what it should be, because you can define something so Organic into a box. The wedding was not going to be a Cinderella ball, or an earthy farm style but rather just an amalgamation of what she felt best personified our tastes and you wonder why I married her ?|
How did you choose on your venue?
|We Looked at a lot of venues and some of them were great but unrealistically priced and some of them had aspects that were beautiful but then lacked a reception area… in the end we found the Hudsons at the Vredenheim and we knew after walking the grounds that it had everything we wanted and more! Long grassy gardens, beautiful flowers and fountains, willow trees, a lake, friendly people and beautiful seating areas….|
Is there any special story behind your rings?
Lisha’s Engagement ring I made myself as we are manufacturing goldsmiths… Her wedding band was her own design with the uniformity of the channel set diamonds to match her engagement ring and with the rose gold filigree underneath to complement the delicacy and bring out the beauty of the design.
How did you decide on your dress?
|After many many dress fittings and feeling unimpressed I went for a consultation at Didi Couture. I got her contact details from my bridesmaid and mc who got her dress made by her. After going to Didi I was blown away by her honesty and friendliness, she made me feel at home. I was looking for something comfortable and breathtaking at the same time. She made exactly what I had in mind with her amazing style and perfection.|
Who made sure your Make Up was perfect?
|I did get quotations from many different vendors, I am not an everyday make-up wearer so I was looking for something lite and airy, then I found Talita from Mist Make-up, she does airbrush makeup which is just that and it is tear proof as well. When she did my make-up on the day it was beautiful and suited my personality and skin perfectly.|
The most memorable moment of the day:
|The most memorable moment of the day was when Lish first came into view in her wedding dress and started walking down the aisle towards me… I’ll never forget the moment till the day I die and probably not even then.
For me it was when I was walking towards and then down the aisle, I was so nervous I was trembling. As I was walking though the rows of family, friends and loved ones I looked up and saw Sebastian face, it was as if my heart shifted to tranquil quietness and my soul could breathe. In that moment I have never felt so much happiness and loved so completely.
Who officiated the ceremony?
|Our Officiant was – Willie Viljoen, after meeting him and a few others we both felt that he was the right pick and that he understood us and who we were. We did not supply him with any material and we were not disappointed.|
How did you experience your Photographer’s services on the day?
Wow…. The photographer’s services were and are above and beyond… ORGANICTALES was on time, friendly, straight to the point, comforting, complementary and helpful all at the same time. She would move the room around and get you involved, laugh with you and put you at ease. She would requisition a boat to cross a lake for a perfect shot… and even scale a tree to get the perfect angle. I’d say that as far as services go, how can you describe someone or a relationship of services rendered if you then befriend them like they are family or an honored guest because they were that…. I’m at a loss for adjectives. Their role in the day was irreplaceable and unforgettable.
Who were your videographers and how did you experience their presence on the day?
Mustard seed films – They were the perfect complement to the photographer’s entourage in the way they stayed out the way but where present and how they made you feel comfortable and feel befriended at the same time. They offered valid points, opinions and were constantly on the ball. They helped make the whole experience that much richer and fuller without making you feel uncomfortable or like you had the paparazzi after you.
Who were your caterers?
The Caterers were the venue themselves The Hudsons at the Vredenheim, the food was great, well planned and made brilliantly. For Starters we had Roasted Vegetable & Feta Tartlet with Tomato & Basil Coulis, Mains was Prime Roast Beef with Chef’s Gravy, Traditional Chicken Pie. Served with Roast Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Savoury Rice, Pumpkin Fritters, Greek Salad and for Desert we had Home Baked Malva Pudding with Custard or Ice cream and ended with our amazing 3 tier Wedding Cake.
If you could change anything of the day, what would it be?
I wish we could have extended the evening more, added a few extra hours into it, like made it a 36 hour day instead of 24 hour day!
Advice to other couples still planning?
Talk to each other, be open and be willing to compromise for middle ground… also start early and don’t settle for anything but the perfect “thing” for you 🙂
Tell us about the honeymoon!
|Honeymoon still coming! but we went away for 4 days to a spa and retreat to be alone and just be together without anyone or anything to pull us away from ourselves 🙂|
Describe your wedding in ONE sentence.
The most unforgettable, beautiful and amazing day one could spend with family and friends to join two souls who know they are meant to be together.
Vendors and Service Providers on the day:
Venue / Decor / Ceremony:
Hudson’s Venue – 021 881 3590
Organictales – 071 274 8358
Assistant – Karien Saaiman
Did Couture – 082 772 2033
Dean – 0849224757
Makeup & Hair:
Mist Makeup – 084 444 5266
Bridesmaid Dresses & Groomsmen Ties:
Joan – 083 259 5073
Cape Marriages – 071 677 6072
Mustardseed Films – 073 923 1112
Clifford Wort – 083 419 1251
Good Letter Best – 021 510 8600
Bride & Groom Prep Accommodation:
The Wild Mushroom – 021 881 3586
Wade’s Cakes – 082 932 4522