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Wikus & Berné – Onder die Akker Wedding

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Onder die Akker Wedding

This Onder die Akker Wedding was another small and intimate event in the beautiful Free State.

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

Our story includes blue eyes, a beard and a pipe.  My nose caught a cherry smell and it led me to this bearded life of the party.  My first words to him were: “Can I please have a drag from your pipe?”.  And between the fires, laughter and cherry tobacco, little did we know we will have such a beautiful life together.

How did you experience your Photographer’s service?

Landi lit up our day with her way of making one feel comfortable in front of the lens.  She has a distinctive vision and style, which she sticks to, that is what I like about her.  She makes it look easy to handle a camera in one hand and another on her hip… and a, well, a busy group of groomsmen.  She is a great communicator, and if there is communication, little can go wrong.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Just when we entered the ceremony hall and got to sit down, I found myself looking around at this joyous event.  We will never ever have that moment again, that moment where we could have all our loved ones with us.  I sat there and absorbed that moment so well, because that was my biggest wish for our wedding, just to have everyone there who is truly closest to our hearts.

Tell us something funny/unique about your wedding weekend.

This happened just after my hair and make up were done, and the dress was finally on.  We were outside between the beautiful autumn trees just about to start taking pictures.  Suddenly I felt a heavy burn sensation on my calve,  A bee stung me, a bee stungggg me on my wedding day!!  I am semi-allergic to bees, and was on the edge to freak out.  It wasn’t 5 seconds, and Landi had her first-aid kit out, my bridesmaid, Charnè feed me with antihistamine and champagne.  And 2 minutes after that, everyone forgot it even happened.

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

We had a 3-day trip to our end destination.  We overnighted at Bloodriver – where Wikus was in his happy place, being a history-freak.  We were spoiled with the best vetkoek and boerbier we have ever had.  We then headed further to Kosi-bay.  Spontaneously chose a lodge to sleep that evening.  We again met the loveliest people and then we found ourselves on tractor tubes in the swimming pool that surrounded the bar – island bar.  Early the next morning, we had about a 40 minutes drive to the border to Mozambique, left.  We were quite anxious, as we had to test on the border for Covid.  Luckily we were negative and we could enjoy 7 days in Mozambique.  Our home was literally on the beach, with the dolphins greeting us as the sun rose every morning.  It was snorkelling, bar hopping, seafood platters, golf hole in one’s and road trips for days.  We shared it with our closest friends.    It’s our happy place – the people and their primitive way of living.  We enjoyed every minute of it.
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Myburgh & Stephanie – Bloemfontein Wedding

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Bloemfontein Wedding.

Myburgh & Stephanie had their most beautiful Bloemfontein Wedding at Vivre la Vie Estate.  Read their story below.

 

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

We met in High School and the rest is history.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Walking down the isle, for both of us.

Tell us something funny/unique about your wedding weekend.

We wanted a outside ceremony, and the weather did not cooperate, but we went with it and got married in te rain.
The rain was getting worse and worse the entire day. That did not stop is enjoying every minute of it. The venue was so muddy and more than 7 of our guests cars got stuck in the mud
Most of the groom’s friends helped with the Cars, after that they were covered in Mud and thereafter we all danced and partied the night away.

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them??

Shandre Groenewald from Expressions Makeup Artistry did my beautiful make-up, she always does my make up since my matric farewell.
Danelle Nel from In Fine Feather Salon is my hairdresser almost forever and she is the best!

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

The garden Route, the beautiful environment and fun activities and spending time with your favorite person.

What advice would you give other couples still in the planning process?

Choose what you love, it Is your big day. Don’t stress so much about everything, all that matter is your love for each other and becoming one with each other.

 

 

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Rhodes Wedding – Peet & Patricia

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Rhodes Wedding.

When you travel past Barkley-East on a gravel road of about 120km, you get to a quaint little town called Rhodes.  Definitely a tourist spot to add to your bucket list.  But, when you keep driving through Rhodes that same gravel road will take you over one of the highest passes in South Africa.  From there you will witness the most breathtaking views you can imagine.  And right at the bottom of the Naude’s nek pass, I found myself on a beautiful farm about to shoot a wedding.  Read their story below:

Tell us the story of how you two met?

We met each other when I came to visit his sister who was a school friend of mine, but Peet was very shy so we didn’t really talk much.  We eventually reconnected and started talking to each other during my first year of University and as they say – the rest is history.

How did you decide on your venue:

The farm is an extremely special place for both of us.  To us, there is no place more beautiful on earth and we really wanted to share our love for this unique spot with all our friends and family so they could also share in our fondness of it. It’s the only place we ever want to be.

Were there any funny moments that took place?

On the wedding day, we had quite a bit of rain which created some muddy and slippery driving conditions on the farm roads.  Since we were getting married in a forest, the road up to the ceremony area was also quite slippery.  When the bridesmaids arrived, their vehicle completely slipped and got stuck.  It took an army of men to literally push and pick up the girls Fortuner and turn it the right way around again.  What an adventure!

If you could change anything on the day, what would it be?

We wouldn’t change a thing.  Everything turned out perfectly.  In the morning when it started raining, we just kept praying for it to clear up before the ceremony, and what a beautiful miracle when the rain stopped long enough for us to have our beautiful forest ceremony.

 

What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding?

It’s really important to try and enjoy every moment of the process.  Try not to stress about everything.  Remember you have friends and family who can help so don’t be afraid to delegate some of the smaller tasks to them to help you.  Don’t take everything on yourself.  And again – just enjoy the entire process.

Service Providers:

Photographer:  ORGANICTALES
Videographer: GO URBAN
Dress: Bridal Emporium
Make-up: The Beauty Room – Cheron Lisher
Hair: Jean-Marie

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Onder die Akker Wedding – FJ & Sharon

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Onder die Akker:

If you haven’t heard of this intimate wedding venue in the Free State, then I hope you will discover this little hidden gem and consider it for your wedding one day! With a small little sandstone chapel, or the option for an outside ceremony and vast fields for photo opportunities, this little venue is definitely a little slice of heaven.

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

We went to the same school, he was 8 grades above me so we weren’t aware of each other. 12 Years passed and I started working. A mutual friend and my colleague introduced us to each other. We were friends for 4 months. During these 4 months we had endless videocalls where we dreamed of our perfect partners.
FJ arranged a coffee date .What seemed like a one day coffee date ended up in a 2 week visit on his farm. We knew each other 4 days when FJ told me that I am his girlfriend.  We were very clear about our expectations from the beginning. There were no games, from the start FJ and I gave our everything we didn’t hold back. We were 100% invested , as if we knew that we’ll get married 2 years later.

What advice would you give other couples still in the planning process?

Remember it’s not about what other people say or think. The most memorable and exciting part of your day is when you say, “I Do.”
Don’t try to impress people, don’t please anyone but yourself. Believe in your wildest and almost impossible expectations for your big day becusse somehow magically everything works out, and it is absolutely perfect. This is your day, you may do what ever you want to.
Enjoy your day becusse it goes by so fast.

Was your wedding affected by Covid 19?

Yes, We’ve seen so many weddings being postponed becusse of Covid-19. With the uncertainty of when we’ll have lockdown again. We decided that we are going to host an intimate wedding. It was an absolute blessing. We were able to celebrate with our closest friends and family and we wouldn’t change it in a hundred years.

How did you experience your photographer’s service?

Landi has this incredible natural way of working with people. She always has a plan. I’ve never seen someone more excited about photos of someone else, than Landi on our wedding day. Landi is flexible, adaptable and friendly. We were so comfortable while Landi took our photos.

Young Farmer of the Year.

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Young Farmer of the Year.

“Growing up on a farm teaches you about hard work, faith and perseverance.”

At the beginning of this year, I moved back to the farm after 15 years living all over the world.  It was a big decision made just in time, since shortly after I arrived back on the farm, the world was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic.  I don’t, for one second, regret my decision. Being reunited with wide, open spaces and the quiet nights, it has been a welcome change after the city hussle I lived before in Cape Town.

One of the biggest delights of moving back to the farm, was getting to know the locals and specifically this young farmer in particular.  With a heart of gold and values that would put many grown men to shame, this little farmer is living his best childhood possible. Surrounded by animals and nature and family who cherish his every move, this  young farmer is growing up learning all the most valuable attributes needed to be an admirable man one day.

 

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