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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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Paul & Anica – A Lodge Wedding Photos

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A Lodge Wedding.

With rain pouring down in buckets just as the ceremony started, it was a sure sign that this wedding was blessed from above.  And even with thunder and mud, it did not stop us from capturing some beautiful moody A Lodge Wedding Photos.


Service Providers:

Photographer: ORGANICTALES
Videographer: Luminary Studio
Venue: A Lodge Wedding photos
Catering: A Lodge Wedding photos
Dress: Julie Wedderburn Bridal
Flowers: Flower It

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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.

Tuscan Rose Wedding – Hannes & Cecilia

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 Tuscan Rose Wedding.

We started the Spring Season of weddings at the beautiful Tuscan Rose Wedding venue in Bloemfontein.  With beautiful gardens and beautiful Tuscan architecture, it definitely did not disappoint.


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

Our love story started way back in 2012 when we were just kids attending the same secondary school. We were both very sporty and competitive which created the initial attraction. And the rest is history.

Was your wedding affected by Covid-19 and how?

Yes, we were limited to 50 guests and the curfew were at 10pm which resulted in a shorter wedding. The wedding day in itself is expected to go by very soon but with the curfew it went by even sooner.

What made you choose your venue?

We chose our venue 100% because of the people from the venue. Veronica and Niel are the ones in charge of all the arrangements and from the first visit we felt so welcome and cared for. They went above and beyond to deliver in every aspect, and we could not be more satisfied. And their food is amazing.

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

My hair was done by Petrie Claasens and my make up by Karle Potgieter – and I had the best in the business. I literally loved every single detail not just on the day but also during the trials and the journey leading up to the wedding.

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

We prepared our own vows and that by far was the most precious moment of the day for both of us.

Tell us something funny about your wedding weekend.

We had a garden wedding with rose bushes surrounding the area and also right next to the aisle where I was walking down to meet up with my then fiancé. I had a long vail and while walking up to the altar my vail hooked to one of the thrones on one of the bushes causing my dad and myself to come to a complete stop. This was funny but also perfect because it definitely broke the silence.


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

The only thing I would change is the curfew. I just wish we could have had more time to enjoy the day with our guests.

How did you experience you photographer’s service?

We could not be more satisfied. Landi is friendly and a pleasant person to be around. She creates an comfortable atmosphere especially for people like us who are quite uncomfortable Infront of the camera. She has great ideas and always deliver the best product. Definitely going to make use of het services again in future.


Service Providers:

Venue:  Tuscan Rose

Bouquets: Cross Country Flowers

Groom Suit: Viléste Couture

Bride Dress: Bridal Emporium

Bridesmaids hair: Clarina Keyter

Bride hair: Petrie Claasens

Bride Make-up: Karle Potgieter Artistry

Photography: Organictales Photography



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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.


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!




Venue: Kalkoonde –

Rok: Calegra Bridalhouse Cape Town –

MUH: Evelyn Francis MUH –

Koek: Carmen Eksteen Patisseries –

Catering: Wild Boar Catering

Dj: DJ Dirkie –


Ring en pêrel armband – Carine van Zyl, Riebeek Kasteel –

Oorbelle – Jeanne&Co –

Blomme: Floralaffairs –

Gehuur by N’Concept and Designs –

Floralaffairs –

Strooimeisie rokke: Hoiden –

Mans dasse: HIS Apparel –


Fotografie & Videografie: ORGANICTALES

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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