In 2008, the older brother of one of my Grade two students walked into my class to come fetch his brother from the school concert. Six years later, we were saying "I DO"...
An urban wedding in the heart of Johannesburg.
We wanted our wedding to be one that is true to us as a couple. We have always said we want and have "The Notebook" love. We wanted something different, something unique to us. We wanted our wedding to not only be special for us but for our guests too. Raff and I are both from Johannesburg, as well as most of our guests so to accommodate everyone and the fact that we love the city life, there was no better venue than Turbine Hall in the heart of Jozi town.
The location and architecture was perfect. The history of this venue fascinated us. Turbine Hall was an old dilapidated power house, originally built in 1927 and was then refurbished to preserve its industrial heritage while transforming it into a stunning venue. We also love the urban regeneration of town and wanted to support this and any local South African entrepreneurs as much as we could. This was evident in the very unique decor. From the African wire art decor we used on the concrete walls and wire art cake toppers, to the handmade and hand painted Jozi skyline orchid pot holders, all was locally made. We also did a great deal ourselves, paying special attention to each and every detail.The decor was simplistic and elegant with an urban vibe, amongst the industrial structures and white orchids, it portrayed a beautiful white urban wedding. We did not choose orchids solely because of their beauty but what they symbolise, love, beauty and strength. Even my dress was locally made by a designer in Maboneng Precinct JHB, just down the road from Turbine.
It was very important to us for our guests to be comfortable throughout the wedding and to bring out the uniqueness we wanted. After much planning and attention to detail, this was definitely achieved. It was the attention to detail that helped achieve the uniqueness, for example, writing our own vows to the three bridesmaids not holding flowers down the aisle but rather black and white canvas prints, each print with a picture of Raff and I with the words to the song I walked down the aisle to (see photos).
One of my closest friends said this to me before our wedding "Don't expect to much because by 8pm you will want it to be over". How very wrong she was. We absolutely loved each and every minute of this unbelievably special day, how I wish I could have the 30th August 2014 all over again, and I would not change a thing. I have always believed that if a couple is truly in love, their wedding day shows it and those are the most beautiful weddings. Raffaele and I shared a beautiful wedding with our closest family and friends.
A quote from the Notebook which was part of the ceremony reading..."I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope and every dream I have ever had and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours." - Thank you to my amazing husband for making our wedding day, and everyday since, the greatest day of my life.
The historic Turbine Hall, a refurbished 1920’s powerstation in the heart of Jozi’s trendy arts and culture precinct offers warm industrial spaces with an urban edge and ac...