The tale of two girls who met before their time. Tigs was a hockey coach at my school and that is how we crossed paths at first. She never noticed me but she was definitely my first girl crush. I was 13 at the time and she was 18, studying at UCT. Fast forward to 10 years later and the flame was ignited. On my return home from living in London for a year, after speaking virtually with each other for many months, it was decided we would meet again in the same City where we first saw eachother. Tigs lived in Joberg at the time and I in Cape Town. We decided on a date in which she would drive to Cape Town, however, ever impatient she hopped in her car a few days early and drove a straight 14 hours to meet me at my parents’ home in Cape Town. From that first awkward “hello”, it turned out to be the most magical moment, and we have never turned back since.
It all went down at the beautiful wine farm of Groot Constantia on a sunny Sunday morning walk with our dog. A centimental place for Candy as her parents were married there. The usual turned unusual when Tigs got down on one knee to ask the question. Of course, I said yes, out of breath and sweaty from the long hike up the mountain. Champagne breakfast and celebrations followed at Jonkershuis. and a Champagne induced year thereafter leading up to the wedding.
Honestly, our Wedding Planners, Kraak, had everything under control. They were incredible. Held our hand throughout the process and made us feel safe. Also, I am lucky to have such an organized wife.
Dolce and Gabanna ‘19
Waiting outside the reception hall together hand in hand, Smiles that could light up the sky. Having that one moment with each other in and amongst the beautiful chaos of the day to check in, appreciate everything that happened and everything that still lay ahead was my favorite. It was the one and only moment I got on the day with my wife that was just myself and her. Following that moment, The feeling of walking into our reception, all of our favorite people clapping and cheering for us ready to welcome us… “Let’s welcome the Antoniades’” SUBLIME!!!! UNSURPASSABLE!!
We did not follow a strict theme, but the idea was to turn the venue into an indoor fairy forest. There were thousands of flowers, draping fairy lights and velvet, colorful seating.
I wanted a dress that reminded me of a fairytale princess, and due to the Black Tie dress code I dressed my girls in black silk.
We wanted people to be transfixed and transported into a different land.
This is a cringe-worthy answer but we chose Kaptein by Kurt Darren. It was because I went to a boarding school in the winelands and loved to Sokkie. I took on the traditional “male” role whilst she twirled around the dancefloor. It was so much fun to see everyone laughing with us.
I will never forget seeing Tigs standing there waiting for me. I suffer from anxiety and it had been a journey for me to get to the isle, but as soon I saw her I basically ran down the isle. Everyone crowding in a circle on the dance floor breaking plates with smiles as long as the Mississippi.
Make it yours. Don’t forget to take a moment with your partner on the day to stand back and admire all that you have created. Things move so fast and in a flash it's all over. Treasure the moments through out your planning Process.
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