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Catherine & Stephen

How did your love story begin?

I moved to Cape Town and mutual friends were insistent that I had to meet Steve. I find setups awkward so I brushed it off but every time we were both invited to an event we would conveniently be seated together. They were clearly right and we’ve been inseparable since.


Tell us about the proposal

It was completely unplanned and in the moment (which I love!). We were away for the weekend at La Chataigne, in Franschoek, and one night over dinner Steve worked in the question. It was so unplanned that Steve flew to Durban the next day to ask for my parents’ blessing.

How did you find the planning process? Did you make use of

At first it was exciting, especially going to look at venues. As the year went on it started to become overwhelming. Event planning is a full time job. At that point we reached out to Dayna from Strawberry Weddings and Events to help take over. SA Weddings was also a big help, I loved going through real weddings for ideas and advice.

Where did you draw your planning inspiration from?

Pinterest, SA Weddings, Instagram and Rock n Roll Bride. We wanted a relaxed day with those close to us, with as few formalities as possible.

What was the most memorable and special part of your wedding day?

Our ceremony. The emotion is incredible and I’ve never seen Steve fighting back tears. Our marriage officer, Lara, made it so uniquely us and we did a handfasting ceremony where you literally tie the knot!

What was your wedding theme (if you had one) and why did you choose it?

We didn’t have a clear theme and just hoped that all the elements that we liked would work together. Our venue, Le Jardin, was very quirky and so beautiful that it didn’t need a lot of décor. If I had to sum it up I would call it gothic Hollywood glamour. For the flowers we gave “dark romance” as a theme and Bouwer flowers nailed it.

What was the inspiration behind your wedding dress as well as the bridesmaids' dresses?

My wedding dress was made by my mother, Victoria. It is a work of art and is so special to me. I’ve always loved art deco style and she found the perfect fabric. Fabric shopping was very stressful as suppliers were not importing event fabrics at the time, due to Covid. We chose not to have a wedding party as we were having a micro wedding and wanted to keep things as simple and relaxed where we could. My niece led me down the aisle and as a big Harry Potter fan she wanted to dress as a dementor! My mom made her a maroon cape and she was a hit!

Your décor and flowers: Do you have a specific reason why you chose what you did?

We had seen pictures of the glasshouse at Le Jardin full of chandeliers and fell in love with the large French chandelier. We wanted minimal flowers on the tables as we did family style sharing and Johnny’s food (Slippery Spoon) was enough decoration on its own! We gave Bouwer Flowers our colour ideas and she came up with the rest.

Did you incorporate any DIY items?

Other than the wedding dress, no! The thought of having to make anything was too stressful. I admire brides and grooms that take this on.

What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?

“Pug” by Smashing Pumpkins. It’s a favourite song for both of us.

What is your favourite, will-never-forget memory of your big day?

Walking down the aisle through our friends and family towards Steve. It was a surreal experience. For Steve it was moment we were married!

Any advice for other brides-to-be who are busy planning their big day?

Arrange a day that you are really going to enjoy. If you don’t like certain traditions, drop them. Don’t do things or go through the motions just to appease others. A coordinator on the day is a must so that you only have to focus on having fun. Hire vendors that you enjoy being around. We had so much fun with our photography team, who are with you for the entire day. If you have the budget, hire a videographer.

Did you go on honeymoon and if so, where did you go?

Immediately after the wedding we had a mini-moon at Lanzerac and then Melozhori. Later in the year we had our honeymoon in the south of Spain.


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