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Emma & Leon

How did your love story begin?

A long time ago, a mutual friend introduced us. I was still living in Cape Town, and Leon was studding in George. We were just friend – whenever I was in town we would meet up for a beer or so. After I moved to George (about 4 years ago) we met for a coffee over lunch time and something just clicked

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Tell us about the proposal.

We went on a weekend away in the middle of winter – to a beautiful old little cottage in the “Matjiesvlei” valley at the foothills of the Swartberge. Leon made us breakfast the morning… he then blindfolded me and let me to the porch surrounded by mountains. He carefully sat me down and told me to take off the blindfold… in front of me was the most beautiful ring I ever saw and Leon asking me to marry his!

How did you find the planning process? Did you make use of SAWeddings.co.za?

The planning wasn’t difficult, I had a lot of help from everyone. Yes definitely!

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Where did you draw your planning inspiration from?

Pinterest and a lot of magazines/websites

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

Everything! But if I had to choose – the first time we saw each other

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

We didn’t really have a theme, but I like all things botanical and vintage. So, we had lots of greenery and naked bulbs hanging from the ceiling and flowers on the tables in soft colours.

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

Vintage and lace, but most of all comfortable

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

Not really. I got a few pictures I liked online to show the flower lady, and told her to go wild (within the budget of course). The result was absolutely amazing!

Did you incorporate any DIY items?

Yes, it was definitely a team effort. When I couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind – I would DIY

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

Froncios van Coke – Die wereld is Mal.
The world we live in might be crazy but you are the exception – and everything seems possible with you by my side.
Its unconventional we know

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

Leon’s speech…

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

I didn’t realise how busy the last 2 weeks was going to be – try to do everything you can do in advance before then.

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

Yes, we are big supporters of exploring your own country. We went on a road trip into the Great Karoo – exploring small towns and found amazing hidden Gems

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