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Marcus and Katlyn

We are in love with Marcus and Katlyn's destination wedding! Let's take a closer look into their special day...


How did your love story begin?

We met two days after Christmas at a local pub. An old college friend of my friend was in town and she invited several people out to join in on the fun!

Tell us about the proposal

Marcus planned it all in one day. He was leaving town for work and managed to get our family and close friends to come out for the proposal. He proposed in downtown Fort Worth in front of the Christmas tree. I was completely surprised!

How did you find the planning process from abroad?

It was surprisingly manageable. We found our suppliers via social media, mostly Instagram. Our friend in South Africa was also a huge help in finding suppliers and communicating with them.

Where did you draw your planning inspiration from?

We wanted to keep things small and simple and the focus to be about Marcus and I’s commitment to each other. Our friend surprised us with some amazing additional decorations.

Why did you choose South Africa as your wedding destination?

We had been planning a trip to South Africa for over a year and then Marcus proposed six months prior to the trip. We thought why not have the wedding on our friend’s farm while we are there!

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

Katlyn: For me it was driving to the cliff where the ceremony was and finally seeing Marcus waiting for me. I was so happy to see him. My heart leapt.

Marcus: It was the same time for me, when I saw her driving up to the cliff, the choir was singing, and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be marrying my best friend. I was holding the camera taking a video and everyone kept telling me to put it down and get in position, but I didn’t want to miss a moment of getting what was happening on tape.

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

The theme developed through our friend who took care of the floral decoration and dinner. It was very South African with proteas and traditional South African food. We were amazed with everything he did for us.

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

I wanted something classic looking with lace. It also needed to be something I could easily travel with. We did not have any attendants for the wedding.

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

I was inspired by some images I saw on Pinterest for a white floral and greenery bouquet. The white protea really popped in it. Our friend took care of the other flowers and décor. The protea was the main element.

Did you incorporate any DIY items?

Our friend made a beautiful altar piece for us. He made it out of fence posts. Proteas and other flowers were attached along with animal horns.

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

We did not have a first dance. The choir sang “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran as Katlyn arrived to the ceremony site.

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

The setting itself. The landscape and the cliff where we chose to have the ceremony was breathtaking. We could not imagine a more perfect and stunning setting to say our marriage vows.

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

Do what you truly want and remember it’s about your commitment to one another. Don’t get weighed down by details that no one will remember in a year.

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

Our honeymoon was the rest of our trip in South Africa.


Ruan Redelinghuys Photography

Ruan Redelinghuys Photography

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