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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We did not have a first dance. The choir sang “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran as Katlyn arrived to the ceremony site.
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.
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.
Our honeymoon was the rest of our trip in South Africa.