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Mishka and Donovan

The Lovely, Mishka Patel (MC, Keynote Speaker , Radio and Lifestyle personality) tied the knot with her love of 8 years, Donovan Loesch. The intimate occasion was hosted at the divine Vredenburg Manor House in Somerset West and the intimate affair was attended by relatives and close friends in the industry, including current Mr. South Africa, Heinrich Gabler and actress, Nicole Bessick.

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How did your love story begin?

8 years ago, as a 19 year old and 21 year old. We unexpectedly found each other. It was love at first sight!

Tell us about the proposal.

Donovan proposed on our 6 year anniversary at La Pommier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch! Completely took me by surprise, even though we spoke about marriage before, it still felt surreal!

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

There are definitely some vendors I spotted on SA Weddings!
I wont lie, planning my own wedding was… HECTIC! Still wouldn’t change it for anything in the world! Stressful, yet worth it.

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Where did you draw your planning inspiration from?

Our relationship. I kept it real, authentic and true to who we are as a couple.

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

There are too many ‘moments’ to choose from. BUT I would say when I ‘revealed’ my dress to my dad, and when I saw Donovan as I walked down the isle.

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

I didn’t really have a ‘theme’. But we kept it neutral, soft, off-whites/champagne and a lot of greenery. We are ‘outdoors’ people, we love nature, so having our wedding in 4 different gardens was a no-brainer!

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

I love a timeless dress. Something that can never go out of style. Elegant, classy and … wow! And Erica from Cathrine’s Bridal Couture hit the nail on the head!

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

I gave The Flower Girl Décor (Nazeema) room to be creative. I told her what I like, what I don’t and what I’d want, and BOOM! She created EXACTLY what I envisioned.

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

‘Said I Loved you but I lied’ by Michael Bolton. Since I can remember, this was Donovan’s song to/for me.

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

When I heard ‘you may kiss the bride’, it clicked: I am a WIFE.

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

GET A PLANNER, haha! And enjoy every, single second. It goes by SO fast.

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Did you go on honeymoon? If so, where did you go?

We are going on our official honeymoon in December, but we went to a local spot: KolKol Mountain Lodge the day after our wedding for a few days. And it was the BEST decision we ever made.

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