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Tania and Johan

Tania and Johan


Tell us your love story, how did it all begin?

Our love story began in 2012 on a bus on our way to a Western Cape Outreach. I met my husband in September 2012 and ever since not a day has gone by that I have not thought about him in much love. His first words were hello and from there we started talking and soon noticed we had a lot in common. About 1 year later he asked me out and I said yes.

How did he propose?

We went for a walk in Klein-Brak River close to Mosselbaai, soon we were close to the beach and I realised how nervous he was. As soon as we walked on the beach 50metres away was a neatly packed out beach picnic with our favourite red wine and camembert cheese. We sat a while and had some wine, we started walking towards the sunset as it was beautiful and reflecting from the waters. As we approached the waters he went down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I said Yes!

How did you find the planning process?

The planning process was so much fun, as you know it mostly only happens once in you lifetime and I enjoyed it so much to plan our wedding. Especially the decor, that was my favourite part of the planning. I definitely used as it had so much inspirational ideas on. I loved going on and using the directory list as I knew it was reputable suppliers.

Where did you draw your planning inspiration from?

My main inspiration was drawn from pinterest, there were a million looks of every idea I had and I could explore a lot. I also love using South African Wedding Blog especially photography blogs like as they had shot so many weddings with different ideas, from DIY weddings to wild destinations.

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

It was definitely the getting-ready-for-my-future husband part that was so special to me, as I knew I was getting ready to say I DO!

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

We had a non-traditional Romantic Floral theme with the colours: white, light pink and spots of red here and there.

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

I was looking for a dress I have never seen anywhere and wanted something completely different, I Googled different international wedding dress designers and so my picture was drawn step-by-step with different ideas all in one. My designer Casper Bosman has the most amazing way of making your dream dress using your own ideas. He truly is a star! For my bridesmaids I had something soft and romantic in mind, and I must say they truly looked beautiful.

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

Yes I definitely love the floral look and thats why I went for a romantic look with big floral runners running down the table. I also had a romance era in mind and thats why I chose long thin candles to stick out of the flower runners and short golden votives.

Did you incorporate any DIY items?

No DIY items were incorporated

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

We chose The Paper Kites: Drifting as our wedding dance song

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

Definitely the moment the Pastor asked my husband if he will take me as his wife, he yelled out YES before the question was even finished. Everyone had such a laugh!

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

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! You will never be able to get any moment over again so try and enjoy every part of your wedding including the planning months. Do as much research as you can with regards to suppliers available etc, and as soon as you found the suppler that you want, make sure to book them as soon as possible as they are booked out months in advance.

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

Yes we went to Zanzibar, it was an amazing experience I would recommend it to anyone!




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