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Teneale Essop (Williams)

Teneale Essop

Married on Dec 27, 2014

Our wedding day was the most day of our life. Imraan and I dated for 7 years before he proposed on Christmas day 2013 in front of all our friends and family. I had no idea what I wanted for my wedding. No idea what my dress would look like, the colour, whether I would have a theme or not, which venues I like or anything wedding related. All I had was a handsome loving groom ;-)

Planning was fun! Imraan and I have similar tastes so naturally it was easier. He joined me and we made all decisions regarding the wedding together. I know every girl believes that they have the best mother but I seriously do, she was with me every step of the way. My Mom is truly my best friend so the run up to the wedding included lots of coffee dates, long chats with Kobus (my dress designer) , random dinner dates after appointments, lots of fun and laughter.

The one other thing I was very sure of besides that Imraan was the man I want to marry was that Kobus Dippenaar would design my dress. His amazing work never fails to disappoint me and the fit is always perfect!! The bonus is we get on like a house on fire ;-)

Val de Vie was the first venue we visited and we immediately knew that it was exactly what we wanted. The whole feel of the Estate was perfect. The polo field, the beautiful mountains and the horses. On the first day I met the lovely Elsje, our wedding coordinator. Every brides best friend!

The 27th December 2014 was the most beautiful day of our lives. It was the best day of our lives! I married my best friend! There was so much love, laughter and happiness shared. I woke up to the sound of laughter and chitter chatter as my bridal party was sitting on my bed waiting for me to wake up! As soon as they saw me open my eyes they started chanting, you getting married today, you getting married today ;-) I woke up thinking, Teneale today is the day you have been waiting for and working towards this whole year. It was a beautiful day, the sun was out, the birds were singing and the sky was blue. My Mom came to kiss me in bed and said " Teneale today you going to be the most beautiful Bride".

Soon our home was buzzing with a chef cooking up the most divine lunch, my amazing make-up artist the sweet Algria Ferreira, Henroux from FJS production and his amazing crew to capture all the special moments and the incredible Ryan Graham.

My darling Kobus came to dress me to make sure my dress fits perfectly. By this time Imraan had returned from our Nikkah ceremony at Claremont Mosque. I remember his Mom bringing me a pic of him in the Mosque. I instantly had tears in my eyes.

I was calm all along until we arrived at the venue, saw all the people and realised its all happening now. Seeing Kobus, Elsje and Ryan as we arrived instantly calmed me down again.

Walking down the aisle and seeing my husband to be, Imraan's face, my tears started flowing. I was so happy to finally be his wife. After years of friendship and courting we were finally going to be one!

Our venue, the ballroom at Val de Vie and our After party venue was elegantly decorated by the amazing Nico of N Concepts and Styling. Nico done the décor and flowers for our engagement party and completely blew us away with the end product. It was amazing and much more than I expected. There was no doubt that he was doing our wedding décor and flowers. My ONLY concern was that he would not be able to do it better for our wedding. I was so wrong. The feel for the whole day was elegance. We opted for a classic feel. I couldn't imagine it any better than it looked. It was everything I dreamt of and more.

We had an amazing day filled with good entertainment, an eventful polo game, amazing food and the yummiest cocktails.

Ryan Graham our photographer, one of the coolest guys I've ever met, he really made our photo session fun and promised there will be no posing all natural ;-) We had so much fun with our guests! We danced the night away to the sounds of our band and our amazing DJ'S. Our cake was so beautiful and tasted more divine than it looked.

Elsje and her amazing team made sure every ran smoothly. I honestly didn't worry about a single thing. To every other bride getting married soon, please opt for a wedding coordinator. Choose well though, be sure you get along and that he/she knows exactly what you expect. Choose one with high expectations and someone who pays attention to detail. I was so comfortable with Elsje, our appointments went on for hours.

We were in the most beautiful setting at Val de Vie, surrounded by our loved ones and married to the man of my dreams. Now we cant wait for the rest of our lives together <3

Thank you to our amazing suppliers!!


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