I got to marry the love of my life, my best friend twice in one week! - a Christian ceremony and a Hindu ceremony one day after each other..we realised if we can have two weddings - well why not! Not only do we cherish and respect each other's faith, but it made the wedding planning even more exciting and special for us both and the families!
The stars made it for us - I met my husband Armand 6 years ago in beautiful Thailand...with him being from Cape Town and I from London, UK, we knew it was something special straight away, we got together and endured a long distance relationship for 2 years, until I could make the move to Cape Town to be with him! Although tough, the distance created an incredible bond and amazing foundation for us, especially as we are married now and have an awesome life to look forward to together!
After our engagement we wanted to just enjoy being engaged, but when we started looking at the venues we thought lets just do this! I don't know how we managed to plan 2 weddings (and additional smaller pre-wedding events beforehand, especially with the international guests coming from abroad) within 6 months but we found the perfect venues for the weddings and the receptions and got the perfect dates - over the public holiday weekend in March 2014.
During the wedding week we had an awesome welcome family dinner, an African-Indian evening (with a potjie competition, henna, and dancing), and a small spiritual ceremony where we had tumeric put onto us!
By the time our Christian wedding day arrived on the Friday, I was nervous (but excited) - as we had planned everything on our own and my family had all been in London so we prayed our efforts had paid off for the perfect day! And it really was...once I arrived at the church all my worries vanished and I was just in love again...walking down the aisle to one of our love songs 'A thousand years'. We had our Christian wedding ceremony at St. Marks Church in Zonnebloem, followed by a luncheon at Wakame in Mouille Point overlooking the ocean - the weather was stunning, the ceremony was just how we wanted it and the live band was amazing. The luncheon was a beach theme with a mix of tasty cool sushi/ chopsticks, hot food, cocktails, and a shooter for everyone instead of cake. The decor was made up of sea- shells (yes we collected a lot of them!), flowers, and hanging photos of me and Armand throughout our relationship.
The next day we were at Cascade Manor in Paarl for our Hindu wedding ceremony (a boutique hotel with a breathtaking waterfall! - a real hidden gem- ) surrounded by 150 of our friends and family. Our guests booked up all the rooms, so we basically had the whole place to ourselves for the whole stay! It was an emotional ceremony, and I felt even more of a bride this day as I knew my parents were really giving me away today - it was so perfect though, and another gorgeous summer day!
By the time the evening came, we couldn't believe we had got married twice, but were just loving every moment. For our main reception we had fairy lights, candles and lanterns, it looked so magical and was just how we wanted - the enchanted look! And because we had a live band for the Church wedding, we chose a DJ for the main reception...All we wanted was for it to go smoothly, for the guests to enjoy, drink and dance the night away, and that's exactly what happened. My cousins even did a dance for us and one of them also played a song on his saxophone..so precious!
Some of our guests were wearing saris, some wearing cocktail dresses, and some wearing a mix of both! We just danced the night away and what made it special was seeing our dream wedding(s) happen, spending every second being present in the moment and that all our family and friends were around us to celebrate!
The next morning, I had to say goodbye to my family from abroad and I couldn't believe the wedding week had ended! But it was just amazing and we felt so blessed to have 2 beautiful wedding days!