Growing up in Stellenbosch, Nooitgedacht Wine Estate has always been at the top of my list for a one-day-fairy-tale-wedding. And what a one-day-fairy-tale-wedding it was!
After a lot of preparation, excitement, nerves, dreams and a 1-year-5-day-long engagement, Travis and I got married on 08.10.2016 in the chapel at the stunning Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. With a lot of help from family, the bridal party and our AWESOME service providers... Our wedding day became a reality. Trav is a happy-go-lucky, nature-loving, skateboarding and generous-gentle soul. He was happy with every idea I discussed with him for our special day. Such a team player ;-)
Our big day started with the 5 groomsmen, Trav, his dad and soon to be father in law waking up in Elgin after a day/night of fishing and drinking beers. They traveled to Rosenview on the R44 outside of Stellenbosch to get ready while the bride (That's me!), 5 bridesmaids and flower girl were at the Manor House at Nooitgedacht Wine Estate getting hair and make up started. Trav and I each wrote a special letter (love letter if you will,) to eachother to read that morning. Us girls were wearing dressing gowns made by my (now) mother in law (she also made a very special surprise apron for me for the kitchen tea). While my make up and hair was being done and my dress almost ready to be put on... The wedding coordinator made a friendly but urgent entrance into the Manor House, informing my mother and I that we will need to move the pre-drinks area to inside the venue due to the dark rain clouds SUDDENLY gathering above the big green lawn. What a spanner in the works (you need to know that I used to be a complete control freak...THAT has changed since 08.10.2016)!
With a ABSOLUTELY STUNNING dress (que emotional music as I get teary every time I think of this amazing design and talent that came across my path), hair and make up (I also cried seeing myself in the mirror after it was done as I could not believe that this was actually ME), garter and jewelry on, my bridesmaids, perfume sprayed, my dad (whom ALSO cried when seeing me in my dress) something old, new, borrowed and blue... We headed towards the chapel. It was the BEST feeling in the world seeing my (now) husband standing at the end of the red carpet waiting for me as my dad and I walked in after my bridesmaids and the flower girl, on Mercy Mercy from Hillsongs. It was a very special ceremony as the message from our pastor was SO special, Trav's youngest brother sang to us, we did a three candle lighting covenant and AS WE SAID OUR "I DO'S," IT STARTED POURING WITH RAIN ON THE CHAPEL'S ROOF. This was definitely the most sacred part of our whole day and journey together as a couple.
The wedding coordinator had to quickly re-think our location for the family, bridal party and newly-wed photos but because it was such a stunning venue we had no trouble finding more wonderful spots. The confetti-throwing also happened inside of the reception hall and delivered some very special photos! After all of the photos and the guests drinking all of the "blushing bride" and "grinning groom" cocktails, we entered the reception hall (FILLED WITH TONS AND TONS OF FLOWERS AND NAKED BULBS) as the new Mr and Mrs. What a privilege it was to be announced as "Mrs Travis Hugh Pitout." I will always carry your name with pride, my love.
People are STILL talking about our speeches. This was definitely another highlight of our day! Before each speech we played a snippet of a song for each person "speeching..." This caused some chaos ;-) Trav's youngest brother and groomsman spoke (song: You've got a friend in me from Toystory), my uncle from Gauteng spoke (song: Gautengaleng by Leon Schuster), my dad spoke making tons of jokes as we know him to do (song: Daddy cool by Boney M), two of my bridesmaids spoke with a lot of references to hip hop music as my friends know me to love hip hop (song: Koekieloekie by Abby) and of course my very handsome groom spoke (song: Intro MGM Lion as well as LOTS of interruption-songs organized by my dad and the groomsmen). It was also Trav's aunt's 40th birthday on our wedding day. I am so grateful that we had videographers there to capture all of the speeches and celebratory singing on a DVD for us. So many laughs (I had to excuse myself to the ladies room to undo my dress's zip for a few seconds as my trunk was so sore from all of the laughs!). Guests had some more giggles during this time writing on our tongue-in-cheek "guest notes" as we did this instead of a guest book.
The food, provided by the venue, was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! The best plate(s) of food we have ever had. We had gourmet canape's with the pre-drinks, plated starters, buffet main meal and different mini-puddings as well as our beautiful wedding cake we got to taste first...being stuffed into each other's mouths. No words to describe the food better... You had to be there! ;-) The dancing followed and it was soooooo much fun. Our first dance was a Micheal Buble song (All of me) and the father and daughter song a Paul Simon song (Father and daughter). Thereafter the rest of the wedding guests joined us on the dance floor for hours and hours of dancing during which the bride (Me again!) didn't take her very high heels off until the venue closed at 01:30. In between the dancing the bar was open and guests could take pictures at our personalized Instagram-frame in the same area. They were asked to post it online with the hastag #p2ido (for those who do not know, my NEW surname is pronounced "pe-two" therefore the "p2" in the hashtag). At 01:30 Trav and I left the reception hall and walked over to the Manor House where we spent the night. As we got into the (very elegant and romantic) room, we saw that the staff had placed extra puddings, champagne as well as one of our wedding presents in the room... A big bowl of strawberries, chocolate sauce and whipped cream we got from Trav's boss that night...What a laugh!
As the song went when we entered the reception hall for the first time, "The greatest day of our lives!" Little did I know that a similarly great WEEK would follow... In Phuket!
To be Bride of the year or even MONTH in 2016, would just be the cherry on top of the edible-lacy-pearly wedding cake. No other party, celebration, event...will EVER be able to top the emotions we experienced on 08.10.2016. I would not change a thing. I am very grateful that we were blessed with such great service providers helping us to create a STUNNING start to our new life together as Mr & Mrs Pitout.
Venue: Nooitgedacht Wine Estate
Wedding coordinator: IDO4U
Photographers: Zandri du Preez Photography
Dress: Gelieft Bruid & Prêt-a-porter
Bride's Make up and hair: Jessica K - Professional Hair + Makeup Artist
Suit and groomsmens' clothes: WOOLWORTHS SA and Tied bowties
Bridesmaids' dresses: YDE
Bridesmaids' hair and make up: Liezl Meyer Make-up Artist and Madeleine Conradie Professional Hair and Make-up
Flowers: Mint and Magnolia
Wedding cake: Something Elbs
Videographers: Popped Red Balloon Productions
Stationery: Lezanne's Designs - Wedding Stationery
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