Venue: Calderwood Hall
Hair & Make-up: Lindsay Nixon
Photographer: Chris McCabe
Dress: Lizette @ Bridal Alchemy
DJ: KZN Wedding DJ (Jarryd Sunkel)
We had a weekend wedding.
On Friday, the guests arrived to a "braai" buffet dinner. Everyone was worried (and got so lost!) because of the weather - it was classic Midlands dreary and so misty we could barely see ahead of us!
On Saturday morning we woke up to beautiful sunshine and a clear blue sky - we were so relieved. The girls and I had a lush breakfast on the balcony, like real ladies out of a Gone With The Wind type story. It was amazing! I got back into bed with my champagne to watch the first of the bridesmaids get beautified. We had so much fun with Lindsay and her assistant - I would really recommend her to any future brides! She did an amazing (and speedy) job on everyone and we had so many laughs in the process. Finally it was time for the bride (that's me!) to get hair and make-up done. I chased everyone except Lindsay and my photographer's assistant out and had some peaceful moments with Lindsay doing final touches on my hair and Eva snapping away.
Then it was again a flurry of activity with everyone getting dressed. My dress was so amazing - literally everything I've ever dreamed of! Lizette (Bridal Alchemy) did such an amazing job at understanding my needs even though I gave her so little to work with (I showed her a picture that was 'kinda' what I wanted and said I want a flowy dress that I can twirl in). I was so happy being surrounded by my bridesmaids and mother in the last few moments of being a 'Miss'. I know, so corny.
Chris (Chris McCabe Photography) started my individual shoot then. We had a lot of fun laughing and joking - especially at my inability to do seductive poses for the camera! I had a little freak-out when I heard the time since I'd told everyone that I will NOT be late on my wedding day (whoops) and rushed down the stairs Cinderella style to meet my prince. My dad (of course) first gave me a quick speech on behaving myself and whatever, and then I was finally walking down the aisle. It was such an emotional feeling - seeing all these people I know and love looking at me with tears in their eyes - so of course I fake-falled to break the ice (not even kidding).
Shaun looked so handsome (of course, I picked his suit) and the ceremony went off without a glitch - well except for the struggle to get Shaun's ring on! (pack vaseline. Not joking).
We thought (quite stupidly) that after the ceremony we would be able to relax. But then we had to stand and smile for everyone to congratulate us (honestly thanks but it's all a blur and I won't even know if you did or didn't) and then rush off to the beautiful grounds of Calderwood Hall for our photos. And finally, champagne! And more importantly - there were cows!! I quickly got over them after an almost incident with a bull though.
I have to say, the rest of the night is also mostly a blur - with some highlights here and there. Shaun's speech (who would've thought?), the first dance, twirling in my flowy dress, and then just partying it up with all our favourite people.
I honestly can say that it was one of the funnest days of my entire life - and obviously the most special. Nothing can really compare to the happiness of marrying your best friend and love of your life, and having everyone you love witness it and celebrate with you.