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Chanel Marais

Married on Nov 26, 2016 in Western Cape

From the day we started planning our big day, it was a test of our patience, faith and most of all our love, loyalty and respect for each other.Everything we planned to do God had ordained, it made it so much easier to leave it in his wonderful hands.When deciding on our theme we had only one thing in mind which was a touch of “vintage”.

Oh what a perfect day the lord blessed us with summery sun and a slight breeze. Whilst I was getting ready to present myself in the most beautiful way possible to my future husband. I felt the energy of unconditional love and raw excitement blow through the majestic Winelands in Paarl. That morning I rouse smiling from ear to ear, so content and calm, listening to the sounds of the birds humming their a.m. melodies it felt as if those little birds were sent to me. I took a stroll to my parent’s room at Lebac estate where we stayed overnight, my bridesmaids joined where they fluttered around me like wonderful butterflies while I got ready. They all did such an incredible job of making the day beautiful, fun & stress-free, which I really, really appreciated! Over the next hour, as I peeped over the executive suite balcony I saw our guests started to trickle in to the overnight venue’ all looking as glamorous as ever.

It was a true blessing to have my mother beside me assisting with the final adjustments to my dress it brought tears to my soul. Like a true Fairy-tale it is every girl's dream when she thinks of her wedding day, walking down the aisle with her King who leads her to her Prince Charming. Just having my King with me added the final touches to my wedding day. Driving in the car with him my heart was racing, so many emotions hit me at once, I just could not wait to get to my prince. Holding onto my daddy’s arm as I walked towards my future husband, I paused for a moment to appreciate the scenery of the Paarl Mountains. I took one deep breath and continued to walk down the aisle to meet my future, tears streamed down my face, tears of joy and anticipation of an entire year and a half of planning coming together in one moment. After we said our vows to one another, I knew that everything was as it should be in that moment.

The ceremony went smoothly, with words of eternal truth being spoken. To declare our love in front our honorary guests made the concept of marriage so unique. The beautiful sounds of Andrea Andisoulstar Anthony serenading the famous” Thinking out loud” by Ed Sheeran. Once all the formalities had been taken care of the guests enjoyed canapés, sipping on cocktails, lawn games, oh and how can we forget our kombi photobooth, some soft music was played in order to keep the celebratory atmosphere alive. The reception hall was decorated in a vintage touch of elegance and soft colour minimalistic. I did not want unnecessary arrangements to distract the beauty of the unity of our love. Walking into the hall seeing everybody clapping their hands, smiling and interacting with each other made me know the party was about to start. The speeches were absolutely beautiful and all that spoke did this from the heart leaving us and our guests feeling inspired. My husband surprising me with "The Black Ties" opening the dance party was definitely one of the highlights of the evening, starters were not even served and the party had already begun.

Our photographer Gustav Klotz and assistant Anthony Rosser captured our day in such a way that the love and joy can be felt through their images. Huge compliments to Sharon Mclean (Dress designer), Aariefa Philand (Hair stylist), Delicia Krause (Make-Up Artist), your natural talents made me look and feel like a true princess. My pretty Vintage (décor), Mandy Moyce (décor assistant), co-ordinators Marilize/ Angelique and staff at Kronenberg Estate we thank you for your amazing work. You took care of everything like you promised! The décor was something I couldn’t wait to see and it looked absolutely beautiful. We received numerous amounts of compliments, warming our hearts knowing that the guests are having a splendid time. I am so glad we picked you!!!

Looking back on the 26 November 2016, Our wedding day was an absolute dream come true. If we could we would do it all over again exactly the same way, it was everything I envisioned and so much more...


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My Pretty Vintage

My Pretty Vintage

My Pretty Vintage is all about creating events with a touch of whimsical magic, unique details and an abundance of love.

Kronenburg Estate

Kronenburg Estate

With majestic mountain views and beautiful sunsets, it is ideal for a day never to be forgotten.