Ross and I met on the first day of university… I can still remember what he was wearing; Adidas sneakers, tracksuit pants and an old cricket shirt. We clicked straight away, and soon discovered that we had lived less than a kilometre apart for most of our lives! Who could have guessed that my first friend at university would one day become my husband...
5 years later, Ross proposed while we were hiking around Robberg in Plettenberg Bay – the best day ever!
We set our wedding date 9 months from then, the 2nd of April 2016.
The bridesmaids and I got ready at a friend’s farm which was conveniently close to the venue. It was the perfect setting to begin the big day! We started off the morning, with a ride down to the private beach, and enjoyed a champagne picnic.
Ross and the groomsmen stayed at the beautiful Kragga Kamma Game Reserve which they thoroughly enjoyed.
The style that we envisioned for our wedding day was rustic and romantic. Thatchwoods at Holmeleigh Farmyard, in Port Elizabeth, provided just the right backdrop.
The ceremony was held in The Barn, and was officiated by our pastor. The guests sat on hay bails, and I walked down the aisle, to our favourite song, played by Lundale on guitar.
As I’m sure you can tell from the photos, the day was quite windy (just like our parents’ wedding days in "PE - the windy city"). Nevertheless, this did not stop us from enjoying our special day.
The ceremony was followed by a reception at Thatchwoods. We made our first entrance, as husband and wife, to Guns 'n Roses "Sweet Child 'O Mine".
The night kicked off with "The Shoe Game" - a good laugh! Thereafter, we listened to speeches from our loved ones, and our guests enjoyed the delicious farm style (and vegan) food, as well as the sweet treats from the candy bar by Sweet Indulgence.
We had an absolute ball and danced the night away to a playlist of “golden-oldies”.
When the time came for us to leave for our honeymoon, the sparklers added to the perfect send-off.
Looking back on our wedding day, despite the many months of preparation, inevitably there were some minor things that did not go according to “The Plan”. However, this did not stop us from having the time of our lives, and making the most wonderful memories that will stay with us forever.
Throughout the journey, I kept this gem of wisdom in mind, which came from a thoughtful colleague:
“In order for your wedding day to be a success, two people just need to say YES!"
Thatchwoods, Holmeleigh Farmyard
Matthew Carr Photography
Must Love Flowers
Melissa Aylott Make-up Artist
Bells & Whistles Stationery
Kelly Mae Dillon Bespoke Bridal
Kragga Kamma Game Reserve
The Cake Smith