Paul and I met 7 years ago, and we always knew that we would share the rest of our lives together <3
Our perfect day - 24 September 2016 - was set in the beautiful D'Aria Forest and Function Venue, which we fell in love to the exact date the previous year. And what a day it was!!
Our dream always was to have my wedding in a forest, as we love the peacefulness and beauty of nature and being the vibrant, colourful people we are, Paul and I could not settle for a white wedding - besides my dress of course ;)
So, our wedding theme was bright jewel colours and gold, with a touch of Moroccan. The Moroccan centerpiece lanterns were a gift from my Aunt and were flown in all the way from New Zealand - how special.
Our team of suppliers were out of this world, leaving us with nothing to worry about and allowing us to just absorb every moment of the months and weeks leading up to the wedding, but most importantly on the wedding day.
The preparations started the Friday afternoon with the decor team and the bridal party in the forest putting up the colourful ceremony draping and beaded hanging balls which were handmade by all involved - so everyone got add their creative flair to the day.
My Mom and I spent the night in cottages at the venue bonding as mother and daughter before the big day. And just like that……
The DAY arrived!
The most perfect, warm, yet overcast and wind-free day!
I spent the morning with my bridesmaids. Over a couple of glasses of champagne, me (The Bride) did my bridesmaids hair :) It was then my turn to be pampered and before I knew it there I was, feeling like a Cinderella in my very own wedding dress.
When I arrived at the ceremony area, I had never felt so much excitement in my life - I was soon to marry the man of my dreams.
The ceremony was beautiful, the photos were fun and the reception - Well, what a party it was!
Our happily ever after, really was more than I had ever expected. I wish I could do it all over again… it will forever be in my heart -
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go, you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
D'Aria - Venue for ceremony & reception
D'Nique - Décor & flowers
Zandri du Preez - Photography
Imagen Heart - Videography
WTF - Wedding Coordination
Jacques Terre’Blanche - Live Music
Clhairity - Liezl Geldenhuys - Bridal and Moms Hair and Makeup
Loraine Bester - Bridesmaids Makeup
Tessa’s bakery - Wedding Cake