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Shana Esau

Married on Nov 18, 2017 in Western Cape


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Magical Moments


Highlight of the day was definitely the emotions that took over both the Groom and the Bride during the ceremony. Fighting the tears was the hardest part.

Also, the Father-Of-The-Bride does not do public speaking. However, he made the most memorable speech that has left most guests in awe.

The Honeymoon


Our honeymoon was in Bali. We left on the 20th November 2017 and returned on the 30th November 2017.

We stayed in Ubud for 4 nights and Kuta for 4 nights as well.

Our honeymoon was a bliss! Despite the volcano eruptions, we made the most of our stay and enjoyed Bali to the fullest!

Balinese culture was interesting. And we have learnt soo much!

Something we will definitely take from this experience is how they believe in harmonizing the good and the idea spirits.

We are therefore able to take these lessons into our marriage. And take the good with the bad. Find our balance and stay in harmony with each other.

Wedding Gallery


My Special Day

We tried to stick to a classic timeless look for our attire. As Trends often change and in today’s day and age trends change a lot quicker.

I am blessed with a dressmaker for a mother. And together the duo designed a white lace beaded body suit with a white flare skirt. Detailed in crystal like beads to give extra shine to the dress as the light hits the bride at certain angles. Hair sleeked back with a puffed back fringe in a low bun. Keeping it simple and classic as possible. The 3 layered veil was topped with a bow and laced around the edges with crystal like beads.

My second look for the reception was a simple low back slim lined white sequence dress which was made by the mother-of-the-bride as well. With a touch of red roses in my hair and a bold red lip to give an edge to the evening look.

The Venue

We got married at the Parish of St Andrews Anglican Church in Northpine.

Followed by canapés and the reception at Forest 44.

Forest 44

Forest 44

Nestled in a pine forest in the heart of the winelands, this country venue offers a tranquil ambience and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The inspiration behi...

My Bridal Beauty Regime

As a Bride, I tried not to do things out of the ordinary as I was weary how my body would react to anything different.

I did however, make sure I had a good nights rest by having a cup of chamomile tea before bed. I did this for 2-3 months straight.

Wedding Elements

My original idea was to have a forest look and feel. It did slightly change a bit as time went on.

I loved the crystal dinner candle stands and the gold candelabras with crystal cups. Our decor company managed to amalgamate both looks of romance and nature.

When I first walked into our venue. I felt like I walked inside a green house. I loved everything about our look.

Our venue was perfect for the look and feel we went for.

Everyone we worked with has been amazing.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

We stuck to basic black suits for the groomsman and a tuxedo for the groom. With a trendy touch of happy socks.

The mens suits shirts and ties were bought by Cardicci.

The pocket-shifts were made from the same material as the Bride (for the Groom) and the Bridesmaids (for the Groomsmen).

Beautiful Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids wore champagne gold 2 piece suits. A wrap skirt with a lace boatline neck crop top. Paired with perfect champagne gold heels.

The look was created by the Bride. A tasteful yet sexy look.

Marriage Officer

The Priest of St. Andrews Anglican Church Northpine

My Captured Moments

Our Photographers were:
Charlie-Jay Photography

Our Videographers were:

Our photographer took charge of the day and made sure everything ran according to schedule.

Both amazing and talented sservices.
And such a breeze to work with!

The Wedding Planner

As a Bride, I did not have a planner to organize my wedding. By choice.

As I love to plan and organize events. I planned our own wedding. And if I had to do it over, I would do it myself again.

Wedding Transport

The Groom and the groomsmen loves cars. Especially Sport models.

Together with the help of the groomsmen and the Father-Of-The-Bride. The guys managed to get a white BMW 540i for the Bride and Groom. A BMW M3 for the bridesmaids and a BMW 325i for the groomsmen.

Food & Cake

The Venue Forest 44 made the food. The owner Andre is the head chef. And he makes the most amazing food.

Our cake was made by House of Cakes. Ingrid Fredericks has captured every detail perfectly.

And because Doughnuts has a sentimental meaning to the Bride and Groom. Instead of a basic candy table. We had a doughnut table. Which was supplied by Espresso Bakery as well as House of Cakes.

Wedding Stationery

The save-the-date and wedding invitations was designed by LUV-IN STUDIOS. They create digital video invitations.

All printed and other electronic stationery was designed by the Bride.

All printing was done by Growing Paper. They make seeded paper that when planted it will either grow flowers or herbs or even vegetables.

The Reception and Entertainment

A DJ was given to us as a gift. He came with multiple lights smoke machine and every song we wanted to have played.

During the canapé area we had a marimba band. A school in Botriver that has 9 school kids who play the xylophone and drums.

No dance lessons were taken as we both decided a first dance was not on the table. However, the MC had better intentions for us and put us both on the spot.

A simple blues on the perfect song "Spend my Life with You" by Eric Benet and Tamia.

Wedding Services Used

Forest 44

Forest 44

Nestled in a pine forest in the heart of the winelands, this country venue offers a tranquil ambience and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The inspiration behi...