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Simonne Bodley

Married on Nov 4, 2017 in Gauteng

 

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Magical Moments

 

Well, I would say the highlight of the entire event was the ceremony. It was very simple and beautiful... Of course the love of my life was waiting for me at the end of the aisle as well.

One of the funnier moments would have been where my father decided that he was not going to keep pace with the music and just marched up the aisle taking me with him. Later in the night, during the reception, there was a penalty handed to my father for this little mishap although everything was all in good fun.

Friends and family from far and wide gathered for the wedding, some from as far as Europe and we were so blessed with the amount of love and happiness we received from everyone.

The Honeymoon

 

We have not gone on honeymoon yet as we both have work commitments, however, we are looking at "visiting" some family in Europe.

Wedding Gallery

 

My Special Day

The entire wedding was designed to look vintage in almost every way.

All of the décor was done by my mom and aunts to suit the theme so there are flowers and candles everywhere with pearl accents.

The Venue

The wedding was held at Engedi in Muldersdrift and some of the guests stayed over with us on the night. Some even stayed the weekend starting from Friday. It was a very beautiful venue, with very photogenic gardens.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

Most of the treatments were DIY funnily enough. In respect of my health and fitness, I trained at Quickfire with a young man called Rivaz who made sure that I was fit and toned for the wedding day with a meal plan and three days a week training. I am so thankful for him as I lost about 12 kilograms in the lead up to the wedding.

Wedding Elements

We were very lucky in that any décor that was not bought, which wasn't a lot, was borrowed from family members as part of my tradition.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

The boys wore navy suits and light blue they bought together. We got them blue and navy ties from Edgars last minute.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids wore infinity dresses made by Debbie from iCandee in the Muldersdrift area. She and her staff were so helpful in respect of the selection of the colours and the net.

The look came from necessity as most bridal stores stock bridesmaids dresses, but it did not fit into the budget.

Marriage Officer

Our marriage officer was my uncle, Chris Van Niekerk. He gave a wonderful service with a very personal touch and offered some truly amazing advice for a newly married couple.

He also performed a salt ceremony which was very unique and interesting.

My Captured Moments

George (GDG Photography) is a truly wonderful photographer and has produced the most beautiful photos. His personality is wonderful and he is very flexible with what you want. We loved working with him and appreciated his direction very much as Kevin and I are not natural in from of a camera usually.

We did not make use of a photo booth as the families were more entertaining on the dance floor.

Food & Cake

Engedi Muldersdrift was responsible for the food and did a great job. The food was loved by all, especially the pumpkin fritters. The chef did an amazing job with the presentation of the starters and the preparation of the rest of the meal.

Our cake was baked by the lovely lady of Cake Flour in Randburg. She had a small mishap in that another driver caused the first cake to be damaged, however, she was right on time the next day and we had absolutely no complaints.

The Reception and Entertainment

This party, along with most weddings on my side of the family, is always good fun. We did not stop dancing from the first song to the last song.

When we entered the reception, we immediately opened the dance floor with a quick foxtrot that we were taught by a work friend of Kevin's to ensure that the dancefloor was ready for those who wanted to venture out after dinner.

Our DJ was Liam from Pulse DJ's and did a good job with the music as everyone was always dancing.

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