Some of our highlights include having had family and friends from far and wide join us in celebrating our special day. Being a December wedding shortly before Christmas it was fantastic having family and friends under one roof to celebrate with us as we cherish family bonds and friendships.
Some memorable moments would be us using two different coloured sands poured into a glass bottle to symbolise our joining instead of the traditional lighting of the candle. Another moment has to be when my husband (he had taken a tractor driving crash course earlier that day) drove us to the reception on a tractor which was the finishing touch to our theme.
We have not been on our honeymoon as we are planning a trip aboard for the end of the year on our 1st anniversary.
My wedding look was classic with a mermaid style dress with a sweetheart neckline and a beautiful lace overlay and short train including a bustle and hand made belt from Bride & Co Canal Walk branch.
I went for an Audrey Hepburn hair style with a fascinator to complete the look instead of a veil.
I opted for a natural make up look which was done by professional make-up artist Zandi from “Love the Girl” owned by Iris Gomez.
My shoes were a plain silver heel with a classic bow which i purchased from Zando.
My jewellery was minimum as I wanted the dress to pop. The two pieces of jewellery I wore were very special and close to the heart as my tennis bracelet was a gift from my aunt which is 10 years old and after the ceremony my wedding ring.
We got married in Addo, a farming community outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. We had the ceremony at a local church and we were blessed with the reception venue which was held on a family farm. Our family and friends enjoy the outdoors and with all the space out on the farm we gave the guests the option of camping at the reception venue or if they preferred to rather stay in a B & B which we also provided as an option.
Flowers we choose to submerge white and red roses in three cylindrical vases as our center pieces on our tables. In the church we had baby’s Breath in silver buckets with a lace ribbon. The Groom and Groomsmen had a single rose pinned to their jackets. The Bridesmaids had a small bunch of white roses with baby’s breathe in between the roses and I had a single king protea with a border of red roses around it as my bouquet. All the flowers were done by “Flowers PE”.
The Groom and Groomsmen wore Navy blue suits. The Groom wore a white waist coat with a matching tie and the Groomsmen wore silver waist coats with red ties to match the Bridesmaids. This was done by “Hire Society” in Port Elizabeth.
The Bridesmaids wore a red one shoulder flowing dress by “Bride & Co”.
Our marriage officer was Pastor Ettienne Peters.
We used Courtney Whittaker as our photographer. He was recommended through a friend. He was fun an knew the layouts . He did scouting and went to the venue's before the time to prepare for our day. He was a fantastic choice. We didn't a rent a photo booth. We decided to drape a section of our venue and bought all types of fun props to do as our wedding photos instead of the traditional structured photos.
We did not have a wedding planner and did everything ourselves with help from family and friends which was a lot fun and laughter as well as time for the families to bond.
The Grooms brother provided us with his Silver Audi A4 sedan as our wedding car for the church ceremony and then the tractor as our reception transport which was provided by my Uncle.
Bontiscience in Port Elizabeth provided the amazing food and dessert for our wedding. The cake was provided through a friend of the family.
We designed all our stationery for our wedding day. The printing was done through a friend from the Kodak Garden Center in Port Elizabeth and TMT in Cape Town.
We had no dance lessons we decided to just wing it. We had a DJ at our wedding which was the brother of the Bride and the Father of the Bride supplied the sound equipment. Our reception was an absolute blast and finished the evening off perfectly. The saddest part is that it really does fly by.