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Janine Beattie

Married on Dec 16, 2017 in Kwa-Zulu Natal


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Magical Moments


My highlight of the day was getting to the end of the aisle, my dad lifting my veil and I got to see my Fiancé with tears in his eyes.

Memorable moments...
The week leading up to the wedding the weather was terrible, rain, mist and cold, but the sun shone and the weather was brilliant for the day.
See my dad's reaction to see my Matron of Honour dressed and ready for the day.

The Honeymoon


Yes, we went of honeymoon. From the start I told my now Husband, that I did not want to know where we are going and it was his job to sort it out. Everytime I ask I was told we are going to stay in our flat, in the lounge, for the honeymoon and we'd move into the rest of the house when honeymoon was over.

Instead he surprised me with a wonderful trip to Zanzibar, where we got to relax in amazing summer weather, catch a tan and enjoy our time in a beautiful African Island

Wedding Gallery


My Special Day

I always wanted my wedding look to be simple and elegant. I find the beauty is in the simplicity of things, my hair was done by Sara Harboth from Basically Hair and make was done by Bronwyn from Mckeown make up and photography. I found a comfy pair of heels from Froggie that were decorated by my wedding dress maker. My wedding dress was a simple lace dress with satin under lay that had beautiful array of bead work creating the string sleeve that followed down my back to the open back tie up. I love my dress.

The Venue

Our wedding was held at a stunning little Chapel called Crab Apple Chapel in the Dargle, Midlands Meander. While the reception was held at Old Halliwell Country Inn, out on thw Curry's Post Road, with its high ceiling and it's spacious hall. The views were to live for. There was an option for our guests to stay and a few of them did

My Bridal Beauty Regime

I attempted to start a bridal beauty regime but as the weeks before the wedding crept up it all fell away. I started with facials about 2 months before, but I had to cancel my appointment the week of the wedding due to time. Otherwise I just carried on as normal when it came to my beauty regime.

Wedding Elements

The words I would use to describe the theme or decor for the wedding would be... simple rustic eligance. With a colour scheme of dusty blue with a hint of dusty pink.

Every element at the wedding was made or bought by family. From the runners and chair tie back, made by my mom, to the games for guests to play outside on the lawn, which my father made and the flower favours for the ladies my mother in law made. Each item was thought of carefully and created with the perfect vision in mind. No feat was too much for our families to help with and create.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

Blake wore a classic dark navy slim suite from Woolies, that toned in wonderfully with the dusty blue theme we were going for on the wedding day. He finished the look with brown leather shoes and belt, and the watch I gave him on the day.

My Captured Moments

We had the amazing Candice Christie as our photographer and wow what an amazing lady she is. While she only does a few weddings a year, her photos are natural and elegant. She has such a kerry sense of humour that helped lighten the overly serious moments. I loved how naturally she swooped in and took the photos when needed and never became too conspicuous.

The Wedding Planner

We did not have a planner,we planned the whole day ourselves with the help of the venue managers. I just felt that I will only have one wedding day and I wanted to be part of every moment in organising and preparing the day, that I didn't want to give someone else the job to think and prepare the day for me

Wedding Transport

I was transport to amd from Crab Apple Chapel in a blue Morris Minner. A stunning old fashion car that just complemented the day.
I remember driving through the Midlands on our way to the Chapel and I saw the Nguni hide people sitting on the side of the road selling their merchandise, I waved at them as we drove passed and the grin and wave I received just brightened my drive.