One recurring compliment that we receive from our guests is that it was "a true fairytale wedding where our love for each other filled the atmosphere".
I am abundantly blessed that my maid of honour, my best friend of 28 years, was able to travel all the way from England to spend the weekend with us. Immeasurable amounts of love and effort was invested in our wedding as we designed and created numerous things for the wedding, including my veil, the paper bouquets, table decor, decor for use in the church, party packs for the guests, the thank you gifts and personalised water bottles, to name but a few.
We spent ten days exploring the majestic mountains and magnificent waterfalls in and around Sabie, as well as fine-dining in various recommended restaurants. Thereafter, we were privileged to go to Amanzimtoti where we spent a couple of days relaxing, swimming and taking long romantic walks along the beach.
My breathtakingly stunning princess-cut dress is a Pronovia from their Spring 2017 collection.
My mother designed and made the perfect veil for me that exceeded all my expectations. She also hand-made the bridal bouquet and those of the bridesmaid and maid of honour with carefully-chosen materials, including music sheets and road maps - each chosen for its own special reason.
My mother-in-law also pitched in as she designed and made a beautiful garter for me to wear on the day.
Various friends pitched in to pamper and get me ready for the big day. Anne-Marie Hood was wonderful at sculpted my nails and toes, and taking care of various other things before the day. Another close friend, Angie, gave me glorious lashes for the day! Esther Cloete contributed greatly to the decor.
Different Lengths Hair Studio did my hair and make-up. Also styled by her was the hair of my bridesmaid, maid of honour, mother and mother-in-law.
My sister-in-law gifted us by doing the make-up of the bridal party.
We got married at The Rivierplaas Wedding Venue, with the mystical Weeping Willows on the river bank. Most of our guests slept over the night of the wedding and we had a glorious breakfast together the next morning. The bridal party, as well as some of the female guests stayed there on the evening before the wedding.
I desperately wanted to lose 5 kilograms in the months leading up to the day. I started exercising for at least 60 minutes a day, a minimum of 5 days a week. I followed variour home-workout blogs and vlogs, and I adapted it to suit my specific needs.
I started going for my lashes a few months in advance to get used to the feel of it.
At my kitchen tea my friends and family granted me with various gifts, as well as spa treatments, etc. during the last two weeks before the wedding.
I regularly exfoliated my whole body and upped my facial routine.
The theme was a rustic look combined with a forest theme, while keeping it elegant.
My sister, Christilene Cohn, served as much more than just my bridesmaid. She can best be described as a full-time cost accountand for Danone and a mother, as well as one heck of an event planner in her free time! Most of the decor was designed and made by her, as well as the centre-pieces for the tables and the thank you gifts, and so much more!
Fairylights added to the mysticims both inside and outdoors. The centerpieces were no doubt one of the highlights at the wedding. Glass bottles, decorated with various designs of burlap and lace, was brightened by the warm glow of large candles, as well as tea candles.
The groom wore a stylish navy blue jacket, light Chinos, a pin-stripe white shirt and blue shoes.
The bridesmaids wore feminine burgandy maxi-dresses which perfectly complimented their porcelain complections.
Pastor Byron Mans from Word of Life Christian Church officiated our wedding.
Shauvaunne from Imagodei Photography captired all of our special moments on the day. She is a favourite in the family when we require a photographer, so it was a no-brainer!
We had a photobooth for which I decorated various wooden signs, some of which I had won through a Facebook competition hosted by My Big Event. Obviously every fairytale has sparkles, so I was not shy with the use of glitter!