My husband, Matthew, and I really wanted the way we looked to tie in with the entire feel of the day as well as the compliment the venue. Our venue was very open with loads of natural light, and elegant in it's own way. Being the heart of summer, we experienced a scorcher of a day at 30-odd degree's Celsius, so natural light was in no way an issue.
My hubby decided to go for a tuxedo for both himself and his groomsmen. He donned an off-white tuxedo jacket (Fabiani) for the ceremony, and then changed to a black 1 (Carducci) for the evening.
My look was very true to my personality; nothing too over the top, comfortable, and hugged my body in the right places. My dress was made by Lucille Richards and was inspired by a dress I had tried on by Enzoani. My shoes were a rose gold colour, same as my bridesmaids, from River Island and again complimented both the venue and our colour scheme on the day.
As tradition goes (something old, something new, etc etc) my only jewellery worn on my wedding day were my chandelier earrings which I had still kept from my Matric ball. It was always a thought since getting them that I would save them for the day I would get married, and I did just that.
For my hair, I wanted an upstyle to show off the back of my dress. My hair and bridesmaids hair was done by Hayley's Hair (Hayley Moore).
For my make-up, I wanted something natural and elegant in the same sense. I had made use of the services of our make-up artist (Widaad Meyers) before for my Matric Ball and a few other occasions, and have never been disappointed by her work. She made me look and feel like an absolute princess!
Our wedding was held at a small Wine Estate called L'Avenir. This venue was so picturesque and immediately stole our hearts the day we viewed it. My bridesmaids and I had the pleasure of spending a night there the day before the wedding, and my husband and I received a free night's stay the day of.
We wanted to keep our decor very simple with lots of natural light. Thankfully, our venue could do just that. Our reception venue was a small hall that had glass doors covering more than half of the venue. We went for loads of small candles on the tables to allow for the natural light to shine through, and create a very romantic ambiance.
The colour scheme we went for was Rose Gold, Blush, and White. These came through in the table decor, the flowers, tablecloths, cutlery and crockery, and even our outfits. We hired most of our decor from Joli Creations.
We had long tables, 5 in total. 2 of which were bare wooden tables, and 3 of which had white tablecloths overlaying them. On top of the tables were Rose Gold underplates, different candle votives in clear glass and Rose Gold, glassware, and white napkins. We had name cards specially designed and printed by Lee & Adela Kleinveldt which added a personal touch to the table seating. They also designed and printed our invitations, programs, seating chart and menu.
Our flowers were exquisite! We wanted to keep it simple, but still show our personalities through them. We incorporated some of our favourite flowers, such as roses and protea's, as we as a lot of greenery with lots and lots of penny-gum which added a table runner effect. Our flowers were done by a family friend, Reggie Peters-Abrahams.
The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Carducci - black tuxedo style jackets with a plain black suit pants.
The groom opted for an off-white tuxedo jacket for the ceremony (from Fabiani) and changed to a black 1 for the evening.
They each wore a white, light cotton fabric shirt from Woolworths and bow ties from H&M.
The groom wore a black bow tie from Robert Daniel.
The grooms shoes were also from Fabiani.
Thankfully, I had a very stylish bunch of bridesmaids, and we all agreed on the look they had for the day.
I wanted my bridesmaids to feel as special as I did on my day, and look just as amazing.
Their dresses were inspired by an Australian designer who I had come across online. It was a soft pink colour, and had pleats on the front bodice and a slit in the front. Their dresses were very plain, but still very beautiful. They wore the same Rose Gold shoe as I did, a Rose Gold diamante tennis bracelet, and diamante studs.
They had soft, loose curls as their hairstyle for the day as I wanted them to look as natural and beautiful as possible.
Pastor Craig Kube of Grace Family Church.
Our photographer was just amazing. She had a second shooter who helped out on the day, and they both just made us feel absolutely comfortable and beautiful whilst taking pictures.
Photogrpaher: Kilig Photography
We also made use of Pie in the Sky to do a photobooth for us. These were our wedding favours to guests during pre-drinks.
Our wedding caterer was Retha Rix of Rix Catering. Her food was as her personality, vibrant, full of flavour, wholesome, and truly to die for! It was very traditional and there was plenty of food to go around.
We had a large deli table for pre-drinks which consisted of all sorts of cheeses, fruits and dried fruit, nuts, biltong, cold meats, breads and crackers, and so much more! Guests were truly pleased with this.
For our reception, we decided on a baked fish starter, lamb shank and veggies for mains, and an array of mini desserts for guests to help themselves to.
My husbands family is in the printing industry, and we were truly blessed to have them assist us with our invitations, programs, name cards, seating chart, and menu (Lee & Adela Kleinveldt). They truly understood our vision and made it come to life.