I really thought I was going to be the most nervous bride, I cried at any hint of a wedding in the months leading up to my big day, but on the day we just laughed and smiled so much, it was such a happy, happy day.
We took a road trip to Namibia, the best alone time singing to each other in the car! We really got to know each other a whole lot more!
I really wanted a classic elegant look, simple yet stunning. My dress was very heavily decorated Maggie Sottero gown with beautiful crystals, my jewellery was gifts given to me by my fiance during our engagement period which all matched and sparkled. My these was Proteas and my flowers were simply beautiful!
We were married at the Cape Town Hotel School restaurant in Granger bay, Cape Town. We didn't want our guests to have to pay for accommodation and travel so we chose a spot for the entire wedding from ceremony to dinner and dancing with easy access for all in our home town.
Wow! When you are proposed to totally out of the blue you have to be on top of your game! I started HIIT training almost daily! had regular facial peels and used a derma roller, I started to plan my hair colour and length almost 2 years in advance! It became a complete beauty regime and wedding plan, I even changed my toothpaste from anti-plaque to whitening !
My family live in the UK so I planned the entire day by myself. I wanted simple elegance with a touch of South Africa, an element of British class and style and my husbands Scottish ancestory. I had a beautiful Maggie Soterro crystal encrusted gown, very high heels as my husband is much taller than me. Proteas in my bouquet and as table centre pieces as well as on the wedding stationery, with small thistles for the Scottish element. My husband wore a kilt made from Crawford tartan that we had to import from Scotland and was barefoot like the braveheart that he is but the the true Capetonian. We were married on the lawns by the sea with Table Mountain in the back ground and we went to have our photographs taken at the Cape Town Castle, so much of our city's beauty was included. We had a 3 course sit down dinner with delicious South African dishes, wonderful speeches and a live band to party the night away. All of our guests decided that shoes were banned from the dancefloor so that they could all be barefoot like the groom. It was everything we wanted it to be and so much more!
Kilts, barefoot made and supple by Staghorn Scottish Outfitters. My father, brother and brother in law flew in from the UK and all wore matching 3 piece suites with burgundy ties. I did not see their outfits until the wedding day and we have such a delightful photo of them presenting themselves to me in their very smart attire
My bridesmaids wore full length infinity dresses with a chiffon overlay, the colour was chosen to match the grooms kilt and the ladies tied the dresses in individual styles that they each felt comfortable in.
Troy Goldie, he captured the emotion and beauty of the day with such detail, we felt like w had known him forever even though we had only had two meetings. He listened to our wishes and delivered them perfectly.
We had a delightful photographer Maggie from Magpie Photography, we wanted natural shots of the day and she captured the moments perfectly. We had the most hilarious videogrpaher, johann Lastsky, all I can say is watch it and really feel part of the happiness of the occasion, I would have loved to have been a guest at my own wedding! haha
NO! I had a story board in my head and it worked out perfectly!
Haha I was convinced it was going to be and Uber X but 2 days before the wedding I got nervous and booked a mercedes chauffeur driven car!
The Cape Town hotel school is operated by the students for events, the food is inexpensive, delcious and beautifully presented and these kids are just learners! Our cousin made a delicious three tiered naked carrot cake for us and decorated it with left over proteas from the florist.
We saw a design with a laser cut protea on the front of a pocket, Lara Friday created a very similar but even more beautiful look, the invite slipped out of the pocket and the envelope was tartan inside to match the grooms kilt.
We wanted a live band and a real celebration, we wanted everyone on the dance floor all night long and that it was we got. Our band was called Almost Famous and had two lead singers and base guitarist, keyboards and drummer. We spent months collating our play list and the dance floor was never empty.