A day of love,laughter,friends,family and so much joy. Our dream day took place in the scenic Morgan Bay. It was the ideal setting as it allowed us to bring together both our roots...sea and farm! The horses on the beach and the beautiful sky after two days of pouring rain completed our picture..
Our photographer, Tania Allen , captured all the emotions the day offered, as well as the beauty of nature that had everyone in awe.
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It was on the 16th of December 2016... We were on holiday with friends at Cefani in the Eastern Cape..Dru said we were going for sundowners on the 'deck' (which is up a hill and looks out over the coast line)..As we got up there I was looking at the incredible view and when I turned around he was one knee...
"I do" was the highlight...but pretty much everything of the day was spectacular and memorable.. from waking up that morning, to going for a walk on the beach with my bridesmaids, to getting ready, to walking down the aisle to the photos with the horses, to the speeches, the dancing and the food.. It was all wonderful.
We went to Mauritius..
I wanted everything to be classic, elegant and timeless. My hair was loose curls and my make-up natural. My wedding dress was plain with lace detail on the back. My shoes were grey and comfortable. I wore pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet my husband gave me the morning of the wedding.
Morgan Bay Hotel. Yes most of the guests stayed over, either at the Morgan Bay Hotel, Mitford Hotel or groups of friends rented houses together in Morgan Bay.
I tried to follow a healthy diet and walked in the afternoons. I went for facials the last few months leading up to the wedding. I had regular hair treatments and I went for a few sunbed sessions just to maintain the December tan.
I mostly used wood, greenery and glass..The theme was 'laurel wreaths'.. I had wooden frames made to stand above the main table to have greenery on top of it and hanging down the sides. Wooden tables with no cloths, arranged in a big square around the hall, just greenery running down the middle of the table. We had wooden place boards made which were painted grey and had laurel wreaths on. Our flowers were mostly penny gum leaves, peppertree leaves and willow tree leaves which came from the farm I grew up on.. Here and there were shades of white and pink Lisyanthus and Roses in the decorations done by the florists. We had pallets outside that we painted with cushions for extra seating during the canapés. We used wine barrels and a floor plank from an old farmhouse back home as a fixture for the canapés to be put out on. An old wooden door was used to hang the table seating on. Table numbers we decided to have something different so we used bible book names instead of numbers.
They wore beige skinny chinos with blue and grey and white check shirts and brown leather belts and shoes.. all from Woolworths. They rented navy jackets from Mr. Suit hire in East London. The groom wore a Murati suit.
They wore strapless, long dresses that I got in Cape Town. It was navy and Cream and nicked in very nicely with our color scheme and the groomsmen outfits. Their hair was loose and the wore pearl earrings. I thought it looked classical.
Ds. Marieke Els from Queenstown
Tania Allen Photography
No, me and bridesmaids did everything.
I did not make use of transport as the venue was in the hotel I got ready in.
Morgan Bay Hotel made the food and my mother-in-law, Winnie Nass, made the wedding cake.
Jana Venter designed my stationary and MX-Print in Queenstown did the printing.
We did not take dance lessons, we thought we will just get on the dance floor and 'wing it'.. :-) Hendrik Froneman from Burgersdorp was our DJ and he read the crowd very well and played music accordingly.