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Madelein Botes

Married on Apr 1, 2017 in Mpumalanga

Fools For Love

We are both from the Western Cape, but our hearts met in Nelspruit. After years of friendship and me moving to Gauteng we fell in love. Our wedding took place on the 1st of April 2017 (hence fools for love) and it far exceeded all of our expectations. We got married at an old estates just outside of town called Bingelela with the most amazing views the Lowveld has to offer.

All our family and friends witness our love for each other and the vow's we made on that day to always love and respect each other.

I married my best friend!


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How did your love story begin?


Our story actually began about 6 years before we started dating. We use to be friends and we always had an eye for each other.

Tell us all about the proposal.


The proposal... I woke up on the morning of 8 April 2014 with a little note on my night stand with instructions to go to the hair dresser as a special treat from my friends. And after every appointment I would get a new note for my next appointment. Last stop was the local flower shop with the last note instructing me to meet my friends for lunch at Orange restaurant in town. After we ordered some drinks and food I got the sweetest plate of fulled with Rose and writing in pink "Will you marry me" and as I look down he was on one knee! Best surprise ever!

The Honeymoon


unfortunately we didn't go on honeymoon

Wedding Gallery


My Special Day

I wanted my look to be a soft best natural look of me. I went for the simple is more effect with everything. We got married in our all stars as this was 100% us. We always want to do everything different. I wanted to have fun and be able to dance and interact with my guest.

The Venue

We got married at the beautiful Bingelela Beds and Venue Center just outside of our stunning town. Our guest stayed over at the same venue.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

The groom and groomsmen had stone shorts and white shirts with suspender belts from Identity and all stars of course

Beautiful Bridesmaids

My bridesmaids had simple jean dresses with all stars from Identity

Marriage Officer

Our very special friend who passed away in 2014 sister, Alicia Whitting (it was like having a glimps of him at our wedding)

My Captured Moments

Vicky Kolbe photography Nelspruit

The Wedding Planner

Petro Bekker the owner of Bingelela helped with all the planning

Food & Cake

Our food - Petro Bekker from Bingelela
Cake - Bakeology Nelspruit

The Reception and Entertainment

We just love to dance so we didn't feel the need to go for lessons.
Dj Oros did our sound and lighting