My title is such a fitting explanation of my relationship with my husband. We have managed to laugh through the best and worst times, we laughed all the way to and through our wedding day, and continue to laugh to this day! We find so much comfort in each others' presence. From the first time we laid eyes on each other, we have been the best of friends. Four and a half years into our relationship, it was a no-brainer that we were destined to spend the rest of our lives together! We tied the knot on a beautiful wine farm in the Cape Winelands on a breathtaking Autumn afternoon. I had my typical fairy tale wedding, which to this day tops the list of the best days of my life.
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Rocco saw me in church for the very first time. He was a professional rugby player at the time, and of course I - with my little knowledge of sport - had no idea who he was. We hit it off on our very first coffee date! A few dates into the friendship, he arranged that a local restaurant closes it's doors for a specific time period and had a special place set up just for the two of us.
I remember it like it was yesterday! On that 4th September 2012, he handed me a bunch of roses and asked if we could make it official. "So adorable," I remember thinking. I of course respectfully accepted, and the rest is history!
I had so much fun! From the moment I opened my eyes to the moment I retired for the night. I remember waking up and playing some of my favourite tunes, I pretty much danced throughout my preparation session. I love singing and dancing, so it kept me calm and excited at the same time! Having all my favourite people in one room was very special, we had so much champagne that morning it was enough to keep me happy for the whole day haha.
Walking down the aisle was definitely a highlight for me; my husband shed a tear or two, it was adorable. He is cute like that! Our first dance was definitely memorable. Rocco is so uncomfortable dancing in front of people, he kept whispering ridiculous comments in my ear about his dance moves that had me laughing throughout this all important special dance!
Our couple's shoot was definitely a highlight. A few special moments I recall there; from the intimate forehead kisses to the awkward pokes by the vineyard trees.
I could write a book on all the special moments and unexpected glitches, but the fact that I laughed with my husband, celebrated with my family, danced the night away with friends, and got to marry the man of my dreams will forever be a memory that I can never fully describe.
We're family people, so we had a small family vacation after the wedding just to unwind.
We're still planning our perfect get away, cannot wait!
My look was somewhere between simple and elegant.
Modified A-line dress from Olivelli, Bloemfontein.
Reception dress: White baby doll dress with silver diamante belt by a local Kimberley designer.
Hair: Half updo with loose curls, Jenro beauty.
Make up: Natural with eyes as the focal point, Jenro beauty
Shoes: Glitter high heel from Bride & Co.
Jewellery and accessories: Simple Swarovski drop earrings from Lovisa with a diamante arm band.
I did not have a specific regime. I maintained a healthy balanced diet with exercise (Kettle Bell Fitness).
After the wedding my husband and I had a couple's spa treatment at the beautiful Life day Spa, Crystal Towers at Century City. Best thing we could have done after the wedding buzz!
My decor followed the simple yet elegant theme, with a touch of vintage.
All white with a touch of gold and grey.
White, flower filled lanterns decked the reception tables and ceremony aisle, while white scatter cushions added a soft touch to the ceremony amphitheater.
Silver-grey table runners broke the white table cloth and long stem glass vases with flowers added an element of height.
Gold vintage photo frames displayed table numbers.
White cotton serviettes with silver-grey serviette holders resembling the table runners brought the look together on gold dotted rimmed under-plates.
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Groom's suit: Carducci, Canal Walk, Century City.
A local Kimberley designer made the bridesmaids dresses.
Inspiration: Pinterest grey bridesmaids dresses!
Pastor Garth Lee from The Potter's Hand Church, Kimberley.
Photographer: Matthew Carr Photography.
Videographer: Pie in the Sky.
Yes. Linda Brown from Oh so pretty planning.
Kronenburg Estate has an all inclusive package which includes ceremony and reception area (tables, chairs, cutlery etc.) pre-drinks and snacks, main course and dessert.
Wedding cake designer: Tara from Centerpiece Cakes.
My bridesmaid designed my electronic save the date cards.
I created my video wedding invitation.
The party was off the chain haha!
We had no dance lessons, hence my husband's awkwardness on the dance floor!
That might have been a good idea.
Dj: Daring events and hiring.