For me, the most memorable moments were seeing my husband, standing at the front of the chapel - The look on his face was priceless! Also, having my Daddy walk me down the aisle. But, the most memorable moment was definitely saying, "I Do"!
We went to Cape Town for Honeymoon.
It was such an amazing experience. We opted to drive, instead of fly, and stopped overnight in Colesburg, on our way down, and again on the way back.
We went up Table Mountain, in a cable car, we went to Robben Island, spent a day at the aquarium, and we spent some time at the V&A Waterfront.
We chose a rustic theme for our wedding, and my style followed that. So, my look was fairly simplistic, with my colour theme sticking to the browns, beige and ivory, with turquoise to add a pop of colour.
My dress was ivory lace, and I wore genuine cowboy boots, which were brown and turquoise.
My hair is very long, so my hairstyle was a "loose" side braid, accessorised with sprigs of baby's breath, and we added some turquoise hair extensions, for some colour.
My make-up was natural, and simple.
My jewellery was hand-made by my mother-in-law, using floral pieces of ivory and turquoise lace.
Rustic, western, and a little bit classic.
We got married at a beautiful spot in Alberton, called SHA-MANI LODGE. A rustic, country venue, in the middle of the city. The gardens are exquisite, giving us a beautiful, natural backdrop for our photos. And the decor within the grounds is classic, antique, and rustic.
The property offers 3 venues, catering to every type of bride. We chose the STALLENHOF venue, which is old racing stables, that have been converted in to a chapel, reception venue, and even guests' rooms.
Our co-ordinator (Eurika) was an absolute gem, and she really paid such personal attention to our needs and wants.
Some guests stayed the night, at Sha-Mani, and we had a light breakfast the next day.
To be honest, I didn't really change much. I exfoliated more regularly in the months leading up to the wedding. But other than that, I didn't change anything.
Again, our theme was Rustic, so we kept everything as natural and simple as possible. Sha-Mani offers a wide range of decor, which was included in the venue hire, and stuck perfectly with our colour scheme and style. Included in that was the Hessian tiebacks on the chairs, and the Hessian table runners. They also provided the underplates and table numbers and the cake stand made out of wood.
The tables and chairs were antique, white-washed wooden dining tables, which required no table cloths, only the Hessian runners and tiebacks.
The lighting was provided by our DJ (David), and this was Included in the venue hire.
The ceiling was adorned with fairy lights.
My mother-in-law hand-made our candle holders out of wood, and our centrepieces, using different shaped glass bottles, hessian, twine (natural colour and turquoise), and other off-cuts of materials, in colours and styles to match the theme.
Our flowers were rather simple, but Michelle from Oopsie Daisy Flowers, captured my idea perfectly!
My Bouquet was a Posey of Baby's Breath, with brown and turquoise Hessian roses, and sprays of wheat.
My bridesmaids had similar bouquets, but without the turquoise Hessian roses.
The groom and ring bearer (our son) had a turquoise hessian rose, with a sprig of Baby's breath and wheat, tied with a turquoise ribbon. And the groomsmen had similar, without the Hessian rose.
Our centre pieces were posies of Baby's Breath, with sprays of wheat, and they were placed inside on of the bottles, made by my mom-in-law.
The guys wore beige suits, which were hired from Euro Suit, in Boksburg.
Our son was the ring bearer, and he wore a little grey Suit, also from Euro Suit.
My bridesmaids wore turquoise infinity dresses, which they each bought in PTA .
My matron-of-honour chose a full length dress, and my 2 bridesmaids chose a "mullet cut".
They also wore beige cowboy boots, which I bought at Oriental Plaza.
And they looked amazing!
Our pastor, Pastor Andrew Graetz, from Bridge Church in Alberton.
We chose to use Student Photography, who my husband found on Facebook. And we requested 2 photographers.
As an added bonus, my cousin's husband, Bryan Casson, took some beautiful photos as well, and he even made a photo booth, by getting guests to pose in an old telephone booth.
Eurika at Sha-Mani co-ordinated everything. And she was fabulous!
Sha-Mani catered for the wedding, and the guests are still raving about how delicious it was.
Our cupcakes and our cutting cake were made my The Cake Genie, in Mondeor. The guests each got a cupcake, and they LOVED them! And our amarula, vanilla caramel cake was divine!
My cousin, Chris, designed the wedding invitation.
I designed and printed the table seating chart.
And Oopsie Daisy made our personalised unity candles.
The reception was amazing!
David was our DJ, and he works with Sha-Mani, And he sorted the lighting out as well.
We had a bit of country music, but mostly current pop and dance, and some 70's, 80's and 90's as well.
We didn't take dance lessons.