By far the most amazing moment was finally seeing my Husband, Matthew, at the altar and becoming his wife! It was the happiest day in my life. Nothing can ever fully describe the wonder of sharing all these moments with your best friend.
This was the best kept secret of our relationship and (in hindsight) I'm sure Matthew had more than one silent chuckle while I was debating what to pack for honeymoon. I went through countless nights planning for anything and everything: winter or summer, beach or city, rain or sunshine... the possibilities were endless and I had no clue.
Fast forward a bit and we were finally married and honeymoon had begun.
We spent two wonderful days in Cape Town at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa (catching up on sleep and witnessing the most magical sunsets our country has to offer). Next stop: Unknown. It was no use trying to figure out where next, so once we boarded our Emirates flight I succumbed to not knowing and enjoyed the flight to Dubai. It was only once we were in the shuttle on our way to customs that Matthew spilled the beans and told me that we were going to the Maldives!
Here days were spent frolicking in the water discovering the beauty that the Indian Ocean has to offer. From sea turtles to reef sharks swimming below our villa, we were always spoilt for choice. On our way home, we stopped over in Dubai for another few days enjoying the hustle and bustle of a world-class city and on our last day, went swimming with the dolphins at The Palm Atlantis. It was magical.
I just wanted to be the happiest version of myself. My dress was a two-piece and the best detail was my pockets. How I also loved that skirt!
With every detail I tried to stay true to myself and ensure that who Matthew saw walk down that eye, was who he knew.
My hair was done by my hairdresser (of the last 15 odd years) who had seen me grow up while Danielle Jacobs did my Mother, bridesmaids and my own make-up.
My shoes were a perfect fit and I loved them at first sight (although they didn't quite survive the rocks and sand)!
I wore pearl earrings to finish off my look, a wonderful gift from my parents.
We got married at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. All our family and friends decided to make a weekend out of our wedding and stayed in and around Camps Bay so the entire feel of the week and weekend of our wedding was one of celebration.
Oh where to start? Jeanette at Paramithi is such an artist! We went for a classic, elegant look with a bit of drama in hues of plum and berry with touches of gold to warm up our winter wedding. There were beautiful, full peonies and garden roses that made you dream of whimsical days. Tulips, Hydrangea, Ranunculus, Carnations, Mini Orchids, Penny Gum, various Greens and Fruits finished off the day - a flower lovers' dream come true!
Matthew looked so handsome in his House of Monatic tux while his groomsmen all wore CSQUARED suits.
My bridesmaids wore burgundy velvet dresses made by the lovely, sweet Joss from Joss Bridal Wear. Our idea was to give them an elegant yet warm enough look for the day.
From the get-go, Matthew and I knew we wanted Kikitography to capture our day as Skillie and Tehillah are, in our opinion, the best storytellers on the block. They manage to tell stories with such a refreshing authenticity and they never miss a moment. Without a doubt, we knew they would manage to capture the essence of who Matthew and I are.
Naturally, we didn't even have to think about including Corrie at Kikitography Motion as our Videographer. He captured every moment exactly as it was and once again, our story was the highlight.
The dynamic that they all shared was incredible and oh boy, they are just the best people!
The hotel provided a designated wedding coordinator, the lovely Alana Stiglingh, who never hesitated to assist with any request. On the day of the wedding, this was a brilliant asset to have and she, along with the entire team at The Twelve Apostles, ensured that our day went off without a hitch.
Our food was prepared by The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and every bit of it was savoured. From baby vegetable tempura with a honey soy glaze to the Bo Kaap lamb bredie, everything was (as they say) lip-lek-lekker!
Our cake, a decadent and moist carrot cake, was baked by Justine from Cake Couture by Justine and believe me - there was not one single bite left!
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa with its natural surroundings and breath-taking views is the most romantic and inspiring wedding venue in Cape Town. It is ideal for celebrati...
Jolindi at Chrystalace managed to capture Matthew and myself in our stationery. From the calligraphy on our envelopes, the elegant layout of our invitations and the survival kit that we sent through to our guests, Jolindi managed to capture 'us' perfectly!
Anyone who didn't know someone knew them by the time Martinus van Tee had brought their caricature to life! The laughs were wonderful and somehow the crowd never eased up around him. He was the second best-kept secret!
PalmStrings provided the music before the ceremony and during the pre-reception and the atmosphere was exceptional - I don't know if my Grandfather ever stopped dancing to their music that day!
Mac Engelbrecht from SoundFX was in charge of all the sound at our wedding as well as the music during the reception but, his biggest hat-trick was the smoke filled bubbles that graced our first dance. Spec-tac-u-lar!