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Carmen Charles

Married on Aug 26, 2017 in Gauteng

 

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Magical Moments

 

The moment I realised this was not a dream, was those final seconds before the curtains opened and my dad walked me down the aisle. I cried real tears of pure joy and overwhelming gratitude.
My God has been gracious unto us.
As we read out our vows my heart skipped beats with love, though my vows were much longer than his, they were the words of heart.
My dance with my father, grandfather and brother are small moments i will always treasure.

The way my groom looked at me all day and our stolen kisses at random moments.

The Honeymoon

 

We left the day after the wedding for Mauritius. We stayed at the four star Ravenala resort - which was absolutely spectacular.
We were blessed that our package we bought, got upgraded.
After Mauritius we headed to Suncity and continued our honeymoon there.

Wedding Gallery

 

My Special Day

I wanted to look elegant and timeless, so what's more timeless than a classic Chignon up-do and subtle pin-up girl make-up.
My dress, was a custom made mermaid gown with intricate beading detail on the top and a built - in corset which I had bought from Eurobride.
I had three pair of shoes - ( I have a shoe fettish) - a regal, baby blue stilleto, a Navy peep-toe sandal for my second outfit and a gold wedged pump for comfort.

Jewellery - I kept it simple because my dress is quite busy. Diamante chandelier earings and a pearl bracelet my fiance bought me for my 21st birthday.

Dress: http://www.eurobride.co.za
Hair & Makeup: http://blkdiamond.wordpress.com

The Venue

We got Married at Avianto in Muldersdrift.
We had a champagne breakfast for my mums birthday the morning of the wedding and most of our closest family and friends stayed the night at Avianto, we, of course got the honeymoon suite.We had breakfast with our guests the day after, before the shuttle took us to the airport so we could jet of to our honeymoon.

Venue: http://www.avianto.co.za

My Bridal Beauty Regime

I didn't gym as much as I would liked to, but as a couple we agreed to not put unnecessary pressure on ourselves or eachother building up to our big day. My brother is a personal trainer so from time to time he weighed me and guided me whenever I felt like a workout.
I wanted to fill my dress and look natural, I don't have a super flat tummy or very toned arms and I'm happy with that.
I grew my hair for two years and made sure not to chemicaly treat it in any way. I only dyed my hair the day before the wedding.
I don't have problem skin so I didn't bother with treatments and as for my teeth, I just did my normal brushing and flossing regime.

I didn't do anything special but rather allowed myself to eat what I wanted in moderation, gym when I liked and slept when I could.
Beauty regimes were the last thing I wanted to stress about.

Wedding Elements

We kept everything simple and made use of the venues natural beauty.
Our decor and draping was done by the venues partner, Events inspirations.
Avianto did everything we needed regarding setting up and truly speaking they did an amazing job together.
Our Dj did our music and dance floor lighting, he added a special touch to a perfect day with his lighting effects on the dance floor.
Our colour scheme was white navy and gold we carried these colours throughout our decor design. We alternated table settings and made use of gold candelabras, navy runners, crystal coasters.
Our flowers were white king proteas, white roses and blue pennygum.
Events inspirations captured our taste effortlessly.

Decor: http://www.eventinspirations.co.za
Dj: https://blkdiamond.wordpress.com

My Groom And His Groomsmen

My groom chose to wear a navy Suit with suspenders and a classic white shirt with a bespoke bowtie and a tan Crocket and Jones shoe.
He was groomed by Sorbet man and looked absolutely dashing.
He too didn't have groomsmen but our dad's and brothers, had purchased their suits from eurosuit.
We bought his ring from Unbreakable Man, I had it engraved with a special message.

http://www.eurosuit.co.za

https://unbreakableman.co.za

Eurosuit

Eurosuit

Eurosuit has established itself as the leading brand in men’s formal wear hire and sale.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

I didn't have bridesmaids. I gave honour roles to the women in my family.
My mum wore a green grecian styled gown which we bought at bride and Co.
http://www.brideandco.co.za

My aunt wore a custom made pink dress from Fabrosans
http://houseoffabrosanz.com

Marriage Officer

A family friend of my husbands family.

My Captured Moments

We opted not to have videography or a photobooth we just wanted great quality photos.
Marcus J Photography and Shaun Du Plessis are up and coming wedding photographers who captured our special day. They are easy to work with punctual and produced amazing images. We felt comfortable with them and enjoyed working with them.

The Wedding Planner

Avianto provided us with an amazing woman named Taryn that Co-ordinated our wedding.

She along with the rest of the Avianto team made our dreams come true and they did it all so effortlessly and professionaly.

We love Taryn and we love Avianto

Food & Cake

Food?
Avianto of course...we loved it our guests loved it. Their food tastes like some more.
They were even kind enough to pack some away for hubby and I to enjoy later in our suite.

Kelly Jaynes made our beautiful cake and personalised chocolate slabs which doubled as seating tags.
Her service is excellent and her cakes are delicious.
https://www.kellyjayne.co.za

Wedding Stationery

We had boarding passes as save the dates.
A wedding website.
And passports as invites
And....
We opted to do it ourselves.

The Reception and Entertainment

Dj Black was our guy!
Blk diamond events did our dance floor lights and was on the decks for the day.
From the ceremony right through to the reception he incorporated our music to our special day.
Professional on time and fun, we will definitely make use of their services.

Dj: https://blkdiamond.wordpress.com

Wedding Services Used

 
Eurosuit

Eurosuit

Eurosuit has established itself as the leading brand in men’s formal wear hire and sale.