Nick and I met 13 years ago. He belonged to a coffee club that met every morning, to which I was invited to one day. Well, after that first cup of coffee, I told my best friend that I have found the man I was going to marry! In the following years, we have had 3 daughters, built a successful business and grown to love each other more and more after facing numerous challenges.
Over coffee! Sitting opposite each other at a coffee club, early every morning, really talking and joking. Starting my day like that made me the happiest person alive. We still go to that same coffee shop every morning, our alone time....
Nick and I found my ring and put a deposit on it about 4 months before the proposal. One day, I was out shopping with the kids, when he sent me a message saying that he had lost the ring, and that we would have to choose something else. That afternoon, when I woke up from an afternoon snooze, our house was filled with friends that came to "braai". A little bit later that evening, one of my favorite songs came on, and he asked me to dance. Almost to the end of the song, he asked me to close my eyes for a second, and when I opened them again, he was on bended knee, WITH MY RING! Everyone of course knew what was planned, and it was incredibly special to have all our closest friends to experience this special moment with us.
My wedding day was one huge highlight. Everything was absolutely perfect. We had done the setup and decorations ourselves, and that way we got exactly what we wanted. But the biggest highlight was experiencing our wedding day with our daughters. I am so glad that we waited for them to get a little older, so that they could see the love and commitment Nick and I have for each other.
Nope, no honeymoon. Nick runs his own business and has been extremely busy,
Our wedding was described as elegantly rustic, hessian and lace with a touch of baby pink. Our ceremony was held in a forest clearing and the reception in a nature reserve. It captured our outdoorsy personalities to the T. My hair and makeup was done by Jenna Love, and I looked amazing. My wedding dress was a ballgown, with a beaded bodice and tulle skirt - amazing! Satin and diamante shoes just complimented my dress. Jewelry was teardrop diamante earrings and necklace.
We got married at Krantzkloof Converance Centre, in the Kloof Gorge Nature Reserve. Its was local to everybody.
Oh boy, yes, gym every morning, a few facials in between, but the busiest time was the week prior to the weekend. Dentist for teeth cleaning and polishing. Eye brow waxing, hair dyeing, spray tans and of course designer nails!
We rented all our decor, as we didn't want to sit with everything and try sell it after the wedding. Our main theme was hessian and lace, with baby pink. White table cloths, with hessian runners and cutlery holders. Pink and white napkins. Wooden log center pieces with candles, hessian and lace wrapped jars, and laser cut wooden words. Flowers were beautiful pink proteas, and complimented our earthy look stunningly.
Nick and his guys rented their suits from Suit-Up in Westville. They looked dashing in black classic suits, and Nick had a grey waistcoat, and silver tie and pocket hanky. The groomsmen, as well as my dad and driver, had caramel colored ties and hankies. I bought all their accessories, from cuff links, socks and tie pins...
My bridesmaids looked lovely in an off the shoulder long pink chiffon dress with diamante details. We all went looking for dresses together, and just knew it was the right one when we saw it!
Our marriage officer was Stephan Dauncy. We wanted to add humor to our ceremony and he played an amazing role in it.
Our photographers were Nifty50 Photography. They are a couple that work so well together, and made us feel amazingly at ease in front of the camera, and captured our moments perfectly. They did both video and photo's and we cant wait to see everything!
Nooooooo. We roped in our families and friends to help set up and run around with us prior and on the day. Many shopping trips and late lunches with my girls.
We tried to make our wedding as cost effective as possible, so hiring a fancy car was out of the question. What did make it special though, is that a very dear, old family friend drove me to the wedding.
We had a spit, and this was done by KZN Catering. To this day people are still talking about how amazing the food was. We kept it simple, and people loved it. I bake as a side business, and decided to do my own cake. Even though it was hard to do with our time limit, my cake turned out beautiful, and because of the three different layers, I didn't serve any desert. People loved the cake, and business is blooming!
Again, me! To save costs, I got help from a graphic designer friend, and we designed and printed the invites at a fraction of the cost. I also sat for a few nights adding lace and embellishments to the invites before they went out
I had a DJ and he was awesome. Nick and I have always loved to dance, so no lessons were necessary. Everybody had a ball on the dance floor, especially my dad! He showed some of the younger people a move or two! Our DJ also provided lighting as well as a smoke machine, which created the perfect scene for our first dance.