I was new at our local hockey club and during the first practice we played a mix game. Dane, my husband, kept on hitting my shins - I would say it was so that he can catch my attention but he says I just kept on running into it. After a few days he contacted me to apologize for hurting me and we started talking at every practice and match.
Our first date was immediately meeting his family from the UK and it grew from that.
Whilst visiting his parents in England we went to watch the Prudential Ride London. We cycled all around Woking, Surrey and he looked for all the scenic places to propose. However, with me being a stubborn person I just wanted to cycle and get home, but Dane had other plans. All his plans in vein. As we stopped at home he asked me if we could go for a ride around the park which I agreed to. He then went down on one knee next to a hockey field and said "The hockey field represents the start of our relationship, now I want it to represent the start of our forever. Will you please do me the honor of being my wife?"
Besides my dress tearing and it raining cats and dogs, the skies cleared up for our photoshoot. The dance floor was full the whole time and we were the last left at the reception. My mom did so much effort with my "something blue" and I LOVED the carrot cake.
We will only be going on our official honeymoon in December but the few days we had off we went to the Emdoneni Cheetah Peojects, spending time with all the wild cats.
I am an old soul in a young body. My hair was a romantic and vintage updo, I went for the natural and soft look with makeup, my wedding dress was a off-white double dress with a lace and beads overlay, open lace back.
Being a sporty girl I don't generally wear heels so I went for a beige strapped shoe with a thicker heel.
Because of my dress having a built in bra I didn't wear a bra but had a blue lacey underwear. Pearls are my favorite kind of jewelry so I wore pearl vintage earrings and bracelets.
We got married at the Zululand Multi Sports Club in Meerensee. Our guest stayed about 500m away from the venue at Treetops Lodge.
I trained every morning on my cycling-trainer and cycled during the weekends. I also started a carb-cycling eating plan and detoxed the week of the wedding.
My eyebrows were shapped and tinted while I just had my hair trimmed.
Proteas and gypsies were the main attractions. Our wedding being really vintage and rustic consisted of wooden pallets, wooden underplates, wooden fridge magnet favors, navy and cream. For the centerpieces we used old trophies to put the flowers in. To create a homely effect we added fairylights.
They all wore navy suits - groom wore it with a maroon tie and the groomsmen with blue ties, brown shoes, and funky socks. They bought the suits from Woolworths, shoes from Bata, and the socks from Zululand Cycles.
My bridesmaids wore navy dressed but each a different look. My maid of honor bought her lace top and straight down dress from YDE in Pavillion, and light pink heels from Edgars.
My bridesmaid bought her butterfly-back style dress from Stacee and maroon heels from New Look, all in the UK.
Our pastor at RCF, Kobus.
Photography by Tanja, Tanja Pretorius, captured our day and she was so peaceful. She made us feel so comfortable.
We had a big wooden heart which we painted with blackboard paint at our photo booth.
I had my mother's best friend, Maritza, coordinate my entire day.
Very good friends of ours took me in a Mercedes Benz C-Class AMG.
Freshly baked breads were made by my uncle, Natus.
Lasagne, salads, and malva pudding was made by Function Foods and our Carrot Cake was made by Nina.
Our invites were sent on Paperless Post but the rest were done by myself.
A DJ played some oldies and new songs. Everyone danced the entire evening and sang full heartedly.