Everything about our wedding day was PERFECT, the ceremony, the reception , the people, the party, the food and the photos to name a few.!
We got married in the East Free State (a small town called Memel) where we had a wonderful reception in the barn on my husband's family farm (GoeieHoop)! Even before we started planning our wedding, we knew we would like to have our wedding in the barn and that was exactly what we did.
The night before the wedding, my bridesmaid Charné and I stayed over in one of the luxury tents at Eljoenai Country Venue (Eljoenai is one of the neighboring farms in the area) where the other two bridesmaids joined us the following morning.
The tents are built next to a dam , each with their own wooden deck/patio ,ideal for sundowners or even just to enjoy the wonderful scenery. Like that is not perfect enough, the owners of Eljoenai Country Venue did so much effort and even set up an outdoor bathroom - it was beautiful! Not even 'pinterest' has such a thing to 'pin'!
Our ceremony took place in the chapel on Eljoenai. The view from the chapel is spectacular, it overlooks the Seekoeivlei wetlands (Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve) and it is indescribably beautiful - all our guests kept saying how beautiful it was.
Canapes were served at the reception venue shortly after the ceremony . As mentioned the reception took place in the barn on Goeiehoop farm. We packed hay bales on both sides of the barn to create a warm atmosphere, we also had wooden tables on each side of the barn with ghost Tiffany chairs, burgundy napkins, glass and silver candle holders with a large silver candle candle holder in the middle of each table rounded off with long 'flower' runners; the runners were made out of greenery like ivy, eucalyptus, ferns and succulents. My dad, brother and husband made wooden box frames from palettes which we draped with ivy and eucalyptus , the boxes also had five bulb lights each attached , this all hanged over each table.
It was a perfect DIY wedding that looked like it was done by professionals !
Even our first dance was PERFECT . We danced to the Afrikaans singer Adam's song - Hoogtevrees. Our guests stood on both sides of the dance floor with lit 'sparklers' while we danced our first dance it was like something from a fairy tale , and the best thing about it was that each guest enjoyed it to be a part of our first dance .
My dress was a beautiful A Line style from Cape Town designer La Fay'e , the colour of my dress was Blush/Ivory. It had a beaded bodice, flowy bottom and a very long train. I had the dress made according to my measurements from Calegra Bridal Pretoria, I added a thin satin bonding belt which I felt rounded the look off perfectly.
Dress name : Victoria
Designer : La Faye’e
My hair was done by a local hairdresser from (Newcastle): Lezanne Botes from StyleCompany
My MAU was Benita Glutz from Beauty on Wheels (Newcastle)
I wore nude Pierre Cardin heels, and used Mont Blanc Lady Emblem as my wedding fragrance.
Jewellery : I wore pearl earings my mom bought me, and a pearl bracelet that belonged to my late grandmother.
My mom made my garter :) it was exactly what I wanted !
Pastor Stain Botha from AGS Deo Victoria Church in Newcastle
Our photographers were Carolien & Ben from Carolien & Ben Photography - they are AWESOME!!
We made use of a PhotoBooth , we got the photo booth from A&J Photo Booth Hire
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My wedding cake was made by my Sister in Law as a wedding gift . It was a delicious naked carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. It looked beautiful!