The whole day consisted out of highlights: From the moment we opened our eyes, we were spoilt by our family and friends.
The hair dresser and photographer said that they have never experienced that amount of laughter between family and friends while the wedding parties prepared for the ceremony.
Biggest highlight of the day: To get married to my best friend in the most beautiful church. After we exchanged our vows, we each lit a large candle together with our individual candles - to represent our unity. Our family and friends blessed us with a special requested prayer.
Although the weather fore cast predicted rain, the moment our photos were taken, it started to drizzle.
We went to Thailand, where we stayed 4 nights in Phuket and 3 nights in the amazing Phi Phi islands!
My wedding look was: Classic with a hint of "Less is more" .
Hair: My hair was curled and pinned to the back of my head, with a beautiful peal hair pin.
Make up: My make up was flawlessly done, with bronze and golden under tones.
My dream wedding dress was purchased by my aunt from Bridal Room in Pretoria. My dress's designer is Oksana Murkha, the Darla Dress. I wore a bolero over my dress, which fitted perfectly and gave the impression that it was part of the dress - until I removed it to dance! (2 in 1 dress!)
Shoes: My shoes were a gift from my sister. Heels, yet comfortable. The shoes had a pearly golden shine to it, as it matched our reception decor. (Old gold, duck egg and pewter)
Jewellery: My mother surprised me with the earrings I wanted when purchasing my wedding dress at Bridal Room. She kept it as a surprise until one month before the wedding - when I was looking for earrings to purchase. It was the best surprise!
My pearl and crystal bracelet was purchased by myself at Lovista in George.
My perfume: My sister spoiled me with my favourite perfume: Channel Chance - eu tendre. I will return the favour on her wedding day!
We got married in the most beautiful church in Great Brak River: Searle Memorial Church.
The church has colourful lead windows, and only one isle to walk down. It seated all 118 of our guests.
Our reception ceremony was at Trinity Gate Venue , 15 km from George.
The venue is on a farm with modern, romantic finish.
Our closest family (parents, brothers & sisters) spent the night with us on the wedding venue, Trinity Gate's guest suites.
These suites were modern, beautifully decorated and close to the reception hall.
Fitness: My sister and I exercised each morning at 04:30 to Shawn T's "Insanity Workout programme".
Beauty: I went for hair extensions at Marisa Bothma in Pretoria.
I went for waxing and eye brow tinting at a beauty salon in George.
Decor colour: Old gold, Duck egg blue and pewter.
Flowers: I am very privileged to say that my mother, mother in law , friends of mother in law and bridesmaids assisted in the flower decor and table setting.
All decor items was hired from : Fancy Functions in Mosselbay.
Flowers were bought from: Garden Route Flowers
I was also blessed with white proteas from a dear friend who lives and works on a fynbos farm.
A special element that was added to our decor: A ladder with photos of both sides of our family's wedding photos: parents, grandparents, great grandparents. It was so special to have that part of our special day.
Groom: Purchased a stunning charcoal suit with waistcoat from Casanova's in George.
He wore a white shirt with cuffs and grey cuff links to match his suit.
His tie was white with light duck egg stripes. He wore smart black shoes, with pink socks.
Groomsmen: All groomsmen wore grey pants and white shirts with a duck egg bow tie. (My mother made all the bow ties!)
Groomsmen also wore a specially made name tag for them, designed and laser cut by the groom's father.
Bridesmaids wore a tulle skirt with a off- white top. Every piece of the bridesmaids' clothing was made by my mother.
3 Bridesmaids wore duck egg coloured tulle skirts, while 2 wore pewter coloured skirts and my sister, maid of honour, wore an old gold (bling) top and dark nude skirt.
Shoes were jelly's in nude and grey to match the skirts.
Our marriage officer was Ds. Alwyn Burger, who was my minister since high school.
We discusses how we wanted the ceremony to take place and he made everything happen just the way we wanted!
Our photographer and videographer was EonMedia from George.
One of my friends from primary school was assisting us with the wedding planning, Chantel Brown from Down South Weddings.
Our wedding transport was one of the highlights of the day:
One of my friends restored an old car. A stunning dark grey car with leather seats which could fit 1 of my bridesmaids, my sister (maid of honour), the driver, my father and myself.
The car turned heads as we drove to and from the church.
The food was prepared by the wedding venue caterer , Julia.
The wedding cake: The cake was a special gift from one of my previous colleagues and wife of the minister who married us.
Mrs Elfrede Burger baked the most tasteful carrot cake and decorated it with fine lace and flowers.
It was a masterpiece in itself.
My wedding planner- friend and I worked with Comien from Blitsdruk in George to design and print our wedding stationery. (guest seating plan, menu with name, church programme)
We had an excellent DJ from the area: Eden Disco & Sound. We met with Joost and Esther to discuss what music we preferred for the ceremony, during the pre- drinks and at the reception. They delivered!
A special touch to our reception: We had a caricature artist who completed drawings of our guests -as our thank you gift for attending our wedding, as well as our guest book.
Guests loved the idea!