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Marie Coetzee

Married on Sep 30, 2017 in Kwa-Zulu Natal


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Magical Moments


There are a million moments that make up such a special day, but if I had to pick one, it has to be when my now-hubby ran down the aisle to come pick me up and carry me to the council.

A handcrafted wedding will always be more than just a day, it's a collection of moments where your family and friends build your foundation with you. From building our wedding tables during easter, to knocking on the neighbours door for all their eucalyptus leaves to having your wedding officer / uncle manage the "wedding plan" on the back of the kitchen door.

I will never forget the precious moments of watching my grandparents do an anniversary dance after 53 years of marriage. It is the most priceless thing you could ever imagine.

The Honeymoon


Johan tried very hard to keep our honeymoon a secret, but alas he had to tell me for the visa process. I got in my car one morning with 50 sticky notes on the windows of clues of where we were going and when I switched on the radio, Sorba the Greek started playing.

We spent 2 weeks at a Greek Island, Crete in an all inclusive resort and it was absolutely perfect.

Wedding Gallery


My Special Day

My wedding look was classic chic, with a classic lace white dress.

My hair had the most beautiful vines in, made with swarovski pearls and vintage jewels that was woven through my hair and made by my aunt in London.

The Venue

We got married on my grandparents farm in Middelrus, outside of Mooiriver. We didn't just plan a wedding, we built a wedding venue, but when you see potential in the everyday, that's when the magic happens.

Our guests stayed at Sierra Ranch Family Resort.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

None of the above. It naturally went on a diet, just cutting out coffee and eating healthy, but other than waxing and perfecting my nails, I was a very down to earth bride.

Wedding Elements

Most of the elements at my wedding was hand-crafted. We couldnt find wood tables for the reception, so decided to build them. Our tables where wood with a eucalyptus garland and baby's breath as a table runner. The placemats was hessian and the plates tiles. The napkins was handmade by my mom with satin and lace and wrapped with a gold and craft name tag and a lavender stick.

The centerpieces where hanging from the roof and was wooden circles with rustic and wild leaves.

The table names were not numbers but rather astronomy terms to fit in to the Picnic of the Moon theme. The table names were placed on the water bottles on the tables.

The barn was filled with fairylights and over our bridal table we had a long ladder with filament carbon lights.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

The men wore brown shoes, white shirts, natural trousers with a brown belt and watch. I made their forest green bow ties from satin material.

My groom wore the same but with a textured tie (that I also made) and a textured two-tone jacket.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids wore a forest green skirt and top with thin flower crowns to complete the look.

Marriage Officer

My marriage officer was my uncle.

My Captured Moments

My photographer was Susan du Toit and my mind-blowing videographer was Elephant's Belly.

I had a vintage photo booth area at the reception.
At the interval, the videographer took video interviews and we also had a polaroid guest register.

The Wedding Planner

No, did it all by myself with the help of family and friends

Food & Cake

My food was an outdoor wedding market that was lit by fairylights. There was 4 food stations, Chips Cafe, Burger Bar, Pizza Station and Taco Truck.