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Suzelle Van Der Westhuizen

Married on Sep 16, 2017 in Gauteng


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Magical Moments


We had the perfect day from the weather to the calmness of my wedding party. Some of the highlights of our wedding day included the moments I walked into the Chapel and saw the look and my husband-to-be's face. After the ceremony we had our couple shoot and finished a bit earlier. This provided us with about 20 minutes just the 2 of us to take everything in.

One of the other highlights was when we did our first dance. We spent the month before the wedding practicing our first dance with interesting spins and drops. But when we started dancing we totally forgot about all about our fancy moves and just danced and spoke to each other. It felt like we were the only 2 people in the room. It truly was magical!!

Wedding Gallery


The Venue

My dream was to get married on a wine farm, however the logistics to get all our guests from Johannesburg to the Western Cape seemed to be an impossible task. Driving around Magaliesburg, we came across a craft brewery who also cater for weddings. This was the first and only wedding venue we looked at and we were so excited to have our wedding at Black Horse Breweries. The brewery have the most beautiful gardens, with fields and green trees. From the reception hall our guests could also have a glimpse of the brewery itself as only a glass wall separated the reception hall from the brewery. This served as the perfect backdrop for the main table.

The venue provides a house for our family to stay in for the wedding weekend and also provided us with a list of accommodation near by for our guests.

Wedding Elements

Black Horse Breweries provided us with a decor inventory which we can use for our wedding. We added some of our own rose gold pieces, such as the rose golds table cloths, under plates and candle holders to complete the rose gold look for our wedding.

All the flower arrangements were done by myself, my mother and a friend. A few days before our wedding, we went directly to the flower market in Johannesburg and bought all the flowers. Our centerpieces were made up of beautiful king proteas, white roses, white carnations, white delphiniums, white football chrysanthemums and blushing brides.

We created all the centerpieces and bouquets at the venue the day before the wedding.

I loved doing the flowers myself and we ended up saving a lot of money!

Beautiful Bridesmaids

To repeat the rose gold elements of the wedding colors, the bridesmaids whore beautiful rose gold and dusty pink dresses and we bought these dresses from Bride and Co.

The Wedding Planner

Majority of the wedding planning was done by myself and my mother. The venue provided us with a coordinator for the day and to assist with decorating the reception hall.

Food & Cake

The food was prepared by the venue, but as a lot of the other elements of the wedding, we wanted to do some of the things ourselves and this included the wedding cake.

The cake was baked the day before by my mother and a friend, but when they started decorating the cake disaster struck and the cake fell over. This all happened while I was getting my hair and make up done (a few hours before the wedding).

My sister asked her husband to urgently go and buy another cake. Apparently his view of a wedding cake included bright ribbons, fountains and towers and my sister had to explain that it was just suppose to be a plain white cake as my mother still had the decorations and will be able to "dolly" up the cake. It all came together at the end and the cake turned out beautifully. It was also soft, moist and very tasty and nobody noticed the drama we had earlier that day.

Wedding Stationery

All the stationary was printed and painted by my mother and I. I designed the layout and printed the programs, menu's and table placing and with my mother's help we mixed copper and silver metallic paint to create a rose gold rim on programs and menu's and we painted a canvas with the same paint to create a rose gold background for the table placing.