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Catarina Tomlinson

Married on Jan 27, 2018 in Western Cape

 

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Magical Moments

 

The whole day was magical, we could not have dreamed of a more perfect day! Our special day started with the wedding ceremony at St Nicholas Catholic Church in Stellenbosch. My mom walked me down the aisle, as my Dad sadly had left us 10 years ago (although his spirit was definitely with us throughout the planning and on the day - I think this is why it was so perfect because we had an angel in heaven making sure it was!). My mom is the most important person in my life so it was incredibly special to have her give me away - everything I am today is because of her. The song I walked in on was "Alleluia" and it was performed live in the Church by an incredible artist called - Naming James (Jamie Atcheson). Jamie also sang all the songs during the Ceremony accompanied by his acoustic guitar. He was one of the magical miracles of our day, Jamie is actually based in Johannesburg and he was exactly what we wanted for our special day especially for the church as well as for the pre-drinks & canapes. I didn't even want to try and get my hopes up and ask him if he would play at our wedding but then a friend suggested we just ask as "you never know he just may be in Cape Town" - low and behold when we bumped into him in Johannesburg and asked him that exact question he said he was actually performing the week before in Cape Town and could extend his stay so that he could play at our wedding! His singing was probably one of the most talked about events of the day! We were so happy and it turned out magically!

Our venue was absolute paradise on earth! Every inch of Molenvliet is just beautiful and we loved that we could use the Top lawns as well as the main area - maximising the heavenly views that Molenvliet has to offer. When people arrived at the venue after the ceremony they were transported to the Top lawns and greeted with Molenvliet MCC and oysters. We managed to spend some time with our guests here before we left them to go and take photos. Jamie then led the guests down through the vineyards to the deck outside the main reception area where canapes were served while we took our photos with our wedding party.

Our photographer, Abrie Kruger took some spectacular photos across the farm. We then joined our guests for the reception where once again everything was just perfect. The flowers and decor by Wildeflower were absolutely breathtaking! Our service providers were all amazing - coordinated by Molenvliet's own wedding coordinator, Lize-Mari Joubert.

One of our groomsmen, was also the MC, and helped to make our evening that more special. The speeches were all so heartfelt from the people that are so special to us and all of this contributed to making our day that much more special and memorable.

Our caterers were Slippery Spoon Kitchen, not only was the food absolutely delicious and decadent, each plate that was served looked beautiful too! We received so many good compliments on the food, but the standout was definitely the dessert - Cheesecake crème brûlée, served with salted caramel ice cream and home-made honeycomb. Our guests are still talking about how delicious that dessert was!

Finally our DJ - Shaun West, understood our taste perfectly and kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning. We had such a good time with our guests, dancing to great music in a beautiful venue.
We both could not have wished for a more perfect day. Everyone told us leading up to the day that things would go wrong and not to worry about it, I can honestly say that everything really went perfectly, I cannot think of one thing I would have changed!

The Honeymoon

 

We went to Dhigali in Maldives. What an amazing, beautiful, tropical paradise. The weather was perfect, the ocean was a beautiful blue, and the snorkelling was the best - so many different and beautiful fish of varying colours. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment on this magical island. We were so sad to leave - even after 7 days!

Wedding Gallery

 

My Special Day

I guess you could describe my look as romantic and elegant.
My beautiful dress was designed and made by Didi Couture, Didi's knack for understanding a bride to be - what would suit her and what she likes, is the reason I went to her to begin with. And she got me perfectly!
My hair - romantic and soft - was done by Jeanette Genis.
My makeup just rounded off the whole look perfectly and was done by the very talented artist Algria Ferreira. Algria is happiness or joy in Portuguese, and Algria definitely epitomised that on my day. She just made all of us feel so at ease and fitted right in with us as if she was part of the bridal party - even helping some of them pick their jewellery!

Didi Couture

Didi Couture

Motivated by "all things beautiful", the work of Didi and her team is sure to leave you enchanted.

The Venue

Our ceremony was held at the Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Stellenbosch.
Our reception was held at the Molenvliet Oosthuizen Family vineyards - one of the most beautiful farms in Stellenbosch.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

My personal trainer ensured that my body was wedding ready and that we had fun while doing it - her name is Aneeka Buys
Our dietician put us both on a good eating plan to ensure we met our goal weight by the wedding day - her name is Bernadette Beyer
Manicures and pedicures were done by the amazing Suzanne (Zani) Vanmeersbergen
Lashes were done by Sarah - the best in the business for sure!
Chemical peels by Lasermed Tygervalley

Wedding Elements

Our décor and flowers were classically elegant and romantic.
Our flower arrangements were exquisite - Pippa Sharp from Wildeflower got the brief perfectly - another supplier who just after one meeting managed to understand exactly what we wanted.

The furniture for top lawn where the oysters and MCC were served was rented from Okasie.

Fairy Lights & dance floor were supplied and set up by SMD Technical

Draping done by To-netts

To-Nett’s Flowers, Décor & Hiring

To-Nett’s Flowers, Décor & Hiring

‘Live your dream wedding with To-Nett’s’ For more than 30 years our inspiration has been our clients!

My Groom And His Groomsmen

Jonathan (the groom) wore a tailor made suit made by Frank Bespoke in Cape Town.
The groomsmen wore suits with waistcoats purchased from Eurosuits.
The ties for the groom and groomsmen were all from Café Coton.

Eurosuit

Eurosuit

Eurosuit has established itself as the leading brand in men’s formal wear hire and sale.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids wore a variation of the same dress, all ideas were inspired by Pinterest boards.
Leonie Jardim made the dresses.
The fabric was from Elegance in Canal Walk

Marriage Officer

The Reverend Father Ivanhoe Allies, who is our parish priest, was the marriage officer.

My Captured Moments

Our photographer, Abrie Kruger took some spectacular photos across the farm.
He also did our engagement shoot. We very happy with both sets of photos.

Our videographers were Vivid Blue Studio

The Wedding Planner

Molenvliet's wedding coordinator, Lize-Mari Joubert helped to coordinate the day. She was invaluable leading up the day as well as on the day. We were so grateful to have her take care of all the nitty gritty and a big part of what the day was so flawless!

Wedding Transport

One of my dearest friends Jaques, owns a classic Porsche 911 and he drove me to the church.
The rest of the transport was provided by friends and family.

Food & Cake

Our caterers were Slippery Spoon Kitchen, not only was the food absolutely delicious and decadent, each plate that was served looked beautiful too! We received so many good compliments on the food, but the standout was definitely the dessert - Cheesecake crème brûlée, served with salted caramel ice cream and home-made honeycomb. Our guests are still talking about how delicious that dessert was!

Our cake was inspired by an Instagram picture and perfectly reproduced by The Birdcage in Stellenbosch.

Wedding Stationery

Secret Diary

Secret Diary

Our alluring invitations and social stationery is for those who truly desire to set themselves apart by making the perfect stylish statement!

The Reception and Entertainment

Our DJ - Shaun West, from the Wedding DJ's, understood our taste perfectly and kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning. We had such a good time with our guests, dancing to great music in a beautiful venue.

We did go for dance lessons as we both have 2 left feet :-). We managed to fit in a few dance lessons at Jacques Carstens dance studio in Bellville. We had lots of fun during the dance classes, and it was also a chance to break away from the wedding stress and dance to our favourite song!

Wedding Services Used

 
Secret Diary

Secret Diary

Our alluring invitations and social stationery is for those who truly desire to set themselves apart by making the perfect stylish statement!

Eurosuit

Eurosuit

Eurosuit has established itself as the leading brand in men’s formal wear hire and sale.

Didi Couture

Didi Couture

Motivated by "all things beautiful", the work of Didi and her team is sure to leave you enchanted.

To-Nett’s Flowers, Décor & Hiring

To-Nett’s Flowers, Décor & Hiring

‘Live your dream wedding with To-Nett’s’ For more than 30 years our inspiration has been our clients!