The whole day was a highlight full of special moments.
Getting ready with the girls was so much fun. When my dad first saw me I got very emotional. Driving to the chapel was nerve wrecking but my dad took my hand and walked me down the aisle and I felt safe. When I saw Stephan I the calmness and excitement set in. I loved every second of enjoying myself with those closest to me. Every speech made me emotional. Both the father-daughter dance and bridal couple dance was memorable. I can’t say I have one moment - the entire weekend was special.
We are going to the Seychelles in February. We LOVE beach holidays and relaxing so that's going to be perfect.
The entire look was very much me. It was simple with a touch of sparkle, incorporating our wedding colours which were charcoal and orange.
Hair: I'm very much of a plain just with naturally straight hair which I wear loose most of the time, so all we did was add some waves and diamante's. I'd like to thank Marissa Basson from Marissa's in Tzaneen for her wonderful service.
Make up: I have a rocker side, so it was smokey eyes, but remaining natural and not too overdone. I'm not one for big lips and fake lashes, so I didn't want my groom to not recognize me. Thanks to Toinette Botha from Tzaneen, my make up was flawless the entire time.
Nails: I love funky, out there nails, so I had a white french acrylic manicure with black, silver and orange gel artwork to add a special touch. Toes were gel - black french. Mia Secret in Pretoria East are the absolute best in the business!
Dress: A stunning white mermaid dress with folds, which I took to the wonderful Miss KTB to add diamante's, details and straps (I'm not one for boob tubes - I like to be comfortable).
Shoes: I had 3 pairs of shoes - all orange. My bridesmaids and I had the hottest super high orange heels (because we all love heels). I have orange and wooden wedges to dance in, and we all had orange flip-flops for once the formalities were over so that we could be comfortable and enjoy ourselves. Hehe, thanks to Zando it was easy to find shoes for all of us.
Lingerie: My rock side insisted on black lace underwear with a touch of blue of course. I love my new Sissy Boy undies and they'll definitely be worn again.
Jewellery: I wore a new Swarovski bracelet which was a wedding gift from my Maid of Honour. My necklace was a white gold chain, with the white gold 'A' pendant with crystals. This was sentimental because the chain was a gift from hubby on our first anniversary, and the A pendant was bought at The Big Hole in Kimberly on our first road trip together. I have a row of earrings in my ears (but my ears are very sensitive), so I got the Studex shaped and shiny studs - it looked amazing and shiny.
Accessories: My bouquet was a crystal bouquet with ribbons, it was gorgeous.
We actually got married and did the official admin and legalities at home on our porch. It was us, our 2 dogs, parents and Stephan's grandmother. It was very very intimate and special.
The event/party was in Magoebaskloof. We love the forest vibe of the area - it was so tranquil. We made a whole weekend event of it, so we had a meet & greet pizza night on the Friday night at Caffe' Villa Tratoria, then people could gallivant and enjoy themselves on the Saturday, and then the wedding started in the afternoon.
Our guests all slept over for the weekend, but in various cottages around the area. We booked our Bramasole Guesthouse for our wedding party and it was incredible. We filled the boathouse with drinks and snacks and it was everyone's socializing spot for the weekend.
The ceremony was at the chapel at Eden's Gate Wedding & Function Venue, and the reception on the deck at the same venue.
As I've mentioned before, I'm a plain Jane at heart, but I definitely did have a health & fitness regime.
I went to Body20 at Centurion Lifestyle Centre for an eating plan and exercise regime - they are amazing, very helpful and I got incredible results. I focused on my eating plan and drinking a lot of water! With this my skin stayed in great condition but I did do some Sorbet facials closer to the time. I also started at home teeth whitening treatments about 2 months before the wedding. It was mostly directly before the wedding that I would do tanning days in my back yard, and I had my mani and pedi 4 days before the wedding :)