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 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.
We've technically already been on honeymoon once. We went to Thailand after we got engaged instead of planning the wedding immediately.
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 :)
Linda Miller from Applegrange did all of our decor - she was incredible, made it magical. Firefly lighting in Tzaneen then did all of our fairy lights and it made the entire evening spectacular.
We were not big on flowers, so we had a few buckets of baby's breath and a few orange flowers and greenery here-and-there, but the main decor focus was SHINY. We had fairy lights EVERYWHERE, as in we had 4000m of fairy lights through out the venue. There were fairy lights in the trees, on the balcony, we had a fairy light roof and wall, with fairy lights in the draping, and fairy lights in jars on top of the tables, which mirrors accentuated. The decor style was minimal with A LOT of lights.
We had umbrellas to add to the 'chilled' vibe, as well as couches on the balcony which overlooked a dam. The entire event was in between trees in a forest, so there were trees and fairy lights as far as the eye could see. We had a few larger tables inside, and mainly cocktail tables outside with cocktail chairs and tablecloths over the tables. We wanted an atmosphere of 'kuier' and enjoyment, not of formality, so this worked very well.
We also had two HUGE bonfires (as it got cold above the dam in the evening), and everything worked out beautifully.
Hubby wore a tailored charcoal suit which we got made while in Bangkok, it had a great fit. He also had a white shirt tailored in Bangkok which he wore, paired with an orange tie, specially made 'groom' cuff links and his favourite (and not my favourite) brown shoes. I got him special socks online which said 'Groom, in case you get cold feet'.
His best man wore the same - grey suit, white shirt and orange tie, with specially bade 'best man' cuff links and black shoes. He also had special socks saying 'best man'.
Both bridesmaids had charcoal infinity dresses made by Raquells, they tied them however they liked and however they felt comfortable. We all had gorgeous, ridiculously high orange shoes from Zasstra - the charcoal and orange went very well together. They both had crystal bouquets with white and orange stones and ribbons.
We officially got married at home with only our parents present, Susan from Homeweddings was our officiant. It was a very easy 15 minute process, she was great. We had all the paper work done prior so that the actual wedding and ceremony would be just a party and celebration without any formalities.
One of our very good friends was the officiant at our wedding - Ritchie. He had great energy, read a beautiful poem and really made the ceremony a spectacular one.
It was a great way to do it because it was a short and meaningful ceremony without any strangers present. Someone who knew us very well from the beginning of our relationship officiated the ceremony so it made it very special.
Anica from More Than Just Photography was our photographer - she was absolutely great. Very relaxed, captured beautiful moments and was very accommodating according to our needs and what we specifically wanted. Again, we didn't want formalities, so there were no pre-arranged family photos or anything of that sort, she captured all of the moments of us with our loved ones and everyone enjoying themselves.
I know that many people complain about their photographers later, but I'm not one of them - I am very happy with Anica.
Linda Miller from Applegrange did the decor and made sure all of the set up ran smoothly, while Annchen from Eden's Gate was absolutely amazing making sure that all the back end things ran well.
I did all of the arrangements myself (since I am a planner), but the execution was handled by the venue and the decor company - and they did an absolutely amazing job. Everything ran very smoothly and I had absolutely nothing to worry about on the day.
Smit Shuttle services transported our wedding party from the guest house to the venue and back, while the best man drove hubby and my father drove myself and my bridesmaids to the venue. Many of our friends found on-site accommodation, and those who did not drove themselves. It all worked out very well.
The venue - Eden's Gate actually has their own catering staff, run by Annchen - the food was AMAZING! We did not have a formal sit down meal, instead we had tapas of all our favourite foods being served by waiters throughout the night. These included miniature versions of everything that we love - wraps, tomato soup, cheesecake, grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, meat balls, etc. It worked out very well as people got to eat while they enjoyed themselves.
We did not have a cake either, Annchen made us these AMAZING vanilla cupcakes with real butter icing and caramel insides, with orange cupcake holders from Dawn's Incredible Creations, with silver glitter - they were absolutely incredible.
We did not have any stationery printed. I am quite creative so I did all of the save the dates, information flyers and invitations myself and we sent it out electronically. I used With Joy as the app to send the invitations out, and created a wedding website through that, which also had an app with information and a space to upload images.
I used HoneyFund and linked it to WithJoy as the registry, so everything was 100% electronic, eco-friendly and hassle-free.
DJ Kian was our DJ - he was great and understood exactly what we wanted. We took dance lessons with Dance Junction for the father-daughter and bride-groom dances.
My dad and I did a Foxtrot to Frank Sinatra's New York, New York, while hubby and I did a Mambo to Creed's My Sacrifice. The dances worked very very well, we had so much fun preparing for them, the instructors were great, so I couldn't have asked for anything better.