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Maret Van Der Westhuizen

Married on Nov 17, 2018 in Western Cape

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Magical Moments

 

The most memorable moment of my wedding day was the moment I walked down the aisle of the beautiful Moedergemeente Church in Robertson, seeing my soon to be husband, looking at me, ready to start our journey together.

As we entered the reception on Paradise from George Ezra, I was overwhelmed by all our friends and family who came out to enjoy our special day with us.

The Honeymoon

 

On Sunday afternoon, as we arrived home after an unforgettable night I was welcomed with a gift bag from Thompson Tours with our honeymoon itinerary. As I opened the bag, I was surprised by tickets to Mauritius! Our tickets where booked to leave South Africa on that evening at 22:00. We stayed at the Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa and was treated to the best service and most friendly staff members.

Nico, along with Thomson Tours planned the most amazing honeymoon and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have experienced this holiday destination with him.

Wedding Gallery

 

My Special Day

With my make-up and hair I opted for a soft, feminine look. With not much information given to Efraine from Evelyn Francis, she made it possible for me to feel like the most beautiful woman in the world.

For my dress I went for a classic look with a bit of detail on my back. It was a clean cut in front and lace detail on my back. My shoes was navy with a floral design on the heel. On the day of the wedding my father gifted me with the most beautiful Rose Gold tennis bracelet from Pandora.

Evelyn Francis

Evelyn Francis

Nothing gives me more satisfaction then making a bride or girl more beautiful then she already is.

The Venue

The ceremony was held at the historic Moedergemeente Robertson - My parents and grand parents got married in this church, so it was a no-brainer that I wanted to get married in this church.

Our reception was at Viljoensdrift Wine Estate. On the banks of the Breede River we had a bedouin tent filled with Edison Bulbs. Canapes where served on the deck of Viljoensdrift with a local brass band entertaining guests.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

I started with my skin journey at Layers Skin Clinic five months before our wedding day. My treatments included Beta Peels and Dermapen by Lamelle. I also switched my products to Lamelle and used (still using) sunscreen on a daily basis. The condition of my skin is the best it has ever been.

I was treated to two spa days by both my mother and mother-in-law in the month before the wedding. This was a great way to escape the buzz of wedding planning and enjoy the day with the girls. My sister and sister-in-laws also joined us.

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is a true Stellenbosch icon – steeped in history and luxury, the old grande dame is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage.

Wedding Elements

From the start of the planning process, I knew that I wanted a fresh and clean look for my wedding. I had the most beautiful flowers supplied by Berena Malherbe from Flowers by B with a mixture of greens, whites and light greys.

Furniture and Lightning was supplied by Goeters. They supplied us with tables, chairs, Edison lights, lounge seating, etc - also in the colours of white, green and grey.

Our Bedouin tent was set up and supplied by Cape Tents.

Goeters

Goeters

Goeters specialises in the up most imaginative creations of beautiful décor and lights for weddings and events.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

The groom and groomsmen's suits & shirts was from Country Road and David Jones.

Shoes, socks and belts was from Tread & Miller.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

I knew from the start that I want my bridesmaids to wear skirts and tops. Seeing that my maid of honour is good at anything, she offered to make the skirts. We searched for the perfect print for the skirts and eventually got it from Fabric City in Cape Town.

Initially I wanted my bridesmaids to wear off-shoulder tops, and bought four bodysuits at Forever New. After trying it on, none of it fitted my bridesmaids. My dress makes, Anri Ham came to the rescue and offered to make 4 new tops, fitted perfectly for all four girls.

The end result was perfect!

Marriage Officer

Our marriage officer was Dr Pieter Barnard from Paarl.

My Captured Moments

Coetzer Cooke Photography, along with Secondluke Videography captured all the special moments of our wedding day. Both teams made us feel at ease in front of the camera - even though the wind was pumping during our shoot.

With our engagement shoot before the wedding we met up with Coetzer and had the best time in Kogel Bay while he was doing what he does best.

The Wedding Planner

Nicola Kaden, my maid of honour and also working at Goeters was my unofficial wedding planner from day 1. She assisted me with mood boards, supplier letters, getting quotes and doing the setup of furniture at the venue. She was also the designer of all our stationary for the wedding.

Nikki from Antoinette Events was our coordinator on the day. She did a brilliant job in getting everything ready. She was on site from the Thursday before the wedding and organised all the suppliers as they pitched - might be the reason why I was so calm and collected during the build up to the wedding.

Wedding Transport

I was fortunate enough to make use of my uncle's yellow vintage Mustang. I had to sit on the front passenger seat, as my dress was too big to fit in at the back.

Food & Cake

Our wedding cake and other cakes and cupcakes for the dessert table was supplied by Blush Bakery in Stellenbosch. They delivered the cakes to us in Robertson. The wedding cake was the most delicious Red Velvet cake with buttercream frosting.

The catering was done by Antoinette Events. They did the canapes and the main course. The main course was slow cooked lamb with potato souffles and red wine reduction, along with beans, asparagus, beetroot and pumpkin fritters - it was out of this world!

Wedding Stationery

Nicola, my maid of honour did all the designs and printing of my stationary.

The Reception and Entertainment

After the ceremony, as we entered the canapes area, we where surprised by a performance of a local Brass Band that was organised by my mother. This played apart to the best atmosphere.

Although both of us are not the best dancers, we didn't take any dance lessons. We decided on a first dance song that is fitted to our speed and style, and I personally think we nailed it. We danced the night away!

We used the services of The Party Technician - DJ Gerhard. He supplied us with sound and lightning and made sure that the dance floor was packed the whole night.

Wedding Services Used

 
Goeters

Goeters

Goeters specialises in the up most imaginative creations of beautiful décor and lights for weddings and events.

Evelyn Francis

Evelyn Francis

Nothing gives me more satisfaction then making a bride or girl more beautiful then she already is.

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is a true Stellenbosch icon – steeped in history and luxury, the old grande dame is synonymous with old-world charm and rich Cape heritage.