As this was a gay wedding, we decided to “prank” our guests by coming out in suits to greet everyone. Once everyone had taken their seats we quickly changed into our wedding dresses. The ooohs and aaahs were priceless!
We spent a week doing a road trip up to Bela Bela and then glamped in St Lucia near IsiMangaliso Wetland Park.
We decided we didn’t want a traditional wedding so our theme was Boho and our dresses and bridesmaid dresses were all floral boho. We ordered our dresses online and they were super affordable. We had friends help out with makeup and we all did each others' hair.
We got married at the beautiful Bent Fork Country Restaurant in Kyalami. Unfortunately, they are now closed.
All we did was our nails at Placeco in Kyalami. We really didn't have time to fully pamper ourselves because we had to make sure the venue was set up.
Our ceremony was outdoors. Our guests sat on hay bales with hessian covering the hay. Our indoor decor was all made by our bridal party. We had lanterns, fake flower curtains, hessian and lace curtains, hessian bunting and hanging flowers and lots of bottle lights. One of our bridesmaids had a workshop with a laser cutter, so we made our own cake topper and guest book of polaroids. She also cut wood pieces into hearts and people could write their names on it and put it into a perspex jar.
All of our bridesmaids had a boho themed floral dress. We didn’t want the dresses to be the same so each one had their own look. They were all purchased from various affordable shops.
Our marriage officer was Wendy Vermeulen from the SA Humanists Church and she was absolutely phenomenal. We didn't have a traditional exchange of vows but rather went for an Irish hand fasting ceremony. We had 8 promises represented by ribbon and each bridesmaid came up and tied each promise around our hands. We then wrote a letter to each other that we put in a wine box to open on our 1 Year Anniversary.
The absolutely amazing and talented Andy and Szerdi were our photographers. They took the most phenomenal pictures and are just so much fun to be around too!
No, we planned everything ourselves.
We live quite close to the venue and we stayed in a Guest Lodge just up the road so we did not use any transport.
The venue made all food, starters and mains, as well as the cake. Helen and Kieth Pick are talented cooks!
We didn't need any stationery. Our invites were sent out online and we used a friend to set up a website with a countdown, the date, venue and dress code. They could also RSVP from there as well.
We rented a sound system and lights and had a phone with iTunes connected to the amp and we made our own playlists.