1. The Friesian Stallion, Dusty (from Rheebokskloof wine estate) that I used to enter the wedding ceremony.
2. The fact that it rained so much on the day of the wedding (at that stage Cape Town had a massive drought) and 10 minutes before the ceremony the rain stopped completely. It was such a blessing!!
3. Having all the people that I love and adore on the same venue at the same time.
4. My dog, Thor was a groomsmen. He had his own bow tie. It matched the other groomsmen's bow ties. (I'm a huge animal lover)
5. My hubby and my dad (which are both unemotional type of guys) crying their eyes out during the ceremony.
6. The speeches.
7. My sister standing next to me. We are super close.
8. As a couple our favorite dessert is Gelato. I managed to get the best gelato (for my Gelato station) in Cape Town and it appeared to be in Stanford WC, which is a few km from the venue.
Not yet. My hubby is an intern doctor. So when he gets proper leave, we will go on a honeymoon.
We are planning to go to Greece. <3
My wedding colors were lavender purple (lighter and darker shades of purple) with olive green and gold.
I had a very raw, natural look. My wedding dress was made out of 100% white linen (from the fabric House in Woodstock) and french lace. The designer (of the wedding dress, brides maid dresses as well as mother of the bride dress), is who I call the best kept secret. Her name is Kinti Mocke. She is an old lady living in Hermanus Western Cape.
I wore flat tan leather shoes.
I have very long blonde hair which my hair stylist curled. I wanted a tussled look/ loose curls. My hair was pinned to one side, to show the earring that I was wearing. Hair stylist - Malanie from Strangelove Salon Stellenbosch.
My makeup was also very natural. The focus was on the eyes. I had brown/bronze with gold on the eyes and long lashes. I wore a light pink/nude lip-stick from Mac. Make up artist is Chanelle Heyneke from CK Komapnie Beauty Salon in Stellenbosch.
I had gold jewellery. My mom designs/makes her own jewellery, so she made my jewellery. My one earring was plain solid gold that sits on the whole ear (if that makes sense). The other was shorter. I wore gold bangles around my arm.
I got married at Mosaic Private Sanctuary, Stanford, Western Cape. The closest family stayed over on the venue. There are 4 cottages on the venue. The rest of the guests stayed either in Stanford, Hermanus or De Kelders.
I didn't do anything different than I am use to. Me and my hubby are both very active. We exercise quite often.
I went for a few sessions tan can (which I never did before) and used Clarins Bronzing cream before the big day.
We had pedicures at the gorgeous Birkenhead house in Hermanus the Thursday before the wedding.
The bridesmaids and I also went for lash extensions, nails and brows in the week before the wedding.
Decor: I had gold candles (which I bought from the candle factory shop in Belville) on all the quest tables and 2 big copper candle holders (from Masquerade, Franschoek) with thin gold candles on the main table.
I bought numbers (from PNA - which I sprayed gold). This was used as table numbers.
I used black shepherd hooks with hanging glass balls/jars which was filled with flowers by Anna Botany as decor for the isle.
I used 2 wine barrels at the entrance of the isle decorated with flowers (Anna Botany).
My dad build a wooden gazebo frame which was decorated by Anna with flowers and draped with white linen by my mom for the ceremony. The gazebo was beneath what is know as the promise tree. A beautiful big tree facing the Hermanus lagoon and it's mountains.
I had glass under plates from 4 Every Event. I had white linen serviettes from Table cloth hiring. Each serviette was wrapped with brown rope. Each serviette also contained a name tag and a lavender sprig (Anna).
I also made tags for the gelato flavors. I had glass holders with wooden lids from woolworths in which I kept my gelato toppings (crushed oreo, M&M's, Marshmallows, jelly babies etc).
I had 8 glass balls (my own) in which the florist placed flower poisies. They hanged above the bar. There were 2 bars. The are made out of pallet wood (giving it a rustic look). The bars belong to the venue.
Furniture: I hired raw wooden tables and raw wooden chairs (with white cushions) for the reception and ceremony from 4
I hired white parasols and pallet wooden furniture with white cushions for the canapes area (from Makiti Hire)
I hired a black chalk board table for the kids table (from 4 Every Event)
I hired 2 fire bomas extra from makiti hire. The venue also had a fire pit in the ground.
Lighting: It was all done by 4 Every event. I had fairy lights in the tent and in the milkwood trees (where the dancefloor was located). There was also a fairylight curtain.
Mosaic has their own Tent which we used for the reception.
The groom wore a tan leather tie, the groomsmen wore tan leather bow ties. They wore navy pants (from County roads and Trenery) and white Polo shirts. They also had the same color belts and lether vellies on. Sapmok made all the leather items.
I had 3 bridesmaids and 2 flowergirls. The bridesmaid dresses were also made out of 100% linen (also from the fabric house), but different shades of purple.
All three dresses were exactly the same. They wore gold leave wreaths (which Anna Bottany made) on their heads. They wore gold earings from Famke and a gold earcuff (from Mungo & Jemima) in the one ear. They wore tan leather sandals from Country roads. Their hair were also curled by Malanie from Stangelove.
The flower girl dresses consisted of purple material at the bottom and gold sequence at the top. Anna Bottany made their flower crowns which consisted of olive green leaves, lavender and gold.
Niel Olwagen. He is a pastor in Stanford, Western Cape
Nadine Aucamp and her assistent were the 2 photographers on the day. She is the best. Love her work.
No we didnt have a photo booth. I also had the polariod camera idea.
I didn't have a wedding planner. I wanted to do most of it myself.
I had a wedding coordinator from Mosaic (Simone) which coordinated the wedding day.
Everything before and after the wedding took place on the venue. The main cottage that the bride, bridesmaids, family of the bride stayed in (called the Duminy) on the Friday night is walking distance from the where the ceremony was held. There were 3 other cottages on the venue where the groom, groomsmen, family of the groom also stayed over.
The only "transport" I arranged was the Friesian Stallion that had to be transported from Paarl to the venue and back. I used the horse to enter the ceremony.
Nakita from Mon Ami Cakes made the wedding cake. It was a 3 tiered cake. Choc( Brides favorite), red velvet and carrot cake (Grooms favorite). It had a rustic gold icing finish. Anna decorated with flowers (purple and greens).
The Gelato station was arranged and set-up by Lionello and his team form Don Gelato (which by the way is the best Gelato in the world).
Mosaic's chef, Bridgette made and set-up the cheese platters/harvest table, the "pot brode" and salads for the main course.
Oom Louis, which is a local guy from the Stanford area, did the lamb Spitbraai.
a friend of mine (we grew up together) made my wedding stationary. I printed everything at Hot ink in Cape Town.
I also made a lot of the stationary (the welcome board, the dessert board and the table setting boards) myself.
We didn't take any dance lessons. Our DJ, was DJ Eddy. He is from the Durbanville area. Most of the lighting was done by 4 Every Event.
Later the evening we played a game with the quests. We had 10 balls (which I sprayed gold). I got the idea from the movie - Just go with it. We gathered 5 couples. Every couple received a ball. The ball is then placed between the couple's knees. Whiteout using any hands/arms, the couple needs to get the ball between their months. We had 2 different rounds, so that a lot of couples can participate. The quests loved this idea. We played "lekker" music as well!!!!
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