I said from the engagement that I don't want to organize anything about this wedding. My fiancée started with all the planning and eventually him and the co-ordinator of the venue did a stunning job. Everything was a surprise for me since I woke up that morning. I didn't know the colours, the tables, the food, the area where we will have the ceremony. Absolutely nothing!! So the whole day was full of surprises whenever I came around a corner. It was stunning and I will always remember that.
We are going to Bali for two weeks.
Now we are back. This was total bliss - just us in the sun, beautiful oceans and amazing sunsets. Lots of swimming and do activities together like swimming and interact with dolphins, ocean walking with beautiful colourful fishes and sea life. In pools and touching stingrays, snakes around our necks and still know that we are there for each other.
My wedding look was more Scottish / Celtic. My husband is Scottish and they wore kilts. My dress was fire red with satin and chiffon all the way from my middle. The top part of the dress was fine detailed red on red satin with a little bit of a chiffon train. Hugo made my dress from scratch. As for the rest of my wedding, I only saw the final product on the last fitting. He was amazing. He also did my hair. (www.dorpstreetstylestudio.co.za or on Facebook at DORP STREET STYLE SUDIO). That was plain with tiny little pearl clips in. My makeup was done by Andrea H from Professional Makeup Artistry (http://andreahmakeupartistry.co.za) and was natural, because as it is I don't really wear any makeup. My shoes were red flowery velvet with a comfortable heel. Jewellery was a Sharovski necklace my husband gave me in the beginning of our relationship and two chandelier earrings - also from them. Other than that there was no other accessories.
We got married at Joie de Vivre, Klapmuts (www.joiedevivre.co.za). I didn't know where and how the venue looked like up until the previous Friday night. Me and two of my friends stayed there the Friday, having a great champagne breakfast the next morning. The Saturday two more couple stayed over after a lovely afternoon / evening.
I go for facials on a monthly basis and that was all I did. Pedicure and manicure two days before that and Hugo cut my hair a week before the wedding date. Otherwise nothing, just having a normal lifestyle.
The theme of the wedding was Rustic Romantic. Our confetti was coloured wine corks and rose pedals. The tables were set inside the lodge next to a cosy fireplace that was burning since the afternoon - all through the night. The décor on table was very rustic. Single flowers under water in glass jars, blue runners and gold and silver candle holders and chair coverings. It was a morning wedding, so lighting was daylight - until after sunset it was the fireplace.
The groom is a pure Scot and wore the formal full kilt of Scotland. The best man was also dressed in the more informal kilt that was green check with a white shirt. The minister and my dad who brought me in - also wore the more informal kilts. They all looked amazing with the little "dresses' and bow ties. All the kilts came from Kilts & Regalia (www.kiltsandregalia.co.za) in Cape Town. The owners are Charles and Ian and they were guests as well - also dressed in traditional kilts.
All the accessories that go with kilts, were hired from them as well.
I didn't have official bridesmaids.
Ds Marius Falck from the NG Church in Melkbosstrand.
The photos were taken by Daniella Havenga. She is "new" in this and was not very eager to do this as a first wedding shoot. We convinced her, because all her other photos are amazing. We were her first "paid wedding clients". She was actually amazing and the photos so far are brilliant. She has the best imagination and ideas and never goes for the "normal traditional photos." (http://danigphotography.co.za or on Facebook www.facebook.com/DaniGPhotographyCapeTown?)
There was no videos - except for those taken by the guests and we didn't make use of a photo booth.
My husband did all the planning with the co-ordinator of Joie de Vivre. I didn't know anything and everything was a surprise for me up until the Saturday morning.
I slept at the venue the previous night, but leaving home picking up my girlfriends to join me, I had to use my husband's car. Hyundai Veloster that was made up with ribbons, balloons, sparkles and love notes all over the place. I had to drive like that through the whole of Cape Town and to the venue.
The next morning I just had to walk to the ceremony and guests.
The food was prepared by Joie de Vivre and there was no wedding cake.
My invitations were little tiles with individual messages on that I bought. On that I paste the invitation that was hand written by myself on hand made paper. Each invitation was given by hand to the guests.
This was a morning wedding. Originally there was no dancing, but as the guests enjoyed everything so much, some stayed till late. We then just danced on the stoep of the venue with a DJ playing music.