As most brides, I feel the most memorable moment was walking down the aisle to see my husband crying just as much as my dad and I.
The entire day was an emotional one, but a happy loved filled day. It really set in when we exchanged gifts during the day. His words and promises were beautiful.
We also had friends attend the wedding who travelled from overseas. Having everyone there to celebrate our union and share in the joy was such an amazing feeling.
Our honeymoon, which was meant to be a surprise, was in Mauritius. I am not a true fan of surprises... so I nagged my husband for weeks to tell me what he had planned. But he was adamant that it should be a surprise. I think as the wedding got closer, the excitement just got the better of him and he accidently told me where we were going. Bless his heart!
We were in a perfect honeymoon bubble for a week. We spent our time sipping cocktails, enjoying the sun and the ocean. We booked excursions for 2 days to explore the island. But further tried to do as little as possible and just be in the moment with each other. It was paradise.
Got honeymoon blues when we came back!
My wedding dress was not something I expected or envisioned for my wedding day... but man oh man what a dress! It was probably the 4th dress I tried on that day and it just felt right. And by the look on everyone's faces when I walked out, I knew it was the one. Adding the veil, I had a picture of spanish bride walking through a catholic church in my head.My dress was called Hannah from Maggie Sottero. Heart shaped bodice with swarovski beading and pewter accents. The back had a lovely train with scalloped lace detail at the bottom.
My hair and makeup was done by a lovely friend. We went for a classic romantic look with soft curls and a subtle braided detail. My eyes were shaded with gold and plum to fit the colour theme. My accessories consisted of a bracelet, hairpins, dangling earings and necklace all made by Kathleen Barry.
My aunt made me two garters- one to keep and then one for the garter toss. The one I kept was made with plum satin, pearl beads and ivory lace. It was really special.
We got married (ceremony and reception) at Shepstone Gardens in Houghton, Johannesburg. This venue is straight out of a fairytale.
Unfortunately space is limited at the venue, so accommodation was only available for the bridal pair. Most of our guests arranged Uber rides which worked perfectly.
My husband work an all black suit with plum tie. The grooms men wore black trouser, suspender, plum shirts and bowties.
My sister (maid of honour) wore a dark plum evening dress that was designed and personally made . My brother (bridesmaid :) ) wore a dovegrey suit with a plum shirt.
Stephen van Basten officiated our wedding. Our ceremony was short and sweet, filled with a special message of love and faith.
Nadia from Wildfower Photography captured our special moments, as well as Hour 72 productions (videographer).
The wedding venue included a coordinator for the big day. Nadia from Shepstone Gardens did a lovely job ensure that our special day ran smoothly.
We had By Word of Mouth do our catering. They provided a Harvest Board for the guests. Our menu was tailored with a french theme.
We also made our wedding cake part of the dessert by constructing "cake sundaes".
We had I Do Creative Concepts design all the finer details of the wedding. From invites, wedding programs, menus, signage etc.
Bridal Manor is an exclusive bridal shop that specialises in selling imported couture designer wedding dresses.