Looking back there were so many moments that stood out to me, from getting ready in a beautiful boutique hotel with all the woman I hold closest to our balloon isle, confetti bombs exploding and then finally walking into our gorgeous reception. Although there are just so many special moments, and too many to mention here, the one that stands out to me the most was walking down the isle to my new Husband. I wish I could bottle this feeling and hold onto it forever. It took my breath away - literally! I was almost hyperventilating haha, in a good way. My brother walked me down the isle and the happiness I felt in that moment walking towards James was the absolute highlight for me.
Yes we did, we spent three weeks away starting off in the UK at a family wedding the weekend after ours in Harrogate and then moving onto exploring Italy. We started in Florence, went on to Venice and ended off in Lake Como. It was spectacular, and we loved the overload of culture, art, food and can't wait to return.
My gown was layers and layers of dip dyed frothy pink tulle, scattered with pearls. It took my breath away and it fit like a glove. I had a soft tulle veil which clipped into the back of my hair and was long past my train on my dress. My look was what I think I would call the best version of me, playful, girly and bringing the drama in the best way I knew how. My hair was my usual fringe but with curls and highlights of pink and peach. I had 2 pairs of shoes, a sparkly dusty pink heel and for later pink glitter sneakers. I had a few little outfit changes throughout the day, a customised leather jacket as well as a feathered cape. I had earrings for the reception which were leant to me by one of the designers of my dress Jane Wollf, they were understated pearl earrings and I later changed into a second pair which were sparkly with pink encrusted diamanté to party in.
We got married at Bellevue Cafe in Kloof, Durban. A favourite restaurant of ours. Our guests were able to Uber to the venue and home or stayed at nearby bed and breakfast accommodations.
I had peels on my skin and was far more consistent
with healthy eating.
We had a cocktail style wedding, there was no formal sit down and the decor consisted of rich velvet couches, wooden tables covered in floral decor, candles, trees covered in fairy lights and velvet table runners. Instead of a main table James and I sat on a beautiful pink velvet chaise lounge during the speeches. The flowers were the most important part of my decor for me and I spent months putting my thoughts together on this and then working with a very talented florist who brought this to life. We had a white triangle arch with beautiful flowers which we then moved into the reception to place behind our main couch, this doubled up as a photo booth. I had giant black and white balloons on which I had hung black and white tassels to create the isle and there were about 40 confetti bombs throughout the day and night covering the floor in sparkles.
My Groom wore a tweed suit from ASOS with a Burgundy bow tie and white formal suit. The groomsmen were all dressed in formal suits in black with black bowties. Each of them had boutonnieres. The groomsmen suits were from Markhams.
I wanted my bridesmaids to feel gorgeous and glamorous, and with it being a cocktail wedding I decided on a black and silver palette with sequins and lace accents. Each outfit was different and selected especially for each of one of my special ladies. Some outfits I had made up from fabric I bought whilst others were bought and I added my own touches.
We were married 3 days prior to our wedding by a wonderful lady, Beulah Hasbrook. On the day our ceremony was conducted by a close friend of ours Mathew Putman.
I still maintain that we had the most talented photographer out there - Matt Kay - The Woods Photography.
My husband is a wedding videographer so choosing someone to capture our day was tricky, and in the end we were so grateful to our friends from LEMAN Media for doing this for us as well as gifting us with our cinematic film. They are amazing.
Yes I did, Lucenda Delaney.
haha my bridesmaids Land-rover :) ... we also had a beautiful vintage red Jaguar leant to us by friends for our photos. My husband loves cars and his favourite colour is red so I was happy I managed to arrange this.
One of my dear friends Danielle Wright gifted us with our gorgeous wedding cake. It was black with Peonies and had a traditional fruit cake tier as well as a red velvet one.
The delicious food was all done by the amazing Bellevue Cafe team.
My friend Dru Raymond helped me design my stationary and another friend, Nick over at YourCo branding, arranged all the printing. There was a mix of white corrugated board with the menu and drinks as well as printed floral boards with foil decorating the tables and at the entrance to both the ceremony and reception.
My husband is a professionally trained ballroom dancer and he left me hanging until the week before our wedding to give me lessons :)
We basically winged it but managed and I think it was awesome haha. We had a great DJ - Eric Rae. He also did the sound and lighting.