We got married at Spier, a beautiful wine farm in Stellenbosch. This was the first wine farm my husband, Wesley, had taken me to on our first trip to Cape Town together. We also got married on 16th of June, which was our 3rd year anniversary. We had a sparkler entrance to our reception and I had both my Mother and Uncle walk me down the aisle.
We have not yet been on a honeymoon, we decided to save up for a vacation at Cuba, we are still saving!
I had my dress made by Vola, She has her own design studio in Johannesburg, Vola Boutique. I basically saw a picture of a dress in Pinterest, googled for wedding designers and found Vola! Her quote was within my budget and she said she could have the dress made 90% to the picture. The dres I chose was a full lace dress that with long sleeves and a low back. It is a very sexy dress as the lace does not cover the entire dress. I wanted to have something that showed my personality which is basically not conforming to the norm. This led me to wear red shoes! I found the perfect pair at Aldo. I chose to wear dazzling long earrings and a choker as my accessories. My makeup was done by Rezana from Zarbrides. She is a well known makeup artist from Cape Town. I told her I wanted my eyes to be bold and she could decide on the rest. She had done my makeup perfectly! I decided have my hair curled, falling onto one side of my shoulder, with one accessory in my hair. My hair was done by a friend of Rezana’s. I had also put in extension at Nudo Hair Lab in Pretoria.
We got married at Spier Wine Farm. Guests did stay over at the Hotel on the Wine Farm.
I have always been into fitnesses and health but I decided to get a personal trainer to help me achieve my goal for the wedding. I trained with Manie 4 times a week and followed a healthy eating plan he had provided me with. I was extremely happy with the results even though I had a few more cheat days than I was allowed! I had done a monthly facial at Skin Renewal in Brooklyn, Pretoria. I used their recommended skincare product so as well which is Lamelle.
My Pretty Vintage has done our decor. We did not want to have too many flower but I did want Orchards and Babysbreath. We had a rustic yet elegant theme. Fairy lights ran across the ceiling and down the walls which had a white draping and greenery from one end of the wall to the next. Our centrepiece was made up of white branches, babysbreath and candles. This was a tall centerpiece. We had wooden tables which had pine cones, candles and a runner down the center of the table. We had also used random cuts of wood placed at the main table. The orchards were placed on the branches of our centerpiece and in the tables.
My husband wore a 3-piece suit (2-piece grey, waistcoat dark blue). He had brown shoes and a striped blue and brown tie (to bring the look together). The best man wore a 2-piece grey suit, brown shoes and a striped blue and white tie (tie to match the groom’s waistcoat). The groomsmen wore long sleeve shirts, blue ties, brown leather suspenders, grey pants and brown shoes.
My husband bought his 3-piece suit from Fabiani. He wanted to break the grey colours by getting a different colour waistcoat. The waistcoat and shirt was tailor-made by The Cavalier situated in Melrose Arch. He also bought his cufflinks and pocket square from the tailor. His shoes were bought from Dune London and the specific tie he was looking for could only be found at Camicissama in Sandton City.
The best man had his suit bought from Woolworths. His shirt was from TM Lewin and his tie from Camicissama. The groomsmen had their pants and ties bought from Woolworths, their shirts and cufflinks bought from TM Lewin. The brown leather suspenders were bought from Colony Design in Milpark, Johannesburg.
The entourage also wore custom, handmade boutonnières from Kathleen Barry, bespoke occasion accessories.
I decided to keep the bridesmaids simple yet elegant. My Maid of Honour wore a grey dress which she was made by a seamstress. The bridesmaids dresses were dark blue, to match the groomsmen ties. I got the dresses from YDE in Pretoria.
Our marriage officer is the Reverend, Jeanine, at the Church in which we had our ceremony. My husband has been going to this Church since childhood.
Our photographers were Justin and Simone (Justin and Simone Photography). They are had also done our engagement shoot. We did not have a photo booth however we did have an Insta Booth. You basically take a photo with your own phone, WhatsApp to the Insta Booth number, the photo can then be printed on the device provided. Photo are printed with a personalized message.
My wedding planner was Linda from Oh So Pretty Wedding Planning.
A friend has generously gifted us a Bentley as our wedding car for the day.
Our food was prepared by Spier as they provide this at their venue together with the service of waiters and barmen. We had a butternusoup as a starter, rack of lamb for the main and peppermint tarts for dessert. This was plated, except for the dessert as we had a specific dessert table. Our cake and cupcakes were made by Sweet Lion Heart in Cape Town. We had a chocolate wedding cake cover in white chocolate ganache. We had asked for a special cake topper, two pugs, and they absolutely managed to give us the best cake topper! We also had Centre filled chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from them with a ganache topping.
We had provided our own ideas as to how we would like the stationery to done. Lezanne’s Designs had brought our ideas together with a few recommendations in line with our decor.
We did not take lessons however we did have a friend who gave us ideas and recommendations a week before the wedding, to make our first dance look great. Pie in the Sky had done our sound and lighting for the entertainment. We had also hired a DJ from them. For our canapés we had Roxy, a musician, who sang and played the guitar for our guests.