Walking down the aisle was one of the most surreal, “pinch-me” moments I’ve ever experienced. Our ceremony was so beautiful and emotional it was definitely a highlight! Then at our reception, once the formalities were over, we had the BEST party! Everyone was dancing (grannies included) and having a good time, making it such a special and memorable celebration.
We headed off on our island honeymoon 2 days after our wedding. We spent a week at Beachcomber Cannonier Resort in the North of Mauritius. It was absolutely magic and just what we needed after the wedding madness.
Hmmm...my wedding day look was very ethereal and dreamy but also a little dramatic. Maybe the best description is “boho princess”. My main focus was my dress. I worked with the AMAZING Lauren Judith Anne bridal who brought my vision of a not-mermaid-but-still-kind-of-mermaid dress to life. She was never deterred by my eagerness to add more tulle and indulged me in bringing my dress dreams to fruition! The dress lining was blush pink with optic white beaded lace overlay and 20+ meters of white tulle for the dreamiest skirt I’ve ever seen!
My shoes were from the ASOS bridal collection and were super comfortable! Nobody really saw them under my dress but I felt extra pretty in my princess shoes!
My crystal crown was all the way from Australia and made by a brand called Crystal Eclipse Crowns. I fell in love with tiaras after the royal wedding but wanted a more modern take. My tiara made me feel like a modern princess but with a bit of edge.
My earrings were Thomas Sabo and borrowed from my mom, and my bracelet was a gift from my parents, by Miglio.
My dress was VERY figure-hugging so it didn’t allow for any fancy lingerie.
Kiss the Bride did my hair and make-up and all I can say about my look is brows-on-point...Paige is the brow queen! We stuck with a very romantic, classic look to match my dress.
Last of all...my veil :D it was 3m of tulle perfection. Heavy and a pain at times, but so very worth it. It really completed the look.
We got married at my school chapel, St Mary’s DSG in Kloof. I was there for 12 years so saying “I Do” there was extra special.
Our reception was at Camp Orchards in Hillcrest. Because we stayed local, none of our guests had to stay the night anywhere and could just Uber home - winning!
I didn’t do anything crazy in the lead up to the big day beauty wise. I used the Women’s Health Shedding For The Wedding Guide to point me in the right direction in terms of exercise and eating.
I’ve always been very lucky that I don’t suffer from breakouts so I only went for a facial a few weeks before my wedding to prep my skin for the big day.
I got highlights a week before, gel nails in nude pink 2 days before, a full set of classic lashes 2 days before and a spray tan a day before. Nothing out of the ordinary, I still wanted to look like myself and not a Barbie doll.
After many years of Pinteresting and watching shows like wedding bashers, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted. We went for natural, naked tables with black, gold, white and glass decor pieces. Our flowers were all white lillies, orchids and tulips with a ton of tropical greenery. I wanted lots of candles to set a romantic mood in the venue, and went with black for a modern look. We hung fairy lights across the entire venue as well which looked beautiful.
My husband wore a classic slim-fit tuxedo from Eurosuit finished with a classic bow-tie. He looked ever so dapper!
The groomsmen all wore slim fit black suits with skinny black ties, and a single white orchid pinned to their lapels.
i knew from the start I wanted black bridesmaid dresses. An exhaustive trip to Bride & Co resulted in us finding the perfect dress for my girls! A beautiful maxi with cross-crossed straps and a ruched bodice. Modern, flattering and elegant.
Our pastor was Roger Tedder, an old friend of my dad who also happened to go to the same school as my husband.
Planned to Perfection were our planners. Sarah listened to what I wanted and really NAILED the set-up. I was blown away.
This didn’t bother me at all as nobody was going to ever see the cars. We used our parents vehicles.
Our venue did the harvest table and main meals. They were absolutely DELICIOUS and surpassed all my expectations.
Our cake was made by Roxi Wardman, winner of Masterchef SA season 1.
Fuchsia Wedding Stationery designed our stunning invitations, seating plan, name cards and ceremony programmes. Janet also really captured what we wanted and we were thrilled with all our stationery.
We didn’t do dance lessons or anything like that. We wanted to look natural and not all rehearsed. Our DJ was INCREDIBLE. Jarryd Sunkel of KZN Wedding DJ made sure our dance floor was never empty. He really is excellent at what he does.