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Madeleine Fourie

Married on Aug 8, 2018 in Western Cape

 

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Magical Moments

 

This wedding was the one that I dreamed about, fantasized about and played over and over in my head since I was a little girl. The whole day, from the moment I opened my eyes, to the night I went to bed as Mrs Fourie was beyond special and magical.

Some of my best memories were getting ready with all of my bridesmaids, the special photos with my mom and dad (stepdad) before the ceremony and for some reason even my nagging to get to church was something I won’t forget. I was really excited to finally marry my soul mate, the man of my dreams.

But the most magical moment of the day was the moment I started walking down the aisle and I looked into the tear-filled eyes of my husband to be, while our wedding song “Hallelujah” (Agnus Dei) played in the background. It was surreal and felt like a dream.

The Honeymoon

 

Our Honeymoon was planned by my husband. It was his little project and he loved the planning so much I did not dare interfere ☺

We spent 9 days in Italy travelling from Rome to Milan. We visited Rome, Florence (Firenze, my most favourite place in the world at the moment), Bologna, Venice and finally Milan. We had romantic dinners in all of these magical cities, walked km’s and km’s to explore the best each city had to offer. We sat on sidewalks listening to street musicians and even threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain of Rome.

After our 9 days in Italy we flew to Paris where we spent 5 days. We could not resist going to Disney land and found our inner child in the theme parks. We had picnic in the Trocadéro Gardens staring at the Eifel Tower and lunch at little street café’s. We made memories that will last us a lifetime. Everything was perfect!

Wedding Gallery

 

My Special Day

I decided to go for a natural yet elegant look and feel. I had the most beautiful A-line dress with thin straps made by my mother in law. My make-up was done by Cornelia Hough from Livine Sante Skin and Body Care in Robertson. My hair was done by Elaine from Illusions in Robertson.

I did the traditional something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new thing with my borrowed item being my earrings. This was earrings given to my mom on her 18th birthday by her father. Something blue was on my garter and the old was a tie pin I wore on my dress which belonged to my dad who passed away when I was only 12. The new was my infinity bracelet and infinity hairpin I bought at Lovisa in Tygervalley Mall. It also resembled our Infinity love for each other. Our wedding date being the 08.08.2018 played a roll in the theme. The letter 8 on its side is an infinity sign and also the Biblical meaning of 8 is New beginning. And our wedding day was our New Beginning of our life together as husband & wife.

Getting ready for the big moment was a feast on its own. I had 4 bridesmaids (including my maid of honour) who scurried about to get ready. It was like a big pajama party. Just before we left, my maid of honour gave me a letter from my fiancé. Tears rolled down my freshly make-upped face as I read his special words.

The ceremony was very special and spiritual. After we were pronounced husband and wife we shared communion and then combined 3 colours of sand which represented the unity of us and our Father.

The Venue

Our venue was the most beautiful Bon Cap Wedding and Guest farm just outside Robertson.
Our guests travelled all the way from all over the Western Cape and spent the night on the farm or surroundings.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

Myself and my husband love to work out together. Before our wedding we used to exercise at least four to six times a week and we live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I naturally take good care of my body and skin so I did not change much of my routine before the wedding. I did go for a pedicure and manicure at Sorbet and a massage at Thyme Guest House in Plattekloof. I also made sure my teeth were sparkly clean with a visit to my dentist.

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Wedding Elements

Our décor was all rented from the wedding venue. We didn’t want a lot of “things” on the table. Our wedding colours were Marsala red, Bottle Green and different types of gold) (Rose, yellow and vintage gold)
The style was an elegant Bohemian feel with the flower arrangements consisting of proteas’s, succulents, amaranthus flowers and leaves.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

The groom's suit was a deep navy blue, with a white Carducci shirt, a Marsala red tie and brown Gino Paoli shoes and were bought at House of Monatics by Romans in Canal Walk.He wore personalized wooden cuff links and a tie-pin.
The groomsmen hired their navy suits at Euro Suite Canal Walk and wore it with white shirts and brown shoes.
They wore funky coloured socks, bow ties and suspenders which were given to them as presents as they were getting ready for the wedding.
Their shoulder pins were wooden lazer cut circles with leafy & berry detail.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

My maid of honour was my big sister. She wore a beautiful long marsala red dress. Two of my bridesmaids were my best friends and the other girl was my niece. They wore flowy skirts and velvet tops. Each one of them had a slightly different design.
We initially went dress hunting in the mall and when we did not find anything we really liked we decided on a “look” and then my mother in law made each one a dress they absolutely loved.

Marriage Officer

Johan du Toit from Durbanville.
We did our premarital counselling with him beforehand.

My Captured Moments

Our photographer was Morne Marais & his assistant from Breedephotography.
They were really excellent and made us feel comfortable while having so much fun. It was very cold on our wedding day as all the mountains surrounding us were full of snow.
Morne chose a a beautiful green vineyard scene and dirt road scene for our wedding photos.
At the reception venue a photobooth was set up where guests had fun with all the props and gadgets. A special “Pasgetroud” banner with our names and wedding date was the background for this photobooth.

The Wedding Planner

We were privileged to work with Michelle du Preez, the owner of the Boncap Guest farm, as our wedding planner. She is excellent at what she does and guided us through the process with ease.

Wedding Transport

Our wedding car was a beautiful blue and white vintage Ford Buick arranged by my father in law.

Food & Cake

Boncap prepared the food. Our Canapes included a selection of home made breads pan-fried toasties, salsa, mini cheese platters, soup (veggie & Thai butternut) pizza selection, mini rice noodle and veggie bowls, cucumber with cream cheese and salsa rolls, pastries, mini quiche, bobotie spring rolls, chicken wings, mini pork sausage with dijon mustard and stuffed eggs.
Our main course was a plated dish of rolled deboned stuffed chicken roulade served on basil and mascarpone infused mash with an onion juss.
There was a salad bar with loads of choices including; baked beetroot and orange, cabbage, green toss salad, bulhar wheat with mint pea danja ginger garlic and chili, bella rossa Italian tomato & caramalized onion peccarino, avo, roast butternut and almond salad, broccoli & bacon salad, carrot and beetroot lint noodle with sweet chili papaya and pinapple.

The dessert table included multiple mini desserts; blueberry cheesecake, keylime pie with merrinque, lemon merringuetartlets, mini milktarts, caramel pancakes, choc brownies, macaroons, mini crème brulee, pepermint crisp, rice crispies, date balls, mini doughnuts, macroon's & koeksisters and was a perfect ending to a great meal.

There was also a multiple coffee & teas selection station which the guests could enjoy.

Our wedding cake was a carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
Daniel and I love carrot cake and it was made by Michelle.

Wedding Stationery

We did not have a formal invite and rather opted for a wedding website invite. One of my bridesmaids, Nina Nortje, designed the website. Here is a link to our beautiful wedding invite.
The rest of the wedding décor stationary was printed by my brother-in-law’s printing and signage company, Intembeko Group, in George.

The Reception and Entertainment

The reception was perfect! From the moment we walked into the beautiful decorated hall on the song “Tonight’s gonna be a good night”, dancing our way towards our wedding cake which we cut right away, to our perfect first dance as husband and wife.
Our DJ for the night was Prime Audio form Robertson. His selection of music kept everyone on the dance floor from the moment we opened it with our first dance until 12 o’clock.
Our first dance was really special. We did not take any dance lessons, but one of our friends taught us a dance routine. We opened the dance floor to the duet version of Callum Scott’s song “You are the reason”.
The guests really enjoyed themselves to the fullest.

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