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Marike Gibbley (van Saasen)

Marike Gibbley

Married on Nov 23, 2019 in Gauteng


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How did your love story begin?


It began when I saw him at the action cricket courts, I just knew at that moment i have found my future Husband

Tell us all about the proposal.


We were at Kruger National Park drinking sundowners when one of his friends started to say to his Gilfriend “ I would really like to ask you something but I don’t think its my time yet, Johnny”
And when I turned around he was on one knee with tears in his eyes

Magical Moments


Waking up I was excited and anxious for the day ahead.
A day filled with surprises and gifts and special time with my dad before I got ready. A father and daughter breakfast where we prayed together.
Coming down the stairs, he swallowed hard on his tears as to not upset me.
When we arrived at the Tolbos chapel at Meulstroom Lodge, I was calm and could not wait to see my husband to be.
As the flute player walked in front of my dad and I, the excitement grew ....I was going to see the man I am about to spend the rest of my life with again for the first time in 5 days.
As the doors opened, I walk down the aisle with my father feeling like I am walking on clouds.
Seeing Jonathan Gibbley in front, waiting for me made heart skip a beat.
Tears were rolling down his face and he could not control his emotions.
I felt loved and cherished and beautiful.
We had a ceremony where he washed my feet and annointed them with oil after which I could bend the knee in front of my husband as well and do the same for him. Our way of committing to each other in humbleness, servant hood and eternal love.
It was a very emotional ceremony not just for us but for everyone attending.

The Honeymoon


We were gifted a week in Port Shepstone for honeymoon

Wedding Gallery


My Special Day

I went for a classy look with simple elegance and timeless.
My dress was bought in January at Oakfield Wedding Expo
Jewelery was bought at Lovisa
Shoes was flat sandals bought at Mistry's in Middelburg
Hair was done by my schoolfriend Juan Ludick
Make up by another schoolfriend Tiane Coetzee

The Venue

Our wedding venue was Meulstroom Lodge, Bronkhorstspruit area where our guests already arrived on Friday evening and only left on Sunday after breakfast.
Vivia and her staff went out of there way to do everything as "stressless" as possible.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

I spend some time on facial beauty treatments and pedicure at BellaV in Middelburg where I had Nimue skin treatment for 3 weeks before the wedding.
Nails and toenails was gifted by a client of mine Celest van der Merwe.
Lashes and eyebrows was done as a gift by a dear friend, Roxanne Snyman.
Other than that I am all natural.

Wedding Elements

Meulstroom Lodge supplied all the decor for the reception as we discussed with them at an earlier meeting.
My mom decided to surprise us with the flowers as I only wanted the silver spoon eucalyptus and baby' breath to make our wedding more romantic.
She added white roses and St Joseph lillies to add the sweet fragrance to the occasion.
All the flower arrangements and bouquets were made by Meulstroom Lodge and the staff.

Small decor items at the ceremony like the confetti holders, fans with "Thank you" notes, "Thank you" gifts etc was all handmade by my mother.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

The groom and groomsman outfits were bought at Mistry's in Middelburg with leather bow ties and suspenders handmade by The Groom

Beautiful Bridesmaids

The bridesmaid dresses was made by a friend and material purchased at Curtain Dream in Witbank

Marriage Officer

Gideon Smuts

My Captured Moments

Anri and Kelvin from Jupiter & June photography, Middelburg

The Wedding Planner

My mother did all the planning and helped with everything.
Meulstroom staff took over for the rest of the weekend

Wedding Transport

No special transport was used

Food & Cake

The wedding cake was baked in Cape Town by Andries Jordaan from Sweet Petals Cape Town and flown up.
On Saturday he did the icing, decorations and final touches at Meulstroom Lodge.

The food for the wedding was prepared by Meulstroom Lodge

Wedding Stationery

All our stationery was designed and printed by my mother
Meulstroom Lodge supplied the table numbers and menus on the tables.

The Reception and Entertainment

We had Franna from InfinetyxInfinety as our DJ for the reception although he did play 2 songs at the ceremony as well.

We did not take any dance lessons