Seeing my husband as I walked down the aisle and the special moments with my dad just before that.
My husband surprised me with a destination honeymoon to Mauritius. I had never been on a tropical island like that, it was fantastic!
The easiest way to describe it is to think Marie Antoinette. I wanted to encapsulate the pastel colours from the Rococo period combined with the delights of the French Queen herself. My dress was a regal blush Vera Wang gown, elegant and ethereal. I hand made the tiara that I wore with gold leaves, hanging a ribbon down the back as my 'something blue'. My accessories were all incredibly personal. My 'something old' was my Christening broach my mom gave me, pinned on my gown.
We were married at Diamant Estate, in the Cape Winelands. This magical corner of the Cape is where our love story began back in 2011. The venue could accommodate both our families so we started celebrating from the word go, arriving on the Friday for our rehearsal dinner held in the old barn, then slipping off to bed, ready for the following day.
To be honest, I just tried to stay as healthy as possible in order to have fresh looking skin on the day. The key is water!
We did treat ourselves to a spa day at Lanzerac Wine Estate the week before to defuse any pre wedding fear.
One of my favourite thing in the world is flowers. Not only a passion, but a hobby as well. We decided to do our own flowers and, having done my research, flew in the roses from Kenya. My bouquet completely epitomised who I am, with the use of wheat, delphiniums, tuber rose and my favourite, David Austen's Juliet roses.
The fairly lights, lighting, decor and candles all added to our magical day.
The groom chose a tailored suit from a designer who lives near us. He loved a particular shade of blue, combined with a pink tie and boutonniere. The Groomsmen all wore pastel shades and looked fantastic on the day.
There was a scene in a movie I had watched where a group of girls wore beautiful floral crowns and whimsical gowns. I wanted my bridesmaids to look elegant and playful, to be able to enjoy the day and have fun whilst looking like maids in waiting!
It’s a bit of a sad story, my brother who is an officer in the British army, was meant to officiate us. He was unfortunately called away on an exercise and couldn’t make the wedding. We were devastated. As we wanted a very personal approach for our wedding, my sister stepped in and officiated us. She did wonderfully and everyone complimented on how touching the service was.
Jenni Elizabeth (photographer) and I got on right away. My brief may have been somewhat different to the usual bride, but she managed to capture my dream perfectly. To my delight, the videographers & photographer work frequently together, so I was in excellent hands!
Guests had the option to use local transport, pre-arranged driving services or Uber. Most guests drove themselves as the venue has ample parking.
My Wedding cake was a piece of art, straight out of Versailles! Lullubelle's Bakes also did our petite fours and some macrons. The food was done by Red Pepper Catering, again my brief was not the usual and we did ask a lot, but wow did they deliver. From macrons on arrival, to two starters, a palate cleanser and a wagyu beef main, the food was a total hit.
My mom and I designed the stationary ourselves. We hand wrote and painted each individual name card and table setting. We studied calligraphy and used special gold paints to accentuate the details. For the reception menu, we did a floral shoot which was displayed on the back. I designed a monogram with our initials, which added a personal touch, at the top of the menu on the front side.