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Kristly Bartlett

Married on Apr 20, 2019 in Mpumalanga

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Magical Moments


The day prior to the wedding, I landed up having a complete nervous breakdown. Everything was running through my mind and having no control over the day had left me feeling overwhelmed. After a consoling talk by Keegan (my then fiance), I felt at ease knowing that he had my back; as did my friends and family.

The day ran like clock work and every single detail was perfectly on point. Walking down the aisle with my mom, sister and best friends by my side was such a special moment. When we stopped in front of the chapel, all I could see was Keegan. From that time onwards, that's the only person I saw.

We had one of Keegan's best friends complete our vow ceremony. He had asked each of our closest friends for a line to add to our vows. It was beyond special.

We had another friend say a prayer and two more sobrage as we came through into the reception area. The food was superb and flowed all night. We had an amazing jazz band, aperols, craft beers and our closest people.

The Honeymoon


Yes, to Mauritius. It was a gift from my husband's grandparents

Wedding Gallery


My Special Day

We went for dramatic makeup and simple accessories to compliment and enhance my dress. My hair was weaved into a beautiful upstyle. With my dress being a mermaid style dress, I wore Superga platforms with silk laces for comfort.
Makeup and hair by Ikon Makeup.
Dress and bridesmaid dresses by Laryne Jeffereries.
Hair accessories by White Lily Bridal.

The Venue

Whispering Thorns, White River.
They offer 12 rooms so our close family and friends spent the weekend at the venue while the rest stayed close by. The accommodation was perfect and the breakfast was delicious.

Whispering Thorns

Whispering Thorns

We offer our guests a unique setting in which they are able to feel completely at home.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

I kept my nails maintained - twice a month for fills at Vanilla in Linden. I also went for monthly facials and continued on a strict training regime. With Ironman 70.3 coming up there was enough motivation and my coaches played an instrumental role in getting me 'wedding ready'.

Wedding Elements

We used greenery with subtle floral accents such as cabbage roses. We really loved the idea of naturals for our day and this was the theme throughout. The venue, Whispering Thorns handled all of this effortlessly.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

Keegan (groom) wore a suit from Tiger of Sweden and the groomsmen were dressed by Zara.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids were each dressed by Laryne Jefferies Fashion in their own custom dress. My bridesmaids were from Cape Town (2), London (5) and Johannesburg (1) but each dress was perfectly fitted. Accessories by White Lily Bridal.

Marriage Officer

Jan Vink - Nelspruit.

My Captured Moments

Jennifer Moyes Photography - based in London. She edited all the photos in under a week.

The Wedding Planner

Yes, from the venue - Carmen.

Wedding Transport

Initially I wasn't going to have any wedding transport but based on my dress, this was needed. We asked Keegan's aunt if we could use her new Range Rover on the day.

Food & Cake

Whispering Thorns made the food and the wedding cake was by Royal Cakes.

Whispering Thorns

Whispering Thorns

We offer our guests a unique setting in which they are able to feel completely at home.

Wedding Stationery

My cousin, Lieze Coetzee designed the stationary and we had it locally printed by Vault Marketing.

The Reception and Entertainment

We did take dance lessons prior however on the day we just wanted to relax. We danced to 'Fly me to the moon - Frank Sintara' and had a band for the ceremony and prior to the reception - Jazz Lyric. Thereafter we used P3 Productions as our DJ.

Wedding Services Used

Whispering Thorns

Whispering Thorns

We offer our guests a unique setting in which they are able to feel completely at home.