24 October 2020 was supposed to be the day for our Big Fat Greek Wedding. Unfortunately due to the global pandemic that swept the world, we decided to move it to 2021. With the original date looming closer to us, and with everything that was going on around us, we decided to make the most of our original wedding date by doing our civil wedding in an intimate setting with close family. On this day, we woke up to clouds and rain. As a bride, even for such a small wedding, I was gutted to see the weather seeing as the week up until that day was absolutely beautiful. We forged on with our preparations and off we went to the most beautiful setting - Poseidon Guest House in Hout Bay. As we said our vows in the garden, overlooking the harbour, the clouds moved away and the sun came out. We never dreamed that our wedding day could have looked so different, but the occasion in itself was so special and significant, that in the end we wouldn't have had it any other way.
No, we decided to wait until travel will allow for it. Our hearts are set on Zanzibar and so even thought that didn't get to happen, we hope that some day in the near future, we will be able to put our feet on that pristinely golden sand and take in the beautiful turquoise waters around us.
My friend and colleague who works with me as a the Head of Clothing Technology at FEDISA Fashion School made my beautiful civil wedding dress. Lucia is the Founder and Designer for Lucia Uhlikova Designs and she specialises in custom made pieces, perfectly tailored to each individual client. During our work day, I would hop over to her office, where we would do fittings in between her classes.
My hair and make-up was done by Madeleine Conradie of Madeleine Professional. Madeleine was absolutely amazing and so mindful of the jitters that a bride will naturally have. She made me feel so calm and in such good hands, it was an incredible experience to be able to get ready with her by my side.
As for the rest of my look, I pulled together what I had at home and kept it simple.
Our wedding took place at a boutique hotel in Hout Bay called Poseidon House. We met up with owners Danie and Janni prior to our wedding to talk about what we had in mind and felt as if we were visiting old friends. They took note of every single detail and listened to everything that we wanted to do and went above and beyond to cater for our every need. After a beautiful ceremony in their garden with a breathtaking view I might add, they even went so far as to move the furniture around to allow for our Greek dancing. After those festivities, we sat down to a delicious three course meal. All of us stayed over and each room was beautifully prepared for our guests and we woke up to a spectacular breakfast spread. We couldn't have asked for better hosts (and this includes their furry friends) who made our day so incredibly special.
With all the stresses of the pandemic, there wasn't much option to splash out on all the usual expected bride preparations. Other than having my nails done at Sorbet, I decided to take the time leading up to the wedding, keeping my mind and body healthy by doing regular meditations and getting to my yoga mat each day.
My best friend Shari Akal, the former owner of Bouwer Flowers, helped me prepare the flowers and subtle decor at the venue. As pennygum was our choice of decor for the original wedding, we decided to stick with that and add accents of rose gold to match my engagement ring. The venue itself was already so beautiful, we didn't need to add anything more than some simple greens and a few flowers.
As we were limited for capacity, we did not have any groomsmen for this ceremony. The groom kitted himself out in his favourite grey suit from Zara with a killer haircut from his favourite barber where all the locals go called Yogi's - the oldest walk in 4th generation barber in Cape Town.
Again, with our capacity limitations and us wanted to keep it small, I did not have any bridesmaids, however my best friend Shari, who is pretty much like family to me, was there by my side, which was just as special.
Our friends recommended we make use of I DO WEDDINGS. They were incredibly efficient, even during the chaos of 2020. Our thanks to Alison Hayward, who assisted us from the get-go and who also officiated the ceremony.
Our photographer was Micke Mouton from MICK CREATIVE. Micke can make even the most camera shy person just melt in front of her lens. Her bubbly personality and energy was infectious and she caught the best photos we could have asked for!
No we did not have a planner. I planned our original wedding as well as our boutique style civl wedding that ended up happening in its place by myself.
Our hosts at Poseidon House catered to all our food and drink needs. We did not have a wedding cake as such however, we did make use of TESSA's Bakery for the specially made cupcakes.
Luke Caldecott of the epomenous company specialising in graphic designer and all round creative work on the design side.
We kept it simple. I made a Spotify Playlist with all our favourite Greek and other wedding songs and we pressed play and danced the night away!