Like most other brides in the year of 2020, Uncle Cyril came on the telly and cancelled a wedding that I had planned for a year. After a slight breakdown and a lockdown that continued for an age, I gave up on trying to replan and redo a wedding. I gave up on the idea of a dream wedding. However, as restrictions began to lift, the thought of celebrating our love began to creep in. My father could finally come back to SA and gave us the dates... it was a month until we could see him. So... I planned a wedding in a month. I wasn’t excited... it felt like I was just ticking off a check list however it was the best day of my life. We had an intimate ceremony with only a few close family members and friends. The 28th November 2020 was the most perfect day, the weather was perfect, the setting was perfect and everything went off without a hitch. We had a small ceremony in the gardens of the Alphen Hotel followed by a delicious dinner. Because of the small size of the wedding we could really engage with everyone there and that was the most special thing about our day. I wouldn’t change it for the world even though it wasn’t the wedding I had initially planned. In a weird way covid gave me the best day of my life.
No. There is a pandemic at the moment so it would have to be local but planning anything is tricky.
I went classical with a bit of princess.
I wore a Nadia Style Cindy Bam dress. My hair was curled and pinned back slightly. I wore burgundy shoes that I found before my wedding dress and knew I wanted to wear them on my wedding day.
My make up was done by the make up queen herself: Shewolf MUA
My pear drop earrings and antique watch were my something old.
We got married at the beautiful Alphen Boutique Hotel. We had an intimate dinner at the Blanko Restaurant. We stayed the night at the hotel and were so spoilt by the staff.
I didn’t have time for a regime prewedding as it was so last minute but I did get my hair sorted by Ray from Gary Rom
I’ve always tried to take the best care of my skin and got most of my regime from watching an incredible esthetician called LAbeautyologist on YouTube.
The venue actually lent itself to my decor theme of old regal with a touch of modern. The colours I picked were gold, burgundy and navy.
The venue has beautiful furniture with incredible artwork and so hiring decor wasn’t all that important. I hired candle holders and white wooden benches for the ceremony from Happinest Decor Hire.
For my flowers I wanted mostly burgundy flowers and the flowers that I had originally chosen for an April wedding weren’t in season. I decided to not stress over it and gave complete reign to the wonderful ladies at Flowers and Foilage who just absolutely stunned me with their perfectly gorgeous arrangements.
I also could stand the idea of spending so much money on card name placements so I got everyone’s names painted on delicious cookies made by Red Kitchen. She painted delicate flowers on each name biscuit and it worked perfectly. The guests really enjoyed it.
My husband is 204cm tall and you can’t just get a suit from anywhere for the poor guy so he had one made by the talented Zandre Schuster. His suit was a navy colour with brown shoes.
The Groomsmen were dressed in Woolworths finest navy pants and white shirts. They looked absolutely dapper.
My beautiful girl’s wore burgundy wrap dresses. It was a 3/4 sleeve and the style suites all body types. It was just fluke but we found them at The Fix after trying every other store with no luck. Don’t leave any stone unturned ladies!
We were married by our priest Father Monwabisi
The photographers we had paid for let us down and an incredible photographer who is young but uber talented stepped in and took the most incredible photos! He also made thee most beautiful highlight clip for us as well! I can’t recommend him enough and he can be found on Instagram @joshuakylejonathan
I don’t know what I would have done without Simone Sneedon from Panina Events. Honestly she is an event's fairy godmother and even played a support role during the tough times.
We had everything at one venue so didn’t need any transport.
We had an amazing three course meal by the talented chefs at the Blanko Restaurant.
My delicious cake was made by the incredible legacy left behind by Wades Cakes. I am so sad he wasn’t able to make my cake in person but his lovely partner carried on his wonderful legacy and the cake was just perfection!
Honey... it was all Pinterest and DIY.
Unfortunately due to curfew there was no music and dancing however we did do lessons before in preparation for a first dance with John Hammon. He did an amazing job with me as I can’t get my left and right, right when I’m stressed and of course there was a major height difference. My husband and I performed our first dance alone under the night sky after everyone had left- it was like living a movie.
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