I think 2020 came with a lot of challenges. Our wedding was originally set for 26 June 2020. Obviously due to the pandemic, we could not go ahead with our original day. After a lot of back and forth, and four postponements, we decided to move the wedding to 6 November 2020. We both flew from the UK, so travelling in the midst of the pandemic, together with the wedding possibly not happening, was a challenge on its own. With the uncertainty, the fact that the day actually went ahead was a highlight. Up until I walked down the isle, I was still so nervous that something would happen and we would have to postpone again. But the most special moments of the day was most definitely getting ready with my mom, sisters and friends. We had music playing and champagne flowing, it was so much fun. Other than that, the entire day was memorable. We endured a tough road to get to the point of actually walking down the isle, so to have the wedding of your dreams and being a covid bride is something you will never forget. The ultimate highlight was marrying my best friend.
Unfortunately, I was a covid bride and married to an international rugby player so honeymoon was not on the cards. But we will have a honeymoon soon. We currently live in Edinburgh, Scotland and would love to do a safari in South Africa because we miss home SO MUCH!
On my wedding day, I wanted to go for a classic, timeless look. Something that will never be out of fashion. I tried to keep it simple and chic, with a less is more vision in mind. My hair was curled in a Hollywood style curl. It was swept to the side with a Swarovski clip and I had tiny diamonds glued to my hair.
My dress: Keys Fashion
Make up: Missy Make Up Artist
Our wedding was at the most beautiful and stunning venue called Inimitable. This venue speaks for itself, it truly is more beautiful than the pictures. From the bridal suite, to the grooms suite, ceremony hall to the reception. It is truly magical. Zavion Kotze and his team ensured that the day ran so smoothly. The venue has accommodation on the venue and most of the guests could spend the night.
I did not necessarily follow any beauty regime leading up to the day. I honestly had the fear of the wedding being postponed in the back of my head constantly so I pretty much just carried on as normal. I did, however, go for a spa day with my sisters and we got facials. Other than that, I didn't do anything out of the norm. Stress was my only diet ;)
Once again, I went for a less is more style. It was all white, like a cinderella story. A winter wonderland in the middle of summer. I had minimal decor on the tables. It was mostly candles and beautiful vases with stemmed white flowers in. There were lights hanging from the roof with fringing draped. It was magical ✨
At our canapés, we had lounging areas for the guests with a gin bar and live music. The area was filled with flowers and ornaments hanging from the roof.
The decor was done by Zavion Kotze Events company.
The groomsmen wore all black suits with black ties. The groom wore a three piece suit with a horseshoe shaped waistcoat and tie clip. In his pocket he had a white silk pocket square. Most of the groomsmen are located all over the world due to them playing rugby so the suits were bought by themselves through different providers. However, the grooms suit was bought through a British suit company called TM Lewin.
The bridesmaids also had a very classic, elegant look. They wore long, mermaid tail navy blue dresses that had some sequins on the dress. Their hair was in an elegant up style with stud type earrings.
The bridesmaids dresses were bought in the UK at a boutique called Chi Chi London.
I wore the most magical dress designed by Ryan Keys at Keys Fashion. I had an idea of what I wanted to wear in my head and he made it come to life. I don't think I will ever wear a more perfect dress ever in my life again. The dress was nothing like I have ever seen in my life. It was original and classic.
Our dear friend, Sumari Redelinghuys
Our photographer who captured the entire day was Deon van der Merwe and our videographer was Vlakvark Productions who has done an outstanding job. Couldn’t recommend a better duo.
The food is most definitely the best part of the venue. Every couple is given the opportunity to design and create their very own menu for their special day.
Weeks leading up to the wedding I met with the chef, Andrew, and discussed both Jacó and my favourite foods and what we love. With that, he created the most amazing 5 course menu for the night. The guests are still raving about the food.
My Freind, Ghene Oosthuizen from I Create Designs.
Our reception was everything a little girl could dream of. Both Jacó and I decided to skip most of the formalities and did what we wanted to do on the day. We did not have a first official dance but we did enter the reception hall with fireworks and danced for a few seconds. Our sound and lighting was done by Blast Entertainment and later in the evening the band, TWEE, played at our wedding.