I got dressed in my parents' house, a 20 minute drive from the little church in Arniston where we got married. It rained the whole morning. It was still drizzling when I got out of the car at the church, but then it stopped and we had the most amazing cold but beautiful day!
We were only 20 people, so at the reception we all sat around a long table, and it was so intimate. What I remember most is all the laughter, and because we were so few, my husband and I weren't stressed. We could relax and enjoy the day with our closest family and best friends.
When we got to the photoshoot, it was so cold outside and the sand were wet, so my feet was freezing! Right before the end of our couple shoot, one of the bridesmaids brought me my slippers and we had to try very hard for it not to show underneath the dress. But it was so comfortable going the rest of the night in my beautiful dress with my colourful slippers! I also remember my bridesmaids and I freezing in the wind, and my maid of honour whispering that she must really love me for her to stand in the cold weather that long.
The whole day was filled with tangible love and so much laughter.
We went to Harold's Bay for four days and then to Knysna for four days.
On our honeymoon my husband saw snow for the first time, and a week later we went stand up paddling. So we really had the benefits of all the seasons in one week!
I went for an elegant and timeless look.
I had a simple fitted dress from Blue by Enzoani, and jewellery from Forever New.
My hair and make-up was done by Elmaine Lourens MUA, she is amazing! My hair was tied in a bun and with earthy make-up.
We had the ceremony at a small church in Arniston. The reception was at the Arniston Spa Hotel.
We and most of our guests stayed over at the Arniston hotel.
Our decor and flowers reflected our personalities. On our tables we had beaded protea candle holders and in between was little succulents that my husband and I grew and potted ourselves. The succulents doubled as table decor and the wedding favours.
At the entrance of the church there was an arch full of proteas. We really wanted to use the Overberg's local flowers and support the local businesses. The flowers in and around the church were done by the amazing Carin flowers and decor.
Everything was done by the locals, Carin, Arniston hotel and my amazing mom.
The groom wore a navy suit, and the groomsmen navy waistcoats which was all hired at suit hire in Paarl. The groom had a leather tie from weefwear and the groomsmen leather bowties from a little shop in the Karoo.
As part of their gift boxes, we also gave each groomsmen Miskey's braai spice, which we still get compliments for. (It truly is the best spice for any man's heart!)