Being an intimate Covid-wedding, we were so blessed to be able to share our special day with our parents - after months of uncertainty about whether they would have been able to travel to the Western Cape from Johannesburg and Mpumalanga respectively.
It was by far the coldest, wettest weekend in Franschhoek in a while, but that did not dampen the excitement one bit! Franschhoek experienced the most snow in over 5 years and the added magic of the snow-capped peaks surrounding our wedding venue and weekend accommodation made for splendid photographs, red wine connections around the various indoor fireplaces and cozy love-filled hugs shared between new members of our now joint family.
Initially we planned to have the ceremony in the beautiful vineyards at Grand Provence Heritage Estate with the stunning mountain view and for the dinner to take place on the veranda at our accommodation. Given the weather forecast we had to change these plans, 2 days before the big day! In swooped Grand Provence's Events Management team and (literally) saved the day by offering us the use of the luxurious Jonkershuis as an alternative venue - a very kind gesture - and one which took our special day to the next level!
All in all, I believe the extraordinary circumstances made for a celebration brimming with highlights and memorable moments!
We promised each other when we met that our first trip overseas together would be for our honeymoon. We are waiting patiently to find out when we will be able to book the trip of our dreams.
It was incredibly important to me to be as authentic as possible in planning the look - as well as have it compliment the classically beautiful and tasteful surroundings of our wedding venue. I researched a lot if suppliers to ensure that the prevailing sentiment would be that of timeless elegance. We chose the colour palette especially around the time of the year (winter) and it worked perfectly with the rainy, overcast weather!
Dress: Bridal Unique
Make-up & Hair: Cecilia Fourie Makeup & Hair
Photography: Candice Joy Photography
Flowers: Franschhoek Flowers
Venue: Jonkershuis, Grand Provence Heritage Wine Estate
We got married in the Jonkershuis venue at Grand Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
We spent the wedding night in the beautiful La Provencal Villa, which also served as the bridal "getting ready" venue. This beautiful villa includes all the trimmings and the living room areas and bedrooms open up onto a magnificent veranda overlooking the vineyards with a gorgeous mountain backdrop.
We planned our intimate Covid-wedding in 6 weeks, so time was of the essence!
A pamper day at Sorbet in Somerset West made sure that the bride looked her absolute best! Treatments included a Dermalogica Peel, waxing, gelish mani and pedi and a relaxing full body massage.
Jonkershuis at Grand Provence Heritage Wine Estate is a rectangular venue with a lounge areas by a fireplace on the one end, and a dining room area at the opposite end. We were really lucky in the sense that we could use the venue's "usual" decor and furniture to accomplish the elegant but homely feel we were going for.
We got married in front of the fireplace, surrounding by our parents seated in comfy couches and the area was decorated with candles, flower arrangements and orchids. The prevailing colour palette was burgundy, a light dusty pink and dark navy blue.
The flower arrangements around the fireplace were mirrored in arrangements on the dining room table. Sliver cutlery complimented navy napkins and chairs to create a simple but stylish setting.
Repeat wear was a must for the groom's suit and we found a beautiful dark navy suit at Woolworths.
The groom's burgundy tie was bought at Twill in Canal Walk - your one stop tie shop.
No bridesmaids unfortunately. Or should I say fortunately. The list would have been very, very long!
Willie Viljoen from Cape Marriages officiated our wedding.
His services included two consultation sessions before the wedding day. He spend a lot of time making sure that our needs were met and is able to customise the ceremony to the couple's exact specifications. He was extremely responsive in answering all our questions via email and Whatsapp to ensure that we were properly informed of all proceedings. It went a long way in calming the pre-wedding jitters!
We were so fortunate to come across this absolute gem of a photographer! One look at her website and I knew that her passion was capturing precious moments of love and celebration. Candice was super professional, despite the cold and wet working conditions and even sourced additional transparent umbrellas for the occasion. We are delighted with the sample pictures she sent us the day after and are looking forward to seeing the final product! Cheers Candice Joy Photography!
Chef Marvin Robyn at Grand Provence Heritage Wine Estate treated us and our guests to a 5-star three course meal that had the entire wedding party blown away! The portion sizes were decent and the presentation and taste was to die for! I would highly recommend the on premise restaurant!
Our cute little wedding cake (red velvet, to go with the colour palette of course) was made by Crumb Cakes in Somerset West. The cake was a masterpiece. Stunningly soft with delicious cream cheese frosting. I was adamant about taking home the leftovers...and we continued to indulge for the remainder of the weekend. Yum!
Nope. My husband and I enjoyed the pre-wedding activity of creating playlists of our favourite music together and DJ'd our own wedding dinner making use of our mobile phones and our Bose speaker! The evening's entertainment included everything from hip swinging Golden Oldies to to-tapping contemporary hits, including some special requests!
Crumb specializes in bespoke wedding and celebration cakes, highly creative dessert displays and edible sweet treats & gifts.