The highlight of our wedding day, was while getting ready I was assisted by my mother and sister. During this time I realised much love, excitement and pure joy awaits, because they were there every step of the way to help me look like a true princess. My brother regularly popped by to ensure that I was okay and this to made me realise how much support I had on this day.
My father arrived to collect his little girl to walk her down the aisle. This was a walk that I will forever remember, because it was filled with so much emotion, that made me realise that no matter what I will always be daddy's little girl. When I looked up, there he was my prince, waiting for his princess...jeepers but he looked so handsome :)
Then our first dance to our song, took me back to the night when he proposed. At this very moment, I realised that we are starting a new and exciting chapter together (butterfly moment). This dance was followed by my dance with my dad, which was so much fun, as I literally danced my shoes off to a really fun mash-up of tunes from 1965 - 2020. This reminded me of how I used to sing and dance with my dad as a little girl to the old tunes he loves (good memories that I will forever treasure).
Lastly, the bouquet and garter fun.....hilariously, my bouquet was caught by my sister and the garter by my brother....hahaha this truly was not at all a planned affair :)
Our wedding day was a day that we will remember for years to come, because we were surrounded by close friends and family that set time aside to come and witness our lifelong unity.
No, we have not gone on honeymoon.
I wanted a dress that compliments the shape of my body, so I opted for a dress designed by Maggie Sottero. My dress has beaded lace along the bodice with a sweetheart neckline, an illusion back with lace, a cut-out train in Aldora Crepe sheath, beaded spaghetti straps and an elegant finish with crystal buttons and a zipper. My look was completed with a double long plain veil, that covered the long train. All the items were purchased from Casa Blair Bridal.
I wore a gold glittery sequined, pointed toe fine heel court shoe which was comfortable...I even forgot I was walking on heels, purchased from Truworths along with my lingerie.
My jewellery was something borrowed from my mother - a fine heart sterling silver bracelet; something old was a gift I received from my grandmother a few years ago - cubic Zironia stud earrings and something new were my two wedding bands from NWJ Somerset West Mall fitted with my engagement ring from Cape Diamonds.
My hair and make-up was done by HBL in Port Elizabeth. I had a french braid along the left side fitted with a hair vine accessory. The rest of my hair was curled, hanging over my shoulder one one side. My make-up was very subtle because I wanted my make-up to look natural. My make-up choice included included a dark pinkish blush and eye shadow (my wedding colours were mauve & gold), light mauve lipstick and lip gloss, black eyeliner and mascara, eye-brow shaping as well as lash extensions. My nails were painted nude, while the ring finger had gold nail art.
My bride look was finished off with the ravishing scent of Carolina Herrera's Good Girl Eau de Parfum (a wedding gift from my sister).
Lastly, a silk white garter to complete my wedding look :)
We got married at Running Waters Exclusive Venue, in Theescombe Port Elizabeth.
Guests stayed at Lauricedale Country House (Theescombe), House Haven Guest House (Bluewater Bay), others rented holiday homes in Colchester, and Summerstrand.
I continued to maintain a healthy lifestyle as I have always been doing. I continued to eat my insane amount of fruit and vegetables and maintained a steady weight. In terms of my skin I did not want to undergo any treatments or tanning, because I was really concerned about bloopers creeping in at the last minute...like ending up with orange skin haha. So I continued to wash and moisturise my skin as per my normal daily routines. Similarly with my teeth, I continued on my daily routines which included brushing and rinsing with the Meridol dental range.
It was my intention to go for a spa treatment which included a full body massage with my bridal party, because we were stressed and exhausted from all the planning and then of cause the COVID lockdown restrictions, guest limitations and the travelling restrictions as this was a destination wedding and some of our guests were all travelling from Cape Town, Johannesburg as well as Abu Dhabi (my sister who was my Maid of Honour), so there really was no time to book a spa treatment...or at least this was at the bottom of the to-do list.
Our wedding theme was romantic with a touch of elegance. The rental of the wedding reception venue included round tables, white table clothes, crockery, cutlery, red wine and champagne glasses, as well as crystal Tiffany chairs. To incorporate the wedding theme and colours (mauve and gold), we hired gold under-plates and gold weaved under-plates. On the plate we rented mauve napkins with crystal gold napkin binders that was accompanied by the guest favours which was placed in gold boxes on each plate. In the center of each table was a mirror with gold bling around it. On the mirror of each table was a crystal chandelabra with candles. Additional to this in the center were also two gold-rimmed candle holders and hurricane vases with mauve hydreanges.
For the main table, we hired a step stage to lift the main table, as well as a chiffon table cloth. We added gold rimmed as well as stemmed candle holders. On our plates we also had mauve napkins with crystal gold napkin binders. We also had fairy lights in the back drop draping behind the main table as well as fairy lights incorporated in the ceiling draping.
We also hired a white dance floor with our initials (P & E) printed on it in gold, as well as a dry ice machine for special effects during all the formal dances.
In the chapel, each crystal Tiffany chair had a white chair tie, with mauve and white roses as well as greenery in the isle. I did not want the red carpet in the venue, so we hired a white carpet which was beautifully covered in mauve and white rose petals.
Our flower choice were silver dollar eucalyptus; viburnums; mauve and white roses which was used for the main table décor.
My bouquet was made with mauve and white roses as well as baby's breathe stems, finished off with a beautiful mauve and gold ribbon.
The bridesmaids had beautiful petite bouquets made with baby's breathe finished off with a mauve ribbon.
The beautiful crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling in both the wedding reception venue and the chapel provided the lighting to enhance the romantic yet elegant ambiance.
During the pre-reception cocktails (other beverages were also served) and canapés, there were white couches and ottomans placed outside in the garden where the guests were seated while chatting and enjoying the food and drinks, while we were away taking photo's with the bridal party.
My handsome husband wore a 3-piece tailor-made charcoal suit, designed and made by GD Suits in Cape Town, with a white cotton shirt, a mauve silk pocket square and bow tie, brown belt and dark brown shoe. He finished off his handsome look with Yves Saint Laurent Cologne.
The groomsmen wore a 2-piece light grey tuxedo with a white shirt, a mauve silk pocket square and tie, brown belt and light brown shoes. The groomsmen hired their suits from Heinz in Style in Port Elizabeth.
The groom and groomsmen's accessories were made by Master Tailors in Cape Town, which was given to the groomsmen as gifts from the groom, along with cool socks.
The groom and groomsmen finished off their smart wedding look with cute little boutonnières made with a white rose, greenery and baby's breathe, which was worn on the lapel of their suits.
They all looked absolutely stunning :)
The bridesmaid wore a mauve off-the-shoulder floor length chiffon dress with an open toe rose gold sandal. Her hair and make-up was done by HBL in Port Elizabeth. She had loose hanging curls with some of her taken back to finish off with a few stems of baby's breathe stuck into their hair.
The maid of honour (sister) wore a mauve one shoulder chiffon tulle maxi dress with an open toe rose gold sandal. her hair and make-up was done by HBL in Port Elizabeth. She had curls made in an elegant side bun finished off with a few stems of baby's breathe stuck into their hair.
The material for the dresses, as well as the sandals were purchased in Abu Dhabi by my sister, where she also found a designer to make the dresses prior to coming home for our wedding.
The bridesmaids had their nails painted in a beautiful matte mauve nail polish.
They looked absolutely gorgeous :)
Charmaine Jansen Van Rensburg
Our special moments were photographed by Ray Truter and also video recorded by Kirsty Roberts, from the moment we got dressed until the last hour of our reception, which ended with a fun guard of honour made by our wedding guests.
The wedding package that we chose and paid for included a wedding coordinator (Lilly) provided by Running Waters (whom we only met on the morning of our wedding).
The entire wedding from the pre-ceremony up until the very end of the reception was planned by myself and my husband. We provided our guests, the service providers, the venue coordinator and the MC with a structured wedding program, which was adhered to accordingly. The program was a good guide for everyone, because everyone knew what was happening all the time including our guests, and it allowed everything to run smoothly :)
Most of the guests provided their own transport, while my father generously transported guests who did not have transportation.
For the transportation of the bride and the father-of-the-bride to the chapel, as a gift my uncle offered to drive us in a stunning BMW. He also transported the bridal party to the photography locations.
Myself and my husband were transported in a 1928 vintage car.
The 4 course meal was prepared by the Running Waters chefs (no outside catering is allowed).
Our beautiful 3-tier wedding cake was designed by my mother and baked by Justine Geere. Each tier was a different flavour covered with cream cheese layers and a butter cream coating. The cake tiers had beautiful white roses and macarons, with the dates in gold font of our first date, the 'yes' date and our 'I do' date on fondant plaques placed on each tier, with a customised wooden cake topper.
The guest registry, welcome sign and vow folders were designed and printed by Elisabeth Le Roux.
The design and printing of the signage boards, seating plan, guest names and the messages for our bridal party gift boxes was done by L&J Digital.
The unity cross with a three-strand cord to seal our unity during the ceremony was hand-made by my husband :)
For the reception we wanted to enjoy ourselves and we also wanted to be ourselves. So myself and my husband did our own first dance choreography to the song that was sung in the restaurant when he proposed.
The same applies to the father-daughter dance....I just wanted to have fun with my dad. So I gave my father the honour of choosing a few songs for a mash-up to which we just danced and had so much fun. We really didn't want the stress of remembering steps, we wanted to dance, have fun and remember our father-daughter goofiness because it was a moment that will never be repeated...and we have exactly that - fun and good laughs to remember :)
The sound, lighting and music was provided by the DJ as part of the chosen package.