Our day was perfect.
The first highlight of my day was my something old, new, borrowed and blue presented to me by my bestie and Maid of Honor, Jean.
Something old: the letter F on a keyring (which now hangs on my shop keys - Frosting) symbolizing my maiden name I'm leaving behind as well as Falcon (my late Dad's scout name).
Something new: a hand embroidered "Mrs Emmanuel" label sewn by my Fashion Designer's Mom, placed in my wedding dress
Something borrowed: a much needed clutch bag for the day from one of my sister's-in-law (Lynette)
Something Blue: also given by Lynette, a Dolce light Blue gift set.
The next memorable moment was being walked down the aisle by my brother Paul, seeing my husband's tear welled eyes smile at me as I approached him.
My brother Timothy, who HATES speeches, did the honor of the "Father of the Bride" speech and my other brother Alan danced with me.
Another huge highlight, and the thing that shocked all guests, was our amazing first dance.
We haven't yet. We are waiting until the end of the year once all things Covid has hopefully settled down
We opted for an antique feel for the wedding.
My dress was made by Adrienne Walker from Sugar&CYANIDE -a female owned small business. She hit the nail on the head. It was EXACTLY what I envisioned and was just so beautifully majestic. I would've slept in the dress if I could!
Shoes were bought from Aldo, and accessories matched in rose gold and Diamante from Foschini and Lovisa.
Bridesmaids dresses and accessories from the same companies.
Hair and make up was done by Kim-Lynn from Beauty by JUD
I just did an at home touch up on my teeth whitening. Nothing too hectic.
Stayed on Sleek Geek eating protocol for a few months (still on it) and cycled- trail and road.
Adrian and I stopped cycling about a month before the wedding when I almost went into a ditch (and definitely wouldve broken a few somethings) and he rode into a bridge (!)
Hudons was a one stop shop and Penny-Jane & Aldrine saw to everythingnrunning as smoothly as possible.
We had a decor consult as well as a final consult with Penny-Jane after numerous emails during levels 5 - 1 of lockdown- and we did it.
The team at Hudons are just amazing to work with and I never even turned Bridezilla
After unnecessary drama with Smart Mens suit hire, 2 weeks prior to the wedding, Adrian went to Mr Suit Hire in Cape Gate for him, the groomsmen and the ring bearer (his nephew, Connor)
Their service was absolutely terrific!
Adrienne had the task of making the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses too. Again, nailed it!
The religious part of the ceremony was done by a member of our family- Fr Charles Jacobs.
Troy Goldie saw to the legal part
JG photography did our pics.
Joseph was extraordinary and made us feel totally at ease - we noticed this in our engagement shoot which is part of their wedding package.
He teams up with his wife Kim-Lynn for hair and make up.
Penny-Jane is the events planner at Hudsons and saw to everything running on point
Myself and my daughter (our flower girl) were transported in a cream 1968 Mercedes Fintail 230S.
What a beaut of a car. Wow!
Troy drove us that day as David was unavailable- something I was notified about before the time which was greatly appreciated- and he was such a great guy to travel 30 minutes with.
From booking to day, it was a pleasure dealing with them
Food was prepared by the Chef's at Hudsons. Again: wow! Hudsons just ticked ALL of the boxes.
My wedding cake was made by fellow Pastry Chef Analize Joubert of Cakes by Analize
I designed, printed and put together all of our stationery- from the save the dates, to the invites, to the wedding favours.
I love anything creative
Robin Joseph (Adrian's sister) is a ballroom and Latin dancer and taught when overseas.
We asked her to PLEASE help with our dance as we didn't want it to be boring nor anything too formal.
All we did was give her the song - Perfect by Ed Sheeran- and she choreographed the entire thing.
Our lessons with her started in January 2021.
Secretly pushing her to open a dance studio part time...
"Perfect", was sung by Keeno Lee, who has been friends with my brother Timothy for about 20 years. He watched me grow up, and to have him MC and sing at our wedding just made the day that much better
Our DJ was Craig "Frank the Tank" Domingo, who was also Best Man. To ensure that he could do both duties, DJ Smooth (Rizzle Gella) was on the decks and ensure the ceremony sound was perfect, until Craig could join him at the reception.
My sister-in-law, Lauren had arranged for a vocalist to sing "Hallelujah" by Beyoncé during the ceremony. Bronwyn Pietersen executed that song with such ease and elegance.