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Petre De Gouveia

Married on May 8, 2021 in Western Cape

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Magical Moments

 

One of my most memorable and special moments (amongst many) was when I walked down the isle and saw Eddie waiting in front. It is a feeling you cannot prepare for and it makes you feel the most sincere emotions.
Second to that, was arriving at the venue and seeing it all made up for the first time. "Wow" was all I could say, and it was all that.

The Honeymoon

 

Yes, we were fortunate enough to be able to go to Zanzibar. It was our second time visiting the island. In 2017 Eddie and I travelled together for the first time and that was to Zanzibar, so having our honeymoon there was really special.

Wedding Gallery

 

My Special Day

The Venue: We wanted an elegant wedding with great food and drinks, and we got exactly that from the incredible team at our venue. (Eureka Estate)

The Dress: I wanted a timeless, elegant gown with not too much 'going on'. It was made from white Duchesse satin and the detail was in the buttons at the back and on my sleeves as well as a big detachable bow at the back for the ceremony part.
(Elbeth Gillis)

The Garter: We got engaged December 2019, two weeks before we left on our holiday to Paris, Belgium and Amsterdam. We visited Bruges, the most beautiful town in Belgium know for its lace making, and that is where Eddie bought my lace garter as a small Christmas gift.

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis's name has become synonymous with the exquisite bridal gowns she creates for her discerning client base; establishing herself as a well respected designer for the...

The Venue

We got married in Stellenbosch Moederkerk and our reception was at Eureka Estate in Durbanville.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

I did not have much of a bridal beauty regime as I live quite a healthy lifestyle in general. I basically had my nails and waxing done, teeth cleaned and beauty sleep.

Wedding Elements

We decided to emphasise the very high ceiling of the venue by hanging three different clusters of lights mixed with very big clusters of cascading greenery. On the tables we had loads of scattered pillar candles (no flowers) white tablecloths, scrunched up white linen napkins, coupe champagne glasses to add an elegant touch and silver cutlery. The chairs were a mix between white ghost chars and cushioned Marie Antoinette chairs, which were my absolute favourite. Our main table had two beautiful and huge pots with white florals (all of my favourite flowers including Peonies, Anthurium Lilies, Orchids, Ohara Roses and Hydrangea) as a focus point. On the veranda we had lounge pockets and smaller vases with the same white florals.
Last but not least, 95 beautiful souls and a cosy fireplace burning the whole night.

Decor and furniture (Baie Goeters, Scape Events)

Goeters

Goeters

Goeters specialises in the up most imaginative creations of beautiful décor and lights for weddings and events.

My Groom And His Groomsmen

Eddie wore a classic black tuxedo with a white tuxedo shirt and cufflinks with our initials and wedding date which I gave to him as a wedding gift. The groomsmen wore black suits with black bowties.

Beautiful Bridesmaids

My bridesmaids wore plain black dresses which were tailor made to their body types.

Marriage Officer

Pr. Divan Vrey from NG Kerk Welgelegen.

My Captured Moments

Migneon Marais - The most incredibly talented, funniest and coolest photographer. She really made us feel comfortable taking photos with her sparkling personality. We highly recommend her. (Pritti by Migneon Marais)

The Wedding Planner

Yes, Mieke and her team from our reception venue at Eureka.

Wedding Transport

I have always had my eye on the 1959 Jaguar Mk.9 on Classic Rides. The car is owned and driven by Leal, who is just the sweetest guy. Highly recommended.

Classic Rides

Classic Rides

Your wedding is the most special day of your life, it should be accompanied by a very special ride.

Food & Cake

The food was prepared by Eureka Estate (and it was out of this world - our guests still talk about it) and the cake was made by Mareli from Cake Me Happy (exquisite).

Wedding Stationery

This was one of the last tasks we took on. Fortunately my husband is good with "stuff like this" and we basically got some ideas from Pinterest and designed it ourselves. It was fairly easy as our theme was 'elegant/classical' and we therefore only had to play around with nice fonts and no image designs.

The Reception and Entertainment

We had 8 dance lessons... Eddie and I have never really danced together (except for the ridiculous dance moves in the privacy of our on home). It started out as "let's just go do it and get it over with", but ended as a very memorable and fun experience.
We used DJ Arries as our DJ and he also managed the lights.

Wedding Services Used

 
Goeters

Goeters

Goeters specialises in the up most imaginative creations of beautiful décor and lights for weddings and events.

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis

Elbeth Gillis's name has become synonymous with the exquisite bridal gowns she creates for her discerning client base; establishing herself as a well respected designer for the...

Classic Rides

Classic Rides

Your wedding is the most special day of your life, it should be accompanied by a very special ride.