Morning, lovelies! We’ve had quite a lot of rustic chic and country vintage weddings on the blog recently and, much as I love them, I thought it was time for something with a bit more glitz and old school elegance. Today’s couple also had a vintage inspiration, but in this case it was the glamour of art deco, and they chose the winelands splendour of MolenVliet for their venue. I’ve been dying to feature a MolenVliet wedding, as when I was in Cape Town in December everyone in the industry was raving about how lovely it is, and Nelle & De Wet’s wedding certainly doesn’t disappoint. Details I love: the pretty (mismatched) bridesmaids’ bouquets (a great idea if you choose to have your girls wearing the same colour), the subtle pops of turquoise blue against chocolate brown, the fun groomsmen’s socks and goodness me, that cake! There are lots of black and white pics in today’s selection, but it just seems appropriate for such a classically romantic wedding. And wow, the pictures. I’m always so happy to feature Monica Dart‘s work, because her images have so much life to them. It’s actually a challenge editing the selection! I think these might even be my favourite so far. I also loved how Monica captured Nelle and De Wet at a rural petrol station – so fun! It’s always great when couples can spice it up a bit in their creative shoot. Anyway, I could go on and on, but you want to see the pictures, right? Right. ENJOY!
From the beautiful bride, Nelle:
My husband and I met in Stellenbosch in 2006 when he was already working and I was still studying. We fell in love instantly and haven’t been apart since! We are truly best friends and great companions.
We are both very active and social people – hence a guest list of 180 people! I organised the whole wedding myself. We wanted our day to be special and unique, but we were really aiming to have the night of our lives with our guests. And it was a night to remember – when the music was turned off at 2.30 AM the dancefloor was still packed with guests!
I fell in love with MolenVliet the first moment I saw it. DeWet and I searched and searched for weeks to find a big and beautiful enough venue but as soon as we walked on to the premises we knew that was it! We were blessed to be able to book a date in December (seeing as it was February already!). Everything was perfect!
The theme of our day was ‘romantic art-deco’ – the idea behind this was that the general feeling had to be soft, elegant and vintage, but with a touch of modern design to fit the building style of the venue. Our colours were dark chocolate brown (because i looove chocolate!), a touch of turquoise and a hint of cream. The flowers were all white and cream and bunched together type-by-type in different sized vases.
It’s hard work organising your whole wedding yourself, but so so worthwhile in the end. I enjoyed planning every detail – from the groomsmens’ socks to the flower girl’s hair – and I felt so pleased on the day when everything came together and looked perfect! Walking down the aisle and seeing my husband’s face was such a special moment, and there was an intense magic feeling the whole night seeing family and friends enjoying themselves. I also loved our cake – it was absolutely gorgeous and yummy!
My advice to future brides would be to find out all the hidden costs before signing anything! Another tip would be to try to enjoy the day to the fullest – it really passes so quickly! And remember to look into your husband’s eyes throughout the night – you just know that it’s the beginning of something special!
Ah, isn’t is just so delightful? I’m all romanced up. THANK YOU to Nelle and DeWet for sharing their day with us, and another massive thank you to Monica Dart. You can find more from this lovely wedding on Monica’s blog.
Catering: Marilou Marais
Photography: Monica Dart
Videography: Silverline Productions
Flowers: Flowers In The Foyer
Cake: Kanya Hunt
Stationery: Wedding Words (Sarita Kruger)
Bride & bridesmaids’ dresses: Elbeth Gillis
Makeup: Gabi Hough
DJ: DJ Preston from On Cue Music
Car: Motor Classic