Real Wedding at Delsma Farm {Anelle & Dirk’s SWAN WEDDING} Part 2

Yaaaaay! We’re back with Part 2 of the Swan Wedding reveal!! So exciting!

A get-away car was not something I ever really thought much of, but when my mom sent me a photo of this beautiful old cream Citroen, Dirk’s and my hearts were completely set on it. What I didn’t know, was that my awesome brother and his wonderful girlfriend created special bunting (which matched the rest of our wedding perfectly) as a surprise pressie for us. Awesome, right!?! Aw, they even added a Just Married Emergency Kit filled with some munchies and Red Bull so that we could regain our energy for the ‘Groot Partytjie’ (for our English-speaking readers this means “big party” – while being engaged Dirk and I never spoke of ‘Our Wedding’ but always called it ‘Our Big Party’) which was to follow!

In terms of decor, we brought in more neutral tones in the reception area, with gorgeous French linen runners from Domaine du Cap in Paarl and whitewashed crates filled with white flowers. The pops of red, were created by filling brown paper bags with delicious bright cherries. Nom nom! I also made sure the menus and place names added that touch of colourful fun to the dining table, and Dirk’s and my ‘mascot’, a cardboard deer trophy we lovingly call Mumford, took centre stage at the bridal table.

We were dead set on our guests having a brilliant time. For Dirk, that means great music, so together with our ‘third Muskateer’ he spent time compiling the perfect playlist for our Big Party. It meant so much to us hearing all our favourite songs and we got the people dancing to classic hits such as Brother Louis. Even our uncles and aunts were on the dancefloor!

Being traditionalists at heart, we also added all the conventional thrills such as bouquet tossing, garter scrambling and even had activity boards prompting our guest to interact with the speeches by singing the traditional songs such as “Kinders by dosyne” and “Lank sal hul lewe” (basically the Afrikaans versions of “Jolly good fellow”).

A detail which definitely had the guests reaching for more was our cookie buffet. You see, I love a good cookie, so we decided that we would swap desert for a cookie buffet which doubled up as a favour too. I baked dozens of mouth-watering yummies (think, toffee caramel and gingerbread couples!). Annari from Nelle Cakes made the most beautiful hearts and zoo biscuits. Friends and family pitched in, and Delsma added delicious white chocolate wedding cupcakes until we had a table heaving with goodness. My brother hand silkscreened hundreds of cookie bags and Dirk’s sister gave us the wooden Bride and Groom topper as a gift.

I made a conscious effort to take every moment in – I didn’t want the day to fly by as so many people had said it would. And it was funny, the day felt exceptionally long (in a better than good way!) and I can remember so many mind blowing moments in absolute detail: the exchange of the ‘this is it’ with my maid of honour just before walking into the church, Dirk’s face when my dad and I walked down the aisle, the exuberant shower of popcorn once we could say we are now Mr and Mrs, all the hugs and kisses when we welcomed the guests at our pre-drinks area, the applause walking into the reception hall, our first dance as newlyweds…

But when asked what was my absolute favourite moment, I cannot say. If pushed I will say that walking down the aisle was it – tears were streaming down Dirk’s face, the music was overwhelmingly beautiful (a good friend played ‘Comptine d’un Autre ete: l’apres midi’ from the soundtrack of my favourite movie, Amelie, on the piano) and I was so aware of being surrounded by all the people we love and cherish. But even better was the moment I realized just how amazingly loved Dirk and I are: probably 70% of the guests flew all the way from Gauteng to attend our special day, Dirk’s parents drove over 1700km with their car filled to the brim with ‘wedding’ and never complained even once, my parents who enabled everything – they would have moved the earth if we had asked them to! My brother hand silkscreened the cookie bags, played courier, played driver and together with his girlfriend, Marike, make over a 100m of bunting; my aunt probably baked 300 custard cookies (if not more!). I can carry on forever about all the love we felt the weekend of our Swan Wedding – my good friend even flying from London just to be there, Dirk’s aunt who took so much care with the flowers, all the hands that helped set up (you guys rule!) and all the beautiful words of encouragement on the night (and re-felt when opening the mountain of gifts and beautiful cards). It was all pretty overwhelming, but amazing and I know I felt like the luckiest girl alive.

From Dirk, the groom (yes, we finally let him speak!):
Funny how the big day just creeps up on you, although you’ve planned for it for such a long time in advance. I will never ever forget the sight of Anelle and her father coming down the aisle. That image is burnt into my memory forever and it’s one of my favourites for sure. Looking so elegant and beautiful, I saw my friend, my love, and my life from now on. I couldn’t be happier. Although I cried (a little bit), our wedding was all about being comfortable and having a blast with all our friends and family. It felt special to sit alongside my ever smiling lawfully wedded wifey, as well as my old and new family at the main table, taking it all in, sharing in the culmination of so much planning and preparation which I experienced first-hand. That, and getting to contribute to what was definitely a fantastic celebration, with all of my friends down in the “Boland” which I now call home, having fun and laughs until the wee hours of the morning. I look at all these pictures and I can honestly say it is EXACTLY how I experienced the whole day and evening. A great day and evening indeed.

Dirk and Anelle: You guys… THANK YOU for sharing your wedding journey with all of us. It’s been a privilege. I couldn’t be happier for you, or wish you more love and joy in your lives together. xx

Service providers:

Venue & catering: Delsma Farm
Photography: welovepictures
Stationery: Seven Swans
Flowers: Anette van Brauershaven
Bride’s dress: Lunar
Bride’s shoes: Trenery
Earrings: Ida Elsje
Groom’s suit: Sesto Sento (Willowbridge Mall)
Wedding bands: Ivan Bancroft
Groom and groomsmen’s rosettes: Hill’s Rosettes contact Sue Eveleigh ([email protected])
Hair: Riana Ehlers
Makeup: Iza Loubser
Wedding Car: Kontrei Toere
Bunting: Me Thinks (Marike Jordaan)
Cookies: Nelle Cakes


Real Wedding at Delsma Farm {Anelle & Dirk’s SWAN WEDDING} Part 1

I once had a boyfriend who woke me up on my birthday with champagne for breakfast, a very generous Harrods voucher, and the promise of a day of shoe shopping. That was pretty exciting. I kind of feel the same today, because I’ve been anticipating this wedding (along with many of you) for so long! Today I can finally reveal in all its splendour the wedding of our real life bride, Anelle Mostert of Seven Swans, who kept us wrapped up in her planning process and inspiration for much of last year without ever giving away too many of her wedding secrets (you can read the full series here). When Anelle and I first came up with the idea of Real Life Bride (Swan Wedding), I had no idea just how much enthusiasm and effort she would put into her posts, or that she would become a dear friend. And you guys, she made THE. most. beautiful. bride. She and her handsome husband, Dirk, look like a pair of rockstars and I am just blown away by all of the amazing details as you’ll see from their pictures. And oh, the pictures. Not only is this one of my favourite weddings ever, not only am I thrilled to bring you the big reveal, but I also get to feature images from the absolutely incredible welovepictures (happy dance!). Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know Travis and Maike are big news in wedding photography (not just in South Africa) and they have knocked this one for a six. Seriously, I could go on and on, because their collective eye is just BEYOND… and more than that, sheer joy just shines out from their pictures. But I’m pretty sure they must be getting bored of hearing how amazing they are. It’s kind of a given at this point. So I’ll cut through the luvviness and just say wowthesepicsarestunning, and thank you so much Travis and Maike! Ok, here we go. (The post is in two parts with a FULL breakdown by Anelle, based loosely around the categories of her previous posts) so make sure to check back after lunch for LOTS more!

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Swan Wedding #16: The Wedding!

Five months of wedding planning whizzed past in a hurricane filled with expectations, crazy ideas, fun, stress, nerves and plenty of love. It is so easy to get bogged down in the details like how many metres of bunting we need, making sure the canapes are awesome and what song to walk in to at the reception. From choosing the colour scheme to deciding on the main course or the flavour of wedding cake… it is fun, but one can easily lose track of what is really REALLY important.

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Swan Wedding #15: The Honeymoon Suitcase

I am giddy and so super excited! I know a few weeks ago I was a bit moany and anxious about the big day and my To Do list which seems to be getting longer and not shorter… But now, oh my, I am just happily counting the days until I marry my best friend! Seriously, I cannot wait! And we get to go on a big seaside adventure together – I am so excited about this, I thought I would start thinking about putting my honeymoon bag together. Woohoo!Read More

Swan Wedding #14: The Bridesmaids

The bridesmaid dresses could be a very tricky wedding decision. One, because although they are some of your all time favourite people with their own opinions, body shapes, skin tones and sense of style, most brides can’t help the niggly feeling that the bridesmaid dresses should fit perfectly with the style, colour scheme and theme of the wedding the bride so carefully put together. It is hard juggling the dress-they-can-wear-again-and-again vs I-don’t-want-you-to-blend-in-with-the-tablecloths-BUT-I-do-want-you-to-fit-in-with-the-wedding-style game.

Dirk and I want our wedding day to be informal, charming and relaxed with pops of fun. Our little “entourage” should fit the profile and are part of the elements that set the tone to create this feeling.

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Swan Wedding #13: The Decor

In less than a month’s time we will be Mr & Mrs Mostert! Yayness! BUT together with all the excitement comes a big helping of wedding planning related stress. Will everything be done in time? Will it look as good in real life as it looks in my head? Will it be all I hoped and dreamt up? Do we have enough chinese lanterns/ balloons/ bunting/ drinks? Did I worry too little about the perfect dress/shoes/veil and too much about the confetti boxes? Will the playlist we have spent hours on, really get the guests to boogie as much as we want them to? Will all the DIY stationery details even be noticed? Will the day be drenched in love and happiness in the same way I imagined it since I was a little girl?

Urgh! I know worries will get me nowhere. Better to just keep on making my to-do lists, make sure everything is written down and delegate the things I can. And I must say as the big day creeps closer and closer, I get more and more excited. In my head, the day looks beautiful and Dirk and I are beaming. The ribbons dance in the wind, our favourite tunes are the perfect soundtrack to the day in which we promise to love and respect each other forever. Sounds just about AMAZING to me!!Read More

Swan Wedding #12: The Invitations

I’m so excited about this post, since it’s the big reveal of Anelle’s very own invitations. And since she’s a stationer (and owner of Seven Swans), you know that these invites are kind of a huge deal. So it’s no surprise that they are absolutely, heart stoppingly gorgeous. Like, file the pictures for inspiration boards, want to reach in and touch them, kinda gorgeous. I am pretty much in love with them, and I know you will be too, so show Anelle some love in the comments and who knows, we may get her to share some of her awesome design skills with a free download or two!


Oh I love wedding stationery! I love the slight weight of holding a perfectly crafted piece in your hands. I love carefully opening the envelope in anticipation and then revealing the invite which fits so perfectly together with the other complementary elements. I love the texture of different papers and how the whole look is transformed when colour, text and pattern is added. Call it my little obsession…Read More

Swan Wedding #11: The Cake

I have a terrible sweet tooth, so the wedding cake is definitely something to be carefully considered! Oh, and I have folders filled to the brim with pictures and inspiration of these mouth-watering beauties. I must admit, I LOVE the cheese platter cake trend and it looks gorgeous, but how can it be compared to the likes of white chocolate ganache, moist chocolate mousse or red velvet?! And of course, the decorative opportunities are endless, which makes my itchy little wedding stationer hands twitch in anticipation!

I am sure you have all seen the incredible work by Annari from Nelle Cakes  (if you haven’t where have you been?!) and I’m thrilled we’ll be working with her to create our perfect wedding cake! Her style is at once delicate and boldly playful, sophisticated yet fun and I have been in love since the very first moment I saw them.

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Swan Wedding #10: The Groom’s Look

Quite frankly, I don’t know why Dirk is not just writing this post himself. You see, my gorgeous boy has great style. And of course it helps that he can make any suit look good! ;) But boy, does he like shopping! He knows exactly what he likes and dislikes, so there will be none of Anelle trying to persuade him into wearing a sand coloured linen suit or a funky tie. Oh no. None of that. Dirk has decided what he is wearing and we walked through four (FOUR!!!) malls, trying to find the perfect suit. Since the wedding is rather fun and informal he went for a cool, clean and uncomplicated suit, but with perfect fit. No added waistcoasts or formal trimmings. Think Peroni ad. Yummy!

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Swan Wedding #9: The Legal Stuff

Just a quick note from me before I let Anelle get on with it – I wanted to say how pleased I am that she’s written today’s post. I’ve been amazed at how many brides (and grooms) – especially in the UK – have told me they’re not bothering about a pre-nup, because they think it’s not romantic. But for me, it’s another one of those essential practical things, like finances, that need to be tackled – or at least considered – together. But it can all be a little intimidating, that legal mumbo jumbo, so today’s post from a bride-to-be’s perspective, is just what you need to get you started. Thanks Anelle!


Engagements always seem to be filled to the brim with such things as deciding on the type of sponge cake for dessert, the colour of the flowers and the song choice for the first dance. I have to keep on reminding myself about life after the wedding day. That Dirk and I need to find a suitable place to call home, that we should talk about how we are going to deal with finances and if we share the sentiment of “not going to bed angry”. And then of course, there is the antenuptial contract.

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