I think by now you know that any wedding that goes its own sweet way is one we’re going to love, and Kelsey and Brett’s is a unique expression of the couple it celebrates. Actually, truth be told, this wedding is way cooler than I am. Ceremony in a majestic outdoor chapel, a fully stocked gin bar, the bride’s SPECTACULAR lace wedding dress from the awesome Calegra Bridal, a mix of industrial and elegantly rustic details at the reception, a popcorn and drizzle naked cake, gorgeously moody images by Page & Holmes… the list goes on. Take a minute to click through and see every lovely part of it for yourself!
We have been together for twelve years. We met at a mutual friend’s house.
Brett proposed to me on a trip to Bali in 2015 – our favourite place in the world. It was the most magical, perfect day. He arranged a picnic in the jungle in Ubud, next to a river. It was so romantic and thoughtful.
When selecting our venue, we wanted something unique that translated both of our styles. When we found Lace on Timber in Pretoria, we fell in love with the gorgeous steel structure as a ceremony venue. It allowed the beautiful scenery to be the most perfect backdrop. The reception area was perfection for us. The raw brick and industrial warehouse windows were exactly what we were looking for, for our black tie wedding. We wanted a juxatoposition between elegance and industrial style.
We wanted an elegant, industrial, black tie wedding, with big white roses, lots of greenery, touches of grey and black with hints of gold.
Our favourite detail was our vows. It was very important to us to write our own vows and have that moment of closeness. It all goes by so quickly, so those moments were very special to us.
I did all the stationery for the day: menu, name cards, table numbers, seating plan.
When choosing my gown, I wanted something modern yet timeless and elegant. It was not an easy feat, but after a few months and trying on quite a few dresses, when I found it I just fell in love. The lace detailing and the buttons were exactly what I envisioned.
I had three bridesmaids. I wanted them to be comfortable, and elegant as well. I chose navy chiffon wrap dresses for them.
I went for dreamy romantic white roses for my bouquet, and green and white bouquets for my bridesmaids. Due to the double volume ceilings in the venue, we had hanging greenery over the tables, and greenery runners with touches of white and grey flowers.
It’s so hard to chose just one moment. I would say it’s a tie- the moment we saw each other when I walked down the aisle was pretty incredible! Also, spending the evening celebrating with our favourite people.
The owner of the venue was absolutely incredible; she was so relaxed and at ease. She calmed both of us during the process. We loved her. She also did the flowers and helped with the decor. She was the best!
Advice for Future Brides & Grooms
I feel like this advice is nothing new, but we would advise couples to decide what is important to them and spend time and money on that. It’s easy to sweat the small stuff. We realise now that it doesn’t have to be so stressful. Also, don’t lose sight of what you are actually doing here. We loved our pre-marriage course – it really helped us stay connected. I would highly recommend doing something like that.
You can see more from this wedding on the Page & Holmes blog.
Venue & catering: Lace on Timber | Photography: Page & Holmes | Co-ordination: Lace on Timber | Flowers & décor: Pebbles & Lace | Stationery: DIY | Video: Ambient Films | Cake: Petite Four | Bride’s dress: Calegra Bridal | Makeup: Splash by Chanel | Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS | Groom’s attire: Eurosuit