As a wedding blogger, it’s an understatement to say that I see a LOT of weddings. And sometimes, they start to sort of blend into one another like one long, pretty dream sequence. But some weddings just kind of stick out in the memory, and today’s in one of those. I first spotted it on the ZaraZoo blog a while back, and I just had to ask photographer Stefan Steenkamp if I could feature it. Lucky for me, lucky for you, he said yes. So why do I love it so much? First of all, I have a total venue crush on Firlane House, where it was held (the bride’s brother owns it – win!). Secondly, a HAMBURGER station? What’s not to love? And finally, I’m a big fan of the laid back French feeling, and the use of ultra modern grey – even the bride is in a gorgeous silver gown (how much are we hearting silver gowns right now?). I fall to the floor ADORE their bunting – is it not one of the most creative and gorgeous ways of using photographs you have ever seen? Go on, you know it is. And it’s no wonder the bride got it so right – she is, after all, the owner of gift shop Rhubarb Room in Cape Town. Some people have all the taste!
Andre and I met through mutual friends, camping in a small holiday town. He proposed in Botswana, on the banks of the Chobe River, with a beautiful sunset.
Our overall look for the day was black, white and grey with a touch of light green and pink. We wanted to create a French market feeling. We were married on our family property/venue, Firlane House in Bredasdorp (near Cape Agulhas). To plan the wedding, we used the Little Pink Book, websites like 100 Layer Cake, Martha Stewart and Vera Wang – and my friends!
We only had our closest and best friends with us, and from the decor to the dress, everything was done by friends and family. I think the whole feeling and vibe of the wedding was directly connected to us – we had fun from beginning to end and so everyone followed! Instead of having traditional plated food, we had food stations, including a hamburger station where you could have your hamburger made up to your preference. Then, at the end of the night, we had a dance-off with props – the stuff you would normally find at a photo booth. It got crazy and we got really good pics from it!
My advice to future brides is to make sure you are healthy and fit. Weddings are like running a marathon. Relax and enjoy!
Thanks so much Sone and Andre! And thank you Stefan! You can see more from this wedding on the ZaraZoo blog right here.
Venue & catering: Firlane House
Florist & decor: El le Fleur
Stationery: Cuie & Co
Hair & makeup: Karla from Absolute Weddings and Events
Hiring: Antoinette’s Events
DJ: Willem Steenkamp