As always, it’s the little details that hooked me with today’s wedding. Vlokkie and Lida-Mari chose lovely bright pinks and purples for their decor, and used just the right amount of colour to pop against the calm white of the Kleinevalleij venue space. I especially like the ribboned cushions, the candy bar, and OMG those purple shoes!! Love!! I’m also a sucker for bunting, and I adore how little flags were used as place cards for the guests. But my absolute favourite detail is the signpost pointing guests to the bride and groom’s home towns. Such a lovely, personal statement, and one which any couple could DIY. Jani B hit these photographs for a six – the colours look so lush in every image. Thanks, Jani, and thanks also to Lida and Vlokkie – wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!
From the bride:
Vlokkie and I both love France and the romantic country look. I chose soft but fresh, romantic colours – pink is my favourite, but I didn’t want pink on its own, so I added purple and silver here and there. In the end I loved the purple so much that I ended up with purple shoes! The venue was unique, we knew we wanted it the first time we went to view it! It is like a blank canvas and you can add whatever colours or theme you like. I always wanted to get married outside and they had the most beautiful between two vineyards. It was perfect!
We are both Christians. I first gave my heart to the Lord at a friend of mine’s wedding, so weddings have always had a special meaning to me. I met my husband at a wedding as well, so we wanted our wedding to be something to remember! Everything we asked for we received and more! My husband is from the Eastern Cape and I am from the Northern Cape, but both of us have been in Cape Town for about 5 years. Many of our guests travelled from far away, so we had a sign at the entrance indicating how far our home towns are from the venue. That was really special and my husband made it himself.
Highlights of the day… My husband sang one of Chris Chameleon’s songs and I know it took a lot of guts! I loved our decor and how everything looked on the day. It was great to see how all your plans became a reality and how everything came together perfectly! I also loved my dress and how my bridesmaids looked!
Lida has some great advice for other brides:
- Don’t try to do too much yourself. You are paying your service providers, so use them! I wish I had been more relaxed before the wedding – being too involved causes unnecessary stress. If someone offers to help, say thank you and give them something to do! I didn’t and now wish I had. Choose one or two things that are close to your heart and easy to do if you want to be involved. Also, tell your service providers exactly what you want and trust them to do their job. I didn’t, and I think I drove some of them crazy! Although it is hard to believe, everything will work out exactly as you planned. Stressing about it beforehand won’t change a thing!
- Try to use local service providers to save travelling costs, etc.
- Don’t spend too much money on your dress. You are only going to wear it once and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to be unforgettable! Do spend what you have to on the food, music and the photographer (and decor if you can afford it) – this is what makes the night unforgettable! You can’t go wrong with good food and music. Photos are all you are going to have to remember your day, so make sure they are good! And engagement shoot is also a good idea – we were not nervous at all in front of the camera thanks to that!